Sunday, July 12, 2009

A field of five lightly-raced thoroughbreds will enter the starting gate today for the G3 Hollywood Juvenile Championship at Hollywood Park. The filly Necessary Evil (#1) is the 8-5 morning line favorite and the 9-5 second-choice is Classical Slew (#2). Both horses are trained by Doug O’Neill who’s making a jockey switch on Classical Slew to Garrett Gomez.

Necessary Evil (Harlan’s Holiday-Song And Danz by Unbridled’s Song) was pretty impressive in winning her debut and was designated as a Thoroughbred Daily News Rising Star. Classical Slew (Bernstein-Seattle Qui by Seattle Slew) has two wins to his credit including the Hollywood Park Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes.

It’s hard to separate the two favorites. Both horses are descendents of the Storm Cat sire line which has produced the winner of the past three editions of the Hollywood Juvenile and their sires have sired some good stakes runners.

Of the two, I would give a slight edge to the filly Necessary Evil. She was pretty impressive winning her debut and her sire Harlan’s Holiday, in just his first two crops, has produced some good runners such as Denis of Cork who finished 3rd in the Kentucky Derby and 2nd in the Belmont; and into Mischief who at the age of two won the CashCall Futurity and finished second in the Hollywood Prevue Stakes. Only time will tell, but in the long run, I believe that Harlan’s Holiday could outshine Bernstein as a sire.

Coo Cachoo (#5) is out of the first crop of his sire Mingun and looks like an intriguing long shot. Mingun is descended from the Bold Ruler line and that line has produced several Hollywood Juvenile winners. Coo Cachoo also gets some good speed influence from his Paternal granddam Miesque and damsire Petionville who is the sire of the speedy Two Step Salsa. Petionville also has 37% winners as a damsire.

Coo Cachoo broke his maiden in a 2f maiden race in April and has not raced in three months. But his recent bullet 4 furlong work of :46 3/5 could indicate that he is ready to stretch out further. It is definitely a step up for Coo Cachoo but at 12-1 morning line odds he may be worth a small win/place bet.


W/P - 5
Exacta - 5/1-2 and 1-2/5


The connections of Eye Of The Leopard are looking forward to taking the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown in the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie.

In the field of six horses, Eye Of The Leopard (#5) is the morning line favorite at 9-5. Queen’s Plate second-place finisher Mr. Foricos Two U (#4) is 2-1 and third-place finisher Milwaukee Appeal (#2) is 5-2. Those three appear to be class of the field and most likely will again finish in the top three spots.

However, with the cut back in distance to 1 3/16 miles, I would not be surprised to see Mr. Foricos Two U or Milwaukee Appeal turn the tables on Eye Of The Leopard. In the Queen’s Plate, Mr. Foricos Two U led for much of the race. Milwaukee Appeal, who always has a nice stretch run, was blocked at the top of the stretch and despite that she closed the gap and finished third only one-half length back.


Triactor - 2-4/2-4-5/2-4-5

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