Sunday, July 18, 2010

Today, we feast: Gourmet Dinner is fifth to break maiden from 2010 juvenile sale tips

First-time starter Gourmet Dinner stalked the leaders and prevailed in the stretch Saturday in the ninth race at Calder, becoming the fifth of my 2010 2-year-old sale tips to break maiden.

The Trippi colt, out of the Pentelicus mare Potluck Dinner, was sent off at 9/1 under Sebastian Madrid, and scored by a length for trainer Peter Gulyas and owners Our Sugar Bear Stable. He covered 6 furlongs among statebred maiden special company in 1:11.99.

Gourmet Dinner was bred in Florida by Ocala Stud and William J. Terrill, and brought $40,000 as Hip 277 at Ocala April.

In tipping the Trippi, I noted that I, "don't usually go for unraced or poorly raced dams, but this one overcame her one-start record to produce six to race, four winners, two stakes horses and three that have earned $167K or more." The colt breezed a very credible 21.3 at the sale.

Gourmet Dinner seemed to run like a pro in this one, and has already earned back $29,820 of his $40K purchase price.

The only thing I don't particularly like about the colt is the name they eventually gave him. It's been used before (on a stakes-placed 1980 filly by Raise a Cup), and with Trippi as the stallion, so much more could've been done.

Two suggestions for a Trippi-Potluck Dinner foal (now that it's too late): Whoatethemushrooms and Whatsinthebrownies.

In the same race was another of my 2010 tips from OBSAPR, a $70,000 buy named Conway Hillbilly (Montbrook-Pearly White, by Holy Bull). He was involved early, but hung out four-wide, and wound up ninth of 12.

You can follow along as I track the performance of all my nearly 200 picks (and a few pans) from the juvenile sales of 2010 by scrolling to the complete chronological list at the bottom of this former post.

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