Saturday, September 4, 2010

Sales tips end day with three wins, 5-for-6 in the money and G1 blacktype at Del Mar

Already sporting a maiden winner (in a "sales-tip exacta" finish) and a stakes winner at River Downs, my juvenile sales-tip Class of 2010 collected an allowance win at Penn National and Grade 1 blacktype at Del Mar in two Saturday evening races.

Scoring the big-time catalog update was Rigoletta (Concerto-Almost Aprom Queen, by Montbrook), who was supplemented to the Darley Debutante S.-G1 at Del Mar at a total cost of $13,750 to run. It proved to be a wise move by trainer Dan Hendricks and owners Thor-Bred Stable LLC (Pavla and Erik Nygaard) when Rigoletta and jockey Mike Smith rumbled home third at nearly 31/1 behind Tell a Kelly and favorite Wickedly Perfect.

Rigoletta earned $30,000 for the placing, far more than paying back her owners' financial confidence in her. More important, she greatly elevated her residual value by stamping her own page with Grade 1 blacktype.

The filly, who closed at Del Mar to break maiden her last out at 12/1 odds, has now earned $60,820 in three lifetime starts.

She was bred in Florida by Ocala Stud.

I recommended Rigoletta as Hip 726 at OBS April, where she breezed 21-flat and yet sold for just $35,000. I particularly liked that she was a full sister to stakes-placed Evening Concerto, and that her dam was a half-sister to 10-win, G3-placed SEA OF GREEN ($651K) and LADY GIN ($227K).

About a half-hour earlier, on the other side of the country, sales-tip Spring Jump was winning her second consecutive race at Penn National, wiring an allowance field by more than four lengths. After an unplaced debut, Spring Jump has been first out of the gate and never headed in her next two efforts.

She paid $10.20 to win.

The dark bay filly by Jump Start-Meg's Answer, by West Acre was just a $19,000 purchase as Hip 234 at Fasig-Tipton's Midlantic Sale of 2-year-olds in training this past May in Timonium, Md. I screened her among four dozen horses recommended to a client in the market for a bargain runner. He didn't get her (buying a different horse, earlier in the sale), but surely owners Dorado Circle Stables LLC have gotten a bargain, considering Spring Jump has already provided them with two win photos and $39,660 in earnings.

Spring Jump was ridden by Luis Belmonte and trained for the win by Flint Stites.

She was bred in Florida by Jeanne H. Cutrona & Jerry M. Cutrona Sr.

Through Saturday's action, my 187 sales tips have accumulated 24 winners of 29 races from 155 starts (that's an 18.7 percent strike rate), with an in-the-money rate of 43.9 percent. The class has earned $877,232 combined, for $5,660 per start.

In addition to the G1-placed Rigoletta, the group includes multiple stakes winner GOURMET DINNER (3-for-3, $137,390), new stakes winner FISCAL POLICY ($54,080), G2-placed Alienation ($54,000) and G3-placed Stopspendingmaria ($57,500), plus non-blacktype stakes-placed Blue 'em Away.

Alienation and Stopspendingmaria are among the eight entries in Sunday's Spinaway S.-G1 at Saratoga.

Track the progress of my sales tips at the bottom of this former post.

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