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|New Year’s Day, Ria Antonia, She’s a Tiger get Top Weights in 2013 Experimental Free Handicap|
New Year’s Day, the winner of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), received the high weight of 126 pounds on The Jockey Club’s 2013 Experimental Free Handicap, released today by The Jockey Club.
Ria Antonia, winner of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), and She’s a Tiger, second by a nose in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) and 2013 champion 2-year-old female, shared the high weight for fillies with 123.
All Experimental Free Handicap weight assignments, as well as past performances for those horses, are available within the Resources section of jockeyclub.com.
The Jockey Club Experimental Free Handicap, published annually since 1935, is a weight-based assessment of the previous year’s leading 2-year-olds, with the weights compiled for a hypothetical race at 1 1/16 miles on dirt.
A total of 107 males and 92 fillies were assigned weights. Eligible for weighting were all 2-year-olds of 2013 that finished among the top four in graded or listed stakes races run in the continental United States. Listed stakes in 2013 were those with a value of $75,000 or more available to all starters, and no restrictions other than age or sex.
New Year’s Day (Street Cry (IRE) - Justwhistledixie by Dixie Union), who was retired at the end of 2013, won two out of his three starts in 2013 for earnings of $1,154,000. He was bred in Kentucky by Clearsky Farms and is owned by Gary and Mary West. A weight of 126 was also given to last year’s high-weight male, Shanghai Bobby.
Ria Antonia (Rockport Harbor - Beer Baroness by Mr. Greeley) won two of her five starts in 2013 for earnings of $1,156,140. She was bred in Kentucky by Lynn B. Schiff and is owned Christopher T. Dunn and Loooch Racing Stable Inc.
She’s a Tiger (Tale of the Cat - Shandra Smiles by Cahill Road) won three of her six starts, including the Del Mar Debutante Stakes (G1), and placed in her three other starts for total earnings of $725,650. She was bred in Kentucky by Dr. Rodney Orr and is owned by Mark Dedomenico, Allen Aldrich, Lisa Hernandez, Stuart Downey, and Philip Lebherz.
2013 champion 3-year-old male Will Take Charge earned a weight of 103 on the 2012 experimental free handicap and 2013 champion 3-year-old filly Beholder was the high weight filly with 123 in 2012.
The sires with the greatest number of weighted males for 2013 were Harlan’s Holiday and War Front with four each. Smart Strike and Street Sense sired the most fillies, also with four each.
Overall, the sire of the most horses on the 2013 Experimental Free Handicap was Harlan’s Holiday with six. Colonel John and Kitten’s Joy were second with five each.
Kentucky was the top foaling state for 2013 weighted horses with 127. Florida had the second highest number with 19.
The weighting committee of racing secretaries once again was composed of P.J. Campo of the Stronach Group, Ben Huffman of Churchill Downs and Keeneland, and Thomas S. Robbins of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.
Following are trends and statistics gathered from the Experimental Free Handicap over the past 10 years:
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