Best Beyer: Beau Liam

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Horse Racing Beau Liam Witsel Saratoga
Beau Liam (far side) noses out Witsel at Saratoga. Photo: NYRA/Coglianese

106 Beau Liam

Saratoga (July 17): allowance $103,000 7f, dirt, 3yo+
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Ricardo Santana
Owner: Stonestreet Stables
Pedigree: 3 bc Liam’s Map – Belle Of Perintown (Dehere)
Time: 1m22.90s

Front-running Beau Liam just held off Witsel in a hot-looking allowance contest at Saratoga on Saturday after which both three-year-olds were awarded 106 BSFs, the highest number of the week.

The pair were six lengths clear of third-placed Mahaamel, but as Beau Liam got the nod, he gets title billing in our weekly Beyers slot.

Trained by Steve Asmussen, the son of Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Liam’s Map was taking his career record to two wins in as many starts, having broken his maiden at first asking on May 29 at Churchill Downs.

Made an even-money favourite, the Stonestreet homebred broke well on a Saratoga track rated ‘good’ before setting a pressured pace and then responding when called upon in the straight. Under a strong drive a furlong out, he held on gamely from Chad Brown’s runner-up Witsel, who had joined issue in the stretch.

Best Beyers of 2021

Knicks Go 5h (Brad Cox) Prairie Meadows, July 2: Cornhusker G3

Essential Quality 3c (Brad Cox) Belmont Park, June 5: Belmont G1
Mischevious Alex 4c (Saffie Joseph) Aqueduct, April 3: Carter G1

Country Grammer 4c (Bob Baffert) Santa Anita, April 17: Californian G2
Hot Rod Charlie 3c (Doug O’Neill) Belmont Park, June 5: Belmont G1
Knicks Go 5h (Brad Cox) Gulfstream Park, Jan 23: Pegasus G1
Mystic Guide 4c (Mike Stidham) Oaklawn Park, Feb 27: Razorback G3
Royal Ship 5g (Richard Mandella) Santa Anita, April 17: Californian G2

Life Is Good 3c (Bob Baffert) Santa Anita, March 6: San Felipe G2

Beau Liam 3c (Steve Asmussen) Saratoga, July 17: allowance
Cezanne 4c (Bob Baffert) Santa Anita, April 18: Kona Gold G3
Country Grammer 4c (Bob Baffert) Santa Anita, (May 31: Hollywood GC G1 
Domestic Spending 4g (Chad Brown) Belmont Park, June 5: Manhattan G1
Raging Bull 6h (Chad Brown) Keeneland, April 9: Maker’s Mark Mile G1
Witsel 3c (Chad Brown) Saratoga, July 17: allowance

Top 2yo Beyer: 93 Big City Lights (Santa Anita, May 2)

Until end July 4. Turf Beyers in italics.

Elsewhere at the weekend, first-past-the-post Hot Rod Charlie and promoted winner Mandaloun both got a BSF of 102 for their Haskell efforts, while Wit’s eight-length power play in the G3 Sanford catapulted him near towards the top end of the two-year-old division with a 90.

Even better on the figures, though, was the 92 BSF achieved by Asmussen-trained juvenile Echo Zulu on debut in a maiden special weight at Saratoga on Thursday [July 15].

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