09/28/2009 3:11PM

16yo Quarter Horse winner! Beyers, Indian Blessing


Indian Blessing has had some wonderful moments throughout her championship-caliber career, but perhaps none was more satisfying than her courageous win over an equally-game Sara Louise in last Saturday's Gallant Bloom at Belmont Park.
Some handicappers were concerned that Indian Blessing had seen better days.  Winless in three previous starts this season after completing a strong three-year-old campaign with a victory in the Grade 1 La Brea at Oak Tree, Bob Baffert's filly had something to prove.  And she didn't have it easy in the Gallant Bloom.  After breaking a beat slowly under John Velazquez from the tricky inside post position, Indian Blessing found herself shuffled into a pocket on the rail heading into the turn.  A seam opened up from in between rivals, and Velazquez made a decisive move to the front while Sara Louise raced three and four wide.  Indian Blessing was in front, but she was soon confronted by Sara Louise (the last horse to defeat Rachel Alexandra), and the two engaged in a thrilling stretch drive.  Indian Blessing, nearest the inside, refused to yield, and she held on by a desperate nose. 
Velazquez was suitably impressed.  "She put up a really good fight today," the winning rider said, "She didn't leave out of there all that well, and I had to use her a little bit to get position...I tell you, the other filly was a brave one, too.  She kept coming back at me.  The more I asked my filly, the more the other one kept coming back..."
If all goes well in the coming weeks, both fillies may be headed for a rematch, and a battle with defending Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare winner Ventura, at Santa Anita. 

Here are the winning Beyer Speed Figures from last week's stakes races:

Here are the lifetime past performances of the highest and lowest Beyer stakes performers of the week:

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Not bad for 16-years-old!!!

That's right.  Silent Cash Dasher is sixteen, and still going strong.  Here are the past performances:

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I'm picking the 7th race at Belmont on 9/30. It's an Allowance N1X for fillies at 1 1/8 on the inner turf. I almost went with SR Vegas' much appreciated suggestion, but wanted the group to look at a route turf race. This looks like it has some interesting betting angles.

Congrats to Patrick for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling exercise. Here are the past performances for this week's race:

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Remember that you have a mythical $100 with which to wager on the race, and the entrant with the highest money total will receive a "Monthly Enhanced 60-Card Past Performance Plan."   Anyone going over the $100 limit will be disqualified.  In the event of a tie, the earliest post gets first preference. 

I know that there is a time issue for some of you, but let's remember why we began the HandiGambling races in the first place.  The goal was to share ideas on why we like these horses, and why we're betting them the way we are.  I'm not asking for a novel, but if you could spare a sentence or two outlining your handicapping angles, and thought processes about wagering, it would be appreciated.

Back next time with questions, comments, and some past performance requests.