09/28/2009 4:11PM

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.



Steve T. More than 1 year ago
Annie, The primary difference in symptoms between the flu and a cold are that the flu generally has a higher temperature and more "body aches". Because you are over 40 the chances of it being an H1N1 flu is remote - most of us fossils have already had that flu type back when we were kids. H1N1 is seen much more in younger adults and kids. There is certainly a chance you can have another flu type (there are several that are active out there). H1N1 as a whole is milder than other flu types - the danger is that it mutates into a more virulent strain, and there is some evidence that it has produced some mutations that are much more severe, although it is still a small number. Most people are really not sure what to make of influenza - it is not fun to have but most people just chug on through it. But then we hear that it can be very bad and we hear all the usual warnings. That is the issue with influenza, 99% of the time it is not a grave health threat - the problem is that 1%. The last of those was the 1918 Spanish Flu which killed 25 million people in the first 25 weeks and 50 million overall - that is more than the deaths from all wars combined. Over a third of the population of the planet contracted the Spanish Flu, and over 10% died. The primary complication of influenza is a follow on pneumonia, and that is what you watch for. So what you look for is a cough which is "wet" and becoming worse, a fever which continues to rise (101 or above),or an increase in the overall body soreness. What can you do? Stay hydrated - this is critical because the virus produces toxins which are the source of the aches and the malaise, and increasing fluids helps the body to flush them out. Motrin is the best drug to control the fever and the aches. The H1N1 virus is almost completely resistant to Tamiflu, but has susceptibility to Relenza or Rimantidine. We now return you to your regularly scheduled broadcast.
bobc More than 1 year ago
HG 153 Hoping it stays on the turf. #1 Minishaft Broke his maiden at this distance. Plenty of time to recover from winning effort. Great trainer and jockey stats in all relevant areas. #4 Gran Appeal 3 for 3 in the money on this course. Strong 2nd at this distance and course condition the one to beat. #8 Classical Fashion Will try to wire them. 5 for 5 itm on turf. Will use in bottom of exotics. Wager: $40 win #1 $40 $40 ex 1/ 4 $40 $10 tri 1,4/ 1,4/ 8 $20 bobc
Eric S. More than 1 year ago
HG Belmont 7 Just saw #2 is scratched. Updated play 70 Exacta 5/8 5 Tri Key 5/3-4-8
Turnbackthealarm More than 1 year ago
Feel better Annie!
chicago gerry More than 1 year ago
Frankie, I don't think my last post went through. So I will try again. We landed on the same runner. I posted first, but in light of the yielding course I may change my wager. It is something I do on a regular basis anyway. Also, I don't mess with Texans. Good luck this week. annie, Hope you do better. Don't become a Jim Henson. leo, great to see your HG post! SR Vegas, Enjoyed your last post. steve t, Do to my inability to understand things involving math, I did not understand the value-ratio-thing you mentioned, but I think I got the gist of it. It wasn't because you did not communicate it well. In regards to playable races, toss outs and value plays. A handicapper generally knows the odds table but he should also have the Odds Prcentage Table in front of him at all times when he is makeing up his wagering ticket. When determining value, the Odds Percentage Table will give you some insight in what you are doing. For example 1-1 is 50.00, 3-1 is 25.00, and 10-1 is 9.09. This good to know when you are trying ti determine who to keep in and who to toss. In regards to toss outs, runners in form at the various class levels are not going to be separated by the length of a football field or by minutes. But instead many times they are going to be separated by a few feet or seconds. In light of the stress and trouble that can occur in the running of a race, many times it makes a lot of sense to take the 10-1 runner over the 3-1 runner and the public and odds be darned. Go for the value.
Jim Peregoy More than 1 year ago
HG 153: The 3 (Changing Skies) could have his Racing Post converted to a 99 Beyer under some guidelines. More than enough to win this. The layoff is the concern and 1st U. S. start. I'll toss the logical #5 from win position due to 4/55 trainer record. Next logical contder is #4 (Big closing kick in win that was 2 races back on yielding turf). $5.00 Trifecta # 3,4 WT # 3,4,5,6 WT # 3,4,5,6 $60 $10 Exacta Box 3-4 = $20 $10 Exacta 3 + 4 with 1 = $20
garym More than 1 year ago
hg with the scratch of the#2 I'm changing my bet.The new bet. $50ex box 3-7
bobc More than 1 year ago
Annie Hope you are feeling better when you read this, but if not get to a doctor or an emergency room to get a shot of tamiflu. I am not a doctor but my girlfriend is an emergency room nurse and she see's a number of people coming in with bad coughs and overall body soreness. She says the sooner you get the shot the better. Again, I hope your feeling better and this advice is not necessary for you and can be quickly discarded. bobc
easygoer More than 1 year ago
HandiN1Xgambling: Must choose early, hope it stays on the grass. I'm shutting out the favorites; I don't like overseas shippers off long layoffs nor horses who have only run in maidens. The 9's won the most money, so I'll throw her in with three that figure. $2 TB 1,4,6,9 $2 SB 1,4,6,9 $1 SPW 1,9/1,9/4,6/4,6
chris More than 1 year ago
Dan/HG 153, I'm fairly new to horse handicapping and have learned alot from everyone's discussions/angles. With regard to today's HG at Belmont on yielding turf course, are there certain pedigrees that do better on less than firm turf courses (like mudders on dirt)?