12/02/2009 5:21PM

Bayakoa, some pp's


Zenyatta will return to the scene of her greatest triumph when she parades at Santa Anita on December 26. 

Speaking of top racemares, Hollywood Park will host the Bayakoa Handicap on Saturday afternoon, honoring the champion older mare of 1989 and 1990.  Here's a link to her first Breeders' Cup Distaff victory at Gulfstream Park.



   I'm guessing since Super Saver made Dan's list with a 93 beyer, Maximus Ruler came in lower. Doesn't stop me from believing he would have won if entered in the stakes instead. The funny part about it is I think the MW1x that MR ran in was tougher than the stake race.
Mike A

Maximus Ruler received an 85 Beyer for winning his maiden in an entry-level allowance race at Churchill Downs. 


Thanks for the info. I need it for one more horse though please, Charismatic.

Charismatic won his maiden on November 21, 1998 in his sixth lifetime start


What do Tiznow, Azeri, Mineshaft, Saint Liam, Invasor, Bernardini, Zenyatta and Summer Bird have in common?
If these guys aren't proof that, IN THIS DAY AND AGE,  not racing your horse at 2 leaves you with a better horse in the long run I don't know what is. 
Dan, can we get the pp's for these guys?
Captain Bodgit

Here they are:

Download Big horses


HG 161:
Has anyone else noticed the inflated figures coming out of Saratoga?  I guess that's a result of Rachel and Commentator scorching the oval. In any case, I'm weary of trusting the numbers out of that locale so I'll scrap Macho Again (as a win candidate) and Bullsbay.
From a speed figure standpoint, Einstein doesn't seem to be the same horse on dirt. Couple that with an extreme outside post and I will gladly toss him as well.
I will also be expecting a bounce from Etched, who scored over a sealed Meadowlands track last out.  He may be able to stay the distance, but he's going to be dealing with a barrage of closers in this one. Toss.
I am very enticed by the 3 year olds in this race; Blame especially. A lightly raced colt with success over two different surfaces at the distance.
The play:
$50 Ex 5/2,12
I'll select the Delta Jackpot for the next HG contest... gotta give the people what they want.  Congrats to Steve T and Wilson as well, I hope you cashed in on your thoughts.

Congrats to TheVanGogh for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling exercise.  He selects the Delta Jackpot on Friday night for this week's race.  Here are the past performances:

Download HG162

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.

Best of luck to all.

knm More than 1 year ago
Blackstone, It's about 2 minutes to post in the 7th at GG. I've just bet $1 - #2 on the bottom with all. I hope I'm not jinxing myself!
Mike A More than 1 year ago
I went through some of the other races at Delta. Weather notwithstanding, but what the heck. I'm in Texas and it's 34 degrees. Talk about hell freezing over. This is also before any scratches. 4th Double Espresso Fools In Love Going To The Sun 5th Mayhaw Unforgotten Zarb's Ballerina 6th Lookin Mighty Fast Discreet Street Dumar Classy Gentleman (Tough race that one) 7th Bella Deamante Quiet Temper Truth and Justice 8th EZ Dreamer Tend Jonesboro The weather hasn't hit Texas yet except for it being cold, so I'll keep my fingers crossed it won't happen at DeD either. Mike A
Mike A More than 1 year ago
Mickey, I always wondered what the secret formula was....It worked so well. It was the circumstances of it that intrigued me. He always claimed sound horses, that was paramount. They usually had some back class or at the least showed ability. They just weren't fast enough, for whatever reason. That formula not only made them fast enough it also made horses "brave" If you looked a Barrera horse in the eye he'd look right back at you and say so long, it crossed class too. I'm not sure if he ever did it with fillies, if not it may be an indicator on what was in the "mix". You know I always wanted to go back over those years, see excatly the method to his madness and try to figure out what he did. Like you said, once he started winning who cared as long as you put him in the mix. At first though it aggravated me because it took me a few losing bets to get it. Once I got it I rode the gravy train till it went off the tracks. Mike A
TurfRuler More than 1 year ago
HG 162 Oak Motte closes with a rush, first time blinkers, hot jockey, high percentage trainer, snowy weather!!!! race run close to midnight!!! (just checking to see if anyone is paying attention(: $6 superfecta 8 // 3-4 // 1-2 // 3-4 = $24 $6 superfecta 8 // 3-4 // 6-7 // 3-4 = $24 $6 superfecta 8 // 6-7 // 3-4 // 6-7 = $24 $6 superfecta 8 // 1-2 // 3-4 // 1-2 = %24 Total $96
Ron Zuercher More than 1 year ago
baltimore brian, Haven't you finished first or been very close in some HG's? That should give you some confidence to write your thoughts and questions here. I welcome your posts and your two cents is worth just as much as my two cents. One book I have always found fascinating is "The Racing Maxims of Pittsburgh Phil" written in the early 1900's but still available. It puts racing and especially wagering into some very basic premises. Good luck and try to keep the enthusiasm you have for racing into your racing future and not to get too jaded by the parts of racing that will discourage you. But be aware of those facets of the racing endeavor.
blackstone More than 1 year ago
Baltimore Brian I know your comment was meant for others-but didn't you win an HG race? I think you did-that's great given the inexperience you're talking about!
Steve T. More than 1 year ago
Ron, Real Quiet has over 300 foals, so I am going to go out on a limb and say he is not a gelding...
Virgin Queen More than 1 year ago
mikeA, i have 2 give the national enquirer credit,when they pick up the scent,look out.tabloid journalism at it's best.
Ron Zuercher More than 1 year ago
One of the reasons I read and occasionally post to this blog is the wealth of information and diverse ideas expressed here. If you are mistaken with your facts, as I have been at times, you will be politely corrected by someone with "better" facts, meaning the real ones. Racing has changed over the years since I have beeh paying attention, albeit slowly. Training methods, shipping methods, large purses at small racetracks. Even the Daily Racing Form. If I was the owner of a decent two year old, soon to be three, I would be tempted to chase the big prize money since so much is given away in small fields with suspect entrants. If I get in the Derby, because of money earned, stranger things have been known to happen. (Giacomo, Mine That Bird) Plus I would have eternal bragging rights, " I was in the Derby". Don't remember which one, but Stephens, Whittingham, Van Berg or others said something to the effect of "getting up in the morning is easier when you have a good two year old in your barn" Marlon Brando in On The Waterfront, "I coulda been a contender". And that is what my MKB horse will be.
Annie More than 1 year ago
Whackymacky, Your morning post ended up at the end of the previous thread. It may not get read. Annie