10/01/2014 4:24PM

On to the Breeders' Cup

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Thanks to everyone that entered the FormBlog Breeders' Cup Fantasy Handicapping League.

We have 484 contestants. KYL syndicate is in the lead with 1619 fantasy earnings.

I am currently in 39th place and have some work to do.

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This week's fantasy races are Saturday's Breeders' Futurity from Keeneland and Sunday's Spinster Stakes from Keeneland.


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TONALIST was a smashing winner of the historic Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont on a Super-duper Saturday at the old track on Long Island.

We knew that Tonalist would relax without blinkers, but chalk-bettors must have felt anxious as Tonalist broke a half-beat slow and was far back along the inside.

When WICKED STRONG lost his rider, Rajiv Maragh, entering the far turn, Tonalist had to check a couple of times from between horses. He soon regained his momentum under Joel Rosario, however, and advanced sweetly along the rail.

Rosario was the picture of confidence in the stirrups, and he failed to panic when Tonalist found a hint of traffic trouble in upper stretch. He simply waited a few strides, altered course to the three-path, split rivals, and kept Tonalist to a strong hand ride to win going away. The Belmont Stakes winner galloped out well in front of his opponents.

There was a ton of drama surrounding the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Millionaire PRAYER FOR RELIEF got loose in the paddock, flipped twice, and was scratched after suffering some lacerations to his chest. He should be fine.

Thankfully, Wicked Strong was also uninjured. The Wood Memorial and Jim Dandy winner seemed to be moving well in between horses when Junior Alvarado, aboard MORENO, most carelessly moved into Wicked Strong’s path. Maragh ended up with a broken arm and Alvarado ended up with a deserved 15-day suspension.

Some handicappers will argue that Tonalist is a Belmont horse-for-course, a 3-year-old that won’t transfer his good New York form to another surface. As for me, I couldn’t have been more impressed with his Jockey Club Gold Cup and he is at the forefront of contenders for next month’s Breeders’ Cup Classic going 1 1/4 miles at Santa Anita.

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Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from 9/23/14 - 9/30/14

1. PRIVATE ZONE - 106 - Vosburgh Invitational (G1) - 6 Furlongs - 27Sep14-8BEL
1. TONALIST - 106 - Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) - 1 1/4 Miles - 27Sep14-10BEL
3. MAIN SEQUENCE - 104 - Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (G1) - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) - 27Sep14-9BEL
4. BELLE GALLANTEY - 103 - Beldame Invitational (G1) -  1 1/8 Miles - 27Sep14-5BEL
4. VYJACK - 103 - Kelso Handicap (G2) - 1 Mile - 27Sep14-4BEL
6. MICO MARGARITA - 102 - Remington Park Sprint Cup - 6 Furlongs - 28Sep14-10RP
7. AMERICAN PHAROAH - 101 - Frontrunner Stakes (G1) - 1 1/16 Miles - 27Sep14-6SA
7. BIO PRO - 101 - OC 80k/C -N - 7 Furlongs (Turf) - 24Sep14-7BEL
7. CIGAR STREET - 101 - Homecoming Classic Stakes - 1 1/8 Miles - 27Sep14-9CD
7. SHARED BELIEF - 101 - Awesome Again Stakes (G1) - 1 1/8 Miles - 27Sep14-8SA
11. BEHOLDER - 99 - Zenyatta Stakes (G1) - 1 1/16 Miles - 27Sep14-5SA
11. SIOUX - 99 - OC 40k/N2X -N - 1 Mile - 28Sep14-8BEL
13. LIAM'S MAP - 98 - Md Sp Wt 75k - 1 Mile - 26Sep14-7BEL
13. STEPHANIE'S KITTEN - 98 - Flower Bowl Invitational (G1) - 1 1/4 Miles (Turf) - 27Sep14-7BEL
15. DREAMSGONEWILD - 96 - Laurel Dash Stakes - 6 Furlongs (Turf) -  27Sep14-11LRL
15. FAST N FINE LOOKIN - 96 - Flashy Lady Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 28Sep14-6RP
15. MISS MISCHIEF - 96 - H B P A Stakes - 1 Mile 70 Yards (Tapeta) - 25Sep14-5PID
15. TONITO M. - 96 - Oklahoma Derby (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles - 28Sep14-8RP
19. INDIANAPOLIS - 95 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 26Sep14-8SA
19. MANCHURIAN HIGH - 95 - Laurel Turf Cup - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) - 27Sep14-10LRL
19. NOBLE CORNERSTONE - 95 - Alw 92000N1X - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 27Sep14-2BEL
22. BRIGHT THOUGHT - 94 - John Henry Turf Championship (G2) - 1 1/4 Miles (Turf) - 28Sep14-7SA
22. EMOLLIENT - 94 - Rodeo Drive Stakes (G1) - 1 1/4 Miles (Turf) - 27Sep14-7SA
22. EXPECT ROYALTY - 94 - OC 25k/N2Y -N - 1 Mile - 26Sep14-8RET
22. HEART TO HEART - 94 - Jefferson Cup (G3) - 1 Mile - 27Sep14-10CD

*The lifetime past performances for PRIVATE ZONE and TONALIST are available at the bottom of this blog post.


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Dan and Bloggers,
With the short Keeneland meet coming up this weekend this will be the first time they will be running on a special dirt surface. How do you adjust your handicapping for the surface switch? Do you not play Friday and just watch the races and then dive in on Saturday? What is your angle for trying to play this?
Thanks
Rick


I'm very interested in seeing how the new surface plays. Many of us remember the speed-favoring highway that the Keeneland dirt resembled prior to the polytrack era. It was in stark contrast to the synthetic track that sometimes seemed to gobble up speed horses, no matter how strong their pace advantage.

I would scale back my play a little bit for the early races on Friday, but would not fail to bet a strong opinion due to fear of a possible bias. Let's wait, see, and hope that the track plays fair.


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*The links to the five most recent blogs (and blog comments) are listed below:


http://www.drf.com/blogs/few-consider

http://www.drf.com/blogs/unorthodox-prep

http://www.drf.com/blogs/catching-3

http://www.drf.com/blogs/shared-belief-romps

http://www.drf.com/blogs/delivers-again


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You can follow me on Twitter @DRF_DanIllman.


The video previews for most of this weekend's graded stakes action will be available later in the week at the following link:


http://www.drf.com/videos#stakes-previews


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Congrats to Pat Gavin for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling race.

Rick M's scoresheet is available at the bottom of this blog post.

On tab 2 you will see each HG Race we've held and they are color coded to denote if the race was run on Turf, Dirt or Poly.

Pat Gavin selected Friday's Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland for this week's exercise.


PAST PERFORMANCES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS BLOG POST.


SR Vegas and Rick M. have graciously decided to streamline all of the HG rules in order to make them an easier read for everyone...

With so many new people attending Dan's Formblog we thought it would be a good time to update the Handigambling Guidelines and Rules as we go forward in 2014.

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. We are 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.

HANDIGAMBLING:

-  Please start your post with  HG or HANDIGAMBLING to better recognize and find your entry.

-  You have a mythical $100 to wager in whatever format you choose and that is available for that HG race.
Anyone going over the $100 limit will be disqualified.

- Post your WAGER and ANALYSIS to the blog WITH YOUR NAME/OR MONIKER AT THE END OF THE POST.  Remember that posts may start as 'anonymous' or an 'alternate name'. You MUST sign yourself at the end (even if it is the same) This enables the scorekeeper to recognize you .

- (1) ONE ENTRY per person for the Handigambling contest. If you have multiple email addresses, use just ONE for contest purposes.  Multiple entries will be cause for disqualification.

- Separate your analysis from the wager and use the horses # in your wager. Just like you would do in a real wager. No horse names.

-In the event of a tie, the earliest post gets first preference. Dan reserves the right to approve or deny any entries.

- The winner will receive a "60-Card Quarterly Formulator Past Performance Plan"

As an example :

HG 2014
The speed in this race goes to  horses # 1, 4 ,6 ..Ennie , Meenie, and Mo
Since it's a sprint I don't see any closers catching them.. like # 9 Miney.
I think trainer Groucho with the #6 Mo has the best stats in this condition, route to sprint.. just a gut feeling at large odds ML 20-1

HG wager
50$ Ex box 1-6
total $100

Thanks Dan!

Harpo
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A MORE DETAILED ANALYSIS IS ALWAYS APPRECIATED !
 
REMEMBER, IF YOU ARE DECLARED THE WINNER OF THE HANDIGAMBLING EXERCISE; PLEASE CONTACT FORMBLOG@DRF.COM WITH YOUR DRF LOGIN AND PASSWORD IN ORDER TO ACCESS YOUR PRIZE PACKAGE.

ALSO, IF THE WINNER WOULD LIKE TO SELECT THE FOLLOWING WEEK'S RACE, PLEASE CONTACT FORMBLOG@DRF.COM NO LATER THAN THE FOLLOWING WEDNESDAY MORNING (A FRIDAY RACE IS MOST IDEAL)

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