04/25/2014 5:15PM

Can Hudson Landing Still Go?


I'm hoping for a square price on HUDSON LANDING (#1, 8-1 ML) in Saturday's Grade 3 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields.

He's 7-years-old and hasn't won a race since November 23, 2012, but for those of you that think the 2012 San Francisco Mile winner is too long in the tooth, make sure you watch his most recent start, a $62,500 optional claimer at one mile over the Tapeta surface on March 30.

That race, Hudson Landing's first start in over four months, was run at an absolute glacial pace. PEPNIC (#4, 8-1 ML) was allowed to waltz through mind-boggling fractions of 26.65, 52.62 and 1:17.06 while Hudson Landing was on hold in the pocket. Turning for home, Hudson Landing was forced to wait for running room and he eventually shot up the inside to fall short by three-quarters of a length to the fresh Pepnic.

It was a solid prep race for Hudson Landing, who should get plenty of pace to attack in the San Francisco Mile. Pepnic and PEPPER CROWN (#2, 15-1 ML) both have speed, but the main pace should come from the two morning line favorites, SUMMER HIT (#6, 8-5 ML) and HORIZONTALYSPEAKING (#7, 2-1 ML). If there is some heavy banging in the early portion of the race, Hudson Landing figures to be moving strongly in the lane. I'd play him to win at 5-1 odds or greater and would use him in exotics with the sharp Horizontalyspeaking and LONGVIEW DRIVE (#3, 15-1 ML), a late-kicker trained by Jerry Hollendorfer that may be a bit better on dirt than turf, but should get the right pace scenario.

*I don't have a strong opinion in the HandiGambling race. I guess STEEL CUT should run pretty well at this level, but he won't offer a ton of value at 3-1 on the morning line. Perhaps the key is to try and get the firster, INDYGO STAR, into the number at good odds. Trainer Tim Glyshaw does not do very well with debut runners, but this filly shows some okay workouts and doesn't catch any killers on Saturday evening. My top three picks would be 2-1-6, but really don't have an affinity for anyone.

*As for the Derby Trial, BAYERN is going to be real tough if Baffert decides to run him. If he scratches, then MYOSITIS DAN becomes the pick. Unfortunately, neither likely offers much value in the win pool.  The same goes for TAPTOWNE in the Texas Mile, who looms very tough with BOURBON COURAGE.

More importantly, who do you like this weekend?  I want to know.


Dan.....have you given up on War Dancer?...
Jay Van Horn

He's a sneaky horse because we know he has quality (Virginia Derby winner) and his last two races completely dirty up his form (tough trip two back, doesn't want dirt the excuse for last time). He's a complete unknown at 12 furlongs, however, and that makes me a bit worried. He's very talented with some upside and can't be counted out. It will be interesting to see how they bet the race.


*Just want to thank everyone for sticking with me as I begin to blog more often. The links to the previous blogs (and blog comments) are listed below.















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All of the weekend stakes videos should be available at the following link by Friday afternoon.



Congrats to Joe L 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.

Joe L. picked Saturday's first race at Churchill Downs for this week's HandiGambling event.


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.


-  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 "Monthly Enhanced 60-Card 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!




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SR Vegas More than 1 year ago
Curtis V Slewster ...you are on a roll ! Well done in HG , again :) SR Vegas
SR Vegas More than 1 year ago
Annie MKB I know I am behind on listing current MKB workouts here. For those who may not know...DFR has a link ( it's in the gray header line at the top of the home page) under " Derby Workouts ". It's a free content and not a DRF + product. phttp://www.drf.com/events/kentucky-derby-workouts-churchill-downs It shows a listing of the Derby contenders over the last week, a comment, and a video with Mike Welsch regarding their workouts. I hope to update the MKB and 'other' entries for the weekend, soon. BTW, your MKB WICKED STRONG got a wickedly poor post , bummer. I stopped by my local casino today to find out what DRF pp's/papers were available. Pre Derby stuff, or anything for this weekend yet ?...NADA! They said for me to try back tomorrow, and they hoped to have what was needed for the weekend aka : Ky Oaks and Ky Derby Derby , and the normal country wide tracks. So far we are still waiting on CDI and the Casinos here to find out if a deal is made to have simulcast wagering. DRF had an article about it. http://www.drf.com/news/chuchill-downs-vegas-books-lack-simulcasting-deal and also the Sporting News today. http://linemakers.sportingnews.com/sport/2014-04-30/floyd-mayweather-fight-odds-las-vegas-kentucky-derby-maidana-jay-kornegay Ky Derby : 2 days 21 hours 54 minutes and counting ! wheeee ! SR Vegas
PennNatRick More than 1 year ago
Congrats to Curtis V. Slewster for his HG win. The next HG game will be Derby 140. The wagers offered will be Oaks/Derby Double, Oaks/Woodford/Derby Pick 3 and any wagers the Derby offers. Any wagers involving the Oaks are due before the gates open on Friday's Oaks race. There is no 10 cent superfectas. Please keep all wagers at Dans $100 limit. Rick
Turnbackthealarm More than 1 year ago
Vicstu, I was waiting for "Let the damn horse run fool!" comment. Which brings me to a post I saw on facebook, a lovely video of Rags to Riches out in her paddock today, pregnant with another Galileo baby. Since my girlfriends(who had never been to a horse race) and I were at the Belmont the day she beat Curlin, after falling to her knees, I felt compelled to watch the Belmont on Youtube with a focus on Hard Spun. I can see why it still gets you all riled up. What a bonehead ride. It looked like the jock was trying to get up on a pair of water skis and by the time he gave the horse his head, he was spent. The half went in over 50 too, which made it especially doubley ridiculous.
SR Vegas More than 1 year ago
Van Savant OMG YUM ! ....enough said. Me, I'll be pulling out the made from scratch chile rellenos :) Happy Ky Derby and Cinco De Mayo . SR Vegas
AZ Wildcat More than 1 year ago
Ron, The problem with Churchill is they are now a casino company who oh by the way has to run some horse races to keep their license. All of their tracks look like they haven't been touched for years, they are in constant fights with all of the ADWs (including DRF) and they answer the phone "Churchill Downs, what the stronach do you want?". I warned people about using these casinos to prop up the game 7 years ago. They will cut our throat and leave us to die by the side of the road the second they can. It is the prototypical deal with the devil. For once California is on the right side of something (certainly not by plan...).
WEMISSARTIE More than 1 year ago
This just in from Churchill Downs.......the stewards have lifted Rosie Napravnik's 4 day suspension, after drawing the 1 hole in the derby, they figured that was punishment enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Roc Will Bite (what?), At the moment, I'm just trying to decide who could run in the superfecta. I will include CAL CHROME for sure. And, I'm looking at horses like INTENSE HOLIDAY, WICKED STRONG, CANDY BOY, HOPPERTUNITY, DANCE WITH FATE, DANZA, and MEDAL COUNT. Annie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GROAN!!!! You saw it. My WICKED STRONG drew the 20th post. Who do they think he is, BIG BROWN? I don't know if he's good enough to win from way out there. I kind of wish Gary Stevens was on him. He'd know what to do. Sheesh! Annie
Turnbackthealarm More than 1 year ago
Ron Z, I had to shell out the $150 because I was desperate and under a deadline. But I will do my best not to buy from either company again. Sorry they are trying to get you too. Poor Rosie, She gets the inside in the Derby and the outside in the Oaks, which were considered the worst in each respective race. VS, I think I'll just fly to Denver this weekend instead of sing. Love is the best ingredient. :) I think I have the Oaks in my sights, but the Derby is still a big mystery. Looking forward to seeing the HG pps...............