02/27/2009 5:07PM

Catching up


Thank you for responding to my wishlist comment, but that is FORMULATOR. It just looks so complicated. I have used the old basic format for so long that I worry I won't have the time to learn how to get around in it. (Frightened of mechanical things and advanced technology computer stuff). And, no Uncle Steve, I don't do snowblower maintenance or plowing with those scary things.

For many, many years after the first version of Formulator was released, I scoffed at the technology.  I thought it would be too difficult to learn, and was terrified of losing all of my data.  Of course, my data consisted of marble notebooks full of trip and bias notes, and I would have to go back through my books if I wanted to transcribe my notes onto the past performances.  My peers laughed as I would drag a knapsack full of foolishness to the racetrack while all of their information was on their personalized past perfornances.  Finally, I took the bait.  My challenge was to find the flaws, and point them out to these tech geeks that were so dependant on their computers.  Of course, in finding the flaws, I also found that I was saving hours upon hours of work.  In one place, I could save all of my notes, look up charts, and get just about any trainer stat possible.  Now, with the Formulator Web, I can get video replays, and pedigree reports, and there is more on the way.  I would advise any handicapper to at least give it a try.  I'm sure it's not for everyone, and it may not be for you, but it deserves a glance.  Now I know you said you gave it a glance in the past, but there's some good stuff there, and you can customize it to your needs.  One more chance?


Dan, could you possibly update us on Cost Of Freedom? Will he ever race again? What's happening on this front. I miss him.

After failing a prerace physical on three separate occasions, Cost of Freedom was finally taken out of training in mid-January.  You can follow his progress on the Disabled List on the right side of the blog where I will record his workouts, entries, etc. whenever they occur.


Thanks for your help before.  Can I ask a third (and I hope) last time on some?
Again all are female, all appeared at the Keeneland Mixed Sale. 
Fortune in Faith 3 y/o $20K
Garden Music 4 y/o $10K
Granny's Tale 3 y/o $35K
Imagistic 5 y/o $50K

Not 100% sure about any of these, but Fortune in Faith was purchased by a bloodstock agent based in California with ties to South American racing. As a sibling to Grade 1 winner Valid Angel, she most likely will become a broodmare although a SoCal start is possible.  Imagistic was purchased by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, and may be bred to one of their stallions.  Garden Music has a nice pedigree, and it's possible that she'll be bred right away instead of continuing her racing career..  Not sure about Granny's Tale, but I'm going to guess that she'll retire unraced, and be bred.


just a question Dan
do you know where the workout track
listed as Classic Mile is located?
John Lyons

The Classic Mile is a training center in Ocala, Florida.  For more information, check out their website at:



I really like your Derby Top Ten and I like HB. I was wondering, who from the honorable mention list you think might have a chance to jump up and suprise. I was thinking Giant Oak for one
chicago gerry

Giant Oak is certainly on the bubble as his Risen Star trip was terrible.  Flying Pegasus ran well in the Risen Star in his first start off a significant injury.  Patena has tons of potential, and is now with Dutrow.  Haynesfield and Mr. Fantasy get a big shot in the Gotham, and Take the Points is a very intriguing sleeper in the Sham.


Dan-Could you possibly give me the last 3 beyers for That I Am- Before I call Mike and lobby for his next race I'm trying to confirm my theory that he just doesn't like Oaklawn and will be a much better horse back at Hawthorne. (If my theory is correct, 25K at Hawthorne, if not, 14 or maybe 18)
Stephen L. Taylor

Here they are:

2/8/09 - 45
1/19/09 - 66
1/3/09 - 74


Could i get a little help from the pedigree people out there about this horse's chances in the derby?
The name is ORTHODOX.
He just won at FG on the turf today in his 1st race back after popping and stopping in the in the BC juvenile turf. (as my pick, but anyway) What are his chances, pedigree wise?

I'm thinking that trainer John Glenney is going to keep this one on the grass ala his solid older stakes horse Transduction Gold.  Orthodox is by Fountain of Youth and Blue Grass winner Pulpit out of Dominique's Joy, a Grade 3 winner that raced exclusively on grass.  The third dam was a stakes-winning sprinter on the main track as a juvenile.  The fourth dam was a Grade 2 winner on the main track, and the fifth dam won the Barbara Fritchie and Black-Eyed Susan.  He should have plenty of stamina, and there is dirt way back in the pedigree, but closer up in the bloodlines, it appears he'll prefer grass.  Laura's pedigree analysis of the horse is top-rate so if you haven't read it just yet, scroll back a few posts.


Dan, i know it wasn't a weekend stakes race, but can you provide the Beyer figure for Rail Trip's allowance win last week? I really feel he may be the best horse in the country.

Rail Trip earned a career-low 96 Beyer registering his fourth straight facile victory.  He's obviously a talented runner, but hasn't faced the big boys just yet.


Dan -
A couple of questions regarding the Disabled List 2008/09 that appears on the right side of the blog.
Who compiles this monumental task?  Do you have a team that adds information into the Google Docs on a daily basis?
And how are retirements and private purchases handled? Especially how does one know that the horse that's now returning to training is under the tutelage of a new barn. Is there a way to find out before the horse is entered in a race?
Thanks much to the DRF team.

I started the Disabled List thanks to a wonderful idea by Steve T. way back in 2007, and have kept it updated every since.  I wish I had a team to help me compile the information, but I don't, and sometimes I can fall behind a little bit.  In a perfect world, I would update every single day.  I have a WatchList for every horse on the current list, and add in workouts and entries when they become available.  Most of the information is gleaned from the wonderful nuggets of knowledge our beat writers provide in the daily paper.  Other bits and pieces are taken from "on-the-record" discussions with horsemen. 
When a horse is publicly retired, or I am contacted directly by the owner, I will add the horse to the retired list.  As for private purchases, it is a bit difficult to keep tabs on those kind of horses until they are entered back, or I hear a specific piece of information pertaining to the horse.


Do you think Criminal Type belongs in the HOF? Would you post his lifetime PP's?
Steve T

He had an awesome season in 1990 when he vanquished Easy Goer, Sunday Silence, Dancing Spree, Opening Verse, Housebuster, Ruhlmann, etc.  Hall of Fame-worthy career?  I'm not so sure.

Here are his past performances:

Download Criminal Type


Do you have any information on Augustusthestrong (A.P. Indy-Fire The Groom by Blushing Groom)?
Calvin Carter

Augustusthestrong is trained by Aidan O'Brien in Ireland for the powerful Coolmore conglomerate.  He raced once at two, finishing sixth in a maiden race over the polytrack at Dundalk.  Here are his past performances. 

Download Augustus

He is a half-brother to Stravinsky, a multiple Group 1 turf sprint winner in Europe, and Moscow Ballet.


Here are some quick and dirty selections for this weekend's stakes races:

Canadian Turf:  Just as Well
Fountain of Youth:  This Ones for Phil
Sham:  Take the Points
Davona Dale:  Justwhistledixie
Baldwin:  Flashmans Papers

Best of luck to all.  Will combine two weeks worth of Beyer recaps on Monday as well as the usual weekend thoughts.

Take care,