07/09/2008 8:09PM

Catching Up!


Handicappers of the Week:

*Ed had the $60.60 exacta in the eighth at Arlington on Thursday, and the $131.40 exacta box AND superfecta in the Stars and Stripes on Friday as well as Notional in the Salvator Mile.  Also, Sharp Surprise ($34.80 for place) was a tremendous pick, and Coronet for a Baron won on Sunday as well as Return to Paradise ($20.60).
*David W. had the exacta in the Firecracker as well as the cold superfecta in the Jersey Shore.
*larryk picked Salah Mrs. D, Diamond Diva,  Street Match ($19.20), Azul Leon, Hannahs Classy Boy, Tizsweetdreams, Street Boss, and Hopehophope
*Steve T/Dr. Derango picked American Imperium ($23), Zenyatta, Hannahs Classy Boy ($10), Diamond Diva, and Street Boss at Hollywood.
*cayman01 liked Presious Passion and the exacta in the Vanity. 
*Van Savant picked Zanda Blue ($12.20), Stormy Inferno ($6.20), Hannahs Classy Boy, and Tizsweetdreams at Hollywood.
*Chase and johnnyz picked Presious Passion ($29.60) in the United Nations.
*Annie and Arazi liked Notional ($17.80) in the Salvator Mile.
*James Mc. had the "saver" Notional - Presious Passion double as well as Zenyatta.
*BigEasyBigChok predicted the late double at Belmont on Friday.
*JZ  liked Lucky Island, J Be K, Diamond Diva, Zenyatta, and Luck
*Ivan liked Zenyatta, Diamond Diva, and Street Boss
*Greg liked Maddy's Lion ($10.80) at Monmouth on Saturday.
*monmouthisajoke selected Thorn Song and J Be K
*chicago gerry and scianc22 picked Diamond Diva
*alhattab liked Rue d'Argent at Monmouth.

Great job as usual, and sorry if I missed anybody.


Just want to thank Alan for his recent handicapping contest.  I'll try to get in if I have time.  If not, you can use my FormBlog picks as "official" selections.


Also want to thank Van Savant for his recollections of Silky Sullivan.


dan, anyway you could post the p.p.s of the maryland bred HARBOR OF GRACE my best friend paul truitt claimed him & did a great job with the horse. thank you
I was wondering... Could you post the pps for the retired race horse I own, Wallahigh? He is by Smarten, out of Feodalite, and was a 1997 foal. I've always wondered what he did (or didn't do, as the case may be) on the race track. Alls I know is, he is my baby....
Also, could someone tell me a bit about his parents as well? I know a very little of Smarten, and was able to get a few pics from the farm he last stood at, but I would really like a color conformation pic. And what he did as a sire and broodmare sire.... And of course, what Feodalite did (or didn't do) and what her foals acomplished.
And I would not be averse to a pedigree analysis of Wallahigh..... :) Just wondering what his breeders could have been trying for....

Wallahigh ran once in his career.  Here are his past performances:

Download Wallahigh.pdf

Wallahigh's sire, Smarten, won four Derby races (Illinois, Ohio, American, Pennsylvania), won 11 of 27 races, and earned over 700K.  Smarten is a half-brother to Grade 2 winner Quadratic, and multiple Grade 1 winner Smart Angle (dam of Grade 2 winner, Houston, etc).  Smarten was a solid sire, and he is the broodmare sire of Smart Strike (the sire of Curlin). 
Feodalite was bred in France, won one race out of 11 starts, and is a half-sister to Daloma (winner of the Grade 3 A Gleam Handicap), and Moucha (stakes-placed in France). 

Here is a listing of Feodalite's other foals:

1987:  Fiorenza (by Bob's Dusty) - 1 win in 29 starts in France
1988:  Power Circle (by Lines of Power) - won 6 of 52 starts
1989:  Club Euro (by Restless Meteor) - won 6 of 45 starts
1990:  Green Pajamas (by Restless Meteor) - won 6 of 22 starts
1991:  No Report
1992:  Coral Delight (by Vaal Reef) - 0 wins in 6 starts
1993:  Scarlite (by Sportin' Life) - 2 wins in 32 starts
1994:  TWINS!
a) Deux (by Allen's Prospect) - 0 wins in 4 starts
b) My Danny Boy (by Allen's Prospect) - unraced
1995:  Aire Lite (by Sportin' Life) - 0 wins in 1 start
1996:  No report
1998:  Barren (bred to Smarten)
1999:  Digamy (by Digamist) - 1 win in 8 starts
2000:  Fly Lite (by Fly Till Dawn) - 0 wins in 4 starts
2001:  Fancy Nanc (by Quarry) - 1 win in 19 starts

Wallahigh was bred to do his best running on turf, but never got a chance to strut his stuff on the grass.  Wallahigh was purchased for $9,000 as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale in 1998. 


Here are the lifetime past performances:

Download HarborofGrace.pdf


Anybody know about Larry Jones' workout methods? I noticed big gaps with a few of his runners this weekend, and today saw how Maren's Meadow has worked sporadically since the Black Eyed Susan. Usually I bet against this pattern, but I also love Jones' efforts; any help?

It's important to track each trainer's work patterns on an individual basis.  I've noticed several live Jones runners at Delaware this meet running off sporadic or no works in the last month.  I'm with you in that I usually don't play horses with big gaps in the worktab, but it seems to work for Jones, and I won't throw one of his runners out if the worktab is on the light side.


Huh??racing interest is more profitable than owning the steelers with the fat nfl tv contract?? please somebody explain.From evrything i ever read about horse racing going belly up and the rooneys (god bless them)are making more money off racing interest than the steelers bring in

I'm assuming they're talking about the enormous slot revenue they're taking in from Yonkers Raceway (Empire City Gaming). 


Interesting note: I read on a Canadian news site that plans have already been put in place to televise Curlin's race on Canada networks. Whats the odds of the NTRA, and or ESPN making that happen in the USA?

The Man o'War will be televised on ESPNews here in the United States.


Hey Dan. I need some guidance. I am planning to got to Woodbine on Friday and am would like to know anything about the track. I only heard good things so far. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
P.S.--I also would like to know, since you're the king of 2yo. How are Megdalia D'Oro babies are doing, are there any potential stars in his first crop. Hope they have his stamina but not his tendency to burn money.

First of all, you're going to love Woodbine.  The track is so beautiful, the paddock is very fan-friendly, and the buffet in the upstairs restaurant (not sure the name, but it may be the "Champions") is the best in the business.  There is a virtual tour on their website that may help you get acquainted with the facilities:


Click on "Launch Virtual Tours" to start.

As for Medaglia d'Oro, he was one of my favorite racehorses.  He showed so much heart when second in the Belmont to Sarava, and then went on a tear for the next two years or so.  Even though he won the Travers at 1 1/4 miles, I felt that he was much, much better at nine furlongs (won Jim Dandy by 13 3/4, Whitney, Oaklawn Handicap, Strub by seven lengths, Donn by almost five).  I was a bit concerned that he wouldn't make a great sire because El Prado isn't know as a "sire of sires," but Medaglia's babies have been running well thus far.  He currently has two debut winners from 12 starters, and four other firsters have placed.  Dueling Alex (out of stakes-winner Rosie Dooley) won first-out at Monmouth with a 64 Beyer while Renda won her debut at Calder with a 79.  C. S. Silk may be one to watch.  She just won her second start at Churchill for Dale Romans by 6 1/4 lengths with a 76 Beyer, and is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Remember Sheikh, and multiple stakes-winner Memory Tap.  Gabby's Golden Gal (out of stakes-winner Gabriellina Giof) finished third in her debut for Ron McAnally, and is one to follow in California. 


With Colonel John scheduled to ship to Louisiana and Saratoga this summer, and Georgie Boy yet to start working, you better watch out for Behindatthebar at Del Mar. He is a serious Poly freak, throwing works at Keeneland of :47 and :59. He will be the winner of the Pacific Class (remember you heard it here first). In fact here is the trifecta...
Steve T.

Behindatthebar will miss Saturday's Swaps Stakes because of a foot injury.  He's been rather ouchy this year so hopefully he'll heal up in time to make an impact.


Anyone ever been to Wyoming Downs in Evanston?  I'm heading there this Sunday and I would appreciate any tips on the best place to watch a race or any trainers and jockeys who tend to run well there.  Thanks.

Not sure if these jockeys and trainers will be back this meet, but here's a list of the 2007 leaders:

Cameron Colledge
Shaunda Larsen
Brian Long
Brett Anderson
Kym Espy

Mike Taylor
Richard Scudder
Jed Taylor
Blake Cragun
Shaun Story


Hey Dan,
Could you please post the pp's for a three year old colt, who's a son of Malibu Moon, by the name of Vanderkaay?  He's owned by Bob Bownman.  Thanks!

Here are Vanderkaay's past performances.

Download Vanderkaay.pdf


We'll talk some trip horses tomorrow.  I've gotta update the DL.

Take care,



Disabled Chat More than 1 year ago
I have Bell's Palsy and enjoy your blog very much. First time I've commented, but have been reading here and there. Great blog. I enjoy reading it every chance I get and value your opinions!
Steve T More than 1 year ago
You can't bet on the Internet, Arizona?
buffalo joe More than 1 year ago
This is my last guess Idaho
buffalo joe More than 1 year ago
CONTEST PICKS Miraculous Miss Benny the Bull She's All Eltish
Alan More than 1 year ago
Contest guess: Annie is originally from Miss Hannigan's orphanage...but ultimately she lives with Oliver Warbucks (aka "Daddy") As to the Formblog Breeders' Cup Dreaming contest, get your entries in - new contestants welcome: http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=p0punDkqmTL5nDMm2cvAzCg ELP 50CENT LATE PICK4 "ANOTHER YEAR, ANOTHER GUARANTEED LOSER" ($36 ticket) (Yesterday $0, Total so far: $0) Race7: #4(FidgityFelon); #6(TheRareCommander) Race8: #1(ThisCat'sBest); #2(AboveBoard); #7(EggemogginReach); Race9: #1(Raedonald); #3(GoldSound); #5(HoldTheSalt); #6(GinAndSin) Race10: #1(Loverly); #7(TurnToBernstein); #8(MajesticExpress) Good luck later today/tomorrow for you West-coasters!!!
Annie More than 1 year ago
larryk I couldn't bet today, but I saw your post about a Koriner 2 yr old in the last race at HP today. He had two in the race, was it the winner Branquino who had worked the 6F? If so, hope you got him! If that's the case, I missed TWO $20.00 horses by not being able to bet today. Katie's Solvent and Branquino. Sigh Annie
laura More than 1 year ago
Contest Picks. Dream Rush (coughing on chalk) Unbridled Belle (had to flip a coin for that one) Blue Pepsi Lodge Thanks for putting this contest together Alan, I know its a lot of work for you!
SR Vegas More than 1 year ago
Hi everyone Here's what I got back from BC Challenge Customer service: ....................... Dear Breeders' Cup Fantasy Challenge player, Due to a computer error, this week's Breeders' Cup Fantasy Challenge contest was opened on Thursday with an incorrect race. The Carry Back Stakes at Calder has been replaced with the correct Breeders' Cup Challenge race, the Smile Sprint Handicap. If you had already made a selection in the Carry Back, you'll need to log back into the game at and make a new selection for the Smile Sprint. We apologize for the error and good luck with this weekend's races! Breeders' Cup Online Support ........................ SR Vegas
Ed More than 1 year ago
Scratches have ruined what looked like a good race (AP #7). Also, only in dream world is a $0.50 tri box of four horses $6. The actual cost would be $12 (4 * 3 * 2 = 24 * .50 = $12). The smart thing would probably be to pass on the race. However, I hope I can get a few minutes to look at the race again and submit some new picks in time for the race. If nothing else, I think I have to play #2 E Major in some way. Ed
johnnyz More than 1 year ago
Dan, First thanks for all your hard work. Your'e the best. Secondly, really happy about your paid trip to DLM, have a good time! What a GREAT weekend of racing on the horizon. The Man 0'War, The Swaps S, Delaware H, Irish Oaks, Arlington H, Delaware Oaks, and the Summit of Speed @ Calder to mention a few. The Man o'War, as Asmussen said Curlin doesn't have to win, just look comfortable, and be competitive. I see Albarado putting Curlin on, or very near the lead. I know, that is not Curlin's style, but this is a stepping stone for the Arc. As a big fan of Curlin, that is the only way I see him winning the Arc. There are 3/4 Euros that have a kick that Curlin can't think of matching. This is just my thought. I for one can't wait to watch this race. The Swaps, first I am disgusted with the handling of Colonel John. CJ, should have been in the gate at the Belmont! Maybe I am to old school, but I just don't understand his lay off at all. With Big Brown's failure to fire, and Casino Drive scratching, CJ most likely would have won the BLM Stakes. I agree with Arazi that Nownownow is a worthwhile entry in the Swaps. Two Step Salsa is a nice horse, but will be the wise guy bet, not enought odds. Truthfully I think CJ is just one of the best on synthetic surfaces. Not making a pick yet, but as of now will be hard for me not to play him. Have to mention Lauren Stich's new gig, http://www.horsesocietymagazine.com/ Was teasing her about being on the front line again, she responded "didn't really realize how much I missed writing". If you haven't looked at her Del Mar's player guide, (BTW was the first ever article posted for them) by all means do so, as it is typical first class Lauren. Also, she is trying real hard to have the Saratoga's players guide finished and, posted by next weekend. Will be available for free at the same site, BTW you do have to register, but there is no charge. Also there is a very good chance A. Obrien will pick up another Group 1 win in the Irish Derby. ONLY has four entered. His entry Moonstone will be the obvious favorite. At this time I like the recent MDN winner Gentle On My Mind, by Sadler's Wells, not to say she is my pick to win but merits a good look. Will post my pick before Sunday. Best Of Luck To All.