Dan Illman

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Format: 2015-06-30
Wed Jun 24
2015
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
Trainer Arnaud Delacour has transformed A.P. INDIAN into a promising sprinter to follow this summer. Last Saturday, A.P. Indian earned his third consecutive triple-digit Beyer Speed Figure with a solid score in the $100,000 Donald LeVine Memorial Handicap at Parx. Since returning from a year-plus layoff and switching to the Delacour barn, A.P. Indian has won three of four starts with the lone loss coming by a dirty nose at Keeneland on April 8.
Wed Jun 17
2015
Dan Illman
NOBLE BIRD, profiled in the May 6 edition of FormBlog (http://www.drf.com/blogs/4-year-olds-follow), continued his ascent in the older male division with a sharp victory over the salty LEA in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap last Saturday evening at Churchill Downs.
Wed Jun 10
2015
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
The wait is over. Last Saturday, AMERICAN PHAROAH ran a perfect 1 1/2 miles over the spacious Belmont Park main track en route to a historic Triple Crown sweep. In becoming the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes since the legendary AFFIRMED in 1978, American Pharoah cemented immortal status and proved that he is a very, very special racehorse.
Thu Jun 4
2015
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
The more things change, the more they stay the same. In a world dominated by folks with short attention spans seeking instant gratification, some of us still don't mind a long walk on the beach as a vacation from the ordinary. No cell phones. No internet. Just time and space. A lot of space to cover. A lot of time to contemplate the good old days of mom-and-pop stores, vinyl records, letter-writing, porch swings and Triple Crown winners.
Wed May 27
2015
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
RED VINE certainly hasn't eclipsed his stablemate, TONALIST, just yet, but the 5-year-old bay continues to move forward in his "second career" as a dirt performer. Trained by Christophe Clement, Red Vine made it 3 for 3 on the main track with a workmanlike victory in last Saturday's $75,000 Majestic Light Stakes traveling 1 Mile and 70 Yards at Monmouth.