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Format: 2015-05-27
Wed May 20
2015
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
The discussion regarding AMERICAN PHAROAH's Belmont Stakes chances is at a fever pitch, but there's already a Triple Crown winner making serious noise in Southern California. He's one to watch on turf for the remainder of the year. BAL A BALI won 11 of 12 starts in Brazil in 2013 and 2014, including the 2014 Triple Crown. He was supposed to join trainer Dick Mandella's barn last summer for a possible bid at the Breeders' Cup Turf, but suffered a bout with laminitis after arriving in the United States for his quarantine period.
Thu May 14
2015
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
The Preakness features the top three finishers of the Kentucky Derby. They are all talented racehorses. For me, the question is whether AMERICAN PHAROAH (1) should be so much shorter in price than FIRING LINE (8) and DORTMUND (2). After all, American Pharoah was in an all-out drive for five-sixteenths of a mile in order to deny Firing Line, a runner that never switched leads during the stretch drive. Is he that much better than those two that he should be odds-on while the others offer more-playable prices on the tote?
Wed May 6
2015
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
With CALIFORNIA CHROME's departure for foreign shores, SHARED BELIEF's injury, the recent clunkers from BAYERN and WICKED STRONG and the uncertainty surrounding PALACE MALICE's physical condition, the handicap division has suddenly been thrown on its ear. Here are two 4-year-olds to watch in upcoming graded stakes races: NOBLE BIRD (Birdstone - Anyhow, by Tiznow)
Thu Apr 30
2015

Derby talk

11:40AM
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
This year's Kentucky Derby has quality and depth. Who can ask for anything more?  I've broken down the contenders into four tiers.  Let's take a look: TIER 1 - MAJOR CONTENDERS I've broken this tier down into six strong win contenders. In order of preference, they are: 3 - MATERIALITY
Thu Apr 23
2015
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
Todd Pletcher potentially has five sophomores locked and loaded for next Saturday's Kentucky Derby. Currently lurking in the shadow of CARPE DIEM, MATERIALITY, ITSAKNOCKOUT, STANFORD and MADEFROMLUCKY are two very talented older horses. When the Triple Crown hoopla fades, the handicap division must deal with RACE DAY while the sprinting set braces for a ROCK FALL.