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Format: 2015-08-01
Wed Jul 29
2015
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
Give WILD DUDE some pace and he'll make some good sprinters pay in the stretch. If there isn't any speed in the race, the 5-year-old could be in for a long afternoon. In last Saturday's Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar, Wild Dude received ample speed to attack and he looked good in upsetting odd-on favorite MASOCHISTIC.
Wed Jul 22
2015
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
The hard-hitting SHEER DRAMA became a Grade 1 winner last Saturday with a game victory in the Delaware Handicap at 1 1/4 miles. The demanding distance was the major question mark regarding Sheer Drama, a half-sister to Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Big Drama, but she was the best horse going into the race and handled the distance well enough.
Wed Jul 15
2015
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
LADY SHIPMAN obliterated seven rivals in the $60,000 Klassy Briefcase Stakes traveling 5 1/2 furlongs on turf at Monmouth last Sunday. A 3-year-old filly facing elders for the first time, Lady Shipman sped to the front under veteran jockey Eduardo Nunez. She scraped the paint throughout and drew off impressively to win by 6 1/4 lengths in 1:01.59 over the firm going. That final clocking was good enough for a whopping 104 Beyer Speed Figure.
Wed Jul 8
2015
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
BRADESTER, profiled briefly in the September 17, 2014 edition of this blog (http://www.drf.com/blogs/catching-3), is rounding back into form.
Wed Jul 1
2015
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
On last Saturday's DRF Live video coverage, Lonnie Goldfeder and I were discussing a 3-year-old filly named RATTATAPTAP. The conversation went something like this: LG:  "...You'll notice that Rattataptap flashes her tail in the stretch. It's obvious she doesn't like the whip. Then again, I guess no horse really likes the whip." DI:  "You would think MASOCHISTIC would like the whip..." These are the jokes, folks.