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Format: 2017-11-18
Thu Apr 20
2017
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
Although multiple Grade 3-placed going two turns as a 3-year-old, CLASSY CLASS returned from a lengthy layoff last fall as a sprinter and it appears trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has found the veteran's niche.  
Thu Apr 13
2017
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
Horseplayers generally shouldn't get too excited about giant performances on wet racetracks.    In the case of Chad Brown's undefeated 3-year-old TIMELINE, however, one can't help but wonder if he's the goods.   
Thu Apr 6
2017
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
In the November 17, 2016 edition of FormBlog (http://www.drf.com/blogs/another-michael-maker-success-story), I mentioned Michael Maker's gaudy success rate with newly-purchased runners stretching out on turf.  
Thu Mar 30
2017
Dan Illman
SEYMOURDINI walloped a field of optional claimers at Laurel last week and appears ready to return to stakes competition for trainer Linda Rice.    The 4-year-old appeared to brush the side of the gate at the start of the one-turn mile test, but recovered quickly and wound up on top as the 6 to 5 favorite under Horatio Karamanos. Seymourdini set fractions of 24.09 and 47.00 while facing only token outside pressure from eventual third-place finisher ANY COURT INASTORM.
Thu Mar 23
2017
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
It's been a disappointing two weeks for Bob Baffert.    MASTERY, arguably the best 3-year-old in the country, suffered a condylar fracture to his left front leg after an impressive victory in the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 11. In mere seconds, Mastery went from Kentucky Derby favorite to helpless spectator. He underwent surgery and will miss the Triple Crown series.