Dan Illman

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Format: 2015-08-28
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.
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.