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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.
Wed Apr 8
2015
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
As the field motored around the far turn in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream on February 21, jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. probably had a big smile on his face. His mount, FROSTED, had coasted to the lead under virtually no urging. The main competition, UPSTART and ITSAKNOCKOUT, were seemingly off the bridle and merely going up and down. Ortiz and Frosted were about to punch their ticket to Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. Frosted simply stopped running.
Wed Apr 1
2015
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
With three furlongs to go in last Saturday's Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, the two favorites dispensed with the preliminaries, sized each other up and began furiously slugging it out. MATERIALITY, the lightly-raced, undefeated phenom, had secured the rail from a retreating JACK TRIPP and braced for the battle-tested UPSTART's challenge. The pair swung into the stretch with Materiality always holding a slight advantage.
Wed Mar 25
2015
Dan Illman
ROOM FOR ME is the latest in a long line of horses that immediately improved after being moved to the David Jacobson barn. The 5-year-old mare was claimed for $12,500 by Southern California trainer Richard Baltas following a 10-length romp in a one-mile event at Santa Anita on February 12. Room for Me then shipped to Jacobson's Aqueduct base of operations and absolutely demolished seven others in the $50,000 Videogenic Stakes going six furlongs over the inner track last Saturday.
Wed Mar 18
2015
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
RACE DAY (profiled here on the New Year's Eve edition of FormBlog - http://www.drf.com/blogs/gulfstream-horses-watch) continued his ascent in the handicap division with a solid triumph in last Saturday's Grade 3 Razorback Handicap going 1 1/16 miles at Oaklawn Park.