Dan Illman

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Format: 2014-07-31
Fri Jun 13
2014
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
When handicapping Sunday's Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes, the local prep for Monmouth's Grade 1 Haskell Invitational, I found myself stuck. Do I pick the devil I know or the devil I don't know? I'm very familiar with #1 UNCLE SIGH and #4 RING WEEKEND. The former burst onto the scene with runner-up efforts behind fellow New York-bred Samraat in both the Grade 3 Withers and Grade 3 Gotham. Perhaps he was thrown to the wolves in Grade 1 events like the Wood Memorial and Kentucky Derby, and he is getting the class and distance relief he needs in the Pegasus.
Wed Jun 11
2014
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
TONALIST grabbed the headlines after taking the measure of CALIFORNIA CHROME in the Belmont, but BAYERN might have stolen the show with his wonderful pace-pressing victory in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens on the undercard. Trained by Bob Baffert, Bayern was cutting back to a sprint for the first time since his debut victory on January 4 at Santa Anita. That race, also at seven furlongs, was contested over an intensely inside, speed-favoring track, but Bayern was so visually impressive that he immediately went on many "Horses to Watch" lists.
Fri Jun 6
2014
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
It's hard to believe, but a Triple Crown aspirant once played an away game. Twenty-five years ago, Sunday Silence stormed into New York with the Kentucky Derby and Preakness under his belt. Two down, one to go.
Wed Jun 4
2014
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
Close, but no cigar. That was the story of JACK MILTON's 2013 campaign for Todd Pletcher. When he prevailed in the Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on turf during the Keeneland spring meeting, many folks believed that the War Front colt was sitting on a big year. Then, it was one frustrating result after another. Close, but no cigar. First, Jack Milton was beaten three-quarters of a length when third in the $400,000 Penn Mile.
Thu May 29
2014
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
In 2008, trainer David Jacobson compiled a record of 73-16-21-12 at Delaware Park (21% winners, $1.61 ROI). Since then, the New York-based Jacobson has only saddled six runners at Delaware (6-2-0-4). After STORMIN MONARCHO's performance last Saturday, Jacobson may start shipping down more often.