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Format: 2017-07-20
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.  
Thu Mar 16
2017
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping, Kentucky Derby contenders
It's safe to say that the Kentucky Derby picture is in some disarray at the moment. An argument can be made that the two best 3-year-olds in the country are MASTERY and UNIQUE BELLA, and neither are being pointed for the race.    Mastery was sensational in winning the Grade 2 San Felipe last Saturday, but he was pulled up quickly on the gallop-out and his rider, Mike Smith, dismounted on the clubhouse turn. Mastery was vanned off with a condylar fracture to his left front leg and his racing future is in doubt.