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Format: 2017-11-18
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. 
Thu Mar 2
2017
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
Last week's Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes featured a breakthrough performance by the lightly-raced GIRVIN and an extremely-disappointing effort from favored MO TOWN.    Overall, I'm not sure the Risen Star was the strongest Kentucky Derby prep we've seen this year.   
Thu Feb 23
2017
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
IMPERIAL HINT was extremely impressive in last Saturday's Grade 2 General George Stakes at Laurel, and looks poised for additional big prizes in the near future.  
Thu Feb 16
2017
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
In last week's FormBlog, I discussed ST. JOE BAY, who seems destined for the Dubai Golden Shaheen after polishing off a pair of graded sprint races in Southern California.   When SHARP AZTECA drubbed a good field in last Saturday's Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap, Team USA added another strong contender for the Dubai World Cup undercard.   
Thu Feb 9
2017
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
ST. JOE BAY, profiled in the December 8 edition of FormBlog (http://www.drf.com/blogs/sharp-sprinter-consider), could be on his way to Dubai after notching his second consecutive graded stakes win in last Saturday's Grade 2 Palos Verdes Stakes at Santa Anita.