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Format: 2015-06-30
Wed Mar 4
2015
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
INDYCOTT really caught the eye last Saturday in an 'n2x' optional claimer at Fair Grounds. Making his first start since being claimed for $20,000 by owner Maggi Moss and trainer Tom Amoss, the 5-year-old gelding popped a career-best 99 Beyer Speed Figure.
Wed Feb 25
2015
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
YOCKEY'S WARRIOR made a huge debut last Saturday on the Risen Star undercard at the Fair Grounds. Trained by Al Stall, Yockey's Warrior put up a 97 Beyer in capturing a maiden special weight at six furlongs. That number was faster than the Beyers earned last weekend by such 3-year-olds as KHOZAN, INTERNATIONAL STAR, FAR RIGHT and UPSTART.
Wed Feb 18
2015
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
Todd Pletcher's patience was rewarded when GOLDEN LAD, making his second start off a long layoff, took down multiple Grade 1-placed RIDE ON CURLIN in the $100,000 Essex Handicap at Oaklawn Park. "He just kind of flattened out in the Pimlico Special and seemed a little jammed up coming out of it," Pletcher told Gulfstream Park publicity prior to Golden Lad's 2015 debut around a one-turn mile in the Grade 3 Hal's Hope Stakes on January 10. "We decided to stop on him and give him a little break.”
Wed Feb 11
2015
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
Although second to the quick CONSTITUTION in last Saturday's Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream, beaten favorite LEA ran another good one for trainer Bill Mott. Moving forward, he's the one I'll take out of the race. Speed horses excelled at Gulfstream that afternoon and Constitution grabbed the early lead from his advantageous inside post position. His rider, Javier Castellano, did a fantastic job backing down the pace with fractions of 23.31, 47.29 and 1:11.18 for six furlongs.
Wed Feb 4
2015
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
AVANZARE broke through with a career-best effort in last Saturday's Grade 2 Arcadia Stakes at one mile on turf at Santa Anita. Trained by the always-dangerous Tom Proctor, Avanzare handled a solid field that included millionaire ZA APPROVAL and graded stakes winners HOME RUN KITTEN, BACCELO, KAIGUN and EDGE OF REALITY.