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Format: 2014-09-02
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.
Fri May 23
2014
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
Forget the Ali Shuffle and the Rope-A-Dope. California Chrome pulled off his best Mike Tyson (in his prime) impersonation in pummeling his nine rivals in last Saturday's Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. If you didn't believe that the Kentucky Derby hero was a legitimate heavyweight prior to the Preakness, his knockout of top contender Social Inclusion should convince you otherwise.