Dan Illman

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Format: 2014-10-31
Fri Jun 20
2014
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
Let's take a look at some interesting horses scheduled to race this weekend: *Bed O'Roses (Belmont, Saturday):
Wed Jun 18
2014
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
ROD'S FIVE STAR will never be enshrined in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga, but the hard-hitting 6-year-old gelding looks like a fun horse to follow in the Mid-Atlantic region. A winner in 10 of 17 starts, Rod's Five Star popped a career-best 102 Beyer Speed Figure when dangled in for a $40,000 tag at Parx on June 10. It was the third straight victory for the son of Five Star Day and his three Beyers this year stand at 98, 96, and 102.
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.