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Thu Feb 2
2017
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
Imperative has always been a useful horse, a blue-collar runner that shows up time and time again to pick up nice checks for his connections.   Imperative's problems have been two-fold:   1. He's a Grade 2-level performer that has mostly competed in the Southern California handicap division. That means that, more often that not, Imperative was up against the likes of Shared Belief, California Chrome, Game On Dude and Bayern. While a talented hard-hitter, he's just not as good as those runners.
Thu Jan 26
2017
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
Wagering begins this Friday on the second pool of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.    One of the interesting names on the list of 23 individual entrants is Mont Saint Legame (#15, 50 to 1 morning line).   
Thu Jan 19
2017
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
Here are a couple of runners worth storing on the old DRF Horse Watch list.   WHITMORE
Thu Jan 12
2017
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
Last Saturday's Grade 3 Sham Stakes offered $60,000 and 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner.    If also gave GORMLEY a chance to redeem himself after a disappointing performance in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.    After emerging victorious following a stirring stretch-long duel with the promising AMERICAN ANTHEM, Gormley has once again stamped himself as one of the leading lights of the 3-year-old division.   
Thu Jan 5
2017
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
Wet weather knocked Breeders' Cup Classic winner ARROGATE out of the Grade 2 San Pasqual Stakes on New Year's Day, but MIDNIGHT STORM (profiled in the 7/28/16 and 8/25/16 editions of FormBlog - http://www.drf.com/blogs/damato-loaded-turf and http://www.drf.com/blogs/midnight-storm-strong-again) turned in another quality gate-to-wire performance for trainer Phil D'Amato.