Dan Illman

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Format: 2014-10-02
Thu May 15
2014
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
All eyes will be on CALIFORNIA CHROME this Saturday as the Kentucky Derby hero continues his quest for racing's elusive Triple Crown in the Preakness at Pimlico. Meanwhile, a very dangerous 3-year-old is lurking in wait.
Fri May 9
2014
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
Let's take a look at some potential price plays for Sunday.
Wed May 7
2014
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
The best 3-year-old in the country will not compete in next Saturday's Preakness Stakes at Old Hilltop. CALIFORNIA CHROME deserves all of the accolades accorded to a deserving and popular Kentucky Derby hero, but it was UNTAPABLE that stole the show last week under the fabled Twin Spires.
Thu May 1
2014
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
The "Curse of Apollo" has nothing on the "Illman Jinx."  It's common knowledge that I don't do well in the Kentucky Derby. The Derby is a wonderful spectacle, but, for me, trying to pick a winner from 20 three-year-olds that are attempting 10 furlongs for the first time is akin to finding a needle in a haystack. Give me a maiden claimer on turf at Saratoga or Del Mar. At least I have a fighting chance in those races.
Wed Apr 30
2014
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
Let's take a trip in the wayback machine and celebrate a champion filly. Here's what the great Joe Hirsch had to say about Davona Dale's season in his "1979 Racing in Review" column from the 1980 American Racing Manual: