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Thu Nov 3
2016
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
Let's take a closer look at some Breeders' Cup races.   My overall opinion of the entire two-day extravaganza is that these are some of the toughest Breeders' Cup races I've ever handicapped. I picked zero morning line favorites on top in my "Best 4" selections in the paper editions of DRF, and believe there are two or three "value" horses in many of the races.   
Thu Oct 27
2016
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
It appears that Bob Baffert has another good 2-year-old lurking in his barn.    MASTERY's pre-debut workout reports were sparkling and he was no secret as the listed 4 to 5 morning line chalk for the fifth race at Santa Anita last Saturday. Pounded down to 3 to 10 at the windows, Mastery made the price look like a bargain with an authoritative 4 1/4-length gate-to-wire victory.   
Thu Oct 20
2016
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
In the September 15 edition of FormBlog, I gave my thoughts on the partnership between Churchill Downs and the Japan Racing Association that allows one Japanese-trained 3-year-old a berth in the 2017 Kentucky Derby field.   I also mentioned a promising Japanese 2-year-old colt.    http://www.drf.com/blogs/catching-4  
Thu Oct 13
2016
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
During the 2014 FormBlog Convention at Gulfstream Park, Anchor Down made a strong impression with his 94-Beyer victory over a solid bunch.   Here's what I wrote about the gray son of Tapit in the March 5, 2014 edition of the blog:  
Thu Oct 6
2016
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
Last Saturday, ECTOT beat a powerful divisional leader in a major Breeders' Cup prep race, the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont.   Despite that win, Ectot is likely an afterthought as it pertains to Breeders' Cup Turf wagering.