Dan Illman

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Format: 2014-10-20
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:
Fri Apr 25
2014
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
I'm hoping for a square price on HUDSON LANDING (#1, 8-1 ML) in Saturday's Grade 3 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields. He's 7-years-old and hasn't won a race since November 23, 2012, but for those of you that think the 2012 San Francisco Mile winner is too long in the tooth, make sure you watch his most recent start, a $62,500 optional claimer at one mile over the Tapeta surface on March 30.
Thu Apr 24
2014
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
The Grade 3 Elkhorn Stakes on closing afternoon at Keeneland is a fantastic betting affair. It's a full field of well-matched horses and that's just about everything a horseplayer can ask for in a race.
Wed Apr 23
2014
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
For the second year in a row, Nicholas Gonzalez made a prescient claim at Gulfstream for Tucci Stables. In 2013, the trainer-owner combination haltered Midnight Aria for $35,000 out of a runner-up performance in a nine-furlong turf race. Six starts later, Midnight Aria placed his name in the record books with a gate-to-wire triumph in the Queen's Plate, the first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown.