06/26/2013 3:18PM

Darwin, Top 2yo Beyers

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Perhaps DARWIN, trained by Todd Pletcher through a two-start campaign in 2012, has evolved into a good grass horse for Aidan O'Brien.

The $1.3M juvenile purchase, a son of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown, made his 3-year-old/European/turf debut earlier today in a three-horse race going a mile at Naas.  Ridden confidently from the rear of the field by Joseph O'Brien, Darwin forged to the front with two furlongs remaining and won "ridden out" despite hopping to his left lead nearing the finish. 

To be honest, it wasn't the strongest race in the world and Darwin was solid instead of dominant.  Still, you have to start someplace and Darwin looks like a fun horse to watch for later in the year.

*With Saratoga and Del Mar right around the corner, here are the top 20 Beyer Speed Figures for 2-year-olds in 2013:

1. BAHNAH - 91 - Md Sp Wt 44k - 4 1/2 Furlongs - Churchill - Bret Calhoun
2. FIFTYSHADESOFGOLD - 82 - Debutante Stakes - 6 Furlongs Churchill - Bret Calhoun
3. CONQUEST TWO STEP - 81 - Md Sp Wt 39k - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Churchill - Mark Casse
4. MY CORINTHIAN - 78 - Md Sp Wt 34k - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - Colonial - Dane Kobiskie
5. GHOSTLY WONDER - 77 - Md Sp Wt 40k - 4 1/2 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Arlington - Andrew Hansen
5. SWEETMARYS SUCCESS - 77 - Md Sp Wt 36k - 4 1/2 Furlongs - Churchill - Wesley Ward
5. FIFTYSHADESOFGOLD - 77 - Md Sp Wt 20k - 5 Furlongs - Lone Star - Bret Calhoun
8. WIRED BRYAN - 76 - Md Sp Wt 60k - 5 Furlongs - Belmont - Michael Dilger
8. YANKEE GAMBLER - 76 - Md Sp Wt 20k - 4 1/2 Furlongs - Lone Star - Bret Calhoun
10. D'CAJUN CAT - 75 - Md Sp Wt 39k - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Churchill - Steve Asmussen
*10. RIDE ON CURLIN - 75 - Md Sp Wt 39k - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Churchill - William Gowan
10. UNTAPABLE - 75 - Md Sp Wt 44k - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Churchill - Steve Asmussen
13. YES I'M LUCKY - 74 - Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Calder - Eddie Plesa, Jr.
14. CHOCTAW CHUCK - 73 - Md Sp Wt 34k - 4 1/2 Furlongs (Tapeta) - Presque Isle - Wayne Rice
**14. TAQUITO - 73 - Md Sp Wt 40k - 4 1/2 Furlongs - Pimlico - Dane Kobiskie
*16. HARLAN'S SPECIAL - 72 - Md Sp Wt 44k - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Churchill - Gary Hartlage
16. HERE'S JOHNNY - 72 - Md Sp Wt 38k - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - Churchill - Wesley Ward
16. MEADOWOOD - 72 - Md Sp Wt 40k - 5 Furlongs - Monmouth - Todd Pletcher
*16. ROPE - 72 - Md 40000(40-35) - 4 1/2 Furlongs - Pimlico - Robert McCutchen
16. SENORA BELLA - 72 - Md Sp Wt 39k - 5 Furlongs - Delaware - Hamilton Smith
16. SILVERTONGUEDTOMMY - 72 - Md 40000(40-35) - 4 1/2 Furlongs - Pimlico - Dane Kobiskie

*Finished second
**Disqualified and placed second

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*When you get the chance, you're definitely going to want to check out "RACEHORSE," the latest production from Jessica Pacheco, racing analyst at Arlington Park.  You can find "RACEHORSE" at the following links:

EPISODE 3:

In Episode 3 of RACEHORSE, follow Sugar Kate from birth to her most recent Arlington Park races as a 3 year old. Afterwards, head on over to the Rabbit Hutch with Red Rabbit Racing as they start the 2013 AP campaign of their lone horse, the lively Workin For Hops.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcRfQTH7ZeQ

http://www.arlingtonpark.com/newsvideosblogs/racehorse-video-series


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*STAKES HORSES ON THE WORKTAB:

June 25:
EBLOUISSANTE - BELMONT - 5 FURLONGS - 1:00.65B

June 24:
BALANCE THE BOOKS - SARATOGA (TRAINING) - 4 FURLONGS - 49.86B
GAME ON DUDE - SANTA ANITA - 6 FURLONGS - 1:12.60H
TAPICAT - SARATOGA (TURF TRAINING - DOGS) - 5 FURLONGS - 1:02.58B

June 23:
EMOLLIENT - BELMONT (TURF, DOGS) - 5 FURLONGS - 1:01.53B
VALID - SARATOGA (TRAINING) - 5 FURLONGS - 1:00.06B

JUNE 22:
SNAKEBITE KIT - EVANGELINE - 4 FURLONGS - 49.60B

JUNE 21:
EXECUTIVEPRIVILEGE - SANTA ANITA - 4 FURLONGS - 48.00H
FURY KAPCORI - GOLDEN GATE - 5 FURLONGS - 1:00.80H
TRAVESURA - BETFAIR HOLLYWOOD (TURF, DOGS) - 6 FURLONGS - 1:12.80H

JUNE 20:
DISTINCTIV PASSION - BETFAIR HOLLYWOOD - 6 FURLONGS - 1:11.80H

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Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures (6/17/13 - 6/23/13):

1. READTHEBYLINE - 102 - OC 25k/N1X -N - 1 1/16 Miles - Belmont
2. CLOSE HATCHES - 101 - Mother Goose Stakes (G1) - 1 1/16 Miles - Belmont
3. IMMORTAL EYES - 100 - OC 50k/N3X - 6 Furlongs - Monmouth
4. ISN'T HE CLEVER - 99 - San Juan County Commissioners Handicap - 1 1/8 Miles - SunRay
5. BURBAN - 98 - Roxelana Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Churchill
5. NEW YAWKER - 98 - Alw 5000s - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Delaware
5. NIGHT MANEUVER - 98 - OC c-62k/N2X - 6 Furlongs - Belmont
8. ROLLING YONA - 97 - OC 50k/N3X -N - 1 Mile 70 Yards - Monmouth
8. WHOVILLE - 97 - Clm 15000(15-12)B - 6 Furlongs - Monmouth
10. BOAT TRIP - 95 - Alw 69010NC - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - Betfair Hollywood
10. DOINGHARDTIMEAGAIN - 95 - Hollywood Oaks (G2) - 1 1/16 Miles (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
10. LONDON LANE - 95 - Colonial Turf CUp (G2) - 1 3/16 Miles (Turf) - Colonial
10. MY PLACE ANYTIME - 95 - Blue Sparkler Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Monmouth
10. MUCHOS BESOS - 95 - Alw 57490N1X - 7 Furlongs (Cushion Track) - Betfair Hollywood
15. FINDING MORE - 94 - Alw 49993N1S - 7 Furlongs - Churchill
15. GOSPEL LESSON - 94 - Alw 10000s - 1 1/16 Miles - Churchill
17. STRONG IMPACT - 93 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 7 Furlongs (Turf) - Belmont
17. TRAFFIC LIGHT - 93 - Don LeVine Memorial Handicap - 7 Furlongs - Parx
19. EDGE OF REALITY - 92 - OC 25k/N2X -N - 1 Mile - Parx
19. GRAND ARCH - 92 - OC 62k/C -N  - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Woodbine
19. MINESWEPT - 92 - Clm c-5000N1X - 6 Furlongs - Delaware
22. DOUBLES PARTNER - 91 - OC 100k/N3X - 1 Mile (Turf) - Belmont
22. JAX AND JILL - 91 - Its Binn Too Long Stakes - 4 1/2 Furlongs - Charles Town
22. SWINGER'S PARTY - 91 - OC 25k/N2X -N - 1 Mile - Calder
22. TAKE IT LIKE A MAN - 91 - OC 75k/N1X - 7 Furlongs - Churchill
22. TRUC'S LOVE - 91 - OC 40k/N2X - 6 Furlongs (Tapeta) - Presque Isle

*READTHEBYLINE's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.

*NIGHT MANEUVER was claimed for $62,500 by trainer Gary Contessa from Carlos Martin.

*MINESWEPT was claimed for $5,000 by trainer Alejandro Reyes from Jamie Ness.

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The weekend handicapping videos should be up on the homepage later this week.

Will be back next week.  Best of luck at the races! 

You can follow me on Twitter @DRF_DanIllman

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Congrats to Pig Bodine for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling exercise.

Rick M's scoresheet is available at the bottom of this blog post.

Pig Bodine selected Friday's ninth race at Arlington for this week's contest.

PAST PERFORMANCES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS BLOG POST.

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I know that there is a time issue for some of you, but let's remember why we began the HandiGambling races in the first place. The goal was to share ideas on why we like these horses, and why we're betting them the way we are. I'm not asking for a novel, but if you could spare a sentence or two outlining your handicapping angles, and thought processes about wagering, it would be appreciated.

***FROM SCOREKEEPER PENN NATIONAL RICK***

I read some entries on here and there are some people who put their heart out on their picks(such as DavidM9999) and give you great analysis on who they like and why and then there are others who elect not to give any reasoning behind their entries. The rule I will implement EFFECTIVE 3/1/13 will be... any entry without ANY analysis will be ignored. We are not asking you to put out a novel, but again a sentence or two. Also, I will put communication out when Dan puts out new blogs.
My intent is not to be jerk on this, but what's fair is fair. I'm not taking away from this week or past winners regarding all of this, but we do need to make the change.
If you have any questions/concerns...please send an email to FORMBLOG@DRF.COM and it will get forwarded to me.
Thank You!
Rick

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Whackymacky More than 1 year ago
Wednesday: A couple of big 1/5 and 3/5 shots early migt be played big in the show spot: Belmont Race #3 #1 Sing Dixie Sing 1-1 M/L Servis / Castellano 5HField!!! Delaware Race #1 #7 3/2 M/L Ness / Centeno 7 HField Take a peak at those 2... it might be the ones one the Hamptons that do not like the sun that will be hiting the repeat button many times from the kitchen table.... Good Luck All....Curt V Nice win in the HG my friend!!!! Whackymacky Out!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Curtis V, As usual, you are too deep for me. Anyway, perhaps some people, like some horses, perform better with blinkers on. Whackymacky, 2 computers dedicated to racing? Watching every pool? You don't do anything by half. The question is, what do you do when you need to go to the bathroom? Best Regards - Bernard Downes
Whackymacky More than 1 year ago
Happy Wednesday Horse players: Let me say thanks to S.R. Vegas, Stuckinarizona, TBTA, Joseph, Bernard, RonZ, MHO1, Dick W and all the others the wished me well in my good fortune of this weeks hit....I greatly appreciate it. It has been a tough couple of years with what has been going on in the world. I just look for these stupid people and their stupid plays, and try to capitalize...it is a low % yes, but it does work from time to time, and like this week, you can catch that giant killer shark.... For those wondering about the Yonkers monster show payoff here are the details: the big horse was the #2 of at .05 cents on the dollar in a $356K race. The show pool was filled to the brim!!! he was out run and finished 38 lengths out of it!!!! Payoffs= 1. 21.60 12.20 30.00 8. 20.60 47.40 7. 264.00 Yes folks, the #7 paid $264.00 to show for $2. !!!! So, in the 8 horse field, if you put $2 show on the 7 runners for $14, you would have cashed for $341.40. That is why they have big bridges in NY.... It happend every week. that is why I have 2 computers on everyday on every race. looking at every pool!!! It can happen. Good watching. Good luck and Happy Birthday America!!!! Saratoga here we come!!!! All my best to all the players. Whackymacky out!!!
Dick W More than 1 year ago
David M9999 I'm in :-) Dick W
PennNatRick More than 1 year ago
Congrats to the Slewster. Nails $100 ex. 2-7. pays $24.20 for a buck. Slewster did change the wager from $50 to $100 and the official scoresheet winners wagering reason will show the $50 ex, but Slewster did make the late change to $100. Slewster $100 Ex. 2-7 $2,420.00 Dick W. $100 Win #2 $390.00 Carl C. $50 Win #2 $195.00 Congrats to Slewster, Dick W. and Carl C. for scoring. PNR
Curtis V Slewster More than 1 year ago
Bernard, I saw your last comment. & comments. & yes I saw all the bait. All I can say here is:: I tried. You'll have to figure it out. It shouldn't be that hard. Take off the blinkers...lol..... Curt V.
Curtis V Slewster More than 1 year ago
Brutus, I haven’t posted much lately, because it’s been too contentious. But, I’ll give it a go. To the I dotters & T crossers, pleaZe...... It really doesn’t matter where you’re playing. On non-turf racing, whether it’s 75% or 65%, or 85%, the horses who are 3 lengths within the lead at the 1st call are the higher percentage plays. I am always checking the charts. It’s not unbelievable, just check the charts on any day. In the book he uses 200,000 + items. I was skeptical when I 1st saw it, but it’s there. I’ve seen too much myself. I know what I see, when I see it. & the odds don’t matter. Shorty or Longie. Who was it who says, My eyes don’t lie ? Think that was Mikey....as in Mike A. It’s hard enough to pick winners. I find myself wandering every so often, trying to pick winners. Invariably I get sidetracked. It happens when I try to pick that elusive closer all too often. For every ZZZZ, there are 7-8 speedballs. When I get back on track{sometimes I have to pinch myself awake}, & remind myself to look for those front running sorts. 6F or 9F ? Doesn’t seem to matter. I tend to tweak it a little on routes. I’ll make it 5 lengths. But, the point is, I do the dismissing. If I can make a 10 horse field a 6 horse field, I’m in better shape. I can’t explain here how I pick who I pick, ‘cause it’s in my head. Tooooo many factors. Class is BiG. Jockey/Trainer, weight, horse for course, conditions of race, age, time of year, ODDS.... ad finutum..& when it comes to a duel, I use Bloodlines. I have a mental list of those I use, led by yours truly, out of WHO ? These are proven winners whose progeny RUN...... I suspect when you mentioned you had front runners who faded, you got beat mostly by other horses who met my criteria. Really, what’s the difference if in a last out race, one horse faded, & another didn’t get up ? Most players tend to dismiss the fader & bet down the closer. 75% trumps 25% all the time. I’ll bet closers, if I anticipate a pace meltdown. A race full of pace I like, because I’ll probably be right there. In closing. I’m not attempting to create a stir, or ruin somebody’s stat picnic. I’m the one who has to believe the horse I pick is going to make the front within 3 lengths at the 1st call. It might not be obvious from the PP’s, but when he’s up there & he’s long, I feel real good, just like James Brown. Do some more homework, & I’m sure you’ll be picking more winners. I could add a whole lot more, but I’m out of time. Let me know how you make out. Oh! I I mostly play DIRT tracks. & thanX for asking, & hope this helps. Curtis V Slewster.........
DavidM9999 More than 1 year ago
Okiesharp: Please keep the list going.136 is just barely scratching the surface. Brutus/Curtis/TBTA: I prefer turf to dirt but when I do dirt I do Dos Equis, no scratch that meant I do speed. There are simply too many races where speed never quits. Does not matter if it is hooked or not it just keeps going. 5F sprints or 9F routes; same story regardless of odds. Play early speed and it takes care of itself over time. Speed ( on front or lay close) to me is one of the most potent angles on dirt. I have told people this before but if I could go back in time to change to completely relearn handicapping I would put even more weight on early dirt speed. Off tracks (wet) only make it better. I agree you have to know the track. In the days of simulcasting now that can be daunting. Who has a track anymore? I have Indiana Downs or Hoosier nearby but don't even follow it. Used to live around Ellis Park but played other tracks.Like West coast racing live in Midwest. Can't stand CD and Ellis is a joke and I can't beat KEE. Go west young man. Bariatric Opportunity Laying on the beach in Maui last week without a DRF got me to thinking (scary I know). These bariatric chambers are certainly working for Ramsay/Maker. They make monsters out of normal horses or at least the results seem to indicate as much. How about a bariatric chamber for handicappers. I buy a few of these things and place them at tracks. Then handicappers enter the chamber with their forms, sheets, programs, and in my case my rosary. You just spend a half hour in it and come out a new handicapper moving way up in class. Works for Ramsay why not DavidM9999? A few treatments and I could say move over Mike Beychok there is a new sheriff in town. At 0-85 in HG after a few treatments I go on a heater winning not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6 HG's. Okay maybe that is a stretch but you get the point. The question is how much would folks pay for such a transformation. Still mulling that over. Also thinking about the news of shock wave treatment and abuses. How about this business opportunity - Shock Wave treatment for bettors after a hard day at the track. Say you lose a grand at the track and you are questioning whether to drive home or drive off the nearby bridge. On your way out you just get a shock wave treatment and shazam you are ready to go for tomorrow. Damaged tissue or damaged wallets and ego suddenly are all better. These two business ideas should be ground breaking as players need some innovative treatment too. I could use a partner. Just hate to make millions alone and not have friends along for the ride. Any takers?
Turnbackthealarm More than 1 year ago
Brutus, Regarding the horses on the front end within three lengths............I have always loved that angle, but find it to be track dependent. For example, last Friday and Saturday at Arlington, you would have had over 80% of the winners and one paid over $100 and several others were in the $20 range. It was also true of both the races on poly and on turf. One reason I miss Steve T so much on the blog is that he used to keep those stats for the west coast tracks and there was a real difference between them, especially when it was poly, dirt, turf and cushion. Some tracks have a distinct bias that seems to remain constant, Monmouth and Keeneland when it was dirt. My advice is, know your track. Whacky, Your bridge jumper play is so famous, that when my husband notices those heavy favorites and a short field, he'll call out to me, "Hey Cath, is your lap top open. There's a Whacky Macky special on TV."
Okiesharp More than 1 year ago
CraZy Horse suggested that my list of excuses was too short so I am in the process of revising it. I am up to 136 excuses so far and feel I've barely scratched the surface. Okiesharp