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Format: 2014-09-23
Wed Feb 13
2013
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
The ANIMAL KINGDOM - POINT OF ENTRY showdown began a bit early last Saturday when the 2011 Kentucky Derby winner's new jockey, Joel Rosario, made a premature midrace bid.  One could understand why Rosario made the move.  On paper, there was no early pace in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap and Todd Pletcher's SALTO had just walked the dog through fractions of 25.07 and 50.52.  Rosario, already behind John Velazquez and Point of Entry, didn't want to give up too much ground when the real running began turning for home. [bc_video_id:283850:]
Wed Feb 6
2013
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
It was a wild and wooly weekend for the 3-year-old crop.  In staccato fashion, one promising runner after another put his stamp on the Kentucky Derby trail.  We've now had a few days to digest the results. The immediate excitement, and natural hyperbole that particular excitement generated, has slightly worn off. It seems a good time as any to rationally discuss the performances with the realization that the Derby is still a long ways off.   
Fri Feb 1
2013
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
This week's HandiGambling exercise is the ninth race at Gulfstream, an entry-level optional claimer for older runners at five furlongs on turf. PAST PERFORMANCES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PREVIOUS BLOG POST. REMEMBER, IF YOU ARE DECLARED THE WINNER OF THE HANDIGAMBLING EXERCISE; PLEASE CONTACT FORMBLOG@DRF.COM WITH YOUR DRF LOGIN AND PASSWORD IN ORDER TO ACCESS YOUR PRIZE PACKAGE. IF THE WINNER WOULD LIKE TO SELECT THE NEXT WEEK'S RACE, PLEASE SEND YOUR RACE SELECTION NO LATER THAN TUESDAY EVENING.
Tue Jan 29
2013
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
ITSMYLUCKYDAY became the newest "it" boy on the Derby trail after toppling champion SHANGHAI BOBBY in the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream. Trained by Eddie Plesa Jr., Itsmyluckyday broke the track record at 1 1/16 miles.  He raced the distance in 1:41.81, almost a second faster than the older GOLDEN TICKET navigated the trip in an optional claimer earlier on the card. 
Fri Jan 25
2013
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
This week's HandiGambling exercise is the ninth race at Gulfstream, an entry-level allowance for older runners at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf. PAST PERFORMANCES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PREVIOUS BLOG POST. REMEMBER, IF YOU ARE DECLARED THE WINNER OF THE HANDIGAMBLING EXERCISE; PLEASE CONTACT FORMBLOG@DRF.COM WITH YOUR DRF LOGIN AND PASSWORD IN ORDER TO ACCESS YOUR PRIZE PACKAGE. IF THE WINNER WOULD LIKE TO SELECT THE NEXT WEEK'S RACE, PLEASE SEND YOUR RACE SELECTION NO LATER THAN TUESDAY EVENING.