01/07/2015 5:20PM

Delaunay loves New Orleans


Most old snowbirds like wintering in South Florida.

DELAUNAY, on the other hoof, prefers The Big Easy. Each winter, the veteran returns to the Fair Grounds as fresh as a daisy.

Here are some of his prior mentions on FormBlog: 

FROM 1/29/13:

...DELAUNAY has emerged from relative obscurity to become one of the fastest sprinters in the country.  Claimed by Maggi Moss and Tom Amoss for $40,000 on May 12, 2012, Delaunay has won five of six starts (all in stakes races) for the owner-trainer combination, including the $72,000 F. W. Gaudin Memorial Stakes at Fair Grounds with a 110 Beyer.  Overall, the gelding has scored in eight of his last ten races...

FROM 5/8/13:

...Rosie Napravnik didn't get the big money in the Kentucky Derby, but she rode the two fastest horses over the weekend.  Both TAKE CHARGE INDY and DELAUNAY received 109 Beyer Speed Figures for their graded stakes victories.  Of Delaunay, Rosie told track publicity that "...he’s such a cool horse. He’ll do whatever you ask him. He’s very speedy and he’ll relax if you need him to. He’s just a very fast horse. Since Tom’s (Amoss) had him, he’s really come around. The track wasn't’t a problem at all for him. He’s got a good record on wet tracks. We weren't’t worried about that.”...

FROM 1/29/14:

...Nice to see DELAUNAY back to his best form. The 7-year-old son of Smoke Glacken looked like one of the better sprinters last year after winning the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes by four facile lengths on May 4. Following two chalky defeats, he was sent to the sidelines for some rest and relaxation. After he missed his intended return in the Thanksgiving Handicap at Fair Grounds due to illness, Delaunay was given some more time to recuperate. Last Saturday, he handled his usual whipping-boy, GANTRY, and three others in the F. W. Gaudin Memorial at Fair Grounds. It was the fifth time that Gantry has finished second to Delaunay since September 8, 2012. Delaunay has now earned nine consecutive triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures and is approaching 900K in earnings...

After two losses as the favorite last summer, Delaunay was freshened for another winter campaign in New Orleans. Thus far, he's started two times at the current Fair Grounds meeting. The results:

11/27/14 - career-best 111 Beyer when winning the $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap by seven lengths.

1/3/15 - 102 Beyer when grabbing the $60,000 Bonapaw Stakes.

Lifetime, Delaunay boasts a strong record of 7-6-1-0 over the Fair Grounds strip. Last week, he avenged his only loss over the surface, a five-length beating at the hooves of the speedy HEITAI in last year's Duncan F. Kenner Stakes.

Making his 8-year-old debut in the off-the-turf Bonapaw. contested over a sealed, muddy track, Delaunay, the 9 to 10 betting favorite, prompted Heitai from the outside through fractions of 22.12 and 45.25. Heitai remained strong in the stretch and Delaunay really had to dig down deep to come get him. Heitai was game, but Delaunay wanted it just a bit more. He nabbed Heitai two strides from the wire to win by a neck. Delaunay completed the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.34.

Since being claimed by owner Maggi Moss for $40,000 on May 12, 2012, Delaunay's record stands at 18-11-3-1 while completing exclusively in stakes races. Expect for him to continue his voodoo in the 2015 edition of the Duncan F. Kenner on February 21.

*There's trouble, and then there's the trouble that RAINHA DA BATERIA got into when the beaten favorite in the Blue Norther Stakes at Santa Anita on New Year's Day.

She's number 8 in the video and is ridden by Mike Smith.

Rainha Da Bateria is a one-run closer. That means that she's always going to be at the mercy of race and pace luck. In her two previous starts, she was forced extremely wide. Perhaps her connections advised Smith to save ground in the Blue Norther. If that was the case, Smith listened too well.

The pace was hot in the Blue Norther, and Smith should have realized that the speeds would stop and clog up the rail. If he gets a wide run in this heat, he probably wins.

By the way, congratulations to Alex Solis, who rode his 5,000 lifetime winner in this race. It's a fantastic milestone.


Here are the top WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from 12/30/14 - 1/5/15:

1. DELAUNAY - 102 - Bonapaw Stakes - 5 1/2 Furlongs - 3Jan15-7FG
2. ELNAAWI - 101 - Native Dancer Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles - 3Jan15-8LRL
3. FINNEGANS WAKE - 100 - San Gabriel Stakes (G2) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - 3Jan15-8SA
4. ADIRONDACK KING - 98 (DH) - Auld Lang Syne Stakes - 1 Mile 70 Yards, 30Dec14-7PRX
4. BIG BUSINESS - 98 - Alex M. Robb Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Inner Dirt) - 31Dec14-8AQU
4. SAILOR'S REVENGE - 98 (DH) - Auld Lang Syne Stakes - 1 Mile 70 Yards, 30Dec14-7PRX
7. MAJESTIC AFFAIR - 97 - Fred "Cappy" Capossela Stakes - 6 Furlongs (Inner Dirt) - 2Jan15-3AQU
8. ALFA BIRD - 96 - OC 40k/N1X -N - 1 1/8 Miles - 2Jan15-7SA
8. FRAME - 96 - Alw 16000s - 5 1/2 Furlongs - 3Jan15-5PRX
10. BARBADOS - 95 - Spectacular Bid Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 3Jan15-8GP
10. EL KABEIR - 95 - Jerome Stakes (G3) - 1 Mile 70 Yards (Inner Dirt) - 3Jan15-8AQU
10. MEGA HEAT - 95 - OC 80k/C - 1 Mile (Turf) - 2Jan15-6SA
13. OUTSIDE NASHVILLE - 94 - Alw 33528NC - 6 Furlongs (Tapeta) - 4Jan15-3GG
13. PEACEFUL TALK - 94 - Alw 50000s - 1 Mile 70 Yards (Inner Dirt) - 1Jan15-7AQU
13. SEDUIRE - 94 - Santa Ynez Stakes (G2) - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 3Jan15-7SA
13. SHOOK UP - 94 - Md Sp Wt 39k - 1 Mile 70 Yards - 3Jan15-6FG
13. SHRINKING VIOLET - 94 - Monrovia Stakes (G2) - About 6 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - 4Jan15-8SA
13. TREV - 94 - Clm 20000 - 6 Furlongs - 2Jan15-3TAM
19. ATHENS - 93 - OC 40k/N1X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 3Jan15-5SA
19. NEVER STOP LOOKING - 93 - Fire Plug Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 3Jan15-6LRL
19. PRAETEREO - 93 - Valley Forge Stakes - 7 Furlongs - 30Dec14-9PRX
19. SHORE RUNNER - 93 - OC 16k/N1X -N - 5 1/2 Furlongs - 31Dec14-6TAM
19. STAR PEARL - 93 - Nellie Morse Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles - 3Jan15-7LRL
24. BLUEGRASS SINGER - 92 - Mucho Macho Man Stakes - 1 Mile - 3Jan15-10GP
24. EL BOTAS - 92 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - 4Jan15-9GP
24. LEMON UP - 92 - Md 12500 - 6 Furlongs - 2Jan15-2GP
24. LOGAN'S MOON - 92 - Md Sp Wt 56k - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 4Jan15-2SA
24. SUPER SOLDIER - 92 - OC 62k/N3X -N - 1 Mile (Turf) - 3Jan15-3TAM
24. UDOKNOWJACK - 92 - OC 12k/N1X -N - 1 Mile - 3Jan15-5FG

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


With the pensioning of Serena's Song and the death from complications of colic surgery of Kiri's Clown, two of my all time favorite horses, could you please post their pps?...

The past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.


*If you're planning on attending the FormBlog Convention (see below for details), please contact Laura no later than January 12. She will assist with hotel reservations at the Hampton Inn, and we'll get a discounted rate courtesy of Gulfstream Park. Her e-mail is lross@ironmaidensthoroughbreds.com

The annual Gulfstream Formbloggers Convention is tentatively scheduled for Friday, February 28 - Sunday, March 1, 2015. I'll be working on getting hotel discounts at the Hampton Inn, across from the track.
I can pick up/drop off at Ft. Lauderdale airport, as it's about 15 min. away and you don't need to rent a car.
Every year, Dan joins us for handicapping fun, and contests. Gulfstream has provided a private suite and gift bags in the past, plus we have other swag from Breeders' Cup, etc. The "regulars" can attest that a fantastic time is had by all.
If you'd like to be on the mailing list for information as I receive it, please email me at lross@ironmaidensthoroughbreds.com

I'm really looking forward to it and hope to see as many of you as possible. The Formbloggers Convention is always great fun and Laura does a tremendous job handling all of the arrangements.


Annie and SR Vegas have compiled "The 2015 MKB Book of Kentucky Derby Prospects." I have attached it to the bottom of this blog post. Enjoy!


You can follow me on Twitter @DRF_DanIllman.

The video previews for the weekend graded stakes races will be available later in the week at the following link:



Congrats to Rodney for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling tournament.

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

On tab 2 you will see each HG Race we've held and they are color coded to denote if the race was run on Turf, Dirt or Poly.

Let's go with Friday's Dixie Belle Stakes for this week's event.


SR Vegas and Rick M. have graciously decided to streamline all of the HG rules in order to make them an easier read for everyone...

With so many new people attending Dan's Formblog we thought it would be a good time to update the Handigambling Guidelines and Rules as we go forward in 2014.

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. We are 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.


-  Please start your post with  HG or HANDIGAMBLING to better recognize and find your entry.

-  You have a mythical $100 to wager in whatever format you choose and that is available for that HG race.
Anyone going over the $100 limit will be disqualified.

- Post your WAGER and ANALYSIS to the blog WITH YOUR NAME/OR MONIKER AT THE END OF THE POST.  Remember that posts may start as 'anonymous' or an 'alternate name'. You MUST sign yourself at the end (even if it is the same) This enables the scorekeeper to recognize you .

- (1) ONE ENTRY per person for the Handigambling contest. If you have multiple email addresses, use just ONE for contest purposes.  Multiple entries will be cause for disqualification.

- Separate your analysis from the wager and use the horses # in your wager. Just like you would do in a real wager. No horse names.

-In the event of a tie, the earliest post gets first preference. Dan reserves the right to approve or deny any entries.

- The winner will receive a "60-Card Quarterly Formulator Past Performance Plan"

As an example :

HG 2014
The speed in this race goes to  horses # 1, 4 ,6 ..Ennie , Meenie, and Mo
Since it's a sprint I don't see any closers catching them.. like # 9 Miney.
I think trainer Groucho with the #6 Mo has the best stats in this condition, route to sprint.. just a gut feeling at large odds ML 20-1

HG wager
50$ Ex box 1-6
total $100

Thanks Dan!




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SR Vegas More than 1 year ago
MKB Workouts : 1/13/15 Fair Grounds dirt/fast BOLD CONQUEST - 4F 0:51.00 breezing 25/39 – Rkccasselberry 1/14/15 Santa Anita dirt/fast DORTMUND - 6F 1:12.20 handily 1/28 - Jim Lehman LORD NELSON - 6F 1:12.60 handily 2/28 - Anderson MKB Entries : 1/14/15 FIRST DOWN was scratched ( MTO) GP race #9 1/14/15 - Tom W ....hmmm ? looks like he is headed to the Holy Bull ? 1/17/15 – Gulfstream park race #2 45K MSW 1 1/16 Mile THIRTYSEVENLIVESON - Professor molesap 1/17/15 The Lecomte Fair grounds race # 11 , as Annie has posted : BIGGAR W'S - Eagle TYREN M'S - Savoy Stomp MIKE O'S - International Star Ky Derby Points race 10-4-2-1 ... and I’ll be watching Another Lemon Drop , from our friend Calvin Carter’ s site: .http://classicchampionthoroughbreds.blogspot.com/2014/12/2015-kentucky-derby-outlook.html Good luck ! SR Vegas
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MKB UPDATE: A whole bunch of MKBs were nominated to the GR2 Holy Bull on 1/24. including my boy. :) UPSTART - Annie :) CLASSY CLASS - JJ FAR FROM OVER - AlydarandEasy FIRST DOWN - Tom W FRAMMENTO - Turnbackthealarm FROSTED - NAR IMPERIA - You Feel Lucky KEEN ICE - Tmonty MAWTHOOQ - Spartan Tomm TYREN M'S Savoy Stomp and MIKE O'S International Star were also nominated, but if they run on Sat., I'm sure they won't run in this. Good luck to all that run!!! Annie
Tyren M More than 1 year ago
Annie, Thanks for pointing me to the Equibase article on Savoy Stomp. Mike Smith in to ride. I'm ok with that. Distance horse or sprinter? We'll learn soon enough. I guess I'm flattered that Bluegrass Singer won the Mucho Macho Man, so he didn't lose to a bum lol. Calculator was nice Saturday. Can't wait to see him against the Bafferts. Good luck to the other MKB's racing this weekend. Tyren M.
DavidM9999 More than 1 year ago
Doors The Steve Asmussen report comes out Thursday. The commission is meeting behind closed doors with a closed door discussion following. Horse racing is not well known for transparency so closed doors was 1-9 in the early wagering. Conversely racing prospers more in the darkness, murky, or the inconsistent. This investigation began in March 2014 so they have 10 months of investigation to process. It should be a doosey but on the other hand it could be the Warren Commission report all over again. That one took about the same time to finish with 889 pages, 552 witnesses and 3,100 exhibits. Bottom line – one crazed lone wolf who was quick on the trigger and deadly accurate. Questions abound - Does Saratoga and Churchill have a grassy knoll? How many employees, PETA moles, trainers, owners and horses were deposed? I suppose the horse whisperer was likely a key part of the all-star interrogation team. I can’t wait for Thursday when the doors do open. Pat - fun recap of your adventure Saturday. Liked it a lot. Solid information about Willie and race charting process. I like replays much better myself too. Commissioner was 2-5 when I decided to play against him at GP. If he was 5-2 I may have had another opinion honestly. Glad he was 2-5 as that forced a weak man to do the right thing. A better handicapper than I would have known he was not the right horse even at 5-2. He has some talent but just never been a large fan. Todd is tough at GP so anything he puts in is hard to get past horizontally.
Michael More than 1 year ago
@ Annie......thanks Annie for the heads-up! I hope he stays healthy all his life, but especially for May 2nd. He is really a nice horse and I am thankful I got him in the MKB draw. Maybe I could email D. Wayne and tell him that is my MKB horse, he might give me barn access to meet him!! I am an amateur photographer and would love to have a photo session with him. Uhhh, does anybody have his email address?? :):)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ray – What I was trying to say is that with his pedigree, I wouldn't rule out the possibility of him being a stayer until he proves he isn't one. The way he ran, not be able to quite quicken with the "winner" but keeping on evenly and gamely without faltering doesn't hurt the possibility. Since those races won't come until later in the year, I will keep watching him even if his results on the Derby trail are middling (like Commissioner last year, for instance). You have to figure that an AOC or minor stake will be next out for him, preferably around two-turns. Of course, if he ends up being good enough at 9 and 10 F, he might never see 12 and up, unless for the Belmont. Again on Commissioner, while I agree that the race Saturday will serve him well in getting race fit and in form, I don't think he'll win many races at 10 F let alone 9, and if they persist in running him there (which they very well may do), he could win any of them if the race sets up for him, but most of the time it will be minor rewards at best. If he goes forward like he did Saturday, someone will always be there who can go faster, and he will get the kind of results he got there (like the ones Tonalist got in his two Saratoga races last summer); if he sits back and tries to close, that's an uphill battle to start, and if he hooks up with Tonalist or Honor Code trying the same strategy, I think they'll quicken more that Commissioner can. But, that's how the money is; maybe the Brooklyn's purse will be enough the draw him to what really suits him. Even though Ice Cream Truck ran in one or two of the stayers races, Irish Surf was actually the horse I was thinking of, who ran in two of them and ran well both times. PatG – Great comments on watching races for yourself and trusting your own eyes. I couldn't agree more. Al
pat gavin More than 1 year ago
"I'm the operator with my pocket Calculator" Kraftwerk 1981.......the anthem of computer nerds...worldwide. I liked that song when I was in College.......and lo and behold.....it is my MKB....I watched the replay as it was on against the Ravens game.....nice safe 5 wide trip as the jock obviously knew that the others were not good. Something to build on.....and the trainer has some magical elixirs......somewhere in the barn. Proportionality........the MKB horse is important but making a nice score on Willie was more gratifying.......When you can take your gal out to a ridiculous dinner Sunday evening..........damn the cost, when a horse pays your way. Bernard.......compromise is the way. When I was younger...I would have stayed and stayed and bet and bet......it only took 30 plus years of betting horses to have the ability to walk out...add to the weight I had already pulled and my desire to watch my beloved Ravens try to add to the lore of Mr. Joe Cool(Flacco).....reminds me of the Peanuts special and its great lyrics about Snoopy....."Joe Cool back in school.....hangs around the water fountain playing the fool". I am more of a schedule keeper.......and that wasn't on the docket.....but I made room. Willie B. Mine.....dead game and he likes running fast....Not sure he can go really high into the allowance ranks....but even when he did(the one before Saturday) he was in front and had dueled two of the main contenders into defeat.....that they came back to pass him after it mattered meant LITTLE to me in determining his form. The jockey wrapped up....but he cost those other two ANY chance of winning....and they had some major factors pointing to them as live. And it goes to one of the main points in handicapping........watching the races yourself. The chart caller for the 12/10 races said that he faltered....he did not........he(the jock) wasn't aggressive from the 3/16th to the wire...probably could have saved 5th...but WHY? He needed class relief and got it. Don't believe everything you read, one of the greatest lessons I have learned is NO ONE is perfect and history is written by the winners. These chart callers are on a deadline.....Equibase publishes a FULL CHART within 20 minutes......so you know that the laggers are just given a short look.......and this is where "HIDDEN FORM" is found. \
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
KNM, Pat Gavin is relatively new to the MKB. I think this is only his second year. Perhaps he doesn't realize just how high-strung and sensitive these thoroughbreds are. :) Although, I guess he knows about high-strung. After all, he has TAP IT RICH. But, CALCULATOR must be more on the sensitive side. :) Annie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SR Vegas, Thank you for the workout update. Hmm, maybe my UPSTART is getting ready for the Holy Bull at GP. That would be nice. :) Annie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eddie Buster Lewis, Looks like your MR. Z just might run in the Smarty Jones at OP. He could be very tough in there I would think. Good luck!!! Annie