01/07/2015 4:20PM

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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