08/20/2014 2:42PM

Delivers again!

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This week's races are Saturday's Travers Stakes from Saratoga and Sunday's Pacific Classic from Del Mar

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There were some memorable races at Arlington last Saturday, but THE PIZZA MAN deserves a ton of credit for his game victory in the American St. Leger.

An Illinois-bred 5-year-old by turf champion English Channel, The Pizza Man is simply a win machine. He's taken 12 of 17 starts for his breeder, Midwest Thoroughbreds, and has prevailed in his last 5 outings at distances ranging from one mile to the St. Leger trip of 13 1/2 furlongs.

He's extremely versatile as well. In the $66,000 Illinois Owners Stakes at Arlington on September 21, 2013 - the beginning of his recent win streak - The Pizza Man rallied from 10 lengths behind over "good" going. When he grabbed the Grade 3 Stars N Stripes Stakes at Arlington last month, he prevailed in gate-to-wire fashion.  In the St. Leger, he rated comfortably off the runaway speed of Grade 2 San Juan Capistrano hero BIG KICK. 

Big Kick set legitimate fractions for the marathon distance, laying down sectionals of 24.26, 49.03, 1:13.04 and 1:37.96. The Pizza Man, ridden by Florent Geroux, chased that enervating pace from five lengths behind while traveling in the two-path. When Big Kick fizzled entering the final of three turns, The Pizza Man was forced to go all in, and he wasn't alone. Favored EYE OF THE STORM, an Irish Group 3 winner trained by Aidan O'Brien, loomed outside The Pizza Man, but he soon lost contact as the local favorite blasted clear in the upper stretch.

There was no time to relax, however, as the defending St. Leger champion, DANDINO, began his stretch charge. Dandino cut The Pizza Man's lead to a length as the leader began to fade, but the millionaire globetrotter could get no closer. The Pizza Man prevailed in 2:47.44, a new course record for the rarely-used distance.

The Pizza Man will likely be supplemented to the Breeders' Cup Turf. For those that believe he can only deliver Chicago-style, he does have a win outside of Illinois, at the Fair Grounds to be exact, on his form.

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Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from 8/11/13 - 8/17/13

1. FARHAAN - 106 - Alydar Stakes - 1 1/8 Miles - Saratoga - August 17, Race 9
2. HARDEST CORE - 103 - Arlington Million Stakes (G1) - 1 1/4 Miles (Turf) - Arlington - August 16, Race 10
3. BALANCE OF POWER - 102 - Philip H. Iselin Stakes (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles - Monmouth - August 17, Race 10
3. MAIN SEQUENCE - 102 - Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes (G1) - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) - Saratoga - August 17, Race 10
5. THE PIZZA MAN - 99 - American St. Leger Stakes - 1 11/16 Miles (Turf) - Arlington - August 16, Race 7
6. GEAUX METS - 98 - Ontario County Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Finger Lakes - August 16, Race 8
7. EASTWOOD - 97 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Saratoga - August 13, Race 6
7. SPRING TO THE SKY - 97 - Troy Stakes - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Saratoga - August 13, Race 9
7. WEEKEND HIDEAWAY - 97 - John Morrissey Stakes - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Saratoga - August 15, Race 9
10. ADELAIDE (IRE) - 96 - Secretariat Stakes (G1) - 1 1/4 Miles (Turf) - Arlington - August 16, Race 8
10. EURO CHARLINE (GB) - 96 - Beverly D. Stakes (G1) - 1 3/16 Miles (Turf) - Arlington - August 16, Race 9
12. CITY OF WESTON - 95 - OC 62k/C - 6 Furlongs - Gulfstream - August 15, Race 3
12. CODE WEST - 95 - Governor's Cup Stakes - 1 1/8 Miles - Remington - August 16, Race 8
12. JUDY THE BEAUTY - 95 - Rancho Bernardo Handicap (G3) - 6 1/2 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Del Mar - August 7, Race 4
12. MONTY HAUL - 95 - OC 40k/N3X -N - 7 Furlongs - Parx - August 12, Race 7
16. KARIBU GARDENS - 94 - Sky Classic Stakes (G2-C) - 1 1/4 Miles (Turf) - Woodbine - August 16, Race 8
16. PERSONAL DIARY - 94 - Del Mar Oaks (G1) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Del Mar - August 16, Race 8
16. SIR APPLESOLUTELY - 94 - OC 125k/C -N - 1 Mile (Turf) - Arlington - August 16, Race 3
19. IVAN FALLUNOVALOT - 93 - David M. Vance Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Remington - August 16, Race 6
19. ISTANFORD - 93 - Sandy Blue Handicap - 1 Mile (Turf) - Del Mar - August 15, Race 6
19. MERIT MAN - 93 - Green Flash Handicap - 5 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Del Mar - August 13, Race 7
19. SIR LOWRY'S PASS - 93 - OC 25k/N3X - 1 Mile - Mountaineer - August 17, Race 8
23. CATHOLIC COWBOY - 92 - Alw 85000N1X - 1 1/8 Miles - Saratoga - August 16, Race 5
23. HEAT DU JOUR - 92 - Solana Beach Handicap - 1 Mile (Turf) - Del Mar - August 17, Race 8
23. QUEEN OF THE SAND (IRE) - 92 - Alw 88310C - 1 Mile (Turf) - Del Mar - August 14, Race 2
23. THE CAMDEN COMET - 92 - OC 10k/ -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Charles Town - August 16, Race 6

*The lifetime past performances for FARHAAN are available at the bottom of this blog post.

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*The links to the five most recent blogs (and blog comments) are listed below:

http://www.drf.com/blogs/one-watch

http://www.drf.com/blogs/palace-rules-vanderbilt

http://www.drf.com/blogs/big-run-bing-crosby

http://www.drf.com/blogs/spring-turf-sprint

http://www.drf.com/blogs/claimer-grade-1-winner

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The video previews for most of this weekend's graded stakes action will be available later in the week at the following link:


http://www.drf.com/videos#stakes-previews

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Congrats to Mike O. for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling race.

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 the Travers for this week's race.


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


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.

HANDIGAMBLING:

-  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!

Harpo
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A MORE DETAILED ANALYSIS IS ALWAYS APPRECIATED !
 
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.

ALSO, IF THE WINNER WOULD LIKE TO SELECT THE FOLLOWING WEEK'S RACE, PLEASE CONTACT FORMBLOG@DRF.COM NO LATER THAN THE FOLLOWING WEDNESDAY MORNING (A FRIDAY RACE IS MOST IDEAL)

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