04/06/2017 2:38PM

Designed for War primed to score

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In the November 17, 2016 edition of FormBlog (http://www.drf.com/blogs/another-michael-maker-success-story), I mentioned Michael Maker's gaudy success rate with newly-purchased runners stretching out on turf.
 
Perhaps he has another future stakes winner in DESIGNED FOR WAR, who earned a career-best 101 Beyer Speed Figure when a close second in last week's Grade 2 Pan American Stakes traveling 12 furlongs at Gulfstream Park. The Pan American was Designed for War's second start since Maker and company purchased him for a mere $55,000 at the Keeneland January sale. 
 
Designed for War went through the auction ring twice as a younger horse. A $145,000 RNA as a weanling, he sold for $125,000 at two. He is by the prolific turf sire War Front out of an unraced half-sister to French Group 3 turf winner Dance Dress and British stakes-placed turf runner Discuss. The second dam (by Private Account) was a stakes winner at Santa Anita.
 
Initially trained by Todd Pletcher, Designed for War won his career debut on turf at Saratoga, then captured a grassy entry-level allowance race the following year at the Spa. That win preceded a long layoff and a trainer switch to Rusty Arnold. As a 4-year-old for Arnold, Designed for War grabbed an 'n2x' optional claimer at Churchill Downs, but was far from a stakes horse. 
 
Enter Maker. 
 
After the January purchase, Designed for War started working in South Florida. Handicappers that paid attention to the invaluable "DRF Clocker Report" had reason to believe that Maker was beginning to figure the horse out. Note the comment for the February 25 drill, his final workout prior to his 5-year-old debut on March 10.
 
Feb 25 PMM 5f fm :58.00
Drew off from Tiger Paw while urged along some inside the cones through awesome fractions of 34.40, (4) 58.00 / 1:10.60, 1:23.80, 1:38.80. RATING: A-
 
Designed for War finished a solid fourth in that salty optional claimer won by the stakes-quality JAY GATSBY. That race was at nine furlongs, the longest run of Designed for War's career. But Maker was only getting started.
 
He then stretched Designed for War all the way out to the 1 1/2-mile distance of the Pan American. Racing with blinkers off, Designed for War tracked loose pacesetter REPORTING STAR through splits of 24.15, 49.77 and 1:15.54. He took over from in between horses with three furlongs remaining and battled doggedly to the wire, dropping a narrow decision to the late-kicking SADLER'S JOY.
 
 

 
Designed for War may not be a true Grade 1 horse, but Maker is a master at spotting his older turf horses in races that they can win. Expect Designed for War to remain at longer distances in Grade 2/Grade 3 races for the near future. He's one to watch.
 
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Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from 3/29/17 - 4/4/17:
 
1. HONORABLE DUTY - 105 - New Orleans Handicap (G2) - 1 1/8 Miles - 1Apr17-8FG 
2. CLEARLY NOW - 101 - OC 62k/C -N - 7 Furlongs - 1Apr17-1GP 
2. SADLER'S JOY - 101 - Pan American Stakes (G2) - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf) - 1Apr17-13GP 
4. COLLECTED - 100 - Santana Mile - 1 Mile - 1Apr17-8SA
5. ALL INCLUDED - 98 - Appleton Stakes (G3) - 1 Mile (Turf) - 1Apr17-4GP 
5. HARD ACES - 98 - Tokyo City Cup (G3) - 1 1/2 Miles - 2Apr17-8SA 
5. TESTOSTERSTONE - 98 - Mr. Sinatra Stakes - 1 1/8 Miles - 1Apr17-8AQU
8. ALWAYS DREAMING - 97 - Florida Derby (G1) - 1 1/8 Miles - 1Apr17-14GP 
9. CELESTINE - 96 - Honey Fox Stakes (G2) - 1 Mile (Turf) - 1Apr17-10GP 
9. ENTERPRISING - 96 - Muniz Memorial Handicap (G2) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - 1Apr17-9FG 
9. THE TRUTH OR ELSE - 96 - Sir Shackleton Stakes - 7 Furlongs - 1Apr17-7GP 
12. WAY STRIKING - 95 - OC 60k/C -N - 1 1/16 Miles - 1Apr17-5OP 
13. ALERT BAY - 94 - Alw 40551NC - 1 Mile - 2Apr17-6GG 
13. FARZ - 94 - OC 62k/C -N - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 1Apr17-9GP 
13. LUKES ALLEY - 94 - OC 62k/C -N - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 1Apr17-9GP 
13. PRADO'S SWEET RIDE - 94 - New Orleans Ladies Overnight Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 1Apr17-3FG 
13. SUMMERSAULT - 94 - Orchid Stakes (G3) - 1 3/8 Miles (Turf) - 1Apr17-5GP 
18. KARLA WITH A K - 93 - OC 40k/N2X - 6 Furlongs - 2Apr17-8OP 
18. SAWYER'S HILL - 93 - OC 75k/N3X -N - 1 Mile (Turf) - 30Mar17-7SA 
20. ABBEY VALE (IRE) - 92 - Wcl 33000(32-28) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - 30Mar17-5SA 
20. MANIPULATED - 92 - Clm c-50000N3L - 6 Furlongs - 2Apr17-7AQU
20. WORLD APPROVAL - 92 - Turf Classic Stakes - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - 2Apr17-4TAM
23. BASS RIVER ROAD - 91 - Kelly Kip Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 1Apr17-5AQU
23. CANDY PROMISES - 91 - OC 40k/N1X -N - 6 Furlongs - 1Apr17-9SA 
23. GIRVIN - 91 - Louisiana Derby (G2) - 1 1/8 Miles - 1Apr17-11FG 
23. GORDY FLORIDA - 91 - OC 40k/N2X -N - 6 Furlongs - 1Apr17-6OP 
23. JAN'S RESERVE - 91 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 31Mar17-8AQU
23. SOMEDAY JONES - 91 - OC 25k/N2X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 4Apr17-8PRX
 
*Honorable Duty's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.
 
*Manipulated was claimed for $50,000 by trainer Rudy Rodriguez from David Jacobson.
 
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Dan
sorry if it seems like I only come by once in a while to gripe, but, hey, you seem to be one of the few, if not only, members of the DRF crew who listens, so...
last week it was the pps including 20+ races from strange time zones, this week it's how is it that the Saturday Stakes preview is supposed to include ALL MAJOR stakes of the weekend, yet, there are multiple statebred starters from aqu and only one from gulf on derby day (it looks like 6 other G2 or 3's will be run, weather permitting, of course).
can anyone help??!!
is anyone else listening??!!
sorry to take up valuable space here, but, again, come on
pe
 
Gulfstream did not finish drawing the Florida Derby card until very, very late on Wednesday afternoon. They drew the Florida Derby in the morning, but we didn't receive the rest of the entries until after press time.
 
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Congrats to Suheil for winning the most recent HandiGambling challenge.
 
Rick M and SR VEGAS' HG scoreboard spreadsheet is available at the bottom of this blog post. 
 
Suheil selected Saturday's Blue Grass Stakes as this week's exercise. 
 
PAST PERFORMANCES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS BLOG POST.
 
 
SR Vegas and Rick M. have graciously decided to update all of the HG rules in order to make them an easier read for everyone...
 
HANDIGAMBLING version 2016:
 
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 SPARE A SENTENCE OR TWO outlining your HANDICAPPING ANGLES and/or THOUGHT PROCESSES about WAGERING.
 
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6. If any of the rules listed above aren't met, the wager is subject to review which can lead to disqualification of your entry.
 
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 2016
The speed in this race are #1 Alpha, #2 Beta, and #8 Ocho. I like the works for layoff horse #5 Cinco who can sit off the pace. Lots of speed in here, so this could set up for a closer like  #6 Six Flags and I like the trainer's stats in these conditions. I’ll put the closer over the speed.
 
HG wager:
$10 EX   6 /   1,2,5, 8  = $40
$5 TRI   6 /   1,2,5,8  /  1,2,5,8  =  $60
Total $100
Thanks Dan!
Harpo
 
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