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Let's take a look at the work tab for some runners that have been out of the public eye for a bit.
Albertus Maximus - Unseen since fifth in the Dubai World Cup, Albertus Maximus breezed three furlongs at Palm Meadows on December 15.
Bulldogger - With all of Bob Baffert's recent successes with two-year-olds, it's easy to forget Bulldogger, a maiden winner at Saratoga that has been sidelined with shins. He worked a half-mile at Santa Anita on December 17
Bulls and Bears - A promising juvenile trained by Richard Violette, Bulls and Bears breezed three furlongs at Palm Meadows on December 19.
Cash Refund - Second in the Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs in May, Cash Refund is entered in a optional claimer at the Fair Grounds on December 27.
Cribnote - Unraced since finishing third in the 2008 Champagne, Cribnote breezed a half-mile over the Aqueduct inner track on December 21.
Denis of Cork - Sidelined since finishing third in the 2008 Belmont Stakes, Denis of Cork has been training steadily at Fair Grounds. He breezed five furlongs on December 21.
El Caballo - Optional claiming winner on turf at Churchill Downs has listed stakes potential at the very least. He breezed a half-mile on December 18 at Fair Grounds.
Gallant Son - Unraced since the Santa Anita Derby, Gallant Son worked a mile on December 16.
General Quarters - Had surgery to remove a chip in his right knee after the Preakness, but is entered to return in an optional claimer at Fair Grounds on December 26.
Heartless Vixen - A promising entry-level allowance winner at Santa Anita in March, Heartless Vixen worked five furlongs at Hollywood on December 21.
Lava Man - Scratched from the Native Diver at Hollywood, Lava Man continues to work in preparation for his first race since the 2008 Eddie Read. He breezed six furlongs at Hollywood on December 17.
Lions Story - Jerry Hollendorfer-trained juvenile was given 60 days off after suffering from sore shins. Del Mar maiden winner worked three furlongs at Hollywood on December 22.
Merus Miami - Third in the California Derby in January, Merus Miami worked six furlongs at Golden Gate on December 20.
Miss Charm City - Unraced since winning the Maryland Million Lassie in 2008, Miss Charm City worked three furlongs at Laurel on December 18.
Munnings - Talented sprinter missed the Cigar Mile with a foot problem, but breezed five furlongs for Todd Pletcher at Palm Meadows on December 21.
Obligingly - Pletcher-trained three-year-old was turned out after finishing third in an entry-level allowance at Gulfstream in January. He breezed a half-mile at Palm Meadows on December 21.
Palanka City - Stakes-winning sprinter is on the comeback trail after suffering a career-threatening cannon bone fracture. She worked five furlongs at Fairmount Park on December 18.
Quality Road - Talented Florida Derby winner prepped for Gulfstream's Hal's Hope Stakes on January 3 with a five furlong drill at Palm Meadows on December 21.
Roman Tiger - Allowance/Listed level turf runner breezed five furlongs on December 19.
Sidney's Candy - Fast juvenile maiden winner at Del Mar is recovering from shins. He worked six furlongs at Santa Anita on December 20.
South Bronx - Entry-level allowance winner in New York breezed five furlongs over Belmont's training track on December 22.
Successful Dan - Sidelined with ankle woes after winning the Northern Dancer Stakes in June at Churchill Downs, Successful Dan breezed a half-mile at Keeneland on December 18.
Utterly Cool - One of the top juveniles in Canada in 2008, Utterly Cool hasn't raced since winning the Cup and Saucer at Woodbine that fall. He breezed five furlongs at Turfway Park on December 22.
Wasted Tears - Turf stakes-winner at Lone Star in May breezed a half-mile at Palm Meadows on December 21.
Witty - The winner of the Railbird at Hollywood in May, Witty worked a half-mile at Santa Anita on December 21.
7 Lee City Slew is the best early speed.
10 Flashy Wise Cat is the best closer.
$50 exacta box 7,10.
Dan, I posted this on the previous blog, but as Turfway instead of Turf Paradise. Wednesday's race 6 at TuP is the intended selection. Sorry, everyone, I really intended to get this out early. In case I did come out on top of the Handigambling, I have been looking at what is available for a Wednesday contest. Trust me, the pickings are pretty slim. The two tracks in Florida have several races with decent size fields, but all are either turf or maiden races with several first time starters. The possibility of being washed off the turf steers me away from the grass races, and maidens with firsters definitely won't be my choice. The only other alternative I can find is race 6 at Turf Paradise. It is a 6 furlong Non Winners of 3 Field of 11. I don't have the PP's , but it sounds like it might be contentious. I hope this isn't too disappointing to everyone
Congrats to Kelley_Belles for finishing first in last week's HG exercise. Here are the pp's for tomorrow's race:
Remember that you have a mythical $100 with which to wager on the race, and the entrant with the highest money total will receive a "Monthly Enhanced 60-Card Past Performance Plan." Anyone going over the $100 limit will be disqualified. In the event of a tie, the earliest post gets first preference.
I know that there is a time issue for some of you, but 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. I'm 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.
30. KYRI Your horse is HOMEBOYKRIS He is a bay gelding by Roman Ruler, a son of Fusaichi Pegasus out of One Last Salute by Salutely. He was born on Feb. 13th. Your trainer is Richard Dutrow. He is a proven stakes horse who needs to rebound off a poor performance in the Remsen. Race Record: 6/27 Ran 4th MD at CRC at 6F 7/11 Broke MD at CRC at 6F 10/10 Won GR1 Champagne at BP at 1 Mile 11/28 Ran 5th GR2 Remsen at AQU at 1-1/8 Good luck with your horse! Annie
R2 PK 3 2/11/5
36. CAPTAIN BODGIT Your horse is JACKSON BEND He is a chestnut colt by Hear No Evil, a son of Carson City out of Sexy Stockings by Tabasco Cat. He was born on Feb. 11th. Your trainer is Nick Zito. He was a homebred by Jacks or Better. Robert LaPenta purchased a majority interest on 10/26 for an undisclosed sum. Steve Haskin said: "And then there is Calder sensation, Jackson Bend, who obviously is extremely talented, winning 5 in a row, including a sweep of the Florida Stallion Series. But, there are serious questions regarding his ability to get classic distances. If he can continue his streak at GP, he will have to be taken seriously." Jackson Bend is wintering at Palm Meadows in Florida. He is possible for the Holy Bull at GP on 1/23. Race Record: 5/9 Ran 2nd MD at CRC at 4-1/2F 6/4 Broke MD at CRC at 4-1/2F 7/11 Won F. Gomez Mem at CRC at 6F 8/8 Won Dr. Fager at CRC at 6F 8/29 Won Affirmed at CRC at 7F 10/17 Won In Reality at CRC at 1-1/16 OK, so he's won a few more races than my TWIRLING CANDY. But, you just wait until the Derby. :) Good luck with your horse. Annie
29. DALE Your horse is CITRUS KID He is a dark bay or brown colt by Lemon Drop Kid, a son of Kingmambo out of Orange Ice by Ginistrelli. He was born on May 8th. Your trainer is John Terranova II. He was trained by Gary Contessa in his first three races. He was purchased at the 2009 OBS Mar. Sale for $50K as a 2-year-old. Race Record: 8/5 Ran 7th MD at SAR 1-1/16 on turf 9/26 Broke MD at DEL at 1 mile 70 yards 10/10 Won Dover Stks at DEL at 1-1/16 11/28 Ran 3rd in the GR2 Remsen at 1-1/8 Good luck with your horse. Annie
HG165 I have narrowed my contenders to 4: #6 - Such a Shame - Yes, he is taking a pretty big step up and will probably get some pace pressure here, but I think he is simply the fastest horse and seems to love the track. Will use on top. #9 - Heavonly Wind - 2 for 2, both here at Turf Paradise. Times a little slow, but I am not too conceerned about that. Like the way he came from a bit off the pace in that last one and like his steady work tab. #4 - Clean Hit - Also 2 for 2 at Turf Paradise. Been away for over a year and could possibly need a race. Works look like he could also be ready. #2 - Marozi - He's the wild card. Good trainer. Could surprise at a decent price. So my bet will be: $60 ex 6/9 $30 ex 6/4 $10 ex 6/2 Good luck to all !!! Dick W
HG 165 Last three times I've posted it never showed up. Here's hoping this time's a charm. Competitive race from the north side of Phoenix--used to play this pretty little oval back in the early 80s when I lived in Tempe. Watched Richard Hazelton train the winner of the opening day feature there in '81--I think he paid about $4--LOL. The question is the readiness of a couple of possible good ones off the bench. Though Chambers is red hot and hits on 33% of horses off at least 6 months (this one's been idle for over two years!) I'll go with the other fresh one #4, Clean Hit who has been working steady for this. I like the 6 panel followed by 4 panel works on 12/12 and 12/20, I like the fact Corbett gets up, and I like the fact that he has won twice over the surface. The wild card might actually be the 6 who has turned in back-to-back monster efforts and now jumps up to NW3L Allowance off a $6250 claim. The 85 BSF is by far the best--he could run 75 and probably win this so if the number is not legit he still could be the fastest horse in the field and 4-1 on any horse that has won his last two by a combined 28 1/2 lengths can't be ignored. Finally, the 9 may go off as the post time favorite and he certainly has done nothing wrong--two races, two impressive victories. The next level at this point is not a huge jump so he may still be the best but his numbers are not up to the 4 or especially the 6; but he must be respected. Others I consider to have a shot at picking up minor awards include the 3 (8/11 ITM at TP), and the 7 (very respectable 4th in a very fast mile last out--2nd best last BSF). $5 Tri Wheel-4,6,9/4,6,9/4,6,9,3,7 $10 straight Tri 4/6/9 Good Luck and Good Racing!
Can you post the pps for Alysheba, Susan's Girl, and Slew o Gold?
R2 Small win wager on the 2
28. SKYDIMEAUNTIE Your horse is RULE He is a dark bay or brown colt by Roman Ruler, a son of Fusaichi Pegasus out of Rockcide by Personal Flag. He was born on Jan. 13th. Your trainer is Todd Pletcher. He is a Winstar homebred. As the winner of the Delta Jackpot, he should have enough earnings to get into the Ky Derby. Steve Haskin said: "Rule, a son of Roman Ruler, is out of Rockcide, a half-sister to Ky Derby and Preakness winner, Funny Cide. There are no question marks about him getting a classic distance of ground." He is #8 on Haskin's Early Derby Dozen: "He has a nice way of going and has the appearance of a class horse. He showed a lot of determination in the Delta Jackpot. It's time to start rating off the pace." Race Record: 7/19 Ran 3rd MD at BP at 6F 9/5 Ran 2nd MD at SAR at 7F 10/8 Broke MD at BP at 1 mile 11/6 Won Jean Lafitte at DeD by 9L at 1 mile 12/4 Won GR3 Delta Jackpot at DeD at 1-1/16 Good luck with your horse! Annie
SR Vegas, P.S. Well, actually they're mouth-painted. A difficult and laborious process. :) Annie