12/22/2009 4:18PM

DL workers, HG pp's


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:

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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.

Take care,