07/29/2015 12:01PM

Dude at Del Mar

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Give WILD DUDE some pace and he'll make some good sprinters pay in the stretch. If there isn't any speed in the race, the 5-year-old could be in for a long afternoon.

In last Saturday's Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar, Wild Dude received ample speed to attack and he looked good in upsetting odd-on favorite MASOCHISTIC.

Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Wild Dude ($24.60) broke cleanly under hot-riding Flavien Prat and settled in an extremely comfortable spot by himself while racing well off the inside. Meanwhile, the fleet multiple Grade 3 winner DISTINCTIV PASSION hooked up with trainer Bob Baffert's CAMINETTO to set scorching splits of 22.01 and 44.73.

Masochistic, winner of the Grade 1 Triple Bend last month at Santa Anita, sat the perfect spot in third off the dueling leaders and advanced on the turn to take the lead entering the stretch. He was no match for Wild Dude, however, as Prat wheeled his mount to the four path early in the lane.

Wild Dude had plenty in the tank to pass Masochistic while holding off the belated flurry of the late-starting Grade 2 winner KOBE'S BACK. Wild Dude completed the six furlongs in 1:09.51 and received a career-best 106 Beyer Speed Figure.

Bred by Versatile Thoroughbreds, Wild Dude was foaled in Florida on March 20, 2010. His sire, the late Wildcat Heir, was a very fast sprinter for trainer Ben Perkins Jr. Wildcat Heir won half of his 12 starts with his big victory coming in the Grade 1 De Francis Memorial at Laurel. Wildcat Heir also earned a 116 Beyer Speed Figure when dominating seven others in the $100,000 Teddy Drone Stakes at Monmouth. Wildcat Heir has also sired Grade 1 sprint winner Heir Kitty.

Wild Dude's dam, Courtly Choice (by Doneraile Court), won two sprint races over Arlington's polytrack surface. She is a half-sister to multiple stakes-placed dirt sprinter Let's Get Crackin and stakes-placed dirt sprinter Hopewell Heart.

Wild Dude sold for $9,000 as a weanling and was purchased by trainer Jerry Hollendorfer for $42,000 as a 2-year-old in training. Winless from two starts at two (he finished a well-beaten second to eventual two-time Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Goldencents in the debut), Wild Dude then went on an extended vacation before winning his 3-year-old debut on August 24, 2013 at six panels over the Del Mar polytrack. He closed out the season with an entry-level allowance win over the cushion track at Betfair Hollywood Park. In that race, he defeated the solid runners BIG MACHER and AMBITIOUS BREW.

Wild Dude started his 4-year-old season strong. He won the Grade 2 Palos Verdes over Breeders’ Cup Sprint hero Secret Circle after being forced to alter course sharply in midstretch. Following a close fourth-place finisher to uncoupled stable mate SAHARA SKY in the Grade 2 San Carlos Stakes, Wild Dude missed by a dirty nose to Big Macher in the Grade 2 Potrero Grande Stakes.

Unfortunately, Hollendorfer had to stop on Wild Dude again and he didn't resurface until this winter. He received a good tightener when third in the Palos Verdes, and showed excellent tactical speed when winning the San Carlos over Kobe's Back. In that race, there was no pace and jockey Rafael Bejarano hustled Wild Dude into a pace-pressing position.

Hollendorfer shipped Wild Dude to New York and the horse was compromised by a wide trip and a lack of pace when a non-threatening sixth behind DAD'S CAPS. It was a similar situation in the next two races as he chased loose winner Distinctiv Passion in the Los Angeles before attempting to rally into moderate splits behind Masochistic in the Triple Bend.

Wild Dude is not nominated to the Breeders' Cup and would have to be supplemented for $100,000 in order to compete in this year's Sprint. In the meantime, he is worth following in Southern California sprint races with an abundance of early speed.

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Here are the WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from 7/21/15 - 7/27/15

1. WILD DUDE - 106 - Bing Crosby Stakes (G1) - 6 Furlongs - 26Jul15-6DMR
2. MICKS MIRACLE - 104 - OC 40k/N1X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 25Jul15-9DMR
3. CATCH A FLIGHT (ARG) - 102 - San Diego Handicap (G2) - 1 1/16 Miles - 25Jul15-8DMR
4. HARD NOT TO LIKE - 100 - Diana Stakes (G1) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - 25Jul15-10SAR
5. MIDNIGHT TRANSFER - 97 - Clm 40000(40-35) - 6 Furlongs - 23Jul15-6DMR
5. PURE TACTICS - 97 - Wickerr Stakes - 1 Mile (Turf) - 22Jul15-7DMR
7. NEWFOUND GOLD - 96 - Clm c-(12.5-10.5) - 5 1/2 Furlongs - 26Jul15-4DMR
8. ECLETO RED - 95 - Prairie Meadows Handicap - 1 1/16 Miles - 25Jul15-8PRM
8. SHORE RUNNER - 95 - Lucky Coin Stakes - 5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - 27Jul15-7SAR
10. AGELESS - 94 - Royal North Stakes (G3-C) - 6 Furlongs (Turf) - 26Jul15-8WO
10. BIG JOHN B - 94 - Cougar II Handicap (G3) - 1 1/2 Miles - 24Jul15-6DMR
10. HEIR OF STORM - 94 - OC 80k/C - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - 22Jul15-3DMR
10. PULLING G'S - 94 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 6 Furlongs - 24Jul15-8SAR
10. WELL'S GOLD - 94 - OC c-17k/N2X - 1 Mile (Turf) - 23Jul15-3LAD
15. UCHENNA - 93 - Ontario Matron Stakes (G3-C) - 1 1/16 Miles (Polytrack) - 25Jul15-8WO
16. CURALINA - 92 - Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) - 1 1/8 Miles - 26Jul15-10SAR
16. MONSTER MASH - 92 - Clm 50000 - 7 Furlongs - 25Jul15-11SAR
16. PLAINVIEW - 92 - OC 62k/N2X - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 25Jul15-8SAR
16. SPACE MINE - 92 - OC 20k/N2X -N - 6 Furlongs - 24Jul15-8PRM
16. SUMMER BREEZING - 92 - OC 40k/N2X - 5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - 26Jul15-7SAR
16. WARREN'S REBEL - 92 - Alw 26130N2X - 1 Mile 70 Yards - 22Jul15-5LAD
16. WEEWINNIN - 92 - California Dreamin' Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 26Jul15-8DMR
23. FACE OF WINNER - 91 - Alw 85000N1X - 1 1/8 Miles - 26Jul15-8SAR
23. HIDDEN CANYON - 91 - Alw 30000NC - 7 Furlongs - 22Jul15-6CT
23. KINGSPORT - 91 - Deputy Minister Stakes - 7 Furlongs (Polytrack) - 22Jul15-6WO
23. TERRYS TOM CAT - 91 - OC 40k/N1X - 1 3/8 Miles (Turf) - 24Jul15-7DMR
23. TRIBAL TRIBUTE - 91 - Clm 40000(40-35) - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 24Jul15-4DMR

*WILD DUDE's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.

*NEWFOUND GOLD was claimed for $12,500 by R B Hess Jr. from Peter Miller.

*WELL'S GOLD was claimed for $17,500 by trainer F Dewaine Loy from Ralph Irwin.

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Dan
Are we going to see Steven Crist at all this year at the Spa....many of us love his daily stories, food write ups. Also, capping. I hope that his health is OK....or that your loyal bloggers will not be charged. ....
Be good all.
WM OUT!

DAN
What happened to Steve Crist's Saratoga blog? I see only a few articles on drf+.Is he unwell? I hope not.
Thanks in advance
Garyw

Mr. Crist is doing well. He is writing stakes analyses for this year's Saratoga meet, but I don't believe he will continue his daily Saratoga blog.

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Congrats to MZ for finishing first in the most recent HandiGambling tournament.

Rick M's scoresheet is available for perusal at the bottom of this blog post.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE'D LIKE TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT THIS WEEK. RICK M. HAS REQUESTED THIS WEEK'S CONTEST AS A "50-CENT MINIMUM SUPERFECTA CHALLENGE." Please utilize superfecta wagers ONLY for this week as well as your reasoning for handicapping and ticket construction.

Let's go with Saturday's West Virginia Derby for this week's exercise.

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.

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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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