DRF.com Blogs: Dan Illman http://www.drf.com/blogs/196/feed en Pennsylvania Derby thoughts http://www.drf.com/blogs/pennsylvania-derby-thoughts In the September 1, edition of FormBlog, I wrote that "GUN RUNNER ran a solid third in the Travers after receiving a beautiful trip and ride under Florent Geroux... Handicapping Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:30:40 +0000 Dan Illman 394133 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dan Illman </div> </div> </div> <div> In the September 1, edition of FormBlog, I wrote that "GUN RUNNER ran a solid third in the Travers after receiving a beautiful trip and ride under Florent Geroux. He probably doesn't want to go 10 furlongs, but looms an intriguing cut-back option against horses like NYQUIST and EXAGGERATOR in a race like the Pennsylvania Derby." </div> <div>  </div> <div> <strong><a href="http://http://www.drf.com/blogs/some-travers-day-reflections">http://www.drf.com/blogs/some-travers-day-reflections</a></strong></div> <div>  </div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/pennsylvania-derby-thoughts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catching up http://www.drf.com/blogs/catching-4 Let's get to a question as well as a few random thoughts. Handicapping Thu, 15 Sep 2016 18:11:03 +0000 Dan Illman 393610 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dan Illman </div> </div> </div> <div> <em><strong>*As many of you have noticed, the "BLOG" tab on the home page has been removed. You can find this blog every week (usually published on Wednesday and Thursday) at drf.com/blogs or by going to the "NEWS" tab and clicking on the "Blogs" link. </strong></em></div> <div>  </div> <div> Let's get to a question as well as a few random thoughts. </div> <div>  </div> <div> <em>*Hi Dan,</em></div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/catching-4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Some Travers Day reflections http://www.drf.com/blogs/some-travers-day-reflections Here are a few quick thoughts concerning last week's races: Handicapping Thu, 01 Sep 2016 19:02:40 +0000 Dan Illman 392446 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dan Illman </div> </div> </div> <div> <em><strong>*As many of you have noticed, the "BLOG" tab on the home page has been removed. You can find this blog every week (usually published on Wednesday and Thursday) at drf.com/blogs or by going to the "NEWS" tab and clicking on the "Blogs" link. </strong></em></div> <div>  </div> <div> Here are a few quick thoughts concerning last week's races:</div> <div>  </div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/some-travers-day-reflections" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Midnight Storm strong again http://www.drf.com/blogs/midnight-storm-strong-again Trainer Phil D'Amato continued his strong run with Southern California turf routers as MIDNIGHT STORM (profiled in the July 28 edition of FormBlog - http://www.drf.com/blogs/damato-loaded-turf) captured the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile in gate-to-wire fashion last Sunday. Handicapping Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:58:23 +0000 Dan Illman 391882 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dan Illman </div> </div> </div> <div> <em><strong>*As many of you have noticed, the "BLOG" tab on the home page has been removed. You can find this blog every week (usually published on Wednesday and Thursday) at drf.com/blogs or by going to the "NEWS" tab and clicking on the "Blogs" link. </strong></em></div> <div>  </div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/midnight-storm-strong-again" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Stallwalkin' Dude back-to-back http://www.drf.com/blogs/stallwalkin-dude-back-back Over the last few years, trainer David Jacobson has transformed several dirt sprinters into legitimate stakes threats Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:05:24 +0000 Dan Illman 391322 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dan Illman </div> </div> </div> <div> *As many of you have noticed, the "BLOG" tab on the home page has been removed. You can find this blog every week (usually published on Wednesday and Thursday) at drf.com/blogs or by going to the "NEWS" tab and clicking on the "Blogs" link. </div> <div>  </div> <div>  </div> <div> Over the last few years, trainer David Jacobson has transformed several dirt sprinters into legitimate stakes threats. </div> <div>  </div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/stallwalkin-dude-back-back" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Back-to-back for Frosted http://www.drf.com/blogs/back-back-frosted FROSTED backed up his monstrous Metropolitan Mile with a strong winning effort in last Saturday's Grade 1 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga. Handicapping Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:48:36 +0000 Dan Illman 390819 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dan Illman </div> </div> </div> <div> *As many of you have noticed, the "BLOG" tab on the home page has been removed. You can find this blog every week (usually published on Wednesday and Thursday) at drf.com/blogs or by going to the "NEWS" tab and clicking on the "Blogs" link. </div> <div>  </div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/back-back-frosted" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Lord Nelson and some babies to watch http://www.drf.com/blogs/lord-nelson-and-some-babies-watch LORD NELSON stamped himself as the leading sprinter in the country after an authoritative victory in last Sunday's Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar. Handicapping Thu, 04 Aug 2016 18:51:12 +0000 Dan Illman 390155 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dan Illman </div> </div> </div> <div> *As many of you have noticed, the "BLOG" tab on the home page has been removed. You can find this blog every week (usually published on Wednesday and Thursday) at drf.com/blogs or by going to the "NEWS" tab and clicking on the "Blogs" link. </div> <div>  </div> <div> LORD NELSON stamped himself as the leading sprinter in the country after an authoritative victory in last Sunday's Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar.</div> <div>  </div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/lord-nelson-and-some-babies-watch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> D'Amato loaded on turf http://www.drf.com/blogs/damato-loaded-turf Although TEPIN is the dominant ruling queen of the division, trainer Phil D'Amato is quietly mobilizing two speedy horses to challenge the super mare in this fall's Breeders' Cup Mile. Handicapping Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:04:26 +0000 Dan Illman 389540 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dan Illman </div> </div> </div> <div> <strong>*As many of you have noticed, the "BLOG" tab on the home page has been removed. You can find this blog every week (usually published on Wednesday and Thursday) at drf.com/blogs or by going to the "NEWS" tab and clicking on the "Blogs" link. </strong></div> <div>  </div> <div> Although TEPIN is the dominant ruling queen of the division, trainer Phil D'Amato is quietly mobilizing two speedy horses to possibly challenge the super mare in this fall's Breeders' Cup Mile. </div> <div>  </div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/damato-loaded-turf" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Two sprinters to follow http://www.drf.com/blogs/two-sprinters-follow PURE SENSATION is in career form right now and must be considered one of the top turf sprinters in the country. Handicapping Wed, 13 Jul 2016 21:43:32 +0000 Dan Illman 388439 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dan Illman </div> </div> </div> <div> *As many of you have noticed, the "BLOG" tab on the home page has been removed. You can find this blog every week (usually published on Wednesday or Thursday) at <a href="http://drf.com/blogs"><strong>drf.com/blogs</strong></a> or by going to the "NEWS" tab and clicking on the "Blogs" link. </div> <div>  </div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/two-sprinters-follow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Illman: Catching up with some questions http://www.drf.com/blogs/illman-catching-some-questions Let's get to some of the questions and requests posted over the last two weeks: Handicapping Thu, 07 Jul 2016 17:50:10 +0000 Dan Illman 387917 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dan Illman </div> </div> </div> <div> <strong><em>*As many of you have noticed, the "BLOG" tab on the home page has been removed. You can find this blog every week (usually published on Wednesday and Thursday) at drf.com/blogs or by going to the "NEWS" tab and clicking on the "Blogs" link. </em></strong></div> <div>  </div> <div> Let's get to some of the questions and requests posted over the last two weeks:</div> <div>  </div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/illman-catching-some-questions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Obviously aces Poker http://www.drf.com/blogs/obviously-aces-poker *As many of you have noticed, the "BLOG" tab on the home page has been removed. You can find this blog every week (usually published on Wednesday and Thursday) at drf.com/blogs or by going to the "NEWS" tab and clicking on the "Blogs" link. Handicapping Wed, 22 Jun 2016 23:00:06 +0000 Dan Illman 386826 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dan Illman </div> </div> </div> <div> *As many of you have noticed, the "BLOG" tab on the home page has been removed. You can find this blog every week (usually published on Wednesday and Thursday) at drf.com/blogs or by going to the "NEWS" tab and clicking on the "Blogs" link. </div> <div>  </div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/obviously-aces-poker" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tepin conquers Royal Ascot http://www.drf.com/blogs/tepin-conquers-royal-ascot With no other worlds to conquer on this continent, the mighty TEPIN looked overseas for new competition over middle distances on turf, and she couldn't be stopped in Tuesday's Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes over rain-soaked soft ground at Royal Ascot. Handicapping Thu, 16 Jun 2016 16:24:10 +0000 Dan Illman 386295 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dan Illman </div> </div> </div> <div> <strong>*As many of you have noticed, the "BLOG" tab on the home page has been removed. You can find this blog every week (usually published on Wednesday and Thursday) at drf.com/blogs or by going to the "NEWS" tab and clicking on the "Blogs" link. </strong></div> <div>  </div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/tepin-conquers-royal-ascot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A wacky Belmont longshot http://www.drf.com/blogs/wacky-belmont-longshot As many of you have noticed, the "BLOG" tab on the home page has been removed. Handicapping Thu, 09 Jun 2016 18:40:25 +0000 Dan Illman 385726 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dan Illman </div> </div> </div> <div> As many of you have noticed, the "BLOG" tab on the home page has been removed. You can find this blog every week (usually published on Wednesday and Thursday) at <strong><a href="http://drf.com/blogs">drf.com/blogs</a></strong> or by going to the "NEWS" tab and clicking on the "Blogs" link. </div> <div>  </div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/wacky-belmont-longshot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> California turf horses to watch http://www.drf.com/blogs/california-turf-horses-watch There were a couple of nice performances on turf at Santa Anita over the Memorial Day weekend. Handicapping Wed, 01 Jun 2016 21:04:43 +0000 Dan Illman 385055 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dan Illman </div> </div> </div> <div> There were a couple of nice performances on turf at Santa Anita over the Memorial Day weekend.</div> <div>  </div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/california-turf-horses-watch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Perfect storm for Exaggerator http://www.drf.com/blogs/perfect-storm-exaggerator Beaten in all four of his previous battles with Nyquist, the talented Exaggerator benefited from a perfect storm to finally turn the tables on his archrival in last Saturday's Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. Wed, 25 May 2016 23:31:06 +0000 Dan Illman 384502 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dan Illman </div> </div> </div> <div> Beaten in all four of his previous battles with Nyquist, the talented Exaggerator benefited from a perfect storm to finally turn the tables on his archrival in last Saturday's Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. </div> <div>  </div> <div> First, the rain. </div> <div>  </div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/perfect-storm-exaggerator" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A peek at the Preakness http://www.drf.com/blogs/peek-preakness Let's take a horse-by-horse look at this year's Preakness Stakes. Handicapping Thu, 19 May 2016 17:01:38 +0000 Dan Illman 383966 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dan Illman </div> </div> </div> <div> Let's take a horse-by-horse look at this year's Preakness Stakes.</div> <div>  </div> <div> <strong>1 - CHERRY WINE</strong></div> <div> After two impressive wins, Dale Romans lost time with Cherry Wine. He held him out of the Holy Bull, missed the Fountain of Youth with a temperature and subsequently failed to earn enough qualifying points two make the Derby field. </div><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/peek-preakness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> On to Baltimore! http://www.drf.com/blogs/baltimore NYQUIST ran hard every step of the way en route to an extremely deserving Kentucky Derby victory. Handicapping Wed, 11 May 2016 19:12:38 +0000 Dan Illman 383366 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dan Illman </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NYQUIST ran hard every step of the way en route to an extremely deserving Kentucky Derby victory.</p> <p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/baltimore" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Let's talk Derby http://www.drf.com/blogs/lets-talk-derby-0 We're only a couple of days out from the Kentucky Derby and I'm still mulling over my options. Handicapping Thu, 05 May 2016 20:06:26 +0000 Dan Illman 382882 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dan Illman </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>We're only a couple of days out from the Kentucky Derby and I'm still mulling over my options. </p> <p> I just haven't found one standout prep performance that I can point to and say, "that's the one." This year's Derby, to me, is all about deciding which faults I'm willing to accept. </p> <p>  </p> <p> Let's take a look at the field in post position order:</p> <p> (1) TROJAN NATION</p> <p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/lets-talk-derby-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Let's talk Derby http://www.drf.com/blogs/lets-talk-derby We're only a couple of days out from the Kentucky Derby and I'm still mulling over my options. Handicapping Thu, 05 May 2016 20:06:23 +0000 Dan Illman 382881 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dan Illman </div> </div> </div> We're only a couple of days out from the Kentucky Derby and I'm still mulling over my options.    I just haven't found one standout prep performance that I can point to and say, "that's the one." This year's Derby, to me, is all about deciding which faults I'm willing to accept.    Let's take a look at the field in post position order:   (1) TROJAN NATION Maiden rallied from far, far back to finish second in the Wood Mem<p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/lets-talk-derby" target="_blank">read more</a></p> What to do with Donworth? http://www.drf.com/blogs/what-do-donworth Sun King and Giant Oak were two of my favorite horses over the past decade. The former won four graded stakes and banked $2,240,008. Giant Oak grabbed two Grade 1 races and earned $1,484,829. Handicapping Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:52:13 +0000 Dan Illman 382181 at http://www.drf.com <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-carryover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dan Illman </div> </div> </div> <p>Sun King and Giant Oak were two of my favorite horses over the past decade. The former won four graded stakes and banked $2,240,008. Giant Oak grabbed two Grade 1 races and earned $1,484,829.<br /> <br /> Both lost more than they won, however, and often snatched defeat from the jaws of likely victory. Sun King got beat a nose in the Whitney and a head in the Met Mile after looming boldly.<br /><p><a href="http://www.drf.com/blogs/what-do-donworth" target="_blank">read more</a></p>