06/18/2014 4:51PM

Five Star Effort

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ROD'S FIVE STAR will never be enshrined in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga, but the hard-hitting 6-year-old gelding looks like a fun horse to follow in the Mid-Atlantic region.

A winner in 10 of 17 starts, Rod's Five Star popped a career-best 102 Beyer Speed Figure when dangled in for a $40,000 tag at Parx on June 10. It was the third straight victory for the son of Five Star Day and his three Beyers this year stand at 98, 96, and 102.

Rod's Five Star, the 7-10 favorite in the five-horse field, was starting for the first time since February 17. He showed three bullet workouts on his page, however, and was very sharp in the five-furlong, off-the-turf optional claimer contested over a muddy, sealed track.

Rod's Five Star, a Main Track Only entrant, broke swiftly under Frankie Pennington, scooted right to the front, set fractions of 22.97 and 45.54 while pressured by second-choice Avarice, and drew away to prevail in 57.08. Avarice is no slouch as he won his last three races on dirt in Maryland and had returned to the winner's circle in five of his last seven appearances.

Still, he was no match for Rod's Five Star, a homebred foaled in Pennsylvania, and trained by Edward Lehman. Rod's Five Star's wet-track record now stands at 5-4-1-0 and he is extremely effective in shorter sprints at Parx. He has won races at distances ranging from 4 1/2 to 6 1/2 furlongs while incorporating a variety of running styles. Last week, he went gate-to-wire. Previously, he won from stalking range. Put him anywhere on the racetrack and he'll run for you.

Lehman's patience is a major factor in Rod's Five Star's success. He campaigns the veteran sporadically and gives him plenty of time to recover from assorted aches and pains. Rod's Five Star only raced once at two, five times at three, six times at four, and twice last year. He has won at just about every spot on the class ladder, from a $25,000 'n2L' statebred claimer to the $75,000 Valley Forge Stakes.

The next major dirt sprint for Penn-bred sprinters is the $75,000 Banjo Picker Sprint Stakes on September 6. Last year, Rod's Five Star was second in that race, beaten a head by the rock-solid Sloane Ranger. He's worth an add on the old Watch List.

*IOTAPA ran the fastest race of any female in 2014, a 109-Beyer romp in last Saturday's Grade 1 Vanity Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by John Sadler, Iotapa had previously shown flashes of ability. She won the Grade 2 Santa Maria Stakes on February 15 and placed second behind two-time Eclipse winner Beholder in the 2013 Santa Anita Oaks. Before we deem Iotapa ready for the Princess of Sylmars and Close Hatches of the world, however, we may want to treat the Vanity with a grain of salt. It took place over a speed-friendly track, and Iotapa and runner-up Grace Hall ran 1-2 all the way around.

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Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from 6/9/14 - 6/15/14:

1. IOTAPA - 109 - Vanity Stakes (G1) - 1 1/8 Miles - Santa Anita
2. OBVIOUSLY (IRE) - 107 - Shoemaker Mile (G1) - 1 Mile (Turf) - Santa Anita
3. RES JUDICATA - 103 - Alw 36600N2X - 6 Furlongs - Parx
3. ROD'S FIVE STAR - 102 - OC 40k/N3X - 5 Furlongs - Parx
5. MOONSHINE MULLIN - 101 - Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) - 1 1/8 Miles - Churchill
6. SHARP SENSATION - 100 - Karl Boyes Memorial Stakes - 5 1/2 Furlongs (Tapeta) - Presque Isle
7. ALBANO - 99 - Pegasus Stakes (G3) - 1 1/16 Miles - Monmouth
7. WAR ACADEMY - 99 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 7 Furlongs - Santa Anita
9. GOT EVEN - 97 - Clm 65000(75-65) - 1 1/16 Miles - Santa Anita
9. MOLLY MORGAN - 97 - Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2) - 1 1/8 Miles - Churchill
9. STRYKER PHD - 97 - Budweiser Handicap - 1 Mile - Emerald
12. ANGELICA ZAPATA - 96 - Nancy's Glitter Handicap - 1 Mile - Calder
13. CARVE - 95 - OC 80k/N3X -N - 1 Mile - Churchill
13. GHOST IS CLEAR - 95 - Dark Star Stakes - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Canterbury
15. BIG LEGACY - 94 - Alw 36800N1X - 6 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Arlington
15. MIDNIGHT CELLO - 94 - Alw 38125C - 1 Mile 70 Yards - Delaware
15. MONTY HAUL - 94 - OC c-25k/N2X - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Parx
15. RIVER ROCKS - 94 - Alw 75460N1X - 6 Furlongs - Belmont
15. STREAMSIDE - 94 - OC 62k/N2X - 6 Furlongs (Tapeta) - Golden Gate
15. UNBRIDLED OCEAN - 94 - OC 100k/C -N - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Belmont
21. COMPLIANCE OFFICER - 93 - Alw 75000NC - 7 Furlongs (Turf) - Belmont
22. CAROLINE THOMAS - 92 - OC 80k/N3X -N - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Belmont
22. CITY STEEL - 92 - Alw 16000s - 1 Mile - Parx
22. DUAL EXHAUZT - 92 - OC 25k/N2X - 5 Furlongs - Penn National
22. GAMAY NOIR - 92 - Obeah Stakes (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles - Delaware
22. IMAGE OF JOPLIN - 92 - Clm c-(16-14) - 1 1/16 Miles - Santa Anita
22. INTEREST FREE - 92 - OC 50k/C -N - 6 Furlongs - Indiana
22. LEXIE LOU - 92 - Woodbine Oaks - 1 1/8 Miles (Polytrack) - Woodbine
22. MY SLEW - 92 - Clm 25000(25-22.5) - 6 Furlongs - Santa Anita
22. QUICK MONEY - 92 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Belmont
22. TAPITURE - 92 - Matt Winn Stakes (G3) - 1 1/16 Miles - Churchill

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

*MONTY HAUL was claimed for $25,000 by trainer Patricia Farro from Michael Moore.

*IMAGE OF JOPLIN was claimed for $16,000 by trainer Matthew Chew from Steven Miyadi.

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...Hopefully Dan will post this year’s Injured Reserve list so we can see the fallout of the grind....
David M.

I don't know all of the horses that were knocked off the Triple Crown trail due to injury. Off the top of my head, I can think of BOND HOLDER, HARTFORD, INDIANAPOLIS, TOP BILLING, HONOR CODE, SHARED BELIEF, INTENSE HOLIDAY, HOPPERTUNITY, CONSTITUTION, CAIRO PRINCE, and ANCHOR DOWN. I'm sure I'm missing several more.

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*The links to the previous blogs (and blog comments) are listed below:

http://www.drf.com/blogs/decoding-pegasus

http://www.drf.com/blogs/bayern-back-track

http://www.drf.com/blogs/looking-back-looking-ahead

http://www.drf.com/blogs/jack-milton-ace-hole

http://www.drf.com/blogs/stormin-track-record

http://www.drf.com/blogs/kalifornia-ko

http://www.drf.com/blogs/lying-wait

http://www.drf.com/blogs/potential-price-plays-sunday

http://www.drf.com/blogs/unstoppable-untapable

http://www.drf.com/blogs/kentucky-derby-non-opinions

http://www.drf.com/blogs/davona-dale

http://www.drf.com/blogs/can-hudson-landing-still-go

http://www.drf.com/blogs/tricky-elkhorn

http://www.drf.com/blogs/hail-mary-claim

http://www.drf.com/blogs/grounding-hawk

http://www.drf.com/blogs/cat-burglar-creeping-upward

http://www.drf.com/blogs/3-year-old-filly-sprinter-watch

http://www.drf.com/blogs/tale-two-wins

http://www.drf.com/blogs/beatable-favorites

http://www.drf.com/blogs/baker-cooks-calder

http://www.drf.com/blogs/keeneland-baby

http://www.drf.com/blogs/derby-prep-thoughts

http://www.drf.com/blogs/fishing-opinions

http://www.drf.com/blogs/keeneland-its-spring-again

http://www.drf.com/blogs/sprinter-rise

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Congrats to hunter4fun for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling race.

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

On tab 2 you will see each HG Race we've held and they are color coded to denote if the race was run on Turf, Dirt or Poly.

Saturday's Evangeline Turf Sprint will be this week's HandiGambling 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.

HANDIGAMBLING:

-  Please start your post with  HG or HANDIGAMBLING to better recognize and find your entry.

-  You have a mythical $100 to wager in whatever format you choose and that is available for that HG race.
Anyone going over the $100 limit will be disqualified.

- Post your WAGER and ANALYSIS to the blog WITH YOUR NAME/OR MONIKER AT THE END OF THE POST.  Remember that posts may start as 'anonymous' or an 'alternate name'. You MUST sign yourself at the end (even if it is the same) This enables the scorekeeper to recognize you .

- (1) ONE ENTRY per person for the Handigambling contest. If you have multiple email addresses, use just ONE for contest purposes.  Multiple entries will be cause for disqualification.

- Separate your analysis from the wager and use the horses # in your wager. Just like you would do in a real wager. No horse names.

-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 "Monthly Enhanced 60-Card Past Performance Plan"

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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