09/17/2008 3:06PM

HandiGambling 102, some questions


Are we going to do Handigambling again this week? Rather than you having to get involved, how about each of us rotate and pick a race? I actually have a nasty little 6.5F 32K claimer at Fairplex on Wednesday, the 4th race. Should be interesting - dirt, bull ring track, Pedroza.
Steve T.

I have no problem with you guys rotating on the race selection.  Let's just keep the day consistent so Wednesday could be the HandiGambling race.

In today's fourth race at Fairplex, I really like #1 Friendly Mystery.  Although no match for the gate-to-wire runway winner, I was pleased that she handled the tight turns of the bullring oval so nicely.  That race, 11 days ago, was the faster division of $32,000 maiden claimers for fillies and mares.  Friendly Mystery adds blinkers, draws inside, and should be on the lead going into the first turn.  If she handles the turns as well as she did last time, she'll be tough to catch.  If I can get 2-1 odds or her, I'll bet three-quarters of my mythical $100 bankroll on her to win.  Tattler is my second choice as she drops out of maiden special weights, and that seems to be the most powerful angle in maiden claiming races.  She also adds blinkers for a barn that does much better second-out than with debut runners.  That Beyer seems a bit inflated for me as the race was slower than a Cal-bred maiden special weight for juvenile fillies earlier on the August 23 card.  Couple the 64 Beyer with the addition of meet-leading rider Martin Pedroza, and Tattler may be overbet.  I don't really like anyone else.  Hooked on Nine has solid figures, but has a tendency to get rank coming out of the gate, and it will be interesting to see how she handles that first turn.  Tizzalating drops in class, but may not be as quick as Friendly Mystery.  Dixie Dot Chance is marooned outside, and the others have poor form.  I'll play my bets this way:

$75 win -  Friendly Mystery (2-1 odds or more)
$10 Exacta - Friendly Mystery/Tattler
$5 Exacta - Tattler/Friendly Mystery
$1 Trifecta - Friendly Mystery /Tattler/ALL

$4 goes to ice cream.

Good luck.


How about the FTS in the
1st@Fairplex today? #6,Ms.Buckshot, makes her long...
(You get the idea)
Awaited debut as a 10YO in an 870Y dash
(may need a start)
Bombs Away Bob Grant

BombsAwayBob Grant,

It appears 10 years was enough training time. Ms. Buckshot - $14.80 in debut. lol|

I guess there was a reason they didn't retire her.

Download oldie.pdf


Dan, noticed some interesting horses sired by Great Notion.  Can we get a look at his lifetime PP's.

Great Notion won the Southwest Stakes at three at Oaklawn Park, and almost pulled off a shocking upset win in the Grade 1 King's Bishop later that year at Saratoga.

Download greatnotion.pdf

He stands for $3,500 in Maryland at Northview Stallion Station.  Here is his stallion page from their site:



Has anyone heard what became of John Velazquez, after being thrown off Country Star when she flipped in the starting gate? (Gazelle Stakes, Bel #9)?
Physically is was pretty violent (TVG kept showing a replay)
Country Star was up and walking, so I hope she came out ok.
SR Vegas

Country Star reportedly suffered cuts to her legs, and needed stitches for a wound to her stomach.  I'll add her to the DL once I'm finished catching up.
Velazquez rode on Sunday's card at Belmont.


Anyone else think it is unusual that Colonel John hasn't worked for a month? Obviously he will not get a race before the BC, which I think is a real mistake.
Steve T

Colonel John breezed a half-mile in 48.40 on Sunday morning at Santa Anita.   Here's the video of the work from youtube:



Isn't the Goodwood in a few week, so shouldn't Casino Drive be here for quaranti

I have watched all the Zarakava's races on youtube and i think she is one of the greatest fillies i have ever seen. Could you post her lifetime pp's and racing post numbers.

Here they are:

ownload zarkava.pdf


Hi Dan:
can you please post the past performance beyer Figure for Major Malone at penn national on September 6, 2008.

Major Malone received a 40 Beyer for his maiden win at Penn National.


Dan or anyone else: what is the Beyer for Rockem Sockem in the Frontier Handicap at Pinnacle Race Course?

Rockem Sockem got an 84 Beyer in the Frontier Hndp.


Download zarkava.pdf

ne soon?
g or g

Looks like Spirit One in the Goodwood, and the more-heralded Casino Drive in an allowance race at Santa Anita.


Keep on eye on recent MSW winner AP Cardinal who blew his field away on Sunday at Monmouth. he is a BIG grey by AP INDY out of Smok'n Frolic. I watched him school twice prior to his race Sunday and he is some good looking individual. Should really relish going long too. Cam Gambollati trains for Rick Pitino and crew. Does anyone know what kind of Beyer he got? He won by 3 under wraps after running quick early fractions.

dk- AP Cardinal got a 63


Back with more thoughts tomorrow.