08/26/2009 2:43PM

HandiGambling 148

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Today's HandiGambling 148 exercise is the sixth race at Del Mar, a $40,000 maiden claimer for California-sired juvenile fillies at 6 furlongs over polytrack.

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.  Past performances are available on the previous blog entry.

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.

Let's scratch #3 Outback Melissa, and #11 Tonka T.  The also-eligible, #14, Obvious Choice, drew into the body of the race.

As has been noted by several of our posters, there isn't much to go on in this race, but I landed on three top contenders, and I hope that at least two of them will go off at decent odds.

#1 My Secret Weapon didn't do much in her career debut 11 days ago as she saved ground to no avail, but she was facing special weight company, and now takes a solid drop into the claiming ranks.  Those were some pretty fast splits she chased last time out so expect the hustling Martin Pedroza to have her closer to the early fractions.

#2 Jana Gail doesn't need to be the next coming of Moscow Ballet to win this, and some of her workouts look rather interesting leading up to her debut.  Although Gary Stute's recent win record is poor with first-time starters, he did send out one maiden claiming debut winner at both the 2006 and 2007 Del Mar meetings.  Bruno De Julio, one of the top clockers in the country (you can purchase his daily workout analysis from the Today's Racing Digest on drf.com), mentioned that Jana Gail "definitely needs some seasoning as she was climbing all the way home." for the July 10 bullet workout.  She's had six drills since that workout so perhaps she has grown up a bit.

#5 Victory Dash raced evenly in his debut against open $62,500 maiden claimers, and she should fit much better in this spot.  These connections have struggled at the meet, but Victory Dash looms a pace factor.

As for the others:

#4 Boots n' Bangles did nothing against similar runners on July 31, and needs improvement to get a piece of this.

#6 Royally Large made up some late ground in her debut at 14-1, and certainly isn't outof the question switching to Rosario.

#7 Dinnr With Nikki C may have been a bit short in her most recent start, her first race since May, and she figures to improve for solid barn wheeling back on only 13 days rest. 

#8 Salty Fries looms the main speed after setting moderate fractions in first start with blinkers.  There isn't much in here, and Salty Fries would win half the battle by getting to the front.

#9 Winning Valentine has been in steady training since late May, but the workouts don't look very exciting.  Again, she doesn't have to be much to contend for top honors.

#10 Whisper Me This shows a 16-day gap in the worktab, and the $9,000 yearling buy may need a race.

#12 Storm Needed raced near the back of the pack in her debut.  Carla Gaines is an excellent trainer, and if anyone could get the needed improvement out of this filly, it's Gaines.

#13 Dislitleliteomine draws way outside, may ultimately want grass, and the workouts are uninspiring.

#14 Obvious Choice passed some tired rivals in her debut, but didn't have the easiest of journeys, and can certainly do better here.

$50 Win - My Secret Weapon

$25 Exacta - Jana Gail - My Secret Weapon

$25 Exacta - Victory Dash - My Secret Weapon

Best of luck to all.

Gary E. More than 1 year ago
Dan. Make sure you get familiar with Laytown's racing on the beach. It's not far from Dublin and yes,I know it's only one day a year. Still is the coolest Irish experience I ever had. Good luck!
blackstone More than 1 year ago
Spa Babies: Interesting picks by Dan-the Pletcher in the 2nd, which kind of figures, but not Bulldogger in the 8th. Dan doesn't like the rail-but the PP stats say otherwise. What do I know? When in doubt, I'm going with Dan with the babies-every time.
Van Savant More than 1 year ago
cayman01/Folks; I really wanted to do this Pick-4 contest for the Travers card, but I was informed of some sad news late this afternoon that my good bud, Kevin died today (only 44 years old) while hiking to the summit of Quandary Peak (14,000 ft+) outside of Breckenridge, Colorado. Obviously my heart isn’t in to this. So you folks know, Kevin was perhaps the most outrageous and hilarious guy a friend could have. He was a man’s man. My wife pretty much had no time for him (she found herself in good company in this assessment among the girls). I really came to know him when he was a lowly Freshman on the high school swim team, and I was the captain (as a Junior and Senior). I liked his guts as a kid swimming with the big boys. In college, we became very close, working together at a sorority house, and an infamous college bar. We were essentially brothers. He still called me Captain, even as recently as Tuesday. I will miss him. To tie this in to horse racing, he swore that every race ever run was fixed, and that I was a sucker…even when I was winning. Of course that didn’t keep ole Kev from calling me every other week asking me if I had a good bet! He was one of a kind. Damn. I may be out of pocket for a bit, so now you all know why. Thanks
Dave K More than 1 year ago
Pick four @ Saratoga 1 2 5 / 2 4/ 1A 2 3 8 / 4 5 6 7 3x2x4x4 = $96.00 Good Luck to all. Will enjoy watching the races. Cheers!
C More than 1 year ago
Since I'm not playing for real, I thought I'd take a "just for fun" shot at Cayman's P4 challenge. Ballston: A: MyPrincessJess (2), Dyna's Lassie (4) B: -- C: Captain's Lover (6), Rutherienne (1) Ballerina: A: Indian Blessing (4) B: Music Note (1), Informed Decision (2) C: Modification (5) KingsBishop: A: Everyday Heroes/Vineyard Haven (1), Big Drama (8) B: Capt Candyman Can (3), Prince Joshua (6) C: Despite the Odds (5) Travers: A: Charitable Man (2) B: Kensei (7), Summer Bird (6) C: -- I'll take 4A for $4, 3A1B for $2, 3A1C and 2A2B for $1. That leaves $2 left over, so I'll press the 4-4-(1,8)-2 combinations for a buck.
p ensign More than 1 year ago
"we became very close, working together at a sorority house..." sounds interesting - sorry about your loss, sometimes those of us who live hard make it to the next chapter a little quicker than the rest. regarding Travers Day - what C. said (except i'm not sure Big Drama is over the top) have fun and stay dry folks.
C More than 1 year ago
VavSavant, My condolences.
Turnbackthealarm More than 1 year ago
Van Savant, I am very sorry about your friend. I understand the bond among "swimming buddies". The truly competetive swimmers are a cult and group all their own. My son's high school attracts international and national caliber swimmers including Olympic gold medalists, and I have never seen anything like the bonds forged among them. As a roommate to a top swimmer, Dave was included and benefitted from soaking up their incredible work ethic and loyalty in friendship. So, I understand and feel your pain. I hope the great memories sustain you over the next several days and weeks. Vicstu, As usual, I totally appreciate the links and interesting outside perspective you pull in when evaluating horseracing. Re Kings Bishop I think this is going to be a slug fest. I am going with Big Drama and Munnings on the cutback. Munnings got brave and handled the wet going at Monmouth and I believe that perhaps Big Drama's connections will actually let him have his head at 7 furlongs. I plan on boxing it.
slewofdamascus More than 1 year ago
Jungle Wave is running at Woodbine today in a 200k stake, switching to turf at 7f, 5-2 M/L 2nd choice. Should be no problem for him, and I'll be using him in an exacta with another hoi, Jimmy Simms (6-1). Summer Bird made my hoi list after his AD 3rd, and he came to the fore a little earlier than I expected, winning the Belmont. Assuming he's right, I'm singling him in the P4. Informed Decision is 5 for 5 at the 7 furlong distance. Another unbeaten at the 7 furlong distance is the Candyman in the following race, at 3 for 3. 7 furlongs is one of those specialty distances, where previous success is a plus when evaluating the chances of the various runners. I see a rather chalky P4 unfolding. Of course, the weather could change that, causing an upset along the way, I suppose. I'm going to play it like this for Cayman's P4, All/Informed Decision/Candyman/All The remainder will be an all/ID/CCC/SB, as many tickets as $46 will allow, 5 or 6 times, I suppose.
Mike A More than 1 year ago
Van Savant, Sorry for the loss of your friend Kevin, I too lost a good friend a few months ago so I have a good idea of how you feel. I spoke with him on the phone one night and the next day I get a phone call he had a massive heart attack the following morning. I never try and make sense of such things as we are all subject to the same rules of nature, whether man or beast. As we get older we see more and more of our loved ones pass, some from age, some way before their time, but I've found in life there is no right "time". Kevin lives on as long as you remember him. I like to think to most celebrate friends and family who have gone on to another place, that I should live my life as best I can, to enjoy and share what God has given me with all I can and to live what's left of my life to it's fullest. Celebrating the gift of life is the best way we can celebrate who have come before us. Again I'm sorry for your loss. Mike A