05/31/2013 3:45PM

HandiGambling BHP Turf Sprint


The HandiGambling exercise for Friday, May 31 is the fifth race from Betfair Hollywood Park, an entry-level allowance for statebreds at six furlongs on turf.




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.
Please post your plays and analysis DIRECTLY TO THE BLOG.

Please separate the play from the analysis and label the play "HG" with the program numbers (instead of the horse's name) for easier scoring.

In the event of a tie, the earliest post gets first preference. One entry per person please.
I reserve the right to approve or deny any entries.
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.


The turf course is FIRM.

Let's scratch #11 EXOTIC SLEW.

#7 DOOR'S OPEN is perfect from two starts on dirt and has a good turf pedigree.  His sire, Aragorn, was a multiple Grade 1 winner on the grass (9-89, 10% with first-turf runners) and the dam (0-2 on turf) is a half-sister to multiple stakes-placed Elaine's Angel (9-1-0-2 on grass) and stakes-winner Stage Player (12-7-1-1 on turf).  Door's Open owns good early speed and should be placed forwardly.  He faces other pace rivals here, but drew a good attack post.  Expect Mario Gutierrez to leave the gate running.  If someone to the inside wants to go, Gutierrez may opt to prompt while in the clear.  If not, he can make the front.  He beat a couple of these foes on dirt last time out and was flattered when the third-finisher returned to Beyer 91 in taking a $40,000 starter allowance on the cushion track. 

If the pace is hot, perhaps #8 MR. ORNERY can pick up the pieces.  He ran well sprinting over this course last year and may have found the mile distance a bit too demanding in his last two starts at Santa Anita.  Mr. Ornery was up with the lead in both of those races and figures to be taken back this afternoon.  When last seen, he was a 3-year-old tackling some solid older statebreds.  He has run well fresh in the past, winning his debut here, and trainer Marty Jones has good numbers with similar layoff runners.  Expect Mr. Ornery to be charging in the stretch at good odds.

#6 BOB CONSULTATION bombed against Door's Open on dirt, but was a solid winner two back at Santa Anita, and has a little bit of turf in his pedigree.  The veteran stallion connects with 12% of his first-turf performers and the dam won on the green.  He'll be a big price, may be more comfortable at this slightly-longer distance and figures to be handled aggressively by Martin Pedroza.

#5 RUN'N ON RESIDUALS has won three of his last four races for trainer Caesar Dominguez and also tries turf for the first time.  He's been away since November, but has been working quickly for his return and should be among the front-runners in this spot.  The pace could be hotter than anything he's ever seen, however, but Run'n On Residuals is a full brother to a seven-time turf winner and should be comfortable on the surface.  Dominguez is 3-14 (21%, $3.64 ROI) over the past five years with horses returning from similar layoffs.

#9 RED MAN RUN pulled off a 16-1 upset in dominating front-running fashion going down the hill at Santa Anita, but has lost ground from the stretch call to the wire in three starts against winners and may be taken off the pace this afternoon.  He removes blinkers, returns quickly, and turns back in distance so there are some angles for a horse that has run close to the Beyer par of 86 in the past.  Trainer Roger Stein is 2-61 over the past five years with horses coming back within seven days.  Only 1-16 in his career, Red Man Run must prove that he can rate and finish.

#1 U'NARACK broke his maiden as a first-time gelding in his turf debut and showed the ability to rate off soft fractions that afternoon.  Expect the pace to be more ambitious this time around and I'm not sure if I love the inside post for this inexperienced 3-year-old.  He has a good amount of upside potential, though, and goes out for top connections.  The fourth-place finisher from his most recent start returned to graduate with only a 57 Beyer in a $20,000 maiden claimer on the cushion track.  If Julien Leparoux hustles out of there, he could get stuck in a pace battle.  If he sits, he may be outsprinted behind horses.

#3 TOLEDO EDDIE has won half of his ten starts on the main track and there is some turf in his female family.  Claimed from his last two races, he now resides in the Craig Dollase barn (2-9 over the past five years with newly-claimed runners) and has excellent early speed.  He didn't have an easy trip in his most recent start as he broke slowly and rushed up to contest a good pace.  He should be a forward presence here, but could get involved in hot and contested fractions.

#4 DIXIELAND BLUES is a 5-year-old with only nine starts to his name so there have likely been some physical issues.  He ran very well going down the hill at Santa Anita two starts back as he rated off a quick pace and rallied powerfully between rivals.  I wonder if he wants a slightly longer trip, but Dixieland Blues figures to benefit from swift splits up front.  He switches to Garrett Gomez and can't be counted out.

#2 BOOZER showed improved early speed in his first start off a long layoff, but he's taking on tough older foes in this spot and may have to deal with a quicker race flow.  He's been working fast for new ownership, but I don't love the inside post coupled with the possibility of an early duel.  He does have some ability, however, and isn't the worst longshot if you believe he can stalk and pounce in the early portion of the race.

#10 CRIMSON GIANT should get a hot pace to attack, but he's 1-28 lifetime and hasn't won in almost two years.  It looks as if he needs some class relief.

Here's how I'll HandiGamble:

$80 WIN - DOOR'S OPEN (#7)

Best of luck to all.


The graded stakes video analyses for the upcoming three-day weekend should be up on the website by this evening.


More importantly, who do you like this weekend?  I want to know.


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Whackymacky More than 1 year ago
Ned They are making this game so bad for all of us...Mass players are in trouble...tax ticket's are not worth hitting or going after anymore...what a shame...NH accounts might be it, telephone wagering is no good..just not a happy camper...might drive down to the Belmont...but, expecting 3 inches of rain Friday night, just cannot catch a break!!! Whackymacky out!!!
SR Vegas More than 1 year ago
Annie "SR Vegas and I are tired after 6 months of this. :) " LOL! I got a bit tired after the Ky Derby. Thank you for your diligence in keeping a watchful eye on our MKB's. I just checked my horsie email and it's filled with 600+ unread messages...sigh, Yes I am woefully behind even more. re- Mike and Dans live video chat , here's the link to the transcript. It's under the 'Brooklyn handicap' at DRF Now bar at the top of the home page. Hope this helps. http://www.drf.com/events/brooklyn-handicap-belmont-park BTW, I didn't try to sign in today to Dan and Mikes chat, my email account is yahoo based. Not sure if I would have been able to, but if it one had to use facebook, twitter, etc..I would have been out of luck. I know social media is what is happening everywhere, and that DRF is going in that direction to connect real time with it's customer base . I just don't play in that sandbox :) I like the chat format Laura has at her site. SR Vegas
Gerty Golittle More than 1 year ago
Bernard, One of my offspring is a chef, and according to him, what you would normally have received at an 'upscale' restaurant after ordering a steak 'well done' would have been a piece of meat the colour and consistency of shoe leather. If someone wanted to make a statement, that is! At a REALLY upscale restaurant, you would have received exactly what you ordered, lol! knm
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bernard, LMAO!!! "a competent Vet could have revived the animal". That is so funny. What is NOT funny, is that I went to see Dan and Mike Beers Live Chat and they only allow viewing, let alone commenting if you sign up with one of a few social networks. Excuse me, but I am fuming at the moment. I post on here through my e-mail account, AOL, and that is NOT one of the allowable sign-ins. I'll be damned if I will sign up with one of those #@%# sites just to view the Chat. I hope that DRF will at least have the decency to provide a transcript without signing up on one of those invasive, tracking and identity theft danger, ruination of the world sites. LOL! Sorry, Bernard, but I needed to vent. Annie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MKB UPDATE: I see that there are a few more MKBs running at Belmont on Saturday, although not in the Belmont Stakes. Race 6 - EasyGoer 150K: DAN ILLMAN'S Power Broker OKIESHARP'S Always in a Tiz ALYDARANDEASY'S Eton Blue Race 9 Woody Stephens - GR2 $400K LAURA'S Capo Bastone DAVID M'S Honorable Dillon DENNIS OF MOLINE'S Clearly Now Good luck to all of you!!!! As has been the tradition, after the Belmont Stakes, Formbloggers will have to keep track of their own horses. SR Vegas and I are tired after 6 months of this. :) I will put up a stakes winner's list some time after Saturday. Many of the MKBs won a stake or two during the first half of 2013, and I'm sure many of them will win more stakes this year. Annie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Belmont PPs are available! I went ahead and ordered them since I want more than just the Belmont Stakes. Annie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Annie, You are right about differences. As you said, "it works for me so I do it". May you enjoy continued fortune. Rodney, There have probably been half a dozen people warned off our racecourses in the last few years. I don't like people betting on horses to lose, but I can live with it. However, when its the owner of the horse, using inside information, it is virtually cheating. I believe the practice has now been outlawed in the UK. Re the fish and chips thing, its daft daft daft, but I think a few cultural differences, experienced in a friendly manner, can sometimes spice up a trip. However, it reminds me of a problem I had in one of my early visits to the US. We were in an upmarket restaurant and I ordered a nice steak, well done. What came out of the kitchen was so rare that a competent Vet could have revived the animal. I sent it back, and again and again, but it was still rare in my opinion. Anyway, the Chef comes flying out to front of house and says he is not prepared to cook it any more, and accuses me of being a philistine. We left in a hurry. Now I know it is fashionable to eat meat on the rare side, and I love rare COLD roast beef, but I won't have any former Colonial telling me how to eat my dinner. Please excuse my rudeness, and regular readers will know that I use the term Colonial in jest, but I hope you get the picture. Its funny looking back, it wasn't funny on the night. Best Regards - Bernard Downes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hoping Dan will put up the HG race, which I assume will be the Belmont, just as soon as the PPs are available. :) Annie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MKB UPDATE: It's that time already. The last chance for a Formblogger to win a Triple Crown race. And two of them have a chance to take 2 of 3, although sadly we will have no Triple Crown winner again this year. Here are the MKB horses with their M/L odds: #5 RANDO'S Orb 3-1 Favorite #9 YOGI'S Revolutionary 9-2 #7 SCOTT'S Oxbow 5-1 #3 YOU FEEL LUCKY'S Overanalyze 12-1 #12 TMONTY'S Palace Malice 15-1 #10 PENN NATIONAL RICK'S Will Take Charge 20-1 #11 PIPPEN'S Vyjack 20-1 #1 JAY VAN HORN'S Frac Daddy 30-1 The best of luck to all of you! May they all come home safely, and hopefully one of them in the winner's circle. Annie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bernard, Great posts, Bernard! In answer to your question, MY designation of a "D" horse in So. California is any horse whose M/L is 15-1 or more. The "C" horses are 8-1 to 12-1 on the M/L. This came about only because of my experience of seeing how closely the So. Cal M/L seems to accurately predict the actual chances for a horse to win the race, not just how the bettors will bet as it supposedly is supposed to be. This really only seems to work in So. Cal, so that's where I stay for the most part. :) You can hit a few choosing a "C" horse, but if you keep playing the "D" horses in those first five races, your wins will be few and far between. BTW the "A" horses are 4-1 and lower and the "B" horses are 9-2 to 6-1. These horses are golden in the Pick 5. Apparently this is vastly different from your part of the world, and actually from the rest of the U.S. I don't know why it is, and I don't care why it is, but it works for me so I do it. :) Anniie