02/25/2015 1:00PM

Hot 3-year-old sprinter

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YOCKEY'S WARRIOR made a huge debut last Saturday on the Risen Star undercard at the Fair Grounds.

Trained by Al Stall, Yockey's Warrior put up a 97 Beyer in capturing a maiden special weight at six furlongs. That number was faster than the Beyers earned last weekend by such 3-year-olds as KHOZAN, INTERNATIONAL STAR, FAR RIGHT and UPSTART.

Yockey's Warrior broke well under Francisco Torres and shadowed pacesetter GUAPO MAN through fractions of 21.91 and 45.74. Yockey's Warrior asserted his dominance over that foe turning for home and opened up a commanding lead under moderate urging in upper stretch. Torres wrapped up on Yockey's Warrior inside the final 70 yards and the colt completed the distance in 1:10.33 following a final eighth in 12.56.

Foaled on April 19, 2012 in Kentucky, Yockey's Warrior was purchased for $140,000 at the 2013 Keeneland September yearling auction.

He is from the first crop of Warrior's Reward, a Medaglia d'Oro stallion that defeated Musket Man and Munnings in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap at seven furlongs as a 4-year-old of 2010.

Warrior's Reward was a very solid late-running sprinter/miler. He beat Munnings with a 113 Beyer in an entry-level allowance race at seven furlongs over a sealed, "good" track at Churchill Downs, was a close second in the Grade 3 Native Dancer Stakes at 1 1/16 miles and the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes at seven furlongs, and also placed in the Grade 3 Phoenix Stakes (six furlongs, polytrack), Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes (1 1/8 miles, dirt) and Grade 2 Dwyer Stakes (1 1/16 miles, dirt).

Yockey's Warrior's dam, Silla (by Gone West), won two sprints on turf in England and grabbed an 'n2x' allowance sprinting on dirt for trainer Jonathan Sheppard at Delaware Park.

Silla has also foaled Beatnik, who ran second in the $76,000 Lil E. Tee Handicap going 1 1/16 miles over the Tapeta surface at Presque Isle Downs.

Silla is a full sister to the French Group 3-placed turf sprinter Silver Desert, as well as a couple of good steeplechase runners.

Her dam, Silver Fling (by The Minstrel), captured the Group 1 Prix de L'Abbaye de Longchamp sprinting on the grass.

While Yockey's Warrior was impressive, let's not come down with Derby-itis just yet. He's bred for shorter distances, and Stall is a very patient horseman. Per a DRF article penned by Marcus Hersh on Tuesday afternoon, Yockey's Warrior is headed for a first-level allowance race during the Keeneland spring meet.

http://www.drf.com/news/premium/chocolate-ride-might-face-rematch-muniz (DRF PLUS)


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Here are the top WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from 2/17/15 - 2/23/15:

1. BET SEATTLE - 104 - Duncan F. Kenner Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 21Feb15-4FG
1. ENCRYPTION - 104 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 1/16 Miles - 22Feb15-10GP
3. C. ZEE - 101 - Gulfstream Park Sprint Stakes (G3) - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 21Feb15-6GP
4. COUSIN STEPHEN - 100 - OC 40k/N3X -N - 1 Mile 70 Yards - 23Feb15-9PRX
4. DISTINCTIV PASSION - 100 - Joe Hernandez Stakes - 6 1/2 Furlongs -
4. EXQUISITE LADY - 100 - OC 25k/N$Y -N - 6 Furlongs - 20Feb15-5HAW
4. G. G. RYDER - 100 - Alw 42411NC - 1 1/16 Miles (Tapeta) - 21Feb15-8GG
4. MAIN SEQUENCE - 100 - Mac Diarmida Stakes (G2) - 1 3/8 Miles (Turf) - 21Feb15-9GP
4. NORTH SLOPE - 100 - Evening Attire Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Inner Dirt) - 22Feb15-3AQU
10. CHOCOLATE RIDE - 99 - Fair Grounds Handicap (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - 21Feb15-9FG
10. LONG ON VALUE - 99 - Canadian Turf Stakes (G3) - 1 Mile (Turf) - 21Feb15-10GP
12. BETTYS BAMBINO - 97 - Sensational Star Stakes - About 6 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - 21Feb15-8SA
12. YOCKEY'S WARRIOR - 97 - Md Sp Wt 39k - 6 Furlongs - 21Feb15-2FG
14. HOUSE RULES - 96 - Rampart Stakes (G3) - 1 Mile - 21Feb15-4GP
15. EDEN PRAIRIE - 95 - Bayou Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 21Feb15-7FG
15. IRISH MISSION - 95 - The Very One Stakes (G3) - 1 3/8 Miles (Turf) - 21Feb15-5GP
15. STREET BABE - 95 - Mineshaft Handicap (G3) - 1 1/16 Miles - 21Feb15-8FG
18. GHOST IS CLEAR - 94 - Sam Houston Sprint Cup Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 21Feb15-9HOU
18. PROSPERO - 94 - Clm c-(20-16) - 1 Mile - 21Feb15-9PRX
20. INTERNATIONAL STAR - 93 - Risen Star Stakes (G2) - 1 1/16 Miles - 21Feb15-11FG
21. FIRE STARTER - 92 - Alw 63500N1X - 1 1/16 Miles - 22Feb15-5OP
21. NACHAS AND JOY - 92 - Clm 12500 - 1 Mile 70 Yards - 21Feb15-5HAW
23. DIVINE BEAUTY - 91 - Mardi Gras Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 17Feb15-7FG
23. FAR RIGHT - 91 - Southwest Stakes (G3) - 1 1/16 Miles - 22Feb15-8OP
23. GAELICO - 91 - OC 25k/N2X - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 21Feb15-10HOU
23. GOT SHADES - 91 - OC 30k/C -N - 1 Mile 70 Yards - 20Feb15-6HOU
23. SPRING INCLUDED - 91 - Spring Fever Stakes - 5 1/2 Furlongs - 21Feb15-8OP

*The lifetime past performances for BET SEATTLE and ENCRYPTION are available at the bottom of this blog post.

*PROSPERO was claimed for $20,000 by trainer Michael Pino from Alfredo Velazquez.
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For those of you beginning to come down with a dose of Kentucky Derby fever, I've posted the lifetime past performances of the last 22 winners. Let me know if you find any interesting patterns.

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Annie and SR Vegas have compiled an updated version of "The 2015 MKB Book of Kentucky Derby Prospects." I have attached it to the bottom of this blog post. Enjoy!

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You can follow me on Twitter @DRF_DanIllman.

Remember to tune in to DRF LIVE's streaming handicapping coverage of Saturday's racing action.

I'll be at the FormBlog Convention at Gulfstream, but will be joining in live from the track for a few races during the afternoon.

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Congrats to Jay Van Horn for finishing first in the most recent HandiGambling tournament.

Rick M.'s official 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.

Jay Van Horn selected Saturday's John Battaglia Memorial Stakes from Turfway Park for this week's HandiGambling event.


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 "60-Card Quarterly Formulator 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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A MORE DETAILED ANALYSIS IS ALWAYS APPRECIATED !
 
REMEMBER, IF YOU ARE DECLARED THE WINNER OF THE HANDIGAMBLING EXERCISE; PLEASE CONTACT FORMBLOG@DRF.COM WITH YOUR DRF LOGIN AND PASSWORD IN ORDER TO ACCESS YOUR PRIZE PACKAGE.

ALSO, IF THE WINNER WOULD LIKE TO SELECT THE FOLLOWING WEEK'S RACE, PLEASE CONTACT FORMBLOG@DRF.COM NO LATER THAN THE FOLLOWING WEDNESDAY MORNING (A FRIDAY RACE IS MOST IDEAL)

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