02/25/2015 1:00PM

Hot 3-year-old sprinter


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)


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.

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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


-  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!




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mike turfmonstr More than 1 year ago
JJ, I think that would be cutting it a bit too fine. The "Handicap" division hasn't been very good in years.....look at last year..The first 6 positions in the BC CLassic were 3 year olds......that rarely happens..... Some rules yes, I don't believe a horse who couldn't come within sniffing distance in a MD 30,000 has any business in a 3 year old stake race...or any stake for that matter. But a handicap...where you could have a horse that improves at 4 that perhaps won an overnight or a few OC 80,000 races at 3? I wouldn't discount them. I can say one thing or the BIG Cap....it attracted a lot of horses.....lot's of money 1-3 to be had.......The Big Cap you envision I'm afraid is a thing of the past, at least for now.....
Rodney More than 1 year ago
I'm sure plenty of people will watch the Big Cap. Should be good to watch Shared Belief, right now arguablely the top dirt horse in North America, (some might say Bayern is). Obviously it would be good to give the race a purse increase, not sure that would attract the like of Chrome competing this year anyway. Fairly easily beaten by Shared Belief already this year. Coburn & co are on a world tour, maybe Royal Ascot next, what they finally achieve, when the dirt settles, we shall see. Know Bernard won't mind me answering, maybe down the pub by now....Ron The Greek's other name is Wattani...and he is being prepared for the World Cup.
bobc More than 1 year ago
(Friday Continued) There was also another couple I had not met before, Greg and his Wife Anne. They had come down from Wisconsin. Greg had recently retired from teaching Government classes and coaching high school basketball for rhe past 33 years. He is now enjoying traveling to various tracks across the country. He has met some very interesting horsemen over the years and we would get a pleasant surprise on Saturday when one of them who happened to have a horse entered in the Palm Beach Handicap came up to the Suite to say Hello. Welcome to Formblog Greg,Winnings" in advance. That's how Formblogger's Roll!!!!! Finis h/Start???? Alan, who was using Friday's Card as a prep course for Saturday's Live Money Tournament, was laser like focused on handicapping with a laptop and notebook. Why he needed either beats me as I found him to have a computer like mind and memory. No wonder he does so well in tournament play. He had his Rainbow Pick Six selections already made and was now concentrating on the early races. As I had look over the card and found it harder to decipher than a Rubik's Cube, I decided to wager lightly throughout the day, saving my ammunition for Saturday's Card. As fate would have it everyone was picking winners, including me. I must give credit to the DRF Seminar for steering me towards several winning plays which I probably wouldn't have had. With one exception, it turned out to be a day when I zigged when I needed to zig and zagged when I needed to Zag. And even though my wagers were small, I netted a decent profit on a card I found to be awful. My one exception where I zigged when I needed to zag, this is far more my typical maneuver when wagering, occurred in race 7. I asked Dan who he liked in the race. He told me Oxidada. Did I listen? NO!!! Did he WIN? YES and paid $14.00. I now felt like and Oxi-MORON!!!!! Enough about me, the real story of the day was Alan and the Rainbow Six. He played a $258 ticket. He was also playing doubles along the way. The winner of the first race in the pick Six was Bold Summit, a morning line of 5/2, but an afternoon overlay paying $13.60. Alan had him on his ticket. The second leg of the pick 6 was won by the aforementioned Oxidada, 6-1 on the Program, $14.00 Winner. (Ouch)!!! Alan now 2 for 2. The double paid $109. The 3rd leg was won by Depeche Cat, morning line 8-1, Paid $11.20 completing as $92 Double. Both the 7 and 8 Race winners were discussed and selected at the Seminar. Alan now 3 for 3. Now things were starting to heat up in the Suite. There were still 3 races to go, but our boy was on fire. The fourth leg was won by the even money favorite Previous paying $4.20. Did Alan include him on his ticket? Of course!!! Double $28. Alan 4/4 The fifth leg of the ticket scared Alan the most. He didn't have much coverage in the race. If he could get past this leg he would be live to 3 horses in the last leg. The race went off and Claiming Victory won paying $8.60. Alan also claimed victory. The double paid $15. Now the Suite was abuzz. Our hearts started to beat a little quicker. All of us that is except Alan who was cooler than a Cucumber in an Ice Bucket!!! Alan's potential payouts were about $2,300. $5,400 and $12,300. He had the 4, 5 and 12 in the final leg. Alan figured he would make some money on the wager even if his horses did not come in, until I informed him there was no consolation payoffs for 5 of 6. It was all or nothing. The race went off, coming into the far turn the 5 was pulling his way to the front with the 4 who had been hugging the rail coming off of it and leaving opening for the 7, ridden by Joe Bravo, who had just won the prior race, to come through and nail the 4 on the wire. Alan was stoic in defeat. The rest of us amazed at how well he handled the loss. After all what's one to do at a Formblog Convention when suffering such a tough beat. PARTY that's What. And Alan was the Party Leader. Drf supplied the booze and we supplied the bodies. Alan had already left the pain behind in the Suite, it took the rest of us a drink or two longer to remove the taste of Alan's tough beat from our system. We all had a Great time at DRF'S expense at Frankie Sport's Bar. Ate and drank our way into oblivion, all the while looking forward to starting anew with Saturday's Great Card. bobc
Jackson Jackson More than 1 year ago
Ron The Greek is on a roll . I read somewhere a while back that RTG has won 5 of 6 over in Arabia . Apparently he likes the desert . I don't know who he's beating but he has a new Arab name . I don't remember the name . Maybe Sir Bernard of Downes knows his name and who he's been beating . Anyway I thought I'd mention it since nobody else did . I'm not sure if he's planning on the World Cup . If he did and you were betting it would be nice to know that Whozitskadoozitz was really Ron The Greek :) JJ
CalvinLCarter More than 1 year ago
Don't know if it's already been mentioned but I recently found DRF Live which is a brilliant idea on the part of the DRF. It's like an expanded twitter account for only DRF reporters. http://live.drf.com/events/drf-live
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MKB UPDATE: Gotham Stakes: YUWIPI'S El Kabeir JJ'S Classy Class PHIL D'S Toasting Master (unless he goes to the Tampa Bay Derby) TAMPA BAY DERBY: AOS RON ZUERCHER'S Carpe Diem OKIESHARP'S Souper Colossal PHIL D'S Toasting Master (unless he goes in the Gotham) Ok, PHIL, make up your mind. Which will it be? :) Good luck to all of you!!! Annie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
David, I agree on SOCIAL INCLUSION. I was stubborn too. I did not make him an MKB and refused to believe that he was better than the MKBs. :) Which he wasn't. Not his fault though, he didn't know he was supposed to be an 8 million dollar horse. Annie
Jackson Jackson More than 1 year ago
MikeA , Picking up on something you were saying after the El Camino Real about the horse in the 1 hole . Don't you think the Big Cap should have new conditions that say non-winners of a graded stakes not eligible ? Off hand I only remember one winner that wasn't a stakes winner . Martial Law . I'd rather see a walkover than a bunch of bums that haven't even won a stake running in the Big Cap . JJ
Stephen MacDonald More than 1 year ago
Sad to see The Great War go down in flames...bled badly, he will get some rest and go shorter..I will draw a new MKB horse in a few weeks. congrats to all of the winners!!! Looks like a lot had the #3...nice job.... Foxwoods had a party for it's 23rd year of making money...nice time...guy at the next table won $25K...good for him, I am sure that they rushed him to the tables...lol Some big races to come...best of luck to all and keep the tips coming... Whackymacky Out!!!
Rodney More than 1 year ago
Drf's own Mark Hegarty wrote... "Chapa is likely facing a de facto lifetime ban. Though the racing commission can only suspend an individual for up to five years, Chapa likely will face enormous hurdles if he serves the ban and seeks another racing license in Texas or any other racing jurisdiction." ................................................ I think its safe to say this "man" has effectively been banned for life and rightly so. The sickly grin of his, on the still photo, sums up the kind of idiot, racing can well do without.