07/07/2016 12:50PM

Illman: Catching up with some questions

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Let's get to some of the questions and requests posted over the last two weeks:
 
*Dan Illman – would it be possible to post Elusive Quality’s past performances? Last weekend Obviously had the second fastest turf mile at Belmont. I would love to see Elusive Quality’s running lines again.
DavidM9999
 
Elusive Quality's past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post. He was a good dirt sprinter, but really took off when given a chance to strut his stuff on the turf. I have fond memories of watching from the Belmont grandstand as he swept through the Jaipur and Poker. The latter was one of the better performances I've seen live. 
 
 
*Hey Dan,
I was looking through the chart of the Mother Goose and saw that Off The Tracks' dam was named Harve De Grace.  I did a double take and looked her up and realized it wasn't the Havre De Grace of recent fame.  I was just wondering, what are the restrictions on naming a horse?  I know that a horse can have the name of a previous horse as long as there has been a specified number of years past.  The names were just so close, any insight would be appreciated. 
John Scharr
 
Thanks for the question. The following link from The Jockey Club might help with the answer. Please look under "6. NAMING" for all of the details.
 
 
 
*Dan, I have a question. How come in formulator the "owner" function - to see how a trainer has done with a particular owner, the horses they have together, and so on - works everywhere except New York? Is there a law that makes this information private in NY state? I find it odd that only NY past performances in formulator make this function unavailable. If anyone else knows why this is, speak up, please. 
slewofdamascus
 
For some reason, NYRA will not allow us to publish that information. As you mention, the owner/trainer function in Formulator is active for all other circuits. 
 
*...I sent Dan a screen shot of the new Trakus screen to post so you can see what it looks like. Let’s look at come home times for Belmont for all turf races from Belmont day to today; across all distances, all classes, and on both tracks. Data in next posts...
Steve T
 
The Trakus screenshot that Steve mentioned is available at the bottom of this blog post. 
 
*Video stakes previews for many of the weekend's major stakes will be available later this week at http://www.drf.com/videos
 
*Mike Beer and I will be on for free and fun live handicapping analysis at 4:00 ET on Saturday. You can find us at live.drf.com. This week, we'll cover Belmont, Parx, Delaware, Arlington and Santa Anita.
 
*You can follow me on Twitter @DRF_DanIllman.
 
*Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from 6/22/16 - 6/28/16:
1. MELATONIN - 109 - Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1) - 1 1/4 Miles - 25Jun16-9SA 
2. FAR FROM OVER - 104 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 1/16 Miles - 24Jun16-3BEL
3. ARROGATE - 103 - OC 40k/N1X -N - 1 1/16 Miles - 24Jun16-2SA 
3. CHUBLICIOUS - 103 - Mr. Prospector Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 26Jun16-10MTH
3. SOI PHET - 103 - McCann's Mojave Handicap - 1 1/16 Miles - 26Jun16-8SA 
6. SHH SHE'S OURS - 101 - 6 Furlongs - Desert Stormer II Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 26Jun16-5SA 
7. LORD NELSON - 100 - Triple Bend Stakes (G1) - 7 Furlongs - 25Jun16-8SA 
8. SWEET LITTLE MAN - 98 - OC 60k/N2X - 7 Furlongs (Turf) - 25Jun16-7WO 
9. A M MILKY WAY - 97 - OC 40k/N2Y -N - 6 Furlongs - 26Jun16-6LS 
9. WHO'S OUT - 97 - OC 40k/N1X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 25Jun16-5SA 
11. BY THE MOON - 96 - Bed O'Roses Handicap - 7 Furlongs - 25Jun16-9BEL
11. ISABELLA SINGS - 96 - Eatontown Stakes (G3) - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 25Jun16-10MTH
11. PAGANOL - 96 - Clm 50000 - 1 1/16 Miles - 26Jun16-2CD 
14. DREAMING OF NENO - 95 - OC 20k/N1X - 6 Furlongs - 26Jun16-7MTH
14. ROBILLARD - 95 - OC 80k/C -N - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 23Jun16-7BEL
14. MO TOM - 95 - Ohio Derby - 1 1/8 Miles - 25Jun16-8TDN
17. THIS BOY'S SHARP - 94 - OC 50k/C -N - 6 Furlongs - 22Jun16-8DEL
18. LEWYS VAPROIZER - 92 - OC c-25k/N1X - 6 Furlongs - 25Jun16-8IND
18. WARRIOROFTHEROSES - 92 - OC 50k/C -N - 1 1/16 Miles - 23Jun16-6DEL
20. CITIZEN GELLER - 91 - O. D. McDonald Stakes - 7 Furlongs - 25Jun16-9ALB
20. FOR GOODNESS SAKE - 91 - Clm 25000 - 1 1/16 Miles - 23Jun16-6CD 
20. JONRAH - 91 - Clm 50000 - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 22Jun16-7BEL
20. SARAH SIS - 91 - Chicago Handicap (G3) - 7 Furlongs (Polytrack) - 25Jun16-6AP 
20. WE'RE ALL SET - 91 - Sea of Grass Stakes - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 26Jun16-10GP 
25. LOVE THAT JAZZ - 90 - Ontario County Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 27Jun16-8FL 
25. READY DANCER - 90 - Alw 77000N1X - 1 1/8 Miles - 25Jun16-8BEL
25. SCHILLAIRESS - 90 - Alw 40000s - 6 Furlongs - 25Jun16-3SA 
25. SNOWDAY (FR) - 90 - OC 30k/N2X -N - 5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - 25Jun16-5MTH
25. SPEEDY FOX - 90 - Clm 37500(40-37.5)N3L - 6 Furlongs (Tapeta) - 24Jun16-5WO 
 
*Melatonin's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.
 
*Lewys Vaporizer was claimed for $25,000 by trainer Kim Hammond from Larry Rivelli.
 
*Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from 6/29/16 - 7/5/16:
1. COMFORT - 105 - State Dinner Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles - 4Jul16-4BEL
1. WORLD APPROVAL - 105 - United Nations Stakes (G1) - 1 3/8 Miles (Turf) - 3Jul16-9MTH
3. DELTA BLUESMAN - 103 - Smile Sprint Stakes (G2) - 6 Furlongs - 2Jul16-10GP 
3. DREFONG - 103 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 4Jul16-4SA 
5. DALMORE - 102 - Affirmed Stakes (G3) - 1 1/16 Miles - 2Jul16-5SA 
5. LIFE IN SHAMBLES - 102 -  OC 62k/N2X - 6 Furlongs -2Jul16-7BEL
5. PINK POPPY - 102 - Spook Express Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 2Jul16-9GP 
8. NOHOLDINGBACK BEAR - 101 -  Alw 87327NC  - 6 1/2 Furlongs (Tapeta) - 1Jul16-6WO 
8. PASSION FOR ACTION - 101 - Highlander Stakes (G2-C) - 6 Furlongs (Turf) - 3Jul16-4WO 
10. BLACKTYPE (FR) - 100 - OC 80k/C -N - 1 Mile (Turf) - 3Jul16-8BEL
10. DIMENSION (GB) - 100 - King Edward (G2-C) - 1 Mile (Turf) - 2Jul16-8WO 
12. CANDIP - 99 - Iowa Sprint Handicap - 6 Furlongs - 2Jul16-8PRM
13. EDZACTLY - 98 - Alw 25000s - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 4Jul16-6PRX
13. EASY TO SAY - 98 - OC 30k/N2X -N - 6 Furlongs - 3Jul16-6MTH
13. SPRING TO THE SKY - 98 - OC 80k/C -N - 6 Furlongs (Turf) - 4Jul16-6BEL
16. ALSVID - 97 - Kelly's Landing Stakes - 7 Furlongs - 2Jul16-10CD 
16. HELLO DON JULIO - 97 - Alw 77000N1X - 1 1/4 Miles (Turf) - 4Jul16-8BEL
16. RATED R SUPERSTAR - 97 - Carry Back Stakes (G3) - 7 Furlongs - 2Jul16-8GP 
16. SPELLING AGAIN - 97 - Princess Rooney Stakes (G2) - 7 Furlongs - 2Jul16-12GP 
20. AMERICAN FREEDOM - 96 - Iowa Derby (G3) - 1 1/16 Miles - 1Jul16-9PRM
20. MELMICH - 96 - Dominion Day Stakes (G3-C) - 1 1/4 Miles (Tapeta) - 1Jul16-8WO 
20. OFF THE TRACKS - 96 - Mother Goose Stakes (G1) - 1 1/16 Miles - 2Jul16-9BEL
20. OUTSIDE NASHVILLE - 96 - Oak Tree Sprint Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 4Jul16-9OTP
20. TO THE BAR - 96 - OC 25k/C -N - 1 Mile - 2Jul16-8SA 
25. CHILANGO - 95 - Clm 16000B - 1 1/16 Miles (Polytrack) - 2Jul16-6AP 
25. HAVEYOUGONEAWAY - 95 - Dancin Renee Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 3Jul16-4BEL
25. PUNTROOSKIE - 95 - OC 62k/N2X - 6 Furlongs (Tapeta) - 3Jul16-2WO 
 
*The past performances for Comfort and World Approval are available at the bottom of this blog post.
 
*Congrats to God Bless Longshots for winning last week's HandiGambling challenge.
 
Rick M and SR VEGAS' HG scoreboard spreadsheet is available at the bottom of this blog post. 
 
Let's go with the Belmont Derby for this week's exercise. 
 
SR Vegas and Rick M. have graciously decided to update all of the HG rules in order to make them an easier read for everyone...
 
HANDIGAMBLING version 2016:
 
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 SPARE A SENTENCE OR TWO outlining your HANDICAPPING ANGLES and/or THOUGHT PROCESSES about WAGERING.
 
1. Start your post with HG or HANDIGAMBLING to find your entry in a thread.
2. You have a mythical $100 to wager in whatever format you choose that is available for that HG race. Anyone going over the $100 limit will be DISQUALIFIED.
3. Post your WAGER and ANALYSIS to the blog prior to the start of the designated race. SIGN OFF WITH YOUR NAME/OR MONIKER AT THE END OF YOUR 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 identify who you are.
4. (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.
5. Separate your analysis from the wager and use the PROGRAM # in your wager. Just like you would do in a real wager. No horse names.
6. If any of the rules listed above aren't met, the wager is subject to review which can lead to disqualification of your entry.
 
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 2016
The speed in this race are #1 Alpha, #2 Beta, and #8 Ocho. I like the works for layoff horse #5 Cinco who can sit off the pace. Lots of speed in here, so this could set up for a closer like  #6 Six Flags and I like the trainer's stats in these conditions. I’ll put the closer over the speed.
 
HG wager:
$10 EX   6 /   1,2,5, 8  = $40
$5 TRI   6 /   1,2,5,8  /  1,2,5,8  =  $60
Total $100
Thanks Dan!
Harpo
 
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 SATURDAY RACE IS MOST IDEAL)
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