07/25/2008 7:41PM

Lottsa questions, some picks


Who was that horse who freaked in the mud a few years back, a 127?, (and what stake was it in?), I think he would have been three when Peace Rules was three (not sure)? I don't think he ever lost in the mud thereafter (they went hunting for it). I can't even remember the trainer, I think Bridgmahon was on him, but that's a stab. The trainer was good, obscurely good. Respected type. Oh god......

Are you thinking of Midway Road?  He was trained by Neil Howard, ridden by Robby Albarado, and won the Ben Ali at Keeneland in 2004 over a sloppy track by 11 1/4 with a 123 Beyer.  Evening Attire finished second that day, by the way.


What is up with the Spa Babies? When I first looked at yesterday's installment it contained an analysis of the feature race for 2 yo fillies. However, when I went back later in the day, the Spa Babies report only went through your analysis of Race #5. Why did the last part get cut off?

It happened again today, and I have to admit I'm getting a bit ticked off.  When I originally post the file, it appears in its entirety, but something happens (no one can explain it to me yet), and parts are missing throughout the day.  I'll keep checking during the day tomorrow to see if anything disappears.  Please bear with me.


Hi, this is by far the most informative blog on horseracing by both Dan and the posters. I just got into this sport a few years ago, and I have developed my own style of handicapping. I have been looking at past big races to see how I would have played them, so I was wondering if you could post the pp's for the 2001 and 2002 Kentucky Derbys. Thanks!

Welcome to the Blue Boxers!  To check the PP's for every KY Derby, go here: 
About 1/2 down the middle of the page is where you can enter in the year you want to view.


Speaking about Desert Party, lets not get too excited here. He beat three competitors, in a very pedestrian time and over the slop. He showed profesionalism, but I don't expect a particularly high Beyer for his effort.

Desert Party earned a 78 Beyer.  The Beyer par going into this race (according to the American Racing Manual) was a 95.56, and Ready's Image earned a 105 Beyer in the 2007 running.


Some quick and dirty picks for Saturday:

Diana:  Dyanforce, Wait a While, Bit of Whimsy

Vanderbilt:  Bustin Stones, Abraaj, Sammarco

Go for Wand:  Ginger Punch, Spring Waltz, Moon Catcher

Whitney:  Solar Flare, Commentator, Grasshopper


Will try to post some thoughts on Der Bingle and the Jim Dandy tomorrow.
Our posters have had some great insights and selections, as usual, over the last few days.  Lemme know who you like this weekend.