07/01/2015 3:51PM

Masochistic submits foes in Triple Bend


On last Saturday's DRF Live video coverage, Lonnie Goldfeder and I were discussing a 3-year-old filly named RATTATAPTAP. The conversation went something like this:

LG:  "...You'll notice that Rattataptap flashes her tail in the stretch. It's obvious she doesn't like the whip. Then again, I guess no horse really likes the whip."

DI:  "You would think MASOCHISTIC would like the whip..."

These are the jokes, folks.

The funny part is Masochistic is so good right now, he doesn't need the whip. Case in point, last Saturday's Grade 1 Triple Bend Stakes going seven furlongs at Santa Anita.

Sent away the 11 to 10 favorite in the seven-horse Triple Bend, Masochistic broke beautifully from post five. In a virtual carbon copy of the Grade 2 Kona Gold Stakes at Santa Anita on April 11, Masochistic dueled with the fleet SAN ONOFRE while under a long hold and well off the rail, and disdainfully dispatched of that runner on the turn.

Faced with a fresh challenge from the underrated APPEALING TALE, Masochistic calmly went about his business en route to the comfortable victory. He rattled off fractions of 22.85, 45.16 and 1:08.10 before completing the distance in 1:20.25. The clocking was good enough for a career-best 109 Beyer Speed Figure. Among those left in the wake of Masochistic's brilliance were Grade 1 winner SAHARA SKY and multiple Grade 2 winner WILD DUDE.

“I didn’t ask him for much," winning rider Tyler Baze told Santa Anita track publicity. "All I can say is, ‘awesome.’ He was unbelievable. Ron gave him space in between races and this horse has just changed so much. I worked him last week and he worked unbelievable. He worked in 10 and change and I just sat on him. I rode him today like I worked him last week, I was quiet and patient. Last week I didn’t even let him run. Today, I let him run for about a sixteenth of a mile. He was super-impressive.

"His head has changed, he’s slowed down a bit. Last time when I rode him he was a little more aggressive, almost too aggressive. His head has calmed down and he was very classy about everything today. He quieted and he has really relaxed. I think he can go a mile, no problem."

Foaled in California on April 21, 2010, the gelding truly has a blue-collar pedigree. His sire is the unraced Sought After, a son of Seeking the Gold from the family of Better Than Honour. The first three dams were also unraced. The fourth dam, Truffles, was a multiple stakes-winner.

Masochistic has already been involved in his fair share of controversy. He was passively ridden in his career debut, a state bred maiden special weight at Santa Anita on March 15, 2014, finished fifth and then tested positive for the tranquilizer acepromazine.

Then-trainer A C Avila next shipped Masochistic to Churchill Downs for an open maiden race on the Kentucky Derby undercard. Bet heavily, almost like a sure thing, Masochistic won by almost 14 lengths and improved his Beyer 30 points to a 99. It looked like a classic "put-over" from the connections.

Masochistic then reeled off two consecutive wins in optional claiming company over the Del Mar polytrack before finishing a well-beaten second in his two-turn debut, the $200,000 Los Alamitos Mile on September 6. A quarter crack sent Masochistic to the sidelines for the rest of the season.

After Masochistic won his 2015 debut, an 'n2x' optional claimer on February 28, Avila was suspended 60 days and fined $10,000 by the California Horse Racing Board for the drug positive almost a year earlier. He then sold his half-interest in the horse to Samantha Siegel and the gelding was transferred to trainer Ron Ellis. Masochistic is now 2 for 2 for his new barn and might be pointed to the $300,000, Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes at six furlongs at Del Mar on July 26.


Here are the WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from 6/23/15 - 6/29/15:

1. MASOCHISTIC - 109 - Triple Bend Stakes (G1) - 7 Furlongs - 27Jun15-7SA
2. SALUTOS AMIGOS - 106 - Mr. Prospector Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 28Jun15-11MTH
3. EDGE OF REALITY - 101 - Turning for Home Stakes - 1 Mile 70 Yards - 27Jun15-8PRX
3. LA VERDAD - 101 - Dancin Renee Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 28Jun15-3BEL
5. GOLDEN LAD - 100 - Cornhusker Handicap (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles - 27Jun15-7PRM
5. KUNG FU MAMBO (ARG) - 100 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 Mile - 25Jun15-7SA
5. MEXIKOMA - 100 - Alw 77000N1X - 1 1/16 Miles - 28Jun15-6BEL
8. DELAUNAY - 99 - Iowa Sprint Handicap - 6 Furlongs - 26Jun15-6PRM
9. HARD ACES - 98 - Gold Cup (G1) - 1 1/4 Miles - 27Jun15-9SA
9. VIVA MAJORCA - 98 - Kelly's Landing Stakes - 7 Furlongs - 27Jun15-9CD
11. LUBASH - 97 - 7 Alw 67500NC - 7 Furlongs (Turf) - Alw 67500NC
12. BIG JOHN B - 96 - Hcp 25000s - 1 1/4 Miles (Turf) - 28Jun15-8SA
12. PRIZE EXHIBIT (GB) - 96 - Senorita Stakes (G3) - 1 Mile (Turf) - 27Jun15-6SA
14. I'M ALREADY SEXY - 95 - Eatontown Stakes (G3) - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 27Jun15-11MTH
14. MATTERHORN - 95 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 Mile - 28Jun15-8BEL
16. FANTICOLA - 94 - Royal Heroine Stakes (G2) - 1 Mile (Turf) - 27Jun15-8SA
16. HOLIDAY MISCHIEF - 94 - OC 35k/N2M -N - 1 Mile - 27Jun15-8LS
16. NOBLE CORNERSTONE - 94 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 6 Furlongs - 26Jun15-6BEL
16. VERY LUCKY - 94 - OC 15k/ -N - 1 Mile 70 Yards - 27Jun15-7DEL
20. BENT ON BOURBON - 93 - Iowa Derby (G3) - 1 1/16 Miles - 27Jun15-6PRM
20. HOT STONES - 93 - OC 80k/C -N - 1 Mile - 24Jun15-8BEL
20. IRON FIST - 93 - OC 40k/N1X -N - 1 Mile - 28Jun15-5SA
23. RICO CAPOTE - 92 - Alw 20400N3R - 5 1/2 Furlongs - 25Jun15-3FL
24. CRAFTY CHICK - 91 - Clm 5000B - 1 Mile - 28Jun15-5MTH
24. CRUCERO - 91 - San Juan Capistrano Stakes (G3) - 1 3/4 Miles (Turf) - 28Jun15-4SA
24. GHOST LOCKET - 91 - Saylorville Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 26Jun15-7PRM
24. SURTSEY - 91 - Zadracarta Stakes - 7 Furlongs (Turf) - 27Jun15-8WO

*MASOCHISTIC's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of the blog post.


What do you think of our boy Honor Code?? Heading up to Saratoga...Has a huge future and will be taking on some older horse's, but who?? I think that they are all afraid to run against him...He is tearing down the barn ready to run, and after last race...WATCH OUT!!!!
You like his Saratoga future??
Whackymacky Out!!!!

I voted him third in last week's NTRA Top 10 Thoroughbred Poll. I believe he's the second-best older male in the country (behind Shared Belief and slightly ahead of California Chrome). I can't deny his explosive ability, but am never afraid to take a swing against a one-dimensional closer, especially if the pace is expected to be moderate.


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Remember to check out DRF LIVE's VIDEO handicapping coverage at live.drf.com. Matt Bernier and I will be on at 12:30 ET on Thursday. I'll be back on Saturday at 3pm ET for Stars and Stripes Day at Belmont.


Congrats to Ed Bechs for finishing first in the most recent HandiGambling tournament.

Rick M's official scoresheet is available at the bottom of this blog post.

Ed Bechs selected Friday's seventh race at Laurel for this week's exercise.


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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SR Vegas More than 1 year ago
Bernard Newmarket - looks like you had a couple 2nds with Future Empire, Cosmopolitan Girl What a wild ride with Big Orange in the 3rd race. Headlines are fun, Spencer squeezes the Orange, Big Orange Big Upset at Headquarters . Was he even close on your radar , as I saw you passed on that 3rd race ...25-1. Enjoy your day. SR Vegas
Ed Bechs More than 1 year ago
Bernard: You are always the voice of reason. Don't ever change. It is like this blog had its own water main break. Two in one week. What are the odds? We are better as a whole and not as pieces. Let's all sing Patti Paige"s " I'm Sorry" and get back to horseracing.
Sinatra Jeter More than 1 year ago
Mike turfmonster I know you won't read this post because you have given up explaining to the Formblog how you make winning wagers. Believe me I skip most of your post because they are to long and I would say boring (I just can't finish them) but I believe you are a winner at betting. To close I believe in the name Mike turfmonster more than I wanted to read your selections, maybe if I did and if I remembered them I would have just as many big winners as you, but I mainly paper race and my winning are mystical because I don't have a place to wager anymore and can't take the time to vist a wagering facility. You won't read this but just because you are getting angst from others I believe you should be more thick skinned to post on any blog because people will come after you for stating your ability to make successful wagers. My post is not about Steve he knows how to handle us by being real and honest in his writing that comes through even though he may be just like you when wagering. TurfRuler
Rodney . More than 1 year ago
Biggar W.... Me too...my friend.. I hope Mike & Steve come back soon...they are part of this community. I enjoy their comments...
Biggar W More than 1 year ago
I have learned much more from Mike A then I have learned from those that choose to argue with him.
tbtapgh More than 1 year ago
Whacky Macky, Congratulations! Great news on your win.
tbtapgh More than 1 year ago
EDB, Beast of Burden (Rolling Stones) probably wouldn't be a Thoroughbred favorite either. :)
Mac930My More than 1 year ago
KYL I was a little bit off...your big show wager was made in Race #3 on the #2 superstar!!! I said $250,000 if they offered place wagering only... with wallstreet down for business, the livery cars were racing over to Belmont to get the easy 5% in the show spot... They put down $251,386 to show on the #2 and went back as trading went back on at 3pm. Great work if you can get it...how much do you tip the driver for the 1 hour jaunt??? Whackymacky Out!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There was some interest last month in our Royal Ascot meeting. Those same people may want to search out any TV coverage of the 3 day Newmarket July meeting, starting Thursday 9th July. The racing is good quality and usually competitive, though a notch below Ascot. The bonus is that the atmosphere on track is much more relaxed, and nobody has to wear a silly hat. Thursday's card looks tough for my preference for betting longshots - too many strong favourites for my personal liking - but it won't stop me spreading a few small bets around some mid priced horses. The following will carry the burden of my money, 1st (2.10 London time) FUTURE EMPIRE (10/1) 2nd (2.40) SIXTH SENSE (9/1) 4th (3.45) ROTHERWICK (10/1) 5th (4.20) COSMOPOLITAN GIRL (18/1) 7th (5.30) SECRET BRIEF (12/1) Best Regards - Bernard Downes P.S. I have some sympathy for what Sonny Crockett posted, and certainly nobody is going to get RICH reading what I post, but at my time of life I have little interest in entering daily pissing contests.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An entertaining column this week from Brian O'Connor that people might find interesting, since it addresses some things discussed recently here: http://www.irishracing.com/blog-item?headline=When-In-Rome&id=128986. I am far too much of a sport at heart not to hope that standout horses will continue to race on at 4, even if I am resigned to that fact that they often won't, and agree with O'Connor on its lack of effect on racing's public profile, and that dumb down is not an answer to anything. I am much too slow-witted to watch and adjust for what I see in the paddock and warm ups, take in the odds and pools, and then concoct a complicated exotic bet in the race 3-5 minutes before a race. For me, it works much better to play to what I feel is my strength, that is analyzing the horses, and keep the wagering as simple as possible – which is almost always WPS, sometimes adjusted to just W or WP if the odds justify it, and a small frame of exactas if they suit; I will play a trifecta only if I can key 2 horses in it (so not often), and the Pick 4 very, very rarely. I'm sure that there are a million ways to win millions of dollars on other types of bets, but any time I experimented along those lines, I soon ran into a losing way. It is no different than saying that money can be made investing in hedge funds or pork futures instead of horse races ……. that doesn't mean that I would be successful at it. To me, horse racing is probably 90-95% horses and 5-10% betting, or something like that, and the more time I spent on the former the better I do, but to each her or his own. I don't see why this provokes such religious fervor. Dan B – you may have seen that all 3 of those scratches out of the Bel. Sprint were trainer scratches! I guess I should take it well that those trainers ended up agreeing with me when I didn’t think much of their chances in the race, but I’d rather they’d have run so I could bet against them. In the event, Private Zone shot out of the gate like he came from a cannon and that was all she wrote (again). Stallwalkin’ Dude ran another solid race and only faded late to Clearly Now after chasing harder and wider early; Green Gratto has never been a great gate breaker, and I thought he was being looked after from early in the race. Al