01/20/2016 4:13PM

Mexikoma back on track

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Perhaps MEXIKOMA is ready to tap into the vast potential he showcased as a 2-year-old.

Profiled in the February 26, 2014 edition of FormBlog (http://www.drf.com/blogs/3-year-old-spotlight-and-quick-weekend-thoughts) following a third-place finish in his 3-year-old debut, Mexikoma then came down with a lung infection that knocked him off the Kentucky Derby trail. He finished second in an entry-level allowance race at Pimlico on May 23, but an ankle issue sent him to the sidelines for the remainder of the year.

Reunited with his original trainer, Michael Dilger, for his 4-year-old season last year, Mexikoma compiled a record of 5-2-0-1 including a 100-Beyer Speed Figure score in his comeback race over sloppy going at Belmont. He closed out the campaign with a solid fifth-place finish in the $100,000 Harlan's Holiday Stakes at Gulfstream on December 12. That race had him primed perfectly for a start in last Saturday's $250,000 Sunshine Millions Classic against fellow Florida-breds at nine furlongs.

Sent away the 13 to 10 favorite in the ten-horse field, Mexikoma broke from post position five and was checked and steadied from between horses entering the first turn. Jockey John Velazquez didn't panic, however, and Mexikoma soon settled into a fine spot tracking the lead while three wide over a track that may have favored outside runners. The pacesetter, Grade 3 winner MR. JORDAN, attempted to create separation from the rest of the field by setting sail for home entering the final turn, but Mexikoma didn't let him get too far away. He collared Mr. Jordan in upper stretch and utilized his superior stamina to settle matters inside the furlong marker. Mexicoma completed the distance in 1:48.19 and received a career-best 106 Beyer.

Velazquez realized he dodged a bullet. "Not exactly the way I wanted it," the Hall of Famer told track publicity following the race. "He broke pretty sharply in the first turn and I had to take a little hold of him. I got squeezed out of there on the first turn. I didn’t worry so much because I jumped the heels and I went to the outside and I went to follow Joe Bravo (Mr. Jordan). Once I was there I didn’t worry so much."

Mexikoma has always had ability and it appears that he's reached peak physical maturity as a 5-year-old. He should be followed in graded stakes races around two turns at 8 1/2-9 furlongs.

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Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from 1/12/16 - 1/18/16:

1. MEXIKOMA - 106 - Sunshine Millions Classic - 1 1/8 Miles - 16Jan16-11GP
2. AMI'S FLATTER - 104 - Alw 38000N1X - 7 Furlongs - 13Jan16-8GP
2. X Y JET - 104 - Sunshine Millions Sprint - 6 Furlongs - 16Jan16-6GP
4. MAJESTIC AFFAIR - 101 - Jazil Stakes - 1 Mile 70 Yards (Inner Dirt) - 16Jan16-3AQU
5. INTERNATIONAL STAR - 100 - Louisiana Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles - 16Jan16-7FG
5. MANCHURIAN HIGH - 100 - Sunshine Millions Turf - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 16Jan16-10GP
7. TENIENTE CORONEL - 98 - Fremont Stakes - 1 Mile - 16Jan16-8DED
8. AMELIA'S WILD RIDE - 97 - Sunshine Millions Turf Sprint - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - 16Jan16-7GP
8. HAY DUDE (GB) - 97 - OC 80k/C -N - 1 Mile (Turf) - 14Jan16-7SA
10. KARIBU GARDENS - 96 - OC 75k/C -N - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 16Jan16-8GP
10. NUBIN RIDGE - 96 - OC 62k/N2X - 6 Furlongs (Inner Dirt) - 16Jan16-8AQU
10. SLIM SHADEY (GB) - 96 - OC 62k/N2X - 1 MIle (Tapeta) - 17Jan16-8GG
13. CHOCOLATE RIDE - 95 - Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap (G3) - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 16Jan16-10FG
13. DANNHAUSER - 95 - OC 100k/NC - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 13Jan16-5TAM
13. SUBTLE INDIAN - 95 - OC 50k/C -N - 5 1/2 Furlongs - 15Jan16-7OP
16. CERRO (IRE) - 94 - Clm c-40000 - 1 Mile 70 Yards (Inner Dirt) - 16Jan16-7AQU
16. SCRUMPDILICIOUS - 94 - OC25k/SAL16k - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 13Jan16-9GP
16. WIRELESS FUTURE - 94 - OC 62k/N3X -N - 1 1/16 Miles - 15Jan16-2FG
19. SEEKING THE SHERIF - 93 - Clm 50000(50-45) - 6 Furlongs - 15Jan16-6SA
20. EARLY ENTRY - 92 - OC 62k/N2X - 7 Furlongs - 16Jan16-2GP - 16Jan16-2GP
20. KERI BELLE - 92 - Megahertz Stakes (G3) - 1 Mile (Turf) - 18Jan16-8SA
20. LORI'S STORE - 92 - Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 16Jan16-5GP
20. MCHEAT - 92 - OC 62k/N2X -N - About 6 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - 14Jan16-5SA
20. STREET STRATEGY - 92 - Fifth Season Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles - 16Jan16-8OP
20. SOMETHINGS UNUSUAL - 92 - Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile Handicap - 1 Mile (Turf) - 16Jan16-7TUP
20. TEAM COLORS - 92 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 1/16 Miles - 17Jan16-7GP

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

*CERRO was claimed for $40,000 by trainer Patrick Reynolds from Bruce Levine.

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Dan
all this talk about R Davis has me curious - could you please see if lifetime stats are available, both for him as a jockey and trainer? much appreciated as ever.
pe


Here are the lifetime statistics for Robbie Davis:

Jockey:
24,274 mounts, 3,385 wins (13% winner), 3,366 seconds, 3,108 thirds (40% ITM), $0.83 ROI, $115,743,646 earnings

Trainer:
151 starts, 6 wins (3%), 5 seconds, 8 third (12% ITM), $2.40 ROI, $451,946 earnings.


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Video stakes analyses for many of the weekend's major stakes will be available later this week at http://www.drf.com/videos

You can follow me on Twitter @DRF_DanIllman.

I'll be with Matt Bernier and Mike Beer for live coverage of racing at Gulfstream, Santa Anita Oaklawn and Tampa Bay beginning at 3pm ET at live.drf.com.

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Here's a note from SR Vegas concerning an NHC Tournament blog get-together in Las Vegas:

To Everyone:
The 2016 FORMBLOGERS CONVENTION  February 19 - 21 at Gulfstream Park is a wonderful weekend and our Laura does a fantastic job in coordinating all the activities there. Please attend if you can !

As an alternative, I’d also like you to think about The Formblog–mini–West-Coast get-together at The NHC Tournament in Las Vegas.

Dates: January  28-30

If you are coming to town, please raise your hand. I'll be putting together a casual cocktail/dinner meet and greet for our Formblog friends on Jan 27th and a post tournament brunch on  Jan 31 (for those who have later flights that day). Details TBD.

Whether you are a qualifier, friends or family coming to town to root them on, or enjoying your time in Las Vegas, let me know.

Anyone interested ? Please contact me at:

sr.vegas1@yahoo.com

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Here's a message from Laura regarding our 2016 FormBlog Convention at Gulfstream Park:


Last Chance for Hotel Reservations!! 
The Formblog/ThoroFan Convention is on February 19 - 21, less than a month away!  If you want to attend, need a room and haven't contacted Laura yet, please do so at lross@imtbreds.com.  Hotel reservations must be made no later than Wednesday, January 27, and the romance package is extra. 

As usual, our generous benefactor Mike Nyman is giving us a suite complete with temperamental betting machine.  There will be a race named for our group with photo ops in the paddock and winners circle.  Laura will pick up/drop off at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport if you don't want to rent a car.  So far, nobody has been killed or injured during the drive.  Can't decide if you want to attend?  Ask other formbloggers what a great time they had! Most are coming back for more!


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Congrats to Barbara for winning last week's HandiGambling contest.

We'll go with Saturday's Santa Monica Stakes for this week's exercise.

PAST PERFORMANCES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS BLOG POST.

Rick M's HG scoreboard spreadsheet is available at the bottom of this blog post.

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.

**  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!

A MORE DETAILED ANALYSIS  IS  ALWAYS  APPRECIATED !

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