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Wed Aug 29
2012
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
A couple of quick comments from last week's racing action. *Boy, does DULLAHAN love polytrack.  All three of his career victories have come on the surface (all Grade 1 races, by the way) and it will be interesting to see if the connections point for the Breeders' Cup Classic on dirt at Santa Anita.  The long-term plan is probably the Dubai World Cup, but that race would be contested on Tapeta and not polytrack. 
Wed Aug 22
2012
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
"Look," a racing fan pointed to her arm.  "He just gave me goosebumps."  Trust me, she wasn't the only one thrilled by the phenomenal FRANKEL, who extended his undefeated record to thirteen with a scintillating victory in the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York Racecourse in England.  Frankel, sent off the prohibitive 1-10 favorite, was attempting to stretch his vaunted ability past one mile for the first time in his remarkable career. He handled the extra distance with aplomb, to say the least. 
Wed Aug 15
2012
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
Trips don't get much better than the ground-saving, pace-tracking journey WISE DAN received in the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga, but the likeable gelding was still very visually impressive.  John Velazquez was the picture of confidence aboard Wise Dan as the field turned for home and, after asking his mount with a flick of the wrists in upper stretch, Wise Dan exploded up the rail to score by five lengths over a shell-shocked CORPORATE JUNGLE.
Wed Aug 8
2012
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
Let's finally give FORT LARNED his due.  One of the fastest horses in the country with three triple-digit (all 108s over different surfaces and distances) Beyers going into the historic Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap at Saratoga, Fort Larned was dismissed at 7-1 and made the cynics pay with a career-best 110 Beyer performance.  Being disrespected by the betting public is nothing new to Fort Larned.  He was 12-1 for his track record-breaking performance in the Grade 3 Skip Away Stakes on Florida Derby afternoon at Gulfstream, went off at 5-1 when second to Successfu
Wed Aug 1
2012
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
*Paynter was magnificent in winning the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth last Sunday.  Making his first start since finishing a game second in the Belmont Stakes, a race in which he lost a shoe and emerged all banged up, Paynter tracked the pace set by Wood Memorial winner Gemologist before blowing by that foe with five-sixteenths of a mile to run.  Nonios came with a determined bid, but was no match for Paynter, who received a 108 Beyer Speed Figure and now looks like the horse to beat in the Grade 1 Travers later this month at Saratoga.