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Wed Feb 27
2013
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
UNBRIDLED'S NOTE doesn't receive much press, but he's one of the more versatile runners in the country. 
Sat Feb 23
2013
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
The HandiGambling exercise for Saturday, February 23 is the tenth race at Fair Grounds, the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles. PAST PERFORMANCES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PREVIOUS BLOG POST. 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. IF THE WINNER WOULD LIKE TO SELECT THE NEXT WEEK'S RACE, PLEASE SEND YOUR RACE SELECTION NO LATER THAN TUESDAY EVENING.
Wed Feb 20
2013
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
For the second straight week, a good horse received a great ride from a Hall of Fame jockey.  The result? Graded stakes glory. The rider in question is none other than the "Comeback Kid," Gary Stevens.  On February 9, Stevens, riding 5-year-old SLIM SHADEY for the first time, placed his mount on an uncontested early lead in the Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes going 10 furlongs on grass.  Slim Shadey rattled of "24's" and had plenty left to deny favored Interaction in the stretch.
Wed Feb 13
2013
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
The ANIMAL KINGDOM - POINT OF ENTRY showdown began a bit early last Saturday when the 2011 Kentucky Derby winner's new jockey, Joel Rosario, made a premature midrace bid.  One could understand why Rosario made the move.  On paper, there was no early pace in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap and Todd Pletcher's SALTO had just walked the dog through fractions of 25.07 and 50.52.  Rosario, already behind John Velazquez and Point of Entry, didn't want to give up too much ground when the real running began turning for home. [bc_video_id:283850:]
Wed Feb 6
2013
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
It was a wild and wooly weekend for the 3-year-old crop.  In staccato fashion, one promising runner after another put his stamp on the Kentucky Derby trail.  We've now had a few days to digest the results. The immediate excitement, and natural hyperbole that particular excitement generated, has slightly worn off. It seems a good time as any to rationally discuss the performances with the realization that the Derby is still a long ways off.