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Thu Dec 29
2016
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
California Chrome delighted a big crowd at his home track of Los Alamitos in the Winter Challenge Stakes. The race was nothing more than a paid public workout against overmatched horses and shouldn't be analyzed any deeper than that. The margin of victory (12 lengths) and Beyer Speed Figure (104) are both meaningless in the grand scheme of things. The point was to maintain fitness and California Chrome certainly looked in shape.   
Thu Dec 15
2016
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
Handicappers looking to exploit a potential track bias may want to review last Friday's results at Aqueduct.   I've attached the charts for the entire December 9 card to the bottom of this blog post if you'd like to scrutinize along with me.   
Thu Dec 8
2016
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
  It appears that trainer Peter Miller has finally found ST. JOE BAY's niche. For most of his 19-start career, St. Joe Bay has bounced back-and-forth from turf to dirt routes with a synthetic sprint race sprinkled in for good measure (third in the Grade 3 Bob Hope Stakes as a 2-year-old in 2014).   
Thu Dec 1
2016
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
There were exciting finishes to some major stakes races over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.    I'd like to profile a couple of horses that didn't end up in the winner's circle last week, but might be ones to follow in the near future.    DIVINING ROD
Thu Nov 17
2016
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
In the August 18 edition of FormBlog, I mentioned David Jacobson's knack for turning horses around off the claim (http://www.drf.com/blogs/stallwalkin-dude-back-back).