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Format: 2017-11-25
Thu Jun 22
2017
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
CERRO's road has been full of twists and turns.    Bred in Ireland, he won his career debut on turf in Italy before being sent to the United States. Initially campaigned here by Team Valor Stables in a partnership that included Olympic legend Michael Phelps, Cerro was briefly on the Triple Crown trail in 2013. He won the Canonero II Stakes going nine furlongs on dirt at Pimlico that spring and placed in a pair of stakes races around two turns (one on turf) at Delaware Park during the fall.   
Thu Jun 15
2017
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
It's time to call MOR SPIRIT a serious, serious horse.    Profiled in the March 23 (http://www.drf.com/blogs/mor-spirit-back-form) and May 11 (http://www.drf.com/blogs/early-met-mile-preview) editions of FormBlog, Mor Spirit ran away and hid from a good group of older horses in the last Saturday's Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at one mile.   
Thu Jun 8
2017
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
Following the defection of likely favorite CLASSIC EMPIRE earlier in the week due to a foot injury, this year's Belmont Stakes is filled with question marks. There are some talented runners, to be sure, but many of them are extremely inconsistent. Toss in the demanding 1 1/2-mile distance and the 2017 "Test of the Champion" is an interesting race, albeit one where it's difficult to have a strong opinion.   
Thu Jun 1
2017
Dan Illman
Categories: Handicapping
It did this heart good to see the courageous LADY ELI back in the winner's circle following last Saturday's Grade 1 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita.   
Thu May 25
2017
Dan Illman
SHAMAN GHOST won the day for the Jimmy Jerkens barn in last Friday's Grade 3 Pimlico Special, but Jerkens' other entrant, DOLPHUS, acquitted himself very well and remains a horse to keep on the watch list.