11/26/2014 5:05PM

NY-bred "bashes" them in Florida

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Last Saturday's Grade 3 Tropical Turf Handicap at Gulfstream West proved to be a lucrative working vacation for LUBASH. The 7-year-old New York bred escaped the volatile Northeast weather and frolicked in the sun in South Florida en route to becoming racing's latest millionaire.

Trained by Christophe Clement, Lubash sat a wonderful inside-out stalking trip under Brice Blanc. Sent away the 17 to 10 favorite in the field of nine turf performers at 1 1/8 miles over "good" ground, Lubash rated along the inside until the field turned for home. At that juncture, Blanc wheeled Lubash to the center of the track, and they mowed down pacesetter REPORTING STAR in the final sixteenth.

"I decided to come here for the stake before he is turned out," Clement told track publicity following the Tropical Turf Handicap. "He’s a fun horse because he really, really wants to win. He always runs a good race."

For those thinking that Lubash is on the road to retirement, let's not be hasty. "I trained a horse for Mrs. (Charlotte) Weber named Revved Up who was a stakes winner at 10," Clement noted. "I think the way we campaign, we look after them, and obviously he’s very sound."

The victory was Lubash's eighth stakes score, and second in graded competition (he won the Grade 3 Fort Marcy Stakes at Belmont in 2013). The versatile son of Freud has prevailed at distances ranging from 6 to 9 furlongs, and has won on both turf and dirt.
           
It's likely that Lubash will get some well-deserved time off before returning to New York in the spring. Don't be surprised if Clement points for races like the Kingston at Belmont for a return spot.

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Here are the top WINNING numbers from 11/18/14 - 11/24/14:

1. HONOR CODE - 106 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 22Nov14-6AQU
2. ONE KING'S MAN - 103 - OC 35k/C -N - 1 Mile 70 Yards - 23Nov14-8FG
3. BIG MACHER - 98 - Cary Grant Stakes - 7 Furlongs (Polytrack) - 23Nov14-8DMR
3. LUBASH - 98 - Tropical Turf Handicap (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Nov14-7GPW
3. READTHEBYLINE - 98 - New York Stallion Series Stakes - 7 Furlongs - 22Nov14-8AQU
3. SUNBEAN - 98 - Delta Mile Stakes - 1 Mile - 22Nov14-8DED
7. CALGARY CAT - 96 - Kennedy Road Stakes (G2-C) - 6 Furlongs (Polytrack) - 23Nov14-8WO
7. TOO DIM - 96 - OC 35k/C -N - 6 Furlongs - 23Nov14-3FG
9. GOLDEN RINGS - 95 - OC 25k/N2X -N - 1 Mile - 20Nov14-7LRL
9. ONE MORE CHIEF - 95 - Alw 19500N2R - 6 Furlongs - 20Nov14-6FL
9. PEARL BAY - 95 - OC 25k/N2X -N - 1 Mile 70 Yards - 18Nov14-8PRX
12. EL NINO TERRIBLE - 94 - OC 40k/N1X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs (Polytrack) - 23Nov14-6DMR
12. WHERETHERE'SFIRE - 94 - Alw 33300N1X - 6 Furlongs - 19Nov14-5PEN
14. CERRO (IRE) - 93 - OC 40k/C -N - 1 Mile - 22Nov14-8LRL
14. D'CAJUN CAT - 93 - Sam's Town Stakes - 7 Furlongs - 22Nov14-2DED
16. DOM THE BOMB - 92 - Sun Power Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 22Nov14-3HAW
16. HOME JOURNEY - 92 - OC 80k/C -N - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - 21Nov14-7DMR
18. PERFECTLY TRUE - 91 - Md Sp Wt 40k - 6 Furlongs - 22Nov14-7LRL
18. SCHOOL SPIRIT - 91 - OC30k/SAL15k - 7 Furlongs - 20Nov14-8DED
18. STRIKE CHARMER - 91 - Cardinal Handicap (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - 22Nov14-9CD
18. YAHILWA - 91 - Treasure Chest Stakes - 1 Mile - 22Nov14-5DED
22. BREAKING BALL - 90 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 7 Furlongs (Polytrack) - 22Nov14-7WO
22. N. F.'S DESTINY - 90 - Clm 20000 - 6 Furlongs - 20Nov14-4AQU
22. OCHO OCHO OCHO - 90 - Delta Jackpot Stakes (G3) - 1 1/16 Miles - 22Nov14-7DED
25. DANCINGTHENIGHTAWAY - 89 - Alw 58750N1X - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - 23Nov14-7DMR
25. FRONTIER WARRIOR - 89 - OC c-20k/N2X - 5 1/2 Furlongs - 20Nov14-6LRL
25. ROCKET TIME - 89 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 Mile - 23Nov14-3CD
25. TEK - 89 - Alw 16000s - 7 Furlongs - 18Nov14-6PRX
25. THREE HEARTS - 89 - Red Carpet Handicap (G3) - 1 3/8 Miles (Turf) - 22Nov14-8DMR

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

*FRONTIER WARRIOR was claimed for $20,000 by trainer Ferris Allen from Keisy Cartegena.

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Dan,
I just tried to use Formulator Tablet for the 1st time and it didn't accept my regular Formulator subscription get a race card. Do I have to buy a 2nd Formulator subscription - one for my computer and one for my iPad? Or is my learning disability for Tablets once again showing through?
Thanks!
Alan

I talked to customer service, and was told that you need an unlimited plan in order to access Formulator Tablet. If you have any questions, I'd e-mail Lonnie at cservice2@drf.com.


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The annual Gulfstream Formbloggers Convention is tentatively scheduled for Friday, February 28 - Sunday, March 1, 2015. I'll be working on getting hotel discounts at the Hampton Inn, across from the track.
I can pick up/drop off at Ft. Lauderdale airport, as it's about 15 min. away and you don't need to rent a car.
Every year, Dan joins us for handicapping fun, and contests. Gulfstream has provided a private suite and gift bags in the past, plus we have other swag from Breeders' Cup, etc. The "regulars" can attest that a fantastic time is had by all.
If you'd like to be on the mailing list for information as I receive it, please email me at lross@ironmaidensthoroughbreds.com
Laura

I'm really looking forward to it and hope to see as many of you as possible. The Formbloggers Convention is always great fun and Laura does a tremendous job handling all of the arrangements.

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You can follow me on Twitter @DRF_DanIllman.

The video previews for the weekend graded stakes races will be available later in the week at the following link:

http://www.drf.com/videos#stakes-previews


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Congrats to Ron Z. for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling tournament.

Rick M's scoresheet is available at the bottom of this blog post.

On tab 2 you will see each HG Race we've held and they are color coded to denote if the race was run on Turf, Dirt or Poly.

Let's go with the Cigar Mile for this week's exercise.


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


SR Vegas and Rick M. have graciously decided to streamline all of the HG rules in order to make them an easier read for everyone...

With so many new people attending Dan's Formblog we thought it would be a good time to update the Handigambling Guidelines and Rules as we go forward in 2014.

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 if you could spare a sentence or two outlining your handicapping angles and thought processes about wagering, it would be appreciated.

HANDIGAMBLING:

-  Please start your post with  HG or HANDIGAMBLING to better recognize and find your entry.

-  You have a mythical $100 to wager in whatever format you choose and that is available for that HG race.
Anyone going over the $100 limit will be disqualified.

- Post your WAGER and ANALYSIS to the blog WITH YOUR NAME/OR MONIKER AT THE END OF THE 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 recognize you .

- (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.

- Separate your analysis from the wager and use the horses # 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 2014
The speed in this race goes to  horses # 1, 4 ,6 ..Ennie , Meenie, and Mo
Since it's a sprint I don't see any closers catching them.. like # 9 Miney.
I think trainer Groucho with the #6 Mo has the best stats in this condition, route to sprint.. just a gut feeling at large odds ML 20-1

HG wager
50$ Ex box 1-6
total $100

Thanks Dan!

Harpo
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A MORE DETAILED ANALYSIS IS ALWAYS APPRECIATED !
 
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.

ALSO, IF THE WINNER WOULD LIKE TO SELECT THE FOLLOWING WEEK'S RACE, PLEASE CONTACT FORMBLOG@DRF.COM NO LATER THAN THE FOLLOWING WEDNESDAY MORNING (A FRIDAY RACE IS MOST IDEAL)

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