03/04/2015 2:42PM

One to follow at Fair Grounds

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INDYCOTT really caught the eye last Saturday in an 'n2x' optional claimer at Fair Grounds.

Making his first start since being claimed for $20,000 by owner Maggi Moss and trainer Tom Amoss, the 5-year-old gelding popped a career-best 99 Beyer Speed Figure.

Ridden by Miguel Mena, Indycott settled kindly in midpack while saving ground. Up front, 14 to 1 shot BUGGIN OUT, the winner of the Magic City Classic Stakes for Alabama-breds two starts back, carved out fractions of 23.89 and 47.31. Indycott advanced along the inside, deftly angled out to the four-path turning for home, and took over the lead in midstretch.

Indycott drifted closer to the inside in the lane, but was gathered up in the final 40 yards to score by 1 3/4 lengths. He completed the 1 Mile and 70 Yard distance in 1:42.67 as the 8 to 5 favorite.

Indycott was bred to be a nice horse. By A.P. Indy, he is out of the multiple stakes-placed router (turf and dirt) Seeking the Heart (by Seeking the Gold), a half-sister to multiple Grade 2 route winner Olmodavor and stakes-winning turf router Slow Down.

Indycott's second dam, Corrazona (by El Gran Senor), received a 102 Beyer Speed Figure when defeating both Hollywood Wildcat and Flawlessly in the Grade 1 Beverly Hills Handicap at nine furlongs on turf at Hollywood Park. Corrazona is a half-sister to Wood Memorial winner Thirty Six Red.

Despite his classy bloodlines, Indycott appeared on his way to mediocrity. He was claimed away from his breeders, Wertheimer & Frere, for $20,000 in his fifth start and has made stops at Del Mar, Golden Gate, Betfair Hollywood Park, Fairplex, Remington, Zia, Oaklawn, Prairie Meadows, Evangeline, Louisiana Downs and Delta before finally settling in at the Fair Grounds for trainer Harvey Lourd III this winter.

Indycott lost his first four starts of the meeting before being claimed by Joe Sharp for $17,000 on January 18. Sharp added blinkers and BOOM, Indycott exploded to a 98-Beyer victory in a $20,000 optional claimer/starter allowance on Valentine's Day.

Amoss took Indycott from Sharp that afternoon and the gelding has retained his sharp form (obvious pun intended).

I'm not saying that Indycott, all of a sudden, has evolved into a future stakes star. But he's now earned Beyer tops in his last two races and has plenty of options. He fits in starter allowances as well as the 'n3x' level. I wouldn't be surprised if Amoss opts for a small stakes race next. Keep an eye out for him in middle-distance races on turf or synthetic.

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I'll let you enjoy Bob C's FormBlog Convention updates before I weigh in with the recap next Wednesday. Let's just say this year's FormBlog Convention had it all from monsoons, cancellations and dinosaur attacks, to good food, conversation and horseplay with some wonderful people.

I can't thank Bob and Laura enough for their hard work and dedication to the project and we're so grateful to Mike Nyman, and all of the folks at Gulfstream Park, for treating us like royalty.

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Here are the top WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from 2/24/15 - 3/2/15:

1. TARPY'S GOAL - 102 - OC35k/SAL25k - 7 Furlongs - 25Feb15-2GP
2. ALBANO - 99 - Maxxam Gold Cup Stakes - 1 1/8 Miles - 28Feb15-9HOU
2. INDYCOTT - 99 - OC 40k/N2X -N - 1 Mile 70 Yards - 28Feb15-8FG
2. MASOCHISTIC - 99 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 28Feb15-5SA
5. AFFORD - 97 - OC 62k/C -N - 1 1/16 Miles - 1Mar15-6FG
5. ROYAL SON - 97 - John Battaglia Memorial Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Polytrack) - 28Feb15-6TP
5. SAM SPARKLE - 97 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 7 Furlongs - 25Feb15-10GP
5. THE BIG BEAST - 97 - Alw 68000C - 6 Furlongs - 1Mar15-8OP
9. DREAM SATURDAY - 95 - OC 32k/N3X -N - 7 Furlongs - 28Feb15-9LRL
9. GEOTHERMAL - 95 - OC 40k/N2X - 1 Mile 70 Yards - 28Feb15-8FG
11. MATROOH - 94 - OC 25k/N1X -N - 1 Mile - 1Mar15-11GP
11. REBRANDED - 94 - Curribot Handicap - 1 1/16 Miles - 28Feb15-9SUN
13. MCGEHEE'S MERCY - 93 - Dixie Poker Ace Stakes - 1 Mile (Turf) - 28Feb15-7FG
14. CONSPIRACY - 92 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 1/16 Miles (Inner Dirt) - 28Feb15-8AQU
14. DOC GALORE - 92 - Alw 23100N$Y - 6 Furlongs - 27Feb15-8HAW
14. OLIGARCH - 92 - Clm c-(25-22.5) - 6 Furlongs - 28Feb15-3SA
17. FRENSHAM - 91 - OC 20k/N1X - 6 Furlongs - 1Mar15-8SA
17. NATIVE TREASURE - 91 - Clm 20000(20-18)N2X - 6 Furlongs (Tapeta) - 26Feb15-4GG
17. PALMY BAY - 91 - OC 35k/C -N - 5 1/2 Furlongs - 28Feb15-6FG
17. PLAY HARD TO GET - 91 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 1/4 Miles (Turf) - 27Feb15-7SA
17. STELLAR WIND - 91 - Santa Ysabel Stakes (G3) - 1 1/16 Miles - 28Feb15-8SA
17. TALLAHTACHIE LUKE - 91 - OC 20k/N2X - 6 Furlongs - 26Feb15-5FG
17. TORUK MAKTO - 91 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 1/16 Miles (Tapeta) - 28Feb15-8GG
24. LASSO - 90 - OC16k/SAL12k - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 26Feb15-7GP
25. A. P. INDIAN - 89 - OC 32k/N2X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - 27Feb15-9TAM
25. DEPECHE CHAT - 89 - Clm c-35000 - 1 Mile (Turf) - 27Feb15-8GP
25. FAST TRACK - 89 - OC 30k/C -N - 1 Mile (Turf) - 25Feb15-4TUP
25. HAIL TO THE NILE - 89 - OC 12k/N1X -N - 1 Mile (Turf) - 28Feb15-4FG
25. HORIZONTALYSPEAKIN - 89 - Clm 50000(50-45) - 1 Mile (Turf) - 27Feb15-3SA
25. STALLWALKIN' DUDE - 89 - Alw 67000N1X - 6 Furlongs (Inner Dirt) - 28Feb15-5AQU

*TARPY'S GOAL's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.

*OLIGARCH was claimed for $25,000 by trainer Leonard Powell from Sean Williams.

*DEPECHE CHAT was claimed for $35,000 by trainer Jorge Navarro from Michelle Nevin.

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Remember to tune in to DRF Live's streaming handicapping coverage of Saturday afternoon's racing action. Matt Bernier and I will kick things off at 12:30 ET. You can find us at the following link:

http://www.live.drf.com

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

I'm also thrilled to be filling in for both of this week's DRF Player's Podcasts. You can find the first edition at the below link:

http://www.drf.com/blogs/drf-players-podcast-march-4-2015

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For those of you beginning to come down with a dose of Kentucky Derby fever, I've posted the lifetime past performances of the last 22 winners. Let me know if you find any interesting patterns.

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Annie and SR Vegas have compiled an updated version of "The 2015 MKB Book of Kentucky Derby Prospects." I have attached it to the bottom of this blog post. Enjoy!

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Congrats to Ray for finishing first in the most recent HandiGambling tournament.

Rick M.'s official 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.

Ray picked Friday's ninth race from Fair Grounds for this week's HandiGambling event.


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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