11/30/2010 5:21PM

Past Performance Requests Galore


Let's get to your comments.

Does anyone know last yr how many horses came back from the BC to run in the Cigar??
Eric T

The 2009 Cigar featured a field of six.  Only one of those runners, Pyro, contested the Breeders' Cup.  You could argue that the three-week turnaround coupled with shipping across the country (2009 Breeders' Cup was in Southern California) forced the connections of other Breeders' Cup/Cigar aspirants to pass the Cigar (note that no Breeders' Cup runners from Santa Anita in 2008 tried that year's Cigar).  In 2007, when the Breeders' Cup was at nearby Monmouth Park, two runners that ran on the two-day Breeders' Cup mini-meeting returned to race in the five-horse Cigar (Midnight Lute, Xchanger).


This is the first time I have posted under the new blog format. The format itself does not bother me, but I am still concerned about the less frequent updates. There are many times when important info does not get posted until after its useful time has elapsed. I know this is not your (Dan's) fault, as we all know you are arguably the hardest working and most reliable professional writer and public handicapper in the business. Anything that can be done would be much appreciated. Also, thank you for the many strong selections over the years.
John N.

Under the old format, I could easily connect to the blog from anywhere via mobile devices and update poster comments at the drop of a hat.  Unfortunately, this new system needs a VPN connection, something that I only have at home or at the office.  Currently, I am unable to connect to the blog via phone, Blackberry, etc., and that makes things extremely limiting.  If I'm traveling, at the track, or just out, I'm unable to update comments.  Since this is a one-man show from a publishing standpoint, I've been begging for a mobile device with VPN so I can update comments from anywhere instead of waiting to get home or to the office.  Hopefully, this will be resolved soon.  


Annie, I'd love a MKB horse again this year.  I think I had Backtalk in 2010.  I think he finished last in the Derby.  At least I made "The Show."


Now, to the past performance requests.


Hi Dan,
Could you please post the pps of these champions retired: Rachel Alexandra, Quality Road, Cloudy's Knight and Rip Van Winkle. Thank you so much in advance!  
Jose Iglesias Garcia

The past performances are available at the bottom of the blog posting.


Could it be.. Strategic Reward, Very True, Sovereign Kitty or Fighting Jet?
thanks for these, could be.
Dan, any chance of finding these?
sorry if I double posted this...
p ensign

Let's find out.  You'll find those past performances below.


My aunt owned a few horses back in the day. Family legend has it that one of them stopped and sat down during a race. Could you please post the PPs of Allervale? Curious to see if there's a strange line in there. Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

Unfortunately, my past performance retrieval system can't find Allervale (foal of 1969). Oddly enough, it does show data for his half-siblings Royal Doulton, Saratoga Gal, and Vallauris.  Sorry about that.


Could you post the lifetime pps of Forest Wildcat and Crafty Prospector?

You can find what I have on those two quick sprinters below.


Hi Dan,
If possible could you post the past performances for a few of these old timers?
Fabersham, Wallenda and Key Contender
Oh What a Dance

The golden oldies are available below.


dan, could you please post the pp's for "vinny the viper" thanks
richard nagy

Vinnie the Viper was one of my favorites back in the day.  You can find him below.


can you please find the PP for a old family horse named Leaptothelead a WA bred who ran in the late 80s-early 90s. A x-mas present for someone.
nick scribner

Leap to the Lead's past performances are available at the bottom of the blog post.


Dan, can you please post the PP's for Personal Ensign and a horse named Accomplice, who came from NZ or Australia I believe.

Their past performances are below.


Dan, Could you please post the PP's for Gen. Duke, and a couple of my old favorites, Lost Code and Waquoit? Thanks!

Gen. Duke (foal of 1954) is a bit too old for my past performance generator.  Waquoit was one of my favorite "mud-larks."  Waquoit and Lost Code's past performances are at the bottom of this blog.


HG 212 Cigar Mile.
#4 Haynesfield coming off a longer route in BC with two good workouts. Will control the pace.
$6 WIN / $12 PLACE / $18 SHOW.
Turfmeister Maz

Congrats to Turfmeister Maz for cashing in our Cigar Mile HandiGambling exercise.  He selects Friday's eighth race at Fair Grounds. 


Remember that you have a mythical $100 with which to wager on the race, and the entrant with the highest money total will receive a "Monthly Enhanced 60-Card Past Performance Plan." Anyone going over the $100 limit will be disqualified. Please post your plays and analysis to the blog. In the event of a tie, the earliest post gets first preference. One entry per person please. I reserve the right to approve or deny any entries.

I know that there is a time issue for some of you, but 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. I'm 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.

Best of luck to all.

2010 Stars.pdf100.33 KB
Schosberg runners.pdf89.84 KB
Fast sprinters.pdf54.88 KB
Oldies.pdf98.19 KB
Vinnie the Viper.pdf45.64 KB
Leap to the Lead.pdf74.03 KB
Personal Ensign.pdf61.97 KB
Accomplice.pdf65.27 KB
80's Handicap Stars.pdf51.75 KB
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tommie tune More than 1 year ago
Meathead, I couldn't agree with you more. Obviously the only reason this poor horse was in the race is that his connections were praying someone would claim him and take him off their hands. It was there for all to see. The worst two races or Catch 22's life were after the addition of those front wraps. Personally, in blatant cases like this I would like to see the trainer held legally responsible. Not only did he put the safety of the horse at risk but the lives of every jockey in the race as well. Stewards? Vets? where were they? Just another of the many traps an unwary bettor must look out for...because obviously no one in authority is doing it.
bobr More than 1 year ago
$100 to win on #9 wonka.riggs had a very poor win percentage on ap turf this year and he won on this one!
mpm101 More than 1 year ago
Leaving office soon to go to wake for NYC OTB. Have had enjoyable Saturday afternoons for several years now at the bar upstairs on 2nd Ave. I will certainly miss the socializing and comraderie if it closes. HG 213 Lots of layoff horses and quite a few who have been running the N2L for a while now. Seems to be good pace from the 2 and 5 with possibly the 7 also getting involved. The 9 looks like it has taken to the turf, is lightly raced, trainer has good layoff stats and jockey/trainer combo is good. Should be coming late. The 6 broke maiden on turf and ran well at this level 3 back. Been in unrestricted company last 2 so should appreciate the drop. Hope it can stalk and make move on turn home. $50 ex box 6-9 mpm101
Rob More than 1 year ago
HG213 Update darn, #7 is scr.. new bet $16 tri box 1/6/9.
Ben More than 1 year ago
I like the 1 and 9 the best, as both are lightly raced and capable of improvement. I'm throwing in the 8 as his best race should win this claimer easy. Throw in the 3 and 5 as their numbers look to fit in as well. $5 exacta box 1-3-5-8-9
Curt V. More than 1 year ago
Tencent{look out} & the people, HG FG's, #7 Guilty Plea>Scratched........ #3 Lead the way & #10 Nibbles & Bits>>Jockey changes..........
Curt V. More than 1 year ago
Annie, Thanx for the shout out, about the "Oldest/Newest Fiasco Fix.." Maybe they'll listen to you, too.. It seems it's the same cast of characters..? I would have re-posted, ad finutum, but it seems clear to me, that they aint reading nor listening... Maybe they are too busy reading there own chronic complaining Posts........The funniest part is::::::::::They don't have the foggiest idea, that Dan doesn't need to hear about it, albeit, I'm sure he knows all about it..Hey Dan, here's a hint:: IT ALWAYS WORKS...............maybe, they'll listen to you instead....
bearfan103 More than 1 year ago
Southern Saint and Catch Twenty Two should be the pacesetters again just like in October. I'm expecting them to set up closers again as both have been running out of gas regularly. Monarchos Boy should be in a nice 2W stalking position, but his 1/10 lifetime winning percentage makes me want to try and beat him. $80 win on #9, Wonka. $10 place on #3 Lead the Way and #9 Wonka.
PGM More than 1 year ago
Annie, Some of the people on the MOST WANTED list you composed were attendees at the FormBlog Convention. If you want to recruit them for another round of the MKB, you can email formblogconvention@gmail.com and I'll give out some addresses as well as possible answers to "Where are they now?" Mickey, (off topic) Sorry about your loss. I had a cat that died the night after the Derby Draw (not exactly super timing) and I had to rush it to a 24-Hour vet when it gave up in a heave. I've been there and I know things are gloomy at the moment.
tommie tune More than 1 year ago
Dan, I must self-disqualify.... is that a word? Was practicing new show tunes and did not familiarize myself with the DG contest rules. Foolishly I submitted an earlier entry under an assumed name. Sorry. I have days when I don't know who I am. Regards, Rocinante