07/27/2010 2:55PM



Okay, let's get to your questions and requests.

Dan, is DRF going to have special sections for Del Mar and Saratoga this year? I noticed the sections still reflect 2009 dates etc. The news stories are up to date but nothing else. Also, for the past few years at least DRF has published a nice booklet of trainer/sire/jockey stats but I don't see it in the store this year? The only explanation I can think of is wanting to sell more Formulator Deluxe cards?
English Channel

Here are the special sections:



We aren't doing the meet-specific trainer books this year.  I don't know the exact reason why, but if I had to guess, I'd say it's because it didn't sell very well last year..


blackseabass mentioned a few posts back about the star mule BLACK RUBY.  Here are her past performances:


Download Black Ruby


Dan: I read today that Icebox had flipped his palette in the Belmont. Is this something that a trainer/vet can actually see or is it just something that happens during a race that causes the horse to run poorly.  I know sometimes a horse requires surgery for this problem. Could you explain what this really means.

A "flipped palate," or entrapped epiglottis, can occur during a race when the membrane that usually lies beneath the epiglottis moves up and covers the epiglottis.  This can obstruct breathing and usually hinders performance.  Surgery will either cut or remove the membrane. 
An endoscopic examination will reveal whether a horse suffered an entrapped epiglottis.  High-profile horses that run below expectations, like Ice Box in the Belmont Stakes, will usually undergo a battery of tests to see if there was a physical reason for the sub-par performance. 


I'm never one for change, but by far the worst aspect of the new DRF site is that we will no longer be called "FormBlog".
Our new name apparently is:
"DRF.Com › Blogs › Dan Illman"

To me, our name will always be "FormBlog."


Hi Dan,
Could you please post the pp's of these champs: Man O' War, War Admiral, Seattle Slew, George Washington and El Condor Pasa?
Do you think Quality Road could handle the 1 1/4 and be a serious contender this year against Big Z and RA (if she improves) for the BC Classic?
Thank you in advance!
José Iglesias García

Here are the past performances:

Download Man o' War

Download War Admiral

Download Seattle Slew

Download Foreign Stars

I don't see why Quality Road can't be a strong contender at 1 1/4 miles.  Zenyatta looks to have an edge at that distance, but Quality Road has a ton of natural ability that can't be discounted.  If he remains in strong form, Pletcher will give him every chance to succeed in the Breeders' Cup Classic.


You raise an interesting point about second chances. Patrick has confirmed his issues and paid a price for them. But how many should he get? He's had so many I've lost track (Dan, is there a site from which you can copy and paste his infraction history from please?).

Head over to this link on the CHRB website and do a search for Valenzuela:



   Dan, I remember back when I was an apprentice Handicapper Pat V. was an apprentice rider. One day I had $8 left ( I probably left home with $30) and I bet it all on a 1st time starter named La Pistola she won and I think Patrick was riding, but maybe it was Martin Pedroza. Could you post the PP's for La Pistola please? Thanks

Here's what I have for LA PISTOLA:

Download La Pistola


Dan, will you please post the top 10 highest average Beyer races restricted to 2 yo's and 3yo's?
Captain Bodgit

2yo Beyer Pars (through 2009:

Breeders' Cup Juvenile - 99.16
CashCall Futurity - 98.17
Champagne - 97.53
Hollywood Prevue - 95.16
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies - 94.95
Hollywood Starlet - 94.58
Futurity - 94.16
Hopeful - 94.00
Kentucky Jockey Club - 93.89
Sanford - 93.83

3yo Beyer Pars:

Travers - 110.30
Haskell Invitational - 110.05
Preakness - 110.00
Jim Dandy - 108.84
Kentucky Derby - 108.68
Jerome - 108.65
King's Bishop - 108.11
Belmont - 106.20
Kentucky Cup Sprint - 106.19
Pennsylavnia Derby - 106.18



May we get Harbinger's PP's please?

Here's what I have for HARBINGER.

Download Harbinger


HG 195 **2nd revision**
$5 Supers
3/6,9/6,9/1,4,5,7,8 =$50
3/6,9/1,4,5,7,8/6,9 =$50
Great trainer stats regarding
#3 Twirling Candy's situation.
Like the TC's speed and the fact is stretching out on first time turf.
Appears a top jockey chose TC over others in here, and this runner worked like clockwork,
and in fine fashion. Am thinking the others are going to have a handful.
chicago gerry

Congrats to chicago gerry for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling exercise.  This Wednesday's race is the feature from Saratoga.  Here are the past performances:

Download HG

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