03/11/2015 4:05PM

Salutos Amigos bound for Dubai


So, this one is for Dan...
After watching about 12 Graded Stakes on Saturday, March 7th, who impressed you the most?? It was a great day of racing in my mind.....
My selection is an easy one: HONOR CODE!!!!!!!!
This guy ran lights out!!!! It is not like he ran against a bunch of stiff's here....to come out last and run last by 15 lengths...to be out of the picture in the backstretch......to finally show up as he swing's wide turning for home as the speed starts to come back to him.....but, still 10 lengths out of it...at this point, at GP Park, nobody picks up these front runners...but he kept grinding it out...running like his Daddy....keeps coming...and yes....blows by them all to get up EASY!!!!! Amazing!!!!!
Who else ran like he did??? Dan, if you can beat that race, let us know....
Whackymacky Out!!!

He might not have been as impressive as HONOR CODE, and I know I sound like a broken record, but SALUTOS AMIGOS again gave an excellent performance.

In last Saturday's Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap, Salutos Amigos carried 125 pounds en route to a comfortable four-length victory over Grade 1 winner DADS CAPS. This was the fourth straight win for the 5-year-old gelding and he's now earned triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures in seven of his last eight races.

As if Salutos Amigos needed any help in the Tom Fool, the Aqueduct inner track came up muddy. Salutos Amigos is now unbeaten from five starts over a wet surface and he glided over the footing.

He broke sweetly as the 3 to 5 favorite under Cornelio Velasquez, and settled just off Dads Caps and fellow pacesetter GREEN GRATTO.

As the leaders skipped through a second quarter in 22.76, Salutos Amigos watched the proceedings from third, ready to strike. Velasquez nudged the gelding a bit in upper stretch and they came home the final quarter in 11.65 seconds. Salutos Amigos completed the six furlongs in 1:09.61, good enough for a career-best 111 Beyer Speed Figure.

Whether you like trainer David Jacobson or not, you have to respect Salutos Amigos, a throwback horse if there ever was one. He's raced 13 times since April 4, 2014, his first start with Jacobson, and has compiled a record of 8-1-2 during that period with four Grade 3 wins. He's one of the more underrated horses in the country and has the right to be considered one of the top sprinters in the United States.

Whether he's good enough to win, sans Lasix, in Dubai is another story entirely. Salutos Amigos will next contest the $2 million Golden Shaheen at Meydan on March 28. He won't get a wet track there.

*Honor Code was certainly good and so was PRIVATE ZONE. That one was battling on the lead with VALID in the Gulfstream Park Handicap, wouldn't let that one by, and was just outfinished by Honor Code. Private Zone will be very tough if he runs next in the Carter Handicap at seven furlongs.

*SHARED BELIEF was tremendous against a weak group in the Santa Anita Handicap. There aren't enough superlatives to describe what Shared Belief has done in his career. He's versatile, has a strong turn of foot and is very tough. Here's hoping we see him in the Met Mile, a race that could also feature Private Zone, Honor Code and PALACE MALICE.

DORTMUND looked very good in the San Felipe. He seems to have all of the tools. He's physically imposing, tactical, courageous and fast.

STEPHANIE'S KITTEN made her 2015 debut a winning one in the Hillsborough at Tampa Bay. She enjoyed a nice trip, but really blasted home with gusto for Chad Brown. Her Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf effort was excellent considering she was wide against the race flow, and she is truly Grade 1-class. Let's hope she stays healthy and sound, and we'll probably see her at Keeneland.

It was a fantastic, albeit chalky, weekend of racing. Hopefully, these horses stay sound so we can follow them throughout the year.


If you read BobC's account of the recent FormBlog Convention, you truly felt the spirit of the event. We had a little of everything. Here are some brief highlights:

1. The Bottomless Mojito.
I swear that Alan and TBTA could have done laps in that drink. I got tipsy watching them. Troopers.

2. The Monsoon
Each year, Bob is gracious enough to take us to breakfast at this lovely spot on Hollywood Beach. It has a Tiki Hut vibe and the food and scenery are very nice. Unfortunately, I felt like we were on Gilligan's Island during an epic storm. The roof was about to blow away and we were ready to call the Coast Guard to help us escape the parking lot. It wasn't surprising that the afternoon's racing at Gulfstream was abandoned.

3. The Creature
(see picture attached to the bottom of this blog post)

It was a tremendous time. Thanks so much to Laura for all of her diligent planning. As usual, she was a fantastic hostess. Thanks to Bob for being so gracious and generous. To TBTA, Mike and Jessica, Greg and Anne, Jeff and Annette and Alan, it was an absolute pleasure seeing all of you and it was an honor to spend the weekend at the races with you all. I am so grateful for your friendship.

Can't wait for next year!


Here are the top WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from 3/3/15 - 3/9/15:

1. SALUTOS AMIGOS - 111 - Tom Fool Handicap (G3) - 6 Furlongs (Inner Dirt) - 7Mar15-4AQU
1. SHARED BELIEF - 111 - Santa Anita Handicap (G1) - 1 1/4 Miles - 7Mar15-11SA
3. READY FOR RYE - 109 - Swale Stakes (G2) - 7 Furlongs - 7Mar15-6GP
4. GENTLEMEN'S BET - 108 - Hot Springs Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 7Mar15-6OP
4. HONOR CODE - 108 - Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) - 1 Mile - 7Mar15-10GP
6. DORTMUND - 104 - San Felipe Stakes (G2) - 1 1/16 Miles - 7Mar15-7SA
6. GENERAL A ROD - 104 - Challenger Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles - 7Mar15-8TAM
6. MATERIALITY - 104 - Islamorada Handicap - 1 1/8 Miles - 6Mar15-3GP
6. RING WEEKEND - 104 - Frank E. Kilroe Mile Stakes - 1 Mile (Turf) - 7Mar15-10SA
10. SAMMY MANDEVILLE - 99 - OC 40k/N1X -N - 1 1/16 Miles - 6Mar15-5SA
11. CARPE DIEM - 98 - Tampa Bay Derby (G2) - 1 1/16 Miles - 7Mar15-11TAM
11. UNBRIDLED JUAN - 98 - Md Sp Wt 40k - 1 Mile - 7Mar15-7GP
13. INCHCAPE - 97 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 7Mar15-4GP
13. STEPHANIE'S KITTEN - 97 - Hillsborough Stakes (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - 7Mar15-10TAM
15. WILD DUDE - 96 - San Carlos Stakes (G2) - 7 Furlongs - 7Mar15-9SA
16. PLEUVEN (FR) - 95 - OC 100k/C -N - 1 Mile (Turf) - 6Mar15-6GP
16. PAROLED - 95 - OC 62k/C -N - 1 Mile (Turf) - 8Mar15-6FG
16. WINGATE HALL - 95 - Clm 16000 - 6 Furlongs - 7Mar15-1OP
19. FRENCH QUARTER - 94 - OC 25k/N1X -N - 6 Furlongs - 7Mar15-11GP
20. PIQUANT - 93 - Clm c-32000 - 6 Furlongs (Inner Dirt) - 8Mar15-7AQU
21. COSTILLA RANGE - 92 - Clm c-18000 - 1 Mile 70 Yards - 8Mar15-8HAW
21. WARONTHEHOMEFRONT - 92 - OC20k/SAL12k - 1 Mile (Turf) - 6Mar15-9FG
23. FAME AND POWER - 91 - Md Sp Wt 56k - 7 Furlongs - 8Mar15-2SA
23. PORT AGGREGATE - 91 - OC 17k/N1X -N - 1 Mile 70 Yards - 8Mar15-9FG
25. HEAVENS STAIRWAY - 90 - OC 62k/N2X -N - About 6 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - 5Mar15-7SA
25. KENTUCKIAN - 90 - Md Sp Wt 26k - 6 Furlongs (Tapeta) - 7Mar15-9GG

*The lifetime past performances for SALUTOS AMIGOS and SHARED BELIEF are available at the bottom of this blog post.

*PIQUANT was claimed for $32,000 by trainer Richard Stoklosa from Gustavo Rodriguez.

*COSTILLA RANGE was claimed for $18,000 by trainer Michael Reavis from Roger Brueggemann.


Could you please post Indycott's PP's? His odyssey sounds rather interesting.
I wish my flight had been later so I could have witnessed the dinosaur attack............

INDYCOTT's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.


Have you heard anything about OCEAN KNIGHT? That race was too bad to be believed. It would be good to know if he is injured or something. Thanks

Even Kiaran McLaughlin is mystified by the terrible performance. It will be very interesting to see if he continues on the trail, especially with Stonestreet also having a piece of CARPE DIEM.


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.


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!


You can follow me on Twitter @DRF_DanIllman.

Remember to tune in to DRF LIVE's streaming coverage Wednesday thru Saturday beginning at 12:30 pm.  I'll be with Matt Bernier recapping, previewing, handicapping and, hopefully, winning.


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

Rick M. is on vacation this week so I'll list the winning HG entries:

Phil D:  $1130
Biggar W:  $730
YFL:  $730
Jim:  $365
Mike Mobley:  $233.6
MH01: $219.8
rkccasselberry:  $146

Let's go with Saturday's tenth race from Gulfstream for this week's HandiGambling event.


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.


-  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!




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