09/25/2013 12:57PM

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Let's take a look at a few interesting horses that have been recently spotted on the morning tab.

*KOBE'S BACK won his career debut as the 9-5 favorite in the Willard Proctor Memorial Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park on June 15.  Trained by John Sadler, the gray 2-year-old colt bled in that race and then missed the entire summer with sore knees.  A son of Flatter that sold for $480,000 in March (originally a $60,000 yearling), Kobe's Back is a half-brother to Grade 3 sprint winner Well Spelled.  His second work since the injury came on Wednesday morning as he drilled a half-mile in 48.80.  Perhaps we will see him at Santa Anita this fall, but a run at Betfair Hollywood Park seems more likely.

*5-year-old ROGUE ROMANCE hasn't raced since a close fourth-place finish (beaten two lengths) in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap on June 16, 2012.  The injury-plaged son of Smarty Jones has been sidelined by a fractured right front foot and has worked sparingly since mid-July for trainer Ken McPeek.  On Tuesday morning, Rogue Romance breezed a bullet five furlongs in 1:02.20 at the Mercury Equine Center.  The winner of the Grade 3 Bourbon Stakes on turf at Keeneland in 2010, Rogue Romance may return at Keeneland or Churchill Downs this autumn.

*MAYBE SO, unbeaten after two starts at two last year, breezed a bullet half-mile in 48.00 at Keeneland on Wednesday morning.  An 88-Beyer winner of his career debut at Churchill Downs, Maybe So then took the $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile Stakes before being shelved with a fractured tailbone.  He's been working right along for trainer Al Stall and may resurface at Keeneland in the next few weeks.

*HEAR THE GHOST appeared well on his way down the Kentucky Derby trail after upsetting favored Flashback in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 9.  Unfortunately, the gelding missed the spring classics with a knee injury.  Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Hear the Ghost worked on Tuesday morning, going three furlongs in 37.20 handily at Golden Gate. 

*FLASHBACK, trained by Bob Baffert, finished second in the Santa Anita Derby before going to the bench with a right knee chip.  He worked a half-mile in 48.20 handily at Santa Anita on Monday morning.

*Remember PURE FUN?  The winner of the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet last year at Betfair Hollywood Park hasn't raced since a sixth-place performance in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 3.  She breezed five furlongs in 1:01.60 at Churchill on Monday morning as she attempts to return from an ankle chip.

*BRIGHT THOUGHT ever so briefly held the world record for 1 1/2 miles on turf with a 2:22.72 clocking in the San Luis Rey Stakes on March 16.  Trained by Jorge Gutierrez, the 4-year-old missed the spring and summer with a splint bone injury, but he worked three furlongs in 37.00 at Santa Anita on Sunday morning.


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Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures (9/16/13 - 9/22/13)

1. IMMORTAL EYES - 108 - Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash - 6 Furlongs - Laurel
2. CLUSTER OF STARS - 106 - Gallant Bloom Handicap (G2) - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Belmont
3. WILL TAKE CHARGE - 105 - Pennsylvania Derby (G2) - 1 1/8 Miles - Parx
4. KINGSFORD DRIVE - 101 - OC16k/SAL16k - 6 Furlongs - Belmont
5. BEN'S CAT - 98 - Laurel Dash - 6 Furlongs (Turf) - Laurel
5. BIG SCREEN - 98 - Who's to Pay Stakes - 1 Mile (Turf) - Belmont
7. THE PIZZA MAN - 97 - Illinois Owners Stakes - 1 Mile (Turf) - Arlington
8. BLUESKIESNRAINBOWS - 96 - Ralph M. Hinds Handicap - 1 1/8 Miles - Barretts at Fairplex
9. CITY OF WESTON - 95 - Gallant Bob Stakes (G3) - 6 Furlongs - Parx
9. SAILOR'S REVENGE - 95 - Alw 97500N1X - 1 Mile 70 Yards - Parx
9. SUNS OUT GUNS OUT - 95 - OC 25k/N2X -N - 1 Mile - Parx
12. BURN THE MORTGAGE - 94 - OC 62k/N2X - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Churchill
12. DEFENSE ARTICLE - 94 - OC 16k/N1X -N - 7 Furlongs - Calder
12. GEEKY GORGEOUS - 94 - New Jersey Breeders Handicap - 6 Furlongs - Monmouth
12. HAZARDS OF LOVE - 94 - Alw 10000s - 1 1/16 Miles - Churchill
12. PHIL'S DREAM - 94 - Overskate Stakes - 7 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Woodbine
12. STAR CHANNEL - 94 - OC c-62k/N2X - 1 1/4 Miles (Turf) - Belmont
18. CENTRIQUE - 93 - OC 25k/N2X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Calder
18. CLOSE HATCHES - 93 - Cotillion Stakes (G1) - 1 1/16 Miles - Parx
18. READTHEPROSPECTUS - 93 - Spite The Devil Stakes - 1 Mile - Belmont
21. NOTIMETOKILL - 92 - OC12k/SAL10k - 1 1/16 Miles - Calder
21. SHANGHAI BOBBY - 92 - Aljamin Stakes - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Belmont
21. STRATHNAVER (GB) - 92 - Lady Baltimore Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Laurel
24. CRACKERJACK JONES - 91 - OC 25k/N2X -N - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Belmont
24. DOWN TOWN ALLEN - 91 - Ann Hilton Handicap - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Charles Town
24. FEARSOME - 91 - OC 25k/N2X - 4 1/2 Furlongs - Charles Town
24. FROGGYVILLE - 91 - Clm 16000 - 7 Furlongs - Churchill
24. LEIGH COURT - 91 - La Lorgnette Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles (Polytrack) - Woodbine
24. MISH MOSH - 91 - OC 50k/N2X - 6 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Arlington
24. THESPIAN'S FATE - 91 - OC 62k/C -N - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Woodbine

*The lifetime past performances for Immortal Eyes are available at the bottom of this blog post.

*Star Channel was claimed for $62,500 by trainer Gerry Carwood from John Toscano Jr.


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When you get the chance, you're definitely going to want to check out "RACEHORSE," the latest production from Jessica Pacheco, racing analyst at Arlington Park.

"Mother Nature causes some trouble when she turns the heat on Broken Bow, but that pales in comparison to what she has in store for Sugar Kate."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZA6RVHFRjY

More episodes of RACEHORSE can be found on the AP website at:

http://www.arlingtonpark.com/newsvideosblogs/racehorse-video-series


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Dan,
Just been reading a Racing Post article about Frankie Dettori's very poor Win % since returning from his drug suspension. The article included a statement that "Steve Cauthen once went over 100 rides without a win in America". As a huge fan of Cauthen when he rode over here, that sounds barely credible to me.
Are you able please to verify that statement? If so, are you able to say whether it was at the beginning or end of his career? Surely it wasn't at the height of his powers?
Thanks in advance.
Best Regards - Bernard Downes

Cauthen was mired in a 110-race losing streak at Santa Anita between January 1, 1979 and February 8, 1979.  This was less than a year after he piloted Affirmed to the Triple Crown and right before Cauthen decided to ride for Robert Sangster in Europe.


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Most horses don't even race 19 times let alone run 19 100+ beyers IN A ROW! That's quite a feat.
Dan (you knew this was coming) will you please post the pp's for Sandpit, Light The Fuse, Star Of Cozzene, Hawksley Hill and Son Of A Pistol? Thanks!
Brandon Layer

You can find them at the bottom of this blog post.


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Another question for Dan - where is Raven's Train? Can we see his PP's? I will buy them this morning but would like the community to see the horse in question. I hope his leg and joint is improved. Maybe he can run without a block.
DavidM9999

The horse hasn't worked since early August.  Considering his injury history, it's likely he's been sidelined due to further physical problems.


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Dan,
Join Brandon below in thanking you for that successive 100+ Beyer list. Gets me shaky to think I tried to beat Cigar at least a dozen times during that run. Your 6 asterisk notation that Affirmed Success had two separate streaks got me thinking back to one of my very favorite horses. Any chance you might be able to post his PP's next column?
Yuwipi


Amazingly enough, AFFIRMED SUCCESS also had a 10-race triple-digit streak that didn't make the cut in my previous list.  Even more surprising is that Affirmed Success lost more times than he won during his three streaks.  The multiple Grade 1 winner is one of the more underappreciated horses in recent history.
 
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The weekend handicapping videos should be up on the homepage later this week.

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Congrats to Sinatra Jeter for finishing first in the most recent HandiGambling contest.

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

Sinatra Jeter selects Friday's 4th race at Remington Park for this week's event.

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

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.
 
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Please separate the play from the analysis and label the play "HG" with the program numbers (instead of the horse's name) for easier scoring.
In the event of a tie, the earliest post gets first preference. One entry per person please.
 
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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.

***FROM SCOREKEEPER PENN NATIONAL RICK***

I read some entries on here and there are some people who put their heart out on their picks(such as DavidM9999) and give you great analysis on who they like and why and then there are others who elect not to give any reasoning behind their entries. The rule I will implement EFFECTIVE 3/1/13 will be... any entry without ANY analysis will be ignored. We are not asking you to put out a novel, but again a sentence or two. Also, I will put communication out when Dan puts out new blogs.
My intent is not to be jerk on this, but what's fair is fair. I'm not taking away from this week or past winners regarding all of this, but we do need to make the change.
If you have any questions/concerns...please send an email to FORMBLOG@DRF.COM and it will get forwarded to me.
Thank You!
Rick

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 LATE THAN THE FOLLOWING WEDNESDAY MORNING (A FRIDAY RACE IS MOST IDEAL).

Best of luck to all.

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