07/23/2014 12:31PM

Spring to the Turf Sprint?

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Thanks to everyone that entered the FormBlog Breeders' Cup Fantasy Handicapping League.

We have 454 contestants.

As a result of TOM'S TRIBUTE'S win in last weekend's Eddie Read at Del Mar, there is a 29-way tie for 1st place with $66.

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This week's contest race is Sunday's Haskell Invitational from Monmouth.

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Although the speedy SPRING TO THE SKY got away with a moderate 22.94 first quarter in last Sunday's $100,000 Lucky Coin Stakes at Saratoga, the rock-solid 5-year-old showed that he is back in the excellent form that earned him a starting berth in last year's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

Breaking from the outside post in the six-horse, 5 1/2-Furlong dash over the Mellon Turf Course, Spring to the Sky soon found himself in front and on the rail. He took moderate pressure from Grade 3 winner GREAT ATTACK, but shrugged that one off in the stretch following splits of 44.79 and 55.83. Spring to the Sky completed the distance in 1:01.66 and received a 96 Beyer Speed Figure.

Trainer Bruce Brown was thrilled with the way the race unfolded. "For him that was a pretty slow first quarter compared to what he did last time. It was almost like he rated him on the lead. That's the one thing with a speed horse, you just love to see when they can finish like that. He'll be able to win more races with that style, being able to finish down the lane, than just being a speedball and going hell-bent. It was good to see."

A son of Langfuhr, Spring to the Sky finished tenth in last year's Turf Sprint at Santa Anita. His big victory to date came in the $80,000 Groovy Stakes at six furlongs over the Belmont Inner Turf in 2012.

Expect to see him in the $100,000 Troy Stakes at Saratoga on August 13. If all goes well, he'll then likely try the Woodford Stakes at Keeneland.

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Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from 7/14/14 - 7/20/14

1. TOM'S TRIBUTE - 103 - Eddie Read Stakes (G1) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Del Mar
2. TOURIST - 102 - Sir Cat Stakes - 1 Mile (Turf) - Saratoga
3. HOLIDAY MISCHIEF - 101 - Alw 35000N$Y - 1 Mile 70 Yards - Canterbury
4. GOOD LORD - 98 - Don Bernhardt Stakes - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Ellis
4. UP WITH THE BIRDS - 98 - Nijinsky Stakes (G2-C) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Woodbine
6. COUNTY CORRECTIONS - 97 - Clm c-(50-40)B - 6 1/2 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Arlington
7. NORTH STAR BOY (Ire) - 96 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Saratoga
7. SOMALI LEMONADE - 96 - Diana Stakes (G1) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Saratoga
7. SPRING TO THE SKY - 96 - Lucky Coin Stakes - 5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - Saratoga
7. WIN LION WIN - 96 - OC 30k/C -N - 5 Furlongs - Evangeline
11. TAPPININTOVICTORY - 95 - Clm 16000(16-14)N2Y - 1 Mile - Delaware
12. CSABA - 94 - Skip Trial Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles - Gulfstream
12. SOLEMNLY SWEAR - 94 - OC 30k/N2X -N - 6 Furlongs - Monmouth
14. BOOZER - 93 - OC 20k/N1X -N - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Del Mar
14. JOES BLAZING AARON - 93 - Clm c-50000 - 1 Mile (Turf) - Saratoga
14. UNFOLDED MAGIC - 93 - Md Sp Wt 27k - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Canterbury
17. ENTERPRISING - 92 - Oceanside Stakes - 1 Mile (Turf) - Del Mar
17. HAWK'S EYES (BRZ) - 92 - Clm 10000(10-9) - 1 Mile (Polytrack) Del Mar
17. PRIMO VIA - 92 - Alw 61880N1X - 1 Mile 70 Yards - Parx
17. PURE TACTICS - 92 - OC 80k/C -N - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - Del Mar
17. SAILOR'S REVENGE - 92 - OC 40k/N3X -N - 1 Mile - Parx
17. STOPCHARGINGMARIA - 92 - Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) - 1 1/8 Miles - Saratoga
23. DOWNTOWN C. T. - 91 - OC 25k/N1X -N - 1 Mile - Sacramento
23. STRYKER PHD - 91 - Mt. Rainier Handicap - 1 1/16 Miles - Emerald
25. ALL INCLUDED - 90 - Alw 85000N1X - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Saratoga
25. BEANTOWN CAT - 90 - OC 40k/N2X -N - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - Indiana
25. CROWN QUEEN - 90 - Alw 85000N1X - 1 3/16 Miles (Turf) - Saratoga
25. DISCO CHICK - 90 - Alw 37200N2X - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Parx
25. KARIBU GARDENS - 90 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 1/8 Miles (Polytrack) - Woodbine
25. RISK FACTOR - 90 - OC 62k/C -N - 6 Furlongs - Gulfstream
25. SCAT 'N GO - 90 - OC 12k/N1X - 6 Furlongs - Prairie Meadows
25. SET OF J'S - 90 - Md Sp Wt 32k - 5 1/2 Furlongs - Indiana
25. SUPER ABILITY - 90 - OC 62k/N2X -N - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - Del Mar
25. TIGAH (GB) - 90 - Clm c-(40-35) - 1 Mile (Turf) - Del Mar

*The lifetime past performances for TOM'S TRIBUTE are available at the bottom of this blog post

*COUNTY CORRECTIONS was claimed for $50,000 by trainer Jon Cowan from Bret Calhoun.

*JOES BLAZING AARON was claimed for $50,000 by trainer Gary Contessa from Mike Maker.

*TIGAH was claimed for $40,000 by trainer Barry Abrams from John Sadler.

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Dan
Are you doing the Del Mar babies also? I see your byline under Saratoga Babies but not Del Mar. If so, try and get some sleep in the next 6 weeks.
RonZ

Nope. Just Saratoga for me. Matt Bernier is doing Del Mar babies this summer.

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*The links to the five most recent blogs (and blog comments) are listed below:

http://www.drf.com/blogs/claimer-grade-1-winner

http://www.drf.com/blogs/beat-chalk-0

http://www.drf.com/blogs/onward-pacific-classic

http://www.drf.com/blogs/two-saturday

http://www.drf.com/blogs/royal-ascot-review

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Congrats to edb for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling race.

Rick M's 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.

Let's go with Friday's Cougar II Stakes from Del Mar for this week's exercise.

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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