11/19/2014 5:32PM

Stormin at Laurel


Under a patient ride from Jevian Toledo, STORMIN MONARCHO returned to the winner's circle in last Saturday's $100,000 Richard W. Small Stakes at Laurel.

Profiled on Formblog on May 29, 2014 (http://www.drf.com/blogs/stormin-track-record), Stormin Monarcho has enjoyed a solid season for trainer David Jacobson. In 10 starts since being switched over from the Steve DiMauro barn, Stormin Monarcho has produced a 3-1-1 record and 5 triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures.

When placed in realistic spots, such as the Richard W. Small Stakes, Stormin Monarcho is very dangerous at distances ranging from 8-9 furlongs. When thrown to the wolves in spots like the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap, he is not as effective.

Stormin Monarcho broke nicely under Toledo (a late replacement for the injured Alex Cintron) and settled sweetly along the inside behind a contested pace. WARRIOROFTHEROSES and SIOUX sparred up top through fractions of 23.71 and 46.99 and both were on fumes with five-sixteenths left to race. Toledo could have wheeled Stormin Monarcho wide at this juncture, but he bravely opted to remain inside despite the distinct possibility that his rally would be stalled due to traffic. Instead, a seam opened up in between the frontrunners, Stormin Monarcho bursted on through, and he wasn't challenged in the stretch. He completed the nine furlongs in 1:49.32 and received a 102 Beyer.

“There was a lot of speed in this race so I put my horse behind them in a good spot,” Toledo told track publicity following the Richard W. Small Stakes. “There were horses fighting it out on the front end and mine was going nice and easy. At the quarter pole I had a lot of horse left and I asked him to go and he responded well.”

So, where will we see Stormin Monarcho next?  He is nominated to the Swatara Stakes at Penn National next Wednesday, and Jacobson has been known to wheel sharp horses back on short rest. He is also eligible to compete in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile next Saturday at Aqueduct, but that is obviously a much-tougher spot. Perhaps the best short-term option is the $100,000 Queens County Stakes at the Big A on December 13.

As stated previously, Stormin Monarcho is no star, but he's a useful horse to follow in these listed stakes races.


Here are the top WINNING numbers from 11/11/14 - 11/17/14:

1. OUTSIDE NASHVILLE - 103 - Oakland Stakes - 6 Furlongs (Tapeta) - 15Nov14-7GG
2. DYNAMIC SKY - 102 - Red Smith Handicap (G3) - 1 3/8 Miles (Turf) - 15Nov14-7AQU
2. GRIFF - 102 - City of Laurel Stakes - 7 Furlongs - 15Nov14-4LRL
2. STORMIN MONARCHO - 102 - Richard W. Small Stakes - 1 1/8 Miles - 15Nov14-6LRL
2. ZEE BROS - 102 - Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 15Nov14-8LRL
6. DISTINCTIV PASSION - 100 - OC 80k/C -N - 5 Furlongs (Turf) - 14Nov14-2DMR
6. GLICKMAN - 100 - Clm 40000 - 6 Furlongs - 12Nov14-3AQU
6. LIAM'S MAP - 100 - Alw 67000N1X - 1 Mile - 16Nov14-6AQU
9. COOL COWBOY - 98 - Sophomore Sprint Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 11Nov14-7MNR
10. HEART TO HEART - 97 - Commonwealth Turf Stakes (G3) - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 15Nov14-7CD
11. BIG GUY IAN - 96 - Alw 67000N1X - 6 Furlongs - 12Nov14-5AQU
11. SENSE OF PEACE - 96 - Clm 7500N4L - 5 1/2 Furlongs - 11Nov14-2PRX
13. BARTOLOME - 95 - OC 40k/N3X - 1 Mile 70 Yards - 17Nov14-8PRX
13. SPEECHIFY - 95 - Kenny Noe Jr. Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 16Nov14-9GPW
15. BALEGA - 94 - Clm 12500 - 1 1/16 Miles - 12Nov14-7HAW
16. LOCKOUT - 93 - Alw 47840C - 1 Mile (Turf) - 16Nov14-3CD
16. PARTY NOW - 93 - OC 80k/C -N - 1 Mile (Turf) - 14Nov14-2AQU
16. QUADRIVIUM - 93 - OC 25k/N2X -N - 1 Mile - 14Nov14-8LRL
16. WINE POLICE - 93 - Lea County Stakes - 5 1/2 Furlongs - 11Nov14-10ZIA
16. WRITINGONTHEWALL - 93 - OC 40k/N2X - 12Nov14-8AQU
21. OMAR - 92 - Caballos del Sol Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 15Nov14-3TUP
22. COALPORT - 91 - Bucks Boy Handicap - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 15Nov14-6HAW
22. COCO MON - 91 - OC 35k/N$Y -N - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf) - 15Nov14-4HAW
22. HILLABY - 91 - Bessarabian Stakes (G2-C) - 7 Furlongs (Polytrack) - 16Nov14-8WO
25. CINCO CHARLIE - 90 - James F. Lewis III Stakes - 6 Furlongs - 15Nov14-3LRL
25. CREATIVE ART - 90 - Alw 22000C - 6 Furlongs - 13Nov14-3HAW
25. MALIBU DEPUTY - 90 - Alw 46000N1X - 7 Furlongs - 11Nov14-7PRX

*OUTSIDE NASHVILLE's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.


The annual Gulfstream Formbloggers Convention is tentatively scheduled for Friday, February 28 - Sunday, March 1, 2015. I'll be working on getting hotel discounts at the Hampton Inn, across from the track.
I can pick up/drop off at Ft. Lauderdale airport, as it's about 15 min. away and you don't need to rent a car.
Every year, Dan joins us for handicapping fun, and contests. Gulfstream has provided a private suite and gift bags in the past, plus we have other swag from Breeders' Cup, etc. The "regulars" can attest that a fantastic time is had by all.
If you'd like to be on the mailing list for information as I receive it, please email me at lross@ironmaidensthoroughbreds.com

I'm really looking forward to it and hope to see as many of you as possible. The Formbloggers Convention is always great fun and Laura does a tremendous job handling all of the arrangements.


You can follow me on Twitter @DRF_DanIllman.

The video previews for the weekend graded stakes races will be available later in the week at the following link:



Congrats to Phil D. for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling tournament.

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.

Phil D. selected Friday's eighth race at Aqueduct for this week's exercise.


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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Biggar W More than 1 year ago
Thanks to all for the kind word on last thread. I'm coming around. Time is the great healer and it will take some. Biggar W
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dan, Will DRF have free past performances online for Derby Futures Pool 1? Do I HAVE to use Brisnet's free PPs? Annie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jay Hovdey said, "..who do we have to thank for this year's 3-year-old crop?" Well, the Genie of course. :) Annie
pat gavin More than 1 year ago
I love the concept of "free money''.....seems good. However I will always match that term to a CRAZY guy who hangs out at Pimlico. Here is the visual A white guy about 60 years old who only says a few things that are cogent....and many things that are unintelligible. He always wears the same clothes(has the same coat for the last 15 years), his shoes are always scuffed, broken and holey. He has perfected the act of "not showering'', his pants are filthy, his glasses smudged and partially broken........but he is the BEST HANDICAPPER on the planet.....and loudly states this OFTEN. If that is how you get to look like being the best...I think I want to be "average". Not sure what he bets(in reality) but always seems to be on ANY WINNER on the out of town tracks...his favorite chants. 1. "Drink this horse at 4-1"????(don't ask me what this means) 2. "Free Money" 3. "That away Gary Bain...show them how good you are". 4. "I told you guys that I am the best". 5. "Yes Sir" as he claps his hand and gives an arm thrust.
. Anderson More than 1 year ago
AQUEDUCT November 26th picksixpicks off turf 4TH race f/m mdn clm (1:47) #5 Miss Macarena 3-1 5th race 2yo f msw #7 Detail 6-1 #13 Majestic Jessica 6-1 6th race f/m clm #1 Bettina Brugge 5-1 #4 Colonel Juanita 2-1 #6 Shaunna Alexandra 5-2 7th race f/m opt clm #8 Rumble Doll 8-1 8th race f/m opt clm #1 Make the Moment 8-5 #1A Expression 8-5 #7 Trail Walker 6-1 9th race mdn clm #4 Tapin Mojo 3-1 #10 Inca Saint 2-1 #11 Robert Noble 7-2 my ticket: 5/13/1/8/1,7/10
Jackson Jackson More than 1 year ago
When its all over we'll be rolling in clover we'll go out and spend all that... free money .. juice money... blue money...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SR Vegas More than 1 year ago
Biggar W My condolences on the passing of your wife Pam. Words are hard to express at a sad time like this, but know that Formblog has pulled me thru some very difficult and very sad times . Stay connected here, it can help. And you'll have a MKB soon :) SR Vegas
SR Vegas More than 1 year ago
Annie I recently exchanged email with Calvin Carter and he is indeed very busy with horses ' opportunities. He included a "Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones. Thanks for the reminder for the Derby kleenex box picks." ...so I believe he wants a MKB and I hope he can get to Dan's Formblog to sign up before the 30th which I mentioned as a deadline :) SR Vegas
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yuwipi, You are so right! And of all things, TRANSPARENT is actually my horse. He was part of a partnership deal with KEITH L when he was still with us in 2013. May he rest in peace. The error occurred because of my archaic way of keeping track of things in a notebook with one line for each Formblogger and their horse or horses. Apparently, Keith and I had acquired so many horses that they wouldn't all fit on my line. So TRANSPARENT and MR. PALMER were slightly above my line on what happened to be your line. LOL! They were circled, which was supposed to keep them separate from your horses, but I guess I didn't look closely enough. :) Glad to see that you remember most of your horses. That POSSE horse was ROLLING FOG. Unfortunately he disappeared into the fog. Good luck in the draw, but maybe you should find something else to munch on while watching your horse race. :) Annie