02/09/2009 2:39PM

Weekend thoughts, Beyers, some questions

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Here are the winning Beyer Speed Figures from last week's stakes races:

*Mineshaft (FG):  Honest Man (J. Jones/G. Saez) - 105
*Thunder Road (SA):  Matto Mondo - Chi (R. Mandella/M. Smith) - 102
*San Antonio (SA):  Magnum - Arg (D. Vienna/J. Rosario) - 100
*Tallahassee (GP):  Vanquisher (G. Griffith/A. Garcia) - 100

*Colonel Power (FG):  Chamberlain Bridge  (W. Calhoun/H. Theriot II) - 99
*Essex (OP):  Prom Shoes (W. Fires/C. Emigh) - 98
*Likely Exchange (TP):  Unspoken Word (M. Maker/V. Lebron) - 98
*Strub (SA):  Cowboy Cal (T. Pletcher/J. Velazquez) - 96
*Fair Grounds (FG):  Diamond Tycoon (A. McKeever/J. Leparoux) - 96
*Risen Star (FG):  Friesan Fire (J. Jones/G. Saez) - 96
*Silverbulletday (FG):  War Echo (S. Asmussen/S. Bridgmohan) - 95
*Robert B. Lewis (SA):  Pioneerof the Nile (B. Baffert/G. Gomez) -  94
*Super (Tam):  Hypocrite (E. Tortora/M. Cruz) - 93
*Premier Night Sprint (FG):  John Charles (S. Breaux/G. Melancon) - 92
*Marion County (GP):  Scolara (W. Mott/K. Desormeaux) - 92
*Campanile (GG):  Victorina (G. Gilchrist/R. Baze) - 92
*Whirlaway (Aqu):  Haynesfield (S. Asmussen/R. Dominguez) - 90
*WEBN (TP):  Parade Clown (K. Ball/W. Troilo) - 90
*Pan Zareta (FG):  Precious Kiss (P. Mouton/J. Jacinto) - 90
*Premier Night Matron (FG):  Sax Appeal (S. Asmussen/S. Bridgmohan) - 90

*Get Lucky (Aqu):  Awesome I Am (J. Terranova II/E. Castro) - 89
*Budweiser (Sun):  Rapper S S (H. Dominguez/A. Medellin) - 89
*Premier Night Championship (FG):  Star Guitar (A. Stall Jr./R. Albarado) - 89
*Rough Rogue (Aqu):  Manteca (C. Baker/R. Maragh) - 87
*Premier Night Prince (FG):  Two Nickel Bud (J. Cart/C. Hernandez) - 87
*Premier Night Distaff (FG):  Superior Storm (R. Jackson/J. Jacinto) - 86
*Las Virgenes (SA):  Stardom Bound (R. Frankel/M. Smith) - 84
*Premier Night Starlet (FG):  Warrior Maid (J. Jones/T. Thompson) - 80

*Marshua (Lrl):  Strut the Canary (T. Tullock Jr./J. Rose) - 78
*South Mississippi Owners and Breeders (FG):  Bombarda (W. Calhoun/M. Mena) - 77

*Invitational (PM):  Polish Game (M. Davis/D. Lopez) - 58

Here are the lifetime past performances of the highest and lowest Beyer stakes performers:

Download HonestGame.pdf

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Hey Bloggers..
Can I get some feed back for all of ya...I am hanicaping Sat at Fairgrounds.I played there Jan 10 card. A lot of the horses I played on the 10th are running back on Sat. None of them won on the Jan 10 card and alot of them ran up the track with ok trips nothing bad. When do you not play them or play them back again?? Its hard for me to get off a horse I last played since I liked them last time. I would love some opinions from the great hanicapping minds on this blog...
Please Help..
jzaps

I admire your loyalty to your previous selections, but I would take each race as an entirely new experience.  If a horse disappointed you in the past without excuse, it's probably best to forget about him unless he really fits the conditions of the race from a speed and pace standpoint.  You may have liked the horse in a previous start because he was the projected lone speed, or had a dominant speed figure edge.  Things may be different in this race.  It's easy to become married to our selections, but it may be more beneficial to "one-and-done" them.  Nownownow was a good play at 18-1 a couple of weeks ago.  He wasn't as attractive at 5-1 over the weekend. 

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Would DRF consider putting together a Past Performances PDF of all the horses nominated to the 2009 Triple Crown after the running of the Belmont Stakes?  This way, we would have the PP's for every horse who was at least nominated for the Triple Crown and what ended up happening with each one. 
Danny B

We'll be publishing the past performances for all Kentucky Derby nominees later this week for the first Derby Future Wager, and it may be updated online throughout the road to the Derby.  I'm not sure about after the race, but at least you'd have the nominees, and could then follow your favorites with the DRF Watch alerts.

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Dan-I read somewhere (on the Derby blog site-from a blogger) that Dontavorium is not being pointed to the Derby. Have you heard that?
Stephen Taylor

It looks as if he's headed to Europe for now, but it's too early to rule him out completely as a Triple Crown candidate.  Although not nominated to the Derby as of yet, he is a gelding, and thus ineligible to run in the English classics.  Perhaps, he'll be pointed to the automatic berth race at Kempton in the Spring. 

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Congrats to chicago gerry for earning the highest money total in last week's HandiGambling exercise.  He selected Gulfstream Park's eighth race on Wednesday for HandiGambling 120.  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."  Here are the past performances:

Download HandiGambling120.pdf

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Some nice picks from our posters this week.

Talk to you soon,

Dan