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    Chalk Festival Horses 7/26/14

    Posted By Mark Geiger on July 26, 2014

    A couple of these Chalk Festivals ran second yesterday.  I’ll catch up on the stats tomorrow.  Busy day, today. D’Amato might be sitting on a big day. The following are not necessarily selections.  They are merely horses that have an approximate 50% chance of finishing in the exacta. DMR Race 2:  #10 Incline Village Race 4:  #2 Sunday Rules SR Race 4:  #1 Trappers Sand Race 6:  #7 Jack Jack Jack

    Chalk Festival Horses 7/25/14

    Posted By Mark Geiger on July 25, 2014

    When Mickey Martin shows up in SoCal, I listen.  In Race 2 at DMR #3 Gnarly Dude goes first off the claim for the great NoCal based trainer.  Opens at 8/1. Chalk Festival continue their putrid ways but this is a very small sample and I’ve seen this before.  The proverbial return to the mean will occur. Opening Day at Santa Rosa – the only fair track that runs turf races. The following are not selections.  They are merely horses that have a 50% chance of finishing in the exacta.  This (more…)

    Chalk Festival Horses 7/24/14

    Posted By Mark Geiger on July 24, 2014

    A number of wire to wire winners yesterday although two did manage to close to win.  Wins from Diodoro, D’Amato, and Mathis – all trainers who have been mentioned here a lot. The following are not selections.  They are merely horses that share characteristics with a large sample of horses that tend to finish in the exacta about 50% of the time. DMR Race 2:  #2 Hugh Knew Race 5:  #7 Lakota Road Yesterday’s results:  2 horses, both out of the money – 1 scratch (more…)

    Chalk Festival Horses 7/23/14

    Posted By Mark Geiger on July 23, 2014

    I recall a losing streak on these Chalk Festival horses that was about 15 or so.  Off to a slow start at DMR but I am certain there will be a return to the mean. My condolences to the Borislow family.  As you may recall, a couple of months back that big Pick 6 in Florida was taken down by Daniel Borislow, 52, one day before the mandatory payout.  Apparently, he had a fatal heart attack yesterday leaving behind a wife and two kids.  Yet another cruel reminder of how fragile this mortal coil is. (more…)

    Chalk Festival Horses – 7/20/14

    Posted By Mark Geiger on July 20, 2014

    One guy (Diodoro) beats dah udder guy (Mitchamato).  Whatcha gonna do?  Don’t know about you but I’m a gonna pick a myself up off dah floor and get back in it.  Looking at a Mathis horse in Race 3 (#9 Itz a Saint) but got to have at least that ML or it’s no go. In Race 7, Press Baron (#6) ships in from Monmouth after wintering at Tampa.  Gelding has a local win while in this barn with same owner so I have to believe it’s a ship to win situation.  Opening at 12/1, price should (more…)

    Chalk Festival Horses – 7/19/14

    Posted By Mark Geiger on July 19, 2014

    Phil D’Amato and Mike Mitchell reversed roles a couple of months ago with the long time boss man stepping aside for his protege.  My understanding is that Mitchell is still fairly hands on.  The barn has not lost a step but the DRF stats for D’Amato as a takeover trainer are unreliable because most of those have been for horses that were already in the barn.  Not today, though.  That’s why I will take a shot in Race 10 at DMR with #7 Harlan’s Vitesse, coming in from Presque (also a synth track) for owner Robert Bone, who was on (more…)

    Chalk Festival Horses 7/18/14

    Posted By Mark Geiger on July 18, 2014

    Stewart Elliott and Barry Abrams?  Why not.  There was a time when Abrams would pop out of the gate at DMR and go for a nice little run early.  Same for Julio Canani.  Add Vann Belvoir to the list? Contest:  Got the price but not much late run from G.G. Ryder.  If Caracortado holds its ML of 4/1, that’s the contest play (not live money).  If not, they I’ll go with #8 Rosengold. The following are not selections, they are merely horses that have an approximate 50% of finishing in the exacta: (more…)

    Chalk Festival Horses 7/17/14

    Posted By Mark Geiger on July 17, 2014

    Going to restart the stats starting today at DMR.  No stats for SAC but will resume them when they move to Santa Rosa. Fun day at DMR.  Big crowd, long lines, and goofy hats.  I’ll enjoy it from my computer terminal but Trevor’s call in the first race is usually pretty exciting.  Might be different this time because he’s only been gone 2 weeks instead of the usual 3 months. Once again, I am happy to humiliate myself in the DMR contest.  I’ll try to post the picks here.  Fade or follow, best of (more…)

    Something Extra Special May Be Brewing at Woodbine; Juvenile Named Seffeara Wins Stake Playing Around

    Posted By Warren Eves on July 12, 2014

    By Warren Eves Ontario-bred Seffeara proved his debut was no fluke Saturday at Woodbine. Here’s what happened.  After Seffeara dumped jockey Gary Boulanger behind the starting gate prior to the $150,000 Clarendon Stakes, things went pretty good. The Steve Oewns-trained son of Old Forester took a few strides to get the lead.  He set all the pace.  Once into the lane he was challenged. For a few strides it looked a bit dicey.  The head-on showed Boulanger tapped him some and he won with something in reserve.  ”He’s a pretty special horse,” (more…)

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    Chalk Festival Horses 6/29/14

    Posted By Mark Geiger on June 29, 2014

    I love name plays and I found one (along with everyone else) in R10 at SA where #4 Sizzlin Joe will be ridden by Sizzlin’ Joe Talamo.  When Bejarano got hurt, opportunity knocked and Talamo stepped right up so why not end the 6 months plus meet with a horse that opens at 8/1 and will go off at 7/2.  It is the top horse on my odds line. A bit of a break in store until DMR opens in mid-July.  Recharge the battery time. The following are not necessarily selections. They are merely (more…)