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    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…)

    Repub of Warren’s Conversation with Tim Osterman

    Posted By Mark Geiger on June 28, 2014

    We just learned that Tim Osterman passed away.  He was a dear friend of Warren’s and I always enjoyed reading his work.  Condolences to his family and friends and I am honored to republish Warren’s interview of Tim that occurred in January. MG By Warren Eves Tim Osterman columns have bridged a myriad of subjects for 38 years. His Osterman Files have been great reads in Today’s Racing Digest. New Mexico horse owner Bob Larue wanted to know what Osterman’s background was. That’s how this column got life. “Geez,” Osterman quipped when contacted.  ”It’s nice to know, somebody cares.” “Best scores?” Osterman began. “I did hit a Pick 7 at Golden Gate Fields for $75,000 and a Pick 6 at Hollywood Park for $92,000.  Those were the days! For the most part, my style has been that of a grinder trying to turn a profit betting overlays to win. I’ve forgotten all the bad beats.  The worst was probably when I played a Pick 3 at Turf Paradise from here in Vegas. I wheeled the first leg. Beat a 2-to-5 entry with a 40-1 shot.  Caught a $15 winner in Leg 2 and had a Kent Molinaro-shipper singled in the Phoenix Gold Cup to close it out.  He was like 8-1 or something. Came rambling on the outside and lost a photo on (more…)

    Price Horse Central – 6/28/14

    Posted By Mark Geiger on June 28, 2014

    You knew that would happen.  Right after I get off the train, Cerin and Nakatani team up for a 13 buck main track winner.  Not the first time nor will it be the last.  It looks like Nakatani has been taken off Hollendorfer horses as well. The Micky Martin horse ran pretty well but faltered in the lane.  At least its rider could hang on for the place.  Like I noted yesterday, it would be sweet if that guy showed up down south more often.  You can’t get a price on him in NoCal. (more…)

    Chalk Festival Horses – 6/27/14

    Posted By Mark Geiger on June 27, 2014

    I was one of the first on the Cerin-Nakatani turf train but I’m now backing off as the short term stats are mediocre.  They team up today in a dirt race but I’m watching.  I loved the price yesterday but did not think too much of the ride – that’s my wallet talking as I did not appreciate getting beat for the place in the shadow of the wire.  Onward. Mickey Martin shows up today at SA in R6 and, #9 Highly Rated, first off a SA claim, will take money opening at 4/1.  I would like (more…)

    Chalk Festival Horses – 6/26/14

    Posted By Mark Geiger on June 26, 2014

    Last Train to Clarksville time for the  Cerin-Nakatani team on the turf?  Reader Robert H., a very thoughtful player thinks so and he may be right.  I’m inclined to give them one more shot in R7 where #6 Joeandbetty’sbaby seems overmatched, at least on paper.  They were pretty good all winter but it’s been a while since they actually won a race.  I will want pretty close to the ML of 6/1 to play this on the win end. The following are not selections.  They are merely horses that have an approximate 50% chance of finishing in (more…)