Saturday, September 29, 2012


The first G1 race of the autumn campaign has the most versatile horse in the most disadvantageous gate of the racing day. However, having the bulk of the contenders includng the favorite all breaking from the outside somewhat mutes the handicap . The WAGER# 16 with 11,13,14,15 ¥3000 EACH WAY TRIFECTA

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Yasuda Kinen

#4 Strong Return.  Evident from his last race, Strong seems to be fit and ready to make an even STRONGER return here.

4 with 7,14,17  ¥4000 Each Way Exacta

¥1000 Straight Trifecta

Friday, May 25, 2012


Betting 3 yr olds is an always a changing,synergy process. Much like the popular " Reality Shows" of the day, American Idol, You Got Talent,etc we find our favorites,eliminate the sub par, in essence, becoming the ultimate judge where our eventual prognosis accumulates in the Derby.

Going back and analyzing my selections of this years crop and prep races, I found that I didn't really get an "early feel" for any of the contenders come this Sunday.

Of the 18 Derby entrants, only 6 were selected as my top pick in any of their given races. They were: Alfredo, Spielberg, Historical, Deep Brillante, Just a Way, and Trip.

Alfredo: Had a big win with him back in December in the Futurity. I never imagined him as a Derby horse mainly because the winners of this race seem to peak too early.

Trip: This was my Derby selection from the get-go. Already there is a certain sense of satisfaction in  that he actually found himself in the big race, unlike last years choice Target Machine, who never panned out. The Yayoi was a good race for him but not so much for me, as I failed to collect ,thanks in large part of my over estimate of Adams Peak and Fenomeno.( but I'm back on Fenomeno's bandwagon) :)

Deep Brillante: My top pick in two races. I like his determination. Putting him in trifecta formations with the contenders is going against conventional handicapping wisdom however. A fast pace usually spells the doom for such stalkers and aids the stretch runners, while a slow pace could be ideal for Deep and create huge hurdles for the late comers. Interesting enough, I don't see the outcome being much different either way. Brillante seems capable of holding a fast pace and the stretch runners, Gold & Co have the explosiveness to withstand even a snails pace.

Spielberg Bet the horse when he made that huge class drop to the 8th race. The track did him in that day but very consistent.

Historical: Owner Kondo was going through an dry spell .but I thought this horse could get him out of the rut. He did and I think there is a tremendous potential upswing for this horse.

Just A Way. Looks like a miler but his long stride and his penchant of taking time to get revved up seems to me to be ideal for this distance. This is my highest priced horse I will be using in my formations. 45-1 but worth a shot.

Now that every things been said and shredded I believe the talent of this race lies in the upper echelon of the odds board.  Even though Ikee has had a few disappointments with older horses this year, his touch with the 3yr olds is indisputable, The firm surface being only programmatic with the forecast will be a huge boon to World Ace. Traffic always being a concern notwithstanding , I'm wagering on a runaway winner on the 27th.


8-2,  8-6,  8-11,   ¥10,000 Exactas    ¥2000 Exactas  8-1, 8-4, 8-10, 8-12, 8-18
2-8,  6-8, 8-11     ¥20,000 Quinellas

¥1000 Straight Trifecta Formation

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Japanese Oaks

#1 I'm Yours....The previous 1600 m G1 prep the Oka Sho is a tough race to gauge the worth of this 2400 m affair. However looking at the top finishers, all of them came off the pace well and after a month of training and a fast track the contenders look like they all could fire here again. The bloodlines of I'm Yours looks more convincing at this distance than the congestion of Deep Impacts sires, at this particular time anyways.

The Wager
1 with 8,9,10,14  ¥2000 Each Way Exactas


¥500 Straight Trifectas

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Victoria Mile

#4 Meine Isabe

The Wager: 4-7, 4-12, 4-14      ¥5000 Quinellas

Saturday, May 5, 2012


#7 Hana's Goal.....We should finally get a firm course on the turf tomorrow. Tough race here, but her last two previous races showed a potential tremendous upside.

7 with 5,11,14,17  ¥1000 Each Way Exacta

Principal Stakes

#17 Courir Kaiser, getting the outside draw seems a daunting task but I like that there is a 2400 race in the 10th to help sod out the track a bit. Jockey Yoshida has been doing well with this horses connection thus far in this early Spring meet.

17 with 4,8,9,12,15  ¥1000 Each Way Exacta