Horse Racing

Posted: June 17, 2012

The Vanity Handicap

Hollywood Park, Race 9 - Post 8:10

$250,000 (Grade I), 3 y.o. & up, female & male, 1 1/8 miles

1. Rock and Glory. . . Martin Garcia. . . 3-1

2. Include Me Out. . . Joe Talamo. . . 6-5

3. Zazu. . . N/A . . . Scratched

4. Atlantic Swing. . . Mario Gutierrez. . . 10-1

5. Love Theway Youare. . . Garrett Gomez. . . 15-1

6. Zafeen's Pearl. . . Chantal Sutherland. . . 20-1

7. Caelis. . . Kevin Krigger. . . 6-1

8. Ellafitz. . . Rafael Bejarano. . . 2-1

Going for her fourth consecutive win, Include Me Out gets a perfect setup with what should be a hot, contested pace up top. Caelis will have to improve, but also has the right running style. Ellafitz's best races are when she is on the lead, but she likely will have company here. Zazu will be scratched because of a physical issue.

* D.J.'s picks:

1. Include Me Out

2. Caelis

3. Ellafitz

The Colonial Turf Cup

Colonial Downs, Race 7 - Post 8:36

$500,000, 3 y. o. & up, 1-3/16 mi. (turf)

1. Forte Dei Marmi. . . Rajiv Maragh. . . 10-1

2. Rahystrada. . . Sheldon Russell. . . 5-1

3. Atoned. . . Richard Monterrey. . . 50-1

4. Casino Host. . . Paco Lopez. . . 6-1

5. Air Support. . . Alex Solis. . . 9-2

6. Bold Hawk. . . Julian Pimintel. . . 15-1

7. Turbo Compressor. . . Joe Bravo. . . 2-1

8. Silver Tie Affair. . . Forest Boyce. . . 30-1

9. Humble and Hungry. . . Ramon Dominguez. . . 10-1

10. Smart Bid. . . Edgar Prado. . . 6-1

11. Gourmet Dinner. . . Mike Luzzi. . . 20-1

12. Tilden Lane. . . Malcolm Franklin. . . 30-1

Humble and Hungry is in the form of his life and gets hot rider Ramon Dominguez for the first time. Turbo Compressor gets a huge tactical edge as she is the only speed in a paceless race. The distance is the question. Casino Host was too late in the Dixie, but the added distance may help.

* D.J.'s picks:

1. Humble and Hungry

2. Turbo Compressor

3. Casino Host

The Stephen Foster Handicap

Churchill Downs, Race 8 - Post 9:39

$400,000 (Grade I), 3 y.o. & up, 1 1/8 miles

Post position in parentheses

1. Wise Dan (3). . . John Velazquez. . . 8-5

1a. Successful Dan (9). . . John Velazquez. . . 8-5

2. Nates Mineshaft (1). . . Jesse Campbell. . . 6-1

3. Fort Larned (2). . . Julien Leparoux. . . 5-1

4. Nehro (4). . . Corey Nakatani. . . 8-1

5. Ron the Greek (5). . . Jose Lezcano. . . 6-1

6. Rogue Romance (6). . . Manoel Cruz. . . 30-1

7. Mission Impazible (7). . . Javier Castellano. . . 8-1

8. Alternation (8). . . Luis Quinonez. . . 4-1

Wise Dan finished off 2011 with two overpowering wins. He started 2012 by getting the highest speed figured recorded on a synthetic track when he ran away from the field to win the Ben Ali at Keeneland. If he wins this race, he will likely be hailed as the best horse in the country midway through the racing season. Successful Dan, the older half brother, has won four straight, but almost certainly will be scratched. Fort Larned was a strong second to Successful Dan on Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill. Alternation has won four straight this year, but would have to run the race of his life to beat this strong bunch. Rogue Romance, a longshot, is a very good son of Smarty Jones. Nates Mineshaft will be very dangerous if he can get a clear lead.

* D.J.'s picks:

1. Wise Dan

2. Fort Larned

3. Alternation

- Dick Jerardi

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