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Yournotthebossofme Shows ‘Em Who’s Boss in Saylorville

Trainer Anthony Granitz and jockey Israel Ocampo aboard Yournotthebossofme could not have invisioned the Saylorville Stakes going any smoother had you asked them to map it out on paper. Reduced to a field of 3 after heavy rains and high heat caused 5 of the 8 entrants to scratch, Speedacious with Miguel Mena and Starlight Starbrite with David Mello tore off in a rapid speed dual of 21.63. Speedacious opened up a 1 ½ length lead after a ½ mile in 44.42, but as Starlite Starbrite started to retreat, Yournotthebossofme started reeling in the front runners.


“The plan was to lay off the pace, let them kill each other and come running late,” said Ocampo.


Yournotthebossofme drew off to win by 2 ¼ lengths over Speedacious with another 19 ¼ lengths back to Starlite Starbrite for 3rd. Owned by World Thoroughbreds Racing Inc., she returned $14.60 as the longest shot in the field.


Brushed By A Star Shines in Iowa Distaff


What looked like a 3-horse race on paper, turned into a 1-horse race in the Iowa Distaff as Brushed By A Star, under jockey Corey Nakatani, romped to an 11 ¼ length victory. Sitting 3rd early, Brushed By A Star overtook Bella Road and 1/5 favorite Sterling Madame on the backstretch and never looked back. The Prairie Meadows strip was hit with heavy rains prior to the night’s racing, which was beneficial to front runners in most races.


“We knew she liked an off track, and Corey rode her perfectly, like he always does,” said trainer Grant Forster.


Brushed By A Star is owned by Team Forster and returned $9.80 to her backers. Someplace Else and Another World rounded out the trifecta.


Wiredfortwotwenty Wires the Iowa Sprint


Wiredfortwotwenty broke on top and never looked back in the Iowa Sprint. Ridden by Jake Barton, the 7-year-old gelding set fractions of 21.77 and 44.02 before stopping the clock in 108.12 on the muddy track. Approaching the top of the stretch, 2/5 favorite Rothko was cutting into the lead, but as the field straightened for the drive Wiredfortwotwenty had another gear and drew off to win by 2 lengths over Rothko. Warning Song was another 3 lengths back in 3rd. Trained by Bart Hone, Wiredfortwotwenty returned $9.60 to his backers and $75,000 to his owners, Class Racing Stable.


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The speed duel was my undoing, had the next two legs of the all stakes Pick 3 covered well.

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My interest in the Sport of Kings goes back over 25 years with my father taking me with his friends to the old Ak-Sar-Ben Race Course in Omaha, NE.  From those early experiences I was able to read the Daily Racing Form before the age of 10.  Once The Woodlands opened in Kansas City in 1988, I became totally hooked on the sport studying racing charts after homework and tennis practice.  In recent years, with the explosion of handicapping tournaments, my love for handicapping the races has risen to a new level.  Primarily focused on New York, Chicago and Louisiana racing, I have now been forced to study races far and wide in attempt to find “cap horses” in the tournaments I play.  I have also dabbled in horse ownership within syndicates and on my own.


My fondest memories in racing include Silver Charm’s 1997 Kentucky Derby victory.  Both my father and I selected him, which made for a memorable day.  The best race I’ve seen was Tiznow’s first Breeders Cup Classic win in 2000 when he outdueled Giant’s Causeway down the length of the Churchill Downs stretch.   My biggest windfall as a gambler was a pool-scooping pick-4 win, paying over $6,600 at The Woodlands in 2005.


The point of this blog is to get everyone out there a few winners, but also to go in depth at how I come to the conclusions that I do.  From week to week, I’ll explain angles I think are important to locate winners.  I encourage others to post picks they like too, but please explain how you come to your conclusions.  That way everyone can learn a little more about this great game, and add another weapon to their handicapping arsenal.-Best of luck, Jasen Mangrum

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