These are potent and real angles that should be considered
in assessing maidens. Do they all hold every race No. But I try to process as
much of it as possible then assess the tote board for misalignment with my opinion.
Some of this information takes effort to find so it may not be a walk in the
park. Many handicappers just want to bet on proven horses that have proven form.
It can be easier. I have found the reward is high on maidens when you are
Easy Goer – I follow Laura closely. I find her selections
extremely credible. She is often not mainstream though so don’t expect a Mike
Battaglia chalk over chalk over chalk over chalk superfecta. Putting your picks
out there for the world is a game changer. Try it yourself for say a year. Then
let’s see if you still have the same opinion. Maybe you will but I am betting
I enjoyed the straightforward manner of the article. Pedigree
from two perspectives – Breeding and handicapping. Personally I tend to focus on the latter. Seeing it broken down into the basics is helpful. I also think it is useful to see the listing of information sources. Players today need access to many tools. The days of picking up a DRF as you walk into the track are long over. Doing your homework and understanding all the elements that makea winner are part of the successful modern day handicapper. I am not sure be082 is espousing but from what I read I am more than glad to wager against him. Ask Mr. Zayat how good his inside information was when he was allegedly accumulating millions in debts to bookies.
Divine Dawn should run well on cutback in Miss Preakness. My close friend owns her and is taking the same path that worked with his G1 winning Wildcat Bettie B. WBB could fly on front or close from back. Divine Dawn has always been highly regarded by the masterful Larry Jones. He knows quality and DD has some. The barn is certainly loaded but the thinking is DD wants shorter rather than longer. In the Beaumont she was used throughout to hold the rail position versus a Baffert runner. She paid for that late with Ella winning after an ideal trip. I am hoping DD goes off 5-1+.
No criticism was intended just noting the obvious in the article. In fact I mentioned I see it much the same way as Brian. I often expect experts to deliver an out of the box pick even if it is an under only. Sometimes you simply cannot manufacture a long shot that is non-existant. It may be as simple as AP, Diem Dortmund and an Upstart. I don't see Upstart as a rank outsider especially in the exotics. 2015 is an exceptional year for 3 YO's in my opinion. As for as my top picks - Diem and AP. Nothing earth moving.
Unfortunately it seems the Big Six would be better named as Top Six ML favorites or Six Chalks. In 2015 we are seeing a wave of Derby group think from writers and experts. I too see it much that way myself. Over the past 40 years of gambling one trend. I have noticed is when the pari-mutuel train gets overloaded with group thinkers chaos happens. Last Saturday with the Rainbow at GP about 90% of the expert selections included the same few horses. 79 seconds into the Rainbow all those tickets crashed and burned.
This is very interesting. I like non-traditional viewpoints rather than down the middle of fairway type articles. Well done AGAIN Laura.
Nice horse with suitable running style for a potential speed crazed Derby. He will have to find lengths in my opinion. I tend to root for Kiaran McLaughlin.
Can do a pedigree analysis for Huey Mahl?
I enjoy these insightful and totally frank pedigree analyses.
Most articles on other sites just recant already well publicized information.
Laura is not afraid to take a stand in her outlook section. I certainly appreciate that. Not sure when Travel Vic is planning to come
with his inside MENSA perspective on the KY Derby. I suspect it might be May 3rd.
Looks like several Blame colt's on the list. With his two year olds he has been hit/miss for me in terms of wagering. Probably better longer. I particularly like Vici and Exodus. I suspect a few of these are going to stars in 2015. Great piece.
I too was on Top Decile in the BC.
What about the undefeated Divine Dawn and Larry Jones? She won MSW in debut at KEE in sharp time with 79 BSF. Then stretched out on the FG turf when dirt races did not fill. Although not particularly bred for grass (Divine Park) she won on class rather well defeating a next out Catalano winner Bossy. She has a ton of talent and can run a bit so watch for her at a bit of a price. The race is likely not as simple as the two marquee names you chose to highlight.
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