Sunny Chicago Can't Keep Dank Down

Sunny Chicago Can't Keep Dank Down
Photo: Four Footed Fotos

On a sunny day in Chicago, it was Dank who shined brightest when establishing a new course record in the Beverly D. Stakes (Gr. I). Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, the 4-year-old daughter of Dansili rated kindly in 6th down the backstretch, advanced steadily entering the far turn passing rivals one by one and kicked clear down the lane for a decisive 4 ¼ victory. She completed the 1 3/16 miles in 1:53.38, a stakes record, while rewarding her backers with a $8.40 win mutual, and owners Hernandez Racing Club $436,500 for the resounding victory,

“She’s (Dank) has been real aggressive all year. She wasn’t real aggressive at Royal Ascot, but apart from that she’s been real aggressive. She wasn’t at her best over the last couple. She’s was in excellent condition coming into this and when she kicked it was all over,” jockey Ryan Moore.

Gifted Girl saved ground on the rail and swung out at the top of the lane to complete an all-European exacta. “We had a lovely run around. She was slowly away, but she ran a super race. There’s still more to come for her,” jockey Thomas Queally.

Though 20-1 long shot Ausus checked in another 1 ½ lengths behind, trainer Dan Peitz was thrilled with his filly’s effort. “We are happy! Third in a grade I. We’re ecstatic with that. We had confidence in her. She was farther back than I expected. He didn’t want to be five-wide on the urn, so he had to drop all the way out the back. Then she came with her run at the end. I’ve said all along, I think she’ll run farther. I think a mile and a quarter to a mile and three-eighths will be better for her. I would love to see that.”

The real surprise of the race was the dull performance delivered by favorite Marketing Mix. Previously 2-1-1-0 over the course and sent off at $1.10-1, Marketing Mix checked in a disappointing fourth, after stalking in 3rd behind the quick early pace set by La Tia. “She was pulling and not settling like she normally does. She was comfortable, but she was pulling which took away from her kick. Normally she gives me a real feeling of confidence, but she didn’t give it to me today. I knew a ways out it was going to be difficult,” said jockey, Gary Stevens.

No plans have been made yet for sending Dank back for a try in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, but if so she would have top billing based on her brilliant victory today in the division’s toughest race of the year to date.

Meet Jasen Mangrum

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, Nebraska. 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 playing 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. 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.

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