I’ve probably purchased over six thousand Racing Forms in my life. DRF has done very well with me as a customer (so has Seven Eleven). But once a week or so, I smile and say thank you very much DRF for having Stable Mail that has paid me back so graciously. Stable Mail is to the Horse Player what exercise is to our health. It’s just something you have to do to be better.
If you don’t know what I am talking about, DRF offers a service that will e-mail you when any horse inNorth Americais running. It’s free, easy to use, fun and can be very profitable. As anything in life, you have to be persistent with it. So, what I do is keep a notebook with me and every time I see something in a runner that was not so obvious, I mark it down in my notes and put that horse in my Stable Mail. Here are a few things that I look for: troubled trips, ran against a big speed bias, closed stoutly up the rail when the outside was good, broke straight sideways from the far outside. You name it, I’ve marked it. Even when I’m watching videos on a particular runner, another runner may catch my eye. I may mark that one down to take a closer look at and add it to my Stable Mail.
Here is an example of one that ran on the Presidents Day Monday card:
Wild Mia shipped in from back east in June of last year and ran a huge race to beat the horse I liked on the wire. She went very wide, and really ran an impressive race. The next time out, she ran really wide again and was beaten soundly by a loose on the lead and a very sharp runner, Celtic Princess. I thought that race was much better than it looked so I added Wild Mia to my Stable Mail.
Three weeks later, when she showed up at DelMar and drew the rail at a mile and a sixteenth, I was very excited. In the race, she got a 49 half mile and was forced to go wide but still came running for a nice second. I lost a decent amount on her that day but lost none of my confidence that she could run.
She didn’t show up again until January in a race coming down the hill against Mizdirection andUnzipMe. Those two can really run. In fact, I had Mizdirection on my Stable Mail as well. Unzip Me was the big favorite, and I thought maybe she could be beaten first off the layoff. One thing was for sure – I was going to get a price on Wild Mia. She actually went off at 28-1. I played her to win/place and saved in exacta boxes with the two favorites. I also played a three horse tri-box. When she came rolling past all but Mizdirection, I made a big score. Fortunately, Unzip Me held on for a dead heat in the show and I cashed on a nice trifecta box as well the exacta and place bets.
Next out was when trainer Jerry Fanning brought her back on January 21 with less than three weeks rest after the big effort down the hill. At first, I thought the race would be taken off the grass because we had a ton of rain the night before. Then, when I saw the race was still going on the grass, I was worried that she might not be able to handle the wet turf (which was listed as firm) and she was favored anyway. So, when I watched her run wide every step of the way and was soundly defeated, I smiled and thought, “Next time.”
That next race would be this past Monday against a large field including the Drysdale runner that just beat Wild Mia a month before. It all looked right again – plenty of speed to chase, good draw, firm turf and best of all, she went off at 10-1 against a group that I knew she could beat. Unfortunately, she forked to the inside and just could not get to the top two and was beaten about a half length. I did give some of my money back, but the score in January made that particular Stable Mail really worth my while.
So that being said, do yourself a favor – sign up for DRF Stable Mail, and then e-mail Jason and me about the big score you made! Have a great week, good luck to all – especially those of you playing in the World Series in Las Vegas – and I’ll be back next week with another chisel from my tool box.