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Today's Beatable Favorite(s): #3 Medina Spirit
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Graded Stakes - 5/15 - Preakness
1.France Go de Ina
#7 FRANCE GO DE INA was decently regarded by some heading into the UAE Derby, but got taken out of his game a bit ( normally a mid pack to front end type ) when breaking tardily, and falling to the back of the pack, effectively losing all hope. Timeform figures don't quite get the pulse racing, but recognize that both wins were accomplished in hand, and gets the services of a sizzling pilot who's one of the best finishers in the game. Take a look during the warmups, as this one got spooked while galloping Wednesday morning, dumping the exercise rider. #4 CROWDED TRADE showed stark improvement from the first start to the second, but took the overland route in the Wood, closing out the tri at 5-2. Pedigree says this one is bred to do good things at two turns, so we'll give him another chance. #5 MIDNIGHT BOURBON got smacked around pretty good in Louisville, and was four wide on both turns under Smith as well. Big rider upgrade this afternoon to Irad and we're expecting a solid effort. BEATABLE FAVORITE: #3 MEDINA SPIRIT re-broke at the top of the lane to "win" the Kentucky Derby for Lidocaine Bob, but as is becoming an all too familiar case with Baffert's stock, tested positive for an illegal drug ( shocker ) afterwards, and said "win" is still pending the split sample. After a flurry of interviews, Baffert admitted to administering an ointment to the horse and ( sorta ) said that could be the result for said positive. DRF Formulator doesn't have a category for "First time off cream", so we're willing to take a stand against on the win end.
Belmont ( Current ): 17-111 ( $147.20 ) Beatable Favorites 4-6 ( 66.7% ) Favorites Win %: 45-111 ( 40.5% )
Graded Stakes ( Current ): 3-22 ( $31.20 ) Beatable Favorites 0-1 ( 0% ) Favorites Win %: 9-22 ( 40.9% )
Aqueduct Spring ( Final ): 16-95 ( $118.70 ) Beatable Favorites 0-6 ( 0% ) Favorites Win %: 51-95 ( 53.7% )
Aqueduct Winter ( Final ): 86-464 ( $989.40 ) Beatable Favorites 5-15( 33.3% ) Favorites Win %: 162-464 ( 34.9% )
Aqueduct Fall ( Final ): 28-175 ( $454.00 ) Beatable Favorites 1-9 ( 11.1% ) Favorites Win % 56-175 ( 32.0% )
Graded Stakes ( Final ): 10-54 ( $122.40 ) Beatable Favorites 0-1 ( 0% ) Favorites Win %: 17-53 ( 32.1% )
All Triple Crown, Breeders' Cup, Selected Grade 1's and Travers full days ( These are also counted in the "Dirt Tracks" category ):
( 2013-2020 Final ) 74-465 ( $703.70 ) Beatable Favorites: 18-57 ( 31.6% ) Favorite's Win %: 140-414 (33.8%) +/-: -24.3% against a 16.8% takeout
Polytracks 2013-16 (All Final): 85-568 ( $819.20 ) Beatable Favorites : 15-68 ( 22.1% )Favorite's Win %: 163-587 ( 27.7% ) +/-: -27.6% against a 15.6% takeout
Dirt Tracks 2013-21 (All Final):2852-14618 ($24,903.60) Beatable Favorites : 364-1333( 27.3% )Favorite's Win %: 5525-14700 ( 37.6% ) +/-: -14.8% against a 16.8% takeout
Cumulative Stats (All Final): 2937-15186 ($25,721.50) Beatable Favorites : 379-1401( 27.1% )Favorite's Win %: 5688-15287 ( 37.2% ) +/-: -15.3% against a 16.6% takeout