• Far Right shoots up the rail again to score in the Southwest Stakes. Posted 4 days ago
  • Khozan demolishes a Gulfstream Park allowance field to remain perfect in two starts. Posted 4 days ago
  • No beating North Slope as he returns to dirt a winner in the Evening Attire. Posted 4 days ago
  •  International Star scrapes the paint to win the Risen Star.Posted 5 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox speaks loud and clear in the Rachel Alexandra. Posted 5 days ago
  • Itsaknockout wins the Fountain of Youth on the DQ of Upstart. Posted 5 days ago
  •  Chocolate Ride sneaks away in the Fair Grounds Handicap.Posted 5 days ago
  • Long On Value clearly Best in the Canadian Turf. Posted 5 days ago
  •  Street Babe surprise the Mineshaft field at Fair Grounds.Posted 5 days ago
  • Main Sequence storms home late to win the Mac Diarmida! Posted 5 days ago

Kentucky Derby 2015 - American Pharoah Pedigree Profile

Now that American Pharoah is back in action after a hoof injury, let’s take a look at the 2014 Champion Two Year Old Colt’s Kentucky Derby potential.

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What the Horse Racing Nation is talking about...

Nathan, on Sat. at GP in the 7th race.All eyes and most of the win pool will be on Wisecracker. But do not fall asleep on Seeking Alpha.
Previous runnings of the Kentucky Derby on May 2nd produced some great races and winners. Nick Costa provides the history of that Derby date.Read More
  • zatt · Great stuff, Nick ... I'll never, ever forget the athleticism displayed by Alysheba in the stretch of the 1987 Kentucky Derby! · 46 minutes ago
  • AndyScoggin · Nick, I love this Derby history lesson. The May 2nd winners list is a cool idea! · 41 minutes ago
How fit is this guy, Nathan??? Three MSWs in the book for March 7: 5 1/2 dirt 7 1/2 turf and an outside the box 1 3/16ths turf...
  • tmallios via Disqus · Todd is not going to rush this one at all. Figure him for a 7F next time,or even longer. This is the type that can be slotted into the Peter Pan. Then The Easy Goer on Belmont Day. If he is the nuts as they think,then you get serious with him. Something tells me that he may be Todds Haskell horse. · 1 hour ago
It's probably happened before, but when was the last time Godolphin bought a horse from Coolmore?
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  • Goblin · My first thought was that if Northport doesn't know the answer, probably no one here does; and I could not recall it ever having happened. ;) · 4 hours ago
  • jonquil · Although I don't recall them buying from Coolmore, I do know they bred with Coolmore stallions up until the some time in mid-2000s. But that's not quite the same thing, I expect. · 1 hour ago
"this is the worst 3 y/o crop" is one of the mantras that ROOKIES learn to emote yet NEVER understand it in context: HOW can you tell how a GROWING and MATURING animal is going to do BEFORE THE FACT??
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  • travel_vic · Pedigrees NOW that we know of epigenetics, are even MORE flawed than they were before the idea of environmentally caused gene activation with a controller gene. · 14 days ago
  • MarkKennedy · Vic. I think it's way to early to say this is the worst crop There are still several un defeated horses that haven't got going · 1 hour ago
El Kabeir was beaten by a superior horse. Far From Over cold have continued on another 1/8 or more. His last 1/16th is his Waterloo. He cannot go further than a mile at graded Stakes speed. He also has a lot of mileage on that frame. I believe he needs a breather. On a limb I would predict he will not hit the board in the Gotham.
Beautiful portrait of Shared Belief!... .http://www.drf.com/news/hovdey-shared-belief-shades-black
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  • Mike Relva via Disqus · Yes,great portrait. · 1 hour ago
  • jonquil · Very lovely artwork indeed. :) I really love looking at old portraits of race horses. They're always so interesting! This definitely invokes that same feel. Timeless. · 1 hour ago
There's going to be a bunch of nice horse not get in the derby this yr. could make for an exciting yr of horse racing
Heres the Undefeated list. in no particular order. Mr. Jordan, Khozan, Dortmund, Itsaknockout, Far from Over, Caribbean Cowboy, Mr. L.S Shoe, Gentlemens Agreement, Supermason, Ocean Knight.
  • reversecowboy77 · Also Undefeated, Recount, Blofeld, Competitive Edge, Ocho Ocho Ocho, Barbados. Academy Bay. · 5 hours ago
  • MarkKennedy · There a bunch of undefeated colts this yr. It's about to get exciting. I really think we are going to see some stars really step up. For me. I'm excited about 4. Far from over. Oceans knight. Khozan. And Keen ice. · 1 hour ago
Dortmund, unbeaten in four starts and a major player on the Triple Crown trail, worked seven furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Thursday morning in 1:25.60 under regular rider Martin Garcia. Dortmund galloped out a mile in 1:38.Read More
Jed Cohen’s Mystery Train is likely to return to Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, according to trainer Darrell Vienna, for the Grade II $400,000 New Orleans Handicap – the centerpiece for the Fair Grounds handicap division. Second last Saturday in the Grade III $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap – the loc...Read More
Curlin’s Fox to scratch from G3 Santa Ysabel on Sat at SA, per trainer C. Gaines. Will nominate to China Doll on turf March 7. According to DRF
  • Goblin · That sounds like a very good idea to me. While she appears to be quite talented, I thought it was a bit ambitious to take her from 6.5f. on the turf (down the hill) to 8.5f. on dirt in only her second start. The 8f. China Doll on turf is a way to gradually increase her distances and allow her to garner more actual racing experience. Many of the fillies in the Santa Ysabel have had numerous previous starts. · 3 hours ago
  • MarkKennedy · Dang but she is better suited to the turf · 1 hour ago
Ranked in top 100 Greatest American race horses of 20th century. She became dam of near Triple Crown winner Tim Tam and stakes winning colts On-and-On and Pied d'Or.
Is it Un-American?! Here's a Derby List where GQ left off American Pharoah and a few other top contenders, and he explains why. Read More
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  • jeff via Disqus · BTW solid call on itsaknockout. Sorry about my pessimistic view earlier. I just believe American pharaoh should be on list easily. I think itsaknockout def was going to beat upstart and will probably improve with distance. · 3 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · Lists are just opinions and we all have different ones. In my eyes at this point,and the most important thing is that they stay healthy and fit. There are only 2 logical horses who can win the Derby. That would be Khozan or American Pharoah. My logic is that they are by far the 2 most talented colts around. That is what wins the big races,along with luck. Ahorse with bloodlines but no ability is of no use to me.If either of these 2 do not win the Derby,then your 23 rd pick has as good a shot as your top 3. I then would not even venture a guess who i like. · 2 hours ago
Those were the days with so many excellent horses racing against each other over and over! Stymie was noted for carrying his head high. Still in some pedigrees today! He will live in Japan for decades through his descendant Sunday Silence.
POST TIME 6:00 PM EST – Thursday’s card at Santa Anita offers some sparsely populated races but the 5th race is quite contentious and we’ll see if we can secure some value from this field of 8 Maiden Special Weight fillies going 6.5 furlongs down the hill. Your pace leader will be #4 Keezheekoni an...Read More
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  • cognibene · Contenders before scratches: #8, 4, 2, 3. Favorite #8 Taylor Lane (9/5) is legitimate and the horse to beat. This horse is in form and sitting on a win. The interesting horse is the #3 See Through (4/1) who is also in form and may offer some value. Low profit potential for me...pass. Good luck!!! · 8 hours ago
  • cognibene · Congrats!! Very nice pick, price and exacta. I didn't come up with it and would like to know how you did!!! · 2 hours ago
tmallios, your horse Top of Mind is entered at Laurel Park Friday, Race 9 allowance race, hopefully we see of repeat performance like his debut
  • tmallios via Disqus · I do not like the move 1 bit J. This looks as though they are trying to force this horse into a race. Maybe it is the Derby. Why are they wheeling him back in a 2 week period. Almost as though they are trying to put a square peg into a round hole. Seems as though they were fooled by the eye test. He did it so effortlessly,that they think the race took nothing out of him. Like i have said before,when horses run fast races there is always an effort put forth. I will never get it,for whatever the reason they got a late start.This horse was supposed to make his debut in January of this year,but was a VET Scratch. They are acting as though they might run out of races to run in over the next 2 months. Winning is irrelevant for this week. He should be able to boss these around. But the problem becomes after it. · 3 days ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · I guess they either read my post(LOL) , or they had a change of heart. He did not make the entries. Thankfully reason prevailed,for whatever the reason. If they feel stronly about him,i would rather they really went outside the box with a bit of rest. Run him in either the Private Terms or The Harrison Johnson at 9F on either 3/14 or 3/21. Last year Kid Cruz won the Private Terms in his 2nd start of the season. Top of Mind looks to be a much better prospect at this time than K.C. looked last year. If he aces that test,take a shot in the hometown Preakness Stakes. But running a horse this good in an Alw race will not do him that good. With his bloodlines,he should relish the 9F.Also the pace scenerio will be that much easier on him than a 1 turn Mile. Just bring in a healthy and fit horse to the race.He does not have to win it,although he will be a strong contender. The experience he gains in there will be priceless in his upcoming races. · 2 hours ago
Callback worked five furlongs in 1:00:40 today.
Graded stakes winner Williamstown, a resident of the Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky., was euthanized on Feb. 25 due to complications from the neurologicaldisease equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). The son of Seattle Slew was 25. Article on DRF
Dubday makes it 3 straight wins in the H H Emir's Trophy(Local Qatar G1) at Doha in Qatar in preparation for another shot at the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic on world cup night. Going back to last season, he's won 6 of his last 7 races with his only loss coming in last year's Sheema Classic.
  • Euro Trash via Disqus · Frankie said he was a bit worried during the race because Dubday did not respond immediately as he usually does. I like the horse but am questioning if he is ready to run against a field of the quality the Sheema Classic will surely be. · 4 hours ago

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