• Mr. Jordan DQ'd at 1-5 in the Tarpon Stakes; Royal Squeeze placed first.Posted 22 minutes ago
  • Dortmund worked 6F in 1:13.60 (12/22) at Santa AnitaPosted 48 minutes ago
  • Carpe Diem covers 4F in :48.60 (2/63) at Keeneland on SaturdayPosted 50 minutes ago
  • El Kabeir drills 4F in :46.81 (3/55) at Belmont on SaturdayPosted 52 minutes ago
  • Derby points leader International Star worked 4F in :50.80 (8/9) at Churchill TrainingPosted 55 minutes ago
  • Kitten's Point gets there late to win Keeneland's Bewitch.Posted 21 hours ago
  • Keen Ice is now in at #20 for the Kentucky Derby following the defection of Madefromlucky.Posted 1 day ago
  • Get Happy Mister rides the rails to victory in the San Simeon.Posted 5 days ago
  • El Kabeir breezed 5F in 1:00.18 (3/16) Sunday at BelmontPosted 5 days ago
  • Whiskey Ticket just holds off Conquest Curlinate in the Illinois Derby.Posted 6 days ago

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#3 - Madefromlucky (4/23/15)
#4 - Bolo  (4/24/15)


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It was beat-the-rain day at Churchill Downs Friday with six Kentucky Derby and six Kentucky Oaks hopefuls putting in works over a fast main track.

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Aqueduct, Race 4
Emerald, Race 2
Evangeline, Race 9

Hottest Paces of the Day
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Charles Town, Race 2
Evangeline, Race 6
Churchill, Race 6

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What the Horse Racing Nation is talking about...

Santa Anita Oaks winner Stellar Wind, prepping for the May 1 Kentucky Oaks, worked six furlongs Friday in 1:12.80 for John Sadler, who trains the daughter of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin for Hronis Racing LLC.Read More
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · She's my oaks pick. Nice that curlin finally has a top dirt filly · 20 hours ago
  • Jay Harrison via Disqus · Love the Curlin Blaze. She'll be flying at the end. · 20 hours ago
Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund worked six furlongs in 1:13.60 in company at Santa Anita on Saturday in preparation for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2. Dortmund was ridden by jockey Martin Garcia and worked in company with stablemate Lady Bull, an unraced 3-year-old filly. Dortmund began about five lengths behind Lady Bull, with trainer Bob Baffert communicating to Garcia via walkie-talkie not to urge his mount early. Dortmund quickened between the quarter-pole and the eighth pole and ran to the finish line with minimal urging. "Beautiful," Baffert said as Dortmund ran under the line."He worked a little fast last time, so were hoping he'd relax," Baffert said after the workout. "He's getting very push-button." According to DRF
Prospect Park, who was taken off the Derby trail after suffering a brief illness following the Santa Anita Derby, had his first work since that race when he went a half-mile in 49.40 seconds Saturday morning at the San Luis Rey Downs training center. Prospect Park is expected to return to action later this meet at Santa Anita. According to DRF
Kentucky Derby Contenders- Then & Now.... http://www.americasbestracing.net/en/the-latest/news-stories/2015/4/26/kentucky-derby-contenders-then-and-now/
Eeek. Seriously ran squirrely today with first time blinkers. Inquiry- and I think Mr. Jordan will be DQ'd.
Mylute continued his odd work schedule with a 4f move in 47.66 (3/70) at none other than Belmont... email has been sent to connections to see if he was switched to the barn of Chad Brown. He has been working randomly since early February.
Post Time 4:56 PM EDT: The 4th race may be the best wagering opportunity for a handsome return among the rest of the very healthy Santa Anita races today.  This down-the-hill turf sprint affair features a field of very evenly matched foes.  Working through the pace analysis, it appears th...Read More
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  • mshutty · Definitely like the 12 moving into the D'Amato barn but best race out of six SA lawn tries comes up short against most of the field. Hard to see him move up at 6 years-old and that long layoff is a concern. Tough to separate in the 3rd and 4th place slots so we need to go narrow in the win and place spot and hit all in the third and fourth. If I were to single a "rotation" horse in here it would be #1 Gangham Guy. · 2 hours ago
  • amino998 · Slam Dunk Racing bought Known Plans privately off a win early @ the Del Mar meet. Phillip may have seen something he liked. KP may be 6 but 10 of his 12 lifetime starts were last year. I’m not giving away any secrets ‘cuz I don’t know any, but G Nicolas had him out in the short rough in his only try down the hill… then again, it may be strictly a prep for longer… Abrams --> D’Amato & Gonzo --> Trujillo :) Good Luck Everybody · 52 minutes ago
impressive colt!!! AP STILL IS MY CHOICE!
No horse running in the Derby has ever seen a 20 horse field and probably never will again in their racing lives.
Future 1000 Guineas winner.
I actually REALLY like Carpe Diem. I have liked him ever since his debut. I think he's got a shot but it does make me nervous that he was beaten soundly by Texas Red in the juvenile when AP toyed with Red like it was nothing. It just makes me feel that AP is head and heels that far above the rest but Carpe is my sentimental pick.
  • Ricky via Disqus · The BC was very fast pace and carpe encountered some traffic problems. He was however pulling away from most the field. The fractions will be the same if not faster for the Kentucky Derby this year. A closer won the BC, and it was 3/16 shorter. Yet pretty much all the favs in the derby are on the pace types. With very few strong closers in the field, I think it would unwise not to have carpe in your numbers, including to win. But some thing AP is the greatest think ever and no one else has a shoot. Truth is put his last race up against a few others in the field and it is not so impressive. Not saying AP is not good or even great. But he is sure far from a sure thing · 2 hours ago
Thanks to the steady stream of tweets tonight by Jim Rome, we now know the injury suffered by the top rated horse in America was a non-displaced fracture on the point of his right hip. Read More
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  • Anthony S. Andrews via Disqus · Well said Brian. It is amazing how some forget what a horse has accomplished while in the shadows of adversity and misfortune. I saw it with Big Brown in 2008, and we saw it most recently with California Chrome. Some people seem to forget that horses are not machines. They are susceptible to injuries, be it on the track or through heredity. Shared Belief is an amazing horse, and an ambassador of our sport. He is loved by many throughout the U.S. and throughout the world, and I am proud to say that I am in his corner. · 3 days ago
  • Mark Moran via Disqus · It's not mean-spirited to suggest that Moreno may have won anyway. CT is a very different track than SA, and plenty of California-based horses have trouble winning in the East; Game on Dude lost the Charles Town Classic twice at short prices, and Beholder was up the track in the Phipps at BEL last June. Horse racing fans spend all their time pondering what will happen when two horses meet, and naturally we wonder "What if" when a battle is halted. Could Bernardini have beaten Barbaro in the Preakness? I've read many comments that argue he would have. Would Cigar have beaten Holy Bull? Ruffian & Foolish Pleasure? I've played out the rest of that race 1,000 times in my mind, and Ruffian always wins. Go for Wand vs Bayakoa? It's not mean spirited to wonder about these things, nor to come down in favor of the horse that continued on. · 2 hours ago
What time is the post draw for the derby?
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · The Oaks will be drawn Tuesday. The Derby will be drawn Wednesday at 5:30 EDT- Traditional Double Blind draw for both. · 3 hours ago
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · The Derby will be drawn on NBCNS live · 2 hours ago
I saw a statement supposedly from DRF that Shared Belief will be pointed for the Pacific Classic at Del Mar. I haven't been able to get confirmation of this story. Has anybody else heard or seen anything about this?
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  • Sullivan · Melann, good to see you have not changed your ways. Where did you see anything of the sort about his not racing for the rest of the year? · 6 hours ago
  • myjumper21 · I take it that he will come back in the fall at the earliest. I wouldn't get my hopes up though! He probably won't be raced until next year. Maybe longer! With a gelding, you can take all the time in the world. http://sdhorserace.com/2015/04/23/update-shared-belief-back-at-golden-gate-fields/#more-19681 · 3 hours ago
If the discussion about racing in Dubai caused a rift in between Chromies, then the news that he’s going directly to Newmarket has caused a tidal wave.Read More
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  • michael via Disqus · did not realize c.c. hasent won on dirt since last years PREAKNESS WOW!!! · 3 hours ago
  • buds · I missed how the legacy could be marred by Shame? Your Quote "Only one question remains at this point; Will that legacy be marred by broken promises, mistrust, damaged friendships, and shame?" I dont get this, sounds like the author is just hating??? · 3 hours ago
Bayern, unraced since winning the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita last November, worked six furlongs from the gate in 1:10.80 on Saturday. Trainer Bob Baffert said he was so impressed with the workout, that he is now considering the $400,000 Alysheba Stakes at 1 1-16 miles at Churchill Downs on Friday as his 2015 debut instead of the original target - the $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes at seven furlongs on Saturday. Though undecided, Bayern's work indicates he is ready to roll next week at Churchill, according to DRF
While doing our analysis to create the screening criteria for the 2015 Kentucky Derby Super Screener, we came upon some interesting insights centered on the role of energy distribution profiles (running styles) and their impact on the outcome of the top four Kentucky Derby finishers.Below is a chart...Read More
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  • Bryan R. Horn via Disqus · In the past 10 Derbies, one 30-1 and/or at least two 20-1 + horses have been in the super. This may be a strong year but 1-2 longshot closers will crash the party. · 18 hours ago
  • buds · HANDICAPPERS BEWARE! This info is hindsight not handicapping. First off let me say I think Shutty has a good handicapping screener for the derby, but this info has some problems. This pacing info is how the horses ran in the Derby, not what their running style was in the preps prior to the big dance. So if you handicapped using the pace info you would have got different info. Example Paddy-O Prado was never more than 2 ½ lengths from the lead in his preps, one would never have used him as a “deep closer”, same with Mucho Macho Man, he was most certainly a front runner prior to the Derby, as was Went The Day Well, all liked the lead or to be within a length or 2. I mean who would have thought Palace Malice would decided to become a Wire type on derby day, he was a presser before the derby! In 2009 I would have hardly classified Papa Clem or Mind That bird as Deep closers, more like pressers, and Pioneer of the Nile was certainly a front runner. The list goes on. I think sometimes in the derby the best horses get bad trips and have to maneuver through traffic and often have to come from behind, which makes them appear as closers. · 3 hours ago
Last seen finishing a close third in the Grade 1 Matriarch at Del Mar at the end of November, Moyglare Stud Farm’s Discreet Marq makes her 2015 debut in Saturday’s Powder Break Stakes at Gulfstream Park.Read More
  • DANCERS1FAN · So happy she will be back - I thought I heard she was retired! Best of luck and a safe trip! · 19 hours ago
  • AndyScoggin · Discreet Marq lays over this field, but the layoff is a concern. · 3 hours ago
My circle thinks Dortmund will freak when the race fails to go his way in the early quarters. He's never seen a full field close to this size.
  • Johnsmith24 · Your "circle"...? Which horse has seen anything close to 20 horses? Dormund's been in two races with 12 horses and 1 race with 10 horses. He's seen plenty of horses. · 4 hours ago
On this week's HorseCenter, Matt and Brian divide the Kentucky Derby field into five unique categories.Read More
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  • Chicken Dinner via Disqus · Zipse - agree with all your Toss A Hoss horses so far except Bolo, not ready to chuck him yet...what is you that made you want to toss him? · 4 hours ago
  • zatt · Dortmund has been toying with Bolo; beat him by 6 1/2 last time. His trainer would prefer to run him on turf. Breeding should get him past a bunch, but all I can see is a mid-pack finish. · 4 hours ago

Poll of the Day

Who is your early top pick for the Kentucky Derby?

  • International Star
  • Frosted
  • Dortmund
  • Carpe Diem
  • Firing Line
  • other
  • Materiality
  • Upstart
  • Mubtaahij
  • American Pharoah

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Aqu 4/25/2015 R8 - Wicked Strong Looks Tough in the Gr. III Excelsior

Today’s eighth race (4/25) at The Aqueduct is the 103rd running of the Gr.III $200,000 Excelsior. This race will consist of four year olds and upward running a mile and a quarter over the main course. #7  Wicked Strong – (1-1): Trained by James ...

SA 4/25/2015 R1 - Hot Market Will be Hot Today

Race #4 start of the P6 is the 6 1/2f t "down the hill," with a full field which may bring a price.  This is an AlwOC for 3 y.o.s and up for $20,000.  Contenders (with apparently no scratches) are...#8, 1 , 10, 11, 4.  The favorite #11...


Hi all!Welcome back to another edition of Horse Racing Preview!  This week's feature comes to us from Golden Gate Fields.  And that must mean I'm talking about the San Francisco Mile Stakes!This is Race 7, set for a mile on the&nb...
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