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  • Lovely Maria and Boo Boo Clark strike to victory in the Kentucky Oaks for Jones & Jones.Posted 1 day ago
  • El Kabeir has been scratched out of the Kentucky Derby.Posted 1 day ago
  • Promise Me Silver remains perfect with an impressive Eight Belles win.Posted 1 day ago
  • Power Alert holds off Undrafted to win the Turf Sprint.Posted 1 day ago

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Anyone notice that he ran the entire length of the stretch on his left lead.
I enjoyed the derby yesterday but all you historical record fans can you help me out with a question. I was disappointed with the payouts yesterday even tho they were all the top favs finishing 1-2-3 but a $1 tri paid $101 is this the lowest trifecta payout in derby history? I went back till 2000 and the lowest I saw was like $433 but I could be wrong. Anyone else have thoughts on this ?
The old man of French racing, Cirrus Des Aigles, scores his 3rd career win in the G1 Prix Ganay beating Al Kazeem in 2nd by 1-3/4 lengths.
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  • Northport · What a star! Beat a nice field too · 1 hour ago
  • Goblin · Very nice win; and ridden by Christophe Soumillon? Truly a jet-set rider! · 1 hour ago
Gotta laugh at some of the publics reaction to yesterdays Derby.Reminds me of the great Yogi Berra and his famous Yogisms. "It is Deja Vu all over again". Please rewind the tape to last years Derby. Many said the same thing,it was a slow Derby. Before the race,i made a statement and was greeted by many mocking me. I said that this race lacked early speed. I have no idea as to how the pace figures will come up. Before the race,it was almost unanimous that this was the best Derby field in recent memory. Now it does not look so good. Just goes to show you how good AP is. With a rough wide trip,he made them all look like plodders.
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  • tmallios via Disqus · You make a great point. We found out that American Pharoah is not an HRN pet,by comparing him to Shared Belief. Let them knock this horse. He ran a hole in the wind,these people are just to blind to notice it. They will jump on the bandwagon after the Preakness · 1 hour ago
  • DDAmasa via Disqus · It was a good field and they all looked like plodders, even AP who looked spent by the end. · 1 hour ago
Sweeping to the lead off the far turn, American Pharoah repelled a game Firing Line to capture Zayat Stables' first Kentucky Derby.Read More
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  • elhubbo · If they loaded the same horses today, I'd have a hard time betting AP for 5/2. But I think everyone knew he was a deserving favorite. I can admit I was on Carpe Diem and Firing line. Also off on Frosted he killed a couple of supers for me. Now I've never been to a triple crown race, but have been a superfan since I was six, first one I remember watching was Bid at the Belmont. Needless to say I was crushed and hooked. Fast forward 36 torturous years later to two days after Arkansas derby, I booked a trip to Belmont for me and my 15 year old son, showed him the race and told him that's the best chance there's been since Bid was a cinch. Still when it came time to bet, 5/2 with the daunting task of stalking Dortmund and FL ahead seemed a poor wager. I phelt Pharoah had more to prove, and he did in spades. Now the real conundrum, the Preakness, if AP is 6/5 and firing line/Dortmund are 4-1ish, and even though I'm on really on AP, thinking he's the second coming of Slew do I like em at 6/5 on top? Maybe, but what if.. · 1 hour ago
  • Jeff Jackson via Disqus · i really don't think any of the top 3 finishers are true distance horses. dortmund had colic issues a week before the race, it's possible that's a legit excuse and he was not at his best. regardless, it's likely dortmund is best up to 9 furlongs. firing line and american pharoah aren't any better over 9 furlongs either. · 1 hour ago
Finnegans Wake makes his return to Kentucky a winning one in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1).Read More
  • AndyScoggin · 99 BSF for Finnegan in the Woodford. · 3 hours ago
  • yukichan · Think Sky Captain yes? Too bad, he worked hard in that one. Finnegan's Wake is some horse! · 1 hour ago
I was hoping that he would do better in the Fort Marcy yesterday...but I think the race was too short for him. When he finally started getting going in the stretch, it was too late.
Gold Ship wins the G1 Tenno Sho (Spring) over 2 miles at Kyoto. There isn't much that can stop this horse from winning when he decides that he wants to win - unfortunately that only happens about half the time.
Tonalist mowed down the competition ladder to win his 2015 debut in the Westchester (G3) at Belmont Park.Read More
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  • Brian Zipse via Disqus · Excellent to see Tonalist come back in nice form! · 5 hours ago
  • Bill B. via Disqus · Wish there had been more competition, but it was a good performance, but talk about horses for courses! I don't think he's the best horse in the USA, but I question if there is a horse in the country who would be better than him on this track. · 1 hour ago
Race #4 is a turf event at 1 1/8 m AlwOC $20,000 for 3 y.o. and up.  Contenders...#5,4,3,2.  Favorite #2 Gab Power (7/2) is vulnerable having the wrong running style (sustainer).  Choice goes to the #5 Unusually Green (4/1) having both speed and class advantages.  Connection...Read More
  • mdracing69 · I like Unusually Green as well. He was my Fast Track radio show best bet this morning. Good luck! · 1 hour ago
SUCKER BET.....ran like he was supposed to run. Not some nonsense you all wanted to read into the horse. I told you " You don't have to come up with all that stuff for American Pharoah, or Carpe Diem, or Dortmund, or Firing Line. You know why? Because they have legitimate speed.".... I gave you the triple!!!! Do me a favor and shut up now.
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  • slewcrew7778 · Legitimate speed???...you MORON! Look at the fractions and final time of the Derby that your superior horses were life and death to run. Let's hear your excuses. Oh, and by the way, where did Carpe Diem finish?...Oh yeah, 2 lengths BEHIND Mubtahiij along with 10 others. Maybe now you will do us a favor and SHUT UP!... · 9 hours ago
  • Viper4 via Disqus · No, the sucker bet was American Pharoah at 5-2. You keep betting horses like that and you tap out. The last bet I made was in the Breeder's Cup in the mile. The horse was 40-1. I'd bet you couldn't find that horse with two pairs of binoculars. Even Jerry Bailey and Randy Moss stated, "How could you possibly bet that horse?" Thank you. My prior bet was Tonalist in the Belmont. He paid $11.00. I might bet three or four races a year and the biggest edge I have is knowing I'm not trying to beat California Chrome, Smarty Jones, or American Pharoah, I'm always looking for the race where I know people like you are clueless. The fact that American Pharoah won doesn't change that. It may not be for another month or a year but eventually I'll be taking your money because you are the handicapper's equivalent of the blind man who, feeling the trunk of an elephant, says, "I see. An elephant is very much like a snake." I always wondered: "How does the taste of chalk feel in the morning?" · 1 hour ago
I'm really excited... so excited... to see these three staunch competitors lining up again, and at a mile and 3/16 it will be a very competitive race. I hope to see Frosted here to, but I fear they may be training him for the Belmont Stakes. We'll see. Frosted seems to be the most qualified closer.
When he made a comeback in the Preakness he could have a better chance for Place and Show. He breezed in the final furlongs but it take to long for him. The Preakness Stakes is a really good race for Mubtaahij
  • Goblin · Mubtaahij is leaving for Europe; not going to the Preakness according to "his" twitter account. https://twitter.com/_mubtaahij · 2 hours ago
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · I think he would have been better suited at Belmont if he were to stay. I believe he is headed out to Ascot. · 2 hours ago
Chris Sorenson analyzes the 2015 Kentucky Derby through his dark derby data.Read More
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  • illhaveanothertriplecrown · My ticket has 6,8,18,2 with 6,8,18,2,15,19 with 6,8,18,2,15,19,20,4,5 and 12. now that 12 is scratched do I go with 3, 9, 10 or 14? instead? · 1 day ago
  • Michael Strom via Disqus · This article helped me zero in on the best horses for the derby. Your writing is clear and concise and your analysis is excellent. I will keep following you writing. Now to the Preakness, the little sister to the Kentucky Derby. If Baffert runs Dortmund we will have another spectacular race as I'm sure their will be a smaller field and different strategy but we may well again see Firing Line, American Pharoah and Dortmund in the stretch. Frosted was running fastest at the end of the KD and with less traffic may be in position to win. But it's a whole new race and anything can happen. · 2 hours ago
  Post Time 7:00 PM EDT: Great turf stakes race featuring a full field of 3 year-old fillies going 1 1/8 miles.  Several in here are coming out of the Providencia Stakes and I believe #9 Spirit of Xian will move forward again to secure her second stakes victory in a row.  This is a q...Read More
  • travel_vic · 8 Entrechat 9 Spirit of Xian (IRE) 2 Spanish Queen 6 Prize Exhibit (GB) · 6 hours ago
  • cognibene · I agree with the pick....9, 2, 8, 10. Price may be right. Good luck!!! · 2 hours ago
If as expected A.P. dusts off the Preakness field ,and heads to the Big Apple seeking the Triple Crown. Be advised that pedigree for 12F or to some,lack of it . That this will be the reason that he won't win the Crown. His chances will be gauged on the same parameters that California Chrome had to deal with. How will he handle the 3 races in 5 weeks. That is what people should be focusing on. Not if he is bred or not. He has already shown he is superior in talent to any of these horses. So beating them again will hardly be a chore. As i stated earlier,APs' chances are a bit better. The Belmont will only be his 5th race of the year.
How good will this horse be? Thoughts?
I'd like everyone thoughts on Divisidero? Winning a grade 2 on the turf in only his 3rd start and coming off a lung infection seems pretty impressive to me but I'd really like to know what everyone else thinks.
American Pharoah wins the Kentucky Derby!Read More
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  • Francis Cherian via Disqus · The slow pace set by the front runners avoided a suicidal pace with result that the closers could not do anything.That is why the Derby time of 2.03 was slow.The only horse who closed was Frosted and he did it in spite of the slow pace set purposefully by the three front runners who took as much slow pace that hey could get. It was amazing that American Pharoah won the race in spite of a wide trip taken by Victor Espionoza to avoid traffic problems.Victor knew very well that he had the horse to go that wide and still win The Derby.AP is a monster.Hope he can win the Triple Crown though I am not sure he will get the distance in Belmont.(being a Storm Cat pedigree AP is not bread to get the distance of 1 1/2 miles, though he is out-performing his pedigree status.) · 2 hours ago
  • st.rob7761 · Did anybody watch the experts on the HRN Roundtable - Can u say "Clueless"?? · 2 hours ago
Kentucky Derby 3rd place finisher Dortmund has come out of the race in good shape. Bob Baffert tells DRF's David Grening that there is a chance that Dortmund will go in the Preakness. He will talk to owner Kaleem Shah before he makes a decision. According to DRF
  • Brian Shaw via Disqus · I hope he runs if he is %100 healthy, otherwise save him for the summer. · 2 hours ago

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SA 5/3/2015 R4 - Unusually Green will Bring in the Green

Race #4 is a turf event at 1 1/8 m AlwOC $20,000 for 3 y.o. and up.  Contenders...#5,4,3,2.  Favorite #2 Gab Power (7/2) is vulnerable having the wrong running style (sustainer).  Choice goes to the #5 Unusually Green (4/1) having...

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Sunday's 2nd race (12:59pm PT) from Santa Anita Park is a $25,000 claiming event for fillies and mares dashing six furlongs on the main track. #2 LAROCCO (7-2) seeks a hat trick for the profitable Maldonado-Periban team. She should get pace to chase....
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