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Kent Desormeaux has never won the Belmont Stakes, but the 45-year-old Hall of Fame rider certainly knows his way around the massive mile and a half oval, even though he has some bittersweet memories.Read More
Laurie Ross presents the seven important factors to consider when betting the Belmont Stakes. Read More
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  • travel_vic · Energy distributions OF the race results are NOT available pre-race so reviewing them has no PREDICTIVE value... · 16 hours ago
  • cugel the clever · "Energy distributions OF the race results are NOT available pre-race so reviewing them has no PREDICTIVE value..." SO SAYS THE BLOWHARD WHO REGULARLY DROPS INTO DISCUSSIONS TO PONTIFICATE ABOUT %MEDIAN, EARLY PACE, ETC, ETC DISQUALIFYING HORSE A, B, C. CLEARLY, LOOKING AT A BODY OF DATA ABOUT THE BELMONT INDICATES ENERGY DISTRIBUTION ATTRIBUTES THAT FAVOUR OR DISFAVOUR CERTAIN HORSES. FOR EXAMPLE, IF A HORSE DOES NOT REGULARLY EXHIBIT A %MEDIAN CONSIDERABLY UNDER 68% IN ROUTES, THEN HE IS PROBABLY A TOSS. ALSO, IF A HORSE IS A HABITUAL DEEP CLOSER HE WILL PROBABLY BE AT A DISADVANTAGE. IT IS SOME OF THE MANY PIECES OF INFORMATION THAT GO INTO THE RACE ANALYSIS PROCESS. IT IS NOT SINGULARLY PREDICTIVE. · 14 hours ago
Depending on turf condition, going with Alexis Tangier in this Friday stake at SA.
  • jinlie01 · 3-1 ml odds for Alexis Tangier at SA 7th. Hoping she stays there or creep up to 7/2. · 37 minutes ago
Jason Wood cannot say what a Triple Crown would do for horse racing as an industry, but he does know what it would mean to him.Read More
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  • Ruffianlover · As a 27 year old female fan of the sport, it would mean the world to me to see a triple crown. Of course studying history and learning about the greats is gratifying, but seeing greatness in our day and age would be phenomenal. Sometimes I feel that all the greats are behind us and it makes me sad. I love this sport and got into it on my own. I don't bet and I enjoy it for the pure fun of entertainment and the thrill it gives me. I like many, have seen the Smarty Jones, Big Browns, I'll Have Another's and California Chromes let us down, but for some reason I feel this time is different. The last horse I felt that was as special as AP was Barbaro. This sport has given me many heartbreaks but it has also given me many thrills and much joy I wouldn't trade for the world. Seeing a TV winner would be one of the highlights of all of those joys. I would hope it would bring more to the sport, and would reduce some of the negative chatter seen and heard from older fans. I feel all we hear is people down talk horses nowadays and talk up the greats of the past when the reality is- those greats are not carrying the sport now. We need horses like AP and we need this triple crown. And it will mean that much more to all of us if he does it the same way the great ones did- three races in five weeks. Sorry for the rant. Go AP!!! Deep down we are all rooting for you. The only downside to him winning is his immediate retirement that we all know will be coming. Even though I would die to see a showdown with Shared Belief, Chrome and AP · 2 days ago
  • Rooster via Disqus · Great post Jason! Although somewhat older than you, I feel exactly the same regarding the dream, and this time, AP makes it feels different. I still get chills watching Belmont replays of Secretariat and Affirmed and how they ignited 100,000 racing fans into sheer elation. American Pharoah is exactly what racing and this country needs right now, so his destiny just needs to play itself out. I'm dreaming of June 6th and watching history in the making. 37 years is long enough! GO AP GO!!! · 1 hour ago
With ten probables like these, you can see why the Met Mile will be can’t miss racing. Read More
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  • Sullivan · Every year the Met Mile comes up huge, and then a horse scares the rest off, a big favorite decides not to lift a hoof... let's hope this year is an anomaly in more ways than one. Hard to believe it's been that long since Sahara Sky won this race, and how much it has changed since being removed from this very weekend... Can't wait I'd love to see this end up being the beginning of a Palace Malice/Tonalist rivalry · 11 hours ago
  • tony bada bing · Brian, this is how I felt about last year's Phipps and that race did not disappoint with three very classy fillies battling it out... · 3 hours ago
I think Palace Malice is pretty much ruled out of the Met Mile now as Johnny V has accepted the ride on Tonalist according to DRF.
Christophe Clement tells DRF'S David Grening that John Velazquez will ride Tonalist in the Met Mile. Velazquez, who chose Tonalist over his original choice Palace Malice, said he was very happy with how Tonalist breezed Friday morning and trainer Christophe Clement said owner Ralph Evans felt "more comfortable" with Velazquez riding the colt on the Met Mile. As of now, this leaves Palace Malice without a rider. According to DRF
The last time America witnessed a 3-year old sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes was 1978 when Affirmed achieved immortality. Adding it up, makes it 37 years of being on hold. The prolonged duration has me comparing racing fans to the citizens of the movie Casablanca, who also hav...Read More
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  • Ann Maree via Disqus · Hey, Nick, congratulations on your new gig. Look forward to your insights. · 1 day ago
  • trackside · Thanks Ann Maree, appreciate your kind words. · 3 hours ago
really want this guy to finally get that gr.1
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  • ssinn96 · Stephen Foster??? · 2 days ago
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · They'll probably retire him to stud after winning a G1. He could be back, though, if he's infertile. · 3 hours ago
Has the bloodlines and heart of a champion.Thought he would carry the torch of A P Indy in the Derby.The racing gods had other plans.After the Alysheba at CD perhaps fate knew what we didn't.His Maiden win at Spa and Durkin's voice etched in my brain.No doubt we will see something special in the 2015 Met Mile.May he be well and go on to keep the bloodlines of the great Secretariat and Seattle Slew alive.
Saturday’s feature at Santa Anita Park is the $200,000 Snow Chief for Golden State Eligible California or California sired three-year olds. The mile and an eighth turf event will be the eighth race on the ten race card and features a field of eleven runners. The group is led by 5-2 morning line favo...Read More
His dad star crossed as well.7 from window with fistfuls of cash the moment Drysdale scratched the great A P Indy...
This guy will be this year's heartbreaker. American Pharoah will fare better than California Chrome did last year, but only in that he will have the 4th place money all for himself.
Big overlay in the Belmont. Not using.
  • Jay Harrison via Disqus · Because he'll be under bet? · 14 hours ago
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · Overlays are good bets. · 4 hours ago
tmallios•25 days ago If one takes a closer look at Frosted, one may think that they are looking at a mirror image of Wicked Strong. Both horses ran big races as 2 yos' in the Remsen. From there,both set off for Florida and the sunshine State. Both either had trouble with the surface or the heat. Upon their return to N.Y. , their training picked up noticebly. They both won the Wood Memorial with eye-popping performances and speed figures. Unfortunately for Wicked Strong, the effort was so draining of his power. He had nothing to offer on Derby Day,but a workmanlike performance.Something tells me that the comparisons just may continue with these 2. .................. Just prior to the Wood Memorial,i posted the above about Frosted. If i must say so myself,i was on target. In the last sentence i noted that the similarities just may continue. Lo and behold another coincidence in the Derby. Both ran 4t in their respective races , with a fabricated excuse sprinkled in. Both sat out the Preakness in lieu of the much awaited Belmont Stakes. Ladies and Gentlemen and Children of all ages. If you are of legal age to wager ,and decide to do so. Keep your well earned money in your pockets if you are considering Frosted for the MAJOR AWARD. Just like his "TWIN" ,he will have absolutely no shot in winning this race. Regardless of how good the race might have looked to the naked eye. On paper it was not worth as much as it was written about.
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  • Doctor No via Disqus · BTW he has a race under his belt on the track which for Belmont is huge since it is a tricky track with looping turns. · 15 hours ago
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · Handicapping a race by drawing parallels between two colts is very bad science. I could argue that Frosted is also a mirror image of Empire Maker, or even Jazil, who took very similar paths to Frosted's, with similar results, and ended up winning the Belmont. · 5 hours ago
On this week’s HorseCenter, Brian Zipse and Matt Shifman explain why American Pharoah is ready to become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.Read More
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  • icyhotboo · American Pharoah going for the Triple Crown. Nick Zito will be going for the Triple Stop with Frammento with M. Smith aboard. Interesting. · 6 hours ago
  • Douglas Rutherford via Disqus · my dark horse wager play : for the Belmont stakes will be ex ( all - keen ice ) tri ( all - all - keen ice ) im sure this comes to no surprise to many · 6 hours ago
Any fellow racing fans wanna hang out at the Belmont Stakes? PM me
Frosted should be in the Super somewhere. He and AP. The other two aren't as clear.
  • imisswilltakecharge · Frosted will for sure; we do need to see Carpe Diem and Materiality's works; post not so much. Both had clunkers in the Derby, but had trouble too. War Story now a possible for the race too? Don't think he could win, but his ability to navigate between horses and not burn up while doing it could throw him in a super box for me too. Keen Ice, Conquest Curlinate real factors? hard to tell; these are the ones my patience has to get a better read on and see if late "wiseguy" money comes in...I'm still a little amateur at the betting windows, but getting better! · 2 days ago
  • icyhotboo · I really hate being on the "wise guy horse." · 8 hours ago
Wonder if the connections regret not running in the Preakness. Looking at his breeding Tapit and Deputy Minister he would have relished the slop.....Oh well
I read Sullivans rant below regarding the Zayats and how they conduct buisiness. My first thought is,why are you holding back. Tell us exactly how you feel about them. I will only comment on 1 of the topics mentioned. You are attacking Zayat for not caring about the fans. Hopefully 1 day you and many of the fans that blog on this site will get through their heads. It is not the direct responsibility of Zayat nor any other owner to worry about the fans. It is not their responsibility to develop larger than life Equine heros,so that you and others can love until they do something wrong like lose a race. Zayat, American Pharoah, Wise Dan or any other horse, owner, trainer are bigger than the game . You say that Zayat only cares about himself and is more than likely greedy in his decisions. To those that feel the same about the Zayats. I was lucky enough to be there with the Zayats when they started the stable everyone knows, about 10 years ago. Unfortunately you only look at the final product and the successes. Do you have any clue as to the Millions and Millions of Dollars that he has spent to get to this point. What about all the breeding farms he has supported at the sales. The trainers he has kept going along with their staffs. Yet when the few times he or anyone else finally hits the Home Run. They are not allowed to be "sellfish" for lack of a better word. Zayat and others like him enjoy the game from all aspects. I can attest to this first hand. But make no mistake about it,the main reason that they all get into this game is as an INVESTMENT. Because they enjoy the game,and yes have egos like everyone of us. They know that they will more than likely lose money in this game. Sometimes BIG BIG BIG money. They will lose money that most will never earn in a lifetime. So to repeat myself....When they finally knock it out of the BallPark and decide to cash in a few chips.Who are you and the fan base to trash them that they are greedy.
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  • tmallios via Disqus · The day that the 2 of you or anyone else is in a position to make a decision regarding North of 30 Million Dollars. Then you can fling the Arrows. Til then , please remain in your Fantasy Racing World. · 1 day ago
  • Douglas Rutherford via Disqus · thumbs up - well said · 9 hours ago

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Since Affirmed, who is the best Kentucky Derby & Preakness winner?

  • American Pharoah
  • Real Quiet
  • Sunday Silence
  • Charismatic
  • Funny Cide
  • Pleasant Colony
  • Silver Charm
  • California Chrome
  • Smarty Jones
  • Alysheba
  • I'll Have Another
  • War Emblem
  • Spectacular Bid
  • Big Brown

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SA 5/22/2015 R7 - Free Race of the Day is the Mizdirection Stakes

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SA 5/22/2015 R7 - Mizdirection Stakes

May 22, 2015 Santa Anita Race 7 (Mizdirection Stakes) Very little separates Alexis Tangier, Home Journey, and Birdlover in the paper race. ‘Tangier has been away seven months, but has trained well, is 2-for-2 on this course and beat sophs in a simila...
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SA 5/22/2015 R7 - Alexis Tangier closes for the Mizdirection win

Post Time 9:51 PM EDT: The renewal of the Mizdirection Stakes features a field of 8 fillies and mares ready to wage battle “down the hill” with as many as six entrants all within two lengths of each other in the early going.   #3 Amaranth, the ...

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