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I love this volt but I hate Kent has announced that this colt will be quote" So far back they will be counting cars avoiding the Derby Kick back" With so many deep closers I think this is a mistake
Rachel's Valentina was installed as the 7-2 morning line favorite for the 142nd running of the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks.Read More
Looking for a Kentucky Derby Longshot? You better take a look at Majesto.Read More
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  • zatt · Emisael Jaramillo will ride. · 2 days ago
  • Gineska Ciotti via Disqus · Emisael Jaramillo is my favorite rider, for those who do not know; is better than some of those who have named here .. !!! The best option for this colt header :) sorry my English is bad · 1 hour ago
she has got the breeding behind her for a huge run at the distance , im all over her on a 12/1 ticket ,she will leave plenty weeping after the race
Now only five days out from Kentucky Derby 2016, here are the early morning line odds as projected by Horse Racing Nation...Read More
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  • illhaveanothertriplecrown · I love Nyquist and Exaggerator. Obviously odds will make an impact on how I bet but Exaggerator looked scary at Santa Anita, but I believe in Doug. I also like Whitmore and Majesto for longshots · 14 hours ago
  • jjflash67 · danzing candy will be the cat Thief of the millenium and have nothing in the tank down the last 2 blocks to seal the deal. He will fade to fifth or 6th. Nyquist will win, depending on the most important factor out of his control, post position. Mo Spirit will place or show and Creator and SBN and Exaggerator will fight it out for third. Not sure which yet, but one of those. One of those may nip Mo Spirit for 2nd, but Nyquist will win by probably 4 lengths. · 5 hours ago
Was hoping to have a discussion with some of the "core posters" on HRN about this horse. Right now I genuinely think this horse can and just might win the Derby. What I'm hoping to hear are the legitimate reasons that people don't think he will. I really loved his Florida Derby. Yes he was drifting a bit at the end, but he was coming off a sprint and a layoff so that race looked like a great fitness builder to me. I'm not more concerned about him getting the 10F as I am any other horse going 10F in this day and age. Weather/surface doesn't seem to be an issue either. How many of you are feeling this way about him? The horse has guts and he's just been faster than pretty much anyone. For those on the fence will it come down to post position? Unless he gets caught up in some terrible speed duel (and I think he's versatile enough to avoid that) I just have to think he'll get the right trip. Obviously for those trying to make money you'll look elsewhere, but I would love to hear some truly thoughtful opinions on him.
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  • Icelocks · Since you asked Cedar...here are some factual opinions: (1) Nyquist maiden race 5F..got tested and turn back 3/5 favorite in a very fast time...3rd finisher 71/2 lengths behind. (2) 2nd race move up to 6 1/2F G2...Easily defeat them Exceptional time (3) 3rd race move up to 7F G1...Fast time 1.23 1/5 won easily (4) 4th race move up to 1 1/16 G1...got tested and won convincingly...time 1:44 4/5....3rd finisher 5 1/4L behind (5) 5th race Breeders Cup 1 1/16 G1...taken wide, bumped, ran widest of all 15 starters and still won easily...increased 11/16 time in1:43 3/5 (6) 6th race came back off lay off 7F G2...Got tested and turn back G1 competition who went on to win G1...Increased 7F win time to 1:20 3/5 (7) 7th race move to 1 1/8 G1 FlaDerby...tested and prove easily best...finishing 1:49 Fastest at the distance than any 3yr old competing Observation -- (A) When tested Nyquist can show you a new gear -- (B) Horse improving in every race and at each new distance (C) Next race 1m 1/4...Unknown.. but no other 3yr old has run that distance...Conclusion Nyquist is on the quest to be come Triple Crown Contender !! · 1 day ago
  • hoof_hearted666 · Top 3......................VERY LIKELY, Winner................. VERY UNLIKELY. · 23 hours ago
If this horse had the same talent as "Mr Ed" and could actually talk. What do you think he would say to his fans, ahead of the big race on Saturday??
Gift Box worked out 5f. in 1.01.71 on 4-27-16 @ Belmont
I bet if Sail Ahoy and this one were in the derby they would be big threats if they ran more this year
Flo is my favorite jockey he will give you ride every time i really do think he is on the right horse this year. I know its been over 20 years a horse coming from the La Derby, but look what happen last year so it another curse can broke this grindstone was the last horse to win the derby coming from La Derby. But i also like destin and outwork i was at keeneland when outwork ran his 1st race i told my dad there is the derby winner so i am gonna have these three on top in my tri's and super's
  • Icelocks · Gunn Runner, I don't think it is a curse that it has been a long time since an LA Derby horse win the Derby. What believe is, if the La horse can compete at the Derby level, then he has a good chance to win, but he must run like never before to have a good shot !! Now that you mention outwork, this horse and Mo Tom as been the most puzzling ones to me...because outwork can stay with the pace, get first run and try to steal it...then Mo Tom has so many unfortunates in both of his last races, you just can't tell what his capabilities are...therefore, base on my past observation I am force not to leave them out of my Trifecta and Super !! Good luck !! · 2 days ago
  • Scott Hodges via Disqus · It has been 20 years since Grindstone won the La Derby, then ran 2nd in the Ark Derby before nailing Cavonnier at the wire in the Ky. Derby. However, if you look back to 2013 & 2014, you will see two La Derbies also ran finishing 2nd behind Orb & California Chrome at odds of more than 30-1. Yelp, they said those two very well horses had no shot also. But they both paid real good, especially the exactas and trifectas. Heck in 2013 they actually ran 2nd, 3rd,4th,5th behind Orb and all last prep were in the La. Derby. · 4 hours ago
I believe Gun Runner is the horse to beat in this year's derby myself. His sire Candy was the sire of ill-fated Shared Belief who won with the same style as Gun Runner. However, his dam is Quiet Giant,a G2 winner and Gun Runner is her first foal. Quiet Giant's dam is Quiet Dance, who is the dam of Saint Liam, winner of the 2005 BC Classic. Saint Liam also was the only horse to make Ghostzapper work tduring Ghostzapper's unbeaten season in 2004 when they ran a 45.4 109.3 1;34.4 and 147.1 in the 1 1/8 mile Woodward S. Ghostzapper then came back and won the 2004 BC Classic by 6 1/2 lengths in track record time. The bloodlines is there but I wished he had one more race this year. With the exception of American Pharoah last year, the Ky Derby has not been won by anyone with less than three races as a 3 YO in its history. Just A Fact!!!
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  • Icelocks · Scott I am very impress with your background stats on Gun Runner !! He seems to fit in the Derby like a glove! My first strategy always in my handicapping is NOT leaving out the horse with the last best speed figure (which is Gun Runner). But I also check who has been getting great consistent speed figure in the type of company facing now. (there are multiple in this race). Now here is my kicker question...If you think highly about Gun Runner, should you not consider Mo Tom somewhere due to his misfortune of been blocked, steady, and checked running in the same races, which Gun Runner won? .Even though I think Nyquist is a notch better than Gun Runner, I think Gun Runner has a good shot with racing luck, but I would surly be mindful of Mo Tom and play him in the exotics. What you think? · 6 days ago
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · And Saint Liam went on to win the following year's Woodward and BC Classic. · 5 hours ago
ith trainer Mikio Matsunaga looking on, Koji Maeda’s Lani worked five furlongs in 1:01 over a fast track after the renovation break Tuesday morning. The move was the third fastest of 18 at the distance.Read More
  • nu-fan via Disqus · Lani. What a horse. Did you see his Dubai race where he stumbled out of the gate, then, took a wild ride throughout the race but guided by his excellent jockey, Take, finished with a win? In a 20-horse field, it might be helpful to have a horse that can overcome obstacles and not have the perfect trip. Although I am still on Nyquist's wagon -- how can one not be? -- I will be looking for a way to play Lani. Besides, just take a look at his pedigree! He's a tough little dude and he's got distance. Wild one! · 6 hours ago
Race Clue #1 – A field of 14 entered the starting gate for this Kentucky Derby prep. Race Clue #2 – The winner came from well back on the muddy track to get up in the final jump.Read More
  • Waya · The 1983 Derby Trial! · 6 hours ago
  • zatt · There it is ... The 1983 Derby Trial (won by Caveat) is correct. Congratulations, Waya! Tell your fans how you solved tonight's puzzle. · 6 hours ago
when are they doing the drawing for the derby and does anyone know if it is gonna be on tv
In 141 Kentucky Derby races, there has never been a winning trip that began from the 17th gate. Here we look back at some of the more memorable finishes for those horses unlucky enough to wear the 17 blanket. Read More
  • Andy Scoggin via Disqus · The outside has been the place to be. It can only be so long until the 17 PP gets its first winner. · 7 hours ago
With no Songbird in the Kentucky Oaks the door is open for an upset.Read More
Brody's Cause in my book is an Excellent horse with dangerous capabilities !!! Which makes it hard to keep him off the boards...Only 3yr who moved straight from MSW to G1 and win....loves Churchill and has been improving since taken off the Turf.... Exotics Key horse !!!
Any news on if he had the procedure done and if so how he is doing?
Can you imagine if Nyquist got scratched a day or two before the race because of injury.............. OUCH, that would really hurt, of course the Derby would still go on and it would be an exciting spectacle, but WITHOUT Nyquist, it would sorta be a bit of an anti-climax!!! I know that's very unlikely but it's not an impossibility! I was informed by another user on here recently that "I'll Have Another" was scratched from the Belmont just 2 DAYS before the race, because of injury. Can you imagine how devastating that would have been for the connections and owners of the horse. I am SURE I'll Have Another would of won the Belmont, he was SO STRONG at the finish of his races and I think he would have won the Belmont EASY over the 1 1/2m distance, and doing so, HE would of been the 1st Triple Crown for 34 years!!! He had all that fame and glory stolen away from him because of a damn injury! I still rate "Big Brown" and "I'll Have Another" as true GREATS, equally as good as "American Pharoah"........... if not better. :-)
I really like Gun Runner's style, and think he has a very good chance. I did read something on another site that was very troubling, however, if true. Has anyone heard reports of Gun Runner having a bad cough or trouble breathing? Thanks, and good luck to all!

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Who will win the 2016 Kentucky Derby?

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  • Oscar Nominated
  • Shagaf
  • Majesto
  • Trojan Nation
  • Gun Runner
  • Destin
  • Mohaymen
  • Mor Spirit
  • Whitmore
  • Brody's Cause
  • Lani
  • My Man Sam
  • Exaggerator
  • Mo Tom
  • Danzing Candy
  • Outwork
  • Nyquist

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