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At the news conference they said he had a bunch of dirt trapped in his larynx. That is why he stopped at the quarter pole and had to be eased to the wire. Part of the problem with Upstart is he does not appear to like the jockey in his back. He takes him between horses when he is changing leads (DQ FOY), takes him next to a horse that is drifting out into him under a left whip when he has the entire track (Fl Derby) and as a result does not want to finish races. And the Derby saw the horse fighting for his head the entire race in 11th place and taking loads of dirt in the lungs. No horse whisperer needed. THEY NEED A NEW JOCKEY, and a new trainer if the trainer thinks letting Ortiz ride the Derby without a plan B was a good idea. Sitting in 11th place with that tepid place was ridiculous. Until they address this issue, the horse is all potential and a no bet.
The Tin Man, a popular multiple grade I-winning gelding who raced through age 9, died April 29 at age 17 in Santa Ynez, Calif. Bred and owned by Ralph and Aury Todd and trained by Richard Mandella, The Tin Man earned $3,663,780, winning 13 of 31 starts. His biggest victories included the 2006 Arlington Million (gr. IT), the 2002 and 2006 editions of the Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship (gr. IT), and the 2007 Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT), the latter at age 9. Victor Espinoza, who piloted American Pharoah to victory in the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), rode The Tin Man in the Arlington Million and recalled what a thrill it was to win that race."He was one of my favorite horses," Espinoza said of the Kentucky-bred son of Affirmed—Lizzie Rolfe, by Tom Rolfe. "He was so nice and kind. He was an amazing horse. I always rode that horse with so much confidence. I always trusted that when I needed him in a race that I knew he was going to respond." Article on Bloodhorse
It's gonna be a thriller at Pimlico with this dark horse burning up the track. I love this race already... I don't see Frosted or Materiality... all the race needs now is late speed.
American Pharoah's big victory was far from the only excellent racing performance of the three-day Derby weekend. Read More
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  • zatt · Thanks, Amino. I knew there would be some I forgot ... Dame Dorothy! · 2 hours ago
  • jockey2be. · You forgot my boy-Upstart ;) Good list!!! · 1 hour ago
Hope he runs in the Belmont. He owes me money!!!! Disappointed in that derby. Even though I got the tri, I wanted him to win
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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  • vodkak · Kapp you make a very good point. Frequently I find Beyer speed figures "suspect". So much so I don't use them at all as I prefer Brisnet's figures. · 7 hours ago
  • Douglas Rutherford via Disqus · Justin Zayats : 1st , CONGRATS once again : 2nd , I sure hope your able to get with DWL and map out a Good race for Mr Z up n coming ! Needs a breather ~ thats for sure . I was really starting to worry after the start with Mr Z . I knew the plan was to use Mr Z as a full back to try closing in fast towards the inside as much as possible so that not many got thru before the 1st turn so that AP would hopefully have a clean clear sweep around the turn : Mr Z and jockey really deserve so much credit also for AP win : Mr Z really kept Danzig Moon and bunch of others from getting thru : A fabulous plan by the Zayats to take advantage of that situation as a team . ( NOW THOUGH ) would like to see whats best for Mr Z : Take a breather , map out a Good winning race for this colt : Justin : Mr Z deserves so much credit for AP win in rhe Derby : Even from the Arkansas Derby : CONGRATS ZAYATS ~ · 2 hours ago
Lets' look at the race logically. In regards to beating the Derby winner, the first thing we look at are new shooters. There are none that can threaten A.P. , not even in their wildest dreams. The next thing you can point to,is the quick turnaround of 2 weeks. Since the horses he dominated will all be working under the same time line, that angle does not hold much water. Finally we examine the trip and compare it to the Derby. A.P. by far had the roughest trip from all the contenders. With a smaller field entering the gates in the Preakness. A better trip is almost guaranteed.
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  • amino998 · almost... did you see Victor {I'm just a lucky Mexican} Espinoza's 'trips' in the TC Belmonts? :) · 2 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · Not even pimples on an Elephants butt. Todd is to smart to wheel back in 2 weeks and go 2 turns for the 1rst time. If C.E. ran,he'd get swallowed up. If he ran,it would be one of the dumbest decisions of the Racing year. · 2 hours ago
Let's be clear. This Horse had a heart of Gold and was the Best of the Best. He took on all comers and beat most of them. How many Triple Crown Winners are there? This Horse earned the respect of all how watched him run and was a Champion.
Not saying it's a lie but there's always some after the fact explanation for a disappointing showing. Last year it was Chrome's hoof in the Belmont. I'm just saying. I look forward to seeing Dortmund back in form in the Preakness. I doubt he'll beat AP though.
Can American Pharoah move one step closer to Triple Crown glory 13 days from now in Baltimore? Let's take an early look at what the field for the 2015 Preakness could look like.Read More
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  • jetsom1000 . via Disqus · I always look to beat the fav. this horse is going to be tough to beat, i had the exacta in derby, not sure any of these will beat AP..but anything is possible · 6 hours ago
  • michael via Disqus · AP will win this one no doubt.a little shorter distance..yea · 3 hours ago
Full Results chart of the 2015 Kentucky Derby. Read More
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  • Douglas Rutherford via Disqus · Update : From the Kentucky Derby South Point Casino & Spa ( Seminar ) Hosted By ( John Kelly ) Top Pro California Hanicapper ( Patrick Mcquiggan ) Southern California Clocker ( Toby Turell ) . . . I was informed that the news about FIRING LINE came from ( Toby Turrell ) the Clocker from Southern California : Toby mentioned about the breaking news of Firing Line to the public and to Patrick while doing their Seminar . . . This was where the Info came from . just to clear the air : From the May 1st 6pm Kentucky Derby Seminar from Las Vegas Nv at the SOUTH POINT CASINO & SPA that was hosted by John Kelly · 20 hours ago
  • Kat_Smith · I wish I could have been there to see the race! I bet it was beautiful! · 3 hours ago
As much as I thought AP was a super horse coming into the derby based on how easy he made things look in the Reb and AD as well as the way he was training, I suspect something is going on with this horse health wise. We all know he runs with a plate in his left front but the way he washed out so badly going into the gate (first time I have seen that from him), the way he was whipped to oblivion coming down the stretch and then the way he jogged back to the winner circle all tell me this horse has something that he is dealing with. Coming back in two weeks will be very difficult for this horse. I don't see him improving with the short turn around. I hate to piss on anyone's party and I hope I am wrong but I would not be surprised if this horse shuts it down. We all know trainers doctor these horses up (yes even the great ones) but not sure he is fine. I did very well on the derby but will probably watch the Preakness hoping I am wrong.
  • icyhotboo · I think his problem in the KD was the extreme outside PP. If Sanford hadn't scratched and he was coming out of the #18 PP he would have had an extremely hard time establishing position like he did. This is something Victor Espinoza said. For myself it made the difference between betting and watching. · 3 hours ago
The times in the derby are a direct correlation with the track conditions. Alysheba, smarty jones, charismatic, and others all ran 2:03+. A turd like monarchos ran sub 2:00. Spectacular bid, 2:02.4. Is monarchois really a better horse than spectacular bid by 3 seconds over 1 1/4 miles? Sunday silence ran 2:05, and beat easy goer, two of the best horses ever supposedly would have gotten beat by 30 lengths by monarchos? They'll never let the track get like that again. When Monarchos threatened secretariats record, it was never going to be allowed that a horse would threaten 2:00 again. These times are simply a reflection of track conditions, not a reflection of quality of the horses involved. It was a strong field, baffert went out and did exactly what he wanted, had dortmund and AP control the pace of the race and duke it out in the last 8th. It was a perfect setup not a "slow" race time
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  • Jay Harrison via Disqus · This race could of easily went in 2:01 with the fractions being what they were for the first mile of the race. The fact is they slowed considerably, which had nothing to do with track conditions IMO. · 3 hours ago
  • travel_vic · Monarchos was the 3rd fastest run of all time and his races coming in were right in the middle of the standard energy requirements to win this and the most consistently run in the last 25 runnings of that race. He was excellent, and miles above his competition. His run would have destroyed this field EASILY. Up front they went 44 4/5, 109 1/5, 1:35, finishing in 1:59.97 He was 10th at the 6f, 6th at the head of the stretch hen closed in 24 flat...HARDLY a turd...Investigate before your ignorance is exposed for what it is. · 3 hours ago
Despite the fact that he washed out, started from the 15 post and had a less than stellar ride by his Jockey, he still Won the Race. How many lengths would American Pharoah need to win the Preakness by to say, "That is a good horse?"
A rabbit....okay....Competitive Edge is no RABBIT and has just a good of chance of winning the Preakness as Firing Line or Dortmund. Now Am Pharoah is a great horse who got one of the 4 best posts in the derby, but anything can happen. That race may have taken a lot out of him. Competitive Edge is my pick to win the Preakness and Materiality is my pick to win the Belmont.
  • https://www.facebook.com/fiddl · Took the words right out of my mouth... if I had to guess now that is. A lot can happen between then and now though. Obviously need to see The Preakness and Peter Pan Stakes, and watch workouts, and see how the horses health progresses. I think it will be between Competitive Edge and AP, could go either way. But I won't snub my nose and the other contenders, this year's class is incredible... I really think Materiality or Frosted could win The Belmont. Materiality's running style is generally better in The Belmont. · 4 hours ago
Beyer speed figures are BS. Anyone who bets based on beyer speed figures will surely be a loser. Its one guys opinion of the track conditions plus some other bs formula stats. Its a terrible way to judge horses and more importantly its a terrible way to bet on them
This is anually one of my favorite races on the calendar. At one point this was looking like an absolute showdown but with the lackluster performances by Honor Code and Bayern this weekend and the injuries to Palace Malice(still may run) and Shared Belief has this race lost some of its potential luster? Thoughts?
  • Jay Harrison via Disqus · From what I read it sounds like Palace Malice is fine and that Todd even wants to get a race into him before the Met Mile, which is great news. All the big boys will show up and run their race I believe, as we all know each horse loves the track. Of course I hope Palace Malice can repeat and beat what will be another really good field. Met Mile never seems to disappoint for horse power. · 4 hours ago
The times in the derby are a direct correlation with the track conditions. Alysheba, smarty jones, charismatic, and others all ran 2:03+. A turd like monarchos ran sub 2:00. Spectacular bid, 2:02.4. Is monarchois really a better horse than spectacular bid by 3 seconds over 1 1/4 miles? Sunday silence ran 2:05, and beat easy goer, two of the best horses ever supposedly would have gotten beat by 30 lengths by monarchos? They'll never let the track get like that again. When Monarchos threatened secretariats record, it was never going to be allowed that a horse would threaten 2:00 again. These times are simply a reflection of track conditions, not a reflection of quality of the horses involved. It was a strong field, baffert went out and did exactly what he wanted, had dortmund and AP control the pace of the race and duke it out in the last 8th. It was a perfect setup not a "slow" race.
What if Dortmund finished last in the Derby and Baffert came out and said the reason for the failed showing was because he had a bout with colic a week before? The uproar would of been astounding.
  • https://www.facebook.com/john. · I am still a bit bothered by it. I am not a vet or expert, I don't know what the effects of a "slight" bout with colic entails but it would have been nice to know before the race. · 4 hours ago
I guess ...but the track bias was super fast on dirt ...all the races were fast ...noone came from off the pace yesterday on the dirt
  • kapp123 via Disqus · Except that 25-1 shot. · 1 day ago
  • travel_vic · MOST race tracks favor speed on the main dirt oval...It is just a matter of physiology · 4 hours ago

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