• Far From Over is injured and off the Kentucky Derby trail, according to owner, James Covello.Posted 22 hours ago
  • Materiality turns away the challenge of Upstart to win the Florida Derby.Posted 3 days ago
  • International Star reels in Stanford late to win the Louisiana Derby.Posted 3 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox sweeps the 3yo filly stakes at Fair Grounds with today's win in the Oaks.Posted 3 days ago
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  • Pants On Fire guts out a win in the Sir Shackleton.Posted 3 days ago
  • War Correspondent rolls late to win the Appleton.Posted 3 days ago
  • Prince Bishop wins the world's richest race; California Chrome 2nd.Posted 3 days ago
  • Dolniya dominates the boys in the Dubai Sheema ClassicPosted 3 days ago
  • Solow defeats The Grey Gatsby in the $6,000,000 Dubai TurfPosted 3 days ago

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Wednesday's 9th race (5:28pm ET) from Aqueduct is a $40,000 Maiden Claiming event for NY-bred 3-year-olds and up traveling one mile on the main track.  #3 G R's Giant (4-1) broke from post 10 in his last two starts (4-wide 3-12, impeded 1-15) vs. this kind and landed the place on the inner dirt...Read More
  • travel_vic · 6 Nin Pin 5 Colorado Grandslam 4 Send It In 2 Freudian Lights Odd one here is the layoff 8.....Will have to wait until close to post time to re-evaluate this strange race....Maiden again? · 19 minutes ago
  • travel_vic · another analyst has it very different and that is usually the indication that no one is particularly a good choice: 5 Colorado Grandslam 6 Nin Pin 3 G R's Giant 8 Jacob's Here but the 6 5 do stand out and BEFORE scratches they would be keys here. · 16 minutes ago
UAE invaders haven't panned out stateside historically. Though I will admit his he may be the best foreign invader in the field & his past 3 races (especially the last one) visually look like impressive finishes. The fact of the matter is the small UAE fields, along with the splits and overall times are not impressive for those distances; 1M, first quarter in 25secs final time in 1:37.7? 1 3/16M first quarter in 26secs final times in 1:58 or 1:59? That's MSW times there, the Derby first quarter will be ~24 secs and the final time for 1 1/4 will be ~2:02 so is he going to miraculously be getting through a boatload of traffic and getting that last 1/16 in 4 seconds flat??? Ummm, NO! My money will be elsewhere...
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  • Fiddler's Green Standardbred via Disqus · If you're looking for actual evidence that the track is slower... look no further than the fact that Meydan uses gate timing instead of a run-up. · 23 hours ago
  • amdaman via Disqus · Could it be because historically it was a synthetic surface? About the times, Meydan is a slow track. It was playing faster on DWC day, but it was still slow. Did you see how fast they ran the DWC? Also, have you considered the fact that they don't use a run-up in Meydan? The Florida Derby had a run-up of 80 ft., and they took 2.5 seconds before they activated the clock. That's pretty slow. But the clock only gets activated when they've already picked up speed. So when you see the first 1/4 in Meydan run in 25 seconds, it's not because they're running slow, its because the clock starts as soon as the gates open. I think this horse has a legitimate shot at the KD if he maintains his current form. · 20 minutes ago
Only 6 horses entered for the Wood, that is sad. Most of them closers as well. This is Frosted's best chance to sneak into The Derby with some easy points if he ends up being the lone speed at Aqueduct... The only bright side to this is that if El Kabeir doesn't get exposed here as a middle distance horse and Frosted finds a backdoor into this field, that's 2 horses I get to toss for my exotics are Derby Day. That's a precious commodity in a 20 horse field.
  • Deano · You may want to consider Toasting Master. Only his 2nd start at a distance on dirt.(Ocala route was synthetic) Nice first try over the track and set most of the pace with pressure. Another 1/8th of a mile maybe he gets brave if not challenged early. Like you said with a lot of closers you look for speed. Just a thought. · 17 hours ago
  • MarkKennedy · Hell i think you can toss the FLORIDA < LOUISANNA AND NEW YORK series horses completley out and leave you 6 nice horses in no particular order dortmund, carpe diem, firing line, american pharoh,mutajji, and if he gets in BOLD CONQUEST · 29 minutes ago
el kabeir and frosted...like to see both in the derby
Where is he?
Highlighting Keeneland's opening weekend will be the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes headlined by Carpe Diem.Read More
  • veyedoublenwhy · Besides Carpe, I expect Danzig Moon to run very well in this spot. · 2 hours ago
  • amdaman via Disqus · It'd be smarter if all those hyperlinks pointed to the individual horse's page, and not to the same general comments page. · 1 hour ago
With Far From Over out of commission I think the race will be left to a closer.
Today’s announcement of Far From Over’s injury is another reminder of just how fleeting the dreams of Kentucky Derby glory can be. Read More
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  • amdaman via Disqus · There's always a handful of casualties on the road to the KD. It's the luck of the draw. But this year it hasn't--so far--been too bad, as all of the marquee names are still on target for the big race. · 12 hours ago
  • veyedoublenwhy · Eskendereya would've won the Triple Crown. Not a doubt in my mind. He was one of the most impressive horses I've ever seen. · 2 hours ago
Anyone using times to rate this horse didn't watch the race. He was basically pulled up to a gallop at the quarter pole. What needed to Be seen is the extra gear he had and the explosion of foot once he got to the leader. That what you plant to see from a derby prep. A stalker with an extra gear. Easily the best performance this yr with out being tested. This is a derby horse and if your leaving him off then I'm glad. I'll take the money and laugh to the bank
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  • Lorelord via Disqus · Also, don't be deceived, there was no explosion or extra gear, those other horses were clearly backing up and spitting the bit while he was the only one finishing at all... Yes there was some finish there, but without another legit animal in the race it's tough to gauge what you're seeing... · 6 hours ago
  • amdaman via Disqus · I agree with everything you said, well... except for the part where you say your, instead of you're. · 2 hours ago
Check out race 4 at keeneland. Allowance featuring big blue kitten, mr speaker, hyper, majestic harbor, guys reward, and war dancer.
I hope the field gets better as the week goes on. It's looking pretty weak right now and Dortmund should jog his way to another victory.
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  • vodkak · Dortmund will probably go off about 1 to 5. So much for being a competitive race; a paid workout. · 1 day ago
  • Scrap via Disqus · You might wanna take good look at cross the line, had a rough trip last out,seems to enjoy running distance, and might take to the dirt !? Can't argue with the connections!!! · 4 hours ago
Hard to gauge him since he's faced absolutely no other legit Derby potential horse... Still leaning Dortmund there, but his Spiral win was impressive in the sense he came out of gate 12 and put that field of nobodies away pretty well.
Got Mubtaahij at 125-1(only $25, unfortunately) three weeks ago...very excited after his UAE Derby performance....if he can translate that turn of foot to the Churchill surface, we might have have a winner
  • Lorelord via Disqus · Well you're getting great odds! That's the good news. The bad news is if the UAE performance excited you, you didn't see who he ran against... he basically faced a crew of horses that should of been packing a lunch and flashlights for that trip... · 6 hours ago
@hrn-5817b9ce0166e6e9a3bbf012af91e781:disqus I honestly could care less about the trip he got. I rather see him get a dream trip and visually see him throttle away from horses then to see him run like most of this years crop and win a race by about a length with little or no acceleration.
  • Lorelord via Disqus · Most of this years crop is running against other formidable competitors (who aren't backing up) so it's tougher to throttle away... · 6 hours ago
For those of you claiming track time difference look no further than Materiality. 1.52 and change, finished up in 13 4/5. Say he runs 14 in the Derby that puts him at 2.06.....this same horse just ran the best Beyer (110) for any 3 year old heading to Kentucky. I'm not even a big Beyer or Materiality fan, but lets face it - final time means next to nothing. Show me who they beat, and how they do it. Final time is little more than a statistic for Track Variant.
  • Lorelord via Disqus · I don't disagree, but when you show me who they beat (and it was nobody for this guy), then I start looking at splits & times to gauge what exactly we're working with since there are no other parameters to gauge. · 6 hours ago
Ryan Brady brings us the last installment of his journey to Dubai, recapping the big evening with his usual personal touch.Read More
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  • darlene · Thanks for including us on your journey Most amazing place to watch some great racing Safe travels home · 2 days ago
  • Mary Z. · Gorgeous views. Really neat about Secret Circle. I was looking at the food and noticed the canned drink. ohn, giggles. Would love to go there "someday". · 9 hours ago
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Laurie Ross from Pedigree Power and Ashley Tamulonis from Coast To Coast knock things around and make their points about the Florida Derby contenders.Read More
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  • DavidBenning · I don't like that Materiality is firing back in 22 days off a 102 Beyer (downgraded from 104), but this is precisely how Pletcher set it up. Materiality could have run sooner and had more recovery time. I suppose it's possible that Materiality's sparkling race was unexpected, he wasn't the favorite after all. I think it's natural to be worried about a bounce here. However, I didn't think he was overly tired after the race like Ocean Knight was after the Sam Davis, for ex. Then there was his utter professionalism, way beyond his number of starts, he won the race like a grizzled vet. I think that bodes well for him in the FD and beyond. Itsaknockout should appreciate the added distance, but his Beyers are still very light. He needs a break-out race. Taking his 2-1 ML in that situation seems like a bad idea to me. And I like this colt. No matter how you slice it, the FD prep race was not a strongly run race. Upstart did not look good winning it. He had sweat on his neck, nervous sweat, at the finish line. He veered out at the finish. And most troubling of all - he had to be whipped at or around the quarter pole to get into the race. There's no question Upstart's ultimate class got him to the finish line first, but this was not a promising race for Upstart, imo, his sterling resume notwithstanding. Then I heard his trainer complaining about the post position (9 spot of 9) - He said, "if it was 10 or 11 I might be getting on a plane" (meaning going to run in the Wood or whatever) - you gotta be kidding me? Maybe this is just how the trainer is wired, but if I had what I thought was the best colt in the race, I wouldn't be making pre-race excuses for him. All of these things and his likely 7 to 5 price have me on the outside looking in. I'm not playing him, I'm playing against him in this spot. The upgraded rider on Ami's Flatter is duly noted. Indianaught showed a beautiful turn of foot on the turf when closing, a couple race back, I think. His running style is a question mark here. I would include both of these in my exotic verticals. · 4 days ago
  • Easy Goer via Disqus · this blog is so LOL · 9 hours ago
Super Screener author, Mike Shutty, has taken a look back at the weekend's preps and what the results mean for Kentucky Derby 2015!Other than California, horses training in the Sunshine State have been producing quality outcomes which have yielded some of the better prep ratings. The Super Screener ...Read More
  • DavidBenning · shhhhh - everyone is looking at actual times and tossing the FD winner, now BRIS comes out with their figures, which belies the perception that these were sub-par efforts. No one has looked better at a mile and eighth than Materiality in his last two races, and his FD race is a strong indicator of his chances to handle a mile and a quarter. Yes, he must overcome 100+ years of history, but what percentage of 3yos win a grade one in their third starts at a distance of ground? I'll bet they are few and far between. The fact M went from 6fs to a 1 and 1/8 miles in only his 2nd start with such tremendous professionalism and alacrity while leaving a quality front-running 3yo in his wake in the process speaks volumes about his extra ordinary ability. The Derby question remains: just how extra ordinary is he? I will wait to see how he comes into the race before I make up my mind. But this long held KD maxim has never been more in-danger than it is right now. And the likelihood is that he will be a square price in the KD, maybe 12-1, or higher, depending upon how strong the leading contenders perform in their final preps in the coming days. · 17 hours ago
  • https://www.facebook.com/richa · Super screener is crazy. In any other prep upstart would have won hands down.. going after M as early as he did which is not his ideal style of running does not mean he will not get the derby distance... I think more so it has made him even more ready for the derby ..unlike M who may feel the effects of that hard race . because of lack of seasoning. · 11 hours ago
I'll agree with firing line but not Dortmund I'll take the use derby winner and firing line as my two picks

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