• Get Happy Mister rides the rails to victory in the San Simeon.Posted 1 day ago
  • El Kabeir breezed 5F in 1:00.18 (3/16) Sunday at BelmontPosted 1 day ago
  • Whiskey Ticket just holds off Conquest Curlinate in the Illinois Derby.Posted 2 days ago
  • Moreno wins the Charles Town Classic, as Shared Belief is eased.Posted 2 days ago
  • Dramedy just holds on to win Keeneland's Elkhorn at 30-1.Posted 2 days ago
  • It's all Hootenanny in his first race back since winning the BC Juvenile Turf.Posted 3 days ago
  • La Verdad best in the Grade 2 Distaff.Posted 3 days ago
  • Carpe Diem covers 4F in :48.00 (5/76) Saturday at Keeneland Posted 3 days ago
  • Baffert says One Lucky Dane is out of the Kentucky Derby, per DRFPosted 3 days ago
  • Materiality, Stanford breeze 5F in 1:00.52 at Palm Beach Downs on SaturdayPosted 3 days ago

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Mountaineer, Race 6
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Will Rogers, Race 1

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Here's Bada Bing's quick takes on all twenty potential Kentucky Derby entrants before post position draw, weather, injuries and/or late scratchesRead More
  • AndyScoggin · None of the horses in the early first flight of horses will have a chance to relax and typically only one at most of them survives. Derby question is which one of that big group will it be? · 1 minutes ago
Tuesday's 3rd race (5:18pm ET) from Turf Paradise is a $10,000 claiming event for 3-year-olds and up which have never won three races. They will be traveling one mile on the turf course (rail at 14 feet).  #2 Prestige Worldwide (3-1) finally got over the two lifetime hump at this course-distanc...Read More
Mub worked 4 fur in 36 1/5 this morning at AP (synthetic) :)
The down time will do him good, maybe "sprout" some wings! He seems to like being airborne...keep good spirits boy, you'll be back in no time, and hopefully better than ever!...
There is no doubt that Bob Baffert is loaded heading to the Kentucky Derby, but which one is his best candidate?Read More
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  • cugel the clever · Updated plus/minus data after loss of One Lucky Dane and addition of Madefromlucky: +6 Carpe Diem, Dortmund +4 International Star, Upstart, American Pharoah +2 Materiality +1 Far Right 0 Stanford, El Kabeir, Mubtaahij -1 Bolo, Danzig Moon, Frosted, Firing Line -2 Tencendur, Ocho Ocho Ocho, Itsaknockout -3 War Story -5 Madefromlucky -10 Mr. Z Biggest impact is improving AP's +/- record because he's beaten MFL twice and he lost once to OLD. · 5 hours ago
  • EdF · Would you have guessed that, since 2000, by a 5 to 4 margin, more horses have won the KD after a tough stretch drive in the last prep than after having a daylight lead at the stretch call and finish of the last prep? The former kind have brought odds of 15-1, 8-1, 5-1, 6-1, and 12-1. The latter kind have given us odds of 5-2, 2-1, 4-1, and 20-1 (the longshot was War Emblem). Also, the last three who won the KD after the stretch-drive prep had BSFs under 100. All four of the daylight prep winners had BSFs of 106 and higher. So what's my point? :-) International Star and Stanford (both with BSF of 98 in the Ark Derby) fit the profile of the stretch duelers, and American Pharoah and Dortmund (BSFs of 105 & 106, respectively) fit the profile for the daylight winners. At odds of 15-1 or higher for Int'l Star and 25-1 or higher for Stanford, and between 5-2 and 4-1 for Pharoah and Dortmund, the betting strategy is clear for me! · 1 hour ago
OOPS!!!!!!!!!! sorry 3 fur duhhhhhhhhh! :)
Video of Mubtaahij this morning from Arlington Park- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TO3iXd1mSA&feature=youtu.be
To those of you that pay attention to Derby trends. They mentioned the following one, on TVG today. In the past 10 years,which means 30 horses . Animal Kingdom and California Chrome are the only 2 horses to hit the board while wearing blinkers. Don't worry,none of the top contenders in this tears race will be wearing blinkers.
  • Chicken Dinner via Disqus · Also of interest...no derby contender that ate hay on the night of a full moon while standing on his head has ever won either...no worries though, none of the top contenders are doing that this year! Lol...just having some fun ;) · 2 hours ago
Saturday at Hawthorne was special to Heidi Carpenter for three reasons: the Sixty Sails Handicap, the 58th running of the Illinois Derby, and for personal reasons, race 4--a MdSpWt.Read More
  • zatt · That big gray on the outside could be a force later this year ... maybe as soon as the Queen's Plate for Conquest Curlinate. · 2 hours ago
Thanks to the steady stream of tweets tonight by Jim Rome, we now know the injury suffered by the top rated horse in America was a non-displaced fracture on the point of his right hip. Read More
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  • JJ the TV watcher via Disqus · Love the article. Yes, this incident seems to have brought out the best and the worst of the internet. But the updates from Jim and the outpouring of fan support are what I will remember. The trolls can just go back to their caves. And thanks for the clip of the San Antonio. Man that was a good race! · 3 hours ago
  • Bluegrass · Nice article Brian. As to the photo, it speaks volumes. Would not surprise me to see it win an Eclipse award next year. · 3 hours ago
train him as a front runner
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  • travel_vic · In all my experience in the game I have seen 2, count 'em TWO horses that were a datable enough to do that. It just does not work. · 3 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · Typo giggle, tv. I have a whole list, starting with Acclamation ;) Just kidding. I think the word was adaptable or ratable, not datable. · 3 hours ago
I have reviewed Bolo's races and he hasnt been given the green light. Basically his power button hasnt been pushed. Heres another interesting tidbit about Bolo, his pedigree has a long line of distance in it with a ton of stamina. Most Notably his damsire Chief Seattle who is also the son of Seattle Slew. Both were very good at distance and proven especially Slew. Both had an on and off button and very consistent. So too does Bolo. Now dont get me wrong, hes not the fastest horse but he did keep up with the beast Dortmund in 2 races. I think the added distance and being lightly raced and not pushed hard in those races, sets up nicely for him to compete well in the Ky Derby. I think he will run in the top 5. I am a gambling man and Im gonna put 100 on him to win. Im all too familiar with big longshots winning the derby and this years derby is no exception. I will definately have American Pharoah in my Exacta and Tri. Hes the one to beat. Stranger things have happened. Bolo is my pick. Any thoughts?
  • imisswilltakecharge · Certainly one of those brilliant moves if your right! Why not just trim down to $1. exactas over the 5 favorites, play several $1. Exactas to avoid taxes if you hit, then "reverse cowboy" the bet too...take him second under the 5 faves...then maybe a $20. win/place/show? I am in a similar boat with Firing Line and maybe Materiality/Mubtaahij right now...decisions, decisions! Take a shot, right! Seems like although we will have 3 horses at 6-1 or less on Derby Day, really means its more wide open...California Chrome was more alone at the top last year and it panned out that way; Orb too. If you throw out the horses names and look at the final odds and results of the last decade, the races that shape up like this actually have more of those 12-1 through 18-1 horses hitting the board. I know we all look for value as there can be some serious paychecks, but a few safety bets and about 85% of your money on the next step up payout-wise doesn't seem too crazy this year despite the 3 favorites... The real toss up is figuring out who to toss so you conserve some bankroll on the triples and supers...good luck my friend! · 3 hours ago
  • imisswilltakecharge · Also, slightly worried about the "late bloomers" like (possibly) Stanford, Danzig Moon, and Tencendur when it comes to crashing the trifecta and super party...can't afford to use them everywhere but feel like I will kick myself if I ignore them...Tencendur and Danzig Moon may have the best style of this weaker trio... · 3 hours ago
No chance to win the Derby. Sorry Mac......
  • Harriet Stone via Disqus · Mr. Cugel, Madefromlucky does have a chance to win the Derby. If you break down the Ark Dby chart, MFL ran a better race than Far Right. That's the truth. · 4 hours ago
With so much of the 2015 Kentucky Derby talk centered around Bob Baffert’s dynamic duo, Todd Pletcher finds himself in unfamiliar territory. Read More
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  • travel_vic · QUOTE: "Carpe Diem I think is a 1-1/4 horse and with his running style should be a factor at the end of the KD." You are reviewing the WRONG end of the race. WHO can last to the 2nd call and then of that group, WHO can close from there. Few late movers in this race get to the wire first. · 15 hours ago
  • richard jaimungal via Disqus · The mistake everybody will be making is second guessing . MATERIALITY..ans Upstart... · 5 hours ago
Frosted earned a 103 Beyer speed figure for his victory yesterday in the G1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct.
  • SeattleStrike12 via Disqus · Faster than Carpe Diem ran the bluegrass · 5 hours ago
the only way he could lose was if his jockey fell off him, he could win with true ease
It seems some people are still more concerned about the money and don't care about the welfare of the horse. Fortunately Mike Smith was riding Shared Belief and not them. Quite a few of these people didn't belief the horse was actually hurt and there was a conspiracy to defraud the bettors. It seems some people involved in racing have much more integrity than some that only bet on it.
Horse Racing Nation gives you past performances for the 2015 Kentucky Derby jockeys.Read More
It is said that God gave man dominion over all animals. In a sense, one might say that animals were meant to, entertain, inspire, thrill and enlighten us. In this way Lady’s Secret gave us more than her fair share!Read More
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  • travel_vic · Dont' forget Kingston Rule (winner of a track record holder of the Melbourne Cup), Risen Star 2/3rds of the triple crown) , General Assembly ( Travers winner and for a time track record holder at that distance). · 6 hours ago
  • Fred Tunks via Disqus · Nice clip of film from an earlier edition of the Paulic Report http://www.paulickreport.com/video/bullet-train-presents-horse-of-the-year-newsreel-family-ties/ · 6 hours ago
Richard and Nancy Kaster’s U S Marshal prevailed with a prominent trip, engineered by jockey David Moran, in Sunday's $102,800 Wando Stakes, at Woodbine.Read More
  • Incitatus4Consul via Disqus · I just missed this exacta! Had Decision Day.. A highly regarded colt that just couldn't hold on a late charge. · 7 hours ago
  • travel_vic · Brave souls betting the first month of the season as it is usually chalkville. · 6 hours ago

Poll of the Day

Who is your early top pick for the Kentucky Derby?

  • International Star
  • Upstart
  • Dortmund
  • Mubtaahij
  • Carpe Diem
  • American Pharoah
  • Firing Line
  • other
  • Materiality
  • Frosted

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