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  • Grand Contender best in a sloppy Buddy DilibertoPosted 10 hours ago
  • California Chrome covers 4F in :49.00 at Los Al (2/2)Posted 17 hours ago
  • There will be a Pick Six carryover of $18,465 when racing resumes Friday at Los Alamitos.Posted 1 day ago
  • Bayerd gets the job done in the Springboard Mile! Posted 5 days ago
  • Acceptance remains unbeaten in winning the King Glorious! Posted 5 days ago
  • Good Luck Gus best in the Damon Runyon! Posted 5 days ago
  • Mr. Z works 5F in 1:00.00 (2/24) at Los Al on Dec. 14Posted 5 days ago
  • Liam's Map gamely gets his first stakes win in the Harlan's Holiday! Posted 6 days ago
  • Micromanage over Vyjack in the Queens County! Posted 6 days ago
  • Sunbean does it again in the Louisana Champions Day Classic! Posted 6 days ago
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I was listening to an interview today with someone who has a HOTY vote,he shared with the interviewer who and why he would be voting for. He said his selection is California Chrome. He spoke of why Main Sequence in his mind is not a serious contender. He said that in all respects to The BC Turf Classic, The Joe HirschTurf Classic, The Sword Dancer and The United Nations. They are not The KY. Derby nor The Preakness . So in 1 fell swoop,this pin head has labeled The BC Classic irrelevant, as well as The Belmont Stakes-The Haskell- The Travers to name a few . He mentioned that running only 4 times ,hurt his chances. Then this pin head really made me laugh. He closed out the interview by stating that if Wise Dan had run and won the BC Mile,he would of been his selection as HOTY. In other years,the opinions of knucleheads like this guy would go in one ear and out the other to most. But if i am not mistaken ,this year they have Parimutual wagering on the award. Vegas has got to love it.
  • ekindy · Having parimutuel wagering on an award that is voted on by writers strikes me the same way as parimutuel wagering on professional wrestling. How do you prevent the people who decide on the winner from collecting on bets? And this demonstrates what has been driving me bonkers about the HOTY this year. People are going out of their way to tailor what they think qualifies as HOTY material based on how the horse they want to win has done on the track. This guy is trying to say with a straight face that 4 races including a BC win doesn't qualify for a HOTY award, but 5 races including a BC win is a monumental leap forward. But what he is really saying is that he is willing to change the rules for a horse he is a fan of. I have no problem if someone looks equally at all horses and decides that Chrome is the best of the bunch. I might not agree, but as long as they come by that assessment honestly I can accept that. But the vast majority of arguments in favor of Chrome tend to only highlight the downside of his HOTY competitors and ignore the downside of Chrome. Yes, Bayern lost a lot, but so did Chrome! Yes, Main Sequence only ran 4 races, but he won just as many big races as Chrome did in 9 tries, and he didn't have to go to Plan B to get that 4th G1 win! And yes, Untapable failed when she tried to make a jump in gender class, but at least she succeeded when she made the jump in age class, which is a heck of a lot more than Chrome can say! In fact Chrome had to step back in age class to get his elusive 4th G1 win, and this is in a day and age where almost everyone (including many who are going to vote for Chrome) complains that there should be no 3YO races after August! Ah, but the difference is because Chrome ran on a different surface, so it's okay to take a monumental step back in class because proving you can run on multiple surfaces is an important quality in a HOTY. Since when? Well since now because that's what California Chrome just did! You can't make this stuff up! They are just going to end up cheapening the award if this is how the voting is going to take place from now on. But at the end of the day, even now, the award is nothing compared to a win on the track. I am sure the connections of Bayern or Main Sequence or Untapable would never trade in their BC wins for a Eclipse, and I am sure California Chrome's connections would have gladly traded in an Eclipse or two in exchange for a BC win. · 30 minutes ago
Noosa Beach was a good one in the Pacific Northwest. ran against Winning Machine several times
Somebody please give "Artie the Smarty" a 2015 Calender for X-Mas. I read that CC drilled a bullet work today at Los Ala, in preperation of the San Antonio. That race falls on Feb. 7th 2015. That is 50 days away, at an average of 1 work per 7 days or so. Does Artie really think that C.C is in need of 6 or 7 works to get him ready for that race. Maybe ease up on him a bit now ,just let him feel his oats. Get serious in his last 3 works. After all he is only 3 weeks removed from a race and one that included 2 workouts in 1 week. If Artie is putting the knuckles to CC in the mornings this early in the Season. I would say that CC just might be making his last start of his career around June or July.
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  • triple_double · You are right Anne, it's 49 seconds for half mile drill & not a "bullet" work. CC went 24 3/5 for the first quarter, he was just going easy, just stretching his legs, Russ Hudak said. · 7 hours ago
  • Sullivan · Thought it was bizarre he was doing more than galloping at the moment. Horse might make it to the Breeder's Cup - After the San Antonio/Big Cap double, he should end up in the Oaklawn Handicap or Charlestown Classic which gives him at least a two month break between the Gold Cup @ SA or a little less for the Stephen Foster at the site of his greatest win. Then he gets another two months off depending on if they decide to go to the Arlington Million or Pacific Classic, and by that time it's Awesome Again>BCC or the more likely Joe Hirsch Invitational for $350,000 more · 7 hours ago
Any hints on when his next race might be?
If any of yall are going to be at the Fair Grounds tomorrow, could you take lots of pictures of Silver? Please? :)
  • chitu77 · Sure! There is another 2 year-old colt, Promise Me Freedom running in race #10. Are they related at all?? :) · 8 hours ago
Honor Code will workout tomorrow at Payson Park, however McGaughey says that HC will skip the Hal's Hope and instead point for the Gulfstream Park Handicap for his four year old debut, according to DRF
  • tmallios via Disqus · Absolutely not a good sign when a 3yo runs 1 race in the Spring and then is laid up for 8 months. Upon his return, they have already altered his Racing Schedule before he even got going. · 20 hours ago
  • Sullivan · I agree - real question is not his next start, but if Farish thinks hes commercial enough to stand at home · 10 hours ago
This question will take a bit of thought process. For the obvious,i will disqualify Secreteriat from the equation. Here goes............Who is the most talented Race Horse that you have seen race LIVE. By that i mean in person and not on any media feed. I know many may be younger and have not seen them all. But keep in mind,there is no right or wrong answer. Again the stipulation is the most TALENTED HORSE you have seen LIVE. Mine is Ruffian in the slimmest of margins over Seattle Slew.
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  • tmallios via Disqus · Jockey seems like the Graded winner you saw live ,is running at GP tommorrow in Race9.Enjoy · 12 hours ago
  • SnidgetAsphodel via Disqus · I don't get trackside to the big races all that often, unfortunately, but the one that stays with me the most is seeing Awesome Gem who I've probably seen race more times than I have other horses. I don't consider him one of the greats by any means, but he was no slouch and damn it that horse was as tough as nails and I enjoyed watching run a few times. I have much affection and appreciation in my heart for horses made of iron that try, try, TRY. Seriously unappreciated horse. I also quite enjoyed seeing Pioneerof the Nile and little known Noosa Beach (wish he could have strutted his stuff at the Breeders Cup). If I could go back and see them run, I'd have taken the opportunity to see Zenyatta, Barbaro, Afleet Alex, Blind Luck, Ruffian, Sunday Silence, Cigar, Skip Away, Risen Star, Kinscem and many more. Those would have been such highlights. · 11 hours ago
If Zenyatta ever met the Janey horse she would be at a severe disadvantage but then again she was a freak of nature. NO horse in the last 50-60 years closed as fast as she did NONE. PACE of Race determines if beaten lenghts are significant or not, and NO HORSE could close like the Z girl...... NO Matter the pace in front of her. AND she made her own luck running through those big fields. NOW the track in 2009 helped a bit.
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  • travel_vic · Silky and Rumbo get honorable mention in final fractions · 2 days ago
  • Jbyrnes1 · Havre De Grace and Royal Delta, 2011 Beldame stakes, was there to see it, saw two great mares, a HOY and a future 2x BC Distaff winner, not a bad way to go · 11 hours ago
If you get to see the winner at Los Alamitos Race 6 on 12/18/14, he is bay(I think) with a black mane and a cream tail. Beautiful!
" I will get you to help me wash the mirror on the turf course finishing line" LOL
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  • amino998 · A lower-case Derby/Oaks double for the Janneys, I guess · 14 hours ago
  • chitu77 · Big, big, difference. 5 horses running for a $500K purse money in the West. 14 horses (full field, with top trainers, Pletchers, Mott, Casse, C. Brown, Maker, McGaughey) competing for $75,000 purse money in the East. LOL · 13 hours ago
Buckpasser >> He’s in Gulfstream’s $75K Tropical Park Derby Saturday 10-1ML
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  • amino998 · Party Now is favored in the companion Oaks... just need to figure out the intervening winner of the 9th for a sweet Pick 3??? · 16 hours ago
  • Buckpasser via Disqus · Thanks for the info Amino. I also like Party Now. I saw that one at Keeneland in a maiden · 14 hours ago
Red did a fast work today!I think he'll be ready for the Sunshine Millions Classic! Date: December 19, 2014 Track: GULFSTREAM PARK Distance: Five Furlongs Time: 1.00:20 Breezing Track Condition: Fast Surface: Dirt Rank: 1/8
Churchill Downs Inc. has announced that Travis Stone will replace Larry Collmus as lead track announcer, he will become the 8th Track announcer in the tracks history, Stone will call his first Kentucky Derby in 2015, according to DRF
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  • Sullivan · Fat chance Collmus goes anywhere near Canada · 16 hours ago
  • travel_vic · QUOTE: Fat chance Collmus goes anywhere near Canada...THAT is a lot of places!!!!! · 15 hours ago
Another Lemon Drop, who was third behind Dortmund on November 28th at Churchill Downs, crushes a maiden field by many length s, marking at least the 6th horse beaten by Dortmund to come back and win his next start
Shackleford is absolutely beautiful. He is mt favorite racehorse and I hope he passes on his heart and talent to his foals.
To the Birthday Boys (Men) :) and of course, giggles
Mr.Jordan suffers injured check ligament pulling up after recent work out, will be sidelined indefinitely, via Eddie Plesa Jr. , according to DRF
Just saw Wildcat Red, got his bullet work this morning. East Hall will do his next weekend, both preparing for Millions Classic, should be interesting...
Cannot wait to see this boy run! Thank you Sullivan!
ROC had another work today going 5 in 100.6. Goooooooo ROC.

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Meet Jasen Mangrum

My interest in the Sport of Kings goes back over 25 years with my father taking me with his friends to the old Ak-Sar-Ben Race Course in Omaha, NE.  From those early experiences I was able to read the Daily Racing Form before the age of 10.  Once The Woodlands opened in Kansas City in 1988, I became totally hooked on the sport studying racing charts after homework and tennis practice.  In recent years, with the explosion of handicapping tournaments, my love for handicapping the races has risen to a new level.  Primarily focused on New York, Chicago and Louisiana racing, I have now been forced to study races far and wide in attempt to find “cap horses” in the tournaments I play.  I have also dabbled in horse ownership within syndicates and on my own.

 

My fondest memories in racing include Silver Charm’s 1997 Kentucky Derby victory.  Both my father and I selected him, which made for a memorable day.  The best race I’ve seen was Tiznow’s first Breeders Cup Classic win in 2000 when he outdueled Giant’s Causeway down the length of the Churchill Downs stretch.   My biggest windfall as a gambler was a pool-scooping pick-4 win, paying over $6,600 at The Woodlands in 2005.

 

The point of this blog is to get everyone out there a few winners, but also to go in depth at how I come to the conclusions that I do.  From week to week, I’ll explain angles I think are important to locate winners.  I encourage others to post picks they like too, but please explain how you come to your conclusions.  That way everyone can learn a little more about this great game, and add another weapon to their handicapping arsenal.-Best of luck, Jasen Mangrum