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Z13s name is Ziconic.
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  • RichChatter · Haha J, "like" ;) And as far as Ziconic goes, I actually like it fairly well when I say it on my tongue. It sounds pretty good, actually. And it sure as hell beats the name Cozmic One (which should have simply been Cozmic if you ask me) · 5 hours ago ·
  • zXSwordXz · What about My Wife Knows Everything and The Wife Doesn't know...People come up with the weirdest names. BTW...Before the connect assign the name Secretariat to the horse, they try many different ones like "Big Red" and the all get turn down by the Jockey's Club and then finally I believe Mr. Chenery secretary assign that name. I'll Have Another had some cookie story behind it. · 23 seconds ago ·
What happened to this guy?
  • RichChatter · I am wondering as well. · 5 hours ago ·
  • zXSwordXz · Bad leg and has been taking therapy but I don't think that works because I heard no news about him even in training. · 9 minutes ago ·
Snoop, if you have access to Thursdays Keeneland PPs'. Take a look at the feature 8th race(Appalachian) JJ finally brings out Recepta for her 3 yo career. Wishing my friend JJ and John Phillips all the luck with this one. Hopefully she will be something special this year,as i think she will. Take a look at the work tab leading up to this race.She looks like Annie Oakley with all those Bullets. 1.00 B/ 58 B / 57 B/ 59 B / 46 B.
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  • Mary Z. · Hey amino, what does that get you thinking about? Me, too, but I don't mind admitting it. · 6 hours ago ·
  • tmallios · Snoop initially i told you i was hoping for 5/2. I looked at the race using sheets and all other tools. I am now just hoping i will get 2-1 on her. I saw the figures on the Aliens,and am not impressed. · 38 minutes ago ·
Hootenanny in Race #2 today at Keeneland ... I believe the bay gelding is the first son or daughter of the talented, but enigmatic, Quality Road to hit the races.
We've all been on both sides of an inquiry or objection. Sometimes it's our horse that caused the trouble and other times our horse was on the receiving end.Read More
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  • Mary Z. · That big thing Will should have been kept wide. In this race, he was, as they say, much the best. I hate rain(in other cases loonies) and any interference in big stakes. Awaiting the underneath, from behind, satellite views. · 6 hours ago ·
  • Davidm9999 · As bettor I want a universal standardization of decision criteria, consistency in application, and transparency. KEE does a good job of posting the steward ‘s DQ thought process on their web site. Most tracks do not. · 56 minutes ago ·
How hard is it for a jockey to win the Kentucky Derby? Read More
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  • Stagedoorjohnny · Jockeys having a hard time winning the KY Derby? How about trainers as well? Mr. Asmussen (Tapiture) is 0 for 10 or Mr. Pletcher is 1 for 29. Or even Cal-breds...nothing in 51 years. · 8 hours ago ·
  • AndyScoggin · Stagedoorjohnny, I did the trainer article a few weeks ago and yes, it is just as hard for trainers! · 1 hour ago ·
I feel he is the best hoicked Strong..I worry about the track at Churchill hope it is't deep
Greatest horse ever! No one comes close!
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  • travel_vic · TRUE answer: we don't know how good Eclipse was. or we never really saw the best of Phar Lap, or Sea Bird II Ribot, or a bunch of others who MAY have fit that bill. We just do not know with authority. · 9 hours ago ·
  • RichChatter · Don't tell Man O' War that. · 5 hours ago ·
Whats everyones Top 3 Derby horses, the 3 your most high on winning it? Mine are California Chrome, Wicked Strong, Danza
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  • amdaman · Wicked Strong, Hoppertunity, Ride On Curlin. · 6 hours ago ·
  • RichChatter · Well, my favorite 3 year olds still on the scene are California Chrome, Samraat and Wildcat Red. Obviously I am doubting all 3 will be around in the end because unfortunately if there is a duel they could all kill each other in a game of speed. Honestly, though, if all goes well and CC turns out to truly be the freak I believe him to be, there will be no beating him. But I'm saying if he doesn't show up I'd love for one of the other two to get it done. · 5 hours ago ·
One of the greats. Probably the number one stud producing more top champions then any other stud.
  • travel_vic · No Northern Dancer tops the sire of sires list easily with so many in countries all over the world · 11 hours ago ·
  • Sysonby · Yeah, was going to say Seattle Slew had a very respectable career, but Northern Dancer was a phenomenon. · 6 hours ago ·
Emily Simcox is the latest to be featured in Mary Cage's series "Racing's Future," which features young racing fans who plan to pursue a career in the Thoroughbred industry.Read More
I love Moreno but Game on Dude should romp.
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  • travel_vic · WHO set the pace in the Travers? From what spot on the track does Moreno run? What horse has shown a penchant for spitting the bit when challenged up close early?? · 9 hours ago ·
  • Mary Z. · As long as the choke monkey doesn't screw up, I don't think Dude will give a sh about Moreno. This is a "long" 9f. Dude will like digging in on the turns. · 7 hours ago ·
today's Q : aside from Secretariat & Ruffian, who was the best horse from the 1970's?
what will be his m/l in the derby? I say 3-1
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  • tmallios · As good as he has been,as dominant as he has been. Trying an unknown Distance and running in a 20 Horse field. Anything under 7/2 is an underlay. That being said. I would not take anything less than 8-1 on any other Horse in the field. That in my mind would also be an underlay. · 14 hours ago ·
  • Stagedoorjohnny · According to another post the average odds for the last ten Derbies is about 4.5 to 1 and ranging from a low of 2-1 to 6-1. Of those 10 four favorites did come home victorious. · 8 hours ago ·
Mr. Speaker is my choice from the #1 Post. He hasn't competed on the poly, but took well to working on it 3/63 on 04-15-2014. Plus you can't go wrong with Shug. Hope to see him at 6/1 or better.
horse horse-racing Keeneland - Thursday, April 17, 2014 Jeffrey Brandes Race 8 - 1 Mile. (Turf) ™Applachn-G3 APPALACHIA...Read More
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  • amino998 · #4 Sweet Acclaim by the other Acclamation (GB) is the other Brown trainee who could figure underneath. Good Luck · 9 hours ago ·
  • travel_vic · TOp 5 contenders befor scratches: 1 Recepta 2 Zinzay 9 Resistivity 7 Kitten Kaboodle 5 Daring Dancer 12 pretty much makes the early pace and then 2 1 9 7 8 chase later · 9 hours ago ·
There’s a lot of local hopes for a Blackhawks double on Saturday afternoon. Earlier in the day, the Chicago Blackhawks will be facing off against the St. Louis Blues in game 2 of their first round playoff series. Later in the afternoon, a horse with Blackhawks ties will take to the track as Graded S...Read More
Will Danza be a one-hit wonder or a star of this year's Kentucky Derby?Read More
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  • travel_vic · to ascribe the traits of the individaul by the traits of the parents is not scientifically a sound expansion · 23 hours ago ·
  • travel_vic · Don't yet know what this one received at Hot Springs but his energy profile is correct for the Derby distance. Now IF he matched up, and the 9 furlong race stayed down in the 67's % median, he may be a contender. · 9 hours ago ·
Which horse was better Seattle Slew or Secretariat
Which horse was better War Pass or Rags to Riches



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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