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Anyone hear anything about Dortmund? I want to keep up and watch his prep before the Clark Handicap Next Month. Thanks
Horrific tragedy and a great loss for us all. Condolences to all the connections. RIP beautiful Tacticus.
She did it again. What a girl.
American Pharoah's half brother Xixixi was sixth in this race and has not raced since.
How this horse can be rated below Secretariat is absurd. His record was much better(20 wins, 1 controversial 2nd in 21 races) and he established 3 world records, 2 (5) American records,, 7 track records, and equaled one more while carrying 130 to 138 pounds nine times. Even the great Secretariat can't match that.
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  • HorseRacingReigns via Disqus · Look at his races, seven with only one horse entered. No one can take away that he was a great horse and it is difficult to compare horses across the decades. However, you have to note that Secretariat races, indeed Citation's and Kelso's had far more competition. · 141 days ago
  • Cha We via Disqus · AMEN! · 8 hours ago
What a lot of people also don't bring up about Man O' War was that in most of his races, he was being choked back. Go read all of the old race summaries from the DRF from those days and you'll see "under a strong hold" all over the place. Considering all of the records he smashed, and the weight he carried, that's pretty impressive.
  • hannahWTC1 · The only records he "smashed" were the times he wasn't being held back though · 261 days ago
  • Cha We via Disqus · Exactly. · 8 hours ago
People who were THERE, people in the KNOW, rank this colt very high. Hollie Hughes however (Hall of Fame trainer) was there to see them BOTH and said after Secretariat's Belmont : "He's the greatest horse that has yet developed in this century," said Holly Hughes, the senior trainer of America who saw Man o' War run and saddled the 1916 Kentucky Derby winner. "Yes, he's the Horse of the Century." https://espn.go.com/classic/s/secretariatadd.html
  • Cha We via Disqus · Your comment might be true, however; there are some who have seen both, not just Mr. Huges, and think Man O' War is better, so the point Sec fans try to make by saying exactly what you did are sort of at a loss for anything to prove Sec is better. Sorry. · 8 hours ago
Tepin and Grand Arch reach for the wire....
What is the chances of Liam's Map winning the 2015 older horse of the year, under or over 50%?
What a tragedy !! Keeneland needs to find out (and soon) what Is going on with their track, before more deaths occur !! I feel terrible about this... What a wonderful horse with so much yet to give. God rest you Rock Fall !! You did your best...brilliantly !!
After seeing Brody's Cause closing the Futurity and the way Keen Ice closing the Travers, maybe Dale Romans had found the magic button with his closers. Expect Keen Ice to be in top form heading into the BCC.
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · Excited about his chances · 3 days ago
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · Keen ice was moved from closer to stalker that's why he hit the win. If the do the sad in the classic he's got a major shot but if they go Vick to closer with no real lace now he has no shot · 9 hours ago
BREAKING NEWS: Claiborne Farm announces that War Front's stud fee will increase from $150,000 to $200,000 for the 2016 Breeding season. Article on Bloodhorse
Hill N Dale announces that G1 winner Bayern will stand for $15,000 for the 2016 Breeding season. According to DRF
Malibubu will be making her first start on Thursday 10-15 in race 7 at Indiana Grand- 5f on the turf. A. Contreras will be in the irons for Paul J. McGee.
BREAKING NEWS: Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Lea, a grade I winner and earner of $2,182,398, will be retired following the upcoming Breeders' Cup World Championships and be retired to Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., for the 2016 breeding season. His fee will be announced following the Breeders' Cup. Lea, by First Samurai out of Greenery, by Galileo, has won seven times from 18 starts with five seconds and three thirds and has won two-turn graded stakes on dirt and turf. He's won or placed in 11 graded stakes. Winner of the 2014 Donn Handicap (gr. I), he was second in the Donn this year prior to a third-place finish in the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (UAE-I) and a runner-up effort, beaten just a neck, in the grade I Stephen Foster Handicap. He's earned triple digit Beyer Speed Figures in six of his last seven starts, including a 114 and a 110. "Lea has a great disposition, and he's one of the coolest horses we've ever had in the barn," said Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. "He's very effective on both surfaces. He's fast enough to be top class at a mile, and he's shown he can run with the best at nine to 10 furlongs. He's an exciting horse to be around."Stakes-placed Greenery is a half sister to three grade/group winners including Grassy, winner of the Red Smith and Bowling Green (both gr. IIT) handicaps, and group II winner Lady in Waiting.Claiborne has also announced its stud fees for 2016 and the farm is led by War Front , whose fee is being boosted from $150,000 to $200,000. Below is the Claiborne roster, the 2016 fee with 2015 fee in parentheses: Sire • 2016 Fee (2015 Fee) Algorithms • $5,000 ($5,000) Arch • $40,000 ($40,000) Blame • $25,000 ($20,000) Data Link • $7,500 ($7,500) First Samurai • $15,000 ($15,000) Flatter • $30,000 ($20,000) Lea • TBA Orb • $25,000 ($25,000) Stroll • $5,000 ($5,000) Trappe Shot • $10,000 ($10,000) War Front • $200,000 ($150,000)
Watch for next time. Nice horse!
Opts for race 5, nw1 @ 1 mile on the turf over Laz Barrera tomorrow
  • amino998 · Ommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... "It is very good to recite the mantra Om mani padme hum, but while you are doing it, you should be thinking on its meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast... The first, Om, symbolizes the practitioner's impure body, speech, and mind; it also symbolizes the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha. The path is indicated by the next four syllables. Mani, meaning jewel, symbolizes the factors of method: (the) altruistic intention to become enlightened, compassion, and love. The two syllables, padme, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom. Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable hum, which indicates indivisibility. Thus the six syllables, om mani padme hum, mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha." - Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso The Dalai Lama could be THE Halloween look post BCMile :) · 14 hours ago
Got fourth place in Carotene today.
BREAKING NEWS: In response to questions and concerns that have arisen after three horses suffered fatal breakdowns over the Keeneland main track since the start of the Fall Meet, Dr. Mick Peterson, University of Maine Professor and executive director of the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory, was on site at the track this weekend, working with track officials to review testing and daily measuring procedures to ensure the safety of the dirt track. According to a release from Keeneland, the review found that Keeneland’s dirt surface met all of the pre-meet test criteria and all maintenance had been performed in accordance with protocols developed for the track. The findings were similar to those reported in Dr. Peterson’s Composition and Performance Testing review, conducted just before the start of Keeneland’s 2015 Fall Meet. Dr. Peterson performs a review of Keeneland’s dirt and turf surfaces prior to the start of every race meet. In addition to the pre-meet testing, daily measurements are taken on both racing surfaces every race day by Keeneland officials and complete electronic records are maintained and reviewed by Dr. Peterson. “Keeneland, along with a small group of industry leaders, has made a commitment to advancing knowledge and providing the most consistent surfaces in the industry,” Peterson said. “By participating in the maintenance tracking system to measure and monitor the surface performance, Keeneland both defines the state of the art and is helping to advance our understanding of racing surfaces. When questions arise these records allow us to review all of the maintenance and operating conditions as well as the daily surface inspections, that help to ensure that the most consistent possible surface is provided. Because the racing surface is a critical safety system, all of the maintenance must be performed in accordance with best practices in the industry.” Article on http://horseracing.bloginky.com/2015/10/12/peterson-reviews-tests-keeneland-main-track-in-wake-of-breakdowns/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Happy to write that Know More, Best Pal winner and former Breeder's Cup contender was claimed today in a 5K race at Los Alamitos and promptly RETIRED. He will live out his days at Royal Star Ranch.
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  • Buckpasser via Disqus · I'm so glad to hear this. I have been following the downward career of a former Phipps horse Ragtime who has been in some low end claimed at Parx. · 20 hours ago
  • yukichan · Just another twist to add to this happy ending. When former owner Paul Reddam heard about the effort to raise funds to claim Know More--he put up the full claim amount. Know More retires with over $243,400 in earnings, a G2 win and 2 G1 places. Pictures of him enjoying his new life already up at Royal Star Ranch FB page/website. · 15 hours ago
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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

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