• Long shot Stormy Lucy (65-1) upsets the Matriarch (G1) at Del Mar in the last stride. Posted 1 day ago
  • Dortmund romps home a winner in the Native Diver.Posted 2 days ago
  • Commissioner much the best in the Hawthorne Gold Cup.Posted 2 days ago
  • Chiropractor edges March for a Hollywood Derby win at 14-1.Posted 2 days ago
  • Airoforce takes to the dirt in a big way, pulling away to win the Kentucky Jockey Club.Posted 2 days ago
  • Carina Mia turns back Stageplay in the Golden Rod.Posted 2 days ago
  • Tonalist with a late rush to just get up in the Cigar Mile!Posted 2 days ago
  • Forever Unbridled outduels Carrumba to the wire in the Comely.Posted 2 days ago
  • Mohaymen an impressive winner of Aqueduct's nine furlong Remsen.Posted 2 days ago
  • Lewis Bay runs to her odds in the Demoiselle.Posted 2 days ago
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This weekend flattered American Pharoah as much as it possibly could without him actually racing. Effinex, 4 1/2 lengths behind him in the Breeders Cup Classic, wins the G1 Clark Handicap over a strong field. Tonalist, 12 1/2 lengths behind him in the Breeders Cup Classic, wins the G1 Cigar Mile over a strong field (it became weaker when Private Zone kind of ran his own race and then didn't fire, but still - He beat Mshawish and Red Vine, who are both very good milers) Dortmund, 3 lengths behind him in the Kentucky Derby, dominated the G3 Native Diver field by 4 1/2 lengths in the good time of 1:48.06 while carrying 3 lbs more than he was supposed to. While he didn't beat a high-quality field, he romped home and couldn't have looked better.
Hoping no Dubai for Dortmund in 2016, more longevity if he stays in the US. The San Pasqual looks like an interesting race, it looks more suited to Dortmund being 8.5F at Santa Anita as opposed to the 7F Malibu. The Malibu probably does more for Dortmund's stud value being a Grade 1, also shows off his versatility. I'm sure Baffert will make the correct choice, Dortmund can win either race.
Wait, what... Nyquist and Swipe have run 1-2 in four straight races? That could be a nice rivalry in 2016.
Bred to Blame in 2015. Hasn't foaled
It says on Bloodhorse Stallion Register that he entered stud in IL in 2014....
In foal to Medaglia D'oro
Dortmund at 17.3 hh reminds me of Forego, who was the same height. It took Forego to age four before he really came into his own. Forego was adaptable for a big thoroughbred, being the only winner of the JCGC at two miles who was also voted Champion Sprinter the same year. To demonstrate his versatility, he won four of his five starts, with one second, at distances of 1 1/2 miles or longer, and won eight of his 12 starts, with two seconds and two thirds, at seven furlongs. I hope Dortmund shows the same talents in the Malibu and beyond, and wish him and Baffert much success.
It bothers me that no body seems to know much about this one.
I wonder what Stakes they'll name in his honor. Maybe it'll be a nice one. Heck, Bayern got a Stakes named after him while he was still active!
I think the key for sure with any of the uncle mos is to see if they put run their pedigree of they do. He ( uncle mo) will get a huge sire. Until they do that to hint any of them will be TC winners is a bit to premature. ImO
Most likely, there won't be a Triple Crown winner in 2016. But if there will be one, Nyquist is the one.
Hard Not To Like was purchased for $2.2 million by Dattt Stables. After the purchase, Gary Bush, agent for Dattt Stables, says Hard Not to Like could run in the G1 Matriarch on November 29th at Del Mar and then could be retired to broodmare duties, according to DRF
  • JerseyGirl via Disqus · Since she stumbled so badly at the gate, losing her chances for hitting the board, will she be retired and did she come out of the race ok? HNtL has been such a nice mare, and now with a third owner in so many years, she deserves at least a vaca! · 7 hours ago
Now that I've seen what horse choking looks like with Martin Pedroza and Private Zone, was Victor Espinoza choking American Pharoah a little bit during the middle stretch of the Belmont Stakes (watching the video, it looked as if he was being held a lot tighter than the other horses and his head was arching more than others too during that stretch)?
anyone know why daredevil was not entered in national museum of racing hall of fame? He was working great on turf.
Well a good friend said I better keep an eye out for this colt He won his first MSW. So keep n eye out for DREFONG
Conformation: https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/12278928_10153426807433922_266326697791985605_n.jpg?oh=8195a7510f9de6637931b3018b58be3d&oe=56E20B55
Any word on what plans they have for Tonalist next year?
Royal Obsession won a MSW at Churchill Downs on 11/29 at 7 1/2 furlongs. RO Broke slow and ended up in last place. RO went wide around the turn and eagerly carried on to catch the horse on the lead to win by about a length. RO was a Keeneland November 1.15 million Stonestreet Stables purchase and trained by Steve Asmussen. Seems to be a talented two year old filly to watch going forward.
BREAKING NEWS: Dortmund has come out of the Native Diver in good shape and now, trainer Bob Baffert tells DRF's Jay Privman that he has three races at Santa Anita under consideration as a possible next start for Dortmund. Those three races are the G1 Malibu, at 7 furlongs, the G2 San Pasqual, where he could face 2014 Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome, and the G2 San Antonio Handicap. baffert says he is thinking of running him in the Malibu but isn't committed to the race 100%, he will take a couple of weeks to make up his mind, but his next start will be at Santa Anita. Article on DRF
BREAKING NEWS: Bob Baffert confirms that Hoppertunity will race as a five year old and will target the Dubai World Cup as an early season goal. According to DRF
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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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