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  • Untapable heads a field of nine in the $1 million Cotillion. Posted 2 days ago
  • California Chrome draws the rail for the Pennsylvania Derby. Posted 2 days ago
  • Sheikhzayedroad scoots up the rail for the Northern Dancer victory! Posted 3 days ago
  • Baltic Baroness wins the Prix Vermeille; Treve a disappointing 4th. Posted 3 days ago
  • Suntracer cashes in the Kentucky Turf Cup! Posted 4 days ago
  • Conquest Typhoon much the best in the Summer! Posted 4 days ago
  • Ball Dancing beats her stablemate to the wire in the Sands Point! Posted 4 days ago
  • 1st time Lasix and the U.S., Annecdote romps in the Noble Damsel! Posted 4 days ago
  • Conquest Harlanate rolls late in the Natalma! Posted 4 days ago
  • There will be a carryover of $59,132 when racing resumes Saturday at Los Alamitos.Posted 4 days ago
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Would anyone like to share any tips on their methods for handicapping horses stretching out from a sprint to a route for the first time in their career, not including breeding. Is there anything else possibly in their running lines etc. Also would anyone care to share their thoughts on a horse's running style in sprints? Will a closer in a sprint still be a closer in a route or will coming out of a sprint suggest possibly showing more speed in a route? Any feedback would be helpful. A few times in recent weeks I have found myself handicapping 3-4 year old horses with 10+ starts stretching out for the first time and not knowing what to make of them.
  • Anne Shaw · Not sure if its the best but I watch the numbers at 1/4, 1/2, top of the stretch and see if they are gaining, just passing tired horses, or really moving out. Gains near the finish where they open up usually indicate they can go farther. · 10 hours ago
Not only is it up for sale, it is has pending litigation coming from LA Quarter horse owners over distribution of Video Poker money. If they can't come to a quick resolution, then FGs will cut 2 mil from purse money for this years meet- the biggest hit will be the LA Derby. The purse would be lowered from 1 mil to 600,000.
What a great run! I'm really impressed with him.
im going with tapiture,and untapable in the cotillion...
Indiana Derby looks like a good spot!
When/Where does it show on the Jockey Club site how many mares a stallion bred for 2014? I
  • Northport · jockeyclub.com --> Resources --> Fact Book --> Breeding --> Report of Mares Bred. I don't know when they will be posted but that is where you will find them. · 13 hours ago
Top 2yo Competitive Edge has hairline fracture in left foreleg and will miss remainder of year. Per DRF
My favorite (by far) 2year old filly of this year!!!I love her!!!!
Bred to Malibu Moon
So GENIUS,using your formula. Does that mean if an A Student and Arista worthy one attended a Community College ,he or she would come out with the same abilities as if they attended an Ivy League school. After all.it has nothing to do how one learns. They would be the same finished product when they got out.
WHERE One runs has nothing to do with HOW one runs. Would not Derek Jeter be the same ball player if he was at Podunk Junction ball park or Yankee Stadium?
  • amino998 · A lot more bad hops, bad pitching and bad competition at Podunk Junction >> You KNOW it's ALL about the match-ups. · 8 days ago
  • ekindy · I don't necessarily agree with that. The stadium itself doesn't make him better, but the competition he faces at that stadium certainly does make him a better ball player. Do you really think he would have been a great player in his 30's if he had spent his entire 20's playing for some single A (or worse) team? Actually all you need to do is look at Japanese players. Certainly there are success stories of players who played in NPB (which is much closer, IMO, in talent to MLB than Emerald Downs regulars are to the top thoroughbred talent) who made it in the MLB, but there are just as many failures. Now that analogy isn't the best because not facing top level competition in racing isn't nearly as bad as not facing top level competition in baseball. But she's not going to go unchallenged in Santa Anita the way she was in Emerald Downs. She's going to face competition that is not only just as physically talented as she is, but also much more experienced in finding ways to grit out tough wins. That could make a difference. I'm not saying she's doomed for failure. Physical talent like hers goes a long way in this sport. But they aren't doing her any favors by letting her go unchallenged this long into her career. · 15 hours ago
Gallant Bloom: 1 Artemis Agrotera 2 Merry Meadow 3 Bridgehampton 4 Classic Point 5 Willet 6 La Verdad
While Winstar acquired Fast Bullet as a stallion, they also purchased half interest in Jojo Warrior. Good purchase
Her owner gave her to someone which I believe is who I am purchasing her from. She is currently at a trainers learning all her basics. She really is a lovely girl. I do not know the name of the current owner yet but she was not a rescue. They do not have her papers but I will need something if I am going to show her later on. Thanks Mary
  • Mary Z. · Susan, Is this your mare? If so, the lady at this fb page may have info. https://www.facebook.com/jillwaltonhorses/photos/a.369093139824195.80656.122477694485742/421611064572402/?type=1&theater · 16 hours ago
These people need to learn about ( public relatiions)
  • Goblin · I know what you mean, jimmy; but if they said too much, they'd be accused of "hyping" her. I rather like the connections' low profile approach. (Or maybe I'm becoming accustomed to it at this point.) · 17 hours ago
quote: That CDI would be interested in selling Fair Grounds is not surprising. The company came under heavy fire earlier this year from various Louisiana entities – including the state legislature, which threatened to withhold its license to operate Fair Grounds – for failing to reinvest profits from slot machines and video poker games back into horseracing. Moreover, CDI’s long-term strategy appears to be focused more around casino gambling and its signature racing product, the Kentucky Derby, than operating a string of racetracks.
Fair Grounds UP for sale. http://www.drf.com/news/churchill-attempting-sell-fair-grounds
In the old days of the tickertape on Wall Street the prices lagged far behind the actual "at the moment" selling prices due to simple mechanics not keeping up with the real sales. SAME situation nowadays with simulcasting. Each "member" track that supports the simulcast network has an encoder that pulses information, in code, to one of 5 HUBS across North America and then that info is directed toward the member tracks, DECODED at the local level and ONLY then goes out to the general pool at the receiving tote. This takes time and always lags behind the actual betting. It is not some clandestine conspiracy, just the speed of technology of widespread co-ordinated betting information.
  • https://www.facebook.com/john. · Thats what I always assumed it was Vic, just a delay in the calculations. It just gets frustrating atleast to me because sometimes 5-1 as opposed to 3-1 or 2-1 as opposed to 6-5 could be the difference between me betting that horse or not and when that calculation of odds happens seconds before they break or during the race it is aggravating. If your comment was in response to my post, I wasn't suggesting any conspiracy or the like. · 17 hours ago
Will run the 8th race from the 7th spot in her last ever start at Suffolk Downs. Ill be headed there for my last ever trip to the old local track.
Grade 3, $500K Charles town Oaks from rail: Stormy Novel, Miss Behaviour, Nesso, Executive Allure, Honey's Ryan, Pixie Dust, Saintly Joan, Kiss To Remember, Size, Aqua Regia, with Discreetly Elusive and Sky Crew on AE list.

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Greetings and welcome to my "dark" blog!  I have been a fan of horse racing since I was about 12 years old.  Growing up in Minnesota, my dad would take me and my brothers to Canterbury Downs and I would practically beg to go every weekend!!  I made my first "big" score there hitting the win, place, and exacta in the same race at age 14 (pulled in $84 with horses named Railroad Red and Racers Dream!).  I even had a poster in my bedroom of Lost Code winning the 1987 St. Paul Derby!
 
While finishing school in Chicago, I spent every possible moment at Arlington Park with my dad.  We took the time to develop computer programs (on the ever popular Lotus 1-2-3 for DOS) to try to find patterns and handicap races more accurately.  My dad taught me a lot about handicapping races, paying particular attention to class moves!

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