• The Pizza Man dominates the Hollywood Turf Cup.Posted 19 hours ago
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  • Green Gratto holds off a brigade to win the Fall Highweight at 24-1.Posted 21 hours ago
  • It's all Favorite Tale in the Fabulous Strike.Posted 1 day ago
  • Lavender Chrissie romps past Calamity Kate in the Zia Park Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Mobile Bay wins the Zia Park Derby, while International Star fades to fourth.Posted 1 day ago
  • It's all Lewys Vaporizer in the $200,000 Steel Valley Sprint at Mahoning Valley.Posted 3 days ago
  • Solid Wager rolls late in the Cary Grant; Big Macher last at 2-5.Posted 4 days ago
  • Dolphus (Lookin at Lucky), 1/2 brother to Rachel Alexandra, wins his career debut at Fair Grounds.Posted 4 days ago
  • Rusty Slipper proves best in the 11-furlong Red Carpet.Posted 5 days ago

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Majestic Harbor, Valiant City & Commisioner
I guess I can safely say my.....hopes....are high.
Much has been written about American Pharoah and Bob Baffert. Victor Espinoza now has three wins in the Kentucky Derby, three wins in the Preakness, a Belmont, three Breeder's Cup wins and many graded stakes. He had the incredible good fortune to ride Chrome and AP back to back, tying Ron Turcotte's record for 5 wins in two Triple Crown seasons. Had California Chrome not been injured in the Belmont last year, Victor now might have two consecutive Triple Crowns. If he retired today, how should his legacy compare to the best?
Is Wavell Avenue returning for a 2016 campaign? I don't think one graded stakes win for the season, even a BC win, is enough for an Eclipse but this filly has been competitive all season and just getting better. Would love to see her back next year.
Looking forward to watching Gift Box run in a graded stakes race today. I really like the "candy" horses. I was a big fan of CandyBoy last year. He had a lot of guts & grit coming down the stretch. I'll never forget the million dollar bet someone made on him in the Kentucky Derby last year............. Mohayman & Sail Ahoy are the other 2 horses that should fair well. After seeing Mohayman win the Nashua, he's a serious contender on the derby trail...........Tapit sure is a powerful sire in North America.........
Couldn't find the way to fix this, but Hunter O'Riley broke his maiden at Churchill last out
I've got a hunch that Red Vine is going to run a big one today..............Love Private Zone & Tonalist to round out the tri........sentimental with the Candy's........
If she isn't claimed or hurt today at laurel ill be getting a minority share in her
I'm disappointed she's not going to the derby, but a lot can change within a year, so i wouldn't be super surprised if foxhill decides to send her that way, i would be surprised, but not shocked
Suprised that nobody is looking at this guy in the Kentucky Jockey club...........
2015 has been interesting for handicappers in the 4 big races in North American dirt racing. If you picked the following horses in their respective races, then you would have lost by a total of nearly 140 lengths. 1) Upstart in the Kentucky derby 2) Firing Line in the Preakness 3) Materiality in the Belmont stakes (who boasted a 110 beyer speed figure, the highest of any 3 year old this year before the TC races) 4) Honor Code or Tonalist in the Breeders Cup Classic
So happy for him. Can't wait to see his return and wil, wait with baited breath to see who will challenge him in the KD. All the luck for you Ny, you will need it.
Champion 2yo male
I'm glad Crawford did decide to run him here after saying he wouldn't like the 9F distance and needed at least 10. I really want to see how he runs without American Pharoah in the field and see if he can flatter him any. His Classic was visually terrible even though he ran an individually fast time. I didn't think he'd regress so quickly and badly after one good win and I hope he doesn't continue to regress in this race and if he races next year. If he doesn't win, he'll at least have to put in a really good effort to convince me he will be good next year if he runs.
Behrnik's Bank is a filly to watch. She's been extremely impressive in her last two races and I definitely expect her to take another big step up in class next time.
Be at peace, sweet baby :(
I wonder if Lukas is trying to get Mr. Z killed. He's trying to milk as much money out of that horse as possible.
  • chasingfiringline via Disqus · Z gives us his best every race.......he's a gutsy horse.....don't think he's a grade 1 horse......obviously, he's never won a grade 1...... · 16 hours ago
Shotgun Kowboy is a beast , if you dont know him yet , you will
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  • HideousZippleback via Disqus · With Dortmund gone he might have more of a chance. I loved SK debut. · 3 days ago
  • chasingfiringline via Disqus · After reading your post I went & watched a past race of his the Oklahoma Derby.......impressive.........I am looking forward to see how he runs against arguably stronger competition........thanks for your post..... · 16 hours ago
Post Positions: 1-Keen Ice 2-Looks To Spare 3-Mr. Z 4-Frivolous 5-Protonico 6-Hoppertunity 7-Shotgun Kowboy 8-Effinex 9-Race Day Like-> Race Day/Hoppertunity/KeenIce/Effinex Super-9,6w9,6,8,1w9,6,8,1,5w9,8,5,3,7
  • chasingfiringline via Disqus · I like your picks, I am thinking Hop , KI & Race day for my trifecta..... I see you are playing around with SK.I just watched a race of his.......don't know about any recent races or workouts.......... · 16 hours ago
I like Hopportunity, KI & Race day .............Mr. Z will hit the front end.........Hop & KI battle it out for 1st & Race day hits show mark...IMHO.......It would be great to see Z win a grade 1, but he's not a grade 1 horse.
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For as long as i can remember I have always loved horses and writing. The first race I ever watched was War Emblem's Preakness Stakes, but I didn't really start to get into racing until the next year where watched and cheered Empire Maker through the Derby, and yes, the Belmont.

I didn't begin writing until a few years later, when I created my own blog Horsin' Around. It didn't take long for me to realize that my niche was stirring the pot and creating heated debates, especially during the time of Big Brown vs Curlin and Rachel Alexandra vs Zenyatta. I was a Curlin and Rachel fan.

Now I am here under the name of Dead Heat Debates, and hoping to live up to that name. Have fun and let the opinions fly! 

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