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BREAKING: Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr has informed owners and trainers that he will not be available to ride for either the Kentucky Oaks or the Kentucky Derby this year, as he plans to ride at Belmont Park during that week. This is a stunning announcement becuase Irad had been expecting to get a top mount in the Kentucky Derby but one never cleared up for him.
Boy, how good is Private Zone, another easy win, he is without a doubt a great Sprinter.
Since I woke up on the wrong side of the bed and I'm in a bad mood....Can we all please call the FOY for what it was-a HORRIBLE ride from Joel Rosario!! I understand horses bounce but IWC has raced 5 times with speed figures of 99 and above for 4 races and then the FOY debacle. A horse that consistent does not just "get tired". A similar instance happened with Terra Promessa with Irad almost choking her around the oval. The FOY is not a mystery race as most want to believe-it was Rosario continuing to pull back on IWC and IWC being completely confused. When IWC wanted to go after BR in the Wood, Motion thought that Rajiv went too early but Rajiv said that IWC was doing it easily and on his own and he felt like he had so much horse....THAT was the so called mystery. One jockey let IWC run his race and the other choked her back. No mystery. Just a bad ride from a very very good jockey. It happens.
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  • Realz Elite via Disqus · I like your take and it makes a lot of sense. But i now watched this replay 3x and i just don't see an overkill of holding them reins. It's the only excuse i can find for this clunker. But don't see it. · 1 day ago
  • Kincsem · My theory, personally, was the after effect of First Time Lasix. With the kind of performance he put on in the Holy Bull, on FTL, I was expecting him to regress and not do as well second time out. Did not expect him to do that badly though, but some horses are definitely more sensitive to Lasix and I think that affected both the jock's perception of how much horse he had, and perhaps as well the horse's own overestimation of his energy. His performance in the Wood confirmed this for me, as it seemed to have levelled him out. · 57 minutes ago
Anybody have any idea who would ride this horse in the derby. Hey Todd, how about Edgar Zayas?
For my trifecta it will be patch, hence and gunnevera. box them. What a pay out. have a good day everyone...
Pletcher said he’s “on the fence” on what direction he will take with Rebel Stakes (G2) winner Malagacy, who finished fifth April 15 in the Arkansas Derby (G1) and that's a quote
I wish people would stop labeling this horse as a miler. He's only had 4 races. Let's wait and see. Unless he draws a monstrous post he will give a good account of himself in the derby. Any trip handicapper will draw a line through that last race.
Did anyone else think that Classic Empire looked extremely tired this morning in his gallop?
  • ChessChamp · I didn't see it. I heard a few people say he galloped, but they didn't have many words for it. Apparently it was extremely early. · 1 day ago
  • GPCMISSESTURULLURE · Go on over to DRF.com and watch the free Mike Welch clocker report. He does them everyday up til Derby day. I watched the 23rd and the 24th reports and he mentioned CE on the 23rd with actually little to say positive or negative about him. Mike doesn't pull any punches so he'll tell you what he thinks. I am a CE fan and would have rather seen a better run up to the Derby than the one he's had, but he is bred for the distance and was picking it up at an mile and an eighth not fading. That being said, Lookin at Lee was "bringing it" with no where to go so depending on LAL's odds, that might be worth a win bet also. · 2 hours ago
BREAKING: As expected, Cloud Computing will skip the Kentucky Derby for trainer Chad Brown and point to the Preakness. Everyone moves up one spot.
My sentimental derby pick
Interesting fact, this horse only has one eye. He lost his other eye in a training accident as a 2-year old.
A well deserved retirement for this FAST horse. Always loved watching him run, he was full of heart and he still brought it even in his old age. Will love seeing him at old friends with my other old gelding favorite the dude!
BREAKING NEWS: Multiple G1 winning sprinter Private Zone has been retired from racing and will be sent to Old Friends Farm in Kentucky to live out his days. He has arrived at Old Friends and will be in quarantine for a week before taking official residence.
G1 winner Taris has been confirmed in foal to Curlin. Due in early 2018.
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Practical Joke worked 4f, April 21st, in 49.80 (b) finishing 44/72.
  • Robert Thomas via Disqus · LOL, good tip! I think he can come 4th or 5th · 12 hours ago
So many pundants columnist what ever seem to be lamenting it's a week class of Derby colts this year. Almost with a hint Disinterest it the race. I like the fact we don't have a clear front runner for a change. Actually makes it an interesting race and good betting race. Looks like a a lot of early speeed might even effect a horse like Gunnevera. Might run harder than he likes early to keep up with the field. Maybe a closer like Lookin At Lee has a shot. Needs a good a jockey change I think and an outside post to stay clean. Still seems a little green but the way he was pulled to cross two lanes losing momentum and still closed on the leaders was impressive.
Carina Mia worked 4f, Apil 24th, in 49.40 (b) finishing 3/5.
Dacita worked 4f, April 24th, in 49.00 (b) finishing 4/6.
Miss Temple City worked 7f, April 24th, in 1:27.00 (b) finishing 1/1.

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Matt Shifman has been on the Horse Racing Nation staff since 2011 and currently serves as Assistant Editor. Matt covers Aqueduct, Belmont Park, Monmouth Park, and Saratoga in his two HRN blogs Racing at the Jersey Shore and New York State of Racing.


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