• Girvin, the Kentucky Derby points leader, has a quarter crack, via Byron King.Posted 15 hours ago
  • Party Boat (7-2) takes the Memories of Silver on the Aqueduct turf.Posted 4 days ago
  • Dolphus (6-5), Rachel Alexandra's half-brother, wins AQU allowance; Shagaf lastPosted 4 days ago
  • Multiplier (4-1) kicks it in late to get past Hedge Fund in the Illinois Derby.Posted 5 days ago
  • Collected (3-5) rolls home much the best in the Californian.Posted 5 days ago
  • Imperative (5-1) surges past Matt King Coal for his second win in the Charles Town Classic.Posted 5 days ago
  • Itsinthepost (5-2) proves best in Keeneland's Elkhorn.Posted 5 days ago
  • Inordinate (5-2) surges to victory in the San Juan Capistrano.Posted 5 days ago
  • Twisted Tom (5-1) is a game winner of a sloppy Federico Tesio Stakes.Posted 5 days ago
  • Classic Rock (6-5) rolls in the Roar, the Preakness could be next.Posted 6 days ago
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A few days ago we had a discussion on here about which tracks are faster than others. Seeing as I get critiqued for guesswork alot, I decided to make a formal ranking of what tracks were fastest(weather notwithstanding) by using the distances of 8, 8.5, 9 and 10, minus outliers which I've cited below. Pimlico gets 9.5 counted instead of 10 because it's the major distance there. Every track on here had 3 or 4 records used to make it's average. Belmont 38.508375 Santa Anita 38.39755 Del Mar 38.216075 Aqueduct 38.1877333(8.5 not counted) Gulfstream 38.1499333(10 not counted) Oaklawn 38.1006(10 not counted) Churchill 37.97455 Monmouth 37.962475 Saratoga 37.8953667(8.5 not counted) Pimlico 37.8233(8,10 not counted, 9.5 counted) Keeneland 37.6299. Seeing as Tampa, Fair Grounds and it's peers don't have a G1 and don't have enough competitive distances to make this comparison worthwhile they weren't included. All 11 of these tracks have at least 1 G1 race and are competitive in at least 3 distances. If track records were way off that's an outlier and several records weren't included because of that, same with the 73 Belmont. Was honestly surprised by how well Aqueduct does in this comparison.
This horse has only one way too go.Jockey is in a spot.Has no feel for race shape.He breaks for lead wrangler back runs 1:11.1 spit's bit and so on.
How many hands high is McCraken?
Does anyone know how many hands high he is?
I do not know why I find myself updating this page from active to deceased just today. He was euthanized literally a year ago today after breaking down at his home track Thistledown. For those who may have forgotten, he was 2nd to Nyquist for much of the Florida Derby. He remained a maiden, and his closest to breaking the maiden came as he surged ahead in his final race but broke his ankle instead. Very sad. But what do we do. Asmussen at this point had already been fined as much as you can punish a trainer.
Question is...Where does Mike Smith go?
A source said he's been working out under the cover of darkness at Keene land before shipping into Churchill. Something is up.
Quarter Crack I hate to hear this, I like Girvin
Quarter crack...not good news .
Kobe's Back worked 5f, April 27th, in 1:01.00 (h) finishing 13/38.
Hoppertunity worked 4f, April 27th, in 49.60 (h) finishing 19/27.
Sweet Loretta worked 4f, April 27th, in 50.00 (b) finishing 30/41.
Anyone know about her next race?
Miss Sky Warrior worked 4f, April 27th, in 49.20 (b) finishing 18/37.
Eskenformoney worked 4f, April 27th, in 49.80 (b) finishing 24/37.
Anyone have a single clue what has become of the mating between AP and TCL?
Early in April, Jean-Claude Rouget revealed that a neurological strain of HVE-1 (Equine Herpesvirus) had hit one of his stables in Pau that housed Almanzor, Zelzal, and Taareef amongst others. With swift treatment they were able to contain the outbreak to just the one barn and are now coming out of it. The horses in the barn are able to now work on the track, but are still kept apart from other horses as a precaution. All the horses in the stable had already been vaccinated, but unfortunately the vaccine's resistance to the deadly neurological form is not as effective as with other forms of the disease and two of his horses had to sadly be euthanized - a 3yo Zoffany colt named Mille Pieds and 5yo Alcoy, an Aussie Rules half-brother to French Listed winner Bocaiuva. Almanzor and the others are okay and do not seem to have been too badly affected if at all. The fillies' and younger colts and geldings are stabled separately in other barns and so none of those were affected. What this means is that we may not see any of his older, male stable stars until either late next month or perhaps later as they missed some of their training for a good portion of this month.
You can't run him in the derby, you have consider the health and future of the horse. Wait for the Preakness or later in the Summer.
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Trainer Jimmy Jerkens announces that Shaman Ghost, winner of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap in March, will make his next start in the G3 $300,000 Pimlico Special on May 19.

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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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