• Kobe's Back goes from last to first down the stretch to win the Palos Verdes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Storied Lady (4-1) up the rail to nip Saythreehailmary's in the Biogio's Rose.Posted 2 days ago
  • Hoppertunity nips Imperative by a San Antonio head-bob.Posted 3 days ago
  • In her seasonal debut, Songbird is a dominant winner of the Las Virgenes at Santa Anita.Posted 3 days ago
  • Lukes Alley kicks it in late to win the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.Posted 3 days ago
  • Mor Spirit cruises late to win the Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita.Posted 3 days ago
  • Aussie-bred Power Alert gets there first in the GP Turf Sprint.Posted 3 days ago
  • Tommy Macho runs away with the Fred Hooper at Gulfsrtream Park.Posted 3 days ago
  • No catching Tammy the Torpedo in the turfy Suwannee River.Posted 3 days ago
  • Lady Shipman (1-5) is an easy winner in the Lady's Turf Sprint at Gulfstream.Posted 3 days ago

HRN Original Blog:
55,000 Furlongs to the Finish


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BREAKING NEWS: Gift Box, 3rd place finisher in the Remsen behind Mohaymen, will miss the Risen Star next week after he missed a workout due to a slight cough, no word yet on how serious it is, but Chad Brown says that he could be rerouted to the Gotham in March or the Tampa Bay Derby, but too soon to tell.
Nyquist and Exaggerator better hope Malibu Sunshine doesn't show up. He could bust a 100 beyer on that speed favoring track.
I can't wait to see if Nyquist or Exaggerator wins. I was talking to someone who thinks Exaggerator is better, but I personally like Nyquist. Who do you think will win?
Dortmund galloping earlier this morning, physically he looks like an absolute beast.
Any news on her?
Silence any news on her?
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · She returned to the work tab on 2/1 going easy 4F in :51 and change. I don't know if they'll step her up yet. · 3 days ago
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · She is now possible for the Rachel Alexandra Stakes on Feb. 20th · 12 hours ago
This one's running style will be far more suited to a European style pace pressure set up.
Returned to the worktab this morning
Racing next in the Pelican Stakes at Tampa Bay on 2/20/16
Keen Ice had finished in front of Frosted the last 2 times they were in the same race. He can make it 3 straight in the 2016 DWC because I don't think Frosted will be racing against Keen Ice in the Al Maktoum round 3.
Will Nyquist be the first to break the triple digit BSF barrier for this year's 3 year old crop?
  • Elhubbo · I think it depends on how he gets pushed. His last time going 7 he beat Swipe quite easily. If Exaggerator is indeed a Derby horse we could see high 90's or better. Really all BSF have been lower than what I've thought from California the last 6mos. Nyquist looks ready to go. · 18 hours ago
First crop is 2 years old. Something to look forward to later in the year
Worked 4 furlongs fast track 48.03b (2/15) on Feb 9th.
Noticing Uncle Mo's offspring's recent success on the Derby trail, I recall CP running down Mo in the King's Bishop. I was wondering if there was any news of Caleb's Posse's sire prospects, or was he a one-hit wonder?
It would be interesting to find out if he had the x factor or not.
  • ksweatman via Disqus · It would be even more interesting to find out what they did with his remains. Very suspicious, not a word. No memorial plans, nothing. So disrespectful for such a great champion. · 19 hours ago
Exaggerator, in his final work before the San Vicente, drills a 47.40 work today going 4F, 2nd fastest work of the distance. Runs next Monday vs. Nyquist.
BREAKIKG NEWS: Dale Romans confirms that despite his 6th place finish in the Donn Handicap, Keen Ice will ship to Dubai and run in the Dubai World Cup. Keen Ice will leave on February 18th.
Is possible for the Southwest Stakes!
Keen Ice might not be the Greatest race horse ever, but lets look at only some facts. 1. He is the only horse to defeat our triple crown champion. (yes there was a speed duel, but Keen Ice proved that he is a grade 1 horse...cannot be argued) 2. The last 2 races were at tracks that are historically tough on closers. 3. His breeding clearly suggests that his best race is yet to come. (Almost every horse with Kris S in the pedigree got better with age....Rock Hard Ten and Zenyatta to name a couple) A trainer does over a few dozen things to prepare a horse for a race. This includes "prep races". It is hard for any normal human being to understand that a trainer isn't "trying" to win a $500,000 race. If you take into account that it is preparation for a 1,000,000, 2,000,000, 5,000,000 or 10,000,000 race, it becomes easier to understand. A racehorse does his/her hardest running during 2 circumstances. 1. A horse is trying to pass, and must be fought off 2. The horse is using all his/her power to pass another horse During these 2 moments, the absolute most wear and tear occurs, which takes recovery time. Anybody who thinks that Dale Romans doesn't know what he is doing....... well if Keen Ice remains healthy, you will soon understand
Keen Ice has been written off by most after the Donn. I didn't bet him in that race, one of the main reason being that he was guaranteed to be over-bet since the Travers. This has changed. I expect he'll have much longer odds in his next race, whether that be Dubai or something in the States. And I'll definitely consider him strongly in said race. If you never liked him much, than I can't fault you for continuing to choose against him. But if you were a fan, but are now turned off, I don't think the Donn was the race to decide that. 1) It's Gulfstream Park. Only Tommy Macho managed to win from off the pace, and the Fred Hooper had a wicked second 1/4 that knocked the front-runners out. 2) It was his first start off the bench. He took some time off, give him a race to shake off the rust. Who knows, he may be one of those horses who runs on racing (like Chrome) - the results of 2015 certainly suggest this is true. 3) There was pretty much no pace to run at. The leaders ran the final 5f in :59.76, and the final 3f in :36.01. Keen Ice ran these in :59.61 and :35.80. How is a grinder supposed to close any faster? If the race had any pace, these fractions at least get him on the board, and he could've won if it was :47 or so.
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  • CB via Disqus · If the only way he can win is pace and pace alone, then he's a one-trick-pony, but I don't think that's the case. Winning is one thing, floundering in the stretch and not hitting the board is another. I still like him, but until his connections change up their strategy and run him mid pack, I can't see him winning being 10 lengths back considering the quality of horses he's facing. He's no Zenyatta by any stretch of the imagination. · 1 day ago
  • Mike in SB · I would like to see two things for Keen Ice. First, don't go to Dubai, I admit I am not a fan of Dubai racing, it just seems to take something out of American horses for some reason. And second, run him in 1 1/4 mile races and since almost all the 1 1/4 mile races for older horses are in California, point for the Big Cap, Gold Cup at Santa Anita and Pacific Classic. Remember the Breeders Cup is at Santa Anita this year. If he goes to Dubai, in my opinion, he will probably be out until June or July and if he stays in the east he will be forced to run in 1 1/8 mile races while he is a proven winner at 1 1/4 miles. · 23 hours ago

Meet Matt Scott 

My horseracing journey began when I was 16 years old and my mom took me to Hollywood Park. Although I did not fully appreciate it at the time, the experience stuck with me forever. 10 years later, during one of my many international business trips to Hong Kong, I visited Sha Tin racetrack to watch the races. This is where my true passion began. 


Holding a masters degree in mechanical engineering, the puzzle of handicapping intrigued me. I have made a career of making decisions based on trends, patterns, and formulas, which is why I think I was initially drawn to the sport. However, I have truly learned to appreciate the horses and how magnificent they are as athletes. 


I currently live in San Jose, CA, and when not following racing, I like to spend time with my wife, mountain bike, and design high-speed bicycles that I build and race For reference, 55,000 furlongs is the distance from Hong Kong to my home in San Jose. Also, I have 1-year-old dachshund (aka wiener dog) that I am training to race in the annual Wiener Nationals held at Golden Gate Fields.   


The purpose of this blog is to help give people the viewpoint of a fan that is newer to the sport and eager to learn. I like to respectfully speak my mind, and often the ideas come out of left field, which could give a fresh perspective on a sport rich with tradition and history. hope to represent the many future fans that I wish to follow my footsteps into the Sport of Kings. 

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