• Got Lucky gets there on the wire in the Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland.Posted 1 day ago
  • Airoforce kicks away in the Dixiana Bourbon Stakes for hot trainer Mark Casse.Posted 1 day ago
  • Ben's Duchess takes advantage of a speed duel to win the L.A. Woman.Posted 1 day ago
  • Inheritance, a $1.9 million 2yo in training purchase, broke her maiden by 13 today at Belmont.Posted 2 days ago
  • Golden Horn wins the Arc ... Treve runs well, but settles for fourth.Posted 2 days ago
  • Wild Dude earns a Breeders' Cup berth with a Santa Anita Sprint win.Posted 2 days ago
  • Grand Arch just holds off a flying The Pizza Man to win the Shadwell Turf Mile.Posted 2 days ago
  • He repeats -- It's all Tonalist in a sloppy Jockey Club Gold Cup.Posted 2 days ago
  • Brody's Cause flies home to win the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity.Posted 2 days ago
  • Tepin runs away and hides in the Grade 1 First Lady -- BC Mile next.Posted 2 days ago

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BREAKING NEWS: B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm has acquired the breeding rights to top sprinter Palace, the multiple grade I-winning millionaire son of City Zip . The colt, who is set to retire at the end of his 2015 campaign, is being aimed for the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Oct. 31 at Keeneland. "Palace is the best colt by perennial leading sire City Zip, and he's a great-looking individual," said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift general manager. "He's been one of the classiest and fastest sprinters in the country the last couple of years, and we believe breeders will find him to be an exciting opportunity through our 'Share The Upside' program in 2016. We're thrilled to have him, and believe he has a big shot in the upcoming Breeders' Cup Sprint." Article on Bloodhorse
Check out this article on Stellar Wind, it says they skipped the preps because they don't want to be overly aggressive, but she is training lights out, she will be fresh, and they are confident going into the Distaff. That, and she will return to race at age four. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/94933/stellar-wind-fresh-for-distaff
Anyone else find it interesting that Castellano rode Liam's Map in his workout the other day at Keeneland? Dirt mile?
where is the early speed, if no horse pushes AP, Beholder, or Honor code, the closers have no chance
It was announced earlier today on the RacingPost.com web-site that triple G1 winning filly, Legatissimo, will stay in training and race again next season as a 4YO. It was also announced in the same article that she is in fact headed to Keenland at the end of the month to run in this year's G1 Breeders Cup F&M Turf.
Trainer Desormeaux has to realize that his brother may not the best fit for this horse, it's obvious that this horse does not take to the whip, if you watch closely, as soon as Kent started hitting him, it appears he started chopping his strides; aggressive hand ride is what this horse needs. I hope he uses Junior Alvarado next out and convince his brother to go to rehab and stay away from the horses!
Liam's map wire to almost wire as Beholder wins by head. Going to be a long day for AP.
Not commenting on the exact 'cause of death' here, but for what it's worth I had family at Keeneland this weekend who took a look at the horses in the paddock before the Mile. They said that Skyring was looking very sluggish and tired beforehand.
I think it was a great prep for him, I dont think 2 back to back 10 furlong races would have worked for HC,
He should not have been racing in that particular race! Shame on DWL💔
RIP Ruffian, the horse that should be remembered as THE greatest of all time. Instead we are stuck with the what could have and should have been, this extremely bitter heartbreaking and unfinished story forever. We will never see one like her again, she is truly incredible.
Reading these comments you would think it was the end if the world.
Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Lovely Mariais out of consideration for the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) and will be rested the remainder of the year, trainer Larry Jones said Oct. 6 at Keeneland. Brereton Jones' 3-year-old daughter of Majesticperfection faded to fifth in the Oct. 4 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (gr. I) at the Lexington track after showing the way early on. Although she rolled to her Kentucky Oaks victory off a score in the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland this spring, she has not won since then. She was fifth in the Delaware Oaks (gr. III) and sixth in the Alabama Stakes (gr. I) before her Spinster try. "We're not gonna run her in the Breeders' Cup," Jones said. "She's won two grade ones, she's a millionaire, and she's earned a rest. So they're gonna rest her a little bit, and then see what happens from there." Article on bloodhorse
What successful mares would you like to go to Empire Maker? I think Oatsee and Take Charge Lady would be a good fit
Empire Maker is now on Gainsway farm's website. Pretty cool!!!
All this criticism of McGaughey is very comical - but what one would expect from a comedian. First I'd like to know which wanabee trainer on here ASSumes to know Honor Code better than Shug does. Or are all horses trained the same? Second, I'd like to know that if choosing a 1 1/4 prep for a 1 1/4 race is so ideal and choosing a 1 mile race was such a horrible decision, why were the last 3 runnings of the Classic won by horses who prepped in 1 1/8 races? Prior to that, why did Flat Out lose to Drosselmeyer after winning the JCGC? And that's just in the last 4 years. Where is the evidence for this tried and true one size fits all method of prepping in a 1 1/4 race for the Classic? And lastly, if such a prep is so crucial, what of a decision to train up to the Classic for 2 months without a prep? Will those 4 and 5F works somehow be more magical than a 1 mile prep just because it's Bob Almighty's decision to do so? One winner in the 30 year history of the Classic says quite the contrary. So where is his criticism - as if I didn't know the answer.
Where do I go watch the race? I've looked about but been unsuccessful finding it. Link please?
Oh boy. I really hope he does end up coming to Keeneland for the BC. Talk about star power, we'll have the 2 best horses in the world running that day.
Clear Creek stud reports that Ide will be retired from breeding
In an interview with TVG, Old Friends announces that they have acquired 1997 Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold and 1996 Breeders Cup Classic winner Alphabet Soup from Adena Springs. They will both be retired from breeding duties and will live at Old Friends in the near future.

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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