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  • Tonito M. is much the best in the Oklahoma Derby! Posted 3 days ago
  • The well-bred Imperia rolls late to score in the Pilgrim! Posted 3 days ago
  • Lady Eli kicks it in to run away with the Miss Grillo! Posted 3 days ago
  • American Pharoah strides out in the FrontRunner! Posted 4 days ago
  • Beholder a bit short, but still best in the Zenyatta! Posted 4 days ago
  • Tonalist impressively wins the Jockey Club Gold Cup! Posted 4 days ago
  • Main Sequence wins a thriller over Twilight Eclipse in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic! Posted 4 days ago
  • Private Zone battles his way to a 2nd straight Vosburgh! Posted 4 days ago
  • Stephanie's Kitten powers on by in the Flower Bowl! Posted 4 days ago
  • Belle Gallantey demolishes the field in the Beldame! Posted 4 days ago

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55,000 Furlongs to the Finish

 

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The "potential" of the car is NOT altered a bit by the driver. They can only retard the potential to varying degrees.
  • amino998 · ...and some jockeys make some horses [NUMBERS] more retarded than others :D ... please find the reply button, sir · 11 hours ago
  • amino998 · It's not about 'potential'! It's about the minimizing of what you understand to be 'retardation' of potential. Only a driver/jockey who is 'active not passive' can have such an effect · 7 minutes ago
non science people know very little about controlled experiments...Ridiculous acceptance of confirmation biases stats leads to dumb conclusions.
Phoney correlations stats have nothing to do with cause and effect. Get some of these GLORY boys on also ran horses and see how their skills STOP atop and go no further.. Stats are riddle with false conclusions 1) great pitcher on a poor hitting baseball team often has a poor win lost record because the REST OF THE TEAM had no run support 2) Many a very good QB has less than stellar receiving percentage stats because of poor receivers..Just a few of dozens and dozens of stats the MEAN zip when it context JUST LIKE jockeys. Hell before the turn of the century they rarely even named the riders in the record books. Did they know what we know now? riders are riders and horse racing horses do the running?? No one is running away: I had to take 8 photos at the Wednesday night card tonight.
Go Condo Commando!
This is the ONLY arena I think where a trainer REALLY can make a difference: keeping an animal OUT of contests that will negatively effect HIS running style.
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  • travel_vic · Hundreds upon hundreds of examples show that the HORSE in the force. WOuld ANYONE know Cam Gambolotti, Louie Rousell or even the old claming trainer Buddy Delp if it weren't for the fact that Spend A Buck, Risen Star, or Bid wandered into their barns. HORSES, the motive force in this game, in the hands of a basic level of horsemanship, are the thing that makes a champion. Hastings leading trainer the past several years was simply a competent horsemen until a big owner flooded his barn with excellent horses. Start with a Ferrari and it is easy to have YOUR stats (which do not represent YOUR ability but that of the animal) go up. Horses make trainers NOT the other way around. · 13 hours ago
  • amino998 · travel_vic >> Mike in SB thoroughly refuted your “passive passenger/any journeyman” arguments {it’s not about ‘potential’, it’s about results} and you’ve disappeared AGAIN – W.C. · 48 minutes ago
When ANY track re-surfaces, particularly when the deep drainage layer of porous asphalt had to be removed and the deep cushion replaced, JUST BECAUSE it was fast and front run favoring before, DOES NOT mean it will be again. Recall not only was the track re-surfaced before, BUT the configuration of the course (particularly the oblong structure of that clubhouse turn) was altered as well. Before you can make ANY predictions of the running style status of a new course it also has to "bed-in," as the British call it, and ALWAYS tends to be a little fast until the structural layers settle. I would assume NO particular pattern until it reveals itself with results. Doing anything else is foolish and quite frankly extremely stupid.
Frankel was probably the best turf horse of all time certainly up to a mile and a quarter. There are some old time European horses who were very good. You have to give them some credit I wish he would have ran in the arc at a mile and a half. It would have been a good test for him. I just want to see a great horse and I am glad Shared Belief is a gelding.
  • Maynard Runkle via Disqus · Frankel was greatly over-rated. He was managed to avoid potential threats, had his own rabbit in every race and ducked Black Caviar when she came all the way from Australia. There was a reason he never ran in the Arc. It is called maintaining the hype and maximizing the investment at stud. Unlike Goldikova, he never dared to travel outside of his comfort zone. · 3 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · I read this by "maynard" weird60sblackandwhitetelevisioncharactertypename. 1. It is 2014, 2. Please google "difference between pace setter and rabbit, kindergarten version" 3. And you wouldn't have complained(I censored that verb myself) had Frankel faced Black Caviar at the shorter distance when every complaint was that he had not stretched out? · 2 hours ago
STAKES WINNING UZZIEL BACK AT HER BEST DISTANCE IN SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 L.A. WOMAN STAKES; NORTHERN INVADER STOPSHOPPINGDEBBIE HEADS SOUTH LOOKING FOR 10th CONSECUTIVE WIN; FILLIES AND MARES SET TO GO 6 1/2 FURLONGS IN GRADE III AT GREAT RACE PLACE I pulled this from the Santa Anita web site. jlp
Feathered a young unproven filly I am very high on, vrs. Condo Commando probably thought of as the best east coast filly thus far. It looks like a great race, I'm excited to watch it play out.
Acceleration is all about how quick it takes a horse to get into top gear and not how fast you run the race. Yes you need to have lots of speed but an immediate turn of foot puts your rivals at a massive disadvantage with a furlong or so to go. You must understand that chrome does have a great turn of foot but its not visually as impressive as shared belief and not as consistent. The classic will be the biggest race of the year between 4 prime champion racehorses in belief, chrome, tonalist and Bayern
  • amdaman · I think Wicked Strong belongs in that group. Hopefully they all make it to the dance. Too bad some of the best older horses retired this year. · 3 days ago
  • Maynard Runkle via Disqus · This would be a good year for the Europeans to tackle this overrated mediocrity. Too bad Danza didn't remain sound. · 3 hours ago
Good luck and please all come home safe!
Was pulled up after swallowed his tongue (no tongue tie) today racing at Emerald Downs, unfortunately ending his unbeaten streak - though it was no fault of his own
A Washington bred that is this fast? Ok owners time to jump ship to kentucky and run with the big boys.
I hope Baffert can keep her right on tack. Looks like one heck of a filly.
So far the two best colts that i have seen in a long time are Union jackson and Cozmic One. These guys look like studs! Incredible!
Sadler putting him on the ktc
The catalogue was released today for Fasig-Tipton's November sale, and WOW, here are some notables: Fashion Plate, Judy the Beauty, Jojo Warrior, Let Faith Arise, My Miss Sophia, Princess of Sylmar, She's a Tiger, Stephanie's Kitten, Stopchargingmaria, Sweet Lulu, Turbulent Descent, Unlimited Budget, Wine Princess, Beholder, Believe You Can, Belle Gallantey, Blind Luck (!!!!), Dayathespa, Discreet Marq, and Capo Bastone
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  • Northport · I am also entertaining possible options of someone loaning me a million dollars to buy Judy the Beauty. Also willing to to form a partnership/syndicate. · 5 hours ago
  • jockey2be. · WOW!A lot of top mares and fillies in there!I never knew Blind Luck was being sold.Hadn't heard about Belle Gallantey or JoJo Warrior either! · 4 hours ago
Make it 10 Debbie. We are rooting for u
Wow they had 16 nominations surprised only 5 entered
Junior Alvarado has decided to appeal his 15 day suspension for his ride in the Jockey Club Gold Cup based on the severity of the punishment, He says that jockeys were given fewer days for similar fouls, according to DRF
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  • Sullivan · I concur with t_v on this one. Looked like Long River to me, not Moreno · 7 hours ago
  • triple_double · This is too harsh for a 15 day suspension. The incident was accidental, unlike what Victor did which is intentional. NYRA sucks as always. · 6 hours ago

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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.