• Unique Bella is off the Kentucky Oaks trail with a sore shin, per Steve Anderson.Posted 3 hours ago
  • Hence (10-1) rallies to win the Sunland Park Derby going away.Posted 1 day ago
  • Ghalia (2-1) edges a game Kell Paso in the Sunland Park Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Itsinthepost (6-1) drives home the win in the Grade 2 San Luis Rey.Posted 2 days ago
  • Fear the Cowboy (7-2) comes running late to capture the Grade 3 Skip Away.Posted 2 days ago
  • Fast and Accurate (24-1) bursts through to upset the Grade 3 Spiral.Posted 2 days ago
  • Purely a Dream (12-1) pulls ahead in the stretch to take the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • Arrogate, despite a dreadful break, wins the Dubai World Cup easily.Posted 3 days ago
  • Jack Hobbs is much the best in the Sheema Classic.Posted 3 days ago
  • Vivlos flies late to get up for the win in the $6 million Dubai Turf.Posted 3 days ago

HRN Original Blog:
55,000 Furlongs to the Finish


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Haskin wrote this just for you Ferris, and a few others as well... "Nowhere in the National Museum of Racing is there a statue identifying the greatest horse of all time." http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/horse-racing-steve-haskin/archive/2017/03/28/arrogate-and-how-we-define-greatness.aspx
And just like that, reminiscent of last year's Oaks... suppose the favorites will be Abel Tasman & Farrell. Deserving. Hope to see her fully healed and doing what she does later this year.
Another horse making it to the starting gate that nobody has ever heard of. I will admit im a little bitter because ive had my ace handed to me at the ticket window today, but the prep races this year have stunk, and the field for the derby is looking crazier and crazier.
  • illhaveanothertriplecrown · Yes, it seems like none of the horses have jumped out like in years past. I mean by this time last year I knew Nyquist was going to win it, you knew in '14 that Chrome was a force, this year it seems there are few known quantities. · 1 hour ago
Congratulations to Fast Accurate and team on the win. I was/am a big Hansen fan and although he seemed to be distance limited in his racing career I hoped him to have a good sire career. I hope FAA can build off this race, progress and shine a light on his sire
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Has Arrogate improved much since Travers, BCC?? slightly? Would his run in BCC be better today.
BREAKING NEWS: Unique Bella injured shin, out of Santa Anita and Kentucky Oaks, to miss a lot of time. Per Jerry Hollendorfer. What a shame.
Fox Hill Farm announces that Songbird has returned to the track today and is now at 100%. She finished last year's racing season with some bone bruising. There was a spot that was stubborn to heal, and then she apparently kicked her stall wall which set her return further back. Her return race is still a few months away, and is undetermined at this time.
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  • Sun · They are just plum scared to run this horse for some reason. Still a few months away? Common, just put her in the breeding barn and call it a day and drop her down in the rankings HRN. Second without running a race this year makes no sence. · 4 days ago
  • myles burke via Disqus · Oh my god....Lebron James resting, now Songbird....horse hasn't been seen in 4 months...now we hear about bruising?....I guess because Mike Smith is busy.....lol.... · 1 hour ago
i would be looking at the derby with this one, because the group is so weak. Of course it is hollendorfer, who has based his entire career on looking for checks in easy spots. With the lack of a true triple crown contender this year, it looks like this horse could win the derby against the projected field. Would be great for horse racing just to SEE a filly try the derby. I wouldnt run the horse against pharoah or arrogate. I would run the horse in a soft spot like this years derby. The derby is a soft spot with a big check, should be perfect for hollendorfer. Of course he will find some way to avoid any tough spot that might be avoidable. The only thing hollendorfer cant/wont dodge is the breeders cup held in california. Anything else its like lets find a nice soft grade 2 with an inflated purse. Hollendorfer is so bad, bad for horse racing. Unique bella should go in the SA derby. I think its an easy spot this year. If the horse doesnt get it done, off to the oaks (if we are lucky) or more likely a nice soft socal grade 3. Instead the coward and bad horseman hollendorfer will likely go for the SA oaks, then if we're somewhat lucky, the KY oaks, but more likely look forward to seeing unique bella coming to a soft grade 2 at SA or delmar this summer. Its just the hollendorfer way. Good for hollendorfer, good for the owners, bad for horse racing. Thats jerry hollendorfer in a nutshell
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  • ruffianlover · I agree with the sa derby part but they won't do that unfortunately · 2 days ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · If there was any chance of your being correct, Blind Luck's campaign would prove you absolutely wrong. She campaigned out East and took on Havre De Grace out East and at Grace's home track and beat her handily in the two top races there. · 1 hour ago
Arrogate ran his fastest final 8f time (when comparing to his other 10f or 2000 meter races) in the 2017 DWC at 1:36.10 seconds. His other 2 final 8f times were 1:36.13 seconds at Saratoga and 1:36.44 seconds at Santa Anita. Gun Runner ran the final 8f in 1:38.20 seconds; California Chrome ran the final 8f in 1:36.87 seconds in 2016.
This is a G1 field. To think the Blue Grass gets demoted and the next year it has the best field of any prep for the first time in forever.
Abel Tasman worked 7 F in 1:25:80 H, with Unique Bella off the trail right now she should strong in upcoming races.
Kelso won the two mile Jockey Club Gold Cup five years in a row. In the 1964 version, his last, he set the American dirt record at 3:19 1/5, which still stands. Princequillo also ran some good distance races. What other thoroughbreds should be considered among the best at long routes?
  • Kelso5timeHOTY via Disqus · He's the best stayer on dirt our country has produced. But he was more then just a great stayer, he was a fast miler also, see his win in the Met Mile. · 3 hours ago
OK, time for another debate question: If Arrogate wins his (probable) two remaining starts, it is a safe bet he wins horse of the year - unless some miracle three year old develops and beats him. So, this is my debate question: In what years, in your opinion, did the racing writers get it wrong and select the wrong horse as horse of the year? I will name 3: 2013 - I think Game on Dude should have gotten it over Wise Dan. 1993 - I think Sky Beauty should have gotten it over Kotashaan. 1975 - It pains me some to type this, as the horse that won it is my all-time favorite athlete, let alone horse, but -- both in spite of, and because of, the tragedy that befell her -- it should have gone to Ruffian over Forego. Your thoughts on these, and what years do you pick?
Trainer Chad Brown announces that Practical Joke will make his next start in the G2 Blue Grass Stakes on April 8th.
If he is running in the Florida Derby, he will be a very dangerous horse.
Unique Bella looks really good. I'm guessing it's another year with no competition in the Fillies division? The question now is, if Unique Bella and Songbird face off in the BC Distaff, who does Mike Smith ride?
1st- Eagle 2nd- Iron Fist 3rd/4th- Mo Tom/Noble Bird
BREAKING: Trainer Mark Casse announces that Classic Empire will make his next start in the G1 Arkansas Derby on April 15th. He wants the extra week to get him ready but says so far so good.
Gun Runner has been very consistent running the final 8 furlongs of his 10 furlong or 2000 meter races. He ran the final 8f of the 2017 DWC in 1:38.20 seconds (Arrogate ran his final 8f in 1:36.10 seconds). He ran the final 8f of the Travers in 1:38.38 seconds (Arrogate 1:36.13 seconds), and he ran the final 8f of the 2016 Kentucky Derby in 1:38.80 seconds.

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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