• Texas Chrome (2-1) bravely squeezed through on the rail for an Oklahoma Derby win.Posted 1 day ago
  • Unbridled Mo (4-1) rides the rail to victory in the Remington Park Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Accelerate (1-1) rallies to win the Los Alamitos Derby (G2).Posted 2 days ago
  • Connect (10-1) upsets the Pennsylvania Derby.Posted 2 days ago
  • Songbird (1-5) gets win number 11 in the Cotillion (G1) at Parx Racing.Posted 2 days ago
  • Noholdingback Bear (3-1) wins the Gallant Bob (G3) at Parx Racing.Posted 2 days ago
  • 2015 Turf Champion Big Blue Kitten has been retired from racing, via the Chad Brown barn.Posted 5 days ago
  • No catching Sarah Sis (10-1) in the Presque Isle Downs Masters.Posted 7 days ago
  • Victory to Victory  7-1) pulls clear in the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes.Posted 8 days ago
  • Good Samaritan (3-1) rolls to a Breeders' Cup birth with a Summer Stakes win.Posted 8 days ago

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55,000 Furlongs to the Finish


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Harzand had a good work this morning, but I don't think he's going to get the cut in the ground that he wants, as no rain is predicted between now and the Arc. To me, a longshot would be Order of St George, who will be a decent price (10/1?), and has a good turn of foot. I have ALOT riding on Postponed, so I'm heavily rooting for him though.
19 remain in the Arc picture at the moment after the latest forfeit stage on Tuesday morning, though I would expect that number to dwindle quite a bit by the time the final declaration stage rolls around on Friday afternoon or early Saturday morning.
This is my opinion, and feel free to disagree. I don't think that either Nyquist or Exaggerator belong in the BCC, at least not this year. They seem to be tired horses, and if I owned them, they would be turned out for the remainder of the year and start training again early next spring for a four year old campaign. And the same could be said about Gun Runner. Start over next year, after a long rest.
France's version of the Ascot Gold Cup, the G1 Prix du Cadran, which usually runs on the same day as the Arc de Triomphe, Prix de la Foret, Prix De l'Opera, etc...will this year run a day earlier instead on the same card with the Prix Dollar, Prix Daniel Wildenstein, Prix Chaudenay, etc.....
Sylvain Vidal, racing manager for part owner Gerard Augustin-Normand, said Almanzor is still unlikely to run in the Arc, but is being left in as a precaution. He also said Almanzor will remain in training next year: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10595261/almanzor-among-arc-nineteen
All the UK Bookmakers have drastically shortened the odds for Almanzor in the Arc, I think they must have some inside information. As soon as "La Cressionneire" was pulled out of the Arc with an injury I knew they would put Almanzor in the Arc instead of the Champion Stakes. I can almost 100% guarantee Almanzor will be running in the Arc on Sunday. :-)
Is the post position draw tomorrow?
I have a general question about the Breeder's Cup; it would mostly pertain to the Classic, but in a year like this, might pertain to the Distaff as well. Did the BC kill match races? Did the DWC further kill them? Or was that already dead from the Ruffian tragedy (and from the Chris Evert rout over Miss Musket the prior year?) The obvious case of the great match race that never was would be Rachel Alexandra vs. Zenyatta. The dynamics of a match race are different, and while RA's team avoided Zenyatta in the BCC, if $3 million or $5 million had been put up in a match race, winner take all, would it have come to pass?
  • Kimberly Beth via Disqus · I would hope after Ruffian - RIP you amazing girl - they would never have another match race. There may have been one, I don't know, but I hope they never have one again. · 1 hour ago
Why does Nyquist jockey continue to run him so far outside, even when he can move closer to the rail, he doesn't. If Nyquist wins its because the horse runs a great ( and not easy) race. I think Calvin BoRAIL should race Nyquist, he would get much better results.
I think Nyquist took a bit of a confidence knock. You see it happen in show jumping all the time. Distance isn't the problem, he won the Florida Derby at 9f and the Kentucky Derby in excellent time, and the undefeated Nyquist would not allow a horse to go past him in the stretch, but in Penn Derby it looks like he stopped trying. I think the Preakness and Haskell took more out of him than anyone realized.
1st: California Chrome 2nd: Dortmund 3rd: Hard Aces 4th: Win The Space
What horses do you think we will see in this race? The only owners who have a horse with a shot to run well in this race is runhappy, nyquist California chrome, and shaman ghost. A lot of the others don't have a horse, or they're not nearly talented enough to run in this race. Who do you think the others will sell or lease their spots to?
This could be a short field when all the dust is settled from the preps. I see 7 or 8 with Shaman Ghost not listed on here. Maybe Comfort joins the fray, that could make 9? I could see Gun Runner & Connect running. Exaggerator has a free ride so maybe they keep plugging away?LOL Destin- no works since Travers Creator- announced he was done for year. Firing Line- Heard they were targeting Dirt Mile if they make it at all. Nyquist could be retired Beholder seems likely for the Distaff, contingent on this weeks race. Dortmund- Will Bob really run him against Arrogate or Chrome a 4th time?
The love of a horse named Damascus was the lure that brought Steve Haskin from a 21 year old stockbroker to the world of thoroughbreds. Forty eight years later, he is still going strong every week on Blood-Horse and At The Races. Haskin's description of his favorite - “Not only was Damascus durable, brilliant, classy, and one of the soundest, healthiest horses ever, he possessed the most devastating turn of foot I have ever witnessed.” The author has said that he never imagined a racehorse would pave the road he would take in life. Thank you, Damascus. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/177542/damascus-is-most-underrated-horse-of-all-time
Who is guaranteed to run? 1. Chrome 2. Dortmund 3. Hoppertunity Anyone else? win the space and hard aces? Five horse field?
  • Ferrisjso26 · So the PC at SA minus a furlong and Beholder? · 2 days ago
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · yes looks that way.. Normal California race! · 2 hours ago
They should put her in the Breeder's cup ladies classic instead of the distaff. Just my opinion.
This is a very difficult race to predict, so it might not be very accurate. If you disagree, feel free to tell me what you think. If Beholder runs: (Dry Track) 1st: California Chrome 2nd: Arrogate 3rd: Effinex 4th: Beholder (Wet Track) 1st: California Chrome 2nd: Arrogate 3rd: Beholder 4th: Exaggerator If Beholder runs in the Distaff: (Dry Track) 1st: California Chrome 2nd: Arrogate 3rd: Mubtaahij 4th: Frosted (Wet Track) 1st: Arrogate 2nd: California Chrome 3rd: Exaggerator 4th: Melatonin
If Beholder runs: 1st: Songbird 2nd: Beholder 3rd: Stellar Wind 4th: Cavorting If Beholder runs in the BCC: 1st: Songbird 2nd: Stellar Wind 3rd: Cavorting 4th: Curalina
Not This Time and Klimt should dominate the BC Juvenile, these 2 are far ahead of all the other 2 yr olds in terms of class and ability.

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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