• Lady Shipman dominates in Saratoga's Coronation Cup.Posted 14 hours ago
  • Stopchargingmaria out-duels Untapable to win the G3 Shuvee.Posted 1 day ago
  • American Pharoah wins the Haskell completely in hand!Posted 1 day ago
  • Heart to Heart takes them wire to wire in the G3 Oceanport.Posted 1 day ago
  • Casual Smile closes from second last to win the G3 Matchmaker Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Bradester snags the G2 Monmouth Cup in front-running fashion.Posted 1 day ago
  • Rachel's Valentina, daughter of champion Rachel Alexandra, wins her debut at the Spa!Posted 1 day ago
  • Beholder wins the G1 Clement L. Hirsch for fun!Posted 2 days ago
  • Texas Red returns to the winner's circle with a Jim Dandy victory over Frosted!Posted 2 days ago
  • Red Rifle squeezes through rivals to win the Bowling Green.Posted 2 days ago

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55,000 Furlongs to the Finish


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This race is shaping up as one of the better renditions in recent history. Honor Code in the race,presents great wagering opportunities. Coming off of arguably the most impressive (Visual/Speed figure ) race of the year. Honor Code figures to take alot of money at the windows,and more than likely go off as the wagering favorite. If one is a fan and is rooting for him,this should be an exciting race. But as one who is looking for an opportunity,to play against a favorite. This race is something that you must take advantage of. You see, Honor code has only run 1 race in his life to date. The Met is the only race that says he not only merits favoritism,but that he belongs with these horses. If one can draw a line thru his last race,Honor Code is one of the slowest horses in the field. Add to the negatives,his Foregoesque running style. The only time he ran a distance,they tried to change his running style. That was as a 2 year old in the Remsen. Although he won the race, it was far from an impressive performance. Although i am not from the state of Missouri. Honor Code will have to show me that the Met Mile is now the Rule,and not the exception. I at least,am willing to take the stance on Saturday. That he is not as good as the Met,and will be a vulnerable short priced horse.
What were your top three favorite races this year? Mine: 1. AP in the Belmont Stakes 2. Honor Code in the Met Mile 3. Shared Belief over California Chrome in the San Antonio
Still have a major problem naming Sec the best of all time. He lost FOUR races to inferior horses at equal weights or actually getting 7 pounds in one of those losses. Man'O War, won 20 of 21. Native Dancer won 21 of 22. Kelso beat more Hall of Famers and Champion horses than any other thoroughbred in history.
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  • travel_vic · the great Geldings sure run a close second · 40 days ago
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On August 2, Honor Code worked 4f on fast dirt at Saratoga in 50:22 (b) finishing 60/72.
One of my favorites.He was a beautiful white horse with a long white tail. I loved watching him run.He could sit on or near the lead or come from the back of the pack. He was arguably America's best turf horse for 2 years in the early 2000's. I think about him periodically, I just love those veteran turfers. Saw he didn't have any posts so figured I would show him some love
BREAKING NEWS: Sixty-five-year-old Michael W. Dickinson--the former British champion amateur jumps jockey-turned-professional trainer; he of multiple racing-related entries in the Guinness Book of World Records who quit training to spearhead a synthetic racing surface company--has announced a return to active training. Dickinson will train exclusively off his expansive 250-acre Tapeta Farm in the town of North East, Maryland. Nicknamed AChantilly of the Chesapeake,@ the centerpiece of the lush, grassy facility is Dickinson=s proprietary-formula synthetic training track that consists of Tapeta (Latin for Acarpet@) footing. Dickinson envisions between 20 and 30 horses will eventually be under his care as the sole trainer on the property, and he will target the top levels of U.S. racing. Dickinson last saddled a horse as a licensed trainer at Turfway Park on Dec. 8, 2007. Shortly thereafter, he retired from conditioning at the request of his wife, Joan Wakefield, so the two, in partnership, could grow the Tapeta Footings track surface business. Since then, they have traveled to 15 countries together--including Australia, Britain, Dubai, Syria, Morocco, Singapore and Japan--pitching, testing, and installing their synthetic surface, whose ever-evolving compositional recipe is now in its 10th iteration. Article on http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/pdf/tdn/tdn150804.pdf
I totally agree with Meydan Rocks PM doesn't has the quickness to fleet foot it with AP all the way to the wire. I don't know if there's a word to describe it (second wind, stored energy, etc), but AP has the ability to kick free in the stretch and leave everyone behind. He had a hard time doing this in the Derby, but Victor ran him wide throughout the race (6,723 feet in distance). None the less, AP kicked “it” and crossed the finish line first. He’s the real deal.
Ahmed Zayat has confirmed American Pharoah will not run in the Pacific Classic. Zero shot.
I want to see Palace Malice come out of his next few races while running well and in the BCC hook American Pharoah and battle him right to the wire. Whether he would win or not who knows but of all horses, I want to see Palace Malice do it.
wonderful news! I will tweet it as well as everyone is asking and wondering about Mr Jordan. Gorgeous horse, glad he came out of it okay!
He won the Rebel Stakes which is a grade II
Just an FYI, the Apple Blossom is 1 & 1/16th, not 1 1/8th. The win time is correct though.
I am by no means knocking the riding talent of John Valesquez as he has been one of the leading riders in the country for a number of years. But could it be that Untapable misses Rosie? There seemed to be a connection there that is lacking now.
  • Ruffianlover · I totally understand. She just doesn't seem like the same horse with the same fire as when Rosie was on her · 11 hours ago
Trainer Wesley Ward today told AtTheRaces.com that G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes winner, Undrafted, will likely sidestep another trip back to Great Britain for the G1 Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock in favor of staying at home and preparing for the G1 Breeders Cup Turf Sprint at Keenland. Ward called Undrafted "not the greatest of shippers", saying "he can ship and run his race, but then he seems to fall apart a little and it takes time to put him back together." "If we took him to Haydock, we might be short on time to get him ready for the Breeders Cup."
I am pretty sure he won't race this year I mean look at Rachel's Valentina who has raced this year and will probably go into the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies. She is far ahead of him. Again I am not saying anything but it is almost August and there will only be 4 months is this year. If he doesn't race this year he won't race in the triple crown. There will probably not be another triple crown winner even though Bob Baffert and Todd Pletcher have some good two year olds. There is no horse like American Pharoah.
On August 3, Uncle Sigh worked 6f on fast dirt at Saratoga in 1:14:87 (b) finishing 1/1.
On August 3, Twilight Eclipse worked 5f on firm turf at Saratoga in 1:02:34 (b) finishing 13/23.
On August 3, Watsdachances worked 5f on firm turf at Saratoga in 1:00:85 (b) finishin g 1/24.
On August 3, Triple Threat worked 5f on firm turf at Saratoga in 1:02:03 (b) finishing 4/24.

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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