• March X Press (2-1) rallies to win the Bolton Landing.Posted 2 days ago
  • Gold Rush Dancer (3-1) scores big in the 82nd running of the Longacres Mile.Posted 5 days ago
  • Skye Diamonds (9-10) wins again, this time in the Rancho Bernardo.Posted 5 days ago
  • Copper Bullet (7-2) strong in winning the Saratoga Special.Posted 5 days ago
  • Run Away (3-2) skips away in the Best Pal at Del Mar.Posted 6 days ago
  • Beach Patrol (9-2) is a determined winner of the Arlington Million.Posted 6 days ago
  • Dacita (6-1) takes Arlington Park's Beverly D (G1) with a strong stretch drive.Posted 6 days ago
  • World Approval (5-1) takes the Fourstardave (G1) at Saratoga.Posted 6 days ago
  • Oscar Performance (3-2) dominates the Secretariat (G1) at Arlington Park.Posted 6 days ago
  • Pure Silver (8-5) still unbeaten after big Adirondack (G2) victory.Posted 6 days ago

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Superstar. 18 straight. Missed the break. Almost an impossible task. Unless, of course, you are Winx. Last to first in the final strides. IMO she is the best active runner anywhere. Oh how I adore this girl.
Missed the start by about 4-5 lengths and it looked impossible turning for home but champions find a way. Got up in the last two strides while running the last 3 furlongs in under 33 seconds. 18 straight and Chris Waller said she will run back in the Chelmsford in 2 weeks. Amazing!
Well this might clarify the 3 year old field some, regarding who is the best. Too bad Tapwrit not here.
Talk about a horse for course! One race a year, one win a year, all at Del Mar!
He walked out of the gate, and still managed to win big. Definitely one to watch on the grass.
Love Con Te Partiro.She's named after an Andrea Bocelli song which means,"Time To Say Good-bye." She will be saying good-bye to the field,after she takes the lead in the stretch.
Will carry the Magnier colors.
If West Coast were trained by any other trainer, he would be 25/1 or higher, even with his last win (and rightly so). As it is I expect he will be 3/4 choice. The Baffert favoritism is strong with this one (Which isn't always a bad thing) But I want no part of WC. I simply don't think he has faced any sort of competition, and running here is a huge step up. Say this crop is weak all you want, but so far they have at least been competitive, and the top horses have all come from outside of California. none of the 'best' Cali horses have been any threat this year, that doesn't speak much for the 2nd tier horses WC has been running against.
Stonestreet's posted a video of Valadorna working at their training center. "Check in with Valadorna, who is doing great out at our training center and working her way back to the races!" Video on their Facebook. She's looking good!
Not sure how this horse is 11/1 in Travers futures right now. Seems like great value. I think it's between him and West Coast.
Yoshida worked 4f, August 18th, in 51.65 (b) finishing 49/54.
Tapwrit worked 4f, August 18th, in 50.23 (b) finishing 34/54.
Outplay worked 4f, August 18th, in 49.99 (b) finishing 27/54
Mind Your Biscuits worked 4f, August 18th, in 49.70 (b) finishing 17/54.
Giuseppe the Great worked 4f, August 18th, in 48.80 (b) finishing 6/54.
Coal Front worked 4f, August 18th, in 50.60 (b) finishing 38/54.
Bar of Gold worked 4f, August 18th, in 48.83 (b) finishing 9/54.
Always Dreaming worked 4f, August 18th, in 49.60 (b) finishing 16/54.
Long On Value worked 3f, August 18th, in 38.11 (b) finishing 6/7.
Quidura worked 5f, August 18th, in 1:02.40 (b) finishing 16/21.
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Unlike many, I did not grow up with horseracing. My first time at the races was the 2008 Kentucky Derby. I bet on Colonel John. That fall, I had the good fortune to go to England, where I visited Ascot and Kempton. When I returned to the U.S., I was hooked. I started reading handicapping books, studying historic sire lines, watching races and going to Portland Meadows regularly. While the purses there were small, I was able to be close to the action and see firsthand the day-to-day operations of an average American racetrack.


Last year I moved home to Chicago. I went to Arlington for the first time this year. In the interim, I have devoted my time to understanding all aspects of horseracing  I hope to provide unique isights on handicapping perspectives and multifaceted analyses on the state of horseracing today. I will strive to write with an open mind and a willingness to learn through the writing process. I will not claim to be an expert, but I will read thoroughly, write carefully, and be honest.


To me, the all-time greats are Kelso, John Henry, Round Table and Yeats. Horses I like because they have won me money include Raven's Pass, Alternation, and I'll Have Another. The greatest horse I have even seen live is Zenyatta. I also enjoy the Bears, the Bulls, the White Sox, the Blackhawks, Mexican food, good Bourbon, and old-time music - specifically that played on the 5-string banjo. Thanks for reading!

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