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Nathan about a week ago you asked about the figs for this race and if they confirmed my looking to beat him. The answer is an ASTOUNDING YES. Based on his 2 dirt races,he is far from being the fastest horse in the race. He is coming off a major effort and doing something that he has never done before. People will say that i do not like this horse and that is why i am not picking him. Furthest from the truth,this guy will have to substantially run a lifetime best to win this. Is it possible for this to happen. Absolutely yes,but in my opinion it is not very probable. In looking at the field,there are many horses coming in off lifetime best efforts. Chrome like i said before,he is away from an effort. But he has already run races that will bury this field. Candy Boy has a great pattern,he is getting better at the right time. So for me it is those 2 by themselves.Any other Scnozolla hits the teletimer first,I LOSE.
  • amino998 · Knew you'd get back, TM ...heard SB will be 8/5 or less from a guy... :) seems short hoping for a lifetime best :) ...speaking of hoping for lifetime bests, amdaman likes Footbridge as a huge overlay · 13 minutes ago
Following are the advertised 2015 fees for the Ocala Stud stallion roster for 2015: Adios Charlie - $3,000 High Cotton - $5,000 In Summation - $2,500 Kantharos - $5,000 Overdriven - $3,000 Prospective – $5,000 Uncaptured - $6,000
depending on the odds, really like Alexis Tangier in this race
so far Golden Actor and Big Big Easy look formidable.
so far Code West is intriguing and like his 10-1 ML Odds
per ML Odds, leaning towards Confrontation and Sage Valley
A 50% share in promising 3 year old colt Hallowed Crown has been sold to Darley. The colt will remain in training with Bart and James Cummings and will stand at Darley upon his retirement.
Given the media's pseudo-experts tossing around his superlatives ad nauseum, you actually think you will get 2/1 on this animal? He will go off closer to 8/5 or less
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will make his comeback from a summertime knee operation in time for the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita next weekend. Stevens has been booked to ride Sivoliere in the $1 million BC Juvenile Fillies Turf over a mile on Oct. 31 for owner Martin Schwartz and trainer Chad Brown. Article on DRF
  • Goblin · OMG. A DRF pay-to-read apparently, but confirmed by his wife, Angie. Working horses again was one thing, but race riding at this point post-op is another. No one likes Gary Stevens more than I do, but this decision may impact his future health in a less than positive way. smh, smh. https://twitter.com/angieastevens1 · 1 hour ago
  • travel_vic · .....and hear I thought that he was one of the smarter riders. Well cast that notion aside! · 1 hour ago
CT will run Sunday at Churchill in the 60,000 Street Sense stakes
There are DOZENS and DOZENS of trainers who are just as good a horseman as this one and continue to toil, without fanfare, along the backstretch. It is the QUALITY OF THEIR STOCK which elevates these unknowns to prominence NOT their abilities. Race with a Chevrolet and no one hears about you but bring in a Lamborghini through the front doors and ALL OF A SUDDEN it is the TRAINER who is the genius and somehow NOT the quality of their runners. NUTTINESS
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  • amino998 · Therefore, there are and never were any GREAT Horsemen??? · 1 hour ago
  • travel_vic · many, but you will never hear of the majority of them · 1 hour ago
Frankie Dettori will ride Imperative in the BC Classic, says trainer George Papaprodromou
2-1 will be a gift on an undefeated horse. Like the 5/2 I got on Zenyatta back in 2009. His Pacific Classic come from mid pack is all I needed to see. This horse has "IT"....The will to win just like Z had and I have been on him since last November.
  • Mike Relva via Disqus · It's between him and CC only. And I've been on CC for a very long time,unlike some I don't jump off cause of a bad race. · 2 hours ago
Looking at the Turf Mile and this guy is starting to look like a major play in this race. In looking at the field, there is only 1 horse in the race that can put any pressure on this guy on the front end due to his running style across the pond. That would be Toronado. But in looking at replays of his races,he is not the send them type runner. Therefore , Obviously will be "Loose as a Goose" in here. In his last he was never prepared for the start,yet he still got the lead. Just need this guy to keep his head straight in the gate. He has run speed figures that wins this race. A major plus and i have no idea it is because of a new trainer. In the past 2 years they ran him in the Prep for this race,that was 3 weeks earlier. This guy has always run in this race as a short horse. He was never at his best. Finally they gave him a breather and he is coming in as fresh as can be. Like i said,do not blink or let this guy get loose.
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  • vegasjim1952 · Not a new trainer Tom, Mike Mitchell retired and Phil was his assistant. Phil has said he is training as well as ever and yes he needs to break with field. I am using both him and Tom's Tribute and will look at the euros. · 4 hours ago
  • cleclair1994 · Im looking at Seek Again. Has ran well all year. He got blocked badly on the rail in the Shadwell Turf Mile when he was coming. The problem is he likes being on the rail. He will need some luck to get it done. · 3 hours ago
Coolmore has sold Cape Blanco to JBBA in northern Japan -- they they have enough Galileo representation, and Japan would like more...
  • ekindy · I thought I saw him on the November Fasig Tipton list. I guess they a good deal. · 8 hours ago
  • Northport · Apparently it is a two year lease, not a sale. I guess if his progeny start burning it up in North America he will return to Ashford at the end of his lease · 3 hours ago
Charles Town Classic winner Imperative worked five furlongs Wednesday in 59.80 for trainer George Papaprodromou, who is readying the son of Bernardini for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Apprentice Amelia Green was aboard for fractions of 24.20, 48 flat and a gallop out of 1:12.20 for six furlongs. “He was just cruising,” Papaprodromou said of the drill. Imperative was ridden by Kent Desormeaux in the Charles Town upset, but Papaprodromou said Thursday morning the mount was still open for the Classic as Desormeaux is “day to day” recovering from injuries suffered in a post parade mishap on Sept. 28.
  • The Doctor · Dettori's riding him in the Classic. He was already pretty far down the list of potential winners but this probably moves him right off the page. · 5 hours ago
  • travel_vic · Dettori and the myth associated with it is a creation of media plus excellent mounts, not greatness. Journeyman with great connections. · 4 hours ago
I was priviledged to be among the fans at the Shadwell Turf Mile for Keeneland's million dollar race...won by a trillion dollar STAR WISE DAN. if people were more like Wise Dan what a world we would have!1
  • travel_vic · Trillion dollar star? And here I thought the top winner ever in t-bred racing was Curlin at $10,501,800 · 5 hours ago
  • Goblin · He does indeed have the luminescence of a star; glad you were able to see him perform at Keeneland! · 4 hours ago
What a joke how Regally Ready was buried. Was this a pay back to Asmussen for embarrassing the industry?
Anyone know where and when Mystery Train's next start will be? This horse has my interest. Such a hard runner.
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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!