• Winx wins her 15th straight and her tenth Group 1 in the Chipping Norton.Posted 6 hours ago
  • Nomorerichblondes, a daughter of Hard Spun, runs to victory in the UAE Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • Conquest Farenheit (7-5) rolls down the hill to score in the Baffle Stakes.Posted 4 days ago
  • One Liner (3-1) powers home a strong winner in the Southwest Stakes.Posted 4 days ago
  • Gun Runner (1-5) dismantles his competition in the $500,000 Razorback Handicap.Posted 4 days ago
  • Caledonian pulls the upset in the Jimmy Winkfield at odds of 10-1.Posted 4 days ago
  • The longest shot Zakaroff (45-1) rallies to upset the El Camino Real Derby (G3) at Golden Gate Fields.Posted 6 days ago
  • Stonestreet's Terra Promessa (1-2) blitzes the field in the Bayakoa (G3) at Oaklawn Park.Posted 6 days ago
  • Imperial Hint (5-2) takes the General George (G3) at Laurel. Posted 6 days ago
  • High Ridge Road (3-1) runs them down to take the Barbara Fritchie (G2) at Laurel.Posted 6 days ago

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Why has Winx never shipped for the Breeders' Cup? I don't know if I've missed something or if I'm simply an amateur, but the Breeders' Cup races are some of the most prestigious in the horse racing industry, so I don't understand why the number one turf horse in the world has never participated in any of the runnings? Not looking for an argument, I'm simply curious. I've seen some people comment that Australian turf is a bit different from American turf, but is that the sole reason why she hasn't participated?
1st of 36 works at Payson Park at 4 furlongs. I wonder if he is targeting the Palm Beach... If he is this good on the dirt it would be a shame if he missed the dirt races.
Trainer Chad Brown announces that G1 winner Practical Joke will make his three year old debut in the G2 Fountain Of Youth next Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Wow. The Gotham Stakes would likely be an easier spot for him. He could easily be the 3rd/4th best horse in that race, and no worse than 2nd in the Gotham. They must have their sights set on the Florida Derby...or maybe they are thinking they have to try Florida and they will point north if he does run 3rd or 4th here. A 2nd in the Gotham though makes him a Derby lock points wise, whereas a 3rd or 4th here does not. · 21 minutes ago
I've been a fan of Classic Empire since last year and I'm not giving up on him. With that said, Irish War Cry is very hard to ignore. As of right now, he's my guy and I can't wait to see him in the Fountain of Youth.
Hmm. Pointed to the Rebel instead of Mastery. I find that curious, but we shall see.
Champagne Room worked 4f, February 25th, in 47.60 (h) finishing 4/48.
Neolithic worked 5f, February 25th, in 1:00.40 (b) finishing 2/8.
Keen Ice worked 5f, February 25th, in 1:02.00 (b) finishing 4/8.
Tapwrit worked 4f, February 25th, in 47.80 (b) finishing 4/28.
Stanford worked 4f, February 25th, in 47.40 (b) finishing 1/28.
Madefromlucky worked 4f, February 25th, in 48.60 (b) finishing 7/28.
Isabella Sings worked 4f, February 25th, in 50.00 (b) finishing 23/28. In Prep for the Hillsborough
Greenpointcrusader worked 4f, February 25th, in 49.80 (b) finishing 22/28.
Genre worked 4f, February 25th, in 48.80 (b) finishing 13/28.
Battalion Runner worked 4f, February 25th, in 49.20 (b) finishing 16/28.
Kitten's Cat worked 4f, February 25th, in 48.25 (b) finishing 4/67.
Bigger Picture worked 4f, February 25th, in 49.44 (b) finishing 29/67.
Can'thelpbelieving worked 3f, February 25th, in 36.60 (b) finishing 1/11.
Conformation: http://i.bloodhorse.com/sroimages//medium/0000169857_2.jpg
This crop is so good, that I truly believe that their will not be a Triple Crown winner this year. The field is too good. Atleast at this point in the season.
  • Horse longevity · Having mentioned it, I think this is the reddest horse we have seen since Secretariat. But unless his heart size really is 22 pounds, I don't think he will look like Secretariat going all the way through the Triple Crown. Maybe the Derby alone is a possible win, and I could entertain this being a Triple Crown winner if his foaling date was February 2nd like American Pharoah or even been 3 days later where Exaggerator was. But for a May 2nd horse to win the Triple Crown, not going to happen, at least if you factor in that the last 3 Triple Crown winners before and after the drought have come from February. You would have to go back to 1937 (literally 80 years ago) with War Admiral, the last and only time that a Triple Crown winner had a foaling date this late, also on May 2nd, and make everything now just like it was then. In those days, it might have been just a matter of being the better horse. Now days, all the extraneous factors have come into play. A Triple crown horse not only has to be the best horse, but increasingly seems to have to have a significant age advantage in days over the others when it gets harder like American Pharoah did in the Belmont for instance (February 2nd for him compared to March 19 - April 28, for the other 7 horses). We should get a more fair clue in the Fountain of Youth though. · 2 days ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Maybe. I still think at this point last year's crop had shown more class. But we shall see. You could be right. · 2 hours ago
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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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