• Effinex is a game winner of the Grade 1 Clark Handicap.Posted 2 hours ago
  • Can't touch Almasty in the Commonwealth Turf Stakes.Posted 3 hours ago
  • Taris shows her class in the Go For Wand.Posted 5 hours ago
  • The Pizza Man dominates the Hollywood Turf Cup.Posted 1 day ago
  • Heart to Heart runs away with the River City on the Churchill Downs turf.Posted 1 day ago
  • Green Gratto holds off a brigade to win the Fall Highweight at 24-1.Posted 1 day ago
  • It's all Favorite Tale in the Fabulous Strike.Posted 2 days ago
  • Lavender Chrissie romps past Calamity Kate in the Zia Park Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • Mobile Bay wins the Zia Park Derby, while International Star fades to fourth.Posted 2 days ago
  • It's all Lewys Vaporizer in the $200,000 Steel Valley Sprint at Mahoning Valley.Posted 4 days ago

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Older Comments...

Not giving up on this guy yet.
Starts tomorrow at Del Mar. Curious to see how he does.
Keen Ice was so much the best there, if there was just another furlong he absolutely blows by those horses. I didn't think the distance would matter but he does need 10F. Although once again he was just way to far back.
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · ? Really? Well, then look forward to his 10fs and longer? · 2 hours ago
Took the Seabiscuit!
7 3 4 2 oof. Love this win by Midnight Storm!
New silks, new jock, no placement in the Seabiscuit;(
I think Private Zone should win Older Dirt Male. He's just been so consistent.
R6 I've always liked Salsita
Nice, a tiny bit wide, win by crazy 8 Effinex.
Does anyone know where he is right now? It's been a long time since I have heard of him. Hoping he retires here in the US, I think he deserved better management than he got. He was really put on the back burner after his run in the Kentucky Derby.
  • JerseyGirl via Disqus · Absolutely agree. He was retired earlier this month, with dozens of others;(🏇 · 3 hours ago
I've always liked Chitu and followed his KD campaign with CC. He just disappeared this year, and I miss him. Best to you beautiful boy! You should have gorgeous babies and lots of company in the meadows with others from your stable💚🐎
So far six horses with a payout of over 11 dollars have won at Churchill today.
Simon Callaghan tells DRF's David Grening that Taris, winner of the Go For Wand today at Aqueduct, will race in 216 and will point for longer races. She could make her 2016 debut in the G2 Santa Maria and could use tat race as a prep for the G1 Santa Margarita as the early season goal. According to DRF
Won the first race at del Mar today.
BREAKING NEWS: Constellation, an 8 1/4-length winner of Thursday's $150,000 Furlough Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, will likely be kept sprinting.
Wildcat Wish won his second start yesterday at GPW.
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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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