• Miss Serendipity rolls late in the Yellow Ribbon! Posted 12 hours ago
  • Protonico surges late to win the Smarty Jones! Posted 15 hours ago
  • It's all Competitive Edge in the Hopeful!Posted 18 hours ago
  • Midnight Storm romps in the Del Mar Derby! Posted 1 day ago
  • Condo Commando romps home in the Spinaway! Posted 1 day ago
  • Irish Mission powers home late to win the Glens Falls!Posted 1 day ago
  • Sunset Glow drives to victory in the Del Mar Debutante! Posted 2 days ago
  • Itsmyluckyday guts out a thrilling win over Moreno in the Woodward! Posted 2 days ago
  • Palace romps home an easy Forego winner! Posted 2 days ago
  • Stonetastic runs them off their feet in the Prioress! Posted 2 days ago

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I was HP's hotwalker sure wish I had a winners circle picture. I recall him escaping from his stall night before winning Florida Derby, he ran straight down the shedrow to me as I stepped out of room at end of C-barn.
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · Honest Pleasure, Florida Derby. Not sure if the photos will post here in this comment, so I uploaded two of his wins, Bluegrass and Florida Derby to his page. The website is:http://wiretowire.yuku.com/topic/248#.VAVXNvldWSp Scroll down to Honest Pleasure. Neat story,Gary. · 7 hours ago
I reached out to Spicer Cub's trainer and here's what she said about how he's doing!
Talk about over rated.
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  • travel_vic · Greatness is a condition that many attempt but few attain. Over the last 30 years or so there have only been TWO..Any good horse, and this one is, comes down the pike amidst of void of mediocrity get this label by default.....What happens OFF the track is also irrelevant to the performance, the challenges, the weight carrying and the quailty of fields conquered. This one, like the great geldings is very good, but not yet great, · 12 hours ago
  • travel_vic · Matter of fact I have NEVER met a single Equus whom I hated, but really, the only horses qualified to have the label GREAT next to their name, the few, the memorable, the ones who's names will last over time due to the level of their ONGOING and repetitive high level performances at jar dropping levels: Cigar and the Z girl and that's it. · 12 hours ago
Absolutely love this filly!!
First time tested, but Wake Up Nick now 4 for 4 after game win in Cal-bred I'm Smokin at DMR.
Stormy Lucy is the 5-1 fifth choice on the morning line for Monday’s $200,000 Grade II Yellow Ribbon. But that number could go down considering red-hot Rafael Bejarano, aboard for two straight victories before he was injured last spring, will be back in the irons.“We’re feeling great about having him back, as anybody would the way he’s riding now,” said Mike Boag, aide to trainer Ed Moger, Jr., Sunday morning. “Rafael knows her, he knows when to move with her.”
Live action returns on Friday at Laurel Park with nine races that includes free admission, free programs and drawings for tickets to OktoberFest and the Brew & Bourbon Classic on the Laurel Park apron.
New year, same faces as JD Acosta and Hugh McMahon took home blue ribbons at the 2014 Maryland State Fair. The same thing happened last year. Acosta was aboard fourteen winners, outdistancing Cecily Evans and Carlos Gutierrez, who each rode six. Trainer Hugh McMahon sent out five winners, edging King Leatherbury and Hamilton Smith by one at the end of the seven day stand.
Protonico gives trainer Tood Pletcher his 1000th stakes win as a trainer, congratulations Todd, what a milestone, job well done
The undefeated 4-year-old Stopshoppingdebbie will make her next start in either the Grade 1, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes on Sept. 27, or the Grade 3, $100,000 L.A. Woman Stakes on Oct. 4. article on DRF
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  • reshuffler · Yea!! · 17 hours ago
  • ekindy · I've been saying all along that she should go for the Sprint (if she can realistically qualify, which might be a problem even with an LA Woman win if it is oversubscribed). However I would absolutely love to see her go head to head against Beholder, to see if she is the real deal. · 16 hours ago
I can't wait to see him at the Breeder's Cup. He's looking fabulous!
Any News on him?
Wise Dan will not be doing a "Goldikova", this Horse cannot Win the BC Mile 3 times in a row, it just wont happen. Wise Dan fans better prey that Kingman doesn't turn up, coz he will destroy Dan. Even Toronado and Variety Club, who are scheduled to turn up, can beat Wise Dan. Sorry Wise Dan lovers, he will NOT be doing the "3 peat". :-)
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  • Mary Z. · Don't be shocked of he does. This gelding, who I liked when people where asking, "Who is he?" has the most jinxy-in-reverse good fate. Maybe he grazes on four leaf clovers. Very good horses have some little something befall them when they face him. Only slightly better than mediumlies this time, but still, he was that nose better. Has good juju going for him. · 1 day ago
  • Melann Johnston via Disqus · Wise Dan is the best there is!! I do believe he will win it again!! · 17 hours ago
Splashtastic - Tom Durkin.
3rd in the Hopeful.
wins the Hopeful!!! Super Saver 1-2 with I spent it finishing 2nd
The Big Beast, winner of G1 King's Bishop, scheduled to have bone chip removed from ankle Tuesday, per Arkansas-based owner Alex Lieblong. From DRF
doubt that winning margin would have occur ed on a fast dry surface.
micromanage looks like a winner today at parx's.
this is a really nice colt. from what I remember he went up the rail like a pro!



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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!