• Cinco Charlie goes gate to wire in the William Walker at Churchill Downs.Posted 4 hours ago
  • Effinex runs to victory in the Excelsior; Wicked Strong finishes third.Posted 8 hours ago
  • Mr. Jordan DQ'd at 1-5 in the Tarpon Stakes; Royal Squeeze placed first.Posted 10 hours ago
  • Dortmund worked 6F in 1:13.60 (12/22) at Santa AnitaPosted 11 hours ago
  • Carpe Diem covers 4F in :48.60 (2/63) at Keeneland on SaturdayPosted 11 hours ago
  • El Kabeir drills 4F in :46.81 (3/55) at Belmont on SaturdayPosted 11 hours ago
  • Derby points leader International Star worked 4F in :50.80 (8/9) at Churchill TrainingPosted 11 hours ago
  • Kitten's Point gets there late to win Keeneland's Bewitch.Posted 1 day ago
  • Keen Ice is now in at #20 for the Kentucky Derby following the defection of Madefromlucky.Posted 1 day ago
  • Get Happy Mister rides the rails to victory in the San Simeon.Posted 6 days ago

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Sorry for those of you that feel this horse is going to compete on May 2nd, I am not seeing that, This horse should not even bother, seriously. I believe that this horse will make loads of money running 7F length races but is not going to be a triple crown winner as he does not have the stamina for the length of the Triple Crown Races, Very tired looking in the Florida Derby and while he pulled away from Upstart I don't think that he has what it takes to beat American Pharoah, International Star, Carpe Diem or Dortmund, I may put him on the Trifecta ticket but I doubt he will actually finish on the ticket
  • amdaman via Disqus · He looked like his legs were turning into Jell-o in the Fla. Derby. His final furlong was in a dismal 13.73. · 33 minutes ago
Materiality. Not a trendy and flashy name that includes "American" or "California". Horses don't care how their name reads to us! Also, do not fall victim to the statistically misguided belief that a true Derby contender must have raced at 2. What would be the difference if he had raced his first 12 days earlier? This horse was given 54 days rest after his maiden win followed by 2 winning preps at 1-1/8. That is experience enough! Now 3 for 3 and working well. Fresh and fit. Afleet Alex gets the crown through this offspring. I won a good chunk on his last race and all is riding. Good luck all.
Prospector's Blues won the Gene Fleming Breeder's Derby at Turf Paradise on 4/25/15.
This was shown on Dubai Live yesterday, if anyone's interested. Good interview with his assistant trainer and video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t06vVxf-i7o
  • Chicken Dinner via Disqus · Hate the fact that his first race as a 3yo will be the Kentucky Derby...is it just me? · 4 days ago
  • Cara James via Disqus · this horse is a big chested horse and his legs are solid muscle, he needs to work out more,so he does not lose his edge,dont know what the hold up on works is about,? is it because we wont let him on the track because of quarantine ?,he is much more likely to catch something from our horses than our horse getting sick from him, these horses are treated better than the royal family, in the middle east race horses are like the world,s rarest diamond,and treated better than royal family · 1 hour ago
Mubtaahij on the track at Arlington this A.M. https://twitter.com/JohnGDooley/status/590221507466395649/photo/1
  • barnzo · Thanks for posting this! Love Mubtaahij - glad to see him in action! · 5 days ago
  • Cara James via Disqus · hope works out more than once, this is not a sprint, and this horse is not on drugs, needs to work out more, /Espinoza,s a.p has worked 6 days this week,that,s too much, i think.over kill,all were a mile and 1/2 · 1 hour ago
Dortmund will come in show..
Little brother won his debut by 2l over the other half of the entry, who happened to be his "uncle," as Ghost Trail's dam is his second dam.
Oh, I love Diamond Joe. A first and second in back to back races, not bad.
Is a 23% 1st time sire... good luck, Texans :)
the only stakes race I'm betting on this weekend before Derby weekend...going with Blingismything with T. Baze up!
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  • jinlie01 · Can't argue with your picks Mary but I'm going to make my Derby betting funds with Blingismything! : ) · 6 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · I will definitely check out your girl, jinlie! · 6 hours ago
Quickies: 1,2,4,and 7
  • Mary Z. · No. It was Si Sage the 6 at 42-1, 4 didn't have enough for the steal. 6,3,8,2 o.o.f. · 6 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · A few drops of rain ;) · 6 hours ago
Summer Hit, Edge Of Reality, Are You Kidding Me.
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  • Mary Z. · Don't miss it. On the track now. · 7 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · Roomie 1GG Ryder won over 6Summer Hit. Mentioned as a "lastie" at the Play, but another tough loss for Summer Hit in this stakes. He almost wired. 1,6,3,7 o.o.f. "Brain" was correct :) · 6 hours ago
A coworker and I were talking today about how AP reminds of us of a Tom Brady and Dortmund reminds us of a Ben Roethlisberger. AP is the flashy pretty boy one everyone is talking about and Dort is the big kid playing with the short kids lol. Plus Ben is that type of rugged/ slugger qb ready to throw down- Dortmund has that same flare.
  • amino998 · With that plate in his hoof and a successful run in the Derby, AP might be reminding you of Tom Dempsey :) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Dempsey · 6 hours ago
Lexington Herald Special Report: CARPE DIEM FINISHED 6th IN THE KENTUCKY DERBY!
his races are terribly slow ...and has beaten nobodies
  • Sullivan · At the time he beat his competition he has been facing top class horses. Pat Day Mile has the potential to show his talent. · 8 hours ago
2,6,7,1 order of finish
  • Sullivan · Effinex! Loved the allowance win and didn't bet more on him here because I thought Jerkens was running Wicked Strong for a confidence booster. · 8 hours ago
Bayern, unraced since winning the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita last November, worked six furlongs from the gate in 1:10.80 on Saturday. Trainer Bob Baffert said he was so impressed with the workout, that he is now considering the $400,000 Alysheba Stakes at 1 1-16 miles at Churchill Downs on Friday as his 2015 debut instead of the original target - the $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes at seven furlongs on Saturday. Though undecided, Bayern's work indicates he is ready to roll next week at Churchill, according to DRF
  • Goblin · HRTV has video of that work today. For anyone interested, here's the link. http://www.hrtv.com/videos/?VideoCategoryId=2&VideoId=QzEJViB3d5C1pQK6GwRabQi/d7U2qL/ZPE4UbrNbVzg= · 9 hours ago
  • Sullivan · He looked quite good, not sure I understand the switch to the Alysheba, unless it indicates they are bypassing the Met Mile for the Hollywood Gold Cup? · 8 hours ago
Eeek. Seriously ran squirrely today with first time blinkers. Inquiry- and I think Mr. Jordan will be DQ'd.
  • Sullivan · Super pumped, have been waiting for Royal Squeeze to get another win after all the trouble that has occurred. · 8 hours ago
Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund worked six furlongs in 1:13.60 in company at Santa Anita on Saturday in preparation for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2. Dortmund was ridden by jockey Martin Garcia and worked in company with stablemate Lady Bull, an unraced 3-year-old filly. Dortmund began about five lengths behind Lady Bull, with trainer Bob Baffert communicating to Garcia via walkie-talkie not to urge his mount early. Dortmund quickened between the quarter-pole and the eighth pole and ran to the finish line with minimal urging. "Beautiful," Baffert said as Dortmund ran under the line."He worked a little fast last time, so were hoping he'd relax," Baffert said after the workout. "He's getting very push-button." According to DRF

Meet Kevin Kerstein 

Long story short, I took the long road getting involved in the industry. I did not get into horse racing until 2008 when I came to Louisville for college.

I'm originally from outside of Philadelphia and attend college at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. Since I was 15 I was involved with working in radio and TV. I first covered horse racing at the 2011 Kentucky Derby and my passion just continues to grow. Let the early mornings begin and the Derby fever heat up as we hit the backside to get the exclusive stories leading up to the first Saturday in May.  

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