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Six days in the books, and John Velazquez already has three wins awarded to him, by DQ. With that kind of luck, he should be the runaway winner of the jockey title.
I never realized what a small thing an amino acid 998 is, until 3 years ago!!!
Nathan, keep a close eye on him at the Spa today and all weekend. Looks like he is loaded for some serious damage. Obvious horses today....Alma Maters of Indy Colts last 2 QBs'(and future Hall of Famers). Stanford and Tennessee. In the 5th he is there with 2 good ones. Second Timer Gangster ,just may be anything. Hopefully today is the day at big balloons. Finally to close out the day,Old Pal the Mountain Climber in the 9th.
I'll be sticking with Bent On Bourbon and Tommy Macho (since he was scratched out of the Curlin Stakes).
A Pick Six Carryover of $53,419 was triggered Thursday at Del Mar. The Pick Six on Friday's card begins with Race 3.
1st - MARCH 2nd - Requite 3rd - Bluegrass Singer . I wish Blame Jim or Grand Bili were here. I think they both have chances to go to King's Bishop , etc along with March, Competitive Edge .
Like both Pletcher horses but one of the two could go to the Curlin. I like my top 4 with Stanford/BentonBourbon/Iron Fist/Madefromlucky I do see War Story possibly making a good run.
"LOL - laughable hypocrisy "
Does anyone know where Stanford or Tommy Macho are running ? If Stanford isn't here, then I want Iron Fist or Madefromlucky .
  • xword15 · Looks like Tommy Macho just scratched from the Curlin today with Tekton and Stanford still active for that race. Looks like you have Tommy Macho to go with on this one. · 2 hours ago
Al Shaqab Racing owned fillies fill the first 2 slots in the G3 Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood, as Amy Eria, shipped over from France for trainer Francois Rohaut gets the win with the Richard Hannon Jr. trained Osaila finishing 2nd.
Conceding weight all around, Muthmir holds off the fast charging Take Cover by a head to win the G2 King George Stakes at Goodwood. The win was Muthmir's second G2 win this season(G2 Prix du Gros-Chene) to go along with his 3rd place finish in the G1 King's Stand Stakes at Royal-Ascot. He's having a very decent season this year in the sprint division.
Going with Salutos Amigos (been solid since last Nov with exception in Dubai. C. Velasquez seems to get the best out of him), Favorite Tale (liked his last win against solid sprinters. Seems like he's healthy again) and Rock Fall (can't ignore this up and comer. Hasn't done anything wrong since his maiden debut).
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · Favorite Tale is the controlling speed, his last he was aided by the bias of the track. With this field being much tougher, hard to imagine he can last on the front without slowing it down considerably. If the Big Beast is ready, he's the main danger to Rock Fall and loves the track (2 for 2). This is also a big step up in class for Salutos Amigos. Should be closing late.. · 4 hours ago
After running some very creditable races at the end of last season and early this season(3 straight 4th place finishes in the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes, G1 Prix Marcel Boussac, & G1 English 1000 Guineas), Malabar finally gets a much deserved win over the boys at Goodwood, pulling comfortably away from Kool Kompany inside the final furlong to win the G3 Thoroughbred Stakes.
Dubday makes history becoming the first ever Qatar trained horse to win a race in Great Britain, beating heavily backed The Corsican by 3/4 lengths to win the G3 Glorious Stakes at Goodwood.
Can't ignore Texas Red...ran a solid comeback race...and he will be rolling as long as there is pace to run at. It seems from his last bullet work...they want him closer to the pace in the early going.
Any chance this horse gets into the Breeder Cup ?
At one point, second highest rated horse in the world, having beat Just A Way, has been retired to Shadai Stud. He was injured during training--suspensory desmitis, a leg injury.
Seems like Upstart is definitely running in the Haskell along with Competitive Edge (Pletcher already has two in the Haskell so not sure if CE is a definite yet) and not sure where Tekton will be running. Frosted is the horse to beat whether the "others" run or not. If CE runs, the question with him is what happened in last and will he be able to win at two turns in his first try against a strong field. I'm going to put Japan as my key horse. I liked his last win and think he's only getting better with each race and experience. His last win showed some grit although Tommy Macho's win the same day had strong speed figures but Tommy Macho won't be running here. I'll be sticking with Japan and add Competitive Edge (if he runs here) with Frosted included in the exotics.
Assuming Stanford is the only Pletcher representative in the race, I'll go with him and Bent On Bourbon. Stanford looked good in his last and he can dictate the pace or sit just off the pace. Bent On Bourbon seems to be getting better with each start and he looks like a horse that can thrive in the secondary Derby races (i.e. Iowa Derby, etc). This is a step up in class but I think he will give a good account of himself.

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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