• Dortmund romps home a winner in the Native Diver.Posted 14 hours ago
  • Commissioner much the best in the Hawthorne Gold Cup.Posted 14 hours ago
  • Chiropractor edges March for a Hollywood Derby win at 14-1.Posted 15 hours ago
  • Airoforce takes to the dirt in a big way, pulling away to win the Kentucky Jockey Club.Posted 16 hours ago
  • Carina Mia turns back Stageplay in the Golden Rod.Posted 17 hours ago
  • Tonalist with a late rush to just get up in the Cigar Mile!Posted 17 hours ago
  • Forever Unbridled outduels Carrumba to the wire in the Comely.Posted 18 hours ago
  • Mohaymen an impressive winner of Aqueduct's nine furlong Remsen.Posted 19 hours ago
  • Lewis Bay runs to her odds in the Demoiselle.Posted 20 hours ago
  • Midnight Storm proves best in the Seabiscuit on the Del Mar turf.Posted 1 day ago

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Another wide open turf stakes at "where the turf meets the surf" this Sunday. Like Recepta and Olorda.
Pretty wide open race...going with Tusk, Ninety One Assault and Rare Candy
Missed most of racing this Turkey weekend but looking to salvage something on Sunday with a few races including this one at WO. Going with the Royals...Royal Blessing and Royal Son.
WOWOW! I was hearing Iron Fist was good enough to upset Dortmund here but Dortmund gave him 9 pounds and beat him handedly. Iron Fist ran a 105 beyer last time out and Dortmund beat him well in hand by 6 lengths, curious what Dort's figure will be. My guess is in the 106-109 range. Can't wait to see his next race!
Dortmund's three year old campaign is apparently not over yet, Bob Baffert tells DRF's Jay Privman that should Dortmund come out of today's Native Diver win in good shape, he could make one more start this year in the G1 Malibu at Santa Anita opening day. Will shorten to 7 furlongs. According to DRF
  • HideousZippleback via Disqus · Will be interesting to see him go against Runhappy in the Malibu. Love watching Dort run. · 10 hours ago
  • Brian Shaw via Disqus · What a way to end his 3yo season with a win in the G1 Malibu. Dortmund would be scary at 7-8 furlongs going one turn. Runhappy looks to be his biggest competition, though I am not sure his new trainer will be able good for the horse. Really interested to see how Baffert will train Dortmund for this race, might see shorter and faster works than usual perhaps, who knows. · 10 hours ago
I'm sorry I jinxed him, me and my big mouth!!!. I do have a question though. Why does he have a new trainer and what was Pedroza doing?
  • Mary Z. · Good to have someone to blame. jk, jonathan. You weren't riding him. · 11 hours ago
  • John Karczewski via Disqus · I never like to see a rider wrangle a horse either but I'm not sure letting him blaze early would have made a difference seeing how Red Vine and Tonalist came late. Pedroza has been on him basically every start, he knows the horse, every rider has a bad race but I don't question it much today. Private Zone just didn't have it · 10 hours ago
How about Conquest Arrogance, or Conquest Egomaniac. Why not just give them numbers, and don't start at zero, Conquest 5476-0084. It's really all about name recognition. Why make a name for yourself when you can just ram it down people's throats. Is this really allowed? Will we be talking about the Fed-ex/UPS triple crown rivalry of 2018? Maybe retroactively changing names? Secretariat presented by Yum!
  • daverg via Disqus · Conquest Arrogance !! LOL Try Conquest OBAMA or TRuMp Conquest. Two of the most arrogant people out there. · 10 hours ago
Effinex- one G3 win, a G2 win and a G1 win and a head to head win over Honor Code not at his best, Beat horses: Tonalist, Coach Inge, Frosted, Keen Ice, Hoppertunity, etc. Liam's Map- two G1 wins (hard to believe that's it) a head to head win over Effinex not at his best, and beat horses such as Tonalist, Noble Bird, Lea, Wicked Strong, etc. Last but not least- Honor Code- one G2 win and two G1s, a head to head win a game Liam's Map at his best, beat horses such as Private Zone, Tonalist (3x), Lea, Noble Bird, Moreno, Bayern, Wicked Strong, Keen Ice, Frosted, etc. In my opinion- finishing anyting other than first place doesn't and shouldn't matter, unless it was a DQ (or should have been a DQ as in a la BC 2014) so I didn't mention non win performances. There it is ladies and gents- it's up to the voters and not us but for fun- who is your pick?
Society's Chairman has a pair of really nice fillies being Caren and Code Warrior. And he throws some beauty into his fillies also.
The undefeated filly Code Warrior is pointed to have her next start in this race next year.
How about that? 2nd in the Hollywood Derby, 9f turf at Del Mar, 11/28/15. Versatile.
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · Sending the video link to his brother's owner. · 14 hours ago
  • jockey2be. · Love him!He's a fun horse. · 12 hours ago
No news in a year. Retired?
In foal to Midnight Lute
What the heck was Pedroza doing on Private Zone ??????????? The horse wanted to go and Pedroza was choking the life out of him! Horrific ride fighting the horse the whole way around the track.
  • Plosives · I had to wonder that too. PZ looked super rank. Just an off day, unfortunately in a huge race. · 16 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · That was hard to watch. Saw the replay, but I knew the result ahead of time. Seems like fighting the horse never does any good. · 12 hours ago
Almost a millionaire. Final earnings at $962,237. He reminds me a lot of Flatter and Congrats
Conformation: http://www.ocalastud.com/Domains/www.ocalastud.com/CMSFiles/Photos/Brooks_n_Down_resized11-24-2015-16-27-54-400.jpg
Goes out a winner!
BOOM!! Dortmund looked too fast for his own good in the stretch! I wonder where to next, it might be a better idea for Baffert to stay home and target the Met Mile instead of going to Dubai which can take a lot out of a horse. The Met Mile should be the top priority race for a horse like Dortmund, will look really good on his record before eventually going to stud. Dortmund will probably race for as long as he is healthy which means a 5yo campaign, hopefully he stays healthy and happy!

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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