• Just The Judge edges Odeliz in the E.P. Taylor! Posted 1 day ago
  • Beholder is out of the Breeders' Cup after spiking a fever. Posted 2 days ago
  • Hillstar rolls to victory in the Canadian International!Posted 2 days ago
  • Taris smokes the Grade 2 Raven Run field! Posted 3 days ago
  • Discreet Marq much the best in the Ticonderoga! Posted 3 days ago
  • Effinex gets up over So Lonesome to win the Empire Classic! Posted 3 days ago
  • Noble Mission wins a thriller over Al Kazeem in the Champion Stakes! Posted 3 days ago
  • Charm Spirit defeats an unlucky Night of Thunder in the QE II! Posted 3 days ago
  • Madame Chiang pulls the upset in the British Champions Fillies and Mares!Posted 3 days ago
  • Gordon Lord Byron dashes away to victory in the Champions Sprint!Posted 3 days ago

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This is the ONLY arena I think where a trainer REALLY can make a difference: keeping an animal OUT of contests that will negatively effect HIS running style.
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  • Mary Z. · amino, somehow your latest comment is not appearing on the backside. I'm still not cyber-yelling, but Notre Dame had Quasimodo, Film Noire had Peter Lorie, Dr. Frankenstein had Igor, and how are you doing today? · 21 minutes ago
  • Mary Z. · now it shows up. · 19 minutes ago
Unfortunately the group that is appointed to protect the integrity and safety of the game,seems to be fueled by their greed and stupidity in protecting their brand. I am sure they are well aware of many wrongdoings involved in the game . Yes occassionaly they will pluck their scapegoats out of the hat and feed them to the public. For them at least , this buys them time to "PROTECT THEIR BRANDS"
I do not know how many follow or know about Finger Lakes. Keep in mind it is a tier 1 racetrack in Upstate N.Y. . What happened there today in the 5th Race is a shame and a complete embarrasment to the Racing Fan. Before i go further and not to mislead you,this result cost not only me but many others. So the following rant is on a personal level. The #1 horse shifted and acted up in the gate,you could see that the jock had to dismount the horse. Rather than taking im out and having the tarck vet look him over,they reloaded and ran the race. The horse finished dead last in the field and did not finish the race. Before you add to the sour grapes conspiracy theory on my behalf. The #1 horse was the 2/5 favorie. I will accept any handicapper to say he was not worth it. But i am sure that this is a common occurance that 2/5 shots pull up. The horse apparently got hurt in the gate. I have seen it on numerous occassions at Belmont and Aqueduct. It seems as though they do not want to scratch the horse and lose out on the big takeout from such a prohibitive chalk. They would of had to refund the entire pool on that horse.Many come on this site and attack the industry for not protecting horses from the trainers and owners that use illegal meds. Well what about the damn industry that turns its back on not only their horse,but their fans who support their game at the windows. I am sure the way this horse did not finish up the race,the injury might be permanent. If the owner of that horse does read this site. If it were my horse,i would lodge a law suit against the track and its' mishandeling.
  • Guest via Disqus · Even a non betting fan would find that appalling. I have faint memories of Barbaro's breakdown and thankfully I've never been on hand to witness · 1 hour ago
  • amino998 · It IS about keeping the money in the pool, Jackie Chiles... Sometimes karma takes millennia to work itself out... that sure thing was named Trojan Warhorse :) · 1 hour ago
Wonder where Mike Smith will wind up, now that Beholder is out. Would be a shame for the BC winningest jockey to wind out without a horse in the Distaff.
Strong 6F work this morning at Golden Gate, looking good! http://www.hrtv.com/videos/workout-shared-belief-102114/?VideoCategoryId=0
I would love to see Heitai compete in the BC Turf Sprint. He's run amazingly this year and deserves a chance to show off his game at the top level.
Beholder out....really hurts the lineup for Friday's races.
Hardest Core fires every time. Anyone predict what his M/L will be?
why am I unable to view this vidio ?
Imagine in ANY sport, being able to PROJECT the ability to overcome UNKNOWN competition. If any one could do that, AND no one can, they would be called clairvoyant and be a millionaire.
Goooooooooooo Jess ! ! !
Ocean Night (Curlin), is a monster, very big for 2yr old. High hopes for all of then.jlp
The Sky Beauty may be next, GPW Nov 1.
margaret reay.
Union Jackson, Jess's Dream, and Cozmic One are the 2yr olds to watch. I think Union Jackson might be a beast, he may even be a bigger threat than Cozmic One. We will have to see.
  • Goblin · Definitely will have to wait and see how these highly anticipated young colts perform on the track. They are carrying the "weight" of great expectations. · 10 hours ago
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I was hoping MMM would have won his 10th race before he retired. MMM will always be one of my favorites.
Lady Eli!
I love California Chrome still yet, but if Shared Belief recovered nicely from that wide ride in the Awesome Again and he's as sharp as he was that day, it's his race to lose. He's just too scrappy. If I were a betting woman ( and I know nothing about betting so I'd not be able to do so if I was ) I'd bet Shared Belief will win then Bayern, Tonalist, Chrome and Moreno will be in the top mix somewhere. I really don't know that much about V.E. Day. Need to go watch all of his races.
Very nice 2 yr old loves the turf.



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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