• The Great War is off the Derby trail following poor finish in the BattagliaPosted 7 hours ago
  •  Royal Son scores in the John Battaglia Memorial.Posted 22 hours ago
  • Stellar Wind an impressive winner of the Santa Ysabel. Posted 22 hours ago
  • Far Right shoots up the rail again to score in the Southwest Stakes. Posted 7 days ago
  • Khozan demolishes a Gulfstream Park allowance field to remain perfect in two starts. Posted 7 days ago
  • No beating North Slope as he returns to dirt a winner in the Evening Attire. Posted 7 days ago
  •  International Star scrapes the paint to win the Risen Star.Posted 8 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox speaks loud and clear in the Rachel Alexandra. Posted 8 days ago
  • Itsaknockout wins the Fountain of Youth on the DQ of Upstart. Posted 8 days ago
  •  Chocolate Ride sneaks away in the Fair Grounds Handicap.Posted 8 days ago

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The Big Beast returned with a 2 length win in an Allowance at Oaklawn. won handily & Ricardo didn't even need the whip. Beastie is back!
Rumor going around that he died. Has anyway heard anything?
Baffert sending pharaoh to op will likely hurt far right.....I really like this horse he has a good style for when the speed breaks down in ky.......in far rights two races at op there was no dominating speed....Baffert at oaklawn is almost unbeatable the past few yrs
My happiness has been shattered, I really liked this horse and unfortunately his bleeding problem is back :(
Rick Violette said today no decision made on final prep for Upstart, that he'll be nominated everywhere and "we'll follow the horse's lead". Adding insult to injury, GP stews have given jockey Jose Ortiz 3 days for ride on Upstart in FOY, says he has 72 hours to appeal. According to DRF
This horse is not going to get a mile and a 1/4 drifting out at a mile 1/16 ...Lukas will run him into the ground...good miler 7 furlong future
El Kabeir was beaten by a superior horse. Far From Over cold have continued on another 1/8 or more. His last 1/16th is his Waterloo. He cannot go further than a mile at graded Stakes speed. He also has a lot of mileage on that frame. I believe he needs a breather. On a limb I would predict he will not hit the board in the Gotham.
I really don't think this horse can get a mile 1/4
I had a lovely mare by Flocon. That's why I'm interested.
If all you guys on this board listened to every word Pumpkin Head Baffert says, you would be convinced he will run 1-2-3 in the Derby. His "best" horse hasn't run a race as a 3 yo and is working fast, much like any horse worth $5K can do. Dortmund is a one paced Clydesdale, something that will not serve him well in the Derby, especially from an inside post.
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  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · Michael are you referring to waebel · 2 hours ago
  • DerekFisher · I'm not a Dortmund fan, but to say his 'best' horse isn't the one who's undefeated and won a G1 and G2 is moronic. · 2 hours ago
Absolutely love this colt.
@horseacinghl reports that Take Charge Brandi is scheduled to work Monday over the Oaklawn surface, this work tomorrow could be how Lukas and Horton determine wether TCB will go next Saturday in the Honeybee, or go one week later and take on the boys in the Rebel.
  • tmallios via Disqus · If that is the case......This then is the blind leading the blind. The last time these 2 brainiacs united and put their witts to work,they destroyed one of the top colts of this generation in WTC. They can't be that stupid,that they would come out for a curtain call. · 3 hours ago
Mufajaah worked 4f today (3/1/15) in 48 flat. It was the fastest of 36 other works at that distance.
El Kabeir worked 4f today (3/1/15) in 50:10. It was the 41st fastest of 116 other works at that distance.
Tightend Touchdown worked 3f today (3/1/15) in 38:08. It was the 19th fastest of 33 other works at that distance.
Palace worked 3f today (3/1/15) in 37:11. It was the fourth fastest of 33 other works at that distance.
Amino, i do not know if you watched the TV Series......The Untouchables , with Robert Stack. Listen closely to the race caller at Tampa Bay. Did this guy call dibbs on the voice,of the guy that did the narration on the TV show. To me , it is the same person. Very eerie.
  • amino998 · Robert Heinlein introduced the term "winchell" into the American vocabulary, as a term for a politically intrusive gossip columnist. · 3 hours ago
Dortmund looked like an absolute FREAK in his last work. Looks like he's sitting on a very big race. http://www.hrtv.com/videos/workout-dortmund-22615/?VideoCategoryId=0
  • nimrod · Damn impressive work..... Adding this additional prep race is a good move by Baffert / Kaleem Shah IMO..... · 3 hours ago
Santa Anita 3/1/2015 Dirt 5F 1:00.60 Handily6/22
Allowance prep, and then a shot at the Florida Derby ???



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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