• Cool Catomine (14-1) wins the Prince of Wales over Aurora Way and State of Honor.Posted 6 hours ago
  • Miss Ella (5-2) wins the Caress Stakes at Saratoga for the second straight year.Posted 1 day ago
  • Madam Dancealot (21-1) rolls from last to win the San Clemente going away.Posted 2 days ago
  • Abel Tasman (4-5) edges Elate in the Coaching Club American Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • Accelerate (7-1) wins in a romp as Arrogate finishes way back in the San Diego Handicap. Posted 3 days ago
  • Hunt (3-1) waits and then blows by in the Grade 2 Eddie Read.Posted 3 days ago
  • Lady Eli (9-10), giving eight pounds, edges Quidura on the wire of the Grade 1 Diana.Posted 3 days ago
  • Firenze Fire (12-1) holds off Free Drop Billy in the Sanford Stakes.Posted 3 days ago
  • Twisted Tom (7-10) scores a hard-earned win in the New York Derby.Posted 3 days ago
  • Proctor's Ledge (6-1), with first-time Lasix, rolls on the turf in the Lake George.Posted 4 days ago
Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

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With all the hype on Timeline, although he is a great contender, his odds will go down significantly; by Sunday he will be the 2nd or 3rd favorite. Practical Joke will be a steal. My pick is Practical Joke with Irish War Cry hanging on for 2nd over Timeline in 3rd.
1. Timeline 2. Hence 3. Irish War Cry 4. McCraken
Cloud Computing should win the race. He's not trying to regain his previous form (just maintain current form) and his layoff is not nearly as long. His racing style is probably more conducive to a match race scenario. He can menace (stalk) AD, at will, I will be very surprised if CC doesn't win very professionally. I suppose a distinct track bias favoring speed could undermine CC's win chances.
One of the most competitive Haskell's in memory. I personally have IWC as my top pick, but Practical Joke is legit in his own right. Interested to see Battle of Midway return as well... I'd love to see him at odds of 8-1+. Remember, speed reigns supreme at Monmouth so between him & Timeline, I expect one if not both to hit the board behind IWC
Timeline is my top pick in a loaded field.
6 Cool Catomine wins at 14-1! 2 Aurora Way second, State Of Honor third, Woodbridge fourth.
This colt is by far one of my favorite three year olds. He has the looks, pedigree, and connections. He's a classic underdog story. Other than Yoshida, if I got a chance to meet any stakes winning three year old, it would be this one.
Just a middling racehorsebut a great sire. Sad to see him go.
Tiz A Slam, Aurora Way, Woodbridge, Cool Catomine.
Worked on 7/24/17 at Saratoga. He worked four furlongs in 49.77 (49 and 3) on the dirt and it was the 6th fastest of 11.
Uncontested worked 5f, July 25th, in 1:02.80 (b) finishing 14/16.
Undrafted worked 5f, July 25th, in 1:00.40 (B) finishing 1/5.
Lady Aurelia worked 5f, July 25th, in 1:04.20 {(b)finishing 4/5.
Hootenanny worked 5f, July 25th, in 1:04.20 (b) finishing 4/5.
Vale Dori worked 4f, July 25th, in 47.00 (h) finishing 2/30.
Drefong worked 4f, July 25th, in 47.60 (h) finishing 7/30.
Battle of Midway worked 4f, July 25th, in 48.80 (h) finishing 18/30.
McCraken worked 4f, July 25th, in 49.20 (b) finishing 15/57.
Oscar Performance worked 4f, July 25th, in 52.88 (B) finishing 23/23.
Heart to Heart worked 3f, July 25th, in 39.95 (b) finishing 16/19.

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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