• Bayerd gets the job done in the Springboard Mile! Posted 2 days ago
  • Acceptance remains unbeaten in winning the King Glorious! Posted 2 days ago
  • Good Luck Gus best in the Damon Runyon! Posted 2 days ago
  • Mr. Z works 5F in 1:00.00 (2/24) at Los Al on Dec. 14Posted 3 days ago
  • Liam's Map gamely gets his first stakes win in the Harlan's Holiday! Posted 3 days ago
  • Micromanage over Vyjack in the Queens County! Posted 3 days ago
  • Sunbean does it again in the Louisana Champions Day Classic! Posted 3 days ago
  •  Merry Meadow gets up for the win in the Grade 3 Sugar Swirl!Posted 4 days ago
  • Top Billing breezed 3F in :38.00 (4/10) at Payson Park T.C.Posted 4 days ago
  • Bayern worked 4f in :49 (41/87) at Santa Anita on Dec 11.Posted 6 days ago

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DRF 'S Brad Free reports that American Pharaoh will skip the San Vicente and point towards a return in the San Felipe in March, AP is fine bit don't want to rush him back according to DRF
A troubled 6th for $5,000 yesterday, I would enjoy being a part of getting this Buckpasser sire line Illinois-bred mare with Damascus 4S x 4D and Forli, Spectacular Bid, Broad Brush and Gilded Time as tail dam sires out of chilly Hawthorne and into a warm loving shed.
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  • amino998 · Sullivan >> you mentioned wanting something speedier... Check out Royal Seven's 2nd lifetime start :) http://www.equibase.com/premium/eqbPDFChartPlus.cfm?BORP=P&STYLE=EQB&DAY=D&tid=HAW&dt=10/15/2011&ctry=USA&race=4 · 1 day ago
  • amino998 · NTRA lobbied up and got on the tax-break train for an extension {Paulick, drf et al} Anyone hit too many Pick 6's or the lottery THIS YEAR? http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/26/179 · 1 hour ago
If Zenyatta ever met the Janey horse she would be at a severe disadvantage but then again she was a freak of nature. NO horse in the last 50-60 years closed as fast as she did NONE. PACE of Race determines if beaten lenghts are significant or not, and NO HORSE could close like the Z girl...... NO Matter the pace in front of her. AND she made her own luck running through those big fields. NOW the track in 2009 helped a bit.
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  • travel_vic · closed over 6 lengths on a 24.46 final fraction, BUT if a front running burner is 14 lengths our front, even that time would not be enough · 2 hours ago
  • travel_vic · pace: if TWO horse have the same final time, I would give an advance choice to the one distributing its energy earlier over the late one 8 times out of 10. · 2 hours ago
Ick was all black and a sweet heart. When she couldn't run in stake races she won easier races by seven at mile and a sixteenth with "Shoe" posing for pic each time.
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If McLaughlin intents to win the Kentucky Derby (2015) with him, then, I hope Jess's Dream compete on any race before the end of this year 2014, otherwise the Apollo dilemma (1882), yes, 133 years will be against him. According to History, Apollo was the last horse to win the Kentucky Derby in 1882 without competing as a two year old.
People are talking about the best they've ever seen. I was not alive during the career of Inside Information, but looking at replays of her races, her talent was as good as any filly. When she was on her game, the filly was untouchable. She went 1:34 for a mile in the mud as a 3 year old filly, 1:46 when winning by 13 in the Distaff. She could've gone :13 for another furlong and been faster than Cigar. I think she's one of the most underrated talents.
  • Goblin · Thanks for mentioning her, Eventer! I was at Belmont the day she won the Distaff in 1:46 flat; not too far off Secretariat's standing track record of 1:45.4 for the distance. Mud was flying all afternoon, and as she came to the finish line everyone at the rail looked to the left to see where the other horses might be---they were FAR behind. It was a remarkable performance; she was brilliant that day! In addition to Cigar in the BCC, Unbridled's Song gave a memorable BCJ performance as well. · 13 hours ago
Know More barely made it around the Turf Paradise track the other day in a low-level allowance. Thought he was being eased ... must have been purchased at some point as he is now trained by Hector Padilla. This 4-yr old Lion Heart colt show such promise as a 2-yr old winning his debut in the Best Pal.
  • triple_double · Poor horse. He had high expectations from his connections after winning his maiden race, in a stakes race at Del Mar. He ran great in his 2nd race and was the odds-on favorite in the G1 Frontrunner Stakes won by Power Broker. He was groomed as the next I'll Have Another, but after the 3rd race, it went downhill and never won again. Something might have happened to the horse that we didn't know and he lost all his confidence and desired to win a race again. Retire him now. · 15 hours ago
Frac Daddy appears to be ok, Kenny McPeek is sending him to be stabled at Sam Houston this winter and race, so looks like he is on his way back, according to DRF
Gets high marks for safety...https://www.thoroughbredracing.com/articles/north-american-track-setting-safety-example
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  • triple_double · Yes, I agree. This track is very safe. I was watching/betting a lot of races at Woodbine lately and I haven't seen any spills or even DQ's in the races. I believe most of the jockeys are riding safe as compared with other tracks in New York. · 17 hours ago
  • travel_vic · we have our careless ones and we get about 1 2 Dq's a week like any other track....Riders from OTHER venues get caught often especially on WHIP violations: guy from Chicago got hit twice over the summer. · 17 hours ago
QUOTE:She just got faster as she ran and she wouldn't allow another horse to go past her. CCA Oaks 1975 where she was on the pace the whole trip. 24 4/5, 1;13 3/5, 49, 1:38, 2:03 1/5, 2:27 4/5 ...This marvelous filly ran SUSTAINED EVEN fractions of 24 4/5, 24 2/5, 24 2/5, 24 3/5, 25 2/5 and 24 3/5 In the Sorority, at two, she ran on the lead in fractions of 21 2/5, 22 4/5 and 24 4/5 hardly sped up either time,
Having never seen a horse run in a race in person, I can't answer tmallios' question. I'm sorry, I so wish I could. But I'm a true horse lover and have studied the races of the greats as much as I can with limited video access. As a true Zenyatta fan I still have to say that Ruffian would have beaten anyone she raced. She just got faster as she ran and she wouldn't allow another horse to go past her. Not at all. If she and Zenyatta went head to head, Ruffian would have pulled off a nose victory if she would have needed to. She wouldn't have allowed Zen by her. If she'd have raced Secretariat head to head, she'd have stayed with him or beat him - she might have died trying, but she would have insisted. You can see it in her races....she was going to win, no matter what it took. When Lucien Loren said "she may even be better than Secretariat", he wasn't kidding. IMHO, Secretariat is the greatest male horse to ever run, Ruffian is the greatest female horse to ever run.
  • travel_vic · Why limit the stage so narrowly? Pretty Polly, Makybe Diva, Gallorette, Pan Zareta and there are others including the undefeated Hungarian mare. PURE raw talent · 1 day ago
  • Hannah Etienne via Disqus · The thing Zenyatta fans never think about when saying Zenyatta would beat Ruffian is how fast Ruffian ran her closing fractions. In the few races Zenyatta ran in that had a fast pace, she was over 10 lengths back · 18 hours ago
Logotype will aim to run next in the G3 Nakayama Kimpai at the beginning of January
Isla Bonita will aim to run next in the G2 Nakayama Kinen at the end of February
Just a Way will contest in the G1 Arima Kinen on Dec. 28th, after which he will be retired to stud. No plans as to where he will stand have been announced.
very tough question, of the one's I've seen in person Secretariat is number one, Alydar and Affirmed, 2 & 3, many other great one's such as Seattle Slew, Spec. Bid, Winning Colors, etc
I absolutely agree! Its sad that most people don't know who the first race horse was ....
Just got me copy of December Florida Horse, East Hall sures looks good on the cover, plus a 21/2 page write up. Good Job big man , you deserve it. Looking for a great 4 yr old year!
This question will take a bit of thought process. For the obvious,i will disqualify Secreteriat from the equation. Here goes............Who is the most talented Race Horse that you have seen race LIVE. By that i mean in person and not on any media feed. I know many may be younger and have not seen them all. But keep in mind,there is no right or wrong answer. Again the stipulation is the most TALENTED HORSE you have seen LIVE. Mine is Ruffian in the slimmest of margins over Seattle Slew.
Amino Tuesday heading South on the Jersey Tpke towards the city of Brotherly Love.
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  • amino998 · Still fast after the 3rd @ PARX although it took Lady Mickelson 1:29.39 to win the 7 furlong $7.5K claimer for nw3L. Royal Seven already has her 3, but the purse structure awarding $13,440 to the winning 7.5K Lady is sweet! · 1 day ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · He did it the right way and won as he pleased . Youngster looks like he will have a nice future. Hopefully many more W's along the way. · 23 hours ago



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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