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Don t want debate this issue I am referring to one horse one situation hit any horse on the knee cap with a sledge hammer and same results. Check his record not in over his head. As far as Arabian breeding was cross breeding Arabian with Appys in Oregon same argument with quarters turned out to be a great working horse with more endurance then Quarters and no problems breaking down ? Since you feel as strong as you do why don t you do something about it. Perhaps post an editorial in a publication.
  • travel_vic · Johnny Come Lately....been on the agenda for over 20 years, published in many places with that same lament. · 46 minutes ago
Pointing toward Travers/King Bishop!
Just didn't fire- and no excuses for her. She still ran down the stretch with her ears pricked- didn't seem to be full out at all. Really stinks because she could have really finished well if she actually ran hard. But I also don't think any horse was beating Bayern today once he had the lead. I hardly think she disgraced herself though- it's not like she finished dead last like Ria Antonia. She still finished well for not putting in any run whatsoever
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  • Ruffianlover · Unlike some people on this site I have no problem admitting when I'm wrong- so I'll do just that. The announcers after the race def made it sound like Rosie was too frustrated to talk with interviewers and just walked straight to the locker room. Maybe I misheard it. And to me- I have never seen a horse be full out with it's ears still pricked so if Rosie thinks she really ran her hardest then I'm shocked she did it while looking like she wasn't breaking a sweat because she didn't seem to be running her hardest to me. All in my opinion. I still love this filly, I still support the connections even though she didn't win. I still think she didn't disgrace herself and finished better than Ria Antonia in the Preakness, I still think this filly is head above the other fillies in her division, and I will end on this quote "it is easy to support those who succeed, but that is not what I am about" · 1 hour ago
  • UnionRagsRules · I agree with you, Ruffian. Just because Rosie went to the whip doesn't mean Untapable fired. She really didn't even try. Still was just a length or so from being 2nd without trying. But, I disagree with you never seeing a horse run full out with their ears up. Zenyatta ring a bell? · 56 minutes ago
Think about it I got it right a lot of hot air from your mouth for that your use for therapeutic purpose, the electricity is other peoples post energizing you reason your here posting , as far as Dances goes I was with him at the end not late to the party first post 10 minutes after he was down. Very sad and emotional time. Vic it appears all your post are negative and without merit . His knee came apart at the joint when hitting the rail had nothing to do with fine bone mass. Yes horse racing is a money sport. But trust me you get attached to your horse as part of the family. as Dances was part of mine.
  • travel_vic · reality, especilly when it is tempered by emotion is a Very bitter pill to take. I ran into this same response in literally hundreds of people over the years whose "wishful thinking" overwhelmed the realities of the diagnoses they were presented. Diagnoses that were backed up by documented fact. This is the same situation: horse was running WAY over its competitive level. Very sorry that the animal ended up the way it did, but that does not alter the human logical that put him into situations where he had little to no chance to win. · 4 hours ago
  • travel_vic · ORTHOPEDICS, the study of same, includes the study of all the connective tissue which supports that boney mass. Bone, and ligament are just two variants of the same tissue and BOTH rise and fall together (as in the case of the modern fragile thoroughbred). I really wish some one ELSE would recognize (many do) and more effectively DO something about this ongoing inbred fragile monster creation and breed back to sold bone and the skeletal support that goes with it.....Read a copy of Campbell's Operative Orthopedics the fundamentals are all there and are not species specific. http://www.us.elsevierhealth.com/orthopaedics/campbell-operative-orthopaedics-expert-consult/9780323072434/ · 4 hours ago
Drew post 2 for the Test. Same post as she had for the Adirondack. Not happy with the inside draw. Post 2 of 12, in the Acorn she was post 3 of 13.
I just watched the Sussex Stakes replay again after RacingUK uploaded it onto YouTube and now that I've seen the race for the 2nd time, I think Darwin's 3rd place finish, only a head behind Toronado and only a length behind Kingman was the most eye catching performance of this race. Thought Darwin stayed on and saw out the mile really strongly for a horse who's by and large been more of a 7f specialist since he was brought to Europe from America by Coolmore. JMO.
Kingman wins the G1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, defeating Toronado in 2nd and the very game Darwin in 3rd who finished only a head behind Toronado.
  • Northport · I was surprised to see Toronado the favourite over Kingman after Kingman's flashy win at Ascot. He took awhile to get organised today when Doyle pressed the button but once he did he blew by them like they were standing still and kept on rolling past the finish. I wonder if a step up in distance may be considered after this. Also thought that Darwin ran a blinder considering the class horses he was up against, he didn't really get collared till the end · 7 hours ago
Class prevails in the G3 Gordon Stakes, as Juddmonte's Snow Sky beats Windshear and Somewhat across the line at Goodwood. Snow Sky's first win since his impressive win in the Lingfield Derby Trial back in May.
Kingman will run in today's Sussex Stakes showdown after Lord Grimthorpe walked the course to his satisfaction this morning.
Trainer Roger Charlton reporting to the European racing media this morning that Thistle Bird has unfortunately aggravated an old injury and will not run in Saturday's G1 Nassau Stakes on Saturday. Thistle Bird finished 2nd behind Juddmonte's Winsili in last season's renewal of the Nassau Stakes. She was coming into the race off back to back wins in the G3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom and G1 Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland. No word yet on whether this injury will keep her from making a planned trip to America next month for the G1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park?
baby will be shuttling back & forth to Brazil! hopefully they don't permanently keep him.
Me and my sisters are going to watch the movie Seabiscuit in a few minutes!
If Charlie Appleby has him race fit and ready to run, watch out of Cat O'Moutain in this year's G1 Pacific Classic. This is a horse that's been first rate on polytrack in Great Britain, and at Meydan during this year's Dubai Carnival he stepped up from handicap for the first time at the Dubai Carnival to finish 4th of 14 in the G1 Al Maktoum Challenge Rd. 3 and 3rd of 16 in the G1 Dubai World Cup itself. Toast of New York is another will command a lot more respect back on a synthetic surface at Del Mar than he showed on turf in his lack luster G1 Belmont Derby performance, IMO.
Individual horses are still easier to find on your web site by going through Google than by using your menu - especially if you are trying to find what the silks look like.
Vic no ever beat you to the feeding tub and it shows by you diathermia of the mouth with and what comes out is a lot of b s
  • Mary Z. · Joe, you are rude, late to the party, inaccurate, mistaken, and you added nothing to the discussion. · 1 day ago
  • travel_vic · diathermia or diathermy is usage of electrically induced heat in therapeutic purposes. Ah the lost vocabulary generations STRIKES AGAIN · 19 hours ago
hard to beat the chalk..NOW if it rains hard at the Fort often the first one out of the gate triumphs so watch for the bias on races underneath if it is wet. 2 Ami's Holiday 8 Lynx 10 Lions Bay 6 Coltimus Prime 6 and 8 go out and 2 10 come later......Poor old venue is on life support and is hemorrhaging money.
My super-fecta pick for Wednesday's G1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood: 1st-Kingman 2nd-Toronado 3rd-Darwin 4th-Outstrip.
My super-fecta picks for Wednesday's G3 Gordon Stakes at Goodwood: 1st-Snow Sky 2nd-Observational 3rd-Windshear 4th-Somewhat.
Steals the Prince of Wales in a front running performance!



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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