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  • Cinco Charlie goes gate to wire in the William Walker at Churchill Downs.Posted 7 hours ago
  • Effinex runs to victory in the Excelsior; Wicked Strong finishes third.Posted 12 hours ago
  • Mr. Jordan DQ'd at 1-5 in the Tarpon Stakes; Royal Squeeze placed first.Posted 14 hours ago
  • Dortmund worked 6F in 1:13.60 (12/22) at Santa AnitaPosted 14 hours ago
  • Carpe Diem covers 4F in :48.60 (2/63) at Keeneland on SaturdayPosted 14 hours ago
  • El Kabeir drills 4F in :46.81 (3/55) at Belmont on SaturdayPosted 14 hours ago
  • Derby points leader International Star worked 4F in :50.80 (8/9) at Churchill TrainingPosted 14 hours ago
  • Kitten's Point gets there late to win Keeneland's Bewitch.Posted 1 day ago
  • Keen Ice is now in at #20 for the Kentucky Derby following the defection of Madefromlucky.Posted 1 day ago
  • Get Happy Mister rides the rails to victory in the San Simeon.Posted 6 days ago

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Blazing Speed proves much the best in taking out the G1 Audemars Piguet QE II Cup, by far the biggest win of his career to date.
Dundonnell sits a perfect trip and takes advantage of an early speed duel between Gold-Fun & Peniaphobia to overhaul Gold-Fun late and win The Sprint Cup at Sha Tin, his biggest win in Hong Kong since being sold by Juddmonte to go race in that country. Great ride by jockey Stephane Pasquier who came in from France to ride Dundonnell in The Sprint Cup and Smoking Sun in the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup.
I think she's a cinch in the oaks. Wouldn't be surprised to see her pay $10-$12 to win. I like ima chatterbox too but stellar wind is very good. I'm def gona bet some oaks-derby doubles with stellar wind. An exacta over chatterbox and a nice win ticket.
California colts should set up a perfect trip for AP : Keep in mind , there will be 12 colts that wont come close to out breaking AP based on how they want to run in the race . So can factor those 12 down to 7 other colts that AP will need to contend to on the break . Baffert wants VE to postion AP about 6 to 8 legnths off the pace early : so this break should not bother AP much at all . And if VE gets too good of a break , he has already been warned , order not to go to the lead , rate him back to settle in about 6 off the lead . Baffert / Zayats has this colt 94% from my understanding , and from that alone , there is not a colt in this group even capable of competing with his fitness : Keep in mind - last year when AP was only at 74% as a 2 yr old while destroying our JBC winner TEXAS RED with authority : Then take another look at how bad TEXAS RED beat CARPE DIEM / UPSTAR then focus on where these colts are now and their preps to get here ! With AP coming into the Derby now at about 94% , this tells me DORTMUND , FIRING LINE , OCHO OCHO , BOLO , MR Z will all have to go like hell to have a prayer against AP . This should put AP about in a perfect trip for AP : Yes , of course post positions will play a major factor : but at this time - with all the good luck , clean race - this is some what how Baffert has AP / VE Derby running in mind
AP has 4th or 5th written all over him....
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  • Dave Joyal via Disqus · Only if he falls coming out of the gate or gets boxed behind a wall of horses like Afleet Alex did in his attempt, This horse has a ton of speed and I feel is going to run out front and pull away in a week · 2 hours ago
  • Douglas Rutherford via Disqus · AP has 1st or 20th written all over him - · 1 hour ago
Today he worked a half in 49.70 with the final 3 furlongs in 35.30. Hmmm. Looks pretty good people. Just sayin.
Sorry for those of you that feel this horse is going to compete on May 2nd, I am not seeing that, This horse should not even bother, seriously. I believe that this horse will make loads of money running 7F length races but is not going to be a triple crown winner as he does not have the stamina for the length of the Triple Crown Races, Very tired looking in the Florida Derby and while he pulled away from Upstart I don't think that he has what it takes to beat American Pharoah, International Star, Carpe Diem or Dortmund, I may put him on the Trifecta ticket but I doubt he will actually finish on the ticket
  • amdaman via Disqus · He looked like his legs were turning into Jell-o in the Fla. Derby. His final furlong was in a dismal 13.73. · 3 hours ago
Materiality. Not a trendy and flashy name that includes "American" or "California". Horses don't care how their name reads to us! Also, do not fall victim to the statistically misguided belief that a true Derby contender must have raced at 2. What would be the difference if he had raced his first 12 days earlier? This horse was given 54 days rest after his maiden win followed by 2 winning preps at 1-1/8. That is experience enough! Now 3 for 3 and working well. Fresh and fit. Afleet Alex gets the crown through this offspring. I won a good chunk on his last race and all is riding. Good luck all.
Prospector's Blues won the Gene Fleming Breeder's Derby at Turf Paradise on 4/25/15.
This was shown on Dubai Live yesterday, if anyone's interested. Good interview with his assistant trainer and video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t06vVxf-i7o
  • Chicken Dinner via Disqus · Hate the fact that his first race as a 3yo will be the Kentucky Derby...is it just me? · 4 days ago
  • Cara James via Disqus · this horse is a big chested horse and his legs are solid muscle, he needs to work out more,so he does not lose his edge,dont know what the hold up on works is about,? is it because we wont let him on the track because of quarantine ?,he is much more likely to catch something from our horses than our horse getting sick from him, these horses are treated better than the royal family, in the middle east race horses are like the world,s rarest diamond,and treated better than royal family · 4 hours ago
Mubtaahij on the track at Arlington this A.M. https://twitter.com/JohnGDooley/status/590221507466395649/photo/1
  • barnzo · Thanks for posting this! Love Mubtaahij - glad to see him in action! · 5 days ago
  • Cara James via Disqus · hope works out more than once, this is not a sprint, and this horse is not on drugs, needs to work out more, /Espinoza,s a.p has worked 6 days this week,that,s too much, i think.over kill,all were a mile and 1/2 · 5 hours ago
Dortmund will come in show..
Little brother won his debut by 2l over the other half of the entry, who happened to be his "uncle," as Ghost Trail's dam is his second dam.
Oh, I love Diamond Joe. A first and second in back to back races, not bad.
Is a 23% 1st time sire... good luck, Texans :)
the only stakes race I'm betting on this weekend before Derby weekend...going with Blingismything with T. Baze up!
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  • jinlie01 · Can't argue with your picks Mary but I'm going to make my Derby betting funds with Blingismything! : ) · 10 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · I will definitely check out your girl, jinlie! · 9 hours ago
Quickies: 1,2,4,and 7
  • Mary Z. · No. It was Si Sage the 6 at 42-1, 4 didn't have enough for the steal. 6,3,8,2 o.o.f. · 9 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · A few drops of rain ;) · 9 hours ago
Summer Hit, Edge Of Reality, Are You Kidding Me.
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  • Mary Z. · Don't miss it. On the track now. · 10 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · Roomie 1GG Ryder won over 6Summer Hit. Mentioned as a "lastie" at the Play, but another tough loss for Summer Hit in this stakes. He almost wired. 1,6,3,7 o.o.f. "Brain" was correct :) · 10 hours ago
A coworker and I were talking today about how AP reminds of us of a Tom Brady and Dortmund reminds us of a Ben Roethlisberger. AP is the flashy pretty boy one everyone is talking about and Dort is the big kid playing with the short kids lol. Plus Ben is that type of rugged/ slugger qb ready to throw down- Dortmund has that same flare.
  • amino998 · With that plate in his hoof and a successful run in the Derby, AP might be reminding you of Tom Dempsey :) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Dempsey · 10 hours ago
Lexington Herald Special Report: CARPE DIEM FINISHED 6th IN THE KENTUCKY 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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