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@Travel_Vic, would you please explain the reasons why it is so hard to win the Pick-4 at Woodbine. Today, the $0.20 Pick-4 paid a handsome $7,782.00. No it's not a typo it's for $0.20 cents. Of the 4 races, the 3 winners are double digit odds. Are Canadian handicappers really that bad or the track is really hard to handicap?? Your expertise on Canadian horse racing are needed here. thank you.
  • travel_vic · Many of the contest within the Pick 4 are loaded with chronic maiden losers. To win that overall bet one has to use liberal doses of the "ALL" button · 37 minutes ago
The way a horse is shod can make a big difference on their performance. As standardbreds have a much different gait and run on a much harder surface, the get a lot of trauma to the "heel" area of the hoof. One of many innovations they have come up with is the "flip flop" shoe. IT is an interesting half aluminum shoe with a plastic pad beneath it. It is "hinged" right behind the place where the half shoe ends so that the pad hits the surface slightly ahead of the aluminum shoe. We had one up in the placing judges office this week and they are unique to any shoe I have ever seen. Maybe I can put up a photo of it later today. ODD
Sky Hero, Moonlight Bandit and Imperia
No Fault of Mine
Itsmyluckyday and longshot Big Business
Market Conduct and Eh Cumpari
like longshot Save Rock and Roll
Catch My Drift
Tightend Touchdown and River Rocks
  • jinlie01 · looks like both Tightend Touchdown and River Rocks are running in this one...sticking with them · 54 minutes ago
Frosted/Ostrolenka/The Truth or Else
good field...Boozer is intriguing even though Bejarano has chosen to stick with another horse
going with the Pletcher duo of Protonico and Constitution
I really like Daddy D T
Sweet Whiskey and Willet
Thanks for the input! Any suggestions on how to watch the race live and how to wager on the race?
  • Jbyrnes1 · If you feel like staying up late I believe TVG will be broadcasting the race around 1AM in the morning don't know if there is on site coverage like the last few years buy I know TVG is covering the race · 14 hours ago
General A Rod has posted his first local work since the Belmont Stakes, working 1/2 in 47.60 and out in 1:01. Maker says that A Rod is planned to return in early 2015, according to DRF
They should have let this guy run in the mile at Delta Downs.
Flashaway is scratching from the Remsen in favor of the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes.



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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