• Untrapped (11-1) rallies to win the Oklahoma Derby (G3).Posted 8 hours ago
  • Champion filly Champagne Room (1-5) returns to easy win in Remington Park Oaks.Posted 10 hours ago
  • Tequilita (5-2) returns to the winner's circle in the Grade 3 Charles Town Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Sharp Azteca (1-2) draws clear in the Grade 2 Kelso.Posted 1 day ago
  • West Coast (4-5) leaves the field far behind in the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby.Posted 1 day ago
  • It Tiz Well (5-1) bests Abel Tasman in the Grade 1 Cotillion.Posted 1 day ago
  • Coal Front (4-5) refuses to let American Pastime by in the Grade 3 Gallant Bob.Posted 1 day ago
  • Page McKenney (6-1) digs down and holds on in the Pa Derby Champion Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Off Limits (8-5) glides by her competition in the Grade 3 Noble Damsel.Posted 1 day ago
  • Capla Temptress (5-1) rolls home in the Natalma, while making her North American debut.Posted 7 days ago

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Any update on if Casse is retiring Classic Empire? They should already, but if he is ok, he should be looking towards the Jockey Gold Cup, right? But, I doubt that he ever races again. Classic Emoire, the true champion of the weakest horse racing crop year in a while.
What Baffert did with Arrogate and West Coast over the past 2 years raised the question of should owners skip prepping and starting their 3YOs in the Kentucky Derby and saving them for races later in the year and possibly winning the BCC. So if you are an owner, given a choice, which race would you like to win the BCC or the KD?
I think this horse will see retirement, flunked his last two races. If Joe Sharp decides to run him in the BC because he has a free ticket, Girvin has no chance of coming in first, and will probably be last or second to last.
Baffert is like a baseball manager’s decision about his Pitchers. In other words who has the hot hand. It may be West Coast. The key will be who Smith wants to ride because Smith rides to win..
Yes, I admit it..I placed a wager because of the name...LOL! But then I saw him run...and win...and now I'm a fan! He's won 7 of his 9 starts!! An amazing record when you look at the Oklahoma Derby this evening (9/24/17) and 2 major players, Battle of Midway and Girvin couldn't repeat a victory to save their lives and a relatively unknown horse, Untrapped, win the whole thing! So an 8 year old with a stellar record...truly something to comment on! Hey, stakes winners...SIR PRIZE!!
What a horse! 17 time winner....4 time winner of the David M. Vance Sprint Stakes...and he's 7!! Absolutely amazing! I keep wondering though, a horse with this much talent...great genetics....and a gelding?? :/ Think he can do it again next year??
Gorgeous to look at and fantastic to watch! have to say, was a little confused by the jockeys approach...pulling him up several times causing his head to throw back and to miss stride...
That was kinda trippy a new in the Okie-dokie... That stretch racing looked very interesting... Now Middle America and the East Coast can ponder his perceived limitations after the Hoff makes his next move. Surfs up... " time to go to work."
Sadler's Joy worked 5f, Sept 24th, in 1:02.25 (b) finishing 10/12
Beach Patrol worked 5f, Sept 24th, in 1:00.20 (b) finishing 4/17.
Baffert: “this is the horse we’ve been waiting for” means this is the West Coast he's been waiting for. No flip flopping....no disrespecting Arrogate, the comment pertains to West Coast and West Coast only. As for Arrogate, Bob won't run him unless he's 100%....and if he runs, Smith will ride him and he will win. West Coast is his main threat.
Paulassilverlining worked 4f, Sept 24th, in 48.68 (b) finishing 4/48.
Hi does anyone know how I can get videos of Orientate Slew's races? thanks
Lady Eli worked 4f, Sept 24th, in 48.88 (b) finishing 5/48.
Disco Partner worked 4f, Sept 24th, in 49.66 (b) finishing 23/48.
Heart to Heart worked 4f, Sept 24th, in 46.66 (b) finishing 1/18.
Mind Your Biscuits worked 3f, Sept 24th, in 35.66 (b) finishing 1/4.
2016 Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Champagne Room returns a dominant winner in the Remington Park Oaks. She could make her next start in the Breeders Cup Distaff or Filly and Mare Sprint.
I really hope he gets to go to the BC. I think he has the potential to be sneakily, scary good. He'll be under appreciated going in, because he doesn't have big name connections. But the horse doesn't know that. His last three races have been very good. Bolt d'oro is looking scary as well. I believe, even though it is a tad early to be talking derby, I will be a year where the 'little guys' will have a big say in the outcome of the triple crown series.
If Paradise Woods, Vale Dori, and Stellar Wind all show up here, this is going to be a fantastic race

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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