• Minding rolls home an easy winner of the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh.Posted 2 days ago
  • Melatonin powers home a strong winner of the Gold Cup at Santa Anita.Posted 2 days ago
  • Lord Nelson lunges late to nip Subtle Indian in the Triple Bend.Posted 2 days ago
  • By the Moon proves best in the Grade 3 Bed O' Roses at Belmont Park.Posted 2 days ago
  • Mo Tom finds a trouble free trip, and rolls home an easy Ohio Derby winner.Posted 2 days ago
  • Isabella Sings strolls to victory in Monmouth's Eatontown.Posted 2 days ago
  • Sarah Sis makes all the running as the Chicago Handicap favorite.Posted 2 days ago
  • Harzand holds off Idaho in the Irish Derby to become a dual Derby winnerPosted 3 days ago
  • Far From Over wins his return today at Belmont after more than 16 months away.Posted 3 days ago
  • Champion Untapable has been retired from racing, according to owner, Ron Winchell.Posted 8 days ago

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This should be Mo toms next race, its near Ohio and its a grade 2 with a decent purse!
Another quick 5F work today :)
My belief is Liam's Map would of easily put Pharoah down last year. I absolutely love this horse. His running style, his grey, being Unbridled's Song (RIP). To offer you folks some support to my opening statement before I get rheemed; The troubling trip in the BC Mile proved that Liams's Map was versatile and that he can improvise his running style and adjust to the race's conditions and overcome these obstacles at the highest level of Grade 1 racing. He is truly an exceptional animal as the great ones do make adjustments. I was going to say Pharaoh didn't handle a favorable pace scenario but he did, he put Frosted away in more ways than one in the Travers and on multiple occasions. He beat and re-beat Frosted in that stretch crossed the wire ahead of him and obviously out galloped him. I'll still conceptualize Liam's Map in a match race or a full field of closers getting the job done.
Returns Friday in the second race at Churchill.
Here then is the Classic dream field that potentially could be assembled at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. With almost every major contender having the same or similar running style, which is speed or stalking, it could make for some interesting riding strategies. 2—FROSTED – The question everyone is asking after the Met Mile is where did that performance come from? Although he’s always been a classy horse, he has never given even the slightest indication he was capable of such a Herculean effort. This wasn’t one of the better fields assembled for the Met Mile, but his 14 1/4-length devastation in a spectacular 1:32 2/5 and final quarter in :23 1/5 was other worldly and still defies explanation. He did beat up on a decent field in the grade II Maktoum Challenge (Round Two) as a prep for the World Cup, but could do no better than fifth, beaten five lengths by California Chrome, in the big race. He showed in last year’s Belmont Stakes he loves Belmont Park and no doubt was happy to be home. Some have wondered if he will now switch his objective to the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, but that would be ludicrous to even consider. Despite his poor effort in last year’s BC Classic following a long hard campaign, he showed in the Belmont Stakes that 1 1/4 miles certainly is well within his scope, finishing second in one of the fastest Belmonts ever run. In fact, of those who ran a faster Belmont than American Pharoah – Secretariat, Easy Goer, A.P. Indy. Point Given, and Risen Star – only Risen Star came home his final quarter faster than Frosted, in finishing second. He also closed fastest of all to finish fourth, beaten 3 1/4 lengths, in the Kentucky Derby. Also, let’s remember that a mile at Santa Anita is run around two turns and is not a true mile that tests a horse’s speed, toughness, and stamina, and can be decided by post position. If Frosted shows in the Whitney that the Met Mile was no aberration, then we’re talking serious contender in the Classic. http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/horse-racing-steve-haskin/archive/2016/06/26/mid-year-look-at-the-bc-classic.aspx
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  • Holy Curlin via Disqus · Why would you repost this nonsense??? · 3 hours ago
  • Holy Curlin via Disqus · Try to formulate your own opinion and analysis for a change. · 3 hours ago
This guy is an early favorite of mine, very impressive debut, eagerly awaiting his return.
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · this the NY bred that won by 13 in his debut? · 3 hours ago
I'm thrilled to see him come in 5th in the Epsom Derby, and am looking forward to his next go in graded stakes company! It was a huge step up for him from his previous races.
  • ILuvTurfRacing · According to a piece I saw on yesterday's Racing Post, the 10-person syndicate that makes up Humphrey Bogart's ownership have decided to accept the invitation to run him in the G1 Belmont Derby in America. James Ramsden, who's part of his ownership syndicate, said that further targets in America may be explored with Humphrey Bogart if he runs well in the Belmont Derby. Aidan O'Brien is also sending over Beacon Rock & Bravery for the Belmont Derby,and according to the piece the fillies that may be headed over for the Belmont Oaks are the Aidan O'Brien trained Alice Springs, the Jim Bolger trained Turret Rocks, and the Dermot Weld trained Simannka. · 3 hours ago
Box Airoforce-Camelot Kitten-Surgical Strike in the tri. Box Airoforce and Camelot Kitten in the Exacta.
  • ILuvTurfRacing · You're not giving very much credence to either of the Aidan O'Brien trained colts that will be coming over from Ireland for the Belmont Derby by tipping that tri-fecta. I mean really, what would Aidan O'Brien know about winning on turf in America, LOL. · 4 hours ago
.....this horse had greatness in front of him but an injury put him out
  • Stormy_Weather · I SURE WOULD HAVE LOVED TO SEE THIS COLT RUN HAD HE NOT GET INJURED HE WAS GOOD BUT..... His like you said the injury put him out had he not get hurt, DO YOU THINK HE HAD GREATNESS? I personally don't really know because he didn't get a chance to show it more · 10 hours ago
Than you dear horsie for Tepin!!!!! There is an old saying, "you gave as good as you got!!!" But you knocked it out of the park when you gave the world Tepin!!!
The third condition book of the meet is out and with it, the races on Extreme Day. In addition to camel, ostrich, and zebra races, there will be races such as the Dash In Flash stakes for quarter horses at 110 yards, the Spurt In the Dirt for thoroughbreds going two furlongs, the Grass Is Greener for horses who have never won on the grass, the Duck Race for maidens whose trainer hasn't won at the meet this year, the Ghost Race for horses that are gray or roan, and the famed Battle Of The Surfaces where horses will be running at the same time on turf and dirt. It will be held Saturday, July 16th.
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · Have fun with Extreme Day. I hope you get a big turn-out. I've only seen one video of the turf and dirt races run at the same time. Now, if they ran the turf race going the other way, that would be really extreme. Sounds like fun though. · 12 hours ago
Having ruled out running in the G1 Darley July Cup at Newmarket/July in just under 2 weeks, trainer Richard Gibson, who used to train in France, told AtTheRaces.com today that the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest over 1300 meters at Deauville in August is the next target on the agenda for Hong Kong based star Gold-Fun, who looks to follow up on his narrowly beaten 2nd behind Twilight Son at Royal-Ascot in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Gibson went on to say, "after finishing off so strongly over the 1200 meters at Royal-Ascot, I think the extra 100 meters at Deauville will suit Gold-Fun well." "The feeling is there aren't many options left for him in Hong Kong anymore." "It's a little sharp over the 1200 meters at Sha Tin, but the variations in Europe are well suited for him."
I love Melatonin so much. The time in the Gold Cup was fantastic, and he ran very evenly from when he took the lead to the end--great turn of foot. Few horses can do that, even among the very good ones.
This whole situation reminds me of Rex Ellsworth and the 100 plus horses on his property many of whom starved to death, most notably the dam of Swaps, Iron Reward.
  • Goblin · Hey, BP, did you see that the comments have already been shut down at the BH site? Paulick has an even more distressing account of this situation today. I sincerely hope the state of Kentucky takes definitive action for the horses after this "meeting". Can you give any legal insight? Thanks. · 22 hours ago
  • Lomita Momcat via Disqus · Buckpasser, I have to correct you on the dam of Swaps thing. I was attending college in Pomona at the time Ellsworth's ranch in Chino was closed down and the horses seized. An Equine Management class I was attending at Cal Poly visited the Ellsworth ranch several weeks before it was closed down, and what we saw was pretty awful and indespensible. However, Iron Reward was dead long before the problems that closed the ranch down. She was a foal of 1946. The Ellsworth ranch was closed down in 1975. Iron Reward had died of old age some years before that. The LA Times ran the story that said "Iron Reward, dam of Swaps, found dead on Ellsworth ranch." Everyone picked up on that. ...But the LA Times posted a correction a day or so later, stating that Iron Reward was NOT found dead, as in starved to death and recently deceased. What had happened was when the Sheriffs announced the raid on the farm, someone had asked the rep at the press conference what had happened to Swaps' dam. The rep said they had found that she was dead, having looked through Ellsworth's records at the ranch. And indeed she was dead, some years earlier, but not of starvation. The condition of the Ellsworth horses was awful, I saw them with my own eyes; the situation was even worse because there were horses Ellsworth had at Santa Anita that were being cared for and fed, so it was selective, controlled neglect; and there were vets, shores, and other people who knew about the problems on the ranch but didn't report conditions earlier. But truth be told: Iron Reward, dam of Swaps, did NOT die of starvation on the ranch. · 17 hours ago
Know a target date when he'll start training?
  • John B. via Disqus · Mid August I would think. Just some bone bruising that takes time off to heal nothing serious. · 17 hours ago
Can't freakin wait, making the cross continent trek for the Whitney and my first trip to Saratoga. Hope the field is loaded.
BREAKING NEWS: Trainer Bob Baffert announces that G1 winner Dortmund could make his 2016 debut in the G2 San Diego Handicap on July 23rd. Baffert says Dortmund is progressing very nicely and notices his stride has gotten longer. Baffert also said that if they choose to go in the San Diego that they could face California Chrome, but Baffert isn't worried about it.
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  • Ruffianlover · Not worried? Hah! · 3 days ago
  • Meydan Rocks via Disqus · No shame in loosing to Chrome in a come back race. Plus you get to see how good he is at this point and/or it's better to get your whippings early and get it over with in your comeback race. · 19 hours ago
I'm a big fan of this horse, I wonder where we can expect to see him later this year? Hope he turns up for some of the big races. Has anyone got some info on possible future races for this highly talented colt??
Quote:'I hope folks realize that running against the speed bias in the Derby ..." what speed bias? the track ran as it usually does with colts coming in with the proper pace balances doing well. There was no bias there.
  • andthey'reoff · i don't think bias played a role in his defeat. I think it was a case of not being good enough on a given day. · 13 days ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · No? Then explain why no horse was able to win a race on Oaks or Derby day on the main track that was not within 1 1/2 lengths of the leader at the 1/4 pole. · 20 hours ago
I still can't believe Honor Code got him in the Whitney. Liam's Map was "home and hosed", the race was done!!! Unbelievable finish.

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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