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Beholder back in training. Does anybody with a DRF paid account have any details?
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  • Mary Z. · No one is going to admit that they paid drf for news you can find for free elsewhere. · 3 hours ago ·
  • rafirox · I love Netflix. Netflix is the second best creation G-d ever made. Next to the "mute" button for commercials :). · 17 seconds ago ·
on July 9, Daredevil worked 4F at Charles Town on Fast Dirt in :53.80 bg finishing 7/7.
  • Sullivan · This from being the 3/5 favorite in Belmont's first MSW for 2yo colts... wonder what went wrong · 6 hours ago ·
  • rafirox · Something has went wrong .... don't expect much from this guy at this point. · 2 minutes ago ·
Hi rafirox...Since I'm officially a member of the stooge club. Lets talk football. Without Neymar and Thiago Brazil chances of beating Germany just got slimmer.
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  • icyhotboo · Argentina has an excellent team, but Germany is deadly in the penalty area with that height. I still see it as as even game though. I got to see this last game with A and G, with 15 minutes left one just knew that A with only one man up was going to win it. · 40 minutes ago ·
  • rafirox · Sword. I thought I read from an expert on here Netherlands was the best team in the Cup, and also they would romp through Germany (pretending like Argentina did not even exist). Oh well, I suppose the dude was wrong. In all seriousness, your team looked really good today. Give tons of credit to Sabella. The defense entered the tournament as dysfunctional, and is currently very competent. They continuously relied on Messi coming in, but currently have other guys stepping up. They have improved with every game, pretty much. Messi had great games in all group stage, and also vs. Switz. He was okay vs. Belgium and bad today. Yet, they still picked up his slack. The team is confident, has momentum, and showed they can win a chess match, not just on Messi Magic. Germany is a whole 'nother beast. They are incredibly well-rounded and skilled. Curious to see where they will put Lahm. I would not be surprised to see him marked up vs. Messi on occasion. Argentina's defense NEEDS to be just as good vs. Germany's potent attack. Ozil and co. will not allow any blunders to be given slack. · 3 minutes ago ·
So, my friend and I have a friendly competition each year, where we pick 5 unraced colts and follow them through the year (And into the Derby trial season should they make it.) Would any of you fine folk here be interested in doing something similar? It's not for a prize, nor am I suggesting you pick the Derby winner RIGHT NOW, it's just for fun.
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  • Sullivan · bump · 6 hours ago ·
  • shackleford · Thanks for bumping this up, Sullivan. My five are: His Kingdom, Strike a Balance, Punctuate, Command Control, and Spinner. Depositor and Whale Rock do look good as well. · 11 minutes ago ·
This is the race I'm chomping at the bit to see. Integral was very impressive in her G2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes win, and I gotta believe Sky Lantern will be much improved for her 5th in that race at Newmarket. The interesting filly to me in this race is Rizeena. Another Coronation Stakes like performance coupled with the weight for age break she'll get for being a 3yo could be just enough to tip the Falmouth scales in her favor, IMO. I would also say, it would really be nice to see Certify come back around to something close to what we saw from her as a 2yo and in her first start at Meydan in the Cape Verdi during the winter. She's sort of a sentimental favorite of mine, though I don't expect her to win the Falmouth Stakes. I'd settle just seeing her make the frame.
Anything familiar about this pedigree? I hereby vow to start writing articles on here again, granted people still want to read them!
  • Mary Z. · How is your guy Decisive Moment doing, TBDF? · 13 days ago ·
  • TampaBayDowns Fan · He's doing great, thanks! (Sorry for the late response, computer is dumb.) He's at Calder in training with Juan and should be racing soon, be expecting him to visit Indiana again before his last year of racing is over! · 16 minutes ago ·
My picks for the G2 Princess of Wales's Stakes: 1st-Arab Spring 2nd-Pether's Moon 3rd-Dandino(think he got a really bad trip in the Hardwicke Stakes at Ascot) 4th-Hillstar.
Nathan early in the meet,keep an eye on Wes Welkers favorite trainer with a supersoni fast baby. Part of the name is clued in by an active Hall of Famer who rides.
After back to back wins in the Jorvick Handicap at York and Duke of Edinburgh Handicap at Ascot, and a perfect 4 for 4 record to date in 2014, Arab Spring will make the jump from handicap to patent stakes level on Thursday in the G2 Princess of Wales's Stakes at Newmarket(July). He's an overwhelming 3-2 favorite in the race with the international exchanges with stablemate Hillstar the 3-1 second choice and Dandino, Cavalryman, & Pether's Moon 8-1 co-third choices. If Arab Spring wins the Princess of Wales Stakes, and I believe he will, I would expect to see Sir Michael Stoute enter him in the G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes on July 26th. Stoute has never been shy about running more than one horse from his yard at a time in the King George. In 2009 he had Conduit, Tartan Bearer, & Ask in the field and in 2010 he had Harbinger & Workforce. I suspect he'll have Telescope, Arab Spring, and possibly Hillstar all 3 in this year's King George field, IMO.
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  • ILuvTurfRacing · Thanks to all for the kind well wishes. Just happy everything didn't go the other way, and believe me icyhotboo, I plan on following the Dr.'s instructions to the letter. Have been fighting some med drowsiness from the med's since I got home though. Thanks again all. Always look forward to keeping the "conversation lively" on this web-site!! LOL. · 24 minutes ago ·
  • ILuvTurfRacing · @Euro Trash & jonquil, In regard to Geoffrey Chaucer, it wasn't as much anyone verbally hyping him per say as it was his seeming to always be sent out as being the stable's #2 middle distance 3yo behind Australia of course, and he just simply hasn't produced anything close to that. In my view, even though he's had a string of 2nd place finishes, I personally think you can make a strong argument for Adelaide being O'Brien's second best middle distance 3yo right now, but TJMO. · 20 minutes ago ·
Not sure if any one is interested, but there is a nice signed Richard Stone Reeves print of Forego, Kelso and John Henry together at Belmont Park. It was done in October 1983 when Kelso and Forego led the post parade for the JCGC. It was the only time the three great geldings were together as Kelso died from colic shortly after. It is offered on eBay from a good seller for $185 which a very good price for a discontinued and limited print. It looks to be in excellent condition and is offered for a few days on eBay.,
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  • Buckpasser · Tom. Cindy Dulay Pierson has a column in about horseracing.com and states Kelso set or equalled 15 track records in his career. She is very good about research so I would take her word for this. I know Kelso was tough in sprints and would win by several lengths and was ridden many times by Hartack. · 1 hour ago ·
  • tmallios · Here i was impressed by 10. Thanks Buck · 1 hour ago ·
*Bred in Florida, my lifetime record in the Sunshine State was 0-for-4. *I won my first race outside of Florida, and the Monmouth Park victory led directly to a grade 1 stakes attempt.Read More
Would love to see her in Coaching Club American Oaks then Travers in next two races. Her against Tonalist would be a great match up.
If any one is interested, his saddlecloth from the JCGC is up for auction on eBay. Price last time I looked was at $42 with about five or six days left in bidding
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  • Buckpasser · Jay. Yes I did. It was very nice. · 5 hours ago ·
  • Buckpasser · Jay. Pete the Pony, Kelso's companion raced as Sea Sprite and won the 1961 Jersey Futurity. Also Kelso had his own mailbox to handle all his fan mail. · 1 hour ago ·
Drawed lucky 7 in a tough field Sat. Gulfstream Cassidy Stakes
Shared Belief's romp in the Los Alamitos Derby stamped the gelding as a threat to California Chrome's hold on the 3-year-old division.Read More
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  • Mary Z. · You fell for it, animalnurse. Done to rile you up. I wouldn't be surprised if his name is on the 10 most undesirables at Z.com, and, by the way, how did you escape that swirling vortex? She's a big, easy target when the debate material wears thin, however some of his comments are of interest. Naps are just so much more appealing, so step it up, Mark. This isn't even second tier riling. I've seen the pros. · 3 hours ago ·
  • icyhotboo · "tmallios · If you are going to address me,have the courtesy of spelling my name right Mack Kennery" tmallios/ Just got to love this site, the king of the world who knows everything about everything, is rude, crude, and a phony dude, "doesn't give a rat's ass" about anything or anyone, has three friends and a cartoon character 998 in the world in which he calls friends, and will be down to one after a disagreement occurrs is worried about how his name is spelled. To clarify amigo998 who lives and dies by his every word, and hasn't got enough courage to insult people except through the peephole in the closet which measures 9X9X8 will never disagree with him. Unless of course medication brings them together.I doubt that will happen. Sorry Tamino998, I didn't mean to take so much of your 18 HRN day. Please when you and/or 998 reply come up with something more than ITALIAN BOO BOO ICE TEA etc. Lastly in your defense I would just say your a jerk with an inferiorty complex born a male gelding so you just have to be a know it all tough guy to live with yourself. You need to borrow some IQ points (a lot) to keep me amused anymore TM70. PS. Tamino998 sorry I couldn't get to you sooner but the storm knocked out the power and I got to you first as always, love ICE TEA BOO BOO ITALIAN · 2 hours ago ·
Does anyone know where I can find all the race times at Los Al on 7/5/2014?
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  • goblin · Equibase; you do mean final and fractional running times? I'll try to link that results page, but sometimes links to Equibase don't work. http://www.equibase.com/static/chart/pdf/LRC070514USA.html · 2 hours ago ·
  • goblin · The link seems to work. Just click on the individual races and the full chart will show. · 2 hours ago ·
Big win for him!
I guess I shudda said "DREW Post 7", LOL
will breeze Sat or Sun and head up north Monday. If all goes well!
The $1 million, Grade 1 William Hill Haskell Invitational is just 18 days away and the field for this year’s 47th renewal of New Jersey’s top Thoroughbred race continues to take shape.Read More
  • shackleford · Sounds like a race which could set up for Medal Count, but it rarely seems like the pace falls apart in stakes at Monmouth. · 3 hours ago ·



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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