• The Pizza Man dominates the Hollywood Turf Cup.Posted 15 hours ago
  • Heart to Heart runs away with the River City on the Churchill Downs turf.Posted 15 hours ago
  • Green Gratto holds off a brigade to win the Fall Highweight at 24-1.Posted 17 hours ago
  • It's all Favorite Tale in the Fabulous Strike.Posted 1 day ago
  • Lavender Chrissie romps past Calamity Kate in the Zia Park Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Mobile Bay wins the Zia Park Derby, while International Star fades to fourth.Posted 1 day ago
  • It's all Lewys Vaporizer in the $200,000 Steel Valley Sprint at Mahoning Valley.Posted 3 days ago
  • Solid Wager rolls late in the Cary Grant; Big Macher last at 2-5.Posted 4 days ago
  • Dolphus (Lookin at Lucky), 1/2 brother to Rachel Alexandra, wins his career debut at Fair Grounds.Posted 4 days ago
  • Rusty Slipper proves best in the 11-furlong Red Carpet.Posted 5 days ago

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Suprised that nobody is looking at this guy in the Kentucky Jockey club...........
Much has been written about American Pharoah and Bob Baffert. Victor Espinoza now has three wins in the Kentucky Derby, three wins in the Preakness, a Belmont, three Breeder's Cup wins and many graded stakes. He had the incredible good fortune to ride Chrome and AP back to back, tying Ron Turcotte's record for 5 wins in two Triple Crown seasons. Had California Chrome not been injured in the Belmont last year, Victor now might have two consecutive Triple Crowns. If he retired today, how should his legacy compare to the best?
2015 has been interesting for handicappers in the 4 big races in North American dirt racing. If you picked the following horses in their respective races, then you would have lost by a total of nearly 140 lengths. 1) Upstart in the Kentucky derby 2) Firing Line in the Preakness 3) Materiality in the Belmont stakes (who boasted a 110 beyer speed figure, the highest of any 3 year old this year before the TC races) 4) Honor Code or Tonalist in the Breeders Cup Classic
So happy for him. Can't wait to see his return and wil, wait with baited breath to see who will challenge him in the KD. All the luck for you Ny, you will need it.
Is Wavell Avenue returning for a 2016 campaign? I don't think one graded stakes win for the season, even a BC win, is enough for an Eclipse but this filly has been competitive all season and just getting better. Would love to see her back next year.
Champion 2yo male
I'm glad Crawford did decide to run him here after saying he wouldn't like the 9F distance and needed at least 10. I really want to see how he runs without American Pharoah in the field and see if he can flatter him any. His Classic was visually terrible even though he ran an individually fast time. I didn't think he'd regress so quickly and badly after one good win and I hope he doesn't continue to regress in this race and if he races next year. If he doesn't win, he'll at least have to put in a really good effort to convince me he will be good next year if he runs.
Behrnik's Bank is a filly to watch. She's been extremely impressive in her last two races and I definitely expect her to take another big step up in class next time.
Be at peace, sweet baby :(
I wonder if Lukas is trying to get Mr. Z killed. He's trying to milk as much money out of that horse as possible.
  • chasingfiringline via Disqus · Z gives us his best every race.......he's a gutsy horse.....don't think he's a grade 1 horse......obviously, he's never won a grade 1...... · 13 hours ago
Shotgun Kowboy is a beast , if you dont know him yet , you will
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  • HideousZippleback via Disqus · With Dortmund gone he might have more of a chance. I loved SK debut. · 2 days ago
  • chasingfiringline via Disqus · After reading your post I went & watched a past race of his the Oklahoma Derby.......impressive.........I am looking forward to see how he runs against arguably stronger competition........thanks for your post..... · 13 hours ago
Post Positions: 1-Keen Ice 2-Looks To Spare 3-Mr. Z 4-Frivolous 5-Protonico 6-Hoppertunity 7-Shotgun Kowboy 8-Effinex 9-Race Day Like-> Race Day/Hoppertunity/KeenIce/Effinex Super-9,6w9,6,8,1w9,6,8,1,5w9,8,5,3,7
  • chasingfiringline via Disqus · I like your picks, I am thinking Hop , KI & Race day for my trifecta..... I see you are playing around with SK.I just watched a race of his.......don't know about any recent races or workouts.......... · 13 hours ago
I like Hopportunity, KI & Race day .............Mr. Z will hit the front end.........Hop & KI battle it out for 1st & Race day hits show mark...IMHO.......It would be great to see Z win a grade 1, but he's not a grade 1 horse.
I don't understand why Mac Daddy Mac is not on the top 50 contenders after that great showing in the Bob Hope Stakes....he looked great & rallied against Toews on Ice...
This time of the year I like to look for horses that are improving and who have a chance to move to the top of their division next year. Race Day, Hoppertunity, Effinex and Protonico are nice horses but I think we have seen them at their best. Keen Ice, however, could be a horse that is getting it all together and growing into a top horse. A win here, and I think he has a great chance to win, could lead to a very nice 4 year old season.
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · i agree crapola post postion though · 1 day ago
  • cugel the clever · KI did not improve from the Travers to the BCC; in fact he regressed considerably. There's no reason to think that he'll improve here. But that might still be good enough to win. He and Eff are the win contenders. · 13 hours ago
Effinex, Keen Ice, Mr.Z, Hoppertunity in no particular order.
Nicely done!
Pizza! Not a doubt! Mike Smith rode him brilliantly.
That looked catastrophic :(
That was bad
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I've been around horses for most of my life, working in racing stables as a hot walker and exercise rider in my teenage years, and later as a volunteer with rescued and retired racehorses. I became interested in pedigree when the sons and daughters of my favorite horses started their racing careers.   


For more than a decade, I've passionately studied pedigree, how it applies to handicapping and breeding theories. In 2010, I joined Horse Racing Nation as their Pedigree Analyst, focusing on juvenile stakes winners, Triple Crown contenders and first crop sires from a handicapping perspective.   


In 2011, I accepted the role of South Florida Coordinator and Advisory Board Member for the national non-profit Thoroughbred Racing Fan Association (ThoroFan). Working closely with Gulfstream Park management and other race fans, we created a ThoroFan Chapter at Gulfstream Race Track. Our main project is assisting Thoroughbred rescue and re-training groups.


I continue to maintain my website Iron Maidens Thoroughbreds and blog of the same name. As a pedigree consultant, I specialize in assisting small to mid-size breeding/training operations with broodmare breeding reports, sales catalog analysis and recommendations on claims and private sales. 10 - 20% of all proceeds are donated to Thoroughbred rescue and retraining groups.
I welcome your questions regarding pedigree, handicapping and breeding. If you would like me to cover a specific topic please contact me at lross@horseracingnation.com.

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