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  • Lady Shipman breezes home much the best in Belmont's License Fee.Posted 1 day ago
  • Ben's Cat sprints home late to win his 10yo seasonal debut in thrilling fashion.Posted 1 day ago
  • Minding shows her class, easily winning the 1000 Guineas.Posted 1 day ago
  • Uncle Lino digs in to win the inaugural California Chrome Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • A Lot holds off favored Green Mask by a whisker to win the Elusive Quality.Posted 2 days ago
  • Galileo Gold, under Frankie Dettori, rolls in the 2000 Guineas.Posted 2 days ago
  • Olorda takes them all the way in the Bewitch Stakes on closing day at Keeneland.Posted 3 days ago
  • Nyquist will get in his final Kentucky Derby workout Friday afternoon at Keeneland.Posted 6 days ago
  • Time and Motion wins the Memories of Silver for Jimmy Toner.Posted 8 days ago
  • Finest City sets new track record in Great Lady M.Posted 8 days ago

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Evidently, Stonestreet wasn't even aiming for the Oaks with RV. "She put herself there." Article on Bloodhorse about Stonestreet's three Oaks contenders - http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/211202/stonestreet-has-three-of-a-kind-for-oaks
All of you are full of S#@t!!!!!! Nyquist is a monster of a horse!! And yea he is 7 for 7... I'm not saying he can't win at the distance but you need to watch out For Mr. Bafferts horse this Year also.......... MOR SPIRIT!!!!! He is the real threat!!!!! MARK MY WORDS!!!! THIS WILL BE THE ORDER OF FINSH: 1ST- MOR SPIRIT. 2ND- CREATOR. 3RD- BROADYS CAUSE. 4TH- NYQUIST............SEE YOU ALL BACK HERE AFTER I CASH MY SUPERFECTA LMAO!!!!!!! LATER, TERRY SAGRAVES @ TERSAG RACING & HADICAPPING ANTYLIST
Where is Bridget's Big Luvy? What's he doing?
Was hoping to have a discussion with some of the "core posters" on HRN about this horse. Right now I genuinely think this horse can and just might win the Derby. What I'm hoping to hear are the legitimate reasons that people don't think he will. I really loved his Florida Derby. Yes he was drifting a bit at the end, but he was coming off a sprint and a layoff so that race looked like a great fitness builder to me. I'm not more concerned about him getting the 10F as I am any other horse going 10F in this day and age. Weather/surface doesn't seem to be an issue either. How many of you are feeling this way about him? The horse has guts and he's just been faster than pretty much anyone. For those on the fence will it come down to post position? Unless he gets caught up in some terrible speed duel (and I think he's versatile enough to avoid that) I just have to think he'll get the right trip. Obviously for those trying to make money you'll look elsewhere, but I would love to hear some truly thoughtful opinions on him.
While I always pull for Dale Romans, and I believe this filly is going to be something special, I wonder how she will do at a mile and an eighth, on a fast track and in front of the Oaks crowd on just her 3rd lifetime start. I wish she had more seasoning, but I will have to put a couple on her if she isn't washed out in the paddock.
Chad Brown announces that Joel Rosario will return to riding in time and he will ride Shagaf in the Kentucky Derby.
Based on the profiles of the previous 5 Kentucky Derby winners, they all can be classified as "good gallopers", meaning they can tick 24 and low change or slightly sub 24 every quarter mile for 8-10 furlongs. Without knowing their PPs for the 2016 Kentucky Derby, my top 2 picks are Destin and Gun Runner.
YES!!! THANK YOU! Confirmed today by the Mosses, Zenyatta will be bred to Medaglia D'Oro for a 2017 foal.
He has only 1 run to date, breaking his maiden 1st time out at the Curragh back on April 3rd, but this seems to be the colt that Aidan O'Brien is really high on in regard to being his top Epsom Derby horse, although there has been some speculation that the stables Guineas winning filly, Minding, could possibly skip the Epsom Oaks in favor of taking on the boys in the Derby? But in regard to US Army Ranger, he's got a fantastic middle distance pedigree, sired by Galileo out of the Irish Oaks winning mare Moonstone who also finished 2nd to Look Here in the Epsom Oaks of 2008. It's possible we might see US Army Ranger race again in a few days on May 5th at Chester in the G3 Chester Vase. That would definitely give punters a much better reading on what his chances at Epsom would be.
Every year at this time I sort of laugh at the evaluation processes used in differentiating the colts for the Derby when countless pundits are using PAST DERBY CHARTS to predict who might be the winner??? Dumb, you NEVER have the chart of the K Derby pre-race, you need to look at their PREPS and find the correlates that THESE CONTESTS suggest will translate to succes the first Saturday in May, NOT the after the fact race chart! The word for the day is ultracrepidarian ..thick as fleas this time of year.
Bred Zenyatta today. via zenyatta.com
Kentucky Oaks Past Performances: http://bit.ly/1WD1HkS
Just an heads-up, there is a thing in handicapping call horse for courses...And base on Destin performance he may just be that kind of horse. In addition, base on Destin previous performance, handicapping observation is saying he takes awhile to get back on form after winning and coming back from long lay off...just my view base on factual observation.....
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Destin broke his maiden at Belmont Park and defeated a decent field for a maiden win with the runner up in the Florida Derby coming in 3rd. I do not think he is a horse for the course. · 6 hours ago
I like this guy Uncle Mo on top and Empire Maker on the bottom. I think this is the Uncle Mo with real Derby potential. Only a 93 BSF, but we know he ran a 100-101 in the Tampa Bay Derby and this was on a muddy track.
  • amino998 · When this guy's get drop, they can all rejoice in having 'My Grandmother' as their grandmother :) · 5 hours ago
Ahhhhh man, that was really great to watch!!! Broke slowly and right at the back, looked like he had no chance, he was so far back and then had to go out wide and in the middle of the track, he disappears from the screen for most of the race, and then we see him right near the end, flying home for the win! Awesome beast. What a shame he's not coming over to Royal Ascot, that sucks! :-(
Outwork and Destin Turn In Final Derby Breezes http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/211200/outwork-destin-turn-in-final-derby-breezes
Lani does not play nice.. he hollers at everything that walks by him.....just a weirdo....and just the kinda horse that will see 15 others in front of him at the top of the stretch and 'freak' by to the wire....this guy is dangerous
Is Nyquist Another Gift From Santa Claus for Handicappers? https://www.thoroughbredracing.com/articles/handicapping-derby-nyquist-another-gift-santa-claus
I wonder what races she will go for later in the year?? I would of course like to see her finish off the year by racing at the Breeders Cup, maybe she will take the same route as last years 1000 Guineas Winner "Found", and go for the Breeders Cup Turf. But anyway, wherever she goes, she will be hard to beat, she looks really really good. :-)
Happy Birthday baby Mo

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. 

Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 
  
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A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.  

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