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  • Quiet Business (16-1) powers home to win the Bewitch at Keeneland.Posted 18 hours ago
  • Celtic Chaos (7-1) gets up on the wire to win the Affirmed Success.Posted 18 hours ago
  • Girvin, the Kentucky Derby points leader, has a quarter crack, via Byron King.Posted 1 day ago
  • Party Boat (7-2) takes the Memories of Silver on the Aqueduct turf.Posted 5 days ago
  • Dolphus (6-5), Rachel Alexandra's half-brother, wins AQU allowance; Shagaf lastPosted 5 days ago
  • Multiplier (4-1) kicks it in late to get past Hedge Fund in the Illinois Derby.Posted 6 days ago
  • Collected (3-5) rolls home much the best in the Californian.Posted 6 days ago
  • Imperative (5-1) surges past Matt King Coal for his second win in the Charles Town Classic.Posted 6 days ago
  • Itsinthepost (5-2) proves best in Keeneland's Elkhorn.Posted 6 days ago
  • Inordinate (5-2) surges to victory in the San Juan Capistrano.Posted 6 days ago
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Godolphin have just announced minutes ago that Thunder Snow will bypass the G1 English 2000 Guineas on turf at Newmarket in favor of a run in the G1 Kentucky Derby on conventional dirt at Churchill Downs. It's official now. Thunder Snow's heading for Kentucky!
Malagacy won't work today, might tomorrow, per Pletcher, who said he was "99.99999999-percent sure" he wouldn't run in Derby.
Home Of The Brave wins the King Richard III Stakes at Leicester for a second year in a row on his 2017 seasonal debut. Trainer Hugo Palmer said prior to the race that this would be a stepping stone to the G1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in May for the son of Starspangledbanner.
Per trainer J. Sharp- "as long as Girvin stays like he is, then he is definitely on track to run in the Derby. He showed today he hasn't lost any fitness."
Trainer Todd Pletcher announces a decision on whether Malagacy will run in the Kentucky Derby or not will made be tomorrow after a workout. Though as of now, he's leaning against running him in the Derby.
  • kingoftheworld · "Malagacy" is a non starter in the Kentucky Derby, I already know this, heard it from reliable sources. It means "Lookin At Lee" gets into the race, and he's a very exciting runner. · 1 day ago
  • Steve Gibson via Disqus · Pletch will not run him. He's distance challenged and more importantly he would likely significantly contribute to the early Derby pace and it would be silly to do that with a non contender when you have tactical speedster Mr Always Dreaming as your big hoss in this one. · 1 hour ago
I kind of question the time on the Florida derby...I noticed they didn't have it showing on the screen as the race was run but they came back with Always Dreaming running so fast....I timed the Florida derby using my trusted stop watch and it was run closer to 1:50....I used my stop watch on the Wood and Santa Anita derby's and both those races were right on the mark...It's almost like the times for Florida Derby are being intentionally put out wrong!
Girvin worked this AM and looked good doing it. 5f in 59 3/5...splits of 12, 36, 48....out in 1:13 3/5 and 1:28 3/5.
Happy Birthday to amazing Barbaro.
Had the perfect prep, but not crazy about that slow work today. Love horses form the Florida Derby historically, and along with McCraken this is the one to beat. If he draws an near inside post and can save ground he will be coming home the fastest along with Practical Joke. Gunnevera is 1 for 1 at Saratoga by the way for optimistic Travers fans.
After winning the Champagne last year and going 3 for 3 he was my early Derby choice. I still liked him after his 3rd in the BC Juvenile, but after making an explosive move in the "Youth," I thought he should have won that one, I then became a bit skeptical. He's still my horse to use in all my vertical and horizontal wagers. He may be sitting on a big one, and there is no rider I'd want more on my horse charging home down that long Churchill stretch than Mr. Rosario. Watch Out!
This SHOULD be your Kentucky Derby favorite. He's 3 for 3 at Churchill, and ran evenly in the Blue Grass a race he didn't need. Girvin is a strong contender here and number one in total points, but Brian Hernandez HIS regular pilot chose to ride McCraken. Everything seems right here, and is a must for the exotics. Should be in the money at the very least, and is your most likely winner.
A few days ago we had a discussion on here about which tracks are faster than others. Seeing as I get critiqued for guesswork alot, I decided to make a formal ranking of what tracks were fastest(weather notwithstanding) by using the distances of 8, 8.5, 9 and 10, minus outliers which I've cited below. Pimlico gets 9.5 counted instead of 10 because it's the major distance there. Every track on here had 3 or 4 records used to make it's average. Belmont 38.508375 Santa Anita 38.39755 Del Mar 38.216075 Aqueduct 38.1877333(8.5 not counted) Gulfstream 38.1499333(10 not counted) Oaklawn 38.1006(10 not counted) Churchill 37.97455 Monmouth 37.962475 Saratoga 37.8953667(8.5 not counted) Pimlico 37.8233(8,10 not counted, 9.5 counted) Keeneland 37.6299. Seeing as Tampa, Fair Grounds and it's peers don't have a G1 and don't have enough competitive distances to make this comparison worthwhile they weren't included. All 11 of these tracks have at least 1 G1 race and are competitive in at least 3 distances. If track records were way off that's an outlier and several records weren't included because of that, same with the 73 Belmont. Was honestly surprised by how well Aqueduct does in this comparison.
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  • kstott524 · The average distance of the 4 that you are taking into account is 8.875 furlongs or 1.109375 miles. Divide the avg. mph for the races over each track (which you already figured out) into 60, then multiply by 60 to get your average mile time that would be run at each speed. Finally multiply that number by 1.109375 or whatever the average distance you are accounting for. Belmont average time over the 8.875 furlongs is 143.71, Keeneland (the slowest) is 146.132. Quite a difference but not a fair comparison. · 1 day ago
  • BeastBob via Disqus · 8-9f at Belmont park has an advantage over other dirt tracks (because 8-9f at Belmont is 1 turn). · 15 hours ago
Boy his dame side is nothing but sprinter's hope he proves me wrong.
Love Tapit, but I think Tapwrit is a cut below the top runners here. He will be longer than 15-1, and any horse can get a piece, but in my mind this one here is unlikely to get his picture taken.
Half brother to Uncle Mo debuts Saturday at Gulfstream.
Is there any particular reason that Z Appeal has been entered for a race after 3 years away from the track? This seems nonsensical. Fairmount Park CLAIMING $3,200 Purse $5,000. For Three Year Olds And Upward Which Have Not Won A Race In 2016 - 2017 Or Which Have Never Won Two Races. Three Year Olds, 116 Lbs.; Older, 124 Lbs. Claiming Price $3,200. Five And One Half Furlongs. 1 1 Beefy (KY) 6/G L $3,200 B Stillion 1177 K Rosendohl, Jr. 15/1 2 2 Billie R (KY) 5/G L $3,200 A Velazquez 124 J C Wainwright 6/1 3 3 Z Appeal (KY) 9/H L $3,200 J F Molina, Jr. 124 G W Butler 8/1 4 4 Johar Irish (KY) 8/G L $3,200 U A Lopez 124 B J McEwen 12/1 5 5 Hintofperfection (LA) 8/G L $3,200 A De Leon 124 M Durham 9/2 6 6 Codechief (IN) 6/G $3,200 J A Bielby 124 G L Buckman 20/1 7 7 Shestoyoungforubro (CA) 8/H L $3,200 S Sanjur 124 R Martinez 6/5 8 8 Hotpepper Please (IL) 7/G L $3,200 M C James 124 C C Walker, Jr. 5/1 9 9 Slick Mick (IL) 9/G L $3,200 V J Bailon 124 D Wells 20/1
I wish people would stop labeling this horse as a miler. He's only had 4 races. Let's wait and see. Unless he draws a monstrous post he will give a good account of himself in the derby. Any trip handicapper will draw a line through that last race.
  • OklaHandicapper via Disqus · I have a habit of watching after the race finishes and looking at the winner as he makes his way back to the winner's circle. Malagacy looked pretty tired to me after the Rebel and completely wore out after the Arkansas Derby. Based on those observations, I would say he's a miler. · 15 hours ago
A wow work!! American Freedom worked 7f, April 28th, in 1:24.20 (h) finishing 1/3. This colt is ready to fire!
Downthestretches.com has posted the Brisnet past performances for the Derby. Not in post position order and without a morning line but otherwise complete.
150.91 for the Wood. Sixth or worse at 1 1/4 on May 6. Dream and Classic will beat him by 10 or more lengths. For as long as there has been racing, the fastest horse wins. The Wood...he had it all his own way. In The Derby, he will be challenged, and challenged again. The Derby is set up for the closer's to get all the top spots, imho.

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