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Kelso Handicap


What the Nation is saying about the Kelso Handicap...

Which horse was better Ghostzapper or Holy Bull
"Pace makes the race" is an old and famous adage. Let's take a look at the extreme pace scenarios we've seen in this year's Breeders' Cup preps.Read More
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  • icyhotboo · TM, I'm curious as to where you're going to get those desperately needed 2/5 of a second at the second call? Make no mistake, he, GOD has less chance this year than last. The only way he can finish in the money IMO is if MMM scratches. Even though I doubt MMM will win, his pace will put GOD away. It's probable four horses will leave the gate faster than GOD, two of those will hit the 3/4s faster, I just don't see a win or money finish with both MMM Fort Larned in the race. For GOD to finish in the money one of the aforementioned horses has to falter, namely MMM who will be running along side him. Just so you know where I'm coming from GOD is a favorite of mine, the most predictable horse to ever set foot on a track. He always runs the same race, anyone who hasn't made money wagering on him whether for or against is hard to imagine. Even if Baffert works him to the point he does get the second call fractions, he's then in the position he was last year, over extended and unable to finish in the money. For GOD to win he has to hit the second call in 1:10.3/5,and have enough energy left to not falter, besides that Mike Smith is a definite bet against all day long, this isn't the early 90s. · 269 days ago ·
  • tmallios1 · Icy,that is Bullet Bobs worry,the reason i am so on board with him,is how he is finally handled.The days are gone where they emptied his tank in worthless races.You saw the monster that ran in the Pacific Classic off of a layoff.The 2 months off will make him that much better.If all i have to worry about is 2.5 ths of a second.Maybe i will take Lisas adviceshe gave me for Noble Moons debut. I shall seek out loan officers. I go into the races assuming they will all run their best,except for horses like MMM and Ron The Greek,who emptied their tanks in the preps.That being the case.For right or wrong.This in my eyes might be over when the Marshall in the paddock says "Riders Up' · 269 days ago ·
Graydar's back and as talented as ever. Read More
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  • travel_vic · based upon WHAT???? · 280 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · ANy horse who has two breathing down its throat IS going to have to try harder. The MATCH UP was behind the competition not the racing surface....That is about as elementary as you are going to get! · 280 days ago ·
Off a nearly six-month layoff, odds-on favorite Graydar returned to the races sharp as ever, winning the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Invitational Handicap by three-quarters of a length in front-running fashion at Belmont Park. Read More
Looking at Souper Speedy and Jackson Bend and maybe Easter ...Graydar is the horse to beat but maybe layoff will work against him.
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  • jinlie01 · Looking at the ML Odds..I'm sticking with Souper Speedy and some play on Brujos de Olleros · 287 days ago ·
  • Mary Z. · Sentimental pick is Jackson Bend. 1a, 2,3,5. · 285 days ago ·
The line-up on Super Saturday at Belmont Park features five grade one stakes races and a grade two, all six are part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” Series.Read More
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  • goblin · Just a thought----Little Mike has had his best results in races in which he was ridden by Joe Bravo or Ramon Dominguez.... · 288 days ago ·
  • Sully · Graydar should be an easy winner but coming back from injury causes some concern. Graydar if he returns like we all hope he does. Praetereo is my upset play. I think Easter Gift is a definite underneath play in the gimmicks. · 287 days ago ·
Graydar should romp.
Post Positions- 1) Easter Gift 2) Graydar 3) Praetereo 4) Jackson Bend 5) Hymn Book. 6) Souper Speedy 7) Bruejo de Olleros.
Hot in the winter, forgotten this summer, Graydar may soon be the horse we are all talking about again in five more days. Read More
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  • SSilence86 · We got lucky and saw his last race out at the FG · 289 days ago ·
  • Mike in SB · I believe the Kelso is a Win and Your In race for the Breeders Cup Dirt Mile. If Graydar, Verrazano etc make the Dirt Mile it could be a great race. The Breeders Cup has taken some abuse for expanding the number of races, but the Dirt Mile seems to be a big addition to the weekend. · 288 days ago ·
Will the 2011 Preakness winner's last race be in the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs or the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct?Read More
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  • digidot · I would love to see how Groupie Doll would fair against Shack · 600 days ago ·
  • mkstorm · Shack seems to run well at Churchill, but he has won only one race beyond a mile. He'll probably face stiffer competition in the Cigar Mile, but he's never ducked competition before. So I think he should try the Cigar Mile. He'd love to see him win his last race. · 600 days ago ·
Shackleford looks to buck the Breeders Cup Dirt Mile trend and be the first favorite to conquer the Dirt Mile. Read More
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  • GypsyRose · Haha hilton.tynes- I read your post a couple days ago and thought- watch Tapizar win now :) · 613 days ago ·
  • ScottDick · Shout out to Hilton for calling Tapizar. I just didn't see it! · 612 days ago ·
Shackleford has the muscle of a hall of fame boxer, the face of a model, and the heart of a Champion...Read More
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  • Capper · I'm always wrong about Shackleford, we're like oil & water. He's shown the ability to survive torrid pace duals & come out the other side no worse for wear, where others in here have not, so looks like I'm going to be including him in my bets. · 615 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · This track will help his style tremendously. If he cannot win here, with that help, he is running too high · 615 days ago ·
On Super Saturday at Belmont Park, Jersey Town gave his connections a SUPER performance in the grade II Kelso Stakes to stamp his ticket to the “Golden State” for the grade I Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.Read More
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  • AndyScoggin · Shackleford looked unusually calm and not sweaty in the paddock before the race. I think he was not quite right for whatever reason(s). · 648 days ago ·
  • Capper · I don't see Jersey Town taking his game on the road around 2 turns. I thought Shackleford ran well considering he was scratched last time he was entered & ran poorly before that. Especially considering there was moisture in the track & most are of the assumption he can't handle those type of tracks. · 645 days ago ·
Nagging foot issues have limited Jersey Town’s schedule in recent years, but trainer Barclay Tagg said the 6-year-old is entering Saturday’s Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap in the best shape since he won the 2010 Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap.Read More
  • Mary Z. · I wouldn't mind if Trickmeister pulled the upset today. I like THAS, too. · 649 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · that one would have to reach DEEP inside himself to pull it off. Saw him in the flesh before he broke his knee, at 3, and was impressed. Trickmeister could do it if unpressured but ONLY if he runs to the 4th line back also at Belmontd · 649 days ago ·
Jersey Town picked the right time to snap a nearly two-year losing streak, earning a trip to the Breeders’ Cup with a come-from-behind, 3 ½-length upset of the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap on Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park.Read More
Shackleford and To Honor and Serve, a pair of 4-year-olds who were respectively first and third in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap in May, will renew their rivalry on Saturday in the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park.Read More
Multiple Grade 1 winners Shackleford and To Honor and Serve highlight the likely contenders for the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap, to be contested at a mile on the main track.Read More
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  • jay s. · Shackleford has a huge heart! I'm predicting his effort to be a neck better than To Honor and Serve. To Honor and Serve showed TREMENDOUS fight in the Woodward, but I have to stick with my main man Shackleford for the Dirt Mile. · 657 days ago ·
  • Floridaf · On September 23, Coil handily worked 5 furlongs in 1.00:40 (4/52) at Santa Anita. · 654 days ago ·
Trainer Dale Romans, who has already has established a personal record for single-season North American earnings in 2012, will have multiple chances to take down additional lucrative prizes over the next two weeks at Belmont Park as he has Shackleford set for the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap and...Read More
Trainer Bill Mott confirmed Royal Delta for the Grade 1 Beldame Invitational and said To Honor and Serve could compete in the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap after the pair posted separate breezes on Sunday at Belmont Park.Read More
This week Scott Dick, of Hoosier State of Mind, teams up with Joe DePaolo, of Fast Times at Belmont Park, to ask the the Uncle Mo question ... Use 'Em? Or Lose 'Em? Read More
  • KyOaksRunner · I loved this, it's such a good format and the questions asked and answered were really informative and insightful! I agree with Scott on this one. Uncle Mo's lack of foundation this year worries me, but not his pedigree. I'll be rooting for him in the Classic. · 981 days ago ·

Race Results & Past Performances

View DetailsView Video09/28/13Bel61 mileD03+ MKelso Handicap-G2GraydarBrujo De OllerosHymn Book1:34.08
View DetailsView Video09/29/12Bel61 mileD03+ MKelso Handicap-G2Jersey TownShacklefordTrickmeister1:35.25
View DetailsView Video10/01/11Bel81 mileD03+ MKelso Handicap-G2Uncle MoJackson BendJersey Town1:33.82
View Details10/03/10Bel91 mileD03+ MKelso Handicap-G2TizwayCool Coal ManJersey Town1:34.42
View Details10/04/09Bel41 mileT03+ MKelso Handicap-G3Le Grand CruReady's EchoYield Bogey1:37.36
View Details09/28/08Bel91 mileT03+ MKelso Handicap-G2Tam LinStalingradOperation Red Dawn1:39.13
View Details09/29/07Bel91 mileT03+ MKelso Handicap-G2Trippi's StormAfter MarketPalace Episode1:32.36