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Kentucky Oaks Runner
Posted Saturday, November 02, 2013
Groupie Doll was absolutely devastating last year when capturing the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, drawing away to win by 4 ½ lengths for her 5th consecutive win.This year the story was different, but the result was the same. In a field of 12 high class sprinters, Groupie Doll demonstrated exactly what it takes to make a true champion at Santa Anita in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.
Posted Thursday, July 18, 2013
Royal Delta returns to face a small field and defend he title in the Delaware Handicap (Gr.1) on Saturday.
Posted Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Black Caviar has been retired from racing and leaves behind a record unsurpassed and unmatched.
Posted Friday, January 25, 2013
Kauai Katie and My Happy Face square off against each other in a solid field of 6 sophomore fillies for Saturday's Grade 2 Forward Gal Stakes at Gulfsteam Park.
Posted Monday, December 24, 2012
My Miss Aurelia has proven her talent runs deep, but she's going to have to take her game to a higher level if she hopes to dethrone Royal Delta as the nation's leading older female in 2013.
Posted Thursday, June 14, 2012
Royal Delta makes her first post-Dubai start against St. John's River in the Fleur de Lis Stakes this Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Posted Thursday, May 03, 2012
Grace Hall leads a very strong cast of 3-year-old fillies in the 138th running of the Kentucky Oaks on Friday. Who will be your selection?
Posted Monday, April 30, 2012
The 138th running of the Run for the Lilies takes place in just three days!
Posted Tuesday, April 17, 2012
With less than three weeks left until the 138th running of the Kentucky Oaks, Grace Hall finds herself back atop the standings.
Posted Friday, March 30, 2012
Eden's Moon is just one of many young fillies trying to prep for the Kentucky Oaks with a big win this weekend...
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 Meet Brian Appleton 

Thoroughbred Horse Racing is my passion.  It started when at the age of 9 I found a book called Come On Seabiscuit by Ralf Moody on my Mother’s shelf.  Reading that book was one of the most exciting things I ever did as a kid. I read that book so many times that I had entire chapters committed to memory and the dust jacket worn and ripped beyond recognition from so much use. From that point on I was hopelessly addicted, reading every book on horse racing I could get my hands on, especially racehorse biographies. In 2009 I began my own blog called Rail Runner on wordpress and have continued to blog there to this day.

Curlin is probably my favorite racehorse of all time. Being able to attend six of his races will always be one of the highlights of my life. Whenever I need to re-find some inspiration in my life all I need to do is watch one of his incredible victories and relive the memories. Rachel Alexandra ranks right up there too. As any horse racing fan will tell you it’s almost impossible to choose just one favorite and I am no exception. Phar Lap and Citation are another two of my all time favorites and the list could go on and on.

I was homeschooled my entire life by my parents and graduated High School in 2006 at the age of 17.  Currently I am completing my Marketing degree with the hopes of entering the Thoroughbred Horse Racing field as a writer/journalist , or in the marketing/advertising/promotions side of the industry.

It is my dream to someday become a thoroughbred racehorse owner and win major races across the United States. Who wouldn't want that, right?  For about 1 ½ years I was part owner in a racehorse, Lord Greystoke raced, and owned by Hibiscus Stables. I was able to attend one of his races at Belmont Park on Kentucky Derby day, May 2, 2009 and it was an incredible experience. While Lord Greystoke finished 7th in the race, being able to stand in an owner’s box not 30 feet away from Penny Chenery’s owner’s box was one of the most amazing feelings in the world.

Later in the year Lord Greystoke was finally able to break through with a 4 ½ length win which made me feel like one of the world’s most accomplished thoroughbred owners and further fueled my appetite. I think it would be rally neat to win the Appleton Stakes (Gr.3) at Gulfstream Park, even though I'm generally a bigger fan of dirt racing I can't help but think it would be neat for me to win a race with the same name as my last name.

That’s me in a nutshell, just a very passionate, driven young guy that wants to be a part of this amazing sport and share the adventure with other fans.

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