Race of the Week 2017

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55,000 Furlongs to the Finish


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He reminds me of Charasmatic a little bit wasn’t supposed to be up there but he was and Great Grandson of Secretariat
I thought he for sure he’d be the Kentucky Derby winner because I thought Orb got in his way a little bit too much but nah
It would have been nice to see Hop go out with a victory, but while he performed gamely, it was not to be.
Will his owners go on to the Pegasus from here? Or will they aim for something where they do not have to put up $1 million?
His sire stands for only $2K, Maybe it's time for a raise. Has to be one of the last grandsons of Secretariat standing at stud.
Good win for Seeking the Soul and hopefully your connections will know how to get you better opportunities to win more and know when it's time to go to stud better than they did for your stable and sire mate Golden Soul.
There goes your signal from the universe to Dallas Stewart and Charles Fipke that it is time to realize they have a new potential star in the house and to honorably retire a stablemate or two who shouldn't be running. Has anyone noticed that this colt was born on Saturday May 4, 2013, or in better English, not just any Kentucky Derby day, but the very day that his stablemate and sire mate Golden Soul barely lost to Orb? So why is a non-gelded horse that ran 2nd on that day still running 4 and a half years later? Even Commading Curve was evetually considered more fit for eventing. Of course Seeking the Soul did the opposite during the Triple Crown - he finished runner up the last. But now a grade 1 winner!? Come on Fipke. I know you guys running the show must have all the enthusiasm in the world since you are putting your near 6 year old mare against the big boys in the Pegasus. But you guys need to know when to stop racing a old horse and build the potential of the younger ones.
Ran a good race, and was closing in, almost won the race. If I am Mott, I would train him up to the Dubai World Cup, at 1 1/4, his best distance.
Why must you name your horse Pocahontas do you not know that is an insult to us Native Americans>
Tom's Ready worked 4f, Nov 24th, in 49.20 (b) finishing 3/15.
RIP one of the most beautiful chestnuts I’ve ever seen
Cupcake Joey and Ferris Bueller......R.I.P..........LMAOOOOOOOOOOO.
Good Magic is legit/
Another game effort today. I'm completely baffled that we haven't had a retirement announcement yet. If Keen Ice can command 20k, surely Hopper can too.
https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/224906/el-padrino-dies-after-colic-surgery Euthanized after unsuccessful colic surgery. RIP
Scores in the Clark winning his first graded stake race
That was the second Tapit gray Exacta at Aqueduct in the last 7 days. He also got in the superfecta with Tapella (also gray!), but Actress was the star. She looked terrific.
The 1st running of the La Verdad Stakes will be held on January 13th, named in honor of champion sprinter La Verdad.
The New York Racing Association has announced that the Gotham Stakes, on March 10, will be back to a one-turn mile in 2018, one of 17 winter stakes that will have a distance change as a result of all the dirt races now being run on main track. Winter Stakes schedule will be released later today.
Trainer Mick Ruis has announced that Bolt D'Oro will return to his barn a little earlier than planned, as now Ruis is planning a three race schedule to the multiple Grade one winner. Ruis is planning for runs in the San Vicente or Robert B Lewis for his 2018 debut, then the San Felipe, and then the Santa Anita Derby for his road to the Kentucky Derby.

Meet Matt Scott 

My horseracing journey began when I was 16 years old and my mom took me to Hollywood Park. Although I did not fully appreciate it at the time, the experience stuck with me forever. 10 years later, during one of my many international business trips to Hong Kong, I visited Sha Tin racetrack to watch the races. This is where my true passion began. 


Holding a masters degree in mechanical engineering, the puzzle of handicapping intrigued me. I have made a career of making decisions based on trends, patterns, and formulas, which is why I think I was initially drawn to the sport. However, I have truly learned to appreciate the horses and how magnificent they are as athletes. 


I currently live in San Jose, CA, and when not following racing, I like to spend time with my wife, mountain bike, and design high-speed bicycles that I build and race For reference, 55,000 furlongs is the distance from Hong Kong to my home in San Jose. Also, I have 1-year-old dachshund (aka wiener dog) that I am training to race in the annual Wiener Nationals held at Golden Gate Fields.   


The purpose of this blog is to help give people the viewpoint of a fan that is newer to the sport and eager to learn. I like to respectfully speak my mind, and often the ideas come out of left field, which could give a fresh perspective on a sport rich with tradition and history. hope to represent the many future fans that I wish to follow my footsteps into the Sport of Kings. 

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