HILLBILLY HORSE AWARDS FOR 2018

We have once again circled the sun successfully and that means…it’s time for the Hillbilly Horse Awards. As a studious hillbilly horseracing enthusiast, we want to bring a little attention to some of the top performers this past year. Now, we understand some may think...

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Game Winner looks very “Game”

Recent works at Santa Anita tell us the unbeaten Game Winner is looking every bit the early favorite for the 2019 Kentucky Derby. Five-time Derby winner Bob baffert likes the look of his latest protege right now as he hopes to equal the win total of Ben Jones in the...

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The hunch bet can be the best wager

                                THE HUNCH BET CAN BE THE BEST WAGER   They say numbers don’t lie…but in the Thoroughbred game, they are not always the answer. Handicapping horse races can be a rather enjoyable activity. Everybody has their different formulas. Numbers...

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Bellafina an Oaks Lilly

We understand it is only early January, but the road to the 2019 Kentucky has a major player on the path to the first Friday in May. The 7 furlong Santa Ynez Stakes at Santa Anita run January 6 was nothing short of a showcase for Bellafina. Earning a 104 beyer speed...

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Malibu like Dancing with the Stars for McKinzie

MALIBU LIKE DANCING WITH THE STARS FOR MCKINZIE So if you tuned in to the December 26 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita you saw quite the performance from a very talented three-year old. In fact, it was so impressive, if this were an episode of Dancing with the Stars, the...

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Can a California-bred win the Kentucky Derby again?

         CAN A CALIFORNIA-BRED WIN THE KENTUCKY DERBY AGAIN? Is it too early to start asking questions about the Kentucky Derby?... I think the answer is an emphatic “it’s never too early to ask about the Kentucky Derby”. A recent stakes race in the Golden State has...

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Galilean looks Glorious

The December 16 King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos may have given us a glimpse of another West coast Kentucky Derby contender. Galilean was very impressive in navigating his away around the track a widening nine lengths ahead of the competition in this two-turn mile...

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McKinzie has something to prove in Malibu

MCKINZIE HAS SOMETHING TO PROVE IN MALIBU The spirit of competition is truly a powerful thing. What drives one to do what they do in certain situations? Life is a constant proving ground to some and that is what drives them. That is certainly the case for one...

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Kentucky Downs enjoys another big year

KENTUCKY DOWNS ENJOYS ANOTHER “BIG” YEAR As we prepare to close the books on 2018, it is only fitting we shine a little light on the spectacular things that happened at that “country” race track that sits just across the state line. When traveling up I-65 north headed...

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What the Fric??!!

WHAT THE FRIC??!! The 144th running of the Clark Handicap was a stirring renewal of one of the Fall’s most historic races. Contested beneath the twin spires at the iconic Churchill Downs, this grade 1 event features a half-million dollar purse and the big money...

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A Quick Clark Look-See

A QUICK CLARK LOOK-SEE What’s better than my Great Granny’s white bread stuffing…well… probably nothing…but the Clark Handicap is pretty dog gone close. This half-million dollar drive over the Churchill Downs dirt on the Friday after Thanksgiving has long been a...

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Seeking the Soul Right for the Clark

SEEKING THE SOUL RIGHT FOR THE CLARK There comes a time in everyone’s life when they try and find themselves. For some it comes early, for others it is down the road a bit. One aptly named Thoroughbred is hoping November 23 will be another one of those affirming...

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Why Justify is the Horse of the Year for 2018

WHY JUSTIFY IS THE HORSE OF THE YEAR FOR 2018 The Breeders’ Cup is now in the rear view and it is time to start thinking about the year that was. As we contemplate the hardware that gets handed out, it is important to clarify one thing in particular. Justify is the...

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Breeders’ Cup never a bear and that’s no bull

BREEDERS’ CUP NEVER A BEAR AND THAT’S NO BULL If you are looking for a little financial advice perhaps you should forget about Merrill Lynch and focus on your friendly handicapper. After all, the history of the Breeders’ Cup tells us opportunities to earn are in...

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A Dummy’s guide to the Breeders’ Cup

A DUMMY’S GUIDE TO THE BREEDERS’ CUP The Breeders’ Cup will be run at Churchill Downs on November 2 and 3. For a guy like me that is deeply immersed in the sport, it’s easy to get all giddy and gaa-gaa over this two day extravaganza. But let’s take a deep breath,...

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Mind Your Biscuits is Classic bound

The all-time leading money winner for New York-breds ($4,279,566), Mind Your Biscuits is headed to the Breeders' Cup Classic for his next start. Biscuits has made most of his bread in sprint races, but is prepared to jump into the Classic division. "We have been...

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Miller hopes for his time at Breeders’ Cup again

MILLER HOPES FOR HIS TIME AT BREEDERS’ CUP AGAIN Hit the rewind button and last year’s Breeders’ Cup was ultra exciting for one of the training staples in the Golden State. Peter Miller gained his first two wins in the World Thoroughbred Championships run in his own...

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Biscuits hopes to bake at the Breeders’ Cup

BISCUITS HOPES TO BAKE AT THE BREEDERS’ CUP The good thing about a biscuit is its versatility. It can serve many culinary needs. You can split one open and throw a pork chop off in there, simply slather it in butter, or spill gravy on it. Any of these or a variety of...

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Promises Fulfilled is a Breeders’ Cup bomb threat

PROMISES FULFILLED IS A BREEDERS’ CUP BOMB THREAT There won’t be a squad called to Churchill Downs on November 3 for this, but make no mistake this four-legged bomb threat is for real. As the World Thoroughbred Championships approach, horses look to be coming in on a...

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Never count out Calvin Bo-Rail

NEVER COUNT OUT CALVIN BO-RAIL What did the Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs on September 22 tell us?...Never count out Calvin Bo-Rail beneath the twin spires. The crafty Cajun jockey has long been a rider that can get the most out of a long shot. With a penchant for...

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Baffert has another other three-year old

BAFFERT HAS ANOTHER OTHER THREE-YEAR OLD So here we are in the fall of another Thoroughbred season and guess what…Bob Baffert has a top notch three-year old. So what’s the real news here? Once again the end of the year may see that “other” three-year old catapult to...

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A fine young filly dominates Pocahontas

Could we have something special coming down the pike right now? Well maybe you better wake old LeRoy up...he might want to see this! The 50th running of the Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs was indeed a showcase for one young filly. Serengeti Empress led every...

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The Downs draws from Del Mar

THE DOWNS DRAWS FROM DEL MAR For those that wondered about the drawing power of that obtuse oval that sits on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line, you can get your answer right here. Recent times have brought folks from all across the country for the so-called fastest...

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Kentucky Downs magic begins

KENTUCKY DOWNS MAGIC BEGINS The weather was hot, but so was the racing at the only European style race course in the United States. The live meet at Kentucky Downs got off to a flying start on September 1. There were many things that made for a special afternoon as...

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Baffert looks for his next star on familiar ground

BAFFERT LOOKS FOR HIS NEXT STAR ON FAMILIAR GROUND The Bob Baffert barn has enjoyed a cornucopia of stars in recent years. Two Triple Crown winners and the all-time leading earner among North American Thoroughbreds since 2015 to go along with countless other “big”...

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Accelerate runs into history with a Classic win

ACCELERATE RUNS INTO HISTORY WITH A CLASSIC WIN When we leave one of the things most want is to be remembered in a good way. After the 28th running of the Pacific Classic on August 18 at Del Mar, one furry athlete can ride off into the sunset without any worries....

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The delight that is Del Mar

THE DELIGHT THAT IS DEL MAR By now my loyal readers have figured something out. They both know that I love the sport of Thoroughbred racing and Del Mar. Our most recent visit only solidified these thoughts but maybe not for the reasons you may think. Let me expound....

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Pavel ready to step up to the plate…again

PAVEL READY TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE…AGAIN The Pacific Classic is one of those races that Golden State horsemen point towards every year. A grade 1 event that is the richest race on the normal California calendar, this mile and a quarter drive over the Del Mar dirt has...

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Accelerate can join all-time greats in Pacific Classic

ACCELERATE CAN JOIN ALL-TIME GREATS IN PACIFIC CLASSIC The Pacific Classic is one of those iconic races that can make a career if you happen to win it. For one runner in particular, the 2018 version could put him in an elite class for sure. Accelerate is a flashy...

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Justify-too much horsepower for his own good?

JUSTIFY…TOO MUCH HORSEPOWER FOR HIS OWN GOOD??? The retirement of the 13th Triple Crown winner is not really shocking, but we all wanted to see him put that horsepower on display at least a couple more times. It is completely understood why the trigger was pulled on a...

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Del Mar Memories volume 2: Goldencents was golden

DEL MAR MEMORIES VOLUME 2: GOLDENCENTS WAS GOLDEN So the year is 2014 and I have had time to understand the greatness of the Seaside Oval. This was the third trip and I was still singing my spin-off of a Hank Junior song. If heaven ain’t a lot like Del Mar…I don’t...

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Del Mar Memories volume 1: Dullahan does it

DEL MAR MEMORIES VOLUME 1: DULLAHAN DOES IT! Make no mistake, the summer meet is always something special at old Del Mar. Since Bing Crosby opened the gates on July 3, 1937, many magical memories have been created. Let’s take a look at a few we have enjoyed during our...

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Home field matters on Stars and Stripes day

                         HOME FIELD MATTERS ON STARS AND STRIPES DAY For those that didn’t know, “home field” does matter at times in the sport of Thoroughbred racing. Stars and Stripes day at Belmont Park on July 7 proved familiar turf beneath the toes can be very...

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Baffert ready to break out his “other” three-year old

Times have been pretty good around the Bob Baffert barn of late. As the most recognizable face in the Thoroughbred game today, the silver-haired fox has recently completed a rock star tour with his second Triple Crown winner. The unbeaten and ultra-impressive Justify...

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Hot run puts Pavel in the Breeders’ Cup

HOT RUN PUTS PAVEL IN THE BREEDERS CUP Sometimes we find out too much thinking can be bad. Keep your brain out of the way and “let nature take its course” can provide a formula for success. Or at least that is how it happened for team Pavel as this impressive...

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Pavel wants to be Bucky Dent in the Foster

PAVEL WANTS TO BE BUCKY DENT IN THE FOSTER Here we go testing your memory and exposing our age. If you don’t understand the true essence of sports it is easy to wonder sometimes why. Why do certain folks do certain things. Thoroughbred runner Pavel may cause some to...

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Justify:do we know what we just saw???

JUSTIFY: DO WE KNOW WHAT WE JUST SAW??? So the Triple Crown series for 2018 is now in the record books and we have a winner. Being that American Pharoah exorcised the ghost of impossibility from this amazing achievement in 2015, have we really wrapped our brains...

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Baffert is feeling like one lucky dog

BAFFERT IS FEELING LIKE ONE LUCKY DOG That age old phrase “one lucky dog” is something one of the most recognizable figures in the sporting world today is applying to himself. Bob Baffert is at the top of the sports world right now as he prepares to saddle Justify in...

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A Preakness thought or two

With the second leg of Thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown all up in our grill, let's take a little time and express a thought or two on the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes. Right about now we are all wondering if Kentucky Derby champ Justify is as good as we...

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Does Justify have the horse power to be Crown worthy???

So here we are the morning after the Kentucky Derby and the "TC" questions are already flying like cousin Joe Bob's kids to the candy jar. Justify's performance in winning the 144th Run for the Roses was no doubt worthy of Triple Crown thoughts. Unbeaten and with a...

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Kentucky Derby 144 post position and M/L

When the horses spring from the starting gate for the 2018 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, anything can happen. View the post postions for the 144th Kentucky Derby below. GET THE STATS ON EACH POSITION Trainer: Jason...

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Kentucky Derby 144 rundown

KENTUCKY DERBY 144 RUNDOWN The Kentucky Derby is the greatest single sporting event in the world today. For 144 years people far and wide have wondered the same thing…who’s going to win? Let’s try and shed a little light on the 20 entrants lining up for a run at...

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Midnight hopes to strike in Kentucky Oaks

MIDNIGHT HOPES TO STRIKE IN KENTUCKY OAKS Everybody knows about the Kentucky Derby and the magic that surrounds that first Saturday in May. The day before the world’s most famous horse race is extra-special as well as it is reserved for the three-year old females as...

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Snapper sighting slated for Derby Day

Kentucky Downs winner Snapper Sinclair will next be seen toeing the track at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby day. This courageous son of City Zip will likely start in the one turn Pat Day Mile on the Downs dirt May 5. Because of his versatile level of talent, the...

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Does Justify need a rabbit’s foot?

DOES JUSTIFY NEED A RABBIT’S FOOT? For some 144 years or so one of the most burning quest of life has been asked…Who’s going to win the Kentucky Derby? There is a lot that goes into making a Kentucky Derby horse and even more into yielding a Kentucky Derby champion....

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Plenty of Good Magic at Keeneland

PLENTY OF GOOD MAGIC AT KEENELAND April 7 was a day of reckoning in many ways at historic Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. First of all there was a time before noon when one said “I reckon I am going to brave this snow and bust on out there”. Then there...

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