Romans hopes for Cyclone upgrade in Holy Bull stakes

  Some may be wondering just when Thoroughbred training mastermind Dale Romans became a meteorologist. Well, it might have been about last September when a Cyclone came into his barn. Cyclone Mischief is a talented three-year-old colt that has perked some ears since...

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Art Collector turns in a masterpiece in Pegasus

ART COLLECTOR TURNS IN A MASTERPIECE IN PEGASUS   The fact the favorite did not win in the seventh running of the Pegasus World Cup on January 28 was not a real shocker. The horse who happened to fly home first was a bit of a surprise. In what was easily the most...

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Pegasus Cup a big opportunity for someone

The sixth running of the Pegasus World Cup may be the most balanced affair in this grade 1 race’s brief history. As twelve evenly matched runners go to post on January 28 at Gulfstream Park, we all are wondering who will claim the largest share of the $3 million...

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Amoss might be holding a pocket pair

  One of the great things about the Thoroughbred racing game is the year-round excitement. Of course, this part of the calendar can add a little more juice to the poker game pot as the stakes are a bit higher. Everyone with a talented three-year-old hopes to play...

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TENNESSEE TURF AWARDS FOR 2022

TENNESSEE TURF AWARDS FOR 2022

Each year we like to recognize some noteworthy performers in the wonderful world of Thoroughbred racing. As a native and resident of the Volunteer state, we like to put a little Tennessee twist on the greatest sport in the world. The end goal of any game is all about...

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Victory Formation looks like a winner in Smarty Jones

  What’s the end-game goal on New Year’s Day?... Of course, it is to be able to line up in a Victory Formation. On a day normally associated with college football bowl games, a very promising three-year-old colt placed himself on that superhighway that leads to the...

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Kentucky Downs adds another graded stakes for 2023

  Recent announcements have told some what they already knew. The live racing meet at Kentucky Downs is good and just keeps getting better. Last week the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s American Graded Stakes Committee made the Music City Stakes a grade...

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The Race for best three-year old male still running

  In the eyes of the everyday sports fan, the flagship for the sport of Thoroughbred racing is normally the three-year-old male division. These are the runners that compete in the Kentucky Derby and other Triple Crown races which draw more public eyes. Given that...

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2023 Kentucky Oaks might already be shaping up

  Speculation is indeed one of the best parts of the sporting world. The excitement created by dreaming of what might be is no doubt one of the finer things in life. The wonderful world of Thoroughbred horse racing often thrives on just that, the speculation that is....

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Clark answers questions at Churchill Downs

    As is the case with most races, the Clark Stakes provided some answers on November 25. Here is a quick look at what we may have learned from the 148th running of this grade 1 event. Proxy came away with the first place money and his first graded stakes win after...

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Rich Strike runs at history in Clark Stakes

  When the aptly named Rich Strike goes to post in Friday’s Grade 1 Clark Stakes at Churchill Downs he will be running at the history books. Which chapter he will be in is yet to be determined. A fantastic underdog story, this son of Keen Ice was at the center of a...

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Justique a WOW in Desi Arnaz Stakes

The thrill of a talented two-year-old horse is something special. The thoughts of future glory makes for excitement, to say the least. When that runner turns in a WOW performance it brings an immeasurable feeling of joy. Justique was more than a looker in the Desi...

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Flightline…how does he stack up???

  Now that Flightline has been officially sent to the breeding shed, the debate can begin. Where does this unbeaten runner rank as far as the all-time greats are concerned? The great thing about sports is the comparison of athletes from different eras. Who is actually...

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Del Mar off to a Dandy start

The Bing Crosby meet at Del Mar is off and running. The first stakes race of the fall meet was a thriller that saw Handy Dandy win by a nose in the Let It Ride Stakes. This Peter Miller-trained three-year-old picked up his third win of 2022 with a courageous effort in...

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Forte looks and runs like Tarzan in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

  Sometimes looks can be deceiving. An athlete might look like a prime timer but then perform like a re-run. The old saying can be “Looks like Tarzan, runs like Jane”. The likely early Kentucky Derby favorite came onto the track for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile looking...

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Taking a shot in the Breeders’ Cup

  The Breeders’ Cup will be run on November 4 and 5 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. In all, there will be fourteen races run in these world championships over two days. What does it mean when the best of the best from every division comes...

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Breeders’ Cup Juvenile a building block for Curly Jack

  The goal for any young athlete is of course to be good at what you do. As time goes by, the ultimate objective is to get better. That means the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on November 4 is important for more reasons than a trip to the winner’s circle. When those...

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And Tell Me Nolies truly a Juvenile Fillies contender

    The Breeders’ Cup creates lots of excitement every year. The older horses look for a crowning achievement in these world championships while the youngsters are hoping to establish themselves as a real player in the game. One of the more thrilling aspects of this...

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Pletcher launches a grand salami at crunch time

One of the key ingredients to success in the sporting world is performing at the right time. Since it is post-season time in baseball we are going to use an analogy with the grand old game and the wonderful sport of Thoroughbred racing as we spotlight a noteworthy...

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Determined Hot Rod Charlie delivers in Lukas Classic

  The thrills of the Thoroughbred game can be immeasurable. The excitement generated is off the charts and the adrenaline rush is like no other. Competing triggers all that and more, but winning takes it to another level. Hot Rod Charlie has been one of those...

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Hot Rod Charlie revving up for another courageous run

    Can a Hot Rod have courage? Pumping pistons, positive traction rear end, turbocharged with racing slicks can equal lots of courage if it is a Hot Rod with the horsepower we are referencing. Hot Rod Charlie has been one of the fan favorites in the Thoroughbred game...

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Curly Jack leaves’em all in the back

It has long been established the time to start thinking about the coming Kentucky Derby is the day after the existing Kentucky Derby. The official road to the 2023 Run for the Roses got started on September 17 with the first qualifying points race being run at...

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Music City Stakes thoughts from Kentucky Downs

The seven-day live racing meet at Kentucky Downs has been full of dynamic action and huge payouts. For example, the 50-cent late pick 4 on September 10 paid $5525.63 and the 50-cent late pick 5 paid $20,559.61. That, my friend, is some real cheddar. On day six there...

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September 10 is a HUGE day at Kentucky Downs

  Racing at Kentucky Downs just keeps getting bigger. Turf Cup day 2022 has the makings of a huge day. When we say “huge”, we mean “huge”. Based on grade 1 winners entering some races, the weather-forced re-scheduling of the Winstar Mint Millions, and the already...

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Flightline provides a Classic answer

Athletes always face questions, that’s the nature of sports. They answer on the playing field. The 2022 Pacific Classic at Del Mar provided more than just a simple reply to any interrogatives. Flightline came into the 32nd running of this mile and a quarter scamper at...

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2022 Pacific Classic could be another classic

  The Pacific Classic at Del Mar has long been one of “those” races. You know, one you circle on the calendar and always look forward to. Having featured some of the greatest Thoroughbred athletes since its inception in 1991, this mile and a-quarter drive over the Del...

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Kentucky Downs day one Pony Pick

It's opening day at Kentucky Downs !!! Always a great place to make money if you are guessing right, this track has offered up some HUGE payouts in the past. With that in mind, here are a few quick thoughts on the headline event, the FanDuel Tapit stakes. The...

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Nest making it look easy

  How do you determine who is a supreme talent in the world of sports? What is a way to figure out who stands taller? Hard-fought wins certainly are a testament, but when it’s made to look easy, it’s time to bust out the measuring stick. Nest is a brilliant...

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Walsh adds it up in the Arlington Million

  If you really think about it, sports are not hard to figure. In some games like football, basketball, and baseball, you simply score more than your opponent. Simple plan it is, right? If we think about horse racing, that’s simple too. If you want to win a race like...

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Life Is Good is really good

  Athletes are often placed in categories based on potential. Then they compete and we find out what they are made of. After the Whitney on August 6, 2022, everyone should know about a really “special” competitor. Since the day he first toed the track, Life Is Good...

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San Diego and Bing provide positive results at Del Mar

  The magnificence that is the Del Mar meet provided another positive test result on the second Saturday of operation in 2022. Wait a minute…don’t get too excited in the wrongly manner. This is a positive-positive result. The beauty of racing at the Seaside Oval is...

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Cyberknife looks sharp in the Haskell

  In the quest to determine who is the best three-year-old male of 2022, the Haskell Stakes on July 23 may have provided a clue. Cutting up the rail, Cyberknife made the lead late and held off the talented Taiba in this grade 1 run at Monmouth Park. So what tells us...

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Baffert sending Taiba to the Haskell

When Bob Baffert talks Haskell, people listen. A simple but true statement. Why would the hall of fame horse trainer open ears when discussing the centerpiece of Monmouth Park’s racing season? Perhaps his nine wins (2001,20002, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015,...

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McPeek barn builds a Classic win in Belmont Derby

Ain’t it great when a good plan comes together. It’s especially satisfying when the formulation happens to be one few others could figure. Kenny McPeek is one of those recognizable figures in the Thoroughbred racing game. Having enjoyed much success during a decorated...

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Shedaresthedevil answers in the Fleur de Lis

In days of yore, if you didn’t want to talk to anybody you just took the phone off the hook. In today’s society, it is much more difficult to “ghost” yourself as many forms of communication make us accessible. If people have questions about you, it is important to...

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Mandaloun looks to measure up in Stephen Foster

   Since 1982, the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs has been a two-turn test for some of the best in the Thoroughbred racing game. In recent years it has been made a “win and you’re in” event for the Breeders’ Cup Classic which has ramped things up even more. As is...

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Three-year old season in full swing

The Triple Crown races are now in the rear view, but the three-year-old Thoroughbred season is in full swing. Florida Derby hero White Abarrio will headline a field of eight in the $500,000 Ohio Derby on June 25. Races like the Haskell, Jim Dandy. Travers, Shared...

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Who really won the Matt Winn Stakes ???

  If you happened to see the Matt Winn Stakes on June 12 at Churchill Downs the very same question may be boggling your brain.   One of the things that makes Thoroughbred racing the greatest sport in the world is the pure rush of adrenaline that accompanies that...

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Belmont stakes full of opportunities

  The 154th running of the Belmont Stakes on June 11 will tell us a little something about the three-year-old division. Always at the forefront this time of year, the 2022 class of sophomores appears to be rather balanced. The mile and a half “test of a champion” is...

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Can Nest win the Belmont Stakes ???

  What do question marks in the title tell us?... Is it the author has no real clue about the subject matter? Did he pass grammar class with a flying “D” which he thought stood for diploma? Or is it simply life is full of questions and the author is seeking answers?...

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Jose Ortiz rides Early Voting to Preakness win

  Why did Early Voting win the 147th Preakness Stakes? Well, that’s easy… he ran the fastest. Okay, smartypants…give me something other than the obvious. The role of the rider in these “big” races cannot be underscored. Often times in these events the jockey is way...

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Creative Minister hopes to measure up in Preakness

There comes a time in every athlete's life when you have to figure out just how good you really are. You can’t know how big you are unless you stand next to the measuring tape. For one striking Thoroughbred, the Preakness Stakes will tell us just how tall he currently...

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Was Rich Strike supposed to win the Kentucky Derby ???

  The 148th Kentucky Derby was a real head-scratcher…or was it? Let us expound upon a theory that should have told us all how this miraculous mile and a quarter was going to unfold. As a believer in the omens of horse racing, this sport oftentimes mirrors the game of...

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Kentucky Oaks day very special too

Everyone knows the Kentucky Derby. But what about the Kentucky Oaks?...This too is a day of magnificence in the world of Thoroughbred racing. For 148 years now it has been a ladies first mentality at Churchill Downs. The Friday before the world’s most recognizable...

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Hillbilly Take on Kentucky Derby 148

  On May 7, twenty of the best three-year-old Thoroughbreds in the world will gather for a run at immortality. A win in the Kentucky Derby is truly a life-altering achievement. Who is going to win this 148th race for that of so coveted blanket of roses?... Here’s a...

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Calhoun has a real Oaks Connection

  The Kentucky Oaks is one of those races horsemen dream about. Although it does not get the same notoriety as its twin brother, the Kentucky Derby, this race was born the very same year (1875) and has been run every year since. Sending a fast filly to the starting...

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Golden Pal teaches class in Shakertown Stakes

  Opening weekend at Keeneland Race Course featured some fantastic action in the world of Thoroughbred racing. Stakes races galore produced some exciting finishes. There was one runner that even offered up an educational session. That is said because Golden Pal was...

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Pletcher building an Oaks Nest in Ashland

The Spring of every year can be about building young racehorses. For trainer Todd Pletcher, one of the focal points is constructing a solid Nest. Fabulously successful over the years, this Texas-born Thoroughbred trainer has proven to be one of the best in the game....

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