Turf Cup Day at Kentucky Downs

TURF CUP DAY AT KENTUCKY DOWNS Blessed we are to have another glorious day in the sport of kings. That little country track nestled just north of the Tennessee state line played host to the second richest turf racing day in the nation on September 12. Called “Kentucky...

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An Authentic Kentucky Derby winner !!!

AN AUTHENTIC KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby was most certainly a breath of fresh air in this very troubled world we live in. How’s that? …In times where things don’t add up and nothing makes much sense, the outcome of the race was about...

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She dares to be different for Kentucky Oaks

SHE DARES TO BE DIFFERENT IN KENTUCKY OAKS One thing we all need to be aware is the fact there is more than one way to skin a possum. Just because Uncle Cletus decides to do it from tooter to rooter and cousin Joe Bob goes from rooter to tooter it does not mean either...

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Casse and Enforceable want some racing luck

CASSE AND ENFORCEABLE WANT SOME RACING LUCK Ask any veteran of the Thoroughbred racing game and they will tell you it’s a an important ingredient to winning. And any person who has started multiple times in the Kentucky Derby knows you have to have it to win the...

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Kentucky Derby 146 rundown

KENTUCKY DERBY 146 RUNDOWN So here we are looking at the first Saturday in September and our topic of discussion is the Kentucky Derby. Of course we are all well aware the best time to think about the Run for the Roses is…anytime! The altered state we are living in...

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Kentucky Derby Predictions 2020

Horse Racing Scoop's Danny Brewer gives his annual Kentucky Derby Predictions. The Run for the Roses is upon us and Tennessee's Favorite Turf Writer, Danny Brewer provides his insight into the horses, jockeys and trainers for this years race. Watch, discuss, debate...

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And then the big dog ate at the Seaside Oval

AND THEN THE BIG DOG ATE A little more than two minutes after the gates opened in the 10th race at Del Mar on August 22 the questions were answered. This edition of the Pacific Classic was supposed to tell us about Maximum Security and in fact it did. Coming into this...

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Pondering the Pacific Classic

PONDERING THE PACIFIC CLASSIC Whoa…Time flies when you are having fun…that is fo sho !!! A quick glance at the calendar tells us this is one of the most glorious weeks of the year. Pacific Classic week has become one of my favorite parts of our revolution around the...

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Kentucky Downs says nay to fans

KENTUCKY DOWNS SAYS NAY TO THE FANS Keeping pace with the crazy times we live in where difficult decisions are made almost daily, Kentucky Downs has announced fans will not be allowed at the 2020 live racing meet. The turf racing extravaganza that has enjoyed...

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Travers Day 2020 teaches us some things

TRAVERS DAY 2020 TEACHES US A FEW THINGS If we are going to be real about things, you are never too old to learn. The great John Wooden once said “It’s the things you learn after you know it all that count”. With that in mind let’s take a glance at a few things you...

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Dean Martini looks to shake things up at Ellis Park

              DEAN MARTINI LOOKS TO SHAKE THINGS UP AT ELLIS PARK One of the most popular thoughts when thinking Martini is “shaken, not stirred”. That’s the philosophy of a brilliantly named Thoroughbred when it comes to the Ellis Park Derby. With a re scheduled...

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KENTUCKY DOWNS EXPANDING THE HORIZON

Kentucky Downs has been a gaming destination for years now. Once upon a time this facility located in Franklin, Kentucky was just an off-track betting facility for the Thoroughbred racing game with a bingo hall. If you haven’t been lately, schedule a trip in early...

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Whitney Stakes result was Imrobable

WHITNEY STAKES RESULT WAS IMPROBABLE One of the great things about sports is the sparking of positive debate. Who is the best in Thoroughbred racing is often a beauty contest, that is until the runners square off. The grade 1 Whitney Stakes has long been one of the...

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It’s time to take a swing at the Bing

IT’S TIME TO TAKE A SWING AT THE BING We know there are races that carry a higher purse, and we understand there are events that may be better known. But if you really think about it, there’s one race at Del Mar that may have just a bit more razzmatazz than some of...

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Honor A.P. looks at Shared Belief

HONOR A.P. LOOKS AT SHARED BELIEF The road that leads to Kentucky Derby 146 has been full of twists and turns in 2020. But then again…everything in life has been full of twists and turns in 2020. One runner in the fast lane towards the twin spires is looking for...

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Baffert has another Haskell winner

THOROUGHBRED NEWS AND NOTES FOR LATE JULY Another week, some more thoughts on the sport of kings. Thoroughbred racing has obviously felt the effects of this Covid 19 thing, but much to the delight of guys like me, they are still running at different tracks across the...

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Maximum Security gets a clean slate

Let's face it...sometimes stuff happens in life. Like it or not, that's just how it is. Usually, there are two choices...get over it or get under it. Maximum Security is one of those fantastic four-legged phenoms we call a Thoroughbred race horse. Due to no fault of...

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A few Thoroughbred thoughts

A FEW THOROUGHBRED THOUGHTS One of the great things about covering the sport of kings is the fact we still have some real things to write about. Like actual events in the field of competition and not just speculation on play or political stances regarding the...

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Serengeti Empress on familiar ground

One of the most royal runners in the sport of kings today is no doubt Serengeti Empress. If you have a question about her ability to rule, simply watch her run. Her fleet feet and tremendous courage will tell why she has been crowned as a real race horse. But as is...

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Kentucky Downs has Music City in Mind

KENTUCKY DOWNS HAS MUSIC CITY IN MIND Some things just seem to be made for each other. Peanut butter and jelly, bologna and cheese, sweet tea and lemonade… ahhh yes. I think now we can add another… Kentucky Downs and the Music City! Entering 2020, Nashville, Tennessee...

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Tiger Dad gets his Stakes score

TIGER DAD GETS HIS STAKES SCORE Being that Father’s Day is June 21, who better to talk about than Tiger Dad? In fitting fashion, this four-year old son of Smiling Tiger was ferocious on June 13 in winning the Thor’s Echo Stakes at Santa Anita. Always a hard-knocker,...

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Tiz The Law Flying his Flag in Belmont Stakes

TIZ THE LAW FLYING HIS FLAG IN THE BELMONT STAKES If current events have you wondering about the Law, fear not as you are going to find out all about it come June 20. The topsy turvy world we live in has now landed the Belmont Stakes as the opening leg of the Triple...

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Nadal…a real racehorse

NADAL…A REAL RACEHORSE Injury is unfortunately a part of any sport. The career ending ones are really saddening, especially when a player is just beginning to tap their potential. The game of Thoroughbred racing has seen this far too many times as things for these...

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O’Neill has three musketeers for Daytona Stakes

When they go to post at Santa Anita on May 23 for the Daytona Stakes, one conditioner will be serving up a candy bar of sorts. Now, why in the world will a trainer of Thoroughbreds indulge in this type of delight? Take a look at the entries for this 5 1/2 furlong dash...

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Maxfield wants a big Winn

MAXFIELD WANTS A BIG WINN The road that leads to the Kentucky Derby can be a treacherous one. This year’s winding path has been especially challenging. For one impressive colt, the merge into the fast lane towards immortality is now right in front of him. Maxfield is...

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Calhoun has a good one…By My Standards

CALHOUN HAS A GOOD ONE…BY MY STANDARDS So, you read the headline and wonder “what’s the definition of good by a hillbilly turf writer’s standards”? For that matter, does a hillbilly turf writer even have standards? The answer to those questions are yes, the bar may be...

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The day a hillbilly almost hit the pick six

THE DAY A HILLBILLY ALMOST HIT THE PICK SIX Of course we love the sport of Thoroughbred racing for many reasons. Here is a short narrative documenting some of those reasons. The speculation on the sport is very intriguing. Some may be overwhelmed by the many different...

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Baffert duo powerfully sweeps Arkansas

BAFFERT DUO POWERFULLY SWEEPS ARKANSAS The 84th running of the Arkansas Derbys told us something most already suspected…Bob Baffert is loaded with Kentucky Derby contenders! Big Race Bob is just one win shy of equaling the record for victories in the world’s most...

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Brad Cox barn primed for another big day

Being in the action on the big stage is always fun. Making marks in the left hand column on those days is even better. The Brad Cox barn has enjoyed some real highlights in the Thoroughbred game in recent times. And now he looks for even more during a huge closing...

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Baffert loks for more Oaklawn success

BAFFERT LOOKS FOR MORE OAKLAWN SUCCESS Things in Hot Springs have been, well, pretty hot this Spring. That’s partially due to the increased competition at historic Oaklawn Park. With a lot of the Thoroughbred talent funneled to this Arkansas oval, one of the more...

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No Parole ready for a break out at Oaklawn Park

NO PAROLE READY FOR A BREAK OUT AT OAKLAWN One of the cool things about Thoroughbred horse racing are the many different divisions within the sport. If a runner can run, the respective conditioner needs to figure the best spot for success. Sometimes that can take a...

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The legend of Whitmore grows in Count Fleet

Some Thoroughbreds are but a flash across the sky in the game of life. They may burn brightly but often times are all too quickly gone. Such is the game of Thoroughbred racing. One of the O.G.'s (old guys) in the sport is Whitmore and he recently proved to be the...

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The Empress has a blossoming strategy

             THE EMPRESS HAS A BLOSSOMING STRATEGY Like any sport, strategy is a big part of Thoroughbred racing. Trainers alter their plans based on distances, track conditions, field size, weather, and of course other factors. But then again there are those times...

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Calhoun hopes to cash at Oaklawn with 4 year old Money

.       CALHOUN HOPES TO CASH AT OAKLAWN WITH 4 YEAR OLD MONEY As is the case with most sports, one of the interesting things can be how does an athlete perform when transitioning to a new season. Some move forward, some don’t. Success is never guaranteed, especially...

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Keeneland has me making like B.B. King

KEENELAND HAS ME MAKING LIKE B.B. KING This was supposed to be the opening week of the Spring meet at Keeneland Race Course. Due to a virus it will not happen and frankly that has me feeling sick. Now this is not going to be another one of those sappy columns that...

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Tiz The Law could be a Derby rule breaker

TIZ THE LAW COULD BE A DERBY RULE BREAKER Make no mistake, these are some different times we are in right now. The dominating Florida Derby win by Tiz The Law however, might have been the norm considering the past two decades of the Kentucky Derby. For many years...

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B.C. scores the late pick 3 at the Fairgrounds

B.C. SCORES THE LATE PICK 3 AT FAIRGROUNDS For those that don’t know, the pick three is where you select the winner in three consecutive races. Not as easy as it sounds, but an achievable feat for the pony prognosticators. Usually there is some strategy involved and...

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2020 Thoroughbred Campaign going to be a curveball

2020 THOROUGHBRED CAMPAIGN GOING TO BE A CURVE BALL We don’t have to go into detail as to why this year has suddenly become one that will be remembered forever. Adversity is part of life, how are you going to deal with it, that’s the real question. Because of track...

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Virus makes for an extended Fever

What does all this Corona virus stuff really mean?...After an announcement from Churchill Downs, it means that case of Derby Fever is gonna last about 4 more months! With all due respect to those stricken, let's use our lemons to make lemonade. The Kentucky Derby is...

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Serengeti Empress reigns with a royal run at Oaklawn

THE EMPRESS REIGNS WITH A ROYAL RUN AT OAKLAWN For those who are curious as to just how good Serengeti Empress is…take a look at her latest run in the Azeri Stakes on March 14. Coming in to this grade 2 mile and a sixteenth jaunt over the Arkansas dirt at Oaklawn...

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Maximum offense to say the least

What does the brewing scandal regarding the doping of Thoroughbreds tell us?... Mix money and people and you can screw up anything. As is the case in all pro sports, cheating happens. Some folks are so desperate to win they just can't help themselves. Of course at...

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No Parole going to Rebel with a cause

NO PAROLE GOING TO REBEL WITH A CAUSE The prep race season for the Kentucky Derby is most certainly a special time of year. Dreams of immortality will dance through the heads of many as they navigate that twisting path that leads to the first Saturday in May. In the...

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MAXIMUM SECURITY DESERVES ALL HE GETS

MAXIMUM SECURITY DESERVES ALL HE GETS What did the courageous win by Maximum Security in the richest Thoroughbred race ever tell us?...Well it told me he deserves every penny of the $10 million he earned for crossing the finish line first in the inaugural Saudi Cup....

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Top Ten Three-year old poll February 24

So here we are doing what we normally do this time of year...think about the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks!!! With that in mind, let's take a look at our ballot for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association three year old poll and get a thought on each. Thousand...

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Fox loving her Derby Moment

FOX LOVING HER DERBY MOMENT For those that take a closer look, it’s easy to see how special the sport of Thoroughbred racing truly is. This time of year can be especially magical as horses across the nation are dashing towards immortality and a spot in the Kentucky...

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