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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Kentucky Derby future wager is about the Words

This truly is a fabulous time of year for sports fans. Yes, we know another football season is in the books, but the focus now can be on something far bigger than a a little pigskin play. We are talking about the greatest single sporting event known to man...the...

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The Beach is flying into the Pegasus

THE BEACH IS FLYING INTO THE PEGASUS If you are thinking about the Pegasus Cup at Gulfstream Park on January 25, it may be only natural that the Beach comes to mind. And it has nothing to do with the track being in South Florida. The fourth running of the year’s first...

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HILLBILLY HORSE AWARDS FOR 2019

HILLBILLY HORSE AWARDS FOR 2019

My oh my, twelve glorious months have passed and for the third consecutive year we are faced with figuring who will be recognized with a Hillbilly Horse Award. When adding up the qualifying points, we have discovered it is easier to count past ten if you don’t wear...

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Jockey Smith a grade above

JOCKEY SMITH A GRADE ABOVE Opening day at Santa Anita usually is a proving ground for the past and sometimes gives us a glimpse of the future. The December 28, 2019 edition provided a confirmation for what many already knew in regards to one of the veterans of the...

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Opening day at Santa Anita rings in the new year

The great thing about opening day at Santa Anita is in reality it helps mark the beginning of a new season in the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing. Big stakes races at "The Great Race Place" brings a lot of the top athletes to the track as they begin their quest for...

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THOUSAND WORDS EASILY SUMMARIZED AFTER FUTURITY

THOUSAND WORDS EASILY SUMMARIZED AFTER FUTURITY

Tis the season to be jolly…especially if you think you have a Kentucky Derby contender! As 2019 comes to a close, dreams of the 2020 Run for the Roses are running rampant in the barns of those blessed with a talented two-year old. When the calendar turns on January 1,...

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Casse Conditions a Perfect Storm

CASSE CONDITIONS A PERFECT STORM What exactly is the definition of a perfect storm? Is it a powerful thunder boomer that blows in at dusty dark and helps you sleep better? Maybe it’s a blanketing snow storm that starts in the wee hours and allows you to awaken to a...

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Persistence Pays Off for Tom’s d’Etat in Clark

PERSISTANCE PAYS OFF FOR TOM’S D’ETAT IN CLARK If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again. At least that’s what they used to say. For one particular Thoroughbred, that old adage paid off in a big way on November 29. Tom’s d’Etat is a veteran runner that has...

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Clark looks like a Thanksgiving plate…Loaded!

CLARK LOOKS LIKE A THANKSGIVING PLATE…LOADED ! This is the time of year when a person can enjoy lots of good food. Whether it’s Aunt Hattie Mae’s buttermilk pie or Cousin Joe Bob’s fried turkey, we all like to have a big plate that offers plenty. For those that are...

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HIGH VELOCITY…. HOPE OR HYPE ???

HIGH VELOCITY…. HOPE OR HYPE ???

Did the Bob Hope Stakes on November 16 provide us with a glimpse of a real Kentucky Derby contender? At this stage I think the answer is…a big maybe! Just to clarify, we are not riding the fence on this, we are just being real. The 2020 Kentucky Derby is a loooooong...

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35th Breeders’ Cup full of highlights

35TH BREEDERS’ CUP FULL OF HIGHLIGHTS The 35th running of the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park on November 1 and 2 was once again a showcase for the magnificence encompassed in the game. But of course that is what we have come to expect as these “World Championships...

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Future Stars Friday thoughts

Big Friday thoughts on the Breeders' Cup...Hey man...It's the Cup...Excitement abounds! Race 5 is the Turf Sprint for the youngsters- We like the 1 Chimney Rock and of course the redneck blood says take the 9 Four wheel Drive ! Race 6 is a wide open Juvenile Turf- In...

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Breeders’ Cup a dividend for Mr Money

BREEDERS CUP A DIVIDEND FOR MR MONEY The Breeders’ Cup is the pinnacle of Thoroughbred horse racing. These “world championships” are run near the end of the calendar year and feature the best of the best in every division of the sport. Winning one of these races on...

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Big day at Keeneland full of highlights

BIG DAY AT KEENELAND FULL OF HIGHLIGHTS    Let’s pretend it is time for Sunday dinner and set the table. Opening weekend at Keeneland for the fall meet and the Saturday card features five Stakes races with four of them providing paid entries into the Breeders’ Cup....

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Romans and Mr Freeze were cool in the Ack-Ack

ROMANS AND MR FREEZE WERE COOL IN THE ACK-ACK There are times when it pays to play it cool and let things happen. That was exactly the right strategy for one Thoroughbred team as they found the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs on September 28. The grade 3 Ack-Ack...

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A Derby Moment

The Dale Romans trained Dennis' Moment is one of the top early contenders on the road to Kentucky Derby 146. This vastly talented son of Tiznow broke his maiden at Ellis Park in his second career start with a 19 3/4 length creaming of the competition. He followed that...

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Can we Justify the 2018 Triple Crown???

So here we are more than a year since a miraculous athlete pulled off the unthinkable and somebody has decided to question the authenticity of one of the greatest achievements in the sports world. My first response here is ...WHY ? Maybe there are two answers here....

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Morticia was scary good in Spendthrift Farm Ladies Sprint

MORTICIA WAS SCARY GOOD IN SPENDTHRIFT FARM LADIES SPRINT It is quickly becoming the time of year when we think about ghouls, goblins, and some of that other scary stuff. The Spendthrift Farms Ladies Sprint at Kentucky Downs on September 7 saw an aptly named gal throw...

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Forecast is Stormy for Turf Sprint at Kentucky Downs

FORECAST IS STORMY FOR TURF SPRINT AT KENTUCKY DOWNS Forecasting the weather is no doubt a hit or miss proposition. It can kind of be like handicapping the horse races. Both of these prognostications might just come together on September 7. The prediction for Kentucky...

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Jack hopes to be back in Turf Cup

JACK HOPES TO BE BACK IN TURF CUP The headliner for the 2019 Kentucky Downs meet offers up some big opportunities for all the entrants. One runner in particular hopes the Turf Cup can be a springboard to becoming what his followers always thought he could be. My Boy...

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Kentucky Downs opener bright, future brighter

KENTUCKY DOWNS OPENER BRIGHT, FUTURE BRIGHTER On the last day of August 2019, a glance toward the Tennessee-Kentucky state line revealed this bright shining light. I am still not sure if that was the brilliant sunshine Mother Nature blessed us with or the glistening...

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Kentucky Downs becoming the place to be

KENTUCKY DOWNS BECOMING THE PLACE TO BE As the summer racing season winds down and horsemen begin planning their path to the Breeders’ Cup and beyond, a once forgotten venue is now on the minds of many. For five days in a two-week stretch (August 31,September5, 7, 8,...

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A Classic Day at Del Mar

So how would you rate the 29th Pacific Classic Day?... About like any other day at Del Mar...FANTASTIC!!! With five graded stakes races on the card, Pacific Class Day 2019 was a huge success. Lots of fantastic horses ran for glory in the Southern California sun and a...

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Coach Lava Man living the life

Those that follow sports understand that sometimes players return to their game as a mentor. Coaching up those that follow you can give a rewarding feeling as you give back. That is absolutely the case for one of the most loved California-bred Thoroughbreds of...

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The Soul is morning line favorite in Pacific Classic

The entries are in and the posts are drawn. The 29th running of the Pacific Classic will feature a 10 horse field. Kentucky based Seeking the Soul is the morning line favorite in this mile and a quarter drive over the Del Mar dirt.Breaking from post 5, this Dallas...

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McKinzie’s Whitney win says a lot

MCKINZIE’S WHITNEY WIN SAYS A LOT The wonderful world of sports can often times provide us with a glimpse of the real world. If we look inside the cover of that book, there can be some of those deeper meanings of our existence. The grade 1 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga...

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Stewart calls a West coast audible

STEWART CALLS A WEST COAST AUDIBLE Sometimes the play gets sent in from the sidelines and people think you should run it because that’s what the popular opinion says. Numbers, tendencies, and other factors may go into the call. But then the quarterback puts his...

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Male Sprint division has plenty of depth

So what did the two Sprint races on July 27 tell us? Perhaps this division is deeper than cousin Kenny Joe's moonshine supply. For those wondering about the scale here, cousin Kenny Joe likes to think forwardly when it comes to his shine stash. When he was a young...

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A Maximum three-year old???

Okay folks, we are looking at the rest of racing season and we are still wondering who is the best three-year old male. Some arguments may be made for Maximum Security after his courageous handling of the Haskell field on July 20. Make no mistake, this hard running...

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Game Winner ready to show his game

GAME WINNER READY TO SHOW HIS GAME Back when the calendar turned to 2019, most thought we should just hand the Triple Crown trophies to Bob Baffert…again. Having achieved what was once thought to be impossible back in 2015 with American Pharoah, the hall of fame...

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Breeders’ Cup “teams up” for Santa Anita

BREEDERS’ CUP “TEAMS UP” FOR SANTA ANITA The recent announcement confirming the Breeders’ Cup will be run at Santa Anita on November 1 and 2 may have caused a little head scratching from the casual sports fan. Why on earth would these World Thoroughbred Championships...

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How Mucho is Gusto?

HOW MUCHO IS GUSTO??? The three-year old male division in the Thoroughbred racing game has produced more questions than answers in 2019. With that in mind, let’s throw out another query…Just how good is Mucho Gusto? When the calendar turned back in January, the Bob...

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Stewart is in with the Soul

  We all chase those moments in life that provide a little something-something. Those that help solidify us in the minds of others, but most importantly, in our own eyes. Validation can be a very satisfying thing. For one Thoroughbred trainer, an aptly named...

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Mr. Money hopes to cash in the Matt Winn

MONEY READY TO CASH IN MATT WINN STAKES The Triple Crown races may be over, but the three-year old campaign still has many “big” races left in the season. And if things go as some hope, one talented runner is ready to cash in. Mr. Money is one of those striking colts...

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Gaines and Bolo are about all the right stuff

                         BOLO AND GAINES ARE ABOUT ALL THE RIGHT STUFF Passion is a part of sports and competition. When you see that perfect storm of hugs and kisses come together in some sporting genius, it truly is a masterpiece for those that understand the game...

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What does War of Will’s Preakness win mean?

WHAT DOES WAR OF WILL’S PREAKNESS WIN MEAN? In the latest episode of “As the Racing World Turns” War of Will stamped himself as the horse a lot of people thought he was with an impressive win in the 144th Preakness Stakes. As we thumb through our Webster, let’s think...

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Preakness 2019 picks and pans

Let's get our Preak on with a rundown of the field with post, morning line, and a thought or two WAR OF WILL (4-1)- Has been very impressive at times with a powerful stride and big-time athletic ability. Mark Casse trained colt has the front-running speed to make it...

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