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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War of Will may be “better than ever”

War of Will might just be the buzz horse for the Preakness. Yes he was mixed up in the fray at the 145th Kentucky Derby, but he has emerged healthy and appears ready to run. It was not that long ago he was considered one of the top three-year olds in the country. Then...

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ROBBED???

ROBBED??? Here is the question we pose to all of you…was there a crime committed in Louisville, Kentucky on May 4??? Because the law of this land says innocent until proven guilty we will reserve judgment before examining the evidence. Indications are there could have...

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Experience pays off for Smith and McKinzie

EXPERIENCE PAYS FOR SMITH AND MCKINZIE Knowing what you got is always good and having the guts to trust your stuff can yield great things. When you have the confidence to make a chancy call and it works it can be legendary. When Mike Smith guided three-time grade 1...

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The Empress was crowned at the Kentucky Oaks

THE EMPRESS WAS CROWNED AT THE OAKS There are times in our life when we are able to see some greatness. That time is the here and now for Thoroughbred trainer Tom Amoss, but it almost wasn’t. A veteran of the game that has done one thing or another in the Thoroughbred...

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Kentucky Derby 145 rundown

KENTUCKY DERBY 145 RUNDOWN The Kentucky Derby is the longest running sporting event held at the same venue in United States history. This sport has been around longer than your mother-in-law at a dinner party. Let’s get a quick thought on the 20 horses making a run at...

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Kentucky Oaks picks and pans

KENTUCKY OAKS PICKS AND PANS Like we touched upon on the front page, girls really rule the world. Because of that very fact, we are going to offer a little preview and a few thoughts on the 145th running of the most famous race for three-year old fillies. The Kentucky...

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Time for an Oaks Lilly

TIME FOR AN OAKS LILLY The Kentucky Derby is without question the world’s most famous Thoroughbred race. This marks the 145th consecutive year for the Run for the Roses and every one has come at that iconic oval in Louisville, Kentucky known as Churchill Downs. One...

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Keeneland comes through…again

KEENELAND COMES THROUGH…AGAIN    What’s the best thing about Keeneland Race Course in the spring time?...Well,…maybe everything! Long considered on of the most magical places in the sporting world, the 147 acres of bliss located just outside Lexington, Kentucky has...

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Road to Kentucky Derby 145 narrows

                       ROAD TO KENTUCKY DERBY 145 IS ON THE NARROW As we are getting closer to answering one of the most important questions of life things they are a changing. We can figure out what we are going to wear to the grocery store and we can probably choose...

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Veteran McGaughey weighs in with Derby wisdom

VETERAN MCGAUGHEY WEIGHS IN WITH DERBY WISDOM Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey will send Code of Honor to post on Saturday, March 30 in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on. With the Kentucky Derby in sight for this talented winner of the Fountain of Youth...

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Kentucky Downs lands Breeders Cup Qualifier

KENTUCKY DOWNS LANDS BREEDERS’ CUP QUALIFIER Good just keeps getting better when it comes to Kentucky Downs. The all-turf Thoroughbred track just north of the state line just landed a Breeders’ Cup win and your in race for the 2019 event. The Kentucky Downs Turf...

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Mandella hopes to land with Omaha Beach

MANDELLA HOPES TO LAND WITH OMAHA BEACH One of the greatest things about the Kentucky Derby is certainly the road that leads to that first Saturday in May. Make no mistake the two minute chase around that dirt oval is more than fantastic. But the weeks that lead up to...

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CHOCOLATE KISSES LOOKS SWEET AFTER HONEYBEE WIN

CHOCOLATE KISSES LOOKS SWEET AFTER HONEYBEE WIN This is the time of year when everyone is looking for that sweet stepping three-year old Thoroughbred. When Keeneland opens its gates for their annual Spring meet, a versatile running filly might just give them exactly...

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Santa Anita is the Great Race Place

SANTA ANITA IS THE GREAT RACE PLACE The recent shutdown at Santa Anita as a safety concern for athletes has shaken the pillars of the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing on the West coast. Does that mean this iconic sports venue is not what it claims to be…The Great...

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Three-year old poll for March 4

THREE-YEAR OLD POLL FOR OAKS/DERBY WATCH The calendar has turned to March and that means it’s time to start really thinking about the upcoming Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. Slated for May 3 (Oaks) and 4 (Derby), contenders will have one or two more starts to...

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Battle of Midway-our tribute

BATTLE OF MIDWAY- OUR TRIBUTE The unfortunate thing about the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing is injuries can sometimes be fatal. Sad to say Battle of Midwayencountered this misfortune as he trained for a trip to the Dubai World Cup. A serious race horse for sure,...

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Super Steed no surprise to Larry Jones

SUPER STEED NO SURPRISE TO LARRY JONES When Super Steed won the grade 3 Southwest Stakes at odds of 62-1 on February 18, trainer Larry jones was surprised, but not about the trip to the Oaklawn Park winner’s circle. The Southwest Stakes is one of the key prep races...

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Empress leads the Oaks pack

EMPRESS LEADS THE OAKS PACK If you are looking for some Kentucky Oaks royalty there may be an Empress coming out of New Orleans. Serengeti Empress enjoyed an impressive front-running score in the February 16 Rachel Alexandra Stakes at the Fair Grounds and placed...

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Is Rachel Alexandra the best three-year old filly ever???

IS RACHEL THE BEST THREE-YEAR OLD FILLY OF ALL-TIME??? We are often caught up in the debates about who is the best Kentucky Derby horse or who is the champion male of all time. With that in mind, I just want to say the king of this castle is me…as long as my wife is...

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PEGASUS 2019 PICKS AND PANS

 The $9 million Pegasus Cup is upon us. Will this third running be another coronation for the Breeders’ Cup Classic champ as the past two have? Well, let’s take a quick look and see if we think Accelerate can live up to his name as he makes the final run of his career...

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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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