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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Bolt d’Oro looks charged and ready for Derby

BOLT D’ORO LOOKS CHARGED AND READY FOR DERBY In the world of athletic competition, the key to success is often peaking at the right time. Being at your very best when the time is right normally equates to success, just ask the Loyola-Chicago University men’s...

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Baffert looks for Dubai double with West Coast

BAFFERT LOOKS FOR DUBAI DOUBLE WITH WEST COAST Winning the big ones is a challenge in any sport for sure. Repeating is even tougher, especially in the world of training Thoroughbred horses. The racing game is one that encompasses powerful yet fragile athletes and a...

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Trainer says no pressure on jockey for Louisiana Derby

When the horses go to post for the Louisiana Derby on Saturday at the Fairgrounds one particular rider should be a little more at ease than some of the others. Will that give him an advantage?...maybe so. The well accomplished Kent Desormeaux will be aboard morning...

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Hillbilly thoughts on a big racing Saturday

There is a huge Saturday on tap in the Thoroughbred racing world. Here are a few hillbilly turf writer picks and pans... The Gotham Stakes- Firenze Fire and this one turn mile at Aqueduct might be like a coon dog and a full moon...made for each other. Yes, the rest of...

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My Boy Jack’s Southwest win a Star Wars episode

MY BOY JACK’S SOUTHWEST WIN A STAR WARS EPISODE When Obi-Wan Kenobi told Luke about the Force all those years ago in that universe that was far, far away, do you think he knew it encompassed Thoroughbred horse racing too?...Well, of course he did! My Boy Jack has...

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Danny’s Derby Quizmo

DANNY’S DERBY QUIZMO Of course we all want to know the answer to one of the most burning questions of life. At this juncture, we don’t want to know what would have happened if we hadn’t done that back in high school. And we don’t really care what that smell is coming...

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It’s wait and see for Baffert’s Derby contenders

Bob Baffert is taking a veteran approach with his talented trio of Kentucky Derby contenders. Mourinho is slated to run in the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on February 19. Beyond that there are no definitive plans for this speedy son of Super Saver. Baffert's...

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Snapper Sinclair gives Bloom Derby hope

SNAPPER SINCLAIR GIVES BLOOM DERBY HOPE The Kentucky Derby is the world’s most famous Thoroughbred race. Participating in the greatest two minutes in sports has long been the goal of many people in the game. If you have a chance to chase that Derby dream it’s an...

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Hillbilly thoughts on the Pegasus

So now that we have drawn for post positions in the world's richest Thoroughbred race and established a morning line, here are some thoughts on each entrant as we prepare for the second running of the Pegasus. 1.Singing Bullet (30-1)-Tall order for Dale Romans...

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Roy H working towards big 2018

West coast based Roy H has been working towards his 2018 debut for trainer Peter Miller. Arguably the top sprinter in the country, this six-year old son of More Than Ready turned in an outstanding 2017 campaign that culminated with a powerful win in the Breeders' Cup...

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