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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Bellafina an Oaks Lilly

We understand it is only early January, but the road to the 2019 Kentucky has a major player on the path to the first Friday in May. The 7 furlong Santa Ynez Stakes at Santa Anita run January 6 was nothing short of a showcase for Bellafina. Earning a 104 beyer speed...

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Malibu like Dancing with the Stars for McKinzie

MALIBU LIKE DANCING WITH THE STARS FOR MCKINZIE So if you tuned in to the December 26 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita you saw quite the performance from a very talented three-year old. In fact, it was so impressive, if this were an episode of Dancing with the Stars, the...

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Can a California-bred win the Kentucky Derby again?

         CAN A CALIFORNIA-BRED WIN THE KENTUCKY DERBY AGAIN? Is it too early to start asking questions about the Kentucky Derby?... I think the answer is an emphatic “it’s never too early to ask about the Kentucky Derby”. A recent stakes race in the Golden State has...

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Galilean looks Glorious

The December 16 King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos may have given us a glimpse of another West coast Kentucky Derby contender. Galilean was very impressive in navigating his away around the track a widening nine lengths ahead of the competition in this two-turn mile...

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McKinzie has something to prove in Malibu

MCKINZIE HAS SOMETHING TO PROVE IN MALIBU The spirit of competition is truly a powerful thing. What drives one to do what they do in certain situations? Life is a constant proving ground to some and that is what drives them. That is certainly the case for one...

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Kentucky Downs enjoys another big year

KENTUCKY DOWNS ENJOYS ANOTHER “BIG” YEAR As we prepare to close the books on 2018, it is only fitting we shine a little light on the spectacular things that happened at that “country” race track that sits just across the state line. When traveling up I-65 north headed...

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What the Fric??!!

WHAT THE FRIC??!! The 144th running of the Clark Handicap was a stirring renewal of one of the Fall’s most historic races. Contested beneath the twin spires at the iconic Churchill Downs, this grade 1 event features a half-million dollar purse and the big money...

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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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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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