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Clark offers big chances…again

CLARK OFFERS BIG CHANCES…AGAIN The Clark Handicap on November 24 will offer up some big opportunities in several different ways. But those familiar with the event know that is nothing new. Since 1875, the Clark has been run at Churchill Downs as the centerpiece of...

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Ol Man Hogy gets right at Kentucky Downs

OLD MAN HOGY GETS RIGHT AT KENTUCKY DOWNS When the horses go to post for the Breeders Cup Turf Sprint on November 4 at Del Mar, one of the old guys will be ready. Hogy is a well-traveled eight-year old gelding that comes to the 2017 Cup as right as he has ever been....

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Kentucky Downs perfect prep for Snapper

KENTUCKY DOWNS PERFECT PREP FOR SNAPPER When the runners line up for the Juvenile Turf at this year’s Breeders Cup, there is one entrant that may have a bit of an advantage…he ran his prep race at Kentucky Downs. The European-style turf course located near the...

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Unique Bella belongs at the Breeders Cup

UNIQUE BELLA BELONGS IN THE BREEDERS’ CUP One of the biggest sporting events in the world is without question the Breeders’ Cup. A gathering of “the best of the best” in every division of Thoroughbred racing, the Cup is the place to be for all the “big” horses. That’s...

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Slew’s heart as big as a Mile

SLEW’S HEART AS BIG AS A MILE How do measure an athlete’s heart? Often times it is that competitive character that can provide the indicator of just how Awesome they truly are. When the runners go to post for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on November 3 at Del Mar there...

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Ruis has a Bolt of a colt for the Cup

RUIS HAS ONE BOLT OF A COLT FOR THE CUP If you can see a lightning bolt, it certainly creates a “wow” factor. The literal and figurative electricity it brings is always something special for sure. If things go the way one Southern California native wants, there will...

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Tis the season in the Baffert Barn

TIS THE SEASON FOR THE BAFFERT BARN When my youngest son was a little bitty fella he provided some terrific answers to a kindergarten questionnaire. When asked what his favorite season was he quickly replied…”Bear Season”. He enjoyed playing with toy guns and...

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Road Warrior Irap headed to Pennsylvania Derby

Irap has his AAA traveler card and the sky miles are accumulating for this ever improving three-year old Thotroughbred. A son of Tiznow, this Doug O’Neill trained colt is looking to chalk up another win in another state on September 23. After breaking his maiden in...

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Kentucky Downs enjoys big Finish

Kentucky Downs enjoyed a record setting meet in their recently completed five day foray. The average paid in purses to the winning horsemen was just over a whopping $1.7 million per race day. That is the highest total per day in the nation. The total paid out during...

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Oscar was more than nominated in Turf Cup

OSCAR WAS MORE THAN JUST NOMINATED IN TURF CUP Being thought of as worthy is good, proving it is even better. That was certainly the case for a Thoroughbred runner on a record-setting Turf Cup day at Kentucky Downs on September 9. Oscar Nominated has long been thought...

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What’s great about Kentucky Downs

With the live racing at Kentucky Downs in full swing we are going to look at one of the most outstanding things about the Franklin, Kentucky track…THE PAYOUTS! The purse money for the horsemen is the best in the nation, but the European-style track also can make for...

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West Coast No Surprise to Baffert

WEST COAST NO SURPRISE TO BAFFERT When West Coast took’em gate to wire in the 148th running of the Travers Stakes on August 26 how many folks were surprised? One fella that resides in the Golden State certainly was not. Bob Baffert has made a habit lately of coming up...

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Leparoux looks for success at Kentucky Downs…again

LEPAROUX LOOKS FOR KENTUCKY DOWNS SUCCESS…AGAIN When the live racing meet opens at Kentucky Downs on September 2, look for there to be a little riding flavor from across the pond. Jockey Julien Leparoux has developed into one of the top riders in the Thoroughbred...

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Arrogate-Superstar or Supernova?

ARROGATE- SUPERSTAR OR SUPERNOVA? The Pacific Classic saw a brilliant run by the winner, Collected, but left us with a ton of questions about second place Arrogate. Coming into the Del Mar meet, the newly crowned king of the Thoroughbred world was supposed to be a...

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Aptly named Run Away takes Best Pal at Del Mar

The road that leads to the 2018 Kentucky Derby is flowing with traffic. The grade 2 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar saw the unbeaten Run Away do just that as he romped to an easy 3 1/2 length triumph. Now with three wins in three lifetime starts, this son of Run Away and...

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San Diego Cap proof why you play’em

SAN DIEGO CAP PROOF WHY YOU PLAY’EM The words of Carl Nafzger have never rang more true than on July 21, 2017. The setting was Del Mar and after the ninth race we all knew once again the two-time Kentucky Derby winning trainer knows a little something-something about...

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Arrogate makes for some head scratchin”

ARROGATE MAKES FOR SOME HEAD SCRATCHIN’ Time is usually always good at lending perspective. When we think back, a little more light is usually shed. That absolutely can be the case with athletics as sometimes we do not realize what we just saw until long after it is...

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Stars and Stripes day picks and pans

STARS AND STRIPES DAY PICKS AND PANS Belmont Park will feature five graded stakes races on July 8 with three of them being for three-year olds. The Dwyer will be run on dirt while the Belmont Oaks (fillies) and Belmont Derby are on the grass. Here are a few thoughts...

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Songbird sings some sweet music

SONGBIRD SINGS SOME SWEET MUSIC Now that we are deep in the throws of summer, let’s think about a couple of the best things we may encounter. It’s a time when females can look really pretty. And it is certainly good to hear those birds singing their summer song. Good...

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My top 10 NTRA poll and a thought for week of June 25

MY TOP 10 NTRA POLL AND A THOUGHT FOR WEEK OF JUNE 25 1 ARROGATE- King of the castle till somebody knocks him off 2 SONGBIRD- One career loss by a flaring nostril- she’s special fo sho 3 GUN RUNNER- May be best horse stabled east of the Mississippi 4 MIND YOUR...

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Viola wants to keep Dreaming

VIOLA WANTS TO KEEP DREAMING How long does a Kentucky Derby winner last? Ask a certain guy from New York and he is going to give the answer horse racing fans want to hear. When Always Dreaming won the 2017 Kentucky Derby with a near perfect mile and a quarter,...

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Foster night was educational for all

FOSTER NIGHT WAS EDUCATIONAL FOR EVERYONE Class was in session on June 17 at Churchill Downs. Depending upon the student, your lesson plan may have varied. But here are a few things everyone should have written down in the old notepad. 1. Thoroughbred racing is alive...

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Foster shaping up as interesting for sure

FOSTER SHAPING UP AS INTERESTING FOR SURE The 36th running of the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 17 offers up some intrigue as we kick off the chase towards the Breeders’ Cup Classic. As the first “win and you’re in” race for the $6 million Classic...

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Belmont day takeouts for a hillbilly

BELMONT DAY TAKEOUTS FOR A HILLBILLY Give the New York Racing Association a lot of credit for hosting an outstanding day of racing on June 10. What a card! I think overall the magnificent day was a little like a visit to my Granny’s house for Sunday dinner. She always...

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Belmont Day picks and pans

BELMONT DAY  PICKS AND PANS Belmont Park and the New York Racing Association have put together a fantastic day of racing for June 10. The third leg of the Triple Crown is the center piece of the day, but the Belmont Stakes is far from the only “big” race on the card....

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Belmont Day Entries

PROGRAM PP HORSE MED/EQ A/S JOCKEY WGT TRAINER ML 1 1 Sonic Mule Kentucky L 2014/C Luis Saez 121 Todd A. Pletcher 10-1 2 2 Lookin At Blessing Kentucky L 2014/C Tyler Gaffalione 115 Nicholas P. Zito 20-1 3 3 Wicked Macho New York L 2014/C Jose L. Ortiz 115 Mark E....

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Songbird sweet music for Smith

As if things were not good enough already for hall of fame jockey Mike Smith, champion filly Songbird is slated to make her long awaited 2017 debut in the Ogden Phipps on Belmont Stakes day (June 10). Having been beaten only once by a flaring nostril in the 2016...

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Belmont might be Lookin just right

BELMONT MIGHT BE LOOKIN JUST RIGHT All the Triple Crown races are coveted and extremely hard to win. Because they are the most recognizable races to the everyday sports fan, they naturally carry something extra. And the fact they have been around for 140 plus years...

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Cupid and Gold Cup proof for Baffert

CUPID AND GOLD CUP PROOF FOR BAFFERT The wonderful sport of Thoroughbred racing is rife with unpredictability. That is one of the things that makes it so great. At the same time however, there are a few things that seem to be a constant and one of those is a...

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Three-year old division is all Clouded up

THREE-YEAR OLD DIVISION IS ALL CLOUDED UP So what did the Preakness tell us about the three-year old male division in 2017? After a thrilling finish and things were all added up…there was Cloud Computing. What do we mean by our previous statement? Enough questions,...

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Looking at a Preakness shot

LOOKING AT A PREAKNESS SHOT Looking at Lee is headed to the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes for many reasons. The biggest reason, however, is to win the second jewel of Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. When the horses crossed under the wire in the Churchill...

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Always Dreaming right on time in Kentucky Derby

ALWAYS DREAMING RIGHT ON TIME IN DERBY What did Always Dreaming’s fantastic win in the Kentucky Derby tell us on May 6? Perhaps it was the omens of horse racing and the forces that surround life came together on a glorious spring day in Louisville, Kentucky. For the...

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Kentucky Oaks another feather for Baffert and Smith

KENTUCKY OAKS ANOTHER FEATHER FOR BAFFERT AND SMITH When Abel Tasman circled the field and won the Kentucky Oaks, was anyone really surprised to see Bob Baffert and Mike Smith in the winner’s circle on the big stage again? Perhaps their philosophical approach and a...

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Kentucky Derby 143 what you need to know

                 KENTUCKY DERBY 143 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW The first Saturday in May is upon us and it is time to back a horse. Picking the name or the number is always a good way to enjoy a little speculation. Because knowledge is power, let’s provide a little...

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Kentucky Derby 143 entry info

KENTUCKY DERBY 143 THOUGHTS RUN RAMPANT We have long established some facts about life. You can pick your friends and you can pick your clothes. Question is can you pick the winner of the Kentucky Derby. The prospects for Kentucky Derby 143 are quite numerous. In a...

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Always Dreaming perfect for the Derby?

                       ALWAYS DREAMING PERFECT FOR THE DERBY? This is the time when you have to fill in the answer to one of the more important questions of life. Blank is going to win the Kentucky Derby. There are twenty potential names to scribble so which horse do...

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Something Sharp about Girvin

SOMETHING SHARP ABOUT GIRVIN Looking for a Sharp horse when it comes to Kentucky Derby 143? Well, I think we all are. Perhaps you need to look no farther than the 2017 Louisiana Derby winner. Girvin is a Kentucky bred colt that has a lot of things going for him. For...

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Classic Empire…Hmmmmmm

The 81st running of the Arkansas Derby may have shed some clarity on the Kentucky Derby picture. Folks far and wide have been searching for a favorite pony to ride on the first Saturday in May. This year's Derby trail has been littered with fallen favorites in many of...

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Irap living the Derby dream

Bluegrass Stakes winner Irap has gone from just another runner to prime time player after a mighty mile and an eighth at Keeneland on April 8. Sending his horse East with confidence despite no trips to the winner's circle in seven lifetime starts, West coast based...

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THE MAGIC OF KEENELAND ALIVE AND WELL

There are certainly those magical places in the world today. And for those that don’t believe…make a trip to Versailles, Kentucky. There may be some that are yet to realize Thoroughbred horse racing really is something special. During a brief window in both the spring...

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WILKES HAS GREENER GRASS IN MIND

When a top notch array of Kentucky Derby contenders toe the track at Keeneland on April 8 for the Bluegrass Stakes, of course there will be a lot on the line. The million dollar race carries a lot of importance for many reasons besides just the healthy purse. Acting...

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BAFFERT PLAYS CASEY JONES IN DUBAI

Wait a minute... what is that thundering down the tracks of the Thoroughbred racing world?... Looks like a big blue locomotive. Four-year old sensation Arrogate put on a miraculous performance in winning the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 25. After breaking...

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DERBY PICTURE TO GET CLARIFICATION

Remember those old TV sets that had the picture adjustment controls. If you did not like the view, the antenna was adjusted and a turning of the tint and contrast knobs made things more clear. That may be coming quickly when it comes to the Kentucky Derby 143...

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J Boys Echo gives Romans another shot

J BOYS ECHO GIVES ROMANS ANOTHER SHOT It wasn’t that long ago the Dale Romans barn was in a state of mourning. His top two-year old and Triple Crown hopeful fell victim to injury and the 2017 Kentucky Derby dreams of the Louisville native were in serious jeopardy. The...

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El Areeb is an East Coast Derby hope

EL AREEB IS AN EAST COAST DERBY HOPE The power in the three-year old Thoroughbred category has been west coast based for the several years now. Four of the past five Kentucky Derby winners have been based in California including the last three in a row (California...

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