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This observer needed a score or more of stop-and-start viewings to cobble together a very unofficial set of comments on the 143rd Kentucky Derby. The task was rendered even more daunting when at least half the field had become unrecognizable by the ...Full Story >>
March 19, 2015
Royal Son was very impressive winning the John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park. I think the 93 Beyer Speed Figure was real and I think it more likely that he would repeat the figure than not in Saturday’s Spiral Stakes.
March 12, 2015
I expect American Pharoah to run huge in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The field is less than stellar. He looks like lone speed. And he is just that talented.
March 11, 2015
Today, in the second week of March, Dortmund is absolutely my Kentucky Derby horse.
March 05, 2015
The Tampa Bay Derby is certainly the best betting race of the stakes for 3-year-olds. Carpe Diem is going to be favored off his excellent 2-year-old season, with a 91 in the Breeders’ Futurity and 93 when second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Love the ...
February 20, 2015
Chad Brown may have learned from Bobby Frankel that patience is a supreme virtue for a horseman, but this is not necessarily so in the Triple Crown. In fact, he may find that the best strategy is closer to the aggressiveness of a trainer like Wayne ...
February 19, 2015
If you’re looking for future classic winners, a good place to start is the Fountain of Youth Stakes, which was first run in 1945 and will be renewed Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The 1945 and 1947 editions of the race were for 2-year-olds in December, ...
The Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds is anything but clear-cut. This race could play out in too many ways to feel confident of much. In the Fountain of Youth, unless something dramatic changes, Upstart is supposed to win. It will be interesting to see ...
May 05, 2014
In almost every respect but one, California Chrome’s victory in the Kentucky Derby was satisfying and heartwarming, a triumph for the little guy that fans and the media always relish.
May 01, 2014
Saturday's Kentucky Derby will have a clear-cut favorite in California Chrome, the winner of four straight stakes by a total of 24 1/4 lengths. In my opinion, it’s basically a two-horse race between California Chrome and Wicked Strong.
California Chrome has come to mean more than he ever should. Think he’s carrying only 126 pounds and Victor Espinoza on Saturday against Wicked Strong, Danza, Tapiture, and Candy Boy? Think again.