A Big Derby Prep Day

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Even Bob Baffert remarked that the San Felipe (II) is worthy of a big purse (one million, to be exact, in his words). Undoubtedly, the preps at Santa Anita have been on a roll in producing excellent Derby prospects, and …

Fountain of Youth Day Offers Great Betting

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rIt’s not every day that a stakes Saturday at Gulfstream could offer potentially big dividends, and then there is this year’s Fountain of Youth (II). The headliner itself is basically a no-brainer in most people’s books, but betting in other …

Horse Racing and a Bucket List

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2015 was an unforgettable year of sorts thanks to American Pharoah and a determination of my own to make it to Kentucky someday. Can 2016 somehow top it? It wasn’t too long ago that I was afraid– and unable– to …

A Thanksgiving List

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One of my trackside friends, Lisa Frieze, who I ran into again in Kentucky at Old Friends much to our surprise and delight. She’s pictured here with Special Ring and Popcorn Deelites. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Perhaps it’s because …

Breeders’ Cup Recaps

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I never intended on NOT updating at all during my Breeders’ Cup week excursion, which was of course incredible and in every way unforgettable. I had my usual laptop in the repair shop (of course for a very minor problem …

Breeders’ Cup Classic Profile #9: Effinex

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(Photo by NYRA/Joe Labozzetta) (Mineshaft x What a Pear, by E Dubai) Trainer: Jimmy Jerkens Jockey: TBD Owned by: Tri-Bone Stables Career Record: 18:6-1-3 Earnings: $912,250 Vital Stats: 2015 Record: 6:3-0-1 2015 accomplishments: G2 win in the Suburban Stakes (II) …

Breeders’ Cup Classic Profile #8: Hard Aces

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(Photo by Benoit Photo) (Hard Spun x All in With Aces, by Quiet American) Trainer: John Sadler Jockey: TBD Owned by: Hronis Racing Career Record: 25:6-3-7 Earnings: $592,645 Vital Stats: 2015 Record: 7:2-0-1 2015 accomplishments: G1 win in the Hollywood …