Category archives for: Horse Racing

Rachel Alexandra: Yea or Nay?

The biggest single story heading into the Preakness on Saturday is the filly, Rachel Alexandra. She’s the first filly since 1999 to run in the race, and only the third since the start of World War II. No filly has won since 1924. She was sold last week, reportedly for as much as $10 million, […]

Here and There

The Preakness entries have been received, and the odds and post positions will be set later on this afternoon. There are 13 entries, including headliners Mine That Bird, Pioneerof The Nile, Friesan Fire, and of course the filly Rachel Alexandra. It’s all but certain that Rachel Alexandra will be made the favorite. Now it just […]

16 Quick Thoughts

I got slapped around by karma again. I talked yesterday about how the Rockets were doomed, so they promptly went out and smacked the Lakers around. Brutal. Bizarre. Tiger Woods looked nothing like Tiger Woods today. So, so strange to see him play like that in the last group. I’m really glad that I’m not […]

Mid-Week Notes

Interesting little note for horseplayers coming out of Belmont Park. The field was set today for Saturday’s Peter Pan Stakes, a Grade 2 race over 1 1/8 miles that has become a well-used prep race for future Belmont Stakes runners. It’s a pretty solid seven horse field. There’s a horse entered named Scorewithcater, a New […]

What The $%#&%$ Was That?

I am getting ready to head to the airport and leave Louisville, and I’m still not sure what I saw yesterday. Our seats were at the 1/8 pole yesterday. As the horses got to us, Pioneerof The Nile, my choice, was in the lead and looking good. I was counting my winnings. But then I […]

Derby Picks And More

The last time I was at the Kentucky Derby it was 1996, and Grindstone won. There were 19 horses in the field that year. Through different permutations and combinations I had 15 different horses covered with betting tickets. Grindstone, despite being 6/1, was not one of them. My point is that you will want to […]

Top Five Derby Winners of my Lifetime

I’m 33 years old, so my first Kentucky Derby was the 1976 version won by Bold Forbes. I obviously don’t remember that one, though. Nor, sadly, do I remember the Triple Crown wins in 1977 and 1978 by Seattle Slew and Affirmed. The first Derby I do clearly remember watching isGato Del Sol in 1982, […]

Five Horses That Won’t Win The Derby

I don’t necessarily have a good sense of who is going to win the Kentucky Derby, but I feel pretty confident about ruling out some horses that aren’t going to win it. It’s not certain that these horses will end up in the race, but they are being pointed towards it as I write this. […]

Five Horses That Could Win the Derby

If you are only going to take a bit of time getting ready for the Kentucky Derby then you’ll want to get to know these five names. There is a pretty good chance that one of these five horses is going to be wearing roses late Saturday afternoon. Pioneerof The Nile His story: He’s the […]

Dirt vs. Synthetic Surfaces

If you follow the Kentucky Derby at all this year then you are going to hear a lot about synthetic tracks and the effect they will have on the Derby. It’s a big issue, but not one that is easy to comprehend if you aren’t familiar with the basics. This will help. Most tracks are […]

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