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Day 6: 2013 Kentucky Derby Feature – Vyjack

The 6th horse in our one feature a day leading up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is Vyjack. Vyjack – Trainer Rudy Rodriguez – Owner Pick Six Racing (David Wilkenfeld) Another son of Into Mischief comfortably won both of his starts as... Read More...

Day 5: 2013 Kentucky Derby Feature – Java’s War

The 5th horse in our one feature a day leading up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is Java’s War. Java’s War – Trainer Kenneth McPeek – Owners Charles Fipke The 2nd colt in this field is also from the late sire War... Read More...

Day 4: Kentucky Derby Feature – Revolutionary

The 4th horse in our one feature a day leading up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is Revolutionary. Revolutionary – Trainer Todd Pletcher – Owners Winstar Farms He finished 3rd in his debut at Saratoga last September after getting hammered at the... Read More...

Day 3: 2013 Kentucky Derby Feature – Goldencents

The third horse in our one feature a day leading up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is Goldencents. Goldencents – Trainer Doug O’Neill – Owners W. C. Racing, Kenney, Dave and RAP Racing He won his debut at Del Mar on September... Read More...

Day 2: 2013 Kentucky Derby Feature – Verrazano

The second horse in our one feature a day leading up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is undefeated Verrazano. Verrazano – Trainer Todd Pletcher – Owners Let’s Go Stable, Michael Tabor, Michael, Mrs. John Magnier, Derrick Smith The three year old More... Read More...

2013 Kentucky Derby Feature – Orb

Over the next 12 days, we will do a feature a day on the top horses heading into the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on May 4th. Today we feature, in our opinion, the top contender in the expected field of... Read More...

Vyjack’s sprint pedigree discussed in Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred

I wrote about the speedy female family of Vyjack developed by the late Maryland horseman C. Oliver Goldsmith in the April issue (pages 60-61) of the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred. The issue is available online for free if you register for it here in the “Mid-Atlantic Club.” Read More...

Eddie Plesa Jr. cover story on North American Trainer magazine

Frances J. Karon, editor of North American Trainer magazine, takes a look at conditioner Eddie Plesa Jr. in the Triple Crown issue. The full color glossy is available free online by clicking here. My commentary on Animal Kingdom’s and Graham Motion’s rescue of our self-loathing selves is on page 91 and titled, “North America — […] Read More...

Comments on Java’s War’s pedigree from Byk radio show 4/17

Spoke about Charles Fipke’s Grade 1 Blue Grass winner Java’s War on the Steve Byk radio show this past Wednesday, April 17. Listen to it by clicking here. Read More...

war pass scores with derby colts

Reblogged from bloodstock in the bluegrass: The following post first appeared earlier this week at Paulick Report. Victory in Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland made Java’s War the first Grade 1 winner from the progeny of 2007 champion juvenile War Pass (by Cherokee Run). The Blue Grass winner joins G2 Louisiana Derby winner […] Read More...

2013 Kentucky Derby Field Starting to Take Shape

After nearly eight months and 34 qualifying races, we are finally starting to see the 2013 Kentucky Derby field take shape. We still have two last chance races for those who are outside the top 20 rankings in terms of points, but for the most... Read More...

2013 Kentucky Derby Starting to Make Perfect Cents

It was the battle of the East and West Saturday afternoon with the $1,000,000 Wood Memorial (G1) taking place at Aqueduct and the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (G1) at Santa Anita. In the Wood Memorial, heavy favorite Verrazano, from leading trainer Todd Pletcher, did what... Read More...

Same Phipps imprimatur on Revolutionary and Super Saver

Revolutionary, WinStar’s Louisiana Derby winner, traces in tail-female to the same renowned ancestress of its 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver: La Troienne. WinStar bred Super Saver from a mare purchased from the Phipps stable but purchased Revolutionary as a two-year-old for $235,000 at the 2012 OBS March sale. Bred by WS Farish, the colt […] Read More...

Derby talk on Steve Byk’s show

Spoke about some Derby horses and Animal Kingdom on Steve Byk’s show Wednesday. Noted the Jockey Club influences in Orb (bred by Janney and Phipps), Revolutionary (Farish), Hear the Ghost (Farish and Lazy F Ranch), Verrazano (Hamilton), Lines of Battle (Darby Dan family), etc. Click here to listen to our conversation.   Read More...

East & West in Kentucky Derby Trail Spotlight

Technically, there are six remaining races in the 2013 Road to the Kentucky Derby series. In reality, it comes down to four as the last two are desperation races for those on the bubble. Those who usually run in those races bypass the run for... Read More...

Animal Kingdom Wins 2013 Dubai World Cup!

It felt like an episode of Sesame Street for the American contingent at the Meydan Racecourse for the Dubai World Cup event. The number of the day was “11″. Not exactly what racings fans from the U.S or the connections of those who flew their... Read More...

Jam-Packed Weekend Ahead of Us, Enjoy!

Wow, where do we begin?! It doesn’t matter if you reside in the United States or around the World, the “World” of horse racing will have plenty to offer this coming Saturday, March 30. The Road to the Kentucky Derby heats up as we head... Read More...

Now is the time to pull out all the stops for Caviar…

Reblogged from Thedarkknight On Racing: 16-1, 12-1, 8-1, 6-1, 5-1, 7-2, 5-2.... If you saw that sequence of odds on an upcoming race you would think there was an almighty gamble being hatched and that the horse in question probably had a very strong chance of winning. But these odds aren't for an upcoming race […] Read More...

The New Kentucky Derby Points System

Horse Racing Syndicates Discuss the New Kentucky Derby Points System The Kentucky Derby, run on the first Saturday in May each year for the best 3 year olds in the country, is one of if not the most prestigious race in the world. Horse racing syndicate’s dreams live and die with the Kentucky Derby each […] Read More...

The 2013 Kentucky Derby Trail Heats Up

It’s been an interesting 2 1/2 months so far with winners coming from expected and unexpected places. We saw the 2012 two year old male champion Shanghai Bobby lose for the first time in his career to Itsmyluckyday in the Holy Bull Stakes (G3) at... Read More...

Super Ninety Nine, Horse to Beat in Rebel Stakes

24 races down, just 12 races to go before we determine the qualifiers for the 2013 Kentucky Derby. Of the 24 races as part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby points system so far, only one horse has dominated a specific race. That horse... Read More...

Strong 2013 debut for Mystical Star in G3 Hillsborough S.

Cheyenne Stables' Mystical Star turned in a strong effort in her 2013 debut on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs, finishing third... Read More...

Road to the Kentucky Derby Continues

The Road to the Kentucky Derby continues this weekend on both sides of the country with valuable points on the line for the 17 colts and gelding who are entered. The Tampa Bay Derby (G2) at Tampa Bay Downs has eight entrants including highly touted... Read More...

New Derby recap show, website unveiled in social media

Caught this today on Twitter. A new Derby recap show with Ed DeRosa (on left, with the doughnut) of Brisnet and Sean Feld (in hoody), the promoter of Bullet Train. Both men are opinionated presences on Twitter—and, one presumes, in daily life. Interesting content with a handicapping angle, presented by a couple of “regular guys” […] Read More...

Coming To America Part II

Reblogged from John W Hills: So, we landed in Washington DC, on Concorde, on time. To be greeted by a new phenomenon. The mobile Jetway. You think your on the ground, technically you are, you think your in America, yes, but in fact you actually have yet to arrive. Instead you are now driving around […] Read More...

2013 Santa Anita Handicap, Race of the Week

The Kentucky Derby trail is in full swing with just over 10 weeks remaining on the schedule. The 2013 Gotham Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct this weekend features a few horses who could make it to the big race in May (Overanalyze and Vyjack among others).... Read More...

#BlackCaviar Lightning Day at Flemington: Tweet Recap and Photos

Reblogged from inkmarksofsu: Tweet Recap Su-Ann Khaw ‏@inkmarksofsu Rockin' red lips to see the unbeaten champ #BlackCaviar at@MelbCupCarnival #FabulousFlemington pic.twitter.com/WsupXUmQ Casquets (Fastnet Rock ex Suitely (Woodman)) wins the Listed Talindert Stks - bred on the same Fastnet Rock x Woodman mare cross as Rothesay Placings in the Listed Talindert Stks: Annenberg (Artie Schiller) and Essie's Pride (Murtajill) Sunshine and blue [...] Read More...

Rules and Regulations of Horse Racing

Horse Racing Syndicates Understand the Regulations Thoroughbred horse racing is a unique sport in which there is no central governing body of the sport. Instead, each state has its own horse racing board or governing body that regulates that state’s rules and regulations. In some ways this is can be a good thing because rules […] Read More...

2013 Kentucky Derby Season Officially Begins

The Road to the 2013 Kentucky Derby intensifies this weekend with the launch of the second chapter of the new points based system the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The first chapter called the Kentucky Derby Prep Season consisted of 19 races across the United... Read More...

A bad day at the track

[Fiction inspired by current events---SHF] The man is up early as usual. He’s making the rounds on the backstretch of a flea-bitten racetrack nestled in a dust bowl. It’s four o’clock in the morning. Still dark outside but light is hinted at on the horizon. The man goes stall to stall in a barn; horse [...] Read More...

Last Two Races in Kentucky Derby Prep Season

No, that doesn’t mean we are that close to the 2013 Kentucky Derby. The running of the El Camino Real Derby (G3) at Golden Gate Fields and Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park will put an end to the Derby Prep Season that included 19... Read More...

Photos from Cape Town

Reblogged from inkmarksofsu: Read more… 97 more words Check out Su-Ann Khaw on Vine for a video of Trippi from Drakenstein Stud---SHF Read More...

Battle Ensues in 2013 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap

This time of year, the attention is usually on the three year old male division due to the prep races leading up to the Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown races (Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes). This week however, the focus comes away from the three... Read More...

France Galop’s response to EIPH questionnaire

re the last post on Hong Kong’s treatment of EIPH, this was France Galop’s response to the same questionnaire at the International Summit on race day medication (2011). Read More...

Hong Kong treatment of EIPH

How do vets in Hong Kong treat EIPH, as furosemide is not used race day or in training? The following are answers provided by the Hong Kong Jockey Club in a survey form for the International Summit on race day medication held June 13-14, 2011, in New Y... Read More...

If the horse could talk

The following excerpt is from an entertaining blog post by Michael Cox (@kemblaCoxy on Twitter) in the South China Morning Post. Michael covers racing in Hong Kong, and as you might tell, he’s not one to sugar coat the game. Read it in its entirety here. If racing wants to pretend it’s still the good [...] Read More...

Indian Derby: Super Storm in fairy tale finish for Jimmy Fortune and owners

(See Indian Derby video below—SHF) By Maj. Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.)—The 20 to 1 outsider Super Storm (Rebuttal – Cielo Vodkamartini), ridden by Jimmy Fortune, trained by Satish Narredu and bred at Hazara Stud, grabbed the lead inside the final furlong and lasted out determinedly to beat the favorite Wind Stream, Hemisphere, and the Indian 2000 [...] Read More...

Road to the Kentucky Derby, Three More Races

Three more races will run as part of the Prep Season in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series with 51 precious points on the line. The Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs, Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita and Withers... Read More...

new kentucky stallions for 2013: hansen

Reblogged from bloodstock in the bluegrass: Hansen (2008 gr c by Tapit x Stormy Sunday, Sir Cat) Ashford $12,500 This stallion prospect for 2013 is part of Coolmore's ongoing plan to conquer American racing and breeding. As linchpin of that effort, the... Read More...

Using the Hong Kong model in a kinder, gentler way

Wherever you sit on the Lasix debate, it’s important to realize that bleeders haven’t materialized overnight and are not a figment of one side’s imagination; also, that Lasix (furosemide) has been shown to help control EIPH (Exercise-... Read More...

Under the spotlight: pedigree of Malibu Moon colt Orb

Orb and Cerro are two three-year-olds on the radar for the classics after winning allowance optional claiming races at 1 1/8 miles at Gulfstream the same day, Jan. 26. Both colts have similar records—two wins from five starts—and are improv... Read More...

Mine That Bird and Canonero II – Both Derby Longshot Winners Trained at High Altitudes

Reblogged from ThoroEdge Equine Performance: Mine that Bird and Canonero II are commonly recognized as the biggest upsets in modern Derby history, with post time odds only surpassed by the 91-1 Doneraile, winner of the 1913 edition of this American cla... Read More...

Stats & History Go Against Two Year Old Champion

It’s an interesting phenomenon why two year old male Eclipse Award winners don’t experience similar success at three as they did at the age of two. Some go on to win graded stakes races, but it’s quite rare for them to win the Kentucky Derby... Read More...

Blogger returns in a new vehicle as others succumb to Twitter noise

It’s been three years since I ranked some of my favorite blogs/bloggers of 2009 in a January 2010 post. I was reminded of how infrequently many of them post nowadays when I saw today the re-emergence of one of them in a Tumblr vehicle, Exacta-Mun... Read More...

oxbow and paynter: not genetic twins

Reblogged from bloodstock in the bluegrass: In a bit of Twitter-ing exuberance, KTA/KTOB posted the following: In fairness to the organization, they were probably being more playful rather than practical in choosing to make that comment. However, let's... Read More...

Tweets from Day 2 of the Cape Premier Yearling Sale

Reblogged from inkmarksofsu: Su-Ann Khaw ‏@inkmarksofsu Ola tweethearts! All set up and looking forward to Day 2 of the@CapeTSales kicking off at 5:30pm pic.twitter.com/3lHEURT4 SAF Champ Igugu wine at @CapeTSales pic.twitter.com/GJmaHFY6 Intere... Read More...

book review: noor, by milton c. toby

Reblogged from bloodstock in the bluegrass: Noor: A Champion Thoroughbred's Unlikely Journey from California to Kentucky By Milton C. Toby Published 2012 by The History Press, Charleston SC 29403; www.historypress.net; $19.99 As a writer and reader on ... Read More...

More on albuterol, the bronchodilator option for New York horsemen

re the post below this about albuterol usage in New York, Andy Belfiore of New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) weighed in to my queries in the conversation below: I first became acquainted with albuterol in 1994 when trainer Noel... Read More...

Is there a loophole for bypassing clenbuterol in New York?

New York has a new withdrawal-time rule in place for clenbuterol, the bronchodilator that aids in breathing and also provides some steroidal-like properties that aid in muscle gain. It’s 14 days withdrawal now, and here’s the memo. However,... Read More...

Training monotony is a problem in Hong Kong, writer says

Interesting look at Hong Kong racing from another side—theirs. Hong Kong racing seems to put the magnifying glass on everything – particularly jockeys, trainers and race tactics – but nowhere does horse temperament matter more in term... Read More...