Thoroughbred Horse Racing Blog

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

2013 Holy Bull Stakes Continues Prep Season

The Kentucky Derby Prep Season has 13 races under its belt with six remaining. Of the first 13 races, just two horses have won twice. The first is Goldencents and the other is recently crowned two year old male champion Shanghai Bobby. The Harlan’s Holiday... Read More...

2013 Eclipse Awards – Winners

Below, we go through each award for Horse, Trainer, Jockey and Owner and give our selection to who we feel will win the respective honors for the 2013 Eclipse Awards. Please feel free to comment at the bottom with your thoughts or selections. HORSE OF... Read More...

2013 Sham Stakes Begins Derby Trail

It was another solid year for two year old colts and gelding hoping to make their early mark for the 2013 Kentucky Derby. Of those who should be considered early contenders for the Run for the Roses on May 4, 2013 are Shanghai Bobby (Breeders... Read More...

2012 Horse Racing Top Performers

It was yet another roller coaster ride for the Sport of Kings in North America with high points and low points, but all in all it was a solid year that saw impressive horses, fantastic horses and above all tremendous winning streaks. Below, we compiled... Read More...

Pletcher Should Win 2013 Eclipse Award – Top Trainer

Todd Pletcher is to horse racing what the New York Yankees are to Baseball, Los Angeles Lakers are to Basketball and the Dallas Cowboys are to football. You either love them or hate them. whether you like him or not, Todd Pletcher had an incredible... Read More...

Cash & Points Up for Grabs in 2012 CashCall Futurity

The last race of 2012 as part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series takes place on December 15 in the 32nd running of the $750,000 Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at BetFair Hollywood Park. The top four in the race will get precious points... Read More...

Executiveprivilege, How Will She Rebound in Starlet?

It’s much easier to deal with the rigors of sports and competition when all is good, but a true competitor or athlete shows the ability to rebound after defeat. The Bob Baffert trained filly Executiveprivilege will take to the track in unfamiliar territory on Saturday,... Read More...

Shackleford Retired, He Was More Than Winning

In this day in age, we see athletic super stars across the World that perform just for the money, have negative attitudes, and might not play 100% of each and every minute of a game, match or race. Modern sports has become a business and... Read More...

2012 Delta Downs Jackpot, Road to the Kentucky Derby

The Road to the Kentucky Derby, as part of the new system in qualifying for the 2013 Kentucky Derby continues Saturday, November 17 at Delta Downs. The $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (G3) is the 7th race in the first section of the Road to... Read More...

Post Breeders Cup – 2012 Clark Handicap & More

Now that the Breeders’ Cup is in the rear view mirror, many racing fans believe the season comes to an end. That is not the case. There are several key races left in the 2012 racing season in many divisions. So, what lies ahead? 2012... Read More...

2012 Breeders Cup Results – Day 2

Day 1 on Friday saw just one favorite win out of the six races. Only Royal Delta could rise to the challenge and show the betting public they were correct in their pick. We also witnessed a nine year old gelding from Argentina win, a... Read More...

2012 Breeders Cup Results – Day 1

After all the wait, the 2012 Breeders Cup Championships was finally here. What makes this event so special is that it brings the best of the best, for the most part, from around Europe, North America and other parts of the World to compete against... Read More...

Breaking Down the 2012 Breeders Cup Turf

The 2012 Breeders Cup Turf is set to run on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 3:18pm PST. A field of 12 will face each other for the 1 1/2 miles event on the turf. This is good mix of European and American talent. Included in... Read More...

Breaking Down the 2012 Breeders Cup Mile

The 2012 Breeders Cup Mile is set to run on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 4:40pm PST. A field of nine will face each other for the one mile event on the turf. This is arguably the toughest race of the 15 as each competitor... Read More...

Breaking Down the 2012 Breeders Cup Classic

November 3, 2012 at 5:30pm PST will mark the 29th running of the prestigious Breeders Cup Classic. The $5,000,000 1 1/4 miles race has seen superstar horses such as Curlin, Cigar, A.P. Indy, Awesome Again and Sunday Silence among others win. In a field of... Read More...

Breeders Cup Pre Entries and Contenders

We are now just 8 days from the 2012 Breeders Cup World Championships at Santa Anita in Arcadia, California. The Breeders Cup Pre Entries are in and over 180 horses were entered in the 15 championship races. You will see a excellent mixture of North... Read More...

The Career of Frankel Compared

Over the past year or so, I’ve heard many people try to compare the career of Frankel to that of Zenyatta, Black Caviar as well as other all time stars. Is it possible to do so? I believe it is possible, but at the end... Read More...

Breeders Cup 2012 Challenge Nearing Its End

The Breeders Cup 2012 World Championships at Santa Anita is just over three weeks away. With the date closing in quickly, that means the Breeders Cup Challenge as part of the Win and You’re In series is coming to an end. Upon the conclusion of... Read More...

15 More Challenge Races for 2012 Breeders Cup

Last weekend, there were 14 races as part of the 2012 Breeders Cup Challenge Series. Belmont Park and Santa Anita held their respective Super Saturday’s with multiple Grade 1 races now in the books. Newcastle and Curragh over in Europe had three races as well.... Read More...

2012 Breeders Cup Dates & Post Times

We are now less than one month away! Pages have been created and added for all 15 races including the main event, the Breeders’ Cup Classic. To view these pages, you can either select them by scrolling over the Breeders’ Cup Challenge title at the... Read More...

2012 Breeders Cup Implications This Weekend

This weekend has serious implications for the upcoming 2012 Breeders Cup World Championships in early November at Santa Anita. As part of the Win and You’re In Challenge Series, there are a combined total of 14 races across the United States and Europe. Super Saturday... Read More...

Breeders’ Cup 2012 Just Around the Corner

It’s hard to believe another year has flown by. In just over six weeks time, the 29th installment of the Breeders’ Cup World Championship will be held once again at Santa Anita race track in Arcadia, California. A total of 15 races worth 25.5 million... Read More...

Bob Baffert Still Going Strong, Despite

It’s been a roller coaster ride of emotions for trainer Bob Baffert these last few months, both on and off the track. In March, he had a heart attack in Dubai as Game on Dude was preparing to run in the Dubai World Cup. He... Read More...

Del Mar Futurity Closes Successful Meet

It was Saratoga’s turn on the weekend with the running of the Grade 2 Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes. Shanghai Bobby made it look easy with a 3 3/4 lengths win over favorite Fortify and Bern Identity. For Shanghai Bobby, it continued his winning streak as... Read More...

Forego the Woodward This Weekend

Ok, maybe the title is a bit too much, but in my opinion the Grade 1 Forego Stakes at Saratoga this weekend is a much more appealing race than the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes. I believe the Woodward is Mucho Macho Man‘s to lose. In... Read More...

Dullahan, Alpha, Golden Ticket Create Instant Classics

It’s been a well documented disaster season for the three year old male division in terms of the number of star horses lost to injury and retirement. Among others, we’ve lost Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another, Arkansas Derby and triple crown double... Read More...

Little Mike Saves Americans, Wins Arlington Million

It’s great for horse racing when you have International flavor in three consectuive races. There’s just something about Americans vs Europeans no matter what the sport. Today at Arlington Park had three Grade 1 turf races with favorites from both sides of the pond. The... Read More...

Field of 10 Set for Beverly D. Stakes (G1)

The one part of the summer meet at Arlington Park that I like are the major turf races. It has the healthy International competition between American vs European horses. It’s one of the few times throughout the racing season, European connections will travel their top... Read More...

Racing Spotlight Remains on Turf, Arlington Park

Last weekend, the five year old chestnut Wise Dan returned to turf for the first time in 10 months and easily won the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga by five lengths. The Charles Lopresti trainee has performed very well in his limited action on... Read More...

Travers Stakes, Another Watered Down Race?

It’s been quite a year for the three year old male division. You’ve read our articles about the injuries sustained to the top horses from January up to now. Out of Bounds (Sham Stakes winner), Algorithms (Holy Bull Stakes winner), Thunder Moccasin (Hutcheson Stakes winner)... Read More...

Shackleford, Ron the Greek Part of Upset Weekend at Saratoga

It was one of those crazy weekends where nothing went right for the favorites and everything went right for the betting public. A total of 8 graded stakes races across the continent and 7 of them resulted in upsets. The only favorite to win was... Read More...

Whitney Invitational Headlines Saturday at Saratoga

This Saturday, trainer Bill Mott brings his two-time Grade 1 winner Ron the Greek to The Spa to tackle eight others in the $750,000 Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap. This race is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge race. If a horse is nominated for... Read More...

Hansen to Run in West Virginia Derby, Brilliant?

I’ve written posts on the topic of top horses side stepping the “major” races for “lower” tier races at less familiar race tracks. In the title of this post I mention the word brilliant. Why? Let me explain. Last year, I wrote about Bob Baffert... Read More...

Paynter Takes Over Division Lead With Haskell Win

With the departure of I’ll Have Another to injury that eventually forced him to retire, the three year old male division was left for Bodemeister to control. The Bob Baffert trained colt who destroyed the competition in the Arkansas Derby by 9 1/4 lengths fell... Read More...