Category Archives: Horse Racing

“You Are Looking Live” At WirePlayers Derby Dozen V

Derby weekend is finally upon us. There’s one clear cut favorite and by 6:30pm Saturday we’ll know if he’s the real deal. While California Chrome certainly appears formidable, rule #1 of handicapping is never take a short price on a … Continue reading

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Registering Some Displeasure

If you’ve followed the exploits of Churchill Downs’ leadership you may think they’re the root of all evil. They raised takeout on bettors (while reportedly paying senior management hefty salaries), they jack up Derby ticket prices to ungodly amounts and … Continue reading

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The Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) – I Need a Gala

The 2014 Kentucky Derby trail has been one of the stranger ones in recent memory so it seems fitting that the final running of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes on Keeneland’s Polytrack is a head scratcher. #3 BOBBY’S KITTEN is … Continue reading

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WirePlayers Derby Dozen IV – And Just One More

With the final meaningful prep races occurring this weekend, here’s our penultimate ranking of Kentucky Derby contenders. Off a blistering performance in the Santa Anita Derby, California Chrome is the clear cut favorite garnering 5 first place votes. Tapiture received … Continue reading

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Saturday Stakes Action

Saturday offers the best day of stakes racing so far this year. It kicks off early with the Dubai World Cup card from Meydan race course. Although this year’s edition doesn’t have superstar 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, these … Continue reading

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The Spiral Stakes (G3) – Ranger Danger

Saturday’s Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park is an interesting betting race. Derby fever can cloud the judgement of both owners and bettors, with both groups looking six weeks down the road to the run for the roses. As a result, … Continue reading

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WirePlayers Derby Dozen Volume III

Chris “off the grid” Hernandez and McKayla Maroney are not impressed with this year’s Derby contenders. Maybe the Grade 1 Derby preps in the coming weeks will brighten spirits and tell us what we really have. There just might be … Continue reading

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Upon Further Review, WirePlayers Derby Dozen Volume II

What does the WirePlayers Derby Dozen have in common with the stews at Gulfstream? We took down Cairo Prince and put Top Billing on top despite him finishing well behind Wildcat Red in the Fountain of Youth. We did ’em one … Continue reading

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Strong Contenders Face Off in Southwest Stakes

Monday’s Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park features arguably the strongest field of Kentucky Derby prep races held so far this year. How can I tell: the 11 horse field contains 7 horses earning votes in Volume I of … Continue reading

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WirePlayers Derby Dozen Volume I

Now that the season of Vanderpump Rules has wrapped and my faith in mankind has reached new depths, I’ll direct my focus to the WirePlayers Derby Dozen. The Kentucky Derby prep season is underway with a plethora of potential contenders … Continue reading

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It Gets Bettor

Originally posted on Medium For a sport that increasingly promotes its complexity, horse racing should claim something this simple as a marketing slogan. Look, I love the process of handicapping races, but the approach to cashing tickets is as simple … Continue reading

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LeComte Stakes at Fair Grounds

It’s early in the Derby prep season, but Saturday’s LeComte Stakes at the Fair Grounds may have a future star. My race preview at the ThoroFan is here. Bottomline: GOLD HAWK is a beast that seems ready to roll. Of all … Continue reading

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Yelp Review of Next Furlongs Retirement Home for Horseplayers

Originally posted on Medium It seems like everything is done to recreate the racetrack experience, which is unfortunate. The staff was clearly trained on incorporating racing lingo into their activities, but they do occasionally struggle with proper context. I don’t … Continue reading

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15 Racing Predictions for 2014

Races that are rained off turf will be run over Bubble Wrap in an IKEA parking lot. Graded stakes status remains unchanged. The Breeders Cup adds three interspecies races. “None of the Above” becomes a choice for Eclipse Award voters. … Continue reading

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I Will Write More About Racing Next Year

Originally posted on Medium. I really don’t have much to show for 2013. That’s really all I can take away from looking at what I wrote about thoroughbred racing. I can count on one standard-digited hand the number of things … Continue reading

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