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Saturday Graded Stakes Preview

There are 4 graded stakes on Saturday, most notably the G.1 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga for older horses and the G.1 Clement Hirsch at Del Mar for older mares. Mountainer Park Grade 2 West Virginia Derby ($750K) – 1 and … Continue reading

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BLAME – A Horseplayer’s Horse

BLAME Originally uploaded by WirePlayers While I could care less about who wins the Horse of the Year, one thing that burns my ass is how some overzealous ZENYATTA fans have dismissed BLAME’s extraordinary accomplishments. What they fail to realize … Continue reading

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BLAME ‘n Me

Oddly enough, I first became intrigued with BLAME after one of his four defeats, the 2009 Grade 2 Super Derby. In that race, he closed in the final eighth of a mile against a loose on the lead REGAL RANSOM with … Continue reading

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BLAME with trainer Al Stall Jr.

BLAME with trainer Al Stall Jr. Originally uploaded by WirePlayers In 2009, BLAME won four times in six races at age three. Three of his victories came in stakes races including the Grade 2 Fayette Stakes at Keeneland and the … Continue reading

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2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner BLAME

2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner BLAME Originally uploaded by WirePlayers BLAME’s victory in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic was the culmination of an exceptional career. Over his three year racing career, BLAME had nine victories in 13 races; including three … Continue reading

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Belmont Park’s Super Saturday Selections

There was a time Belmont’s fall meet was the end of year championship. Over the past 25 years, the Breeders’ Cup has relegated Belmont’s prestigious fall meet to a series of BC prep races.  At least this year’s fall meet can … Continue reading

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Is There A New Sheriff In Town?

The leader of the male handicap division, QUALITY ROAD, is putting his supremacy on the line in Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga going 9 furlongs over the main track.  QUALITY ROAD has dominated the competition in 2010; most … Continue reading

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Caught in a Speed “Fig” Trap

Last weekend featured great performances by four potential Breeders’ Cup Classic starters.  Most noteworthy was ZENYATTA’s win in the G1 Vanity Handicap at Hollywood.  She won her 17th race in a row, breaking CIGAR’s record for consecutive wins.  My good … Continue reading

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Four Good Turf Races To Bet This Weekend

Just a week after the Triple Crown season concludes, horse racing offers a great weekend to bet the races. For good reason, many will watch RACHEL ALEXANDRA on Saturday in the G2 Fleur de Lis Hdcp at Churchill Downs & … Continue reading

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It’s the Preakness, Man

Attending the KY Derby and Preakness lets you compare two distinct experiences.  An analogy may be the difference between Las Vegas and Atlantic City: Las Vegas (the Derby) has more cachet and the crowds are attractive and hip.  Atlantic City … Continue reading

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Bet Hard

Walk Bet Hard My wagering experience last weekend drove home the point that handicappers should always stand firm when they have strong opinions. Case in point: last Friday’s Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs.  As some may know, I’ve been high … Continue reading

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A Journey into the Heart of American Horse Racing

Making our annual pilgrimage to Keeneland racetrack this weekend – the sixth straight year we’ve driven 8+ hours from DC to Lexington. Lexington’s gotta be the only place in America where everyone’s into horse racing.  Horseplayers who are pariahs in … Continue reading

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Regal Ransom Wires The Field

Regal Ransom cruised to victory in Saturday’s Super Derby at Louisiana Downs.  As expected, veteran jockey Richard Migliore took him to the front and set a slow pace assuring Regal Ransom had plenty left for the stretch run.   Blame … Continue reading

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Super Derby Preview

Though I’m hesitant to play any stakes race with the name “super” in it, let’s take a stab at the Louisiana Downs Super Derby, a grade II at 1 1/8 miles on the dirt. The morning line favorite Soul Warrior … Continue reading

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