Tag Archives: Triple Crown

Nobody Knows Anything – WirePlayers Derby Dozen Volume V

Two days out from the Derby and we have our final ranking. Panel consensus indicates ORB as the most likely winner based on points, but REVOLUTIONARY received the most #1 votes. How do you explain that: apparently those who like … Continue reading

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WirePlayers Derby Dozen Volume IV

Fragments of useful data interspersed with healthy doses of cynicism and discontent, we’re proud to release our latest Derby Dozen poll. The top half of our Derby Dozen poll is similar to three weeks ago with some reshuffling due to Orb’s … Continue reading

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Boom Goes Bust – WirePlayers Derby Dozen Volume III

Much like a third world economy, some Kentucky Derby contenders undergo profound Boom and Bust cycles every prep season. For “Exhibit A” take the case of Super Ninety Nine. He failed to garner a single vote in Volume I, but after a scintillating, … Continue reading

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Our Gift to You, Derby Dozen Volume II

To avoid having anyone important in the racing industry getting on their high horse and being pissed at us, we’ve purged any semblance of criticism, parody, sarcasm, or general douchery from the latest Derby Dozen. What’s left is nothing but … Continue reading

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Like a Bad Penny – WirePlayers Derby Dozen (Volume I)

It’s back. Embarking on our 4th spring of passing judgment upon Kentucky Derby hopefuls, it’s fitting to paraphrase Judge Smails, we didn’t want to do it, but felt we owed it to them. We assembled a panel of 12 horseplayers … Continue reading

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Triple Crown Possibilities – Thoughts on the Belmont Stakes

Steve Munday: Okay, horse racing hasn’t had a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed did it in 1978 (past winners). Why so long? The experts blame modern breeding practices, increased use of race day meds, and U.S. training techniques. I’m not … Continue reading

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A Hard On For Security

Horse Racing – a once mainstream sport now relegated to niche status. But alas, it has a chance for rejuvenation, to a degree at least, through a Triple Crown winner – the first since Affirmed in 1978. Undoubtedly, such an event would … Continue reading

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When In Doubt, Bet the Cat Horse – Sheepshead Bay Stakes Preview

Crowds will overrun Belmont Park in 2 weeks as I’ll Have Another tries to win the Triple Crown. This weekend? Crickets. Regardless, there’s a nifty betting opportunity with Belmont’s late Pick 4 – $350K guaranteed pool, 50 cent min bet … Continue reading

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Preakness Thoughts & Bodie Pics

The 2nd leg of the Triple Crown shifts from blue grass Kentucky to blue collar Baltimore. Whereas the Kentucky Derby is Mint Juleps and fancy hats, the Preakness is beer and ‘wife beaters.’ Saturday’s crowd at Pimlico will reflect Baltimore’s … Continue reading

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Who’s Your Daddy? The WirePlayers Derby Dozen (Volume 5)

After four months of preps, I’m not sure we have a better handle on what will happen in the Derby than when we started. This isn’t because we haven’t been paying attention, it’s just there’s about a dozen horses in … Continue reading

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Discovering Untouched Talent at Virginia’s Audley Farm

In 137 runnings of the Kentucky Derby, only four Virginia bred horses have ever won. The most recent was SEA HERO in 1993 and the most notable was Triple Crown winner SECRETARIAT in 1973, arguably the greatest horse to ever … Continue reading

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Horseplayer Paradise – WirePlayers Derby Dozen Volume IV

Our Derby Dozen panel is filled with astute folks that understand the game and appreciate its complex history. But we are not of one mind when it comes to the top Derby contender (i.e., the most likely winner). No sir, … Continue reading

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A Cause Worth Celebrating – WirePlayers Derby Dozen Volume III

New and improved, this edition of the Derby Dozen has three times more Baffert. Perhaps suffering a tongue lashing from the Mrs after being shut out of Volume II, Baffert raised his game. He came back strong to sweep both … Continue reading

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Who Is Ponce de Leon? Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes Preview

Gulfstream Park’s $400k Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes takes the Sunday spotlight. Very few Fountain of Youth winners have gone on to win the Kentucky Derby (Thunder Gulch in 1995 was the most recent and before that, Spectacular Bid … Continue reading

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What’s New? It’s WirePlayers Derby Dozen Volume II

Boy how time flies, the Derby preps are heating up and here we are with Volume II of our Derby Dozen. After reading this list you may notice two things: 1) Bob Baffert is not very well represented (or is … Continue reading

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