Horse Racing: Do Horses Lose Triple Crowns or Do Their Jockeys?

For the past three weeks I’ve been listening to how the last 12 horses to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes got beat in the Belmont Stakes….how we are 0 for the last 12….the Triple Crown is difficult and needs to be changed….there should be more time between races….blah, blah, blah…but does anyone realize that, by my count, almost half of those 12 (11 really...
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Full Analysis of the 2014 Belmont Stakes; Can ‘Chrome Sweep The Triple Crown?

Belmont Park in Elmont, New York is the only place to be this weekend as not only will the sensational California Chrome be gunning to be only the 12th horse in history to complete a sweep of Horse Racing’s most covenant prize, the 2014 version of the Triple Crown, by winning the 2014 Belmont Stakes (a feat that hasn’t been accomplished in 35 years) but aside from the Breeder...
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Belmont Stakes predictions and preview

This Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the famous Belmont Park racetrack, located in Elmont, NY, will be the 2014 edition of the Belmont Stakes. The race is also known as the Test of the Champions," as it is the only 3YO race, where these young horses run the entire 1 1/2 mile circumference of Belmont Park's oval.
Via The Camel Clutch Blog
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: 2014 Stephen Foster Handicap Preview; ‘Chrome Goes Home

If you are suffering from an emotional letdown from California Chrome’s defeat in the Belmont Stakes, like I am a little, don’t… because the sport of Horse Racing keeps the ball rolling this weekend with several key races topped off by the 2014 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on Saturday. The Grade:1, nine furlong race for a half million bucks for four years olds...
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch: Man Runs onto Track During Horse Race

Today’s Cream Gorse Handicap race featured a surprise that no one would’ve expected. During the race, which took place in Leicester, an unidentified man ran onto the track during the final 100 yards—in an attempt to draw ten seconds of “fame.” He was lucky he wasn’t trampled. And he didn’t affect the outcome too much, either. Watch him run onto the track like an idiot...
Via The Sports Daily
June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: The 2014 Haskell Invitational…..A Look Ahead

One of Horse Racing’s major summer events, the 2014 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, is beginning to take shape and it could include the enormously talented Untapable, a filly. While owner Ron Winchell and trainer Steve Asmussen think about what they want to due with their fleet Tapit filly, either run her vs. the boys July 27 in the Grade 1 Haskell or in the...
July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Jewelled Wins…and a Seagull Second?

As you probably already know, I’ve been involved in the sport of Horse Racing, in some capacity, for 35 years now and I have to tell you I thought I’ve seen it all but evidently I haven’t. Let me take you back to Thursday, July 8 at Brighton Racecourse in England. Jewelled, an eight year old bay mare by Fantastic Light, had been trailing most of the way of a mile and a half...
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Field of 10 Expected for the 2014 Travers Stakes

Led by 2014 Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist and 2014 Jim Dandy winner Wicked Strong, a field of 10 is expected to be drawn for Horse Racing’s “Mid-Summer Derby”, the 2014 Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, on Tuesday at 6pm EST at Druthers, a restaurant in center city Saratoga. Tonalist and Wicked Strong have exchanged decisions the last two times they met with Tonalist...
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Preview of the 2014 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga

Can you believe its closing weekend at Saratoga Race Course already? and that the meet at beautiful Del Mar Racetrack will end mid week next week? Time really does fly when you’re having fun doesn’t it? That being said, our feature race this week will be the 2014 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga Race Course for three year olds and up going nine furlongs for $600,000. The classic race...
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Preview of the 2014 Breeders Cup World Championships at Santa Anita- Day One

The big day(s) are upon us, the 2014 Breeders Cup World Championships! The two day event will climax with the $5 million Breeders Cup Classic, which will feature top three year olds Shared Belief and California Chrome squaring off. There will be four Breeders’ Cup races on Friday’s Santa Anita program and nine Breeders Cup races on Saturday’s Santa Anita program. The first...
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: A Closer Look at the 2014 Delta Downs Jackpot Million Stakes

To me, it’s never too early to talk about the Kentucky Derby and this week’s Horse Racing Race of the Week, the 2014 Delta Downs Jackpot Million Stakes at Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana, might have some 2015 Kentucky Derby implications. The 8 ½ furlong contest has drawn 10 two year olds, including Conquest Tsunami and Wake Up Nick, both of whom are five for six with one second...
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Preview of the 2014 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct Racetrack

First off, I trust you all had a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Speaking of happy and healthy, this weekend’s Horse Racing schedule is exactly that with New York, Kentucky, California and Illinois all running big cards and big races. We will be taking a closer look at the 2014 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York as our Horse Racing Race of the Week, but we’ll look at...
November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Rising Superstar Dortmund Heads 2014 Los Alamitos Futurity

In this weeks Horse Racing Race of the Week, we will be taking a closer look at the 2014, Grade: 1 $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity for two year olds at Los Alamitos Racetrack in California, where Dortmund will be taking on just four others and has been installed as the heavy 4/5 morning line favorite. The 8 1/2 furlong Futurity will be run for the first time at Los Alamitos after...
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Zenyatta’s Son, Cozmic One, To Make Racing Debut Shortly

Cozmic One, the first offspring out of 2010 Horse of the Year, and the enormously popular, Zenyatta is set to make his racing debut in a matter of days according to owner Jerry Moss. “Cozmic One will run here at Santa Anita in a matter of days. Victor (Espinoza) worked him the other day and he’s ready.” Moss said. Cozmic One, who looks like his mother, is by Bernardini and...
December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Preview of the 2015 Holy Bull Stakes; Plus 3 Others

In this weekend’s Horse Racing Race(s) of the week, we will be looking at a total of four races from around the country with the highlight race being the 2015 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Florida. The $400,000 Grade: 2 race will be run at one and one sixteenth miles and drew a field of 10 with Upstart being installed as the 2/1 morning line favorite. The three other races...
January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Preview of the 2015 San Vincente Stakes: Plus 3 Others

In this week’s Horse Racing Race(s) of the Week, we will be looking at four more key races being run around the country. The highlight race will be Sunday’s San Vincente Stakes at Santa Anita Park for three year olds going seven furlongs. The race carries a purse of $200,000 and will mark the 2015 debut of impressive 2014 Breeders Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red. We will also be...
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Preview of the 2015 Fountain of Youth & Risen Star Stakes'; Plus 2 Others

In this week’s Horse Racing Race(s) of the Week, we will be looking at a total of four more races co-highlighted by the 2015 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Florida, which will feature the highly regarded Upstart, and the 2015 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds in Louisiana, which will feature Le Comte Stakes upset winner International Star vs. the up and coming...
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

The 2015 Kentucky Derby…A Look Ahead

You can call this a modified version of my annual “Countdown to the Triple Crown” When I looked at the 2015 crop of three years olds, it certainly appears to be one of the strongest I’ve seen in quite some time. The 25 or so horses I have listed here all have shown a tremendous amount of potential as have others that I have not added (yet) and still others who either won...
March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Previews of the 2015 Santa Anita Derby, Wood Memorial and Bluegrass Stakes; Plus 5 Other Major Stakes Races

Let’s just go ahead and call this the biggest weekend thus far in 2015 in the sport of Horse Racing. I looked at 22 stakes races, but narrowed it down to what I thought were the top eight. The weekend will be highlighted by three Grade: 1, $1 million races in the 2015 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct racetrack in Queens, New York, which attracted El Kabeir and Daredevil, the Toyota Bluegrass...
April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Preview of the 2015 Arkansas Derby; Plus 3 Other Races

The spotlight in this week’s Horse Racing Races of the Week shines on Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas as we will be looking at the 2015 Arkansas Derby for three year olds with 2015 Kentucky Derby aspirations as our feature Race of the Week. The nine furlong, Grade: 1 race carries a purse of $1 million and drew a field of eight including 2014 two year colt champion American...
April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Kentucky Derby 2015 Prep and Horse Racing Tidbits

The 141st running of the Kentucky Derby on May 2nd is a little over three weeks away. Many of the major Derby prep races have been run as of this writing. As most racing fans know, each race had a certain amount of Derby-qualifying points attached to it.
Via The Camel Clutch Blog
April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Five horses for your Grand National short list

The Grand National is the most famous steeplechase in the world and the 2015 race at Aintree has the potential to be one of the most emotional in its history. Tony McCoy, who is on the verge of being crowned champion National Hunt jockey for the 20th time, is retiring at the end of the season. But, if he wins the Grand National on Shutthefrontdoor, he is planning to quit immediately...
Via The Sports Daily
April 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Horse Racing: Zenyatta’s son, Cozmic One, Flops in Racing Debut

Cozmic One, the first foal of 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, trailed every step of the way in his highly-anticipated racing debut last Friday at Santa Anita Park against a group of five other 3-year-olds and finished last in a one mile maiden special weight event. The son of Bernardini, who trailed by as many as 10 lengths in the early stages, made up a little bit of ground late...
April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Kentucky Derby 141 Predictions and Preview

Aside from being a great sporting event, the Kentucky Derby is an event in and of itself. Attendees wear interesting hats. I have seen hats that have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous on Derby Day. There's food as well, like Derby Pie and the famous Mint Julip.
Via The Camel Clutch Blog
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Preview of the 2015 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs

The biggest race in the country, and perhaps the world, is upon us in the 2015 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday. 20 of the country’s best three year olds, led by American Pharoah, will run further then they’ve ever been asked to run before for $2 million and the pinnacle of prestige in the sport. The race itself needs no introduction as I’ve found that people,...
May 01, 2015  |  Discuss
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