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In Review: The Oceanside Stakes

The public is a great pre-race handicapper. It is very skilled at taking the available data (i.e. past performances, visual impressions, word of mouth) and whittling it down to accurate
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Kentucky Derby Contender Profile: Mubtaahij

His path to the Derby is non-traditional, at least when it comes to producing winners. But, despite never having raced on North American soil, Mubtaahij stands a decent chance to buck history
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Kentucky Derby Contender Profile: Materiality

Despite the highest Beyer figure so far from a 3YO (110 in the Florida Derby), Materiality will likely be double-digit odds on Kentucky Derby day.  It’s a combination of figure skepticism, due to
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Kentucky Derby Contender Profile: Carpe Diem

Let’s continue with our video review of top 2015 Kentucky Derby contenders with Carpe Diem, who has been targeting this race since being purchased for $1.6 million as a 2YO. Breeders’
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Kentucky Derby Contender Profile: American Pharoah

American Pharoah is the likely favorite for the Kentucky Derby off the strength of his stellar Oaklawn preps, which build upon the foundation of his Eclipse-award winning 2YO campaign. Here’s his road
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Kentucky Derby Contender Profile: Dortmund

The goal of this series is to prepare for the Kentucky Derby by reviewing the racing history of the contenders. By the end of this article, you’ll have a good
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Arkansas Derby (GI)

With the move of the Blue Grass, the Arkansas Derby has been left alone as the only major Derby prep three weeks out. This year’s edition is led by American Pharoah,
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The Wood Memorial (GI)

It’s the cap to the Aqueduct 3YO season on Saturday with the Wood Memorial. Racing returned to the main track from the inner dirt on Wednesday and a field of
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Santa Anita Derby (GI)

The Santa Anita Derby concludes the 3YO series in Southern California. The field begins with Dortmund, who was #1 in the latest Derby rankings. He has run the two fastest speed figures in the
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The Blue Grass (GI)

The Blue Grass Stakes (G1) caps a terrific card on Saturday on opening weekend from Keeneland. It’s one of three destinations this week — Santa Anita and Aqueduct are the
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5 Weeks Out: Florida Derby, Lousiana Derby, UAE Derby

Three final preps for Kentucky Derby contenders today. Each race not only awards 100 points to the winner, but also 40 points to second and 20 points to 3rd. So, the
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Kentucky Derby FAQ

A guide to the Kentucky Derby. Covers age and field size, fastest “2 minutes,” purse, surface, and distance. Can a horse of any age race in the Kentucky Derby?  No.
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Kentucky Derby Top 5, as of March 23

Kentucky Derby Top 5 Written on March 23. We’ve seen some impressive performances over the past couple of weeks, most notably watching American Pharoah return and dominate in the Rebel.  Firing Line,
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The Sunland Derby (GIII)

An added bonus to the Kentucky Derby trail with the Sunland Derby on Sunday afternoon (5:40 MT). 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner. With the scratch of Lord
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The Spiral (GIII)

The Kentucky Derby trail runs through Turfway Park today with Spiral, a 9 furlong test over the track’s artificial dirt surface. It provides the best, if only, route for an artificial
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The Rebel (GII)

All eyes toward Oaklawn this weekend with the Rebel featuring the anticipated return of 2YO male champion, American Pharoah.  He’s the second top contender to return to the track in the last
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Recap: From the Swale to the Big Cap, a Great Day of Racing

I kept a live diary of the big races today, including the Big Cap and the Kentucky Derby points races. I’ve added in the videos as well — scroll down
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Kentucky Derby Top Five, as of March 6

Kentucky Derby Top 5 Written on March 6 — eve of the Tampa Bay Derby, Gotham, and San Felipe. The top 4 clearly have separated — at least in my
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Saturday, March 7: Gotham (GIII), Tampa Bay Derby (GII), San Felipe (GII)

Three Kentucky Derby points races this weekend, with action from Aqueduct, Tampa Bay Downs, and Santa Anita. Races are all scheduled to go off within an hour of one another.
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Paths to Kentucky Derby: 2010 – 2012

How did the eventual winners of the Kentucky Derby get to Louisville? This morning, I’m going to start the review by taking a look at the winners from 2010 – 2012 and
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The Risen Star

The first Kentucky Derby qualifying race this weekend is the Fountain of Youth and the 50-20-10-5 Point Values. I wrote about it earlier today. The second Kentucky Derby qualifying race
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The Fountain of Youth

We’ve reached an exciting day on the calendar, one that we’ve been pointing to for months. Today, the Points Increase. 85 points total in each race, with 50 points to
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The Southwest Stakes (GIII)

Update: The race was postponed due to inclement weather. It was redrawn, with some defections and an addition, and will be run on Sunday, Feb. 22. Here’s my amended analysis,
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The El Camino Real Derby (GIII)

The Derby trail winds through Northern California this weekend with the Grade III El Camino Real Derby (3:50 Pacific Time). It’s an early 9f test with 10 Kentucky Derby points
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An Amazing Saturday in February

Even though Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, I consider winter unofficially over after yesterday’s terrific day of racing. Here are my top 5 moments of the day: 5. Far from
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The Robert B. Lewis (GIII) & The Withers (GIII)

The Kentucky Derby Trail resumes this weekend with cross-country action from Santa Anita and Aqueduct. Both races feature logical contenders and likely won’t offer strong wagering opportunities. That said, several horses
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“10 words or less” on each horse in the Kentucky Derby Future Pool

“10 words or less” is a favorite feature. Here’s how I described it in a previous article: “With marquee races, such as the Travers Stakes, a common mistake is overstudy,
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Kentucky Derby Trail Resumes Feb. 7

There’s the Sam F. Davis Stakes from Tampa Bay Downs today, but no Kentucky Derby points on the line again until February 7 with the Withers from Aqueduct and the
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The Holy Bull (GII)

Great 3YO racing tomorrow from Gulfstream Park, including Kentucky Derby points on the line in the the Holy Bull. The race features several contenders who have already earned qualifying points. A
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The Smarty Jones

I’ll take any chance that I can to rave about one of my all-time favorite horses, Smarty Jones, who Monday’s stakes race for 3YO from Oaklawn is named. He raced
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Kentucky Derby Trail 2015

I love following the 3YO division, and in particular, the races that lead to the Kentucky Derby. As usual,  I’m just as interested in understanding the prep races — each with
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The Lecomte Stakes (GIII)

Two stops on the Kentucky Derby trail this weekend, with the Lecomte Stakes on Saturday from Fairgrounds and the Smarty Jones on Monday from Oaklawn. Here’s the preview for the Lecomte,
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The Sham Stakes (Grade III)

This week, continuing coverage of the Derby Trail moves to Santa Anita for the Sham Stakes. 8f — so a bit on the shorter side for these preps — and,
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Shame on the New York Times: In Defense of the Horseplayer

I was very disappointed when I opened an e-mail from a close friend this morning, who always forwards me articles related to horse racing. Last night, he sent me a
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The Jerome (Grade III)

Attention turns back to the Kentucky Derby trail this weekend, with the GIII Jerome from Aqueduct. 9 3YO’s are entered and will contest a distance of about 8.3f on the inner dirt
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Santa Anita Opening Weekend Reflections

It was a great holiday weekend of racing at Santa Anita. Here are some reflections on the weekend: Shared Belief is a much better horse than we saw on Friday in the
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Santa Anita Day 2: Pick 5

Discussed the first two races here. Let’s take a look at the next 3 to put together a Pick 5: Race 3: MSW, 2YO Fillies, 5.5f This is the first race where
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Santa Anita Day 2: Early Double

It’s day 2 of the Santa Anita meet. Feels like a double Saturday, with this great long weekend of racing. Two lower-level races to start the day: Race 1:  12.5K
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Santa Anita Opening Day: The Malibu (G1)

Big racing from all across the U.S. today. I have my eyes some in NY, some in Miami, but mainly out west for the opening day of Santa Anita, highlighted
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Consistently Misvalued: Bayern’s 2014 Campaign

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen an racing enigma at the level of Bayern, the Breeders’ Cup Classic champion. Bayern is a very good, perhaps great horse, that has
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Los Alamitos Futurity (G1)

The Los Alamitos Futurity used to be the Hollywood Futurity at Hollywood Park. I dearly miss playing there, hence the picture from Hollywood Park in memory above. Now at Los
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Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2)

Classy 2YO’s going 8.5 furlongs today at Churchill Downs in another step on the road to the Kentucky Derby. Many contenders in this race, including a couple horses that have run
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Aqueduct Saturday “End of Day” Races: Remsen Stakes (G2) & Cigar Mile (G1)

Two fun graded stakes to finish off the day at Aqueduct. With the move to the inner track looming, let’s enjoy this top-class dirt racing! Race 9: Remsen Stakes, 3:48
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Prime Engine, Ocho Ocho Ocho, and the $1 Million Delta Jackpot

It’s time to start talking Kentucky Derby…sort of. It’s still very early, but a few points are on the line for qualification with the running of the $1 Million Delta
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The Breeders’ Cup and “Stealing Money”

I wrote “Stealing Money from the Crowd” in anticipation of this year’s Breeders’ Cup. It was not a preview of particular races, but a description of two contrarian approaches that
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Recapping Friday at the Breeders’ Cup

It was a mostly chalky start to the 2014 Breeders’ Cup. In the Juvenile Turf, Hootenanny paid the biggest price of the short day at 6-1, showing his mid-summer form was no
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Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Races

Here’s a quick rundown of today’s races: Juvenile Turf: With scratch of Aktabantay, I’ll move my Euro money over to War Envoy, who has raced well in top competition for world-class
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The Breeders’ Cup Saturday Turf Races

I’ll focus on the Saturday Breeders’ Cup turf races as a group. This comprises the Turf Sprint, the Filly and Mare Turf, the Turf, and the Mile. Except for the Turf
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The Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

On paper, the Dirt Mile may be the easiest Breeders’ Cup race in recent memory, and I only have about 100 words to say on it. It is defending champion
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The Breeders’ Cup Classic

I’ve been prepping for this race all year. It started with the Derby preps, continued through the Kentucky Derby, and an in-person trip to the Belmont Stakes. I’ve covered the
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