Race of the Day for Monday, May 19 @6:00 P.M.

Race of the Day, May 19, 2014 Hastings Racecourse, Vancouver, BC Race 4, Maiden Special Weight, 6 1/2 furlongs, Fillies and Mares, Purse: $25,000 On a relatively quiet racing Monday, we take our first trip out of the United States to charming Hastings Racecourse in  Vancouver, Canada. Today is Victoria Day, a holiday up north,
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Preakness Recap: How Champions Look

Greatness comes from everywhere.  Even from a $2,500 Stud Fee and a $8,000 mare.  California Chrome looked all the part of a champion today.  Social Inclusion ran well — right up to him on the turn — and California Chrome had more.  When Ride on Curlin made a solid run at his down the final furlong, I
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Quick Thoughts about Every Preakness Horse

#1. Dynamic Impact developed late but still well below these. Has some style flexibility which could be an asset from rail. #2. General A Rod is a notch below these.  I’d like him in the Indiana or Iowa Derby later this summer. #3. California Chrome is best on paper.  If he wins, he’ll become the biggest public horse since Smarty
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Four Questions for the Preakness

This is the easiest rooting race all year.  We’d all like to see the Derby winner, California Chrome (#3, 3-5), heading off to Belmont with a chance at the Triple Crown.  You should root for him.  But whether you should bet him or not — especially at the dangerously low price of 3/5 — is
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Pimlico Special, G3, Purse: $300,000 5:52 ET

I watched the 2006 Pimlico special from an unfurnished living room in South Burlington, VT.  We saw the U.S. debut of Invasor, who would later go on to win the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Classic, 2007 Dubai World Cup, and be named Horse of the Year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCydlbYkGM0 I’m not sure there’s a horse of Invasor’s stature in
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Pimlico, May 15, Claiming 7.5K, 1:38 PM ET

Race of the Day, May 15, 2014 Pimlico Racecourse, Baltimore, Maryland Race #2, Claiming $7.5K, Non-winners of 2 races lifetime, Purse $16K 1:38 P.M. ET We’ll kick off the next three days from Pimlico as we try to get a bead on the track condition for the Preakness.  Track Bias — whether the track’s surface favors
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Mountaineer, Claiming 8:32 ET

Race of the Day, May 11, 2014 Mountaineer Race Track, Chester, WV, Race 5, 8:32 ET 5 1/2f, Claiming $5K, Restricted to Fillies and Mares, non-winners of 2 races in six months, Purse $9.7K We return to Mountaineer racetrack for one of their specialties — a conditioned claiming race.  Most horses at Mountaineer always run for a
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Santa Anita, Claiming, 8:37 PM ET

Race of the Day, May 9, 2014 Santa Anita Race Track, Arcadia, California, Race 6 8:37 P.M., Claiming $12.5K, 1 Mile, Purse: $21K Our first trip to Southern California brings us to the 6th race at Santa Anita.  It kicks off the late Pick 3 and is the second leg of the late Pick 4.
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