Latest Racing News 2017-09-25T17:15:14+00:00

Latest Racing News

Magnum Moon Looking Good

March 18th, 2018|Tags: , , |

I thought both the winner Magnum Moon and the runner up Solomini ran good in the Rebel. Solomini had some trouble and looked like he got a lot out of the race. Magnum Moon enjoyed a nice trip but delivered when it counted and didn't have the best stride I've ever seen but is still lightly raced and learning. Read more about Magnum Moon and the Rebel here.....

Solomini Heads to Rebel

March 15th, 2018|Tags: , , |

Bob Baffert is sending Solomini to the Rebel at Oaklawn. I think Solomini looks as good as just about any of the three year olds pointing towards to the Kentucky Derby. Let's see how he does in the Rebel. Read about Solomini here....

Justify Tops Early Derby List With No Points and No Stakes Experience

March 13th, 2018|Tags: , |

While Justify has looked visually impressive in his two wins to date, and ran fast over a very fast wet surface in his most recent triumph, the fact remains he is without points to get in the Kentucky Derby and has yet to face the better three-year olds in this crop. Based on that vaulting him to the top of the list seems a tad premature at best. That is not to say he can't wind up there, but there is no benefit in handing him the blanket of roses now. Read more about Justify here....

McKinzie DQ’d in San Felipe and Bolt d’ Oro Declared Winner in a Controversial Call

March 11th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

  Stewards make some interesting and inconsistent decisions. When you have subjective rules like if it cost another horse a better placing, or a chance at a better placing, and did it affect the outcome, you leave the door open for disagreement and argument. One could argue a foul always costs a horse a "chance" at a better placing. It is not nearly definitive enough. We all can usually agree if a foul occurred, and years ago a foul meant a disqualification. People complained about horses being disqualified when it had no impact on the outcome and that is indeed frustrating. That lead to the current rules most jurisdictions operate under which allow discretion by the stewards as described above. That morphed into most out of the gate incidents not even being looked at when any horseman knows a gate incident can have a significant impact on a race. Back in the day there were far fewer left and right turns out of the gate because they were indeed subject to disqualification. In the San Felipe yesterday at Santa Anita McKinzie [...]

RIP Ronnie Franklin

March 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Ronnie Franklin who won the 1979 Kentucky Derby and Preakness aboard Spectacular Bid passed away at 58 years old. Ronnie lost the mount on Spectacular Bid following a defeat to Coastal under Ruben Hernandez in the Belmont Stakes. Many blamed Ronnie and his early backside move for the defeat but the Bid had stepped on a safety pin the morning of the race puncturing his foot. Coastal also ran huge with a nice rail move by Ruben who was an excellent rider especially in stakes at that time. Nine days later Ronnie was arrested for cocaine possession in the Disneyland parking lot. His riding career stalled and his reputation was marred by substance abuse issues. he was only 19 when he won the Derby and Preakness. RIP Ronnie, forever a part of history in the Sport of Kings. Read more about Ronnie Franklin here......

Kentucky Derby Advance Wager Pool 3

March 7th, 2018|Tags: |

I am not a fan of the advance Kentucky Derby wager for a few reasons. For those of you who are Pool 3 is this weekend and results in Florida and California will impact the closing odds. Perhaps an improvement to the process would be to allow you to lock in your odds before these preps are run. You can in Las Vegas why not in our own arena? Read more about Pool 3 here.....

Highly Regarded Fly So High Injured

March 6th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Fly So High who took the Davona Dale in what I'd call workman like fashion injured a suspensory and will be out 60 days. The time off may turn out to be a blessing. While extremely talented with a lot of upside, Fly So High did not look like an Oaks winner to me on Saturday. With some time and maturity races like the Alabama and others could be right up her alley. Read more about Fly So High here....

Promises Fulfilled Upsets Fountain of Youth & Makes the Future Look Bright

March 6th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Promises Fulfilled who looks a lot like his sire Shackelford upset the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream and earned a spot on the Kentucky Derby trail. The colt went wire to wire easily handling two-year old champ Good Magic and looking every bit like a horse who has progressed from two to three. Read more about Promises Fulfilled Here...

Good Magic Makes Three-Year Old Debut

March 1st, 2018|Tags: , |

Good Magic last seen breaking his maiden in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile will make his three-year old debut Saturday at Gulfstream in the Fountain of Youth. All eyes will be on the champion two-year old to see how he has progressed from two to three years old. Read about Good Magic and the Fountain of Youth here......