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Thoroughbred racing, research and writing.

In order of Kentucky Derby points: by (sire) Trainer, Jockey Tiz the Law (Constitution) Barclay Tagg, Manny Franco Pros: By leading sire Constitution, undefeated as a 3yo, significantly highest consistent speed numbers in field, trainer Tagg won 2003 Derby with … Continue reading

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Probably the place to start would be Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, May 6, 2000. I had spent the night at my friend Jeff’s parents’ house on Glenmeade Road in southeastern Louisville. We had just finished our first years at the … Continue reading

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I had the pleasure, honor and privilege of being part of the University of Arizona Equine Sciences consignment to the Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association sale this past Thursday. It’s one of those rites of passage for U of A Equine … Continue reading

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This Saturday is the 150th Travers Stakes, the “Midsummer Derby.”  It’s actually older than all of the other big three-year-old races on the calendar; Kentucky won the first Travers in 1864, eleven years before Churchill Downs ran the first Kentucky … Continue reading

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Are colts who are good runners at 2 better stallions? I’m going to get into this a bit more later, but just looking at the current top ten sires list, there’s Into Mischief (won the Gr. 1 CashCall Futurity), Tapit … Continue reading

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Tacitus, Tapit, Bill Mott Pros: Good speed numbers in last two races (especially in Wood Memorial); has beaten Tax, Haikal and Win Win Win this year; by leading sire Tapit; trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott; three-race win streak; … Continue reading

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Arranged in order of Road to the Kentucky Derby points. By horse name, sire, and trainer, here goes…. Magnum Moon, Malibu Moon, Todd Pletcher Pros: Undefeated in four starts, including Rebel and Arkansas Derby, which American Pharoah used as preps … Continue reading

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West Coast won the 148th Travers, and Bob Baffert repeats as winning trainer in the Mid-Summer Derby. West Coast certainly seems like the real deal, he’s been first or second in seven career starts, and won the Travers pretty convincingly. … Continue reading

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Saturday is Travers Day at Saratoga. The day is a FEAST for racing fans. Six Grade 1’s, equine and human stars everywhere, an excellent betting race in the Travers, and if you’re able to get to the Spa, good for … Continue reading

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Saturday is the 27th running of the Pacific Classic at Del Mar. It’s one of my favorite races on the calendar every year, and the highlight of the Del Mar summer season. The Pacific Classic elevated Del Mar’s presence in … Continue reading

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