Louisville Thoroughbred Society

Louisville Thoroughbred Society: The Work Continues Towards 2019 Opening

(Construction crews continue to do all the infrastructure work and pour the concrete footers for a new parking garage that will  be located next to the Hughes Building. The roof top of the garage will provide open air, roof-top leisure space for the Louisville Thoroughbred Society. Coming 2019 / Photo by Gene McLean) While...

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Breeding

Keeneland Announces “Expansions” to 2019 Spring Meet in April

(Photo by Gene McLean) From the Keeneland Media Team: Keeneland Enhances 2019 Spring Meet with Earlier Opening Day, Two New Stakes LEXINGTON, KY (Dec. 12, 2018) – Keeneland today announced expansions to its 2019 Spring Meet, which will open Thursday, April 4, a day earlier than in previous years, and present two new stakes,...

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Handicapping

McLean’s Selections for the Fair Grounds on Thursday, Dec. 13

Gene McLean

Day Results 9-4-3-7 2018 Overall 1835 679-654-807 Win % of Top Pick 37.00% Payoff % of Top 3 Picks Overall 38.87% Top Selection ITM / FG Nov-Mar 27-37 72.97% Top Selection Win / FG Nov-Mar 18-37 48.65% “Key Horses” @ FG Nov-Mar 8-6-2-0 75.00% We are off to a very nice start this meet,...

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Dunph to Tackle “Asmussen Five” in Springboard Mile at Remington Park This Sunday

(Dunph, winning the Spendthrift Stakes at Churchill Downs this Fall / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs) (Trainer Steve Asmussen has five entered for the Springboard Mile this Sunday at Remington Park / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland) From the Remington Park Media Team: National Racing Hall of Fame Trainer Steve Asmussen, entered five athletes into...

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Opinion

Opinion: How Rob Murphy “Justifies” His Vote for 2018 Horse of the Year

(Justify — the 2018 Triple Crown Winner / Photo by Holly M. Smith) By Robert A. Murphy, Jr./ Pressbox Breeding Analyst: As I walk into my virtual voting booth, I realize this an electorate of one. Majority rules. But this process must take a heartfelt look at the cold, hard facts of Thoroughbred racing in...

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Perspective

Why Own a Racehorse: Because Who Else Would You Send to New Orleans for the Winter, While You are Stuck in the Cold?

(As the sun tried like all heck to burn off the cool morning fog, Seek N Justice waited to take his turn on the Churchill Downs track this morning and look into the future / Photo by Gene McLean) It was a bit chilly when I arrived at the Churchill Downs’ backside early on...

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Quotes

She’s matured a lot and she’s starting to grow and she has been working great. I saw her get away third and for three horses this was a tough race. There’s nothing easy about the races in California. She’s only run one bad race and that wasn’t her fault. I sent her back east when I should have kept her here for the Debutante. But hey, sometimes you call the play and it’s a fumble.”

Bob Baffert ,

These three-horse races are tricky. You can’t really tell what’s going to happen. She was in hand early, but got a bit tired late.”

Rafael Bejarano,

We were under pressure all the way. Not the best of circumstances.”

Flavien Prat,

She got away from there just a little bit awkwardly and we spotted them some. But that turned out to be a blessing. She got a little breather on the backside. Then that wind (coming into the stretch) was really bad.  Comes right at you. But she’s a good filly and she got it done.”

Drayden Van Dyke , Winner of the Dezi Arnaz Stakes at Del Mar

I had everything my way. I was out there galloping and he was nice and happy – he had his ears straight up. I figured once I got into him he would really explode, but he just stayed steady.”

Drayden Van Dyke , Rider of beaten favorite War of Will, who finished fourth

Podcast

The Pressbox Show December 8

The Pressbox Show Saturday December 8. The Pressbox show is hosted by world renowned broadcaster Dave Baker and Gene McLean. Drop us an email or give us a shout on Twitter or Facebook as we entertain and educate on this week’s great, upcoming Stakes schedule.

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Workouts

Work Tab for Dec. 13: Today’s Focus On Kingly (Another Talented 2YO for Team Baffert)

(Bob Baffert) Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over the country.  We are looking for workouts that may be of interest and helpful to you — as both race fans and handicappers.  Some of the horses we will be tracking, you will know.  Some of them, you may not know...

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