Can Justify Join Racing’s Most Elite Club of Triple Crown Winners? After All, He Wasn’t Last Year’s 2-Year-Old Champ

The most exclusive list in thoroughbred racing is this group of horses – the twelve Triple Crown winners. Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), Affirmed (1978), and American Pharoah (2015). I started watching racing in...

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McLean’s Selections for Churchill Downs on Thursday, May 24

Gene McLean

Day Results 10-3-4-6 Churchill 132-44-42-64 Top Pick Win % 33.30% Top Pick ITM % 76-123 61.80% Top 3 Picks ITM % 37.90% 2018 Overall 702 Races 262-270-301 Win % of Top Pick 37.30% ITM % of Top 3 Picks 39.60% We had a tremendous weekend, with a wonderful Saturday. Of the 17 races that...

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Preakness Stakes: Horseshoes Down

(Justify heads to the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs after capturing the Kentucky Derby. Rain gear and mud are now two new official products of Triple Crown 2018 / Photo by Holly M. Smith) The 143rd Preakness Stakes is certainly in the record books, and time will only tell if it becomes more significant...

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Preakness Stakes: Horseshoes Up / Updated With Justify’s Blacksmiths Info

(Justify galloping up to this year’s Kentucky Derby / Photo by Holly M. Smith) Despite record rainfall that turned the Preakness Stakes into the “Pretty Disgusting Stakes” and a dense fog that cast Pimlico Race Track into the perfect setting for a London-based murder-mystery movie, there were some definitive heroes that emerged from the...

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My Mom: My Hero, My Superstar, My Rock of All Ages

(My mother, Elizabeth, and my sister, Iraline, got to go to Keeneland with me this April) I get to celebrate Mother’s Day with my lovely mother today, on Monday. Truth be known, though, I try to celebrate her wonderful, magical, amazing life every single day — even if she doesn’t know it. She is...

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He had a real good race. No complaints. He got beat maybe a length and a half, two lengths. He’s a good horse.”

Irad Ortiz Jr., Jockey, Lone Sailor, 5th

He got beat 2 1/2 lengths, but I don’t know anything else. I know we went by the grandstand last but fairly close, closer than last time. I know I broke better. But after that, I can’t tell you much…. Look, Justify was favored. We were 2 1/2 lengths from Justify today, which is a moral victory. Unfortunately we weren’t better than fifth. But I don’t know the details of the race.”

Tom Amoss, Trainer, Lone Sailor, 5th

Mike (Smith) broke very well as we expected and he stayed in the middle of the track which I knew he was going to do. I tried to take back a little but the pace wasn’t too fast. He was relaxed but Mike was just sitting chilly on his horse. We were going very easy. I made my run the same time he did, but I didn’t have horse underneath me.”

Jose Ortiz, Jockey, Good Magic, 4th

No, I didn’t want the horse on the lead. I’m disappointed with the trip. The post didn’t help. We were inside [Justify] the whole way. Unfortunately, our horse took the worst of it being on the fence and getting pressed the whole way. He’s just not a horse that runs on the lead, so I’m pretty disappointed. He didn’t give up. I know this horse very well and he’s not a horse to be on the lead. No way. You guys asked me all week what I wanted to do – sit off the pace and follow [Justify] around the track. And he’s following us around.”

Chad Brown, Trainer, Good Magic, 4th

I was happy in the position I was in. He ran a good race but he’s still just a baby. I am happy with the third place and how he finished. He’s going to be tough later this year. I was happy with the way he ran.”

Ricardo Santana Jr., Jockey, Tenfold, 3rd


The Pressbox Show Saturday May 19 The Preakness

The Pressbox Show Saturday May 19. This week Gene and Dave take a look at The Preakness. 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...

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Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Believe in Royalty, Once on Whiskey, Zulfikhar

(Trainer J. Larry Jones conditions Believe in Royalty / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland) 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...

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