Breeding

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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Handicapping

Asmussen, Wilkes, McPeek Tied at the Top of Churchill Downs’ Trainer Standings

Churchill Downs

(Trainers Steve Asmussen, Kenny McPeek and Ian Wilkes are all tied for the leading trainer at Churchill Downs’ current Spring/Summer meet / Photos Courtesy of Keeneland Race Course) It is a three way dead heat. Noses down at the wire. Nothing separating them. Not even an inch. After Sunday’s races at Churchill Downs, there...

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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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Opinion

2018 Kentucky Derby / Oaks: Horseshoes Down

(Monomoy Girl and rider Florent Geroux celebrate after winning the Kentucky Oaks & overcoming an ill-advised claim of foul / Photo by Holly M. Smith) Just the other day, I wrote a piece on all the positive things that happened before, during, and after the Derby Week 2018. So many things to be proud...

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Perspective

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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Quotes

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

Podcast

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

Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Crosswalk, Restoring Hope, Solomini, Paradise Woods, & Speed Freak

(Neil Howard, who trains Crosswalk for W.S. Farish, may be going to the Woody Stephens Stakes next / 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...

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