Breeding

Why Own A Racehorse: 2YO Colt Ready to Go to Churchill Downs

(My 2-year-old colt by Caleb’s Posse / Photo by Gene McLean) The late, great Herb Stevens used to have an old saying that he would readily share while having breakfast at the Keeneland kitchen. In-between bites of scrambled eggs, bacon and a few grits, the old, veteran, hard-boot trainer from Versailles would spit out...

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Handicapping

Valdivia Dominating at Arlington; Morales Off to Fast Start at Ellis Park

If there was ever any doubt to identify the leading jockey for this year’s Spring/Summer race meeting at Arlington Park, there is no more. As they used to say about the television hero in the Western shows, he has ridden off into the sunset. Jose Valdivia Jr., who has become a perennial riding champ...

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Tenfold at Churchill Downs

Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Tenfold, Switzerland

(Tenfold at Churchill Downs this spring / Photo by Gene McLean) 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...

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Opinion

Cleaning Out the Ole’ Muck Pit — Again!

Gene McLean

Every so often, we will be addressing a few things: comments, decisions, people, whatever that – for one reason or another – should be tossed into the literary “muck pit.” It is in the spirit of cleanliness, recycling, and protecting the environment that we offer this service of “addressing the muck” – free of...

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Perspective

Arlington Park Barn Notes: Real Story May Be Back?

(Real Story, winner of the G3 American Derby / Photo Courtesy of Coady Photography & Arlington Park) From the Media Team at Arlington Park: Grade III American Derby winner Real Story and Grade III Stars and Stripes winner Catcho En Die (ARG) are both likely to return to Arlington International Racecourse for the International...

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Quotes

I got a perfect trip,” Ortiz said. “We got a good post and he broke sharp. He was ready today, it was a big performance. Coming in I just wanted to ride my race. Let him settle at first and then let him finish. In preparation for the race, we worked with him to gallop out and finish strong. [The plan was] to relax early and finish strong and it worked out good.”

“I expected him to run a big race but I didn’t think he would gallop out like that,” he added. “I’m so happy to see the way he did it.”

Irad Ortiz, Jr., The winning rider

I could see Jose had a ton of horse and I knew he was going to make his run. I didn’t want the wire to come too soon because he was coming with a big run. I’m just glad he proved he can win outside the state of Kentucky. I thought we were in the right place. I thought maybe we’d be ahead of Whitmore, maybe not so far back, but they went so fast.”

Ben Colebrook, Trainer of the winner

My plan was to break and go. I broke good, I sent him, and he took me the whole way. He was traveling perfect. I just went from there and started moving and he responded very well. He went fast, and he gave me another gear at the quarter pole.”

Jose Ortiz, Rrider of the winner Diversify

I thought she got a good trip in the pocket,” Brown said regarding Significant Form. “I don’t really have any excuse other than I think we found out today she probably doesn’t want to run that far. As evidenced by her not being able to hold on for second in the deep stretch, it was clear who the winner was going to be, it was a matter of who was going to finish second. Her being unable to do that was the most telling part about her distance limitations.”

Chad Brown, Trainer of fourth-place finisher Significant Form

I don’t think it was a surprise really because she traveled here well and [jockey] Donnacha [O’Brien] wasn’t hard on her when she ran last week at the Curragh. Six days later, a mile and a quarter on hard ground is probably her trip. She can probably go a bit farther as well but it’s great to get her going at a mile and a quarter and she can go a mile and a half in time. She’s won over a mile and a quarter and she does it impressively.”

T.J. Comerford, The traveling head lad for trainer Aidan O’Brien and the winning connections

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Workouts

Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Monomoy Girl, Midnight Bisou, Hofburg

(Monomoy Girl winning the KY Oaks / Photo by Holly M. Smith) 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,...

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