Kentucky Oaks Notes 2013

For those who are late to the party and want the Cliff Notes on the Kentucky Oaks below is 45 pages of personal notes condensed down into one blog entry.  My thoughts, pondering and person bias’s observations on the 2013 Kentucky Oaks.  If you want positive feel good thoughts on every horse about dapples, sunshine Read the full article…


Derby Trial Morning Line

Lightly raced and possibly talented field for this edition of the Derby Trial.  Titletown Five looks to relive his maiden glory at Chuchrill Downs and latch ditch effort for the Derby.  Zee Bros comes off an impressive maiden win.  Forty Tales is a closer stretching out and Capo Bastone is a natural miler cutting back Read the full article…


Lexington Stakes 2013 Morning Line

The Lexington Stakes is a Puzzle.  Probable favorite Sunbean is trying the surface for the first time, likely second favorite Pure Fun is using this race as a prep for the Kentucky Oaks and has an outside post position.  The outside post is less of a risk as she is a closer and may establish Read the full article…


Illinois Derby 2013 Morning Line

A contentious field in the Illinois Derby provide a good test to produce a morning line in a bulky field.  My Morning Line reflects a 20% take so adds up to 1.20. Post Position hurts Departing about 2 points Ground Transport, Stormin Monarcho and Siete de Oros all come in with better than looked races.


Pool Party 1 Derby Futures

50% of the game is 75% pitching The ultimate form of speculation is set to begin today with pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Futures.  Final odds will be set at 6:00 pm Eastern on Sunday night.   I’m a personal fan of the Future Wager, a slightly disgruntled fan in the potential payoffs that Read the full article…


No Bull – Holy Bull Recap

With a powerful three wide move on the turn at Gulfstream Park, Itsmyluckyday put himself in the discussion of top 20 contenders for the 2013 Kentucky Derby, Itsmyluckyday also blemished the unbeaten record of 2012 Juvenile champion Shanghai Bobby. On paper Shanghai Bobby entered the raced as a solid 4/5 favorite with an undefeated record. Read the full article…


Holy Bull Preview

While many handicappers are focusing on the “who is going to win the Derby” the Holy Bull is a $400,000 race.  This year’s field matches up the 2012 Juvenile Champion, and promising, developing horses in Frac Daddy, Dewey Squared and Bern Identity.  Add in a couple of wild cards and an entry by Barry Rose Read the full article…


Opening Day MSW at Santa Anita

The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. Abraham Lincoln The annual Maiden Special Weight opening day at Santa Anita has turned into a key race with future stakes winners the last three years.  This anticipated opening day feature has a recent history of producing future stakes winners. Read the full article…


Crystal Ball – 40 Kentucky Derby Stocking Stuffers

When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.” ~Author Unknown In the spirit of the season, below are 40 horses that inspire Derby Dreams!  With the new Derby points system, the “Road to Kentucky” will not start getting serious until March.  But let’s enjoy the “Derby Trail”. Avie’s Quality:  Woodbine Read the full article…