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Derby Rankings: Week 2

January 25th, 2021

Lots of activity this week, with some eye-popping performances, and lots of movement in the Top 12, as we await next week’s Holy Bull and Robert B. Lewis Stakes, which should bring more major changes…

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Derby Rankings Week 1: Back on the Trail Again

January 18th, 2021

Welcome to the 2021 Kentucky Derby trail and the start of our Derby Rankings. Unlike the Derby Dozen, the rankings will not be limited to 12 horses, but we will begin with a dozen in order to properly introduce each horse in detail. All readers’ comments are welcome whether you agree or disagree. So please stop by every week, share your opinions, and hopefully we can create a much-needed diversion from these crazy and scary times. Let the fun begin…

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Baffert vs Pletcher: A Tale of the Tape

January 11th, 2021

With activity on the Derby trail starting to pick up, the one constant is that Bob Baffert and Todd Pletcher are going to be loaded once again. But who are these two powerhouse trainers who dominate the road to Louisville every year? Let’s take a close look at them and what makes them so successful…

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The Greatest “Rabbit” Punches in Racing History

January 4th, 2021

It is time for one final history lesson before we hit the Derby trail. And this is one topic you don’t normally read about. This one you can say is about horses and trainers having a bad “hare” day…

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Merry Christmas Horse Racing

December 23rd, 2020

Santa Claus has already gotten his COVID-19 vaccine, so he’ll be on his way once again on Christmas Eve. In his bag this year are some special presents for all his friends in horse racing. He made his list and checked it twice and thanks to our special connections at the North Pole, here is that list…

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Invasor – A Life Changing Horse

December 14th, 2020

I am not a collector of memorabilia and have never purchased a single item…until now. When two of the shoes worn by Invasor in the Suburban Handicap came up for sale on eBay from the extensive collection of the Estate of Julie Albright, I approached my friend and fellow Invasor lover Dianne Boothe and mentioned to her I would be willing to go half with her on the pair of shoes. The bidding kept increasing in the final minutes, but a savvy Dianne got the last bid in right at the buzzer and we had our shoes. To understand why these particular shoes were so important to me, you have to read the column to discover the importance of Invasor in my life and learn of his amazing journey that brought us together in such a profound way…

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An Authentic Winner of Vox Populi Award

December 5th, 2020

When Penny Chenery came up with the idea for the Vox Populi Award 10 years ago it was to “recognize the racehorse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the public and gained recognition for the sport during the past year.”

Now that we have the official terminology of what the award represents, let’s see if we can decipher its meaning and see how it applies to this year’s winner Authentic.

Did Authentic win because he won the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic and is a sure bet for Horse of the Year…

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Kentucky Derby Back to Playing Music in May

December 1st, 2020

With the Kentucky Derby likely back to the first Saturday in May, it is time to take a look at the (very) early contenders on the Future Wager’s Pool 1, as well as several more emerging from Churchill’s “Stars of Tomorrow” card…

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Afleet Alex’s Really Big Shoe

November 23rd, 2020

There are many poignant moments in Thoroughbred racing, but some linger longer than others, as if you can still see them in the mind’s eye…

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Vox Populi Award Reaching New Heights

November 14th, 2020

With the votes already pouring in, this is your opportunity to cast your vote for the Secretariat Vox Populi Award. But be prepared, this year’s finalists may be the strongest and deeper ever…