It all began when Not This Time won the Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs last Sept. 17 to earn 10 points. That was the first of the 35 races in which horses could accumulate points on the 2016-17 Road to the Kentucky Derby. The final two races were decided last Saturday, the Arkansas Derby at […]

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While the focus at this time of the year understandably is on 3-year-olds with designs on the Kentucky Derby, it was a breathtaking victory at Santa Anita Park last Saturday by a 3-year-old filly headed to the Kentucky Oaks that had many racing enthusiasts buzzing. Irish War Cry, Irap and Gormley now head to the […]

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Following last Saturday’s victories by Always Dreaming in the Grade I Xpressbet.com Florida Derby and by Girvin in the Grade II Louisiana Derby, I now can count up the strikes for each colt. It is not until a horse has made his or her final start before the Kentucky Derby that one can determine a […]

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It was a performance for the ages by a horse for the ages. Dead last early after a tardy start that then was exacerbated by being bumped a number of times in the opening strides like a piñata while being squeezed back, Arrogate amazingly still won last Saturday’s Group I Dubai World Cup. Not only […]

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Apollo. Apollo. Apollo. Apollo. Apollo. Apollo. Apollo. Apollo. Apollo. Apollo. The 1882 Kentucky Derby winner was mentioned above 10 times. You can bet he is going to be mentioned many more times than that from now through May 6, the date of this year’s Kentucky Derby. That’s because Malagacy, who did not race as a […]

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Don’t worry if the following sentence does not make any sense to you: Lately trail Derby Kentucky the on bump after bump encountered have ranks old-year-3 the in leaders the of many. If the above sentence did have you baffled, don’t worry. What you need to do is to read it by starting with the […]

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Sometimes horseplayers will come across what turns out to be a “productive” or “key” race. Generally speaking, it’s a race that produces multiple next-out winners. However, the betting value of a “productive” or “key” race has diminished in recent years as a result of so many horseplayers becoming aware of these races. The flip side […]

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Nyquist last year became the eighth undefeated Kentucky Derby winner. Of the 142 Kentucky Derby winners, these are the eight who emerged from the Run for the Roses with an undefeated record: 1915 Regret 1922 Morvich 1969 Majestic Prince 1977 Seattle Slew 2004 Smarty Jones 2006 Barbaro 2008 Big Brown 2016 Nyquist Will there be […]

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Early in 2015, I wrote that American Pharoah reminded me of Seattle Slew in terms of pure talent. Seattle Slew won the Kentucky Derby in 1977 while on his way to a sweep of the Triple Crown. American Pharoah later in 2015 would likewise succeed in the Kentucky Derby while on his way to winning […]

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Pegasus, according to Greek mythology, is a winged horse. But more and more it seems even Pegasus himself might be no match for Arrogate. Sweeping to the front on the far turn, Arrogate went on to win last Saturday’s inaugural running of the 1 1/8-mile Pegasus World Cup Invitational by 4 3/4 emphatic lengths at […]

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The eyes of the racing world will be on Gulfstream Park when the Pegasus World Cup Invitational is run for the first time this Saturday. Its opulence in horse racing is unprecedented. The $12 million purse makes it the richest horse race that has ever been contested on the planet (or in the universe, for […]

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The 2016 Eclipse Award finalists recently were revealed. The winners in each category will be announced this Saturday at the 46th annual Eclipse Awards dinner in Florida at Gulfstream Park. The first year I made Eclipse Award predictions in this column was for racing in 2011. My Eclipse Award predictions have been correct 91.7% of […]

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Celebrities galore were spotted on the red carpet in La La Land last Sunday prior to the 74th Golden Globe Awards. Meanwhile, down the road at Santa Anita Park, a rising star of the equine variety was seen when Unique Bella registered a ridiculously easy victory in the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes. A $400,000 […]

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Now that it is 2017, it’s time for my 13th annual ranking of the Top 10 performances of the year. Keep in mind this is not a list of the Top 10 “races” of the year (the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Distaff, with Beholder nosing out Songbird at the end of a fantastic stretch battle, […]

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Below is how I plan to fill out my official Eclipse Award ballot for 2016, with the caveat that my decisions will not be absolutely final until the entire year is over. That is why I will not be submitting my ballot before until after racing this Saturday (Dec. 31) is completed. TWO-YEAR-OLD MALE: 1. […]

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