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  • Racetrackers Bill Gotimer Bob Santimayes Bluegrass, Wood Memorial and SA Derby
    This week Bill and Bob talk 3 year old Kentucky Derby preps . Florida Derby, Bleugrass, Wood and Santa Anita Derby. Also Kentucky Oaks  
    via Racetrackers Podcast on April 5, 2018 3:00 pm
  • Derby Dozen – April 3, 2018 – Presented by Shadwell Farm
    1 Bolt d’Oro Mick Ruis Medaglia d'Oro—Globe Trot, by A.P. Indy Once again, you couldn’t fault his workout, as he did everything smoothly and professionally, sitting two lengths off his workmate and cruising by him late under no urging. He won’t get a chance for a rematch with McKinzie,
    via Haskin’s Derby Dozen on April 3, 2018 1:57 pm
  • Sparkman: Sometimes you can’t judge a pedigree on the surface
    Sparkman: Sometimes you can't judge a pedigree on the surface. By John P. Sparkman · Print · Tweet · Email. Barbara D. Livingston. Audible lives up to his dirt-oriented pedigree by winning the Florida Derby at Gulfstream on March 31. Since American breeders turned away from foreign-raced turf sires 
    via John Sparkman on April 2, 2018 3:18 pm
  • 2018 Kentucky Derby: Mendelssohn Pedigree Profile
    Mendelssohn was asked the question, “Are you a legitimate 2018 Kentucky Derby contender?” He answered with a resounding YES scoring a runaway 18 1/2 length victory in the UAE Derby (Gr.2).     Mendelssohn bounded smartly out of the gate and vied briefly for the early lead with the Group
    via Pedigree Power on April 1, 2018 4:16 pm
  • Watchmaker: Derby picture now in sharper focus
    Saturday's two major Kentucky Derby preps – the Florida Derby at Gulfstream and the UAE Derby half a world away in Dubai – did exactly what anyone would want from any critical Derby prep. They each moved the Derby “ball” forward in a big way, and brought the overall Derby
    via Daily Racing Form on March 31, 2018 8:33 pm
  • 2018 Dubai World Cup Picks
    As usual, I was last minute typing this up, but here are my picks for the rest of the Dubai World Cup card today: UAE Derby The two favorites look tough again in here – Gold Town won both the UAE 2000 Guineas Trial and the Guineas itself, the latter
    via Better Talk Now on March 31, 2018 9:16 am
  • Q&A With Acacia Courtney
    Gulfstream Park analyst and paddock reporter Acacia Courtney answers some questions about horses, ballet, pageants, and the Florida Derby.
    via 5 Minutes to Post on March 31, 2018 8:00 am
  • International Runners Could Shape Derby Points Bubble
    Because a pair of international races could generate several Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) starters, this weekend's points races will be the most important weekend in determining where this year's Road to the Kentucky Derby qualifying points bubble will fall.As many as three horses based outside of North
    via Keeping Pace on March 30, 2018 3:38 pm
  • Derby Trail Tracker: 2018 Kentucky Derby Field Projection
    With the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby complete following a win by the Todd Pletcher-trained Noble Indy, the first 100-point race in the Kentucky Derby Championship Series is in the books. The points standings are beginning to solidify and the final Derby field is starting to come into focus. The Derby
    via Racing Dudes on March 27, 2018 11:00 am
  • THE JUICE, THE VIG, THE HOUSE EDGE, THE TAKEOUT
    With sports betting most likely becoming a reality in the USA in the very near future, I thought it might be a good time to re-publish an article I wrote for HANA two years ago comparing horse racing's competition. For what it is worth, horse racing takeouts range from bet
    via CanGamble on March 26, 2018 5:22 pm
  • 24 “PIECES OF PROPERTY”
    There were some great races (San Felipe, the fabulous Tough Sunday, Justify, etc.) the weekend of March 10, 2018 in the USA. But for me, THE story of that weekend had nothing to do with horse races. (NOTE: No graphic images or footage of horse slaughter in this article.) With
    via The Vault on March 26, 2018 10:24 am
  • Sparkman: Noble Indy’s Louisiana Derby win could pave return road for sire
    Noble Indy (right), a son of Take Charge Indy, wins the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds on March 24. Something tells me that WinStar Farm will be exercising its option to buy back Take Charge Indy. The son of A.P. Indy was sold to South Korea in 2016
    via John Sparkman on March 26, 2018 8:22 am
  • Thoroughbred Insider: Curlin – Embodiment of a Champion
    Today, a sire I’m sure every reader of Blinkers Off has become quite familiar with over the years celebrates his fourteenth birthday.  (After all — the tagline for this website used to be “handicapping.  recapping.  fannish glee over the Curlin babies.“) Over at Thoroughbred Insider, I wrote a piece in
    via Blinkers Off on March 25, 2018 2:15 pm
  • EAGLE FEATHERS FOR BEAR WITNESS
    On the occasion of Dayton Hyde’s 93rd birthday, THE VAULT revisits an article first posted two years ago. Mr. Hyde is the founder of BLACK HILLS WILD HORSE SANCTUARY, where 500 wild horses run free forever today. He was a trailblazer and his shining example has led to the founding
    via The Vault on March 25, 2018 12:00 pm
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