Archive for April, 2012

2012 Kentucky Derby Spotlight: Gemologist

by Horstradamus

posted on April 30, 2012 in General Discussion, Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby, | No Comments >>

  Tiznow–Crystal Shard Trainer:  Todd Pletcher Jockey:  Javier Castellano Owner:  Winstar Farm Record:  5 – 5 – 0 – 0 Earnings:  $784,855 Last Race:  Wood Memorial, 1st       Critics of undefeated Gemologist say that he is untested against strong competition.  His last race in the Wood Memorial provided a great lesson in fending […]

2012 Kentucky Derby Spotlight: I’ll Have Another

by Horstradamus

posted on April 30, 2012 in General Discussion, Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby, | No Comments >>

  Flower Alley–Arch’s Gal Edith Trainer:  Doug O’Neill Jockey:  Mario Gutierrez Owner:  J. Paul Reddam Record:  5 – 3 – 1 – 0 Earnings:  $634,000 Last Race:  Santa Anita Derby, 1st       I’ll Have Another played the role of spoiler in the Santa Anita Derby this year, prevailing by a nose over Creative […]

2012 Kentucky Derby Spotlight: Hansen

by Horstradamus

posted on April 29, 2012 in General Discussion, Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby, | No Comments >>

  Tapit–Stormy Sunday Trainer:  Mike Maker Jockey:  Ramon Dominguez Owner:  Dr. Kendall Hansen & Sky Chai Racing Record:  6 – 4 – 2 – 0 Earnings:  $1,623,305 Last Race:  Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, 2nd     Hansen is by far the richest horse in the field; he’s stacked up over $1.6 million in earnings, largely […]

Word From the Windows

Racing is at a fever pitch this week with all of the works, changes, and defections that will come in the next few days. You could say this is like a week long holiday for punters. I spend most of my time perusing every article, and focus on the racing networks that bring you all […]

Derby Doings

I was getting my daily read this morning, and dug up a gem from Dick Downey. I have been keeping one under my hat, but the cat is out of the bag. If you are considering making a $2 wager, or going for the long ball, I suggest you pay close attention to the media reports that are rolling […]

A Look at Kentucky Derby Jinxes Past and Present

by Greg Melikov

posted on April 27, 2012 in Educational Articles, General Discussion, Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby | No Comments >>

There have been many jinxes connected with the Kentucky Derby over the decades. And some memorable curses have been snapped during the 21st Century. One of the most discussed whammies ended in 2007 when Street Sense became the first 2-year-old champion to capture the Derby since Spectacular Bid in ’79. The son of Street Cry […]

Champion Havre de Grace Retired Following Injury

by Horstradamus

posted on April 26, 2012 in Horse Racing, News | No Comments >>

Another highly decorated race mare will walk away from the track less than a year after being crowned Horse of the Year.  For Havre de Grace, retirement literally came on the heel of an injury.  Following a workout at Churchill Downs, the 5-year-old mare showed signs of heat in her right front ankle on Sunday, […]

Greg Melikov’s Top 10 2012 Kentucky Derby Contenders – Final Edition

Here’s my updated ranking of the Top 10 Kentucky Derby contenders from bottom to top Dave Letterman’s style: Went the Day Well: The son of Proud Citizen will try to duplicate what his connections did last year with Animal Kingdom – duplicate victory in the Spiral in the Kentucky Derby, That’s a tall order since […]

Are You Thinking Derby?

I am getting in full-swing with looking over works, and listening to all of the connections as we head toward the first Saturday in May. Every year I have to dig up my list of handicapping nuggets that hopefully will allow me to gain any edge under the sun. This week will be important for […]

Free Selections for Keeneland / Santa Anita – Saturday, 4/21/12

by Ed Meyer

posted on April 20, 2012 in Free Picks and Tips, Handicapping, Horse Racing, | No Comments >>

This will be the “last call” for graded stakes for the most part. It is now that you should be paying attention to late works, when they are shipping to Churchill Downs, and most importantly getting your E-Z Win Forms in hand. It is a hard task to keep up on all of the action, […]