Posts Tagged ‘Gemologist’

Triple Crown Race Runners Do Well in the Haskell

by Greg Melikov

posted on July 16, 2012 in Blogroll, Horse Racing, Other Events, | No Comments >>

Haskell Invitationals have included a Triple Crown race winner three times since 2008, but injuries have taken their toll this year. First, Kentucky Derby-Preakness victor I’ll Have Another developed swelling in his left front tendon, was scratched from the Belmont and then retired because of early tendinitis. Then Union Rags won the Belmont, but following […]

Peter Pan: Belmont Stakes Preview?

by Horstradamus

posted on May 11, 2012 in General Discussion, Horse Racing, Other Events | No Comments >>

While the 2012 Kentucky Derby is in the books, there are still horses looking to make their way to the Triple Crown races, and the Peter Pan Stakes this weekend often acts as a stepping stone prep race to the Belmont Stakes in June. Several horses that were once Derby prospects are taking a “better […]

Trackside at Churchill Downs

by Horstradamus

posted on May 4, 2012 in Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby | 2 Comments >>

Check out the great shots of the 2012 Kentucky Derby contenders warming up and working out at Churchill Downs, captured by John Engelhardt!  

Winning Ponies Derby Consensus

by Horstradamus

posted on May 4, 2012 in Free Picks and Tips, Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby, | 2 Comments >>

(Photo John Engelhardt)   On Thursday’s show we interviewed a variety of experts and here is a consensus of their selections.  For a complete analysis of their selections you can listen to the show on podcast at – Jennie Rees – Louisville Courier-Journal #3 – Take Charge Indy #15 – Gemologist #10 – Daddy Nose Best […]

Free Kentucky Derby Selections

This Saturday will be the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby. The post time is 6:24 p.m. ET, and this year has the makings of something special. It could be one of the best matched races in years, and this will have every racing fan around the globe watching intently. So, sit back and grab your […]

The 138th Derby: Pretenders, Maybes and Contenders

by Greg Melikov

posted on May 3, 2012 in Handicapping, Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby, | No Comments >>

Handicapping the Kentucky Derby isn’t an easy task, especially this year when the 138th renewal is fairly wide open with quite a few contenders. You must have a battle plan. I start by eliminating runners, based on credentials and recent form, plus some variables each year. The Pretenders include runners that have not won a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]