2014 Wood Memorial Review

Social Inclusion & Samraat ran out of gas in the Wood Memorial.

The Wood Memorial produced an unlikely, yet unsurprising winner when Wicked Strong stormed down the lane to secure a three and two parts of a length win on Saturday. Trained by Jimmy Jerkens, Wicked Strong had previously displayed an affinity for the surface at Aqueduct when he finished third beaten just a half length in […]

Wood Memorial & Santa Anita Derby Picks

Wood Memorial & Santa Anita Derby picks and selections are locked and loaded. I’m really excited for today’s races. It took me three hours to determine my betting selections. Players are getting FIVE picks to win today as well three different Pick 4 tickets. I’m looking for a bomb somewhere along the line and have […]

Henderson out to break Grand National hoodoo

  There would be fewer more popular winners of Saturday’s Crabbie’s Grand National than champion trainer Nicky Henderson, who despite his mammoth list of major successes over the last 35 years has never managed to get his hands on the Grand National trophy, a fact he is hoping will change as he saddles no less […]

2014 Florida Derby & Louisiana Derby recap

Wildcat Red will be shorter than Tyrion in the final furlong of the Kentucky Derby.

Horse racing doesn’t get much more entertaining than the 2014 edition of the Florida Derby which saw Constitution slip up the rail to deny Wildcat Red the top spot. Rank while racing behind the competition early on, Constitution muscled his way to the front under Javier Castellano for trainer Todd Pletcher. The effort earned Constitution […]

2014 Louisiana Derby betting & picks

2014 Louisiana Derby Picks

#1 Intense Holiday (Harlan’s Holiday x Intensify by Unbridled’s Song) 2-1: Risen Star winner got a perfect trip behind the speed that day. The pace looks quick and the favorite has a pedigree that says he’s going to get better with more ground. Still, it’s tough to like him at a short price. Mike Smith […]

2014 Florida Derby betting & picks

2014 Florida Derby betting preview Wildcat Red (D’Wildcat x Racene by Miner’s Mark) 3-1: Scrappy guy was my top pick when he scored the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes at odds of 9-2 when last seen. Luis Saez has chosen to stay with Cairo Prince, so John Velazquez picks up the mount. That’s an […]


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, March 24, 2014) – With just under six weeks to go until the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), the fourth and final pool of Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) will open Thursday, March 27 with fast-rising West Coast star California Chrome (#5) as the narrow favorite over East Coast hero Cairo Prince (#4). […]


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Tamarando ready for Spiral Stakes

Spiral Stakes contender Tamarando

California bred Kentucky Derby contenders are getting a ton of attention this year. Most of it focuses on Road to the Kentucky Derby contender California Chrome, but those following the Kentucky Derby trail would be wise not to sleep on Tamarando. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Russell Baze, he is already a Grade […]

Road to the Kentucky Derby contenders Part II

2014 Kentucky Derby contenders

Part I of my latest 2014 Road to the Kentucky Derby Contenders list included 1. California Chrome, 2. Tapiture, 3. Cairo Prince, 4. Strong Mandate and 5. Candy Boy. Now for the rest. #6 Social Inclusion (Pioneerof The Nile x Saint Bernadette by Saint Ballado): Honor Code is far from a cinch today. Social Inclusion can motor […]