Kentucky Derby Top 5 Update

I don't know about you, but I've already got Derby Fever. This is a deep crop of 3-year-olds. I have no doubt that my list is going to change many times from now until the First Saturday in May. See below for who starts out on my Top 5 to win the Roses come May 6!     Irish War Cry The son of Curlin was terrific when beating 2-year-old champion Classic Empire in the Holy Bull [...]

The Great Royal Delta

The great Royal Delta, a three-time champion, passed away late last week due to foaling complications. The broodmare was 9-years-old. Royal Delta had retired in 2013 after being one of the best female thoroughbred horses of her generation. She won the Eclipse Award for Champion 3 Year Old Filly in 2011. She won the Eclipse for Champion Older Mare in 2012 and in 2013. Sired by Empire Maker, Royal Delta's mother, Delta Princess, was sired by A.P. Indy. She had [...]

Fair Grounds Race Course Profile

Founded in 1852, the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans is as historical as it gets. The Fair Grounds has survived the Civil War, a devastating fire in New Orleans, and Hurricane Katrina. Some locals (and many non-locals including me!) believe that the Fair Grounds is haunted. Why not? When a racetrack is located in one of the oldest and most haunted cities in North America, it's bound to have some ghosts walking its grounds, right? Check some of the [...]

My Favorite 4 Geldings of All Time

This isn't a list of the four greatest geldings to ever live. If I wrote a blog about the four greatest geldings, I'd definitely have both Kelso and Forego on the list. This is a list of my favorite four geldings of all time.  Check it out! John Henry The great John Henry remains my favorite gelding of all time. I was born in 1973. When I was at the age where my dad introduced me to horse [...]

By |February 5th, 2017|Categories: RacingWire, Thoroughbreds|Tags: , |

Oaklawn Park Profile

Per the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas, horse racing enthusiasts used to run races in Hot Springs, Arkansas before the track was even built. The Oaklawn Jockey Club was formed in 1904. Since 1907, Oaklawn Park has been the only thoroughbred race track in Arkansas. It's taken a while for Oaklawn Park to become one of the premier racetracks in the United States. See below for the races and the horses that won the races that put Oaklawn Park on the [...]

Jockey David Romero Flores Still Rides Strong

Legendary jockey David Flores is back from Singapore.  He's currently riding at the Fairgrounds. Flores left the United States to run on the Singapore Racing Circuit where purses are gigantic. Since returning, he's done well. His mounts earned over $1.18 million in 2016. So far in 2017, Flores's record is 8-6-5 from 34 mounts. His mounts have won $227,280. That's a nice start to 2017. See below for five of David R. Flores's most memorable rides. Zenyatta, 2008 [...]

Most Interesting Horses in Pegasus World Cup

We horseplayers know a lot about California Chrome and Arrogate, the two favorites in the Pegasus World Cup. But, what about the other horses in the race?

Eclipse Award Nominees for Top Trainer and My Pick

Eclipse Award Nominations are out! Three of the best trainers in the world have been recognized for their work in 2016 by being nominated. The three nominees for Outstanding Trainer are Mark Casse, Chad Brown, and Bob Baffert. The photo attached is of great trainer Bobby Frankel who won the Eclipse four years in a row from 2000 to 2003. Which of the following trainers listed below is my choice for the 2016 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer? Keep reading [...]

By |January 15th, 2017|Categories: Jockeys, RacingWire|Tags: , |

Eclipse Award Nominees for Outstanding Jockey and My Pick

Eclipse Award Nominees are out for 2016. Among the most contentious category is the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey. Those in the running are Javier Castellano, Jose Ortiz, and Mike Smith. Keep reading to find out why each is on the short list for the Eclipse Award. I also choose whom I'd have voted for if I had a vote.   Javier Castellano Javier has won the Eclipse for Outstanding Jockey three years running. The award has coincided [...]

By |January 12th, 2017|Categories: Jockeys, RacingWire|Tags: , |

Jockey Robby Albarado Continues to Excel at the Fair Grounds

One of the best tracks in the United States is the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Along with excellent racing, there's a jockey that rides down at the Fair Grounds in the bayou who has quietly carved out a hall of fame career. Robby Albarado may not be as popular as the well-known jockeys who ride at Santa Anita, Belmont and Gulfstream Park. But, Albarado has been as good as almost any jockey in the world during during the past [...]