Japanese Jockey Legend Yutaka Take

  At the Belmont this Saturday, some of the greatest jockeys in the world will be riding. Kent Desormeaux, John Velasquez and Javier Castellano are all known to U.S. racing fans. All 3 have had an impact on the biggest races in North America. But the most accomplished jockey on a horse at the Belmont won't be an American rider. That rider is Yutaka Take, the Japanese legend who will ride Lani, one of only 2 horses in the Belmont, [...]

Far East jockeys earn top billing

In races run in close proximity to one another early Sunday morning but on the other side of the world in Japan and Hong Kong, a pair of jockeys earned applause for their efforts in stakes victories. In the Grade I, $2.9 million Tenno Sho Spring Stakes in Kyoto, Japan, ageless Yutaka Take guided Kitasan Black [no relation] to a determined, wire-to-wire victory in 3:15.3. U.S. racing fans have known of Take for years and this weekend the legendary Japanese [...]

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Kentucky Derby 6 Through 10 in Point Standings

In my last blog I profiled the likely 2016 Kentucky Derby starters in point standings from 1 through 5. In this blog, I profile horses 6 through 10. Through these profiles I'm handicapping the Derby. From my perspective, there is plenty of information out there to get your handicapping done early. The Kentucky Derby is like no other race of the year in the sense that it's not only the hardest race in which to handicap, but it could also [...]

Kentucky Derby Power Rankings

What a bummer the 2016 Florida Derby turned out to be. It wasn't a bummer for everybody. The connections of Nyquist certainly didn't think it was a bummer after they took down a cool $1 million for winning the Florida Derby as a Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale Graduate. That bumped up Nyquist's earnings to a gargantuan $3,322,600. Nyquist will be the richest horse to ever start in the Kentucky Derby. But he's not at the top of my rankings. Mohaymen doesn't [...]