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Discreet Marq breezes over the turf training course at Saratoga with Irad Ortiz Jr up 

Discreet Marq breezes over the turf training course at Saratoga with Irad Ortiz Jr up 

Ken McPeek trainee galloping in the Saratoga drizzle

Ken McPeek trainee galloping in the Saratoga drizzle

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Clearly Now after breaking the track record in the inaugural Belmont Sprint Championship (III)

Clearly Now after breaking the track record in the inaugural Belmont Sprint Championship (III)

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Thoughts Following the Pacific Classic-Travers Weekend

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It promised to be a big weekend for horse racing and it did not let us down. But am I seeing things or are America’s best horses… GELDINGS?

With a pace scenario that ultimately benefited him and chewed apart another Haskell winner, V. E. Day came to life in the final stages of the Travers Stakes (I) and nipped the Midsummer Derby by a nose over stablemate Wicked Strong. I imagine a lot of bettors and fans were outraged by the 19-1 longshot’s win, and even though I woke up too late to play that pick 4 like I had planned (thanks graveyard shift), I was pleasantly pleased by the appearance of another player in the three-year-old Eclipse hunt. Is he the best 3-year-old in the east? Probably not. And certainly not the country…

Debate California Chrome's validity all you want in the year-end honors battle, but unless the chromey colt can put out the flames of our weakening older horse division, the award is going to go to Shared Belief. The nearly-black gelding “may” have won on poly and “may” have defeated a weakening Game On Dude, but he did it in splendid fashion and had me thinking about Tiznow's late-blooming sophomore year. Shared Belief factors perfectly in the Breeders' Cup Classic picture as long as he can avoid post-race bounce and do the same on dirt. Most exciting thing about the Shared Belief news?: he's a GELDING, which means he should be around for a long time, and Jerry Hollendorfer excels at shipping horses when he finds a reason to. Sorry I just… really want to photograph that pretty face…

The next questions this weekend will hopefully answer at Saratoga: can Wise Dan put a stop to the freight train known as Seek Again? Can Moreno hold off Zivo this time in the Woodward… or better yet, can Itsmyluckyday earn that G1 win? Can Clearly Now enforce his excellent sprinting form again?

Golden Ticket and Last Gunfighter break from their outer posts in the Whitney Handicap (I)

Golden Ticket and Last Gunfighter break from their outer posts in the Whitney Handicap (I)

Street Story

Street Story

Time to play GUESS THAT MYSTERY PLETCHER HORSE!

Time to play GUESS THAT MYSTERY PLETCHER HORSE!

Going to the Thoroughbred races, keeping "track" of the memories. Obsessively providing a comprehensive and personal glance at the sport of kings through original photography, handicapping analysis, editorials, and much more.

Tracks visited: Calder, Saratoga, Belmont, Suffolk, Aqueduct.


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