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Arguably the biggest upset of the decade: Smarty Jones is passed in the stretch of the 2004 Belmont Stakes (I) by Edgar Prado on Birdstone, the screaming grandstand silenced as the 40-1 shot galloped to heartbreaking victory over the fan favorite. (Photo by David Swanson)

Arguably the biggest upset of the decade: Smarty Jones is passed in the stretch of the 2004 Belmont Stakes (I) by Edgar Prado on Birdstone, the screaming grandstand silenced as the 40-1 shot galloped to heartbreaking victory over the fan favorite. (Photo by David Swanson)

Why We Watch: Michael Matz, From Rags to Roses — The day I picked Union Rags to win on the program for the Saratoga Special (II) last year, it was chiefly because I believed in Michael Matz’s abilities as a horseman… the reasoning behind that notion in his history.

Today is the fifth anniversary of Barbaro's death. Remember him for his courage and his brilliance, not his untimely tragedy.

Today is the fifth anniversary of Barbaro's death. Remember him for his courage and his brilliance, not his untimely tragedy.

Laragh strikes the front in the 2008 BC Juvenile Turf Fillies.

Laragh strikes the front in the 2008 BC Juvenile Turf Fillies.

I love it when this happens

Step 1: Look at entries for a big stakes race.

Step 2: Decide you have no idea who will win and start going down the list to determine who has your favorite name so you know who to root for.

Step 3: “___ will win because he/she has the coolest name!”

Step 4: PROFIT $$$

I wasn’t feeling it looking at the horses running in today’s Phoenix Stakes (III) at Keeneland. As cool as Flashpoint is, he’s terribly inconsistent and Aikenite was being fawned over too much earlier in the day by Three Chimneys Farm (which to me is as unlucky as saying Macbeth three times). I saw the name HOOFIT, loved it. Edgar Prado’s riding him, loved it. THAT IS ALL THE INFORMATION I NEED! HOOFIT WILL WIN!

And yeah, he won hahaha. Expert handicapping at its best. Look how cute he is anyway! (I think it’s pronounced Hoof It, not Hoo-fit)

With the Preakness coming up, remember Barbaro.

With the Preakness coming up, remember Barbaro.

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