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    Full Salute proves micro management gets results; Eddie Plesa’s colt has outstanding 10-5-3-0 record

    Posted By Warren Eves on June 15, 2016

    By Warren Eves We’ve talked about micro managing newly turned three-year-olds for years. Todd Pletcher always gets his hands on more blue bloods than most, yet fails to get it done when it comes to micro managing and getting the most out of his stock. We have maintained for years, and the numbers prove us correct, no trainer can manage several hundred youngsters properly. It just can’t be done. Edward Plesa is a prime example of what can happen when you are not saddled with having to manage far too many horses. Keep in mind, we have no idea how many horses Plesa trains but I’m betting it’s nowhere near the numbers Toddster gets at the start of each and every year. Full Salute, a son of Speightstown won the $60,000 Select at Monmouth Park on Saturday, June 12. It was a smart looking score over the distance of 5-1/2 (more…)

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    The surreal story of jockey Ralph Neves revisited; ‘Portuguese Pepperpot’ comes to life in the morgue

    Posted By Warren Eves on June 2, 2016

    By Warren Eves The Portuguese Pepperpot revisited. A majority of today’s horse racing fans won’t connect when jockey Ralph Neves is mentioned. Jay Richards wrote a column about the famed jockey some time ago. It’s an unbelievable story. Here’s how Richards penned this surreal turn of events. “The Neves odyssey officially came to an end shortly past midnight on Friday, July 7, 1995, when he was pronounced dead. Neves retired in 1964 after riding 3,771 winners during a 30-year-career. He died in his sleep (more…)

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    NOLA Fairgrounds may have seen last of Desormeaux: Ruth claims Nyquist’s ride among the all-time worst!

    Posted By Warren Eves on May 21, 2016

    By Warren Eves Two questions following Saturday’s Preakness. 1. Has the Fairgrounds seen the last of trainer Keith Desormeaux? 2. Were the riding decisions made by Mario Gutierrez to blame for Nyquist’s first defeat. We chatted with Keith several times in the Fairgrounds paddock a couple of years ago. Since that time Keith’s stable flourished, landing in SoCal where he’s managed to make a name for himself just like his brother Kent did years ago. It was great to see the Desormeaux brothers win a big race like the Preakness together. It was Kent’s third win of the second jewell of the Triple Crown. Dreams do come true, even though I doubt the Desormeaux brothers ever had a goal of winning a leg of the Triple Crown together like they did Saturday. Some respected factions were highly critical of the ride Mario Gutierrez gave the odds-on choice Nyquist. Handicapper David Ruth said: “In my life I have never seen a more pathetic performance by this complete baffoon Gutierrez. Close to the worst ride in history!” Jay Richards, former turf writer for the Las Vegas Review, said: “He said go and Nyquist went. What really compromised them was the other two horses. Some horses just won’t drop their head, and you cannot get them to settle. I knew that you can’t win, going that fast at that distance. I thought he ran a very credible race. Yes, it was his fault, but he didn’t relax.” Let’s be honest. Kent gave Exaggerator as good a trip around Pimlico’s tight turns as one could ever hope for. Many of the riders seemed to purposely stay well away from the inside which (more…)

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    CDI’s board needs to dump online bet company TVG; It’s time to upgrade Kentucky Derby’s betting network

    Posted By Warren Eves on May 8, 2016

    By Warren Eves “Would it behoove Churchill Downs to call the NYSE and ask how they do it.” That’s what Bill Christine, longtime columnist for the Los Angeles Times, e-mailed us after the betting meltdown on the 2016 Kentucky Derby. “I don’t know (anything) about computers,” Christine began, “but the New York Stock Exchange runs a Kentucky Derby five times a week.” It’s no secret the disdain I hold for the pompous CEOs at Churchill Downs. Saturday Twin Spires experienced a colossal loss of betting (more…)

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    Majesto is the 30-to-1 boxcar “value” in Ky Derby

    Posted By Warren Eves on May 5, 2016

    By Warren Eves

    Javier Castellano’s long race riding hiistory with Todd Pletcher takes him off a colt who has a huge chance at a boxcar price in the Kentucky Derby.

    Majesto(18), opening at a lofty 30-1, offers enormous “value” coming off a much better than appears running line in the Florida Derby. The “leggy” son of Tiznow galloped out strongly ahead of eventual winner Nyquist who is everyone’s choice.

    Video-tape review led to our focus on Majesto.

    In the Florida Derby Majesto broke alertly and was grabbed early to wind up inside three foes entering turn #1. He rode the rail in seventh “with run” and was backed up on the far turn by Sawyers Mickey(-1-½). Back 5 lengths off the top he made a good run an 1/8th of a mile from the wire and went gamely for second while making his sixth lifetime start.

    What brought about this colt’s career best number? When breaking his maiden at GP, in his next to last outing, Majesto came home with a final fraction of 6.29. He’s worked well at CD.

    His trainer Gustavo Delgado may not be a household name but he knows how to develop a horse. He’s won three Triple Crowns in his own country. That’s why he named fellow countryman Emisael Jaramillo, Venezuela’s all time leading rider, to replace Castellano aboard Majesto.

    Mo Tom(4) also offers “value” entering the starting gate with a realistic chance to run well opening at odds of 20-1. There is no question in my mind this son of Uncle Mo was best when fourth as a tepid favorite in the Louisiana Derby!

    Corey Lanerie is fortunate he’s still aboard after the poor decisions he made on this colt last time. All he had to do was to wheel him outside. Mo Tom should have been in the winner’s enclosure. He’s the kind of leggy colt we look for and races in the colors of Tom Benson the owner of the New Orleans’ Saints.

    Mo Tom won the first time sent a mile which was only his third lifetime outing. He returned to be third to Airoforce and Mor Spirit in the Kentucky Jockey Club over a sloppy track.

    Unbeaten Nyquist(13) is the chalk having won all seven starts. Even though I didn’t like the way he drifted out coming to the wire in the Florida Derby, I can’t dismiss him, plus he beat Majesto last time. I’ll be using him in the gimmicks.

    Mohaymen(14) lost ground every inch of the way and was done when the real running began in the Florida Derby. Trakus tells us Mohaymen traveled 54 more feet than Nyquist over an “off”track. Look for jockey Junior Alvarado to give this “early presser” a better trip in the big dance. Final fractions play a big part in our handicapping process so maybe his ho-hum 6.78 FF in the Fountain of Youth was an indicator he might take a step back.

    More Spirit(17) may have been using the Santa Anita Derby as a prep for the first Saturday in May–especially when the track came up soupy.

    Second in his last two starts as the favorite, Gary Stevens did not abuse More Spirit at any point last time. He was fourth early and well in hand. Wheeled outside once into the stretch Stevens tapped him four times to save second. If it was their intentions to use the Santa Anita Derby as a tuneup, it certainly didn’t zap much of this colt’s energy while looking forward to Derby Day.

    Stevens said More Spirit was “skating” early on in the Santa Anita Derby. It’s safe to say he may show up with his A-game for the big dance. I’m including him in the exotic mix over a track he’s familiar with.

    My suggested exotics mix will find me using Majesto(18) with Mo Tom(4), Nyquist(13), Mohaymen(14) & Mor Spirit(17). I’ll also make across the board investments in Majesto(18) and Mo Tom(4).

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    Creator’s Arkansas win muddles Ky Derby picture; Here’s in depth video tape review of Oaklawn Derby

    Posted By Warren Eves on April 16, 2016

    By Warren Eves The Kentucky Derby became a bit muddled Saturday. Usually the Arkansas Derby brings a bit of clarity to the big dance. Not so on April 16 at Oaklawn Park. In the end a Win Star Farm split entry had a large say in the outcome. Creator was the last to first winner of the $1M Arksansas Derby. But on close scrutiny of video tape replay the winner got an assist from Gettysburg who also flies the Win Star colors for another trainer named Todd Pletcher. They raced uncoupled for wagering purposes. Creator (more…)

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    Espinoza recounts hairy ride on ‘Chrome in World Cup:’I didn’t want the saddle to go any back further’

    Posted By Warren Eves on March 31, 2016

    (EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story was the lead item in Santa Anita Park’s daily ‘Stable Notes’ and is reprinted exactly as it was written March 31, 2016. We run the item with the permission of the track’s publicity department because it reveals how everything went down when California Chrome’s saddle slipped in the $10M Dubai World Cup.) By Ed Golden Victor Espinoza was back on the beat at Clockers’ Corner Thursday morning, disappearing Claude Rains-like into the crowd, no fanfare, no entourage, no ceremonial welcome, even though it’s just under a week since he guided iconic California-bred California Chrome to a 3 ¾-length victory in the $10 million Dubai World Cup despite sashaying solo seesaw-like after his saddle slipped when the gates opened in the mile-and-a-quarter race. This afternoon, it’s business as usual for the 43-year-old Espinoza, with two mounts on the card, 4-1 morning line chance Lynne’s Legacy (more…)

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    Old Westbury man loses $90K place wager on Big A

    Posted By Warren Eves on March 29, 2016

    This is a story that was posted by winky on the Chicago Barn To Wire site on Saturday, March 28, 2016. It read as follows: When a 1-9 shot named Constellation ran dead last in a 4 horse field Kevin Collson lost every dime he had in the bank……. It seemed he was listening to the hype on TVG when they said the horse would win by 15 lengths and layed over the other 3 horses….. No show wagering was allowed by NYRA and the race itself…just a (more…)

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    Rick’s Sign Tallies 62nd Lifetime Win at Pompano; Totally deaf Ricky Macomber Junior was in the bike

    Posted By Warren Eves on March 27, 2016

    By Jay Richards When Rick’s Sign, an 11-year-old gelded pacer, won Sunday night’s seventh race at Pompano Park, it marked his 62nd career victory. That’s right–SIXTY-TWO wins! Rick’s Sign was guided to victory by veteran driver Ricky Macomber, Jr., who is quite a story in his own right. Macomber has been totally deaf since birth.

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    There’s a new apprentice coming to Santa Anita Park; His name is Chad Lindsay and he’s highly regarded

    Posted By Warren Eves on March 7, 2016

    By Warren Eves A new apprentice is heading for Santa Anita Park this at the end of the week. His name is Chad Lindsay III. A one-time bull rider from Weathorford, Tex., Lindsay scored his first winner on New Year’s Day at Tampa Bay Downs. Riding in only his fourth race he took Invasion Power wire to wire for trainer Dennis Ward, the father of former jockey Wesley Ward. Veteran Jockey agent Vince DeGregory got a call from Dennis Ward who had nothing but positive things to say about this 22-year-old and a future in race riding. DeGregory’s prayers had been answered. Plans call for Lindsay to honor the calls he he has this weekend on the west coast in Florida. He plans to drive across country and will live with his agent until he gets situated. Reportedly perennial SoCal leading trainers Doug O’Neill and Peter Miller have expressed interest in riding Lindsay who will tack 108 pounds. “He hits well right-handed and (more…)

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