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Medal of Courage’s run leaves scribe in quandary; Diodoro making mink out of possum at Oaklawn

Warren Eves | January 25, 2017

By Warren Eves Sometimes it’s simply impossible to evaluate a good looking equine performance. Here’s what I was asking after watching Medal of Courage win a starter allowance Jan., 20 at Oaklawn Park. Did this newly claimed gelding have anyone behind him? Should I downgrade the race due to [...]

Harry “The Hat” Hacek Ready To Compete Yet Again; Escaped Chicago’s Shady Side For Unmatched Run

Warren Eves | January 17, 2015

By Warren H. Eves “I am ready to compete at the major league level again and will await a worthy rider.” Those are the words of someone born and raised on the outskirts of the Chicago loop.  We’re talking about days when a young man could easily aspire to [...]

Lukas’ colt Strong Mandate ran huge 2nd in Southwest; Ride On Curlin and Walt also had trouble worth noting

Warren Eves | February 20, 2014

By Warren Eves Strong Mandate’s second place finish in the Southwest borders on remarkable. Tapiture won the 49th running of the 1-1/16th mile test for aspiring three-year-olds by a widening 4-1/4 length margin.  His ground saving trip from post one in a field of 12 was solid but on [...]

K J’s Sweetater Makes Her Sire Proud at Oaklawn Park; Fire Starter’s Fifth In Smarty Jones Was BTL’d Effort

Warren Eves | January 22, 2014

By Warren Eves K J’s Sweetater caught our attention in race two January 20th at Oaklawn Park. The sophomore filly ran better than looked when beaten by her half sister Pretty Suspect.  Both fillies are by 2005 Toboggan Handicap winner Primary Suspect. It was not an ordinary debut [...]

Maker’s Claim Of Animal Style Has Reaped Rewards; Spanish Steps 3YO Shows 2-1-1-2-1 Runs Since Taken

Warren Eves | April 20, 2013

By Warren Eves Michael Maker may not get enough credit for his training prowess. His acquisition of Animal Style out of a maiden $30,000 race last November may rank as one of the best claims in eons.  The three-year-old colt brushed fifth to first in the final eighth of [...]

TENFORTHEMONEY AND GOLDEN SOUL DEBUT LIKE COLTS WHO MAY HAVE BRIGHT FUTURE

Warren Eves | November 19, 2012

By Warren Eves It’s early to have an opinion on Derby prospects. After watching the sixth race at Churchill Downs on Friday, Nov., 16, I liked what I saw in a first time starter named Tenforthemoney. Two days later another promising new face Golden Soul debuted like [...]

Maybe So’s MSW Score Might Produce Future Winners; Identifying “Key Race” Early On Can Reap Dividends

Warren Eves | June 30, 2012

By Warren Eves On review the fourth race under lights will prove to be a “key” race. When one can identify what appears to be a strong maiden race it can be profitable. Maybe So was first to the line in the maiden special weight race [...]

What Could Be Untold Story Regarding Demure Halo?; Maker’s $25K Claim Leaves Observers Shaking Heads

Warren Eves | October 22, 2011

By Warren Eves           We’d like to know what prompted Michael Maker to claim Demure Halo?           We watched the fifth race at Keeneland October 21st over and over.  This couldn’t be a $20,000 claiming race we said to ourselves.  No way!   Ken and Sarah Ramsey claimed the three-year-old filly from [...]

Doubt Jonathan Sheppard Knew How Good Filly Was: Powder Rock Blows Field Away by 13-1/2 At Delaware

Warren Eves | June 21, 2011

By Warren Eves           Trainer Jonathan Sheppard won’t be risking Powder Rock for $30,000 any time soon.           Forget the final time of 1:44.74.            Try not to overreact to the winning margin of 13-1/2 lengths.           Let’s just say jockey Rosie Napravnik will be [...]

The “They’re They Go” Staple Belongs To Joe Hernandez; Our Closer Look At Derby’s Final Fractions Reveal Clues

Warren Eves | May 12, 2011

By Warren Eves           It amazes me how soon we forget.           Larry Collmus did a great job first time out of the box for the network on Kentucky Derby Day.  Take it from someone who once had race calling aspirations–it ain’t as easy as it appears.  And…..close examination of [...]