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‘Derby Innovator’ is as good a book as it gets

Warren Eves | December 23, 2016

By Warren Eves Barry Irwin’s book Derby Innovator is as good as it gets. It’s a plethora of intriguing stories. Here’s one story involving Don “The Flamingo” Fleming, the editorial chief of the Daily Racing Form. Irwin tells story after story. Here’s an [...]

A story about the ‘Ant Man’ and Porter named Melvin; Harry ‘The Hat” takes look back at jockey Chris Antley

Warren Eves | August 12, 2015

By Warren Eves The “Ant Man” and a porter named Melvin. My infatuation of a racetrack’s inner circle has always been spurred by the myriad of human interest stories. It never seems to amaze me how many story lines are out there. That’s [...]

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 [...]

Here Comes Baffert With Another Juvenile Prospect; Executiveprivilege Wins Debut In Awesome Fashion

Warren Eves | June 29, 2012

By Warren Eves Every summer stakes prospects debut at Hollywood Park Executiveprivilege won her debut in awesome fashion June 28 and never took a deep breath. The leggy First Samurai filly, bought for $650,000 in April at Ocala, appears to have figured things out in a [...]

Don’t Look Now But Discreet Dancer Has Substance; Pletcher Has Major Player Early On For Derby 2012

Warren Eves | January 8, 2012

By Warren Eves Early on Todd Pletcher has yet another major player for Derby 2012. Thoroughbred horse racing’s best known trainer has done the least with the most when it comes to the first Saturday in May.  He saddled a newly turned three-year-old in Florida Saturday that has it all. [...]

Gomez May Ride Harder For Minor Awards In 2012; Mdn Lottawampum On ‘Watch’ List Off 6th to 2nd Run

Warren Eves | December 29, 2011

By Warren Eves           The knock on Garrett Gomez over the years has been his lack of effort riding for secondary placements when riding in lower classification races.           Thursday at Santa Anita Gomez rode Lottawampum to a second place finish when she made her debut  around one turn.  The effort may not draw a lot [...]

Two-Year-Old Prateada Dazzling In Keeneland Debut; Rusty Arnold Must Have Left Racetrack In Disbelief

Warren Eves | October 24, 2011

By Warren Eves           Rusty Arnold probably left Keeneland Race Course shaking his head October 23rd.           He saddled a two-year-old filly named Ice Cream Silence in race six.  We have a hunch he may have thought the filly was talented enough to win at first asking.  Rusty Arnold has a [...]

Oak Tree Derby Winner Was On Our Watch List; Ultimate Eagle($70.40) Rewards Subscribers

Warren Eves | October 15, 2011

By Warren Eves           Ultimate Eagle rewarded Horses To Watch subscribers Saturday          Martin Pedroza steered Michael Pender’s colt to a $70.40 wire to wire win in the Oak Tree Derby at Santa Anita.  It was the third of four playbacks off the list to win on the day.  [...]

We’re Drawing Line Through Officer Prado’s Poor Run; Racing Under The Lights Does Impact Many Horses

Warren Eves | October 8, 2011

By Warren Eves Officer Prado is much better than that. After watching the tape of the featured Kip Deville Stakes at Remington Park Friday, October 7th I was left shaking my head.  It had to be the lights.  This Officer colt of Steve Asmussen’s is much better than his [...]

Silentio and Battle Force Second Race Runs Catch Eye; Creative Cause Makes Amends When Adding Blinkers

Warren Eves | October 1, 2011

By Warren Eves Silentio’s win in race two Saturday at Santa Anita was much more than ordinary. It’s true the winning run of Creative Cause made in the Norfolk three races later will get more press.  But one has to admit the fall race meet in Arcadia needs new [...]