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Maker May Have Made Claim Of Summer; Tapaway Breaks Mdn In Spectacular Fashion

Warren Eves | August 21, 2011

By Warren Eves           Chances are trainer Michael Maker won’t be risking Tapaway for $50,000 any time soon.          Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey put up the money to claim Tapit when dropping down to the maiden $40,000 claiming level at Churchill Downs.  He finished fourth on July 3rd and was not [...]

Yes Virginia, Great Racetrack Stories Still Are With Us; Calamari Wins Big On Class Jump For Team-Glorioso

Warren Eves | July 11, 2011

By Warren Eves           Trainer Ron Glorioso has to be on cloud nine at Parx.           He saddled the five-year-old mare Calamari he claimed back for $5,000.  She went out and won for fun at the elevated claiming level of $16,000 Saturday.           Glorioso lost Calamari at the claim box [...]

Dance City, Sway Away, Santiva Worth Following; Interesting Review Of Arkansas Dby & Blue Grass

Warren Eves | April 19, 2011

By Warren Eves
          What did we learn from two major prep races April 16th for the Kentucky Derby?
          Nehro, like him or not, joined Dialed In as a major player for the May 7th classic.
         Dance City, if  he had been the focus of his trainer, is a colt that would have made the big dance.
          Sway Away’s fourth place finish in [...]

Mo’s Exposure No Shock Due To Mini-Management: Retirement Announcement May Be Only Hours Away

Warren Eves | April 9, 2011

By Warren Eves           Todd Pletcher’s micro-managing caught up with Uncle Mo Saturday at Aqueduct.           When two colts beat the 1-to-10 shot to the wire in the Wood Memorial it should not have been a shock.           What’s puzzling is why more trainers failed to recognize Uncle Mo couldn’t [...]

Pilotti Claims Royally-bred Afleet Pegasus for $10,000: Frankel Once Made Mockery Of Claim Game In SoCal

Warren Eves | April 1, 2011

By Warren Eves           Trainer Larry Pilotti has been active at the claim box down in Florida.           It would be great if Pilotti could have met the late Bobby Frankel to talk about claiming horses.  One summer at Hollywood Park I got Bobby to sit down and talk.  [...]

Colt Baffert Tried To Buy Blows San Felipe Foes Away; Touted Colts Stub Toes, Clmg Mdn Wins Huge At Tampa

Warren Eves | March 12, 2011

By Warren Eves                      And now the story can be told.            Going into Saturday’s $250,000 San Felipe at Santa Anita Park a close friend had more than a betting interest in Premier Pegasus.  Alonso Quinonez and his Hall of Fame agent Vince DeGregory were mired in the worst slump since they teamed up.  Early in [...]

Polarize Should Have Won Tampa Bay Debut On Lawn; Gordon Bennett, Rollerskates Two Horses To Follow

Warren Eves | March 3, 2011

By Warren Eves           You never know where a nugget is going to surface.           We went to the ninth race on the Tampa Bay Downs card Thursday afternoon.  We wanted to see how Extraextraordinary made out.  He’s another one of those Giant’s Causeway colts who was second in his debut last [...]

Ritvo Takes Hood Off ‘Macho Man To Win Risen Star; Napravnik And Gaines Make It Huge Ladies Race Day

Warren H. Eves | February 19, 2011

By Warren Eves           The racetracks are no longer dominated by males.          Saturday three females made a big splashes.           Kathy Ritvo sent out Mucho Macho Man to score a significant win in the Risen Star at the Fair Grounds.           Earlier [...]

Bug Pedroza Is Obviously Paying Attention To Peers; Apprentice Kyle Frey Drawing Attention In NorCal

Warren H. Eves | February 13, 2011

By Warren Eves           Apprentice Brian Pedroza has been watching his peers in the east.           Kyle Frey is drawing attention in the west.                    While reviewing the head-on of the stretch run in the second race at Aqueduct on Friday, February 11 we noticed something.  Apprentice Pedroza, who [...]

Baffert’s The Factor To Stretch Out To Seven Panels; His Barn Is Loaded With Ky Derby Aspirants This Year

Warren H. Eves | February 7, 2011

By Warren Eves           Odds are pretty good Bob Baffert will have a say in this year’s Kentucky Derby.           Nobody knows how good The Factor is.  He’s going to stretch out February 20th at Santa Anita in the seven-furlong San Vicente.  He won opening day in sparkling fashion by 8-1/4 [...]