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Mendelssohn impresses with Juvenile Turf victory; Question is will he try dirt at Churchill Downs?

Warren Eves | November 3, 2017

By Warren Eves One had to be impressed with Mendelssohn’s win in Saturday’s $1-M Juvenile Turf. Racing in blinkers for the second start he was away with the lead in the opening strides. Ryan Moore had him in the garden spot all the way and when he set him down [...]

Gal jockey Sasha Risenhoover moves tack to SoCal; Veteran Vince DeGregory to handle his first lady rider

Warren Eves | August 13, 2017

By Warren Eves I’ve been rooting for jockey agent Vince DeGregory for a long time. His faith may have been rewarded last week. Jockey Sasha Risenhoover has moved her tack to Southern California. DeGregory will be her agent. “A few months ago Donna [...]

‘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 [...]

Will Racing Commissioners Ever Put Bite In Rulebook? Cheaters Need To Fear Severe Penalties For PED Use

Warren Eves | April 23, 2015

By Warren Eves We’re all familiar with the “huff and puff and I’ll blow your house down” fairytale. That would be the level of skepticism this senior turf writer has when it comes to buying mega excuses we continue to hear.  Those factions, the ones who we hope have [...]

Handicapper, Former Horse Owner David Ruth Vents; ‘No Way He Stays Up in New York, Florida or Kentucky’

Warren Eves | November 5, 2014

By Warren Eves David Ruth has done it all in horse racing. The one-time owner now living in Ohio was still fuming several days after the Breeders Cup Classic fiasco. “I intentionally waited until Sunday to send Santa Anita an e-mail,” says Ruth who frequented Las [...]

Thirtysevenlives On Impressive in First Route Try; Carpe Diem Wins Claiborne Like He Could Be Special

Warren Eves | October 5, 2014

By Warren Eves You might want to monitor a juvenile named Thirtysevenliveson. Watched the re-run of Zayat Stable’s first try at two turning and it was a perfect example of grit and determination despite losing lots of ground at Keeneland on Oct., 4. The Dale Romans-trained [...]

Filly Ring for Maddie Playable Next Time She Goes; Strong After The Wire Gallop Out Noted at Woodbine

Warren Eves | August 28, 2014

By Warren Eves We found a nugget while reviewing the August 27th eight-race card at Woodbine. A maiden three-year-old filly named Run for Maddie is playable when she re-surfaces. Here’s why. It was a maiden special weight race at six furlongs on their all weather surface. [...]

Leggy Smooth Stone Had Grow Up Run at Woodbine; Sam-Son Farm’s Ontario-bred 4YOC Is The Real Deal

Warren Eves | May 12, 2014

By Warren Eves It takes a lot to impress this hardened turf writer. A leggy newly turned four-year-old colt named Smooth Stone sure caught the eye on May 11 at Woodbine. Front wraps and all Sam-Son Farm’s Ontario-bred son of Giant’s Causeway has a number of [...]

Summer Solo’s Debut Triumph Better Than It Appears; Clement’s 2YO Roar Colt Surges Despite Slow Fractions

Warren Eves | November 18, 2013

By Warren Eves
Summer Solo may be special among New York-breds and beyond.
The Christophe Clement trained two-year-old won November 13 at Aqueduct on the turf.  It’s just one race but this colt looks like he could make a lot of noise against three-year-olds in 2014.
Here’s why the debut win of Summer Solo impressed this writer so [...]

Might Have Found A ‘Nugget’ July 4th at Monmouth; Goldberg’s Hockey Pop Had Eventful Debut On Lawn

Warren Eves | July 8, 2013

By Warren Eves Nuggets are hard to find these days but we may have found one July 4th. Hockey Pop, making his first ever start in a pari-mutuel race for Alan Goldberg, figures to beat a band of similar maiden $20,000 runners next time he surfaces at Monmouth Park [...]