Kentucky Derby Winner Orb Sparkles in Workout for Preakness 138

“I thought it was breathtaking,” said McGaughey. “It sent cold chills up my back…I couldn’t be more thrilled…Right now I’m on cloud nine. The way he was striding today, the way he held his leads through the lane, I thought … it was spectacular.”

Orb breezed in :47.18 for a half mile, with a gallop out in :59.54 for five furlongs. Listen to McGaughey’s 8-minute interview with the media following the workout. He also discusses competitors Oxbow, Departing and Will Take Charge.




“Right now I am on Cloud Nine,” stated McGaughey.  Here is the video ot the workout.  Once Orb turns into the stretch, the video quality of the workout improves dramatically.



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Horse racing received some nice exposure from the Tech news company Mashable.  That firm included a snippet about the virtual ride video of Derby 139 champ Orb in their most recent e-newsletter as well as on their popular website.

Check out the well done video that includes the actual race call from track announcer Larry Collmus.  Produced by Trackus.



HRRN Begins 18 Hours of KY Derby 139 Week Covering beginning Tuesday

Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, KY, announced Monday they will launch 18 hours of Derby week programming beginning Tuesday, April 30, with exclusive coverage of the Kentucky Derby Trainers Dinner presented by the KTA-KTOB.

HRRN, the exclusive radio network of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby 139, continues the extensive Derby week schedule Wednesday, May 1 with their popular Derby Countdown Show hosted live form the Churchill Downs backside.  The Derby Countdown airs live from 8-10 a.m. ET Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings and will be replayed from 3-5 p.m. ET each afternoon on SiriusXM satellite radio.  In addition, HRRN will provide live coverage of the Kentucky Derby post position draw from 5-6 p.m. ET on Wednesday afternoon.

A full slate of live racing coverage begins Friday afternoon with a 3-hour broadcast of the Kentucky Oaks and undercard stakes from 3-6 p.m. ET.  On Saturday, HRRN returns with a special Kentucky Derby edition of their weekly Saturday morning Equine Form show from 8-10 a.m. and continues that afternoon with coverage of the Derby day undercard stakes from 2-4 p.m. ET and the exclusive broadcast of Kentucky Derby 139 presented by Yum! Brands from 5-7 p.m. ET.

HRRN’s broadcasts will be available on affiliates throughout the country as well as on SiriusXM and streamed live on the HRRN website,  In addition, the Kentucky Derby will be broadcast to U.S. service men and women around the world on the American Forces Network.

A complete Derby week schedule along with a listing of nationwide affiliates and SiriusXM channel information for each show can be found on the HRRN site.

Coverage will be hosted by HRRN’s Eclipse Award-winning broadcast team of Mike Penna, Jude Feld, Kurt Becker, Sean Clancy and Chad Summers.  Lee Dellapina and Shawn Seay will produce.


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KY Derby 136 Backside Buzz – April 26, 2013

Jill Bryne likes the leading contenders.


KY Derby Television Ad direct from Europe



Celebrating its 180th anniversary in 2012, Longines is a sponsor of some of the world’s most celebrated horse races. The Swiss company ran a striking television ad during the NBC Kentucky Derby television broadcast. Over the years some of the best television ads for promotion of the sport have come from sponsors within the game. The ad from Longines this year is no exception. The link above is to the full advert, about one minute longer than what was aired here in the United States.

About Longines & The YouTube Ad

“Longines sweeps you deep into the heart of the equestrian action in which it is today passionately involved. Its new commercial was shot in the grandiose setting of the Chantilly Racecourse, where Longines is the official timekeeper and where the Prix de Diane Longines is staged. Film director Cyril Clapin’s camera takes you backstage for the weighing-in, where the jockeys fine-tune their concentration, and into the stalls where the horses themselves are being readied. From the palpable tension prior to a race to the collective shiver at the starting gun, you’ll live the dramatic seconds ticked off by the race chronograph and experience the beauty and power of the galloping horses. Jockey and mount are then but one.”

KY Derby Analysis available from 10-time NHC Qualifier

In this 24-page PDF ebook you will receive Rich Nilsen’s expert analysis of all 20 starters in Kentucky Derby 138, along with pace scenario, top selections and wagering strategies. Each horse is rated as a contender, borderline exotic use, or a throwout. Nilsen is one of the most successful players in the history of the $2 million National Handicapping Championship (NHC)

Nilsen includes a value odds line to determine the best horses to wager on, and he discusses wagering strategies (including exactas and trifectas) for three different budgets.

“Kentucky Derby 138 Analysis” includes:

  • Pace Scenario
  • Profiles of all 20 horses in alphabetical order
  • The 2 horses to key most of your wagers around
  • Value oddsline
  • Wagering Strategies

This guide was published after the post position draw on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

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2012 Kentucky Derby Contenders, Borderline Horses, and Throwouts – Part VI


PPs of KY Derby favorite Bodemeister

2012 copyright and Equibase

BODEMEISTER (5/1, # 11 on the Money List )

This son of Empire Maker may have peaked in the G1 Arkansas Derby, when he overcame a very tough outside post that afternoon to crush the field by 9 1/2 widening lengths. He got the final 1/8th of a mile in a shade under 12 seconds, which is simply phenomenal and explains why he won by so far. In the process he earned a very strong 105 BRIS Speed Rating and an even bigger Beyer speed figure.

I was on Bodemeister when he broke his maiden in his second career start, Feb. 11 at Santa Anita. That day it was a similar performance, as the young colt dictated the pace and then drew away to 9 1/4 length win in fast time. Off that impressive maiden win, he was stepped up to the G2 San Felipe by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and the result was a strong 2nd place finish to Creative Cause, the top horse in California.

This handicapper really likes Bodemeister, but I am also a value player and there are several problems with this talented horse when it comes to Kentucky Derby 138. Here are the six reasons that I will not be keying my bets around Bode:

1) Bodemeister will be the favorite in the Kentucky Derby, despite what other people think. He is coming off a monster win and a huge Beyer figure. Union Rags is coming off a disappointing 3rd.  Factor in Bob Baffert, and there is no doubt in my mind who goes off favorite. It’s hard to bet on an underlay in any Kentucky Derby, but especially so this year when the field appears to be very strong.

2) No Kentucky Derby winner since Apollo in 1882 has been unraced as a two year old. That’s 1882 not 1982. Different trends have been falling by the wayside in recent years, but this is the negative trend of all negative trends. The last big-name victim of this trend was eventual Horse of the Year Curlin.

3) Check out this post-race quote from the Arkansas Derby. “The key to this horse is keeping him quiet in the post parade,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “He got really hot in his last race [San Felipe]. It’s exciting to see a young horse develop like this.” Welcome to the Kentucky Derby Day paddock, Bode.

4) The runner-up, Secret Circle, from Oaklawn can’t run a lick past 8.5 furlongs, and the rest of the field was pretty lackluster. Bottom line: he didn’t beat much.

5) He has bounce written all over him. Oftentimes horses bounce because they don’t get the same situation in their next start. See reason #6.

6) This may be the most scary reason for those planning on supporting Bodemeister. He owns two lifetime wins and in both races he did not pass a horse. Bode has never passed a horse en route to winning a race. I’m not saying he isn’t capable of doing that but he is unproven rating. There is a ton of pace in this year’s Kentucky Derby and that potentially hurts Bode big time.

Status: Contender. Value players will consider tossing him due to the reasons discussed above.

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2012 Kentucky Derby Contenders, Borderline Horses and Throwouts – Part IV


2012 copyright and Equibase

TRINNIBERG (#17 on Money List)

Jennie Rees at the Courier Journal recently penned this about Trinniberg:  “He made his graded stakes money at sprint distances and is more likely for the Derby Trial. Trainer Bisnath Parboo says he doesn’t want to ruin a good horse by running him too far. Smart trainer.”

Unfortunately Kentucky Derby fever often strikes at this time of the year, and otherwise intelligent individuals make stupid decisions. Entering this sprinter in the Derby is a perfect example of this. The connections of this horse, who has never been past 7 furlongs, have done a 180 and are now planning on entering Kentucky Derby 138. What this does ensure is an even hotter pace than what was expected.

“You want to know the reason,” Parbhoo responded about his decision to re-route the colt to the Derby. “Secret Circle. When he came out of the race (due to a reported sesamoid injury), that’s what did it for me. With him out of the race, I know there isn’t another horse in the race with the kind of speed my horse has.”

Yeah, well good luck with that Parbhoo. It’s true your horse will be on the lead for the opening six furlongs or so, but that doesn’t get you very far in the 10 furlong Kentucky Derby.

As someone who has owned horses, I think it is sad that they have made this decision. Trinniberg is in brilliant form this year, having captured both his sprint attempts in impressive fashion.  Risking his year and possibly his career for a shot at the Derby is unfortunate.

Trinniberg is 1-20 to finish last in this year’s Run for the Roses.

Status: Throwout

2012 Kentucky Derby Contenders, Borderline Horses and Throwouts – Part II


KY Derby contender El Padrino

2012 copyright and Equibase

EL PADRINO (15/1, #23 on the Money List)

Inbred to both Mr. Prospector and Secretariat, it goes without saying that El Padrino hails from a very class family. His dam is an offspring of the Mr. Prospector mare Chic Shirine, who produced two Grade 2 winners and is a full sister to 1991 Champion Older Mare Queena. So, I don’t believe that distance is any type of concern for this son of Pulpit. Class and stamina are present throughout in his bloodlines.

El Padrino was the “hot” horse after his smashing win at Fair Grounds in the Risen Star Stakes (G2). Although he only scored by a nose, he did so in pretty good time, with the runner-up well clear of the show horse in the large 11-horse field. The Todd Pletcher trainee caught many players’ attention in his prior start, his first of his three-year-old year, when he ran a monster 111 BRIS Speed Rating in an allowance win. He then ran a 101 when winning the Risen Star, and followed that up with a 100 fig when racing an even fourth in the Florida Derby (G1). His Florida Derby effort was just fair and he was clearly no match even for the show horse, Union Rags, who had a less than ideal trip.

This colt may be good enough to win the Kentucky Derby but I believe his first two starts of the year have caused a regression. He is not coming into the first Saturday of May the right way – peaking. In a year when the Derby is very strong and there are many serious contenders, that is enough for me to throw El Padrino out.

Status: Throwout

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2011 Kentucky Derby Animal Kingdom Scores Impressively

Under a vigorous hand ride by top jockey John Velazquez, 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom scored an impressive comeback victory on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. This talented four year old can handle multiple surfaces – dirt, artificial or turf.