Justify breaks Apollo’s Curse with Derby Win

Justify wins the Kentucky Derby

Justify, the impressive Bob Baffert trained colt, remains undefeated AND beat Apollo’s curse. He is   the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby in 135 years without having raced as a 2-year old. The big chestnut colt delivered a definitive win 2 1/2 lengths ahead of Good Magic. Particularly noticeable is how clean Justify’s face […]

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Who will win the 2018 Kentucky Derby?

Derby Roses

Speculation over who will win this year’s Kentucky Derby is hitting a new high as betters try to figure out whether one of the two favorites, Justify and Magnum Moon might break the so-called “Curse of Apollo,” and win the Kentucky Derby without racing as two year-olds. Both colts are undefeated, with wins at some […]

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Will Justify or Magnum Moon End Apollo’s Curse?


Along with other Derby lore, such as the benefits of different post positions, is the Curse of Apollo. Although it sounds rather deadly, it refers to the fact that Apollo, who won the 1882 Kentucky Derby, is the only horse to have won the Derby without racing as a 2 year old. The Derby has […]

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Does Post Position Matter for the Kentucky Derby?

Every year the Derby trainers wait with bated breath to find out what post position their horse has drawn for the most important race in their three-year old lives. Post position may impact betting odds but does it actually impact race results? Conventional wisdom is that post position 1 (which for many years yielded the […]

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Michael Jung takes early lead at Land Rover Kentucky

Michael Jung

It’s hardly surprising that after the first day of dressage at the event formerly known as Rolex, Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST took the lead with a dressage score of 27.1.  Jung has racked up three consecutive wins at this event. Will he pull it off a fourth time? It’s early days but at least […]

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No Stirrups? No Problem

Maya Simmons no stirrups

Wow! I was impressed by the jump through the water where Maya Simmons lost her stirrups. “When he hit the landing, he just pecked. He hit hard, and my feet went flying behind me, and I went onto his neck. I think when I did that, the pressure of my feet pulled the leathers off […]

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Can Ruby Walsh Conquer Cheltenham Six Years Running?

Right now I have a special interest in studying equestrians recovering from broken bones.  How long before they rode again? How injured were they? Did it make them more cautious. For example, champion UK jockey Ruby Walsh fractured his tibia at Punchestown in November, but he set his sights on the Cheltenham Festival, which starts […]

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