Big Money Mike

Mike Smith

They don’t call Jockey Mike Smith “Big Money Mike” for nothing. Smith, at age 52 is one of the oldest jockeys on the circuit — and one of the most successful. Last year, Smith won an astonishing 15 Grade 1 races, the most since he won 20 back in 1994. And, he’s still the “go […]

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Justify holds off strong field to win Preakness

Justify and Good Magic battled head to head.

Justify has taken the second jewel in his quest for the Triple Crown. Running on a muddy track and fog so thick that at times the entire field disappeared from view. Breaking sharply, Justify ran nose to nose with Good Magic, pulling ahead of the rest of the field. When Good Magic faded in the […]

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“The Rail is Dead” at Pimlico — Red Ruby Nails the Black Eyed Susan

Red Ruby Wins Black Eyed Susan Stakes

// Yesterday’s Black Eyed Susan Stakes may give some insight into track conditions. Watchers at Pimlico stated the rail was “dead” all day, making Justify’s #7 post position an advantage. The wet track didn’t stop Red Ruby from a decisive victory in the Black Eyed Susan. Coming back from a 60 day recovery after a […]

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Managing a Sloppy Track

It’s rained all week in Maryland. There’s been so much rain that the Fair Hill International three-day event was cancelled because organizers felt the footing was dangerous. According to Chris Bosley, Pimlico’s maintenance superintendent, According to Bosley, the track has already received around 3 to 4 inches of rain this week. How, then, will they […]

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Preakness Preview – Will Justify take the second leg in the Triple Crown?


Kentucky Derby winner Justify is sitting in the favorite position for this Saturday’s Preakness Stakes. As with the Derby, it promises to be a muddy track (and we know he has no problem with that!) and this time he’ll face only seven challengers, a far cry from the crowded Derby Field. Three horses other than […]

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Here’s Mud in your Eye

Whitmore ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr.

After every muddy Kentucky Derby, one of my old posts, On a Sloppy Track, Jockeys wear up to 9 pairs of Goggles, always gets a lot of views. Obviously, on a track as muddy as yesterday’s, it’s a real challenge for jockeys to guide their horses to a good trip. I can completely understand why […]

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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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