Blinkers Off 010: Stakes Previews and Future Wager Pool Podcast Released

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Blinkers Off 010: Stakes Previews and Future Wager Pool – February 28, 2013

The Thoroughbred Racing Dudes preview the notable stakes races for the weekend and review the second of three 2013 Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools.  Play   Blinkers Off | Blog Talk Radio Feed

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Kentucky Derby Top 20 Prospects #1

Flashback and Den's Legacy in a Recent Workout

Flashback and Den’s Legacy in a Recent Workout

It’s time!  I’ve waited for a few weeks to give my Top 20 Kentucky Derby horses, but as the points start to get larger I feel its time we start sorting these three-year olds out.  We’ve already lost some to injury, and others to lack of talent.  Hopefully this list will be a mirror of who steps into the starting gate on the first Saturday in May.  You can officially say the Dudes have caught the “Derby Fever.”

1. Super Ninety Nine – Points Earned: 10 – Current Rank: 13th

Why is there not more hype for this horse?  His last two races have both been around two turns, and they have been complete ROMPS!  He made Oaklawn his own personal play ground when winning the Southwest, and the beyer numbers in both of his last two races have come back over 100.  I know the sloppy track in the Southwest may have thrown people off a bit, but his two consistent races make him my number one choice.

2. Itsmyluckyday – Points Earned: 10 – Current Rank: 8th

This one has also put in back to back solid races, and defeated the two-year old champion Shanghai Bobby while doing so last time out in the Holy Bull.  Also like Super Ninety Nine, his last two beyers have come back very strong.  It’s the time of year where people are trying to get cute with their picks, but how can you ignore the consistent performances from my top two picks?

3. Revolutionary – Points Earned: 10 – T-16th

Revolutionary got the best education possible when he won the Withers Stakes at Aqueduct.  He had to weave his way in and out of traffic, and was nearly stopped several times down the stretch.  Still, he prevailed and won that race.  He showed several talents in that race, but the main thing he showed was HEART.  You can never underestimate that in a horse.

4. Code West – Points Earned: 20 – Current Rank: 5th

It was a tough beat for Code West in the Risen Star Stakes, but I loved the way he dug in down that long Fair Grounds stretch.  His pedigree really has me excited about two turns, so him being ranked so high has me thinking about what he can do in the future, and not what he’s already done.

5. Orb – Points Earned: 50 – Current Rank: 2nd

The Fountain of Youth set up perfectly for Orb, but give the horse credit for taking advantage of that fast pace.  The win assured that Orb will be the starting gate as long as he remains healthy.  If the Derby pace is like normal, it could set up nicely again for this up and coming colt. Continue reading

Pictures from Paynter’s First Workout

Mike Sekulic was on hand for Paynter’s first workout this morning, and was kind enough to send us a few pictures.  We hope you all enjoy!  #PowerUpPaynter

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Cali Swag: More Photo’s From the Great Race Place

Here some recent photos of training at Santa Anita from Mike Sekulic.  Hope you all enjoy!

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Oaklawn Report #7

All About Allie Wins the Downthedustyroad Breeders Stakes for the Third Straight Year

All About Allie Wins the Downthedustyroad Breeders Stakes for the Third Straight Year

3 Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: All About Allie (AR) – It was the Arky Breds turn to get the spotlight, and All About Allie did not disappoint!  For the third year in a row she was the easiest of winners in the Downthedustyroad Breeders Stakes as she won by almost three lengths.  The win was her eighth lifetime win in twenty-one starts, and gave her $301,281 in total earnings.  Arkansas Breds are often times made fun of, but this one should not be.  Bankrolling that kind of money is good no matter where you are from, and hopefully All About Allie continues success throughout the season.

– 2nd Star: Humble Smarty (AR) – He’s nine years old and he’s still going strong!  On Sunday Humble Smarty won the Nodouble Breeders Stakes by a little over four lengths.  It was his third stakes win in his successful career, and his second straight win to start the season off at Oaklawn.  The Nodouble Breeders Stakes was Humble Smarty’s seventieth start of his career and his seventeenth victory.  That record speaks volumes for just how sound and consistent this horse has been.  He now has almost $500,000 in earnings, and looks to be in great form for a nice 2013 campaign.

– 3rd Star: Itsabeautifulthing (KY) – Trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel has made a habit of winning weekday features this meet, and Itsabeautifulthing continued that trend on Friday when she impressively won an allowance for older fillies and mares by one and a half lengths.  She was well behind for much of the race before displaying a solid turn of foot while swooping to contention at the top of the turn, and blowing by the competition down the lane.  The win was her fourth in ten starts, and could set her up for another try against stakes competition in the future. Continue reading

Fair Grounds Selections: Risen Star Day

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Race 1: #3 Checkered Past

Race 2: #10 Strikin Ike

Race 3: #7 Sunbean

Race 4: #3 Free World Continue reading

Blinkers Off 009: Derby and Oaks Roads Heat Up Podcast Released

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Blinkers Off 009: Derby and Oaks Roads Heat Up – February 21, 2013

The Thoroughbred Racing Dudes breakdown a few of the first major preps on Churchill Downs’ Road to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks as well as open up the mailbag to answer some listeners questions.  Play   Blinkers Off | Blog Talk Radio Feed

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Rainbow Pick 6 Analysis 2-21-13

Rainbow Pick 6 Now Over 3 Million Dollars

Rainbow Pick 6 Now Over 3 Million Dollars

The Dudes are going to take a swing at this thing today…

Race 5: 2,3,5,6,7,9

Race 6: 1,2,4,5,6,7,9

Race 7: 6,7,8

Race 8: 4,6

Race 9: 3,7,8

Race 10: 5,6

Ticket Cost: $151.20

Analysis: We don’t have any dreams about being the only one to hit this thing, but with six out of six payouts ranging from $1,500 to $5,000, it’s hard not to take a shot considering the 10 cent minimum wager.  The key to the whole thing will be getting past the first two races.  Both are fairly wide open affairs, and I think we’ll see a price in each of these.  The last four legs look to be much more logical, so we went a little light in those races.  The lack of logical singles makes the ticket more expensive, but if the first two legs do produce prices, the payout will be solid.  Good luck to all of you that are playing!

Cali Swag: Photos from the Great Race Place

During the Breeders Cup this past year at Santa Anita the Dudes were able to meet and hang out with several fans from around the country.   This past week one of those that we came in contact with emailed us to say hello and to show us some of his amazing personal photographs.  We decided these photographs were too good to keep to ourselves so we thought we’d share some of them in a weekly blog post.  We really appreciate Mike Sekulic for sending these photos.  We hope you enjoy his work!

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Oaklawn Report #6

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3 Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Super Ninety Nine (KY) – Baffert + Oaklawn = GOLD!  Super Ninety Nine was able to throw his name in the Kentucky Derby mix by dominating nine overmatched foes on Monday in the Southwest Stakes.  He won wire to wire, and splashed home to a tremendous 11 length victory over a sloppy track.  It was his second win in row, and also the fifth three-year old Graded Stakes victory in a row for Bob Baffert at Oaklawn.  The win earned Super Ninety Nine 10 points towards the Kentucky Derby, and he now has several options left for him to run in next.  Whether he comes back for the Rebel or Arkansas Derby is yet to be seen, but we now know he loves the slop as well as Oaklawn Park.

– 2nd Star: Don’t Tell Sophia (KY) – A returning Tiz Miz Sue was no match for this filly, who is quickly becoming the favorite to take home this years Apple Blossom.  Don’t Tell Sophia made it two for two at Oaklawn Park; winning the Bayakoa by six and a half lengths.  The victory was her second straight romp over this track.  She’ll now be pointed to the Azeri Stakes which will be ran on Rebel day, and there is no reason to think she can’t repeat her current success in that race.

– 3rd Star:  Cyber Secret (KY) – There were several solid performances at Oaklawn this week, but we felt Cyber Secret deserved the third star.  He was able to beat big name horses such as Atigun and Endorsement in Friday’s featured allowance race, and will now be pointed towards the Razorback  Handicap on March 9th.  Cyber Secret is owned by Oaklawn Park owner Charles Cella, and has done some great running for him over the local track.  The win was his second in a row, and third overall at Oaklawn.  The competition will stiffen next time out, but Cyber Secret is certainly capable of hanging with top class horses if he continues his steady improvement.

– Honorable Mention: Transylvania Flash, Carve, Laurie’s Rocket, Seeking Ms Shelley Continue reading