New Season at SIMHorseRacing.com: Start Building Your Stable Now

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LogoRacingDudesSIMHorseRacing.com is a free game offering the most realistic horse racing experience on the internet. Hundreds of players of all ages from all over the globe  compete against each other, enjoying an entire year of racing in just 16 weeks time. The SIM, which ran its first season in 1998, offers not only Thoroughbred racing on all three conventional surfaces – dirt, turf and synthetic – but also steeplechasing, harness racing, Quarter Horses, Paints, Arabians and more.

The new season at SIMHorseRacing.com is now under way. Now is the perfect time to start building and organizing your stable at the start of the new year!

Breed, train and race your own homebreds, or claim your way into the sport. Distance, surface, pedigree and equipment all factor in to the race result, as does jockey ability and weather conditions. The SIM is technologically ahead of the curve; if desired, race results can come by text message! Regular podcasts are posted, and the new and specially designed race viewer shows color-correct horses of all breeds.

Manage your stable wisely; as the player, you have to budget shipping expenses and entry fees while jogging, galloping or working your horses to racing fitness before their debuts. Comprehensive trainer and breeder statistics are offered to track your progress.

For those inclined to handicap, place win wagers on many of the races, and a generous Pick 6 pool is offered three days a week and usually carries over. Player and game-run handicapping contests often pop up, thanks to a tight-knit community of dedicated racing fans.

Remember, the new season at SIMHorseRacing.com has started! Sign up now to get your first racehorse! Happy Racing!

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Blinkers Off 029: Weekend Stakes Action Podcast Released

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Blinkers Off 029: Weekend Stakes Action – June 27, 2013

The Thoroughbred Racing Dudes preview the notable stakes races for the weekend, including the Iowa Festival of Racing, Firecracker Handicap, Shoemaker Mile Stakes and Triple Bend Handicap.

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Iowa Festival of Racing: Saturday Preview

Fiftyshadesofhay Faces a Strong Iowa Oaks Field

Fiftyshadesofhay Faces a Strong Iowa Oaks Field

Iowa Oaks

Racing Dudes Pick: #10 Fiftyshadesofhay

Racing Dudes Value Play: #5 Gold Medal Dancer

Analysis: The Iowa Oaks may be the first stakes on the card Saturday, but it is the deepest field of the entire festival.  The headliners are Black Eyed Susan winner Fiftyshadesofhay (KY), and Eight Belles Stakes winner  So Many Ways (PA).  Both wins were impressive, but it’s significant to mention that Fiftyshadesofhay’s victory was round two turns, while So Many Ways win came in a sprint.  The mile and one sixteenth distance of this race could be the major factor separating the two.  Hitechnoweenie (KY) was the winner of the local prep, but will have to step her game up to compete with the top two.  Seaneen Girl (KY) ran in the extremely difficult Kentucky Oaks and finished ninth, but hasn’t had much success since.  The once promising two-year old has not come back quite as strong in her three-year old season.  The lightly raced Gold Medal Dancer (KY) comes in off a solid second in a Churchill allowance where she was beaten by Flashy American, who is an older horse that is favored in the Iowa Distaff on Friday.  The two other shippers coming in for the race are recent Churchill Downs maiden winner Plenty O’Toole (KY), and Presque Isle runner Cloudy Vow (KY).  Three local horses include Braseana (KY), Glorys Last Chance (KY), and Canticle (KY).  Out of those three Canticle has the best chance of winning as she is coming off a nice second place effort in the Panthers Stakes last time out.

Our Double Play Comes Back to Iowa Looking for Another Win

Our Double Play Comes Back to Iowa Looking for Another Win

Iowa Derby

Racing Dudes Pick: #4 Betweenhereandcool

Racing Dudes Value Play: #2 Kale’s Kourage

Analysis: This years Iowa Derby is definitely filled with “up and coming” horses.  Three horses come into this race on two race winning streaks and the other four have at least hit the board in stakes races in the past.  The Bob Baffert trained Manando (KY) actually has been made the morning line favorite, but he probably hasn’t shown enough to warrant favoritism.  He’s just two for nine lifetime, and doesn’t have a great track record in stakes races. Trainer Kenny McPeek brings back Our Double Play (KY) who won the local prep race for this.  The colt is steadily improving, but has never won a race past one mile.  Bashaar (KY) was second to Our Double Play in the Prairie Mile, but made a huge closing move on a track that favored speed.  The added distance should really be to his liking, and the colt has started to hit his stride since winning back to back races at Oaklawn.  Speaking of hitting their stride, Betweenhereandcool (KY) comes in off back to back wins at Oaklawn Park and Churchill Downs.  The Steve Asmussen trainee seems primed and ready for his first stakes try.  Kale’s Kourage (FL) comes in as the local favorite (and Racing Dudes favorite) for this race, and has won two allowance races in a row.  The colt has shown steady improvement and development over the winter and spring, and looks to be ready to step up into stakes competition.  Looking Cool (KY), who finished second in the Northern Spur at Oaklawn two races back, and Stormdriver (LA) finish out the field of seven.

Former Iowa Derby Winner Prayer for Relief Back to Capture the Cornhusker

Former Iowa Derby Winner Prayer for Relief Back to Capture the Cornhusker

Cornhusker Handicap

Racing Dudes Pick: #5 Prayer For Relief

Racing Dudes Value Play: #6 Taptowne

Analysis: Last year this race was won by Fort Larned, who  went on to win the Breeders Cup Classic in an incredible performance just four months later.  Successful Dan was also in that race, which made for an entertaining showdown.  This year looks to be another showdown between two horses, although the quality might not be as strong.  Prayer for Relief (KY) and Silver Max (KY) look to be the standouts in this one.  Silver Max has done most of his work on the turf, but surprisingly he was a huge ten length winner on the dirt last time out.  Prayer for Relief was the winner of the 2011 Iowa Derby, but is winless in his last twelve starts.  However, he has had two solid second place efforts in Grade 3 races to start this year.  If you are looking for value Taptowne (KY) could be your best bet.  He’s never won a race of this magnitude, but he was a solid second in the Oaklawn Handicap earlier this season.  Nicklaus Way (KY) will be making his stakes debut, but this could be a nice spot for him to try.  Red Lead (FL) has been around for what seems like forever, but is only one for nine over the Prairie Meadows oval.  He ran in the Cornhusker in 2010 and 2011, but a sixth place effort was his best finish.  Tiz Ready (KY) is the lone local horse in the field, and is the longest shot on the morning line at 20-1.

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Iowa Festival of Racing: Friday Preview

Beat the Blues Returns to Prairie Meadows

Beat the Blues Returns to Prairie Meadows

Saylorville Stakes

Racing Dudes Pick: #5 Beat The Blues

Racing Dudes Value Play: #3 Lulu Wong

Analysis: The Saylorville Stakes will kick off the Iowa Racing Festival Friday night, and has drawn a solid field of six.  Beat the Blues (FL) is the obvious favorite for the race as she comes off a determined stakes score at Churchill Downs last time out.  The six-year-old mare also won this race in 2011 so she has proven she can handle the track as well as racing under the lights.  Her main challengers could also be Churchill Downs shippers.  Livi Makenzie (KY) won an allowance at Churchill Downs last time out impressively, and her trainer Ron Moquett has been hot as of late.  Devious Intent (KY) ran second to Livi Makenzie in that same allowance race, and will have Rosie Napravnik aboard.  If you like the locals, Lulu Wong (KY) is your horse.  She won the local prep for this race, and her Owner/Trainer/Jockey combination all are atop the standings at Prairie Meadows for this meeting.  This will be a class test for Lulu Wong, but it never hurts to know she’ll be coming out of her home base for this one.  Long shots Second Street City (KY) and Denali Dreamscape (KY) will round out the field.

Queen Lily Kay gets Shot Against Open Company

Queen Lily Kay gets Shot Against Open Company

Iowa Distaff Stakes

Racing Dudes Pick: #7 Queen Lily Kay

Racing Dudes Value Play: #4 Cruzette

Analysis: The Iowa Distaff could be lacking in star power, but this field of seven is about as evenly matched as it gets.  The morning line favorite is Flashy American (KY), who ships in for Kenny McPeek.  McPeek has already had success in stakes races at Prairie Meadows this year, as he won both the Prairie Mile and Panther Stakes earlier in the month.  Flashy American comes in from Churchill Downs, where she dominated her rivals in an allowance race last time out.  Queen Lilly Kay (IA) was also dominant in her race last race, as she easily defeated Iowa Bred company going this same distance of ground.  She has won against open company in the past, but this will be her first open stakes race.  The second (Lava Girl (KY)), third (Miss Hockaday (KY)), and fifth (Itsabeautifulthing (KY)) place finishers from the Wild Rose Stakes are back to run in this one, as well a local three-year old in Cruzette (KY).  Out of those four, Cruzette might be the horse that is in best form.  Rounding out the field is the second choice  on the morning line, Magic Hour (KY), who hasn’t run since winning a small stakes at Tampa Bay in March.  If she’s in good form, she could have a say in the outcome.

"Fastest Horse in the World" Delaunay Comes to Iowa

“Fastest Horse in the World” Delaunay Comes to Iowa

Iowa Sprint Handicap

Racing Dudes Pick: #3 Delaunay

Racing Dudes Value Play: #2 Gentleman’s Bet

Analysis: Maggi Moss is bringing her super star to Iowa!  Delaunay (MD) is the number one ranked sprinter in the country, and has won six races in a row!  His latest victory was a romp at Churchill Downs in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes on Kentucky Derby day.  He will be a single on many people’s tickets.  Gentlemen’s Bet (FL) will be Delaunay’s biggest challenger.  Like many we’ve talked about in this preview, Gentleman’s Bet also comes in off a BIG Churchill Downs performance in an allowance race.  The horse is four for five lifetime, with his lone loss coming at the hoofs of the classy Justin Phillip in the Count Fleet Handicap at Oaklawn Park.  With the talent and speed of these two horses we could see quite a show this Friday night!  Sticking with the theme of Churchill Downs shippers will be Jasizzle (KY) who just missed winning a Stakes last time out as he lost by a head to Scatman.  Two locals, Credit Report (KY) and City Sage (FL), fill out the field of five.

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Free Gulfstream, Parx, and Indiana Downs Picks Tuesday 6-25-13

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New Season at SIMHorseRacing.com: Start Building Your Stable Now

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LogoRacingDudesSIMHorseRacing.com is a free game offering the most realistic horse racing experience on the internet. Hundreds of players of all ages from all over the globe  compete against each other, enjoying an entire year of racing in just 16 weeks time. The SIM, which ran its first season in 1998, offers not only Thoroughbred racing on all three conventional surfaces – dirt, turf and synthetic – but also steeplechasing, harness racing, Quarter Horses, Paints, Arabians and more.

The new season at SIMHorseRacing.com is now open. Now is the perfect time to start building and organizing your stable at the start of the new year!

Breed, train and race your own homebreds, or claim your way into the sport. Distance, surface, pedigree and equipment all factor in to the race result, as does jockey ability and weather conditions. The SIM is technologically ahead of the curve; if desired, race results can come by text message! Regular podcasts are posted, and the new and specially designed race viewer shows color-correct horses of all breeds.

Manage your stable wisely; as the player, you have to budget shipping expenses and entry fees while jogging, galloping or working your horses to racing fitness before their debuts. Comprehensive trainer and breeder statistics are offered to track your progress.

For those inclined to handicap, place win wagers on many of the races, and a generous Pick 6 pool is offered three days a week and usually carries over. Player and game-run handicapping contests often pop up, thanks to a tight-knit community of dedicated racing fans.

Remember, the new season at SIMHorseRacing.com has started! Sign up now to get your first racehorse! Happy Racing!

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Blinkers Off 028: Stakes Previews and Mid-Year Awards Podcast Released

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Blinkers Off provides weekly insights into the world of horse racing including race selections and previews, handicapping methods and exclusive stories.

You can view all episodes of Blinkers Off by visiting our podcast page or Blinkers Off | Blog Talk Radio Feed.

Episode

Blinkers Off 028: Stakes Previews and Mid-Year Awards – June 20, 2013

The Thoroughbred Racing Dudes preview the notable stakes races for the weekend, give out the “Racing Dudes 2103 Mid-Year Awards” and open the mailbag to answer some listeners questions.

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Racing Dudes Divisional Rankings

Paynter

Paynter was Triumphant in Return

Older Males

1. Wise Dan – He could be pointing towards the Firecracker Handicap as his next start…will be dominant.

2. Game on Dude – Has obviously rebounded from his poor 2012 BC Classic performance.  Looks to be getting better with age.

3. Fort Larned – Performance of the year in the Stephen Foster.  Will be impossible to beat with that kind of form.

4. Graydar – Sidelined with injury for the Fall/Spring…will return this Summer at Saratoga.  Serious horse if he comes back running strong.

5. Sahara Sky – Tremendous job running down Cross Traffic in the Met Mile.

Sleeper: Paynter – HUGE comeback race off near death, Cinderella story in the making!

Older Females

1. Royal Delta – We’ll give her one mulligan, and the Fleur de Lis is it.  Must improve greatly off that effort or this division become wide open.

2. Tiz Miz Sue – Became a millionaire and won her first Grade 1 on the same day.  Better than ever at age six.

3. Ciao Bella – Looks to be peaking, can she carry her Gulfstream form elsewhere?

4. Authenticity – Backed up her huge effort on Oaks day with another solid showing in the Ogden Phipps.

5. On Fire Baby – Has come back for her 4-year-old campaign much improved; could be setting up for a big time year.

Sleeper: Summer Applause – Looks to be rounding into top form for trainer Chad Brown.

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Cali Swag is Back!!

It’s been awhile since we’ve featured photos from “The Great Race Place,” but today we’ve brought it back!  This section features new pictures of Game On Dude, Liaison, and Midnight Lucky, as well as Paynter as he prepared for his MASSIVE comeback victory.  Hope you Enjoy!

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