Blinkers Off 069: Oaklawn Recap and Weekend Racing 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.

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Blinkers Off 069: Oaklawn Recap and Weekend Racing – April 18, 2014

The Thoroughbred Racing Dudes recap the 2014 Oaklawn Park meet and preview the notable stakes races for the weekend, including the Grade II Charles Town Classic, Grade III Illinois Derby and Grade III Coolmore Lexington Stakes.

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Blinkers Off 068: Racing Festival of the South 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.

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COMING SOON: Stayed tuned for our brand new website and logo update! It will be a major upgrade across the board and we hope you all will enjoy it!

Blinkers Off 068: Racing Festival of the South – April 11, 2014

The Thoroughbred Racing Dudes preview the entire Racing Festival of the South at Oaklawn Park including the Grade I Arkansas Derby and Grade I Apple Blossom Handicap. The Dudes will also take a visit to Keeneland and preview all the stakes racing including the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes and Grade I Maker’s 46 Mile Stakes.

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Cali Swag: A Tribute to the Handicap Division

With three months of the year gone there is no question what the most exciting division has been: The Older Male Handicap Division!  Today we’ve went back into our archive of photo’s from Mike Sekulic, and found pictures of the divisions four heavy hitters: Palace Malice, Mucho Macho Man, Game On Dude, and Will Take Charge.  Enjoy!

Blinkers Off 065: Kentucky Derby Road En Fuego Podcast Released

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Blinkers Off 065: Kentucky Derby Road En Fuego – March 21, 2014

The Thoroughbred Racing Dudes recap the controversial stretch drive in the Grade II Rebel Stakes from Oaklawn Park, and preview the last two 50 point races of the Kentucky Derby Championship Series at Turfway and Sunland Park with the Grade III Sprial Stakes and Grade III Sunland Derby.

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Blinkers Off 064: Oaklawn Park Stakes Racing 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.

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Blinkers Off 064: Oaklawn Park Stakes Racing – March 14, 2014

The Thoroughbred Racing Dudes preview a huge weekend of racing at Oaklawn Park including the Grade II Rebel Stakes, Grade II Azeri Stakes and Grade III Razorback Handicap.

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Robert B. Lewis Stakes (Grade 2) Preview

Midnight Hawk Looks to Make it Three in a Row

Midnight Hawk Looks to Make it Three in a Row

Racing Dudes Picks

Win –3

Exacta – 1,3,7 Box

Trifecta – 1,3,7 Box

Horses to Use in Vertical Wagers – 3,1,7

Race Shape

Speed – Diamond Bachelor, Midnight Hawk, El Nino Terrible, Chitu

Stalkers – Home Run Kitten

Closers – Candy Boy, Cool Samurai

Racing Dudes Projected Order of Finish

#3 Midnight Hawk (KY) – His liking of the distance and great recent form make it tough for me to go against him in this spot.  I’m on record several times as saying I don’t think he can get the Derby distance, but lucky for him that question won’t be asked of him in this one.  He’s tremendously talented, has good early speed, and a nice turn of foot when turning for home.  That ability will most likely land him in the winners circle here as he continues down the Triple Crown trail.

#1 Candy Boy (KY) – He’s probably the colt I’m most excited about moving forward, but Midnight Hawk will be tough to beat at this distance today.  Midnight Hawk also could have a fitness edge as Candy Boy hasn’t run since the Cashcall Futurity last year.  I’m expecting a big effort that maybe comes up a little short, but he’ll have us all talking about his potential after this one.  Dangerous horse who could still be improving…

#7 Chitu (KY) – Sharp looking Baffert horse (what else is new) has only ran in sprints, but looks like a horse that has a chance to stretch out a little bit.  His early speed could find him on the lead, which is never a bad thing at Santa Anita.  Garcia has paired up with Baffert so many times to pull off upsets, and could do it again with thin one.

#5 Cool Samurai (KY) – This one could definitely be the wild card of the race.  He has had two very consistent efforts against good groups of maiden special weight runners, so this is the logical next step for him.  The class test will be strong, but perhaps not as strong as one would think a Grade 2 would be.  There aren’t any “monsters” in this one that we know of yet.

#2 Diamond Bachelor (KY) – He’s definitely classy enough, but he’ll have to show me he can run on the dirt before I support him much.  He’s had a few sharp turf efforts, but his only dirt effort was a dismal ninth in the Breeders Cup Juvenile.  Easier field in this one will be more to his liking, but will it matter?

#4 Home Run Kitten (KY) – Broke his maiden last time out running downhill on the turf, so the conditions for this one will be quite different.  He might sit a decent trip, but the dirt question mark is way to much to ignore.

#6 El Nino Terrible (KY) – Was a front running maiden special weight winner at this distance at Santa Anita last time, but will definitely not get that kind of trip in this one.  Can’t blame the connections for taking a shot against this short field, but will probably be out-classed.

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Cali Swag: Photos from the Great Race Place

Here are some weekend photos of the stakes action at Santa Anita from Mike Sekulic!  Enjoy!

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Cali Swag: Photo’s from Super Saturday Part 2

Here are MORE photo’s from Super Saturday, plus a few of Tiz the Truth’s big allowance win on Friday.  Courtesy of Mike Sekulic.

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Cali Swag: MORE Workouts from the Great Race Place

Because one post wasn’t enough, here are a few more pictures from Mike Sekulic!  This set features Game On Dude, Awesome Baby, Paynter, Liaison, Sky Kingdom, and Golden Itiz.  Most of these horses are preparing for big races this weekend at Santa Anita!

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