Final Kentucky Derby Rankings

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1. California Chrome – There is no questioning the talent this horse has…can he take his show on the road is the only question mark left to answer for this Kentucky Derby Favorite. He brings a huge fan following with him, and also a bit of mystery as he won’t arrive to Churchill Downs until the week of the race. One of the more unlikely and entertaining favorites in Kentucky Derby history!

2. Hoppertunity – Just keeps getting better and better with each race and workout. He’s been clearly defeated by California Chrome, but if Chrome doesn’t show up with his best effort this is the horse that can take him down. His work on Wednesday morning was very strong.

3. Wicked Strong – Can he give his best effort outside of the state of New York? Wicked Strong is one of the few horses to win from off the pace which is great news in this field that should have a fast pace, but he’s ran a few duds outside of New York. Will Churchill suit him?

4. Intense Holiday – He’s been forgotten about since finishing second in the Louisiana Derby, but I look for him to rebound with a nice race. The long Churchill Downs stretch will be to his liking.

5. Samraat – This might be the toughest horse out of them all. He’s yet to run a bad race, and in the only loss of his career he was still a game second to Wicked Strong. Has a little bit of pedigree problems, but you can’t underestimate him.

6. Tapiture – Fairly disappointing effort in the Arkansas Derby, but perhaps he can rebound at the right time. Pedigree has always been in question…looked flat going a mile and one eighth.

7. Candy Boy – The Santa Anita Derby was not a good effort at all, but I do believe he’ll improve in this one. The extra distance should be right up his alley, and hopefully they can get him to settle early and make one big run at the end.

8. Wildcat Red – He’s outrunning his pedigree distance wise so you can’t discredit this ones heart. Most likely will be close to the lead the whole way, and also will most likely be the one fighting to stay around at the end.

9. Danza – Is he for real…or is he a one hit wonder? The first Saturday in May will give us an indication, but as of now this one has me puzzled.

10. Ride On Curlin – His level of improvement throughout the prep season has been great, and many are raving about his workouts leading up to this race. Can he make those workouts translate into a big time victory? Maybe…you also have to like that Calvin Borel has jumped aboard.

11. Uncle Sigh – Pedigree wise this one is shaky, but he’s another that has a lot of heart. I don’t look at him as a horse that can win, but he might keep trying while others will quit.

12. General A Rod – I’ve wanted to like this horse for awhile now, but he just has kind of developed into a hanger. In both his last two races at Gulfstream it looked like he was going to win during the stretch, and both times he’s come up short.

13. Dance With Fate – Really great performance in the Bluegrass, but his connections even hinted that this one is a poly track specialist. Will make him beat me.

14. Commanding Curve – Definitely a logical longshot pick here. Had a pretty nice closing kick last time out, and this trainer proved to us last year that you can’t leave him off any tickets.

15. Vicar’s In Trouble – I love the talent this one has…his natural turn of foot and early speed is something to be respected. However, I just have zero confidence that he can get the mile and one quarter Derby distance. If by some chance he can he could become very dangerous.

16. Vinceremos – Forget about his performance last time out in the Bluegrass Stakes as it was obviously he didn’t care for the surface. His races on dirt have been ok, but I’m not sure he’s quite good enough to make an impact in a tough spot like the Derby. You could find worse longshots though…

17. Medal Count – Certainly looks like a poly track specialist to me. He’s had a few chances on the dirt and none have turned out to be very pretty.

18. Ring Weekend – Usually horses don’t lose the Calder Derby and then come back to win the Kentucky Derby. He was able to win the Tampa Bay Derby by getting the right trip, but that most likely won’t happen again.

19. We Miss Artie – Got into the Derby by winning the Spiral Stakes, but that race wasn’t all the impressive. It’s also worth mentioning…he’s been terrible on dirt.

20. Harry’s Holiday – Complete toss for me as even if he brought his poly track form to this one he still wouldn’t be fast enough to compete.

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Blinkers Off 053: Two-Year-Old Thoroughbred Fantasy Draft Podcast Released

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Blinkers Off 053: Two-Year-Old Thoroughbred Fantasy Draft – December 19, 2013

The Thoroughbred Racing Dudes perform our two-year-old thoroughbred fantasy draft for the upcoming 2014 season.

We each drafted 5 two years olds which will accumulate points based on Triple Crown prep races and the Triple Crown races themselves.  See how we drafted:

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Steward’s Cup Event Begins Tomorrow at SIMHorseRacing.com

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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.

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Blinkers Off 023: Preakness Stakes Recap Podcast Released

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Blinkers Off 023: Preakness Stakes Recap – May 23, 2013

The Thoroughbred Racing Dudes review the 138th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, preview the Belmont Stakes probables and open the mailbag to answer some listeners questions. Play   Blinkers Off | Blog Talk Radio Feed

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Steward’s Cup Only One Week Away at SIMHorseRacing.com

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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.

We are only one week away from the prestigious, week-long Steward’s Cup event, the game’s Breeders’ Cup. The week-long event will be broadcasted LIVE and will also include special contests with prizes offered, with enough game money and bonus points to really get your foot in the door!

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Preakness Stakes Day at Pimlico

Preakness Stakes Day at Pimlico!

PRK138PMScolorposPreakness Stakes Day at Pimlico is finally here, and the Dudes have you covered with both FREE picks and SimplePlays™ for the day!  Can Orb continue on to Belmont with the Triple Crown on the line, or will one of his eight rivals spoil the party? The card also features SEVEN other stakes, which includes the Grade 3 Allaire DuPont Distaff, the Grade 3 Gallorette Handicap, the Grade 3 Maryland Sprint Handicap, and the Grade 2 Dixie Stakes.  Join us for all your handicapping needs as Pimlico get it’s Preak On!

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Blinkers Off 022: Preakness Stakes Preview Podcast Released

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Blinkers Off 022: Preakness Stakes Preview – May 15, 2013

The Thoroughbred Racing Dudes breakdown the 138th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, make selections for all the graded undercard stakes races and dish out some bold statements. Play   Blinkers Off | Blog Talk Radio Feed

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Pace Scenario Setting Up Perfect for Orb in the Preakness

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He’s already shown us that he doesn’t need a fast pace to win, but then again it won’t hurt things if he gets one. The late closing Orb got a perfect set up in the Kentucky Derby, and will most likely get another one in the Preakness.  Looking at his five victories in a row Orb has had a decent pace to run into twice while the other three were actually fairly slow.  Here is a breakdown of the likely horses in the race and what they like to do:

Speed: Oxbow, Titletown Five, Goldencents, Govenor Charlie

Stalkers: Departing, Itsmyluckyday

Closers: Will Take Charge, Orb, Mylute

I wouldn’t call any of the speed horses a true “need the lead” type horse, but we know a few things about each horse that suggests there will be a battle up front.  We know Oxbow can sit off the pace, but we also know that he has to be near the lead to have any shot at all.  His stable mate, Titletown Five, has shown no interest whatsoever to relax on the front end.  The jockey change will try to help change that, but you still look for him to be close.  Goldencetns is a horse they’ve tried to get to relax all year, and in the Santa Anita Derby he did a fairly decent job of it and ran a great race.  However, in that race he had only one target to rate behind.  This one obviously is setting up to be different.  Govenor Charlie has been on or near the lead in all three starts, and with the stretch out you can bet he’ll be there again.  Adding this all into the equation, I would expect an opening quarter of 23 or less, and I’d expect the half to be right at 46 which will definitely set it up for a closer.

The two you would consider stalkers are Itsmyluckyday and Departing, although Departing has shown he can sit back and make one run as well.  The other stalker, Itsmyluckyday, could actually heat things up even more if chooses to do so.  He was on the muscle in a recent work out at Monmouth Park, and has shown the ability to press things in a couple races this year.  I’m not suggesting he’ll want the lead, but he’s more likely to be running with the first group than the back half of the field.  His addition to the race just adds to the possibility of horses pressing each other on the front end.

So who will get the perfect set up in the Preakness?  In my mind that’s an easy answer: Orb, Mylute, Will Take Charge, and Departing.  Those four make up a pretty solid group, but it’s not hard to separate them.  Mylute has run two dynamic races in a row, but probably lacks the talent to actually win a race like this.  Will Take Charge was getting ready to run a super race in the Kentucky Derby before getting stopped, but he’s had trouble putting together back to back solid races.  So this leaves us with the always improving Departing and of course Orb.  From how we’ve analyzed this one it looks to be a two-horse race…a two horse race that Orb should win.

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Breed, Train & Race Your First Racehorse at SIMHorseRacing.com

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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.

We are only two weeks away from the prestigious, week-long Steward’s Cup event, the game’s Breeders’ Cup. Special contests with prizes will be offered, with enough game money and bonus points to really get your foot in the door!

Sign up now to get your first racehorse! Happy Racing!

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Blinkers Off 021: Kentucky Derby Recap 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 021: Kentucky Derby Recap – May 9, 2013

The Thoroughbred Racing Dudes review the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, preview the Preakness Stakes probables and open the mailbag to answer some listeners questions. Play   Blinkers Off | Blog Talk Radio Feed

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