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By Gene Kershner » Friday, February 12, 2016

The prep series portion of the Road to the Kentucky Derby closes out this weekend with races at Golden Gate Fields and Oaklawn Park before heading south next weekend to the Fair Grounds. Races offering 50-20-10-5 points to the top four finishers will commence with the Risen Star next Saturday. The final two races of the... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, February 5, 2016

This weekend’s Kentucky Derby Prep Series rotates to the west coast and the Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita Park on Saturday afternoon as Race No. 4 (post time 5 p.m. ET) on the card. The $150,000 Grade 3 Lewis will be run at 1 1/16 miles on the main track at the Great Race Place and it has attracted seven colts... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, January 29, 2016

The Kentucky Derby Prep Series has a big weekend on tap starting with the Grade 2 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The race is the first of three Derby prep races held at Gulfstream with qualifying points available to the top four finishers. While the field is small with only six entries, the... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, January 22, 2016

A fairly slow weekend in horse racing approaches after quite a bit transpired over the past weekend. Let’s take a look at what happened over the course of the last seven days. American Pharoah won two Eclipse Awards in unanimous fashion - Horse of the Year and Champion 3-year-old male. No shocker there.  He also... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, January 15, 2016

  Tomorrow evening in Hallandale Beach, Fla. the annual Eclipse Awards will be doled out and we’ll find out who the winners are in the 17 categories. Jeannine Edwards from ESPN will host the awards once again. American Pharoah and his connections are up for a total of seven of the 17 awards and could potentially... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, January 8, 2016

The 2016 racing season swings into gear this weekend with the Grade 2 San Pasqual at Santa Anita Park and the return of California Chrome, the 5-year-old dual Classic winner, who will start for the first time since his second-place finish in the Dubai World Cup last March. Kentucky Derby points are available as well... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year! In November, the Racing Kreskin reviewed his 2015 racing predictions which ended up being the worst since I started these in 2010. We’ve been as high as .500 (2010 and 2012) so we’ll need to pick up the right crystal ball in the New Year. It’s time to start channeling my inner Kreskin to take a... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, December 18, 2015

Good tidings race fans, it's that time of year where we dance around the Festivus Pole and discuss Thoroughbred Racing’s 2015 Feats of Strength and the Airing of Grievances. Whether it’s time to gather round the table and enjoy a wonderful Festivus meal and a few Festivus ales we're ready to unveil this year’s... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, December 11, 2015

It’s that time of year where we start saying goodbye to the stars of the track who head off to second careers in the breeding shed. One such horse that was being pointed to a 5-year-old season, but suddenly reversed course was Classic winner Tonalist. The 2014 Belmont Stakes winner is headed to Lane’s End Farm to... Read More

By Gene Kershner » Friday, December 4, 2015

There are only a handful of horses that would inspire me to drive 6 1/2 hours to see in the flesh. Shared Belief was one of them. Little did I know that race on April 18 earlier in the year would be the last one of his brilliant career on the track. In an unfortunate sequence of events, the 4-year-old gelding... Read More

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