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Matt Gardner

  • joined Nov 15, 2009
  • last login Jul 06, 2014
  • posts 2797
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Things I like:

First time starters on the turf
Rolling Pick 3s
Early and Late Daily Doubles
Keeneland
A clear night at Emerald Downs

Things I dislike:

Always losing photo finishes.
Bug boys that don't know where the finish line is.
Hitting the ALL button and watching the favorite win.
Turf sprints

A Fan Of...

  • MLB Seattle Mariners
  • NFL Seattle Seahawks
  • NHL New Jersey Devils
  • NCAAF Washington St. Cougars
  • NCAAB Washington St. Cougars
  • Soccer Leeds United
  • General John Henry, Sunday Silence, Spectacular Bid, Kitten's Joy, Ouija Board (GB), Frankel (GB), Goldikova (IRE), Miesque, Ruffian, Zenyatta, Keeneland, Emerald Downs, Gulfstream Park, Arlington Park, Ascot, Epsom Downs, Newmarket
User Blog

Gulfstream's Rainbow 6 nears the end of the road

With $6,303,426.30 in carryover heading into Saturday's card, Gulfstream Park's Rainbow 6 wager could potentially rise to well over $10,000,000 by Memorial Day when the wager must payout.

Triple Chrome Bound - America's Best Racing

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The Preakness Stakes showcases the many facets of horse racing that make the sport so great. The parties leading up to the event, the fashion, the live entertainment and revelry of the infield and a weekend of unbelievable racing make the Preakness a can't-miss event. This year's edition was extra special as Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome lived up to his billing as a dominant force in the 3-year-old division and left Baltimore with a shot to become U.S. Thoroughbred racing's 12th Triple Crown winner." America's Best Racing on YouTube

Danza to Skip Belmont Stakes | BloodHorse.com

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The Arkansas Derby winner and show horse in the Kentucky Derby will skip the Belmont.

So, you're going to watch a horse race?

It's a long time until the Belmont. If you are new to the sport, here are some tips for navigating rough seas of horse racing coverage over the next three weeks.

On to New York! Post-Preak, pre-Belmont thoughts

A bunch of random thoughts as we move past the Preakness and on to the Belmont Stakes.

'Chrome' Can Wear Nasal Strip in Belmont | BloodHorse.com

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So, at least we don't have to talk about THIS for three weeks. Thank goodness.

Coburn Jabs Churchill on Derby Hospitality | BloodHorse.com

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Continuing pebbles of bad press becoming a boulder at Churchill Downs.

Can 'Chrome' Wear Nasal Strip in Belmont? | BloodHorse.com

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From "Throat blister-gate" to "Nasal strp-gate" - at least things are interesting, right?

Preakness Video Replay

California Chrome is heading to Belmont with a shot to be the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

California Chrome on the cusp of history

Thirty-five years. That’s how long racing fans in America have waiting for a horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes en route to winning the Triple Crown.

Preakness Preview from Predicteform

A look at the Preakness from our friends at Predicteform.

Preakness Day Open Thread

It's time to get our Preak on. Or something like that.

Wise Dan undergoes emergency colic surgery | Daily Racing Form

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"Less than two weeks after scoring the 10th Grade 1 victory of his career, two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan underwent emergency colic surgery in Lexington, Ky."

Churchill Wants Some of Welker's $100 Bills | BloodHorse.com

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I'm not sure whether we should laugh or cry at this story.

BES: Stopchargingmaria edges Vero Amore

Stopchargingmaria give trainer Todd Pletcher his fourth victory in the Black-Eyed Susan.

2014 Preakness: California Chrome's throat blister

Preakness favorite has throat blister. Horse racing fans everywhere speculate wildly about its possible impact.

2014 Preakness: The new shooters

The Preakness wouldn't be the Preakness without a handful of new shooters making their way into the field in an attempt to spoil the Derby winner's party.

Preakness payouts since 2000

A look at the payouts at the Preakness since the year 2000, along with a summary of how the betting favorite has performed during that same time frame.

Preakness: California Chrome 3/5 on ML

California Chrome looks to secure the second leg of the 2014 Triple Crown in the Preakness.

Talks Break Down on Colonial Downs Meet | BloodHorse.com

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"This summer's Colonial Downs meeting may be in jeopardy after the New Kent, Va. track broke off talks with horsemen Tuesday, May 13."

California Chrome and his Derby Beyer | Mike Watchmaker DRF.com

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Mike Watchmaker churns out some of the best analysis over at DRF.com. His piece on California Chrome's Derby, and the resulting speed figures, is a home run.

For the sake of transparency

An explanation as to why the Kentucky Derby/Trakus post was hidden from view.

Post-Derby, pre-Preakness thoughts

California Chrome runs the Derby in 2:03.66. Everyone else runs it in about 2:04 or slower... and we're concerned, why?

NYRA Track Announcer Durkin to Retire | BloodHorse.com

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Legendary track announcer Tom Durkin will retire at the end of the Saratoga meeting this summer. While this news isn't shocking (the writing has been on the wall the last few years with the elimination in his national race calls), Durkin's presence within the game will surely be missed. Good luck to Tom Durkin. May you enjoy retirement.

Derby analysis from Predicteform

A look at this year's Derby from our friends over at Predicteform.

Kentucky Derby Staff Picks

It's time for the Derby Day Staff Picks! Guaranteed (not guaranteed) to make you money (no money).

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