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
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

2014 Kentucky Oaks Video Replay

Untapable steamrolls the field in the Oaks.

Oaks/Derby Double Will Pays

The will pays for the Oaks/Derby Double, along with the current odds for the 2014 Kentucky Derby after early advance wagering.

Kentucky Oaks Result: Untapable. Unstoppable.

Untapable proves much the best in the 2014 Kentucky Oaks.

Oaks Day Open Thread

It's Oaks day in Kentucky!

Kentucky Oaks Day Staff Picks

It's time for STAFF PICKS!!!

The Bourbon Thread

It's time to talk about your favorite corn-based, barrel-aged distilled spirit from the Bluegrass.

Fox Hill Farm | Churchill's lack of respect for a legend of racing


Sadly, not all is sunshine and lollipops at Churchill Downs this week. Along with the issues at the Fair Grounds, the recent takout hike at Churchill, and now issues with treatment of legendary jockey Ron Turcotte, CDN is putting on a clinic of bad PR. I'm not sure if Churchill Downs is just incredibly tone deaf, ignorant, or just plain doesn't care (probably the most likely cause), but this incident doesn't help their already suspect (at best) image with a lot of racing fans.

2014 Kentucky Derby: Post times, TV, wagering menu

The race schedule, post times, TV coverage, and wagering menu for the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.

Derby Entries & Odds; Hoppertunity scratched

The field is set for the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 3rd.

Derby Draw Open Thread

The draw is today, if you haven't heard.

Derby Contenders: General a Rod


He's dueled with Wildcat Red all winter and spring. Now General a Rod has to try and beat his rivals and the best three-year-old colts in the country.

Derby Contenders: Tapiture

Our look at the contenders for the 2014 Kentucky Derby turns to Tapiture, winner of the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn this spring.

Kentucky Oaks Entries & Odds

The brilliant Untapable leads a field of 13 three-year-old fillies in the 2014 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on Friday, May 2nd. (Post time 5:49 p.m. Eastern; TV: NBCSN)

Derby Contenders: Chitu

Our look at the contenders for the 2014 Kentucky Derby tuns to Sunland Derby winner Chitu.

Derby Contenders: Ride On Curlin

Our look at the contenders for the 2014 Kentucky Derby turns to Ride On Curlin.

Derby Contenders: We Miss Artie

I'd pay good money to see Ken Ramsey give a victory speech in the winner's circle at the Kentucky Derby.

Derby Contenders: Wildcat Red

Wildcat Red has never finished worse than second in seven career races. Can he continue his excellent run of form in the 2014 Kentucky Derby?

Welcome to Derby Week 2014

Yes, it's Derby week. No, I don't know who I'm picking... yet.

Derby Contenders: Intense Holiday

Our look at the contenders for the 2014 Kentucky Derby turns to Risen Star winner Intense Holiday.

Derby Contenders: Hoppertunity

Our look at the contenders for the 2014 Kentucky Derby turns to Rebel Stakes winner Hoppertunity.

Derby Contenders: Danza

He won the Arkansas Derby at odd of 41/1 and now Danza and Todd Pletcher look to shock the racing world against at the 2014 Kentucky Derby.

Derby Contenders: Samraat

A winner of five races in six starts, New York bred Samraat carries the hopes of the Empire State into the 2014 Kentucky Derby.

Derby Contenders: Wicked Strong

Our series on the contenders for the 2014 Kentucky Derby turns to Wicked Strong, winner of the Wood Memorial.

Derby Contenders: Dance With Fate

We continue our run through the contenders for the 2014 Kentucky Derby with a look at the winner of the Blue Grass Stakes, Dance With Fate.

Derby Contenders: Vicar's in Trouble

Our look at the contenders for the 2014 Kentucky Derby continues with Louisiana Derby winner Vicar's in Trouble.

Louisiana Puts More Pressure on Fair Grounds |


This looks like it's going to get messy but brings up a good point with regards allowing slots at tracks and what those additional revenue streams should go towards. Additionally, the blurb about improving the turf course is pure gold because... yeah, a top-class racing facility with grass should be able to withstand at least some rain without moving everything to the main track. The Fair Grounds turf course is in need of a major overhaul.

NBC Sports Group to broadcast various Breeders' Cup preps - Handicappers' Edge


"The Breeders' Cup have announced a new marketing platform that will feature 18 of the best Breeders' Cup Challenge races from top race tracks in the U.S."

Derby Contenders: California Chrome

Our horse-by-horse looks at the contenders for the 2014 Kentucky Derby begins with the favorite: California Chrome.

Random Friday Thoughts

Thoughts on some of this weekend's races, plus a look at a new wagering application at Emerald Downs.

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