American Pharoah took command and never look back as he went out on top in a dominating performance in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The 12th Triple Crown Champion bounced back after his upset loss to Keen Ice in the Travers Stakes in August. American Pharoah will stand at Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud. Video
By ThoroughbredZone on January 26, 2016
Keen Ice Rallies To Win The Travers Stakes After Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah And Frosted Engage In Duel–Video
By ThoroughbredZone on August 29, 2015
Keen Ice rallied down the center of the track to win the Travers Stakes after Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah and Belmont Stakes runner-up Frosted engaged in an epic duel at Saratoga. They banged heads until deep stretch. American Pharoah finally put away his stubborn rival, but did not have enough left for the late rally of Keen Ice. One of the most exciting races you will ever see. Keen Ice wins the Travers Stakes. Travers Stakes Chart
By ThoroughbredZone on August 4, 2015
Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah returned to the races in front of a record crowd of 61,000 plus at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, NJ and put on a display of equine poetry in motion. A monstrous performance. Never asked, never threatened. It was one of the easiest Grade I wins you will ever see. Trainer Bob Baffert chalked up his record eighth Haskell win in the process.
By ThoroughbredZone on July 1, 2015
For the longest time, Las Vegas had been known as a haven for gamblers, and nothing but. Dozens of casinos line the Las Vegas Strip, offering luxurious travelers and locals alike a healthy dose of partying and high-class gambling, and most casino operators were content to have the same kind of people come through their doors every night.
But this is quickly changing, and casinos are starting to appeal to more than just high rollers and heavy punters. In the past few years, we’ve seen New Jersey casinos try to get more sports fans through their doors by offering sports booking and betting, and even online gambling portal InterCasino’s promotions have involved more than one major sporting events, including the Grand National, in the past year or so. The congested market has led to a majority of these casinos to begin tapping into new demographics, and the equestrian industry has been far from ignored.
Casinos in the US’s major cities have begun opening their doors to equestrians, and if you find yourself on the road looking for a place to gamble and keep your beautiful horses, you need look no further than…
1. The Rolling Hills Casino and Equestrian Center
The Rolling Hills Casino in Corning, CA has long been one of the most renowned casinos in all of California. Although already a haven for gamblers with 840 slot machines and dozens of table games in varied denominations, expansions and renovations have paved the way for the casino to establish its own Equestrian Center. The famed Equestrian Center includes 200 covered kick-proof, chew-proof MDBarnmaster stalls, an expansive indoor arena, covered warm-up area, and even a 150 ft x 300 ft outdoor arena.
The Rolling Hills Equestrian Center is open for bookings of sporting events and other equestrian events, with events already booked and running throughout the year.
Rolling Hills Casino
2655 Everett Freeman Way
Corning, California 96021
888-331-6400 or 530-528-3500
2. South Point Arena and Equestrian Center
South Point’s location in the heart of Las Vegas makes it a prime choice for equestrians who want to take some time off of races and shows and just take a load off in an old-fashioned casino. Claiming to be the finest indoor horse facility in the country, South Point has a whopping 4,500-seat arena with 1,200 climate-controlled horse stalls. It’s also home to many of the world’s most prestigious tournaments. South Point also has a wonderful homey casino within its hotel.
South Point Casino and Equestrian Center
9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas, NV 89183
3. Kansas Star Casino and Equestrian Center
Wildly successful, the Kansas Star Casino made headlines when it boasted of the highest revenues among all the state-owned casinos in Kansas. But even though the casino has already become one of the most sought-after destinations for gambling in the state, ground is also being broken on a new 10,000-square-foot meeting space and convention for equestrian events. This space is set to be completed in 2015, promising to be the premiere location for all equestrian events in Kansas.
Kansas Star Casino
777 Kansas Star Drive
By ThoroughbredZone on June 6, 2015
Gate-to-wire. Congratulations to the new Triple Crown King! American Pharoah!!!
By ThoroughbredZone on June 1, 2015
Affirmed defeats Alydar in one of horse racing’s most enduring rivalries to become the eleventh Triple Crown winner in the 1978 Belmont Stakes. Affirmed is the last horse to accomplish one of the most elusive feats in all of sports. American Pharoah will try to become the twelfth Triple Crown winner this Saturday in the Belmont Stakes. Belmont Stakes Contenders
By ThoroughbredZone on May 17, 2015
American Pharoah wins the Preakness Stakes in smashing style in the rain. American Pharoah sends everyone to Belmont Park with a chance to see history. One more time. Another run for the Triple Crown is in the waiting! Preakness Stakes 140 Chart
By ThoroughbredZone on May 2, 2015
The Easy Running American Pharoah Wins The Kentucky Derby. Firing Line 2nd. Dortmund 3rd. Kentucky Derby 141 Chart Kentucky Derby Race Sequence #KentuckyDerby2015 | ThoroughbredZone’s Top Three On Kentucky Derby 12 Finish 1-2-3.
By ThoroughbredZone on May 2, 2015
ThoroughbredZone’s Kentucky Derby 141 Close Up & Preview–In Post Position Order
1) Ocho Ocho Ocho – Ocho Ocho Ocho will be making his third start off the layoff after flattening out to finish 3×5 lengths behind Carpe Diem in the Blue Grass. He will need to move forward off that race to be a factor. He will break from the 2 hole after the scratch of El Kabeir. He should go out with the leaders, but he could try and settle behind. He faces a tough task in the Kentucky Derby.
2) Carpe Diem – Carpe Diem was a three length winner in the Blue Grass. He has done little wrong in his career, winning four out of five career races–drawing away each time. He has gone off the favorite in all five career starts. He has a nice stalking style, but being down inside could be a detriment. How he is positioned early will be key. He still has room to improve upon his last race. John Velazquez sticks with him. His sire, Giant’s Causeway just missed winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic in a thriller to Tiznow at Churchill Downs. Sports wins at three different track. Must respect. Threat For Top Honors
3) Materiality – The lightly raced and undefeated Materiality has looked good. A talented horse who has good speed. He should be forwardly placed. I like him, but battle tested horses will make him work for it. He faces a difficult task in only his fourth career start. Curlin came close to winning the Kentucky Derby without a race at two, but destroyed the Arkansas Derby in his prep race before that. Materiality will have to run another tough race. Third start into his current form cycle. Dangerous, but too many questions.
4) Tencendur – The runner-up to Frosted in the Wood Memorial finally changed leads and ran a big race. He took Frosted into the stretch, before giving up the lead. He is a big strong horse. The New York bred will most likely sit back and make a run late. Will he run back to the Wood? He will have to improve on the race, or will he move backwards? Will he change leads?
5) Danzig Moon – Danzig Moon was second to Carpe Diem in the Blue Grass. He will be making his sixth career start. He made a move on the outside in the Blue Grass, but was no match for Carpe Diem, but it was a good race. He should get a better pace in the Kentucky Derby and should be one of the horses making up ground late. He ran a game second over this strip as a 2-year-old. He will go off at a big price. User
6) Mubtaahij (Ire) – Mubtaahij (Ire) was the big winner of UAE Derby. He dusted nine other horses with an explosive turn-of-foot in the stretch. It was one of the more visually impressive prep races of the year. Now he will have to do it again in Kentucky. He is a physically good looking horse. He has beaten the most horses in his last five races and faced large fields in the process. He is well-bred for the distance. He will run without Lasix. Things to like and not like. Mixed feelings.
7) El Kabeir
8) Dortmund – Big bad Dortmund will come into this Kentucky Derby a perfect six for six in his career. Three wins at two. Three wins at three. The physically striking chestnut has looked great all year. He was a determined–retake the lead winner over Firing Line in the Robert Lewis. He lost a shoe in the Santa Anita Derby and was still a sharp looking winner. He will be forwardly placed. An imposing threat. It could very well be Dortmund and American Pharoah hooked up 1-2 at some point in the stretch. He has won at three different tracks. He certainly looks the part. An impressive looking colt. The Top Pick
9) Bolo – Bolo switched from turf to take on Dortmund twice. He ran a respectable third behind him in the San Felipe, but was no match for him in the Santa Anita Derby. He will be making his third start off the layoff. He has looked good in the mornings. He will probably sit off the pace and commence a rally turning for home. Is he good enough to hit the board is the question. He will need to run his A race on dirt. He will be a square price.
10) Firing Line – The fast son of first crop sire Line of David gave Dortmund all he could handle in the Robert Lewis Stakes. A dogged, determined effort to fend off Dortmund just came up short. He came back off that effort to blow out the Sunland Derby field in an impressive performance. He is a fast horse that could very well be part of the pace. He has made a positive impression in the mornings at Churchill Downs, but getting the distance could be his biggest issue off the layoff. I respect this one. Number 2 on my Derby list.
11) Stanford 12) International Star
13) Itsaknockout – Todd Pletcher’s third runner in the race and least regarded of the group. Itsaknockout is not coming into the race the way you would like to see. He was a dismal 4×21 in the Florida Derby. He was a complete non-factor that day. He has since been working reasonably well in the am with highly regarded workmates Competitive Edge and Materiality. Itsaknockout will have to make a big move forward in the Kentucky Derby to be competitive. I think he will sit mid-pack and try to make a big move late. Luis Saez has been aboard all of his starts. User
14) Keen Ice – Keen Ice sure fits in the pedigree department. Sired by Curlin and dam sired by Awesome Again, who won the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. Kent Desormeaux is a three time winner of the Kentucky Derby, although there were on major players in those races. Keen Ice will be one of the longest shots on the board. He is a big closer. Sports a win over the track. He should be moving well late. User
15) Frosted – Frosted flattened out in the Fountain Of Youth at Gulfstream after having the lead turning for home. A breathing issue was detected and was taken care of. He came back to win the Wood Memorial, sitting off a slow pace to run down Tencendur and draw clear in a relative hand ride. It was a very good effort. Frosted draws the outside with his tactical running style. I expect him to be off the pace. This will be his fourth start of the year. He is a horse on the improve at the right time. Threat For Top Honors
16) War Story – War Story has run behind International Star in all three of the Fair Grounds prep races this year. He will sit back off the pace and make a late run. He broke his maiden with a first out win over the Churchill Downs strip at 7 furlongs with a big late kick. One negative though is they will be taking the blinkers off for the Derby. I’m not a fan of equipment changes like that before the Kentucky Derby. He will offer a big price. User
17) Mr. Z – The stablemate of American Pharoah comes into the Derby looking like a tired horse possibly. He was a non-factor in his last two prep races. He was completely dusted by American Pharoah when he tried him in the Arkansas Derby. In his race before that he stopped in the Louisiana Derby. He has the most races of any horse in the race. And it looks like he has already run his best race. Always respect Lukas, but faces a tall task.
18) American Pharoah – The morning line favorite in this year’s Kentucky Derby. This guy has an absolutely beautiful stride. A talented runner as you will see. His win in the Arkansas Derby was the most impressive prep win of the year by any 3-year-old. He was never asked for anything and strolled home with ease in a very sharp time. If he settles and gets the same trip, they are going to have to do some serious running to get him. He is a runner with multiple gears yet tested. He will face the biggest field of his career. He must settle. He has also won at three different tracks. A meeting with Dortmund in the stretch looms. A classic showdown in the works. A legitimate threat for top honors. Threat For Top Honors
19) Upstart – Upstart had some sinus issues in Florida, but he looks like he is doing fine now. He has looked good in the mornings. He has a solid resume, with good speed figures. He is always in the mix. He will break from the outside. He will settle behind the front pack as he tries to get position into the first turn. Is he good enough is the question. He has had four races as a 2-year old. This will be his fourth start as a 3-year-old. The distance is a slight concern with him. He has a nice foundation. User
20) Far Right – Far Right is the value horse of the race. He was only a $2,500 purchase. Mike Smith will be on board when the gates open. This guy likes to do his running late in races. He has had three lifetime starts at Churchill Downs. A win, place, and a show. He likes the track. He should get a good position near the back, but that could also be a detriment. He should make one late run at a good price. Fits under. User
21) Frammento – Frammento drew in after the scratch of Stanford. His running style is the opposite of that horse. This guy is closer. He finished 3×4 in the Fountain of Youth behind Upstart and Itsaknockout. He faces a tall task, but looks the kind of horse that will be going forward late as other begin to back up. He will certainly offer a big price underneath.
Top Long Shots
By ThoroughbredZone on April 30, 2015
ThoroughbredZone’s Kentucky Derby 12 is back! Same format as in previous years. Name, sire, dam, damsire, date of birth, and the original purchase price if available. A tie at the top! American Pharoah and Dortmund. That’s a first. More Kentucky Derby links are available at the bottom of this post.
A Kentucky Derby 141 Close Up & Preview Coming
ThoroughbredZone’s Kentucky Derby 12
April 30, 2015
1) Dortmund – Big Brown – Our Josephina by Tale of the Cat (Feb 12) $90,000 Bob Baffert has two formidable thoroughbreds in this year’s Kentucky Derby. The imposing son of Big Brown is a perfect 6 for 6 in his career. He lost a shoe in the Santa Anita Derby, but still won drawing away. He ran an impressive race, battling back to beat Firing Line in the Robert Lewis Stakes. He certainly looks the part.
1) American Pharoah – Pioneer of the Nile – Parlez by Yankee Gentleman (Feb 2) (Homebred Buy Back $300,000) The morning line favorite of the race will be American Pharoah who was nothing short of sensational in the Arkansas Derby. It was the most impressive prep race of the year. He won in a hand ride with out ever being asked for much. Before that he was an easy winner of the Rebel Stakes in the slop. A fast horse with different gears. Bob Baffert called him the best horse that he’s ever trained. That’s a bold statement. He has an effortless stride.
2) Firing Line – Line of David – Sister Girl Blues by Hold for Gold (Jan 19) $150,000 Firing Line is a fast son of first crop sire Line of David. He was the blowout winner of the Sunland Derby winning by 14 lengths with ease. He was just beaten by Dortmund in his race before. Firing Line has two wins and three places in fiver career starts.
3) International Star – Fusaichi Pegasus – Parlez by French Deputy (Mar 3) $85,000 The late rallying son of Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus in number 3 on the list. International Star is a perfect 3 for 3 so far in 2015. He swept the Fair Grounds Triple Crown Prep races closing each time in the process. He won races from the rail, to post 9 in large fields each time. He is a battle tested, experienced horse who is used to big fields. He also sports six races as a 2-year-old. Scratched On Saturday Morning
4) Carpe Diem – Giant’s Causeway – Rebridled Dream’s by Unbridled’s Song ( Feb 29) $550,000 Carpe Diem has only run one bad race in his five career starts and that was in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. In his other races he was an easy drawing away winner. He won the Bluegrass Stakes by three measured lengths over Danzig Moon.
5) Frosted – Tapit – Fast Cookie by Deputy Minister (Apr 18) Homebred Frosted is coming off winning the Wood Memorial over Trecendur at Aqueduct. He was not at his best at Gulfstream Park earlier in the spring. He has since improved. He will have to improve even more in the Derby and that’s a distinct possibility. Frosted has a good foundation.
6) Upstart – Flatter – Party Silks by Unbridled’s Song (Apr 13) $130,000 New York Bred Upstart has been as consistent as they come. The sharp looking colt has three wins and three places in seven career starts. It was a tough luck disqualification in the Fountain of Youth that took a two length win away over Itsaknockout. He came back to run a solid race right behind Materiality in the Florida Derby. Upstart has a good foundation.
7) Materiality – Afleet Alex – Wildwood Flower by Langfuhr (Apr 9) $260,000 The lightly raced and undefeated colt was a gate-to-wire winner in the Florida Derby over Upstart. It was an impressive win in only his third career start. The sharp looking son of Afleet Alex will have to run that same race in the Kentucky Derby.
8) Mubtaahij (Ire) – Dubawi (Ire) – Pennegale (Ire) by Pennekamp (Apr 28) $600,000 The stately looking son of Dubawi (Ire) was an impressive winner in the UAE Derby. He sat a perfect trip and showed a big kick in the stretch as he ran away from the rest of the field. He is a good looking colt. He has beaten the most horses in his last five races. He has been in big fields.
9) Far Right – Notional – Zindi by Vindication (Mar 4) $2,500 Far Right was a distant second to American Pharoah in the Arkansas Derby. Far Right is the 2015 value horse of the Kentucky Derby. He was only a $2,500 original purchase. He has gone to earn over $600,000 on the track. He is a good looking son of first crop sire Notional. Far Right was the late rallying winner of the Smarty Jones And Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park.
10) El Kabeir – Scat Daddy – Great Venue by Unbridled’s Song (Mar 18)$250,000 El Kabeir has been a solid performer in 2015. He was the winner of the Jerome and Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct. He was third to Frosted in the Wood Memorial. Scratched
11) War Story – Northern Afleet – Belle Watling by Pulpit (Mar 25) $90,000 War Story was chasing International Star all spring at the Fairgrounds. But that may have not been a bad thing. He ran good races. He ran second 3×4 1/2 behind him in the Louisiana Derby. Ran second to him in the Lecomte and Risen Star in big fields. He is a horse that that has room for improvement.
12) Itsaknockout – Lemon Drop Kid – Stormy B by Cherokee Run (Mar 16) $350,000 A son of Lemon Drop Kid. And he looks like his dad. He is coming into the Kentucky Derby off a poor effort in the Florida Derby. This is never a positive. He was a non-factor finishing in fourth place 21 lengths behind Materiality. The Derby will only be his fourth career start. But he has some upside. He still has room for improvement off the Florida races.
Others Kentucky Derby Horses
Danzig Moon (Can) – 2nd by 3 lengths to Carpe Diem in Blue Grass
Keen Ice – 3rd in Risen Star to International Star
Bolo – 3×6 behind Dortmund Santa Anita Derby and 3×2 in San Felipe
Tencendur – 2nd to Frosted in Wood Memorial
Mr. Z – Finished 5×8 behind American Pharoah in Arkansas Derby
Ocho Ocho Ocho – 3×5 behind Carpe Diem in Blue Grass
Frammento – 4×7 behind Carpe Diem in Blue Grass and 3×4 to Upstart in Fountain Youth
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