Q and A with the man in charge of racing: Eric Halstrom

There’s a new (well, sort of) sheriff in town.  Eric Halstrom has returned to Canterbury Park in the role of Vice President of Racing Operations after a successful run at Fair Grounds in New Orleans.  With the changes in place for the fast-approaching live racing season, I took a few minutes to pick the brain of […]

The Big Dance/A Lottery with Eighty Legs

Finally, the Derby is here.  The weather is shaky in the coming days for Derby 140, but seeing that track dry out at an unbelievable clip in the past I’ll blog with the assumption that we see fast dirt on Saturday. Though there are always casualties along the trail this year seems to have an […]

The Derby Trial

The trial, much like the Lexington, has been a race usually used as a prep for things down the road in modern times.  Sure, nice horses have won but it’s an oddly named race for what it’s become.  However, this year it could actually shake things up with the graded earnings bubble keeping so many […]

Race of the Week – The Lexington

As the defections roll in with the top 20 headed for the Run for the Roses, the Lexington will represent the only bonus race in this week’s Road to Kentucky contest.  It’s the homestretch in our contest and last week’s HUGE scores shook the standings – We have a new overall leader.  There’s still time […]

Beginning to Smell Roses Yet?

The road is winding quickly towards Churchill Downs, and this weekend leads to the final round of “major” preps for the big race.  The Bluegrass and the Arkansas Derby have had opposite influence in recent times (NONE as opposed to a Preakness winner factory) but Keeneland’s premier race for three year olds should regain its […]

Candy, Hops, Chrome and Wood

The preps I focus on this week are somewhat similar to the two we saw last Saturday – Not a ton of names in the Wood are topping derby lists at this point (like the Louisiana Derby), whereas many #1 prospects are going to attempt to top each other in the Santa Anita Derby (like […]

Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya

The pace picks back up in the Road to Kentucky contest this week, as the preps stack up and the action for older horses takes center stage half a world away.  Meydan Racecourse celebrates the Dubai World Cup bright and early this Saturday, and our Clubhouse will open at 7:30 AM.  First post for the […]

The Spiral

While the madness begins in Basketball, the prep action comparatively dies down in the horse racing ranks on the Road to Kentucky. While the Sunland Derby will take place Sunday, The Spiral at Turfway Park is the only double-point event for this week’s contest and the gate is JAMMED. For once there’s a fairly balanced […]

The Rebel

Oaklawn Park is a fun place, and this Saturday the Road to Kentucky will wind into Hot Springs, Arkansas for the Rebel Stakes. In the last decade it’s hosted a number of talented animals into the winners’ circle, often before its connections really knew what a good thing they had. Smarty Jones, Lawyer Ron, Curlin, […]

The Road to Kentucky Week 6 Recap

As we near the halfway point of Road to Kentucky 2014, so far a similar theme has played out in each of the first six weeks. Favorites and low-priced contenders are dominating the action, and achieving competitive weekly scores has meant conceding to the chalk on a regular basis. Those of us unwilling to do […]