Keeping Pace

Staff writer Frank Angst examines racing, handicapping, and other mysteries.

September 2020 - Posts

Kentucky Downs Race Raises Questions on Entry DQs

I believe a stewards’ ruling on a recent race at Kentucky Downs failed to follow the state policies in place on disqualifications when an entry is involved, although chief steward Barbara Borden believes the rule gives them latitude on such matters. As it turns out, even when given that latitude—which I don’t think is there—I still think they got it wrong. To the stewards’ credit, they also released... Read More

This Year’s Derby Horses Bring Added Experience

Looking at the number of starts in the past performances for horses entered in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), one half expects to see Real Quiet or Thunder Gulch listed among the runners. In terms of starts ahead of the Derby for this year's 3-year-olds, pushing the race back four months seemingly has pushed the classic back a few decades. With those added months to get some... Read More

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