Scratch Cancer Challenge!


I am running in the Jersey Shore Colon Cancer Alliance Run/Walk this July in memory of my dad, who died of the disease in 1997. He was a true horseman and passed his love for the sport onto me. Please join me in scratching colon cancer from the race by taking part in the Scratch Cancer Handicapping Challenge. Charles Town has a loaded stakes lineup this Saturday all leading up to the Grade II Charles Town Classic. Think you got what it takes to conquer the card?


CT Race 6 – Coin Collector Stakes

CT Race 7 – Caixa Electronica Stakes

CT Race 8 – Original Gold Stakes

CT Race 9 – Confucius Say Stakes

CT Race 10 – Robert Hilton Memorial

CT Race 11 – Sugar Maple Stakes by CANTER

CT Race 12- Charles Town Classic (G2)

How To Play:

  • Click here to donate $5 to Colon Cancer Alliance
  • Select one horse from each contest race
  • Email selections to by 11AM Eastern on 4/23.
  • Bankroll will accrue based on mythical $2 WP bet
  • Awesome Collage of Moreno & Special Gift Pack awarded to winner!

Additional Info:

  • Scratch of selection defaults to post time favorite
  • Only one entry per person
  • Tiebreaker goes to player with highest combined “Win” total

Thank you in advance for your support and generosity! My dad always said horse folk were the best folk! Let’s prove him right!

Scratch Cancer Handicapping Challenge


I am running in the Jersey Shore Colon Cancer Alliance Run/Walk this July in memory of my dad, who died of the disease in 1997. He was a true horseman and passed his love for the sport onto me. A gift that is priceless if you ask me! The Colon Cancer Alliance does an outstanding job raising awareness, furthering research and providing support to patients and their families.

I would love for you to join me in scratching colon cancer from the race this Saturday in the Scratch Cancer Handicapping Challenge. Charles Town has a loaded stakes lineup this Saturday all leading up to the Grade II Charles Town Classic. Think you got what it takes to conquer the card?

How To Play:

  • Click here to donate $5 to Colon Cancer Alliance
  • Select one horse from each contest race (TBA Wednesday 4/20)
  • Email selections to by Sat 4/23 at 10AM Eastern
  • Bankroll will accrue based on mythical $2 WP bet
  • Awesome prize awarded to player with highest bankroll!!

Additional Info:

  • Scratch of selection defaults to post time favorite
  • Only one entry per person
  • Tiebreaker goes to player with highest combined “Win” total

Thank you in advance for your support and generosity! My dad always said horse folk were the best folk! Let’s prove him right!



The Paddock View has moved!

We are now part of the Horse Racing Nation family! Check out for future posts! It has been fantastic watching this blog grow over the past couple of weeks and we look forward to more growth at our new home!

Road to the Derby Monday Update 3/16


One of the most anticipated returns of the year happened at Oaklawn this past weekend, as American Pharoah dominated over a sloppy track at the Rebel Stakes. It may have been one of the weakest fields of the prep season but his performance put him back in the conversation for favorite at Churchill. I expect to see him challenged a bit more in the Arkansas Derby, what should be his final race before the big one.


Can you believe the final “50 point preps” are upon us already? Saturday features the Spiral Stakes at Turfway which has drawn 15 entries for only 12 spots. Metaboss and Imperia are among the bigger names expected to compete. Sunday will bring us the Sunland Derby which is expected to draw in Firing Line and Lord Nelson. As always, The Paddock View will have you covered with complete breakdown of both events.


1. DORTMUND: A quiet victory week for the son of Big Brown. At this stage in the trail, quiet is good!

2. CARPE DIEM: See above! He is expected to post a workout this week as he begins preparation for the Florida Derby in a couple weeks.

3. AMERICAN PHAROAH: He earned his way into my Top 5, but I still have questions about this colt. He did not face much in the way of competition at the Rebel. Is he capable of running like that against the other horses in the Top 5? Time will tell..

4. TEXAS RED: Welcome back to the track good buddy! He is easing back in out at Santa Anita and the Santa Anita Derby remains his target. Dersormeaux has hinted at more intense workou this upcoming weekend, looking forward to it!

5. INTERNATIONAL STAR: Posted a breezing 5F at 1:02.83 down at Gulfstream. Looking forward to seeing him live at the Louisiana Derby in a couple weeks.

Rebel Stakes Analysis & Picks

Only 7 weeks to go til Derby Day! We have one prep race this weekend, the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn. Weather could play a factor, so keep an eye on track conditions leading up to the race. With the defection of Take Charge Brandi, it appears that American Pharoah may have one nice welcome back party. Lets take a look at the field…

PP Horse Comments
1 The Truth Or Else Surprised me last time out in the Southwest, but keep in mind that was over a sloppy track. Track conditions may not be 100% again this go around, so keep an eye on the weather and toteboard for gimmick play.
2 Madefromlucky Winner of the last 2 steps way up in class to compete with the big boys. He has been impressive but I think he will lack the late kick to get the job done here.
3 Tizwonderfulcreek I am always a fan of underdogs and upsets, but it would take a miracle for this colt to hit the board.
4 American Pharoah Can his connections ask for a better first race back? This is a relatively light field that lacks another true speedster. I would not be surprised to see a wire to wire victory. Welcome back to the trail AP!
5 Bold Conquest He may be the toughest horse for me to gauge on the entire card. He seems to be on the edge of a “big one” but will he settle for the bridesmaid role again? Keep in mind he has worked well over mud, so if the track is less than ideal you must look twice!
6 Paid Admission He has only gone to the winner’s circle once in six attempts and doesn’t appear to be much of a factor in this event. He needs to find his running style before he can make any noise.
7 Sakima I am expecting improvement from this Moquette trained colt. He has shown he deserves at a shot at this level. Could this son of Curlin follow in his daddy’s footsteps with a victory in the Rebel? Anything is possible in Arkansas, just ask Danza!


Razorback Handicap Analysis & Picks

Oaklawn has quite a menu of racing options on Saturday leading up to the Rebel Stakes. I am really looking forward to the 8th race on the card, the Grade III Razorback Handicap. This 1 1/16 mile event features four-year-olds and up, including a few Derby alum in the starting gate.

PP Horse Comments
1 TAPITURE Santana returns to the mount with Rosie’s retirement. It has been 5 months since just missing in the BC Dirt Mile. There has been a lot of buzz about Tapiture’s return to the track and he has been working well, but may need this one.
2 GOLDEN TICKET This six-year-old is only 6 of 30 lifetime and failed to make any noise in the BC Dirt Mile last year. If his resume wasn’t good enough reason to pass over, his recent workouts may be.
3 MIDNIGHT HAWK Just missed on him in the Illinois Derby last year and may be I’m still a bit bitter but going to have to pass this time. I have doubts about his speed compared to the others in this race.
4 I GOT IT ALL 20-1 ML surprises me because this horse seems to be improving. Even though he was 3rd in the Essex, that was one of his best races up to this point. He has the potential to make things interesting as he likes to press the leaders early.
5 RACE DAY He just missed against easier last time out, but is getting an extra 1/16 of a mile to work with here. His recent works have been solid and he has great chance to go 4 of his last 5. Should be in the mix late.
6 CARVE This guy did everything right last time out over the Oaklawn dirt. He is winning at a clip of 50% at this track and at this distance. I see no reason why he should not be in the winner’s circle after this event.
7 RIDE ON CURLIN I have always been a big ROC fan, but just not feeling it here. He will closing late and have a chance, but my hunch is that there won’t be a ton of early speed. He is going to have to sit closer to the leaders and we know how that panned out last time…


5 Signs You May Spend Too Much Time at the Track

I’m not sure it is possible to spend too much time, but here’s a couple signs to be on the lookout for!🙂

#1 Teller Trouble

That moment you walk into a bank or fast food restaurant and attempt to place $50 on the 5 to win. They will more than likely take the $50 from you with a confused look, but good luck getting a voucher!

#2 Technological Genius

You are suddenly an expert in touchscreen technology. You have the ability to place a bet in less than 20 seconds, however everyone else around you takes 15 minutes and wonders why the machine doesn’t accept credit cards. You feel really confident in your ability, so you walk into the restaurant and place your own order! I mean really, who has time for a server?!

#3 Shabby Chic

Horse racing can be a glamorous and dressy affair, but that luster wore off of you years ago! Now, if you tuck in your shirt and get a new ball cap, you feel like a red carpet model. You laugh at those newbies wearing striped pastel pants and ridiculous hats. Its the track, not fashion week!

#4 Tactical Planning

Even though you don’t have a horse to ride, you have developed jockey skills of your own. When presented with a large crowd of people or a bunch of traffic on the roadway, you sit back and wait for your lane to develop. You strategically develop a way around this mess and imagine you are riding the fastest closer on the track. Sometimes you are successful and beat the field home, other times you end up with an inquiry and a $250 speeding ticket!

#5 Horseful Thinking

Once you are away from the track for more than 10 minutes, you suddenly realize that you wish there were more horses and less people! You probably also wish you had more money in your pocket, but that is why you’re going back tomorrow!

5 Horse Racing Quotes to Brighten Your Day!

I’ve always enjoyed quotes, especially when they pertain to my favorite thing! I had some fun looking around for some various quotes from over the years and wanted to share a few with you today!

“A horse gallops with his lungs, perseveres with his heart and wins with his character.”

-Frederico Tesio

“The horse I bet on was so slow, the jockey kept a diary of the trip.”

-Henry Youngman

“The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears.”

-Arabian Proverb

“Any money I put on a horse is a sort of insurance policy to prevent it from winning.”

-Frank Richardson

And to close with a fun, yet oh so true quote from comedian Tim Conway…

“Fortunately my wife is understanding. When I come home from the races she never asks any questions, if I tell her I just ate a $380 hot dog!”


Horse Racing’s Annual Blossom

In 1925, Bill Corum first referred to the Kentucky Derby as the “Run for the Roses”, but roses have been a part of the celebration dating back to 1896. I think it is fitting that this flower has become a symbol of racing’s biggest moment. Roses are widely viewed as the king of the flower family and in my book horse racing is still the sport of kings. These huge animals and beautiful flowers may be more alike than you think..

They both awaken each spring and for a short amount of time allow their majestic beauty to shine. We are captivated by their beauty, strength and endurance. They become the centerpiece of our world for a few months. However, just as quickly as they blossom into our lives, they will wither into the background. Along with the season, we move on as well. Occasionally, we recall the glories that once were right before our eyes.

This is where it becomes our job to tend to the garden. We must continue to celebrate their beauty even when presented with nothing but wilted petals and empty buds. Since the media and general population does not stick around to take pictures of a damaged garden, we as horse people cannot allow ourselves to only be dictated by the current bloom.

We cannot forget about the stars of today as soon as their bloom is over, that is not far. Each horse is special and unique in their own way and they all have a story worth celebrating. More importantly, we must ensure that they are cared for long after their blossom falls to the ground. Constant tending and attention to this garden will lead to many more generations of beauty, but are you willing to put in the work?

When you’re watching the race on May 2nd and see the garland of roses draped over the winner, remind yourself that just because this beauty is fleeting, does not mean it must die.


Road to Derby Monday Update 3/9


Saturday was an exciting day of racing across the country, including 3 Derby prep races. El Kabeir dominated the final furlongs of the Gotham Stakes to win over a muddy surface at Aqueduct. Should it be rainy on Derby day, this will be a performance to keep in mind! Meanwhile, it was Carpe Diem proving he is a force to be reckoned with in the Tampa Bay Derby. I was a little worried that he may need a race after his layoff, but he was mighty impressive leaving Ocean Knight in the dust. At Santa Anita, it was Dortmund cruising to victory in the San Felipe. He remains undefeated and is leaving little doubt that he will be one of the favorites on Derby day.


I featured an article about Ocho Ocho Ocho last week and was expecting a big performance this weekend. He failed to fire in the San Felipe. According to his trainer, he left the race with multiple lacerations but is expected to return for the Santa Anita Derby. Jockey Mike Smith was trapped along the rail for much of the race. I am not making any excuses for the disappointing performance, but am not willing to count him out yet!


This Saturday will feature The Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn. I am expecting to see the filly, Take Charge Brandi, compete against the boys. This race will also be the return of American Pharoah, who has been working sharply leading up to the event. As always, check back with The Paddock View throughout the week for updates.


1. DORTMUND: He is now 5 for 5. He has shown the grit and heart of a competitor in each performance. I never expected him to wire the field in the San Felipe, but he literally got the perfect trip. We will get one more chance to see him before the Derby, and if he keeps this up he will be the favorite at Churchill!

2. CARPE DIEM: Finally! I’ve been waiting to see him race and he did not disappoint. As I mentioned, I thought he may need a race but he proved me wrong. That Tampa Bay Derby performance was impressive. Aside from a rough race in the BC Juvenile last November, this horse would be perfect. He flashed a lot of growth on Saturday, which is what we expect from every Derby winner as we enter mid-March. His stock is rising fast!

3. TEXAS RED: Last I heard, his return to the training track was delayed another week due to the abscess. I really hope he can get back in time as I believe he has the most raw talent of the 3 yo crop.

4. UPSTART: Pretty quiet week from the Upstart camp. Sometimes that is good news! As long as this horse continues to mature and develop his racing style, he has every right to be in the winner’s circle on the first Saturday in May.

5. INTERNATIONAL STAR: Another horse that has been really quiet on the national front. He is preparing for the March 28th running of the Louisiana Derby, which I will be at live. I can’t wait to see him in action. I think a lot of people may be counting him out, which would be a major mistake.

There was a major shakeup in points this weekend! Don’t forget to check out the updated schedule and standing page up top for up to the minute information! Hope everyone has a winning week!!