Kentucky Derby Top 15


With all the first round of the 2012 three-year-old prep races done across the country it's time to take a first look at the BetAmerica Kentucky Derby Top 15. ; A lot can change between now and May, but for now here's the list.1. Union Rags2. Mr. Bowling3. Liaison4. Gemologist5. Algorithms6. Out of Bounds7. Junebugred8. Alpha9. Hansen10.Creative Cause So Lucky12.O'Prado Again Padrino14. Discreet Dancer15. SabercatUnion Rags tops the list based on his 2011 campaign, which finished with a second place finish to Hansen in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. ; After winning the Grade 1 Champagne at Belmont, Union Rags was sent off as the even-money favorite in the Juvenile. ; Drawing post ten was probably the reason for the defeat as the Dixie Union-colt was wide the entire trip. ; Off since then Union Rags is eyeing a return in the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park on February 26.Hansen won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, but plummets down the list based on his performance in the Holy Bull last weekend. ;After stumbling at the start the nearly white colt made the lead on his own, but was run down late by the impressive Algorithms.Algorithms is trained by Todd Pletcher, who also has Gemologist, El Padrino and Discreet Dancer on the list. ; Gemologist is number four after his win over the highly touted Ever So Lucky, who will be starting in the Hutcheson at Gulfstream Park on February 4, in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs in November. ; El Padrino won an allowance race over Take Charge Indy, who was fifth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, on the same day as the Holy Bull and looks like a horse who will love ten-furlongs. ;

Discreet Dancer has been uber impressive in his two races, a maiden and an allowance at Gulfstream Park, and gives Pletcher a hot hand in the upcoming months. ;Pletcher has the Fountain of Youth and Florida Derby, March 31, at Gulfstream Park as well the Risen Star, February 25 at Fair Grounds, and the Southwest, February 20 at Oaklawn Park as possible races for his foursome.Should Pletcher ship one or more of his horses out-of-town then he is going to have to face the winner's from the local prep races Mr. Bowling at Fair Grounds and Junebugred at Oaklawn Park. ; Mr. Bowling won the Grade 3 LeComte Stakes by a head and is expected to move on to the Risen Star while Junebugred took the Smarty Jones by a neck with a rail-skimming ride by Jersey Joe Bravo.

The Southern California contingent is led by Liaison, who won the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park in his last start in mid-December. ; The Bob Baffert-trainee is expected to show up next in the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis on February 4 at Santa Anita. ;Out of Bounds and Creative Cause are the other Southern California-based runners with Out of Bounds the slight edge based on his recent start in the Sham. ; Out of Bounds was 10-1 in the Grade 3 Sham earlier this month, but did not run like it. ; He stalked the early pace then ran right by the 1-2 favorite Secret Circle, who won the inaugural Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint last year. ; Out of Bounds is expected to start in the San Felipe at Santa Anita on March 10.Creative Cause was arguably the top two-year-old in California last year with wins in the Grade 2 Best Pal at Del Mar and Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita. ; In the Breeders' Cup Juvenile the Giant's Causeway-colt was third, beaten just over a length. ; Trainer Mike Harrington could kick off his campaign with a run in the seven furlong San Vicente at Santa Anita on February 19.With most of the New York runners wintering in Florida, including Remsen winner O'Prado Again, Alpha leads those in the Empire State. ; Alpha was second to Union Rags in the Grade 1 Champagne then was eleventh in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile before scoring an easy win in the Count Fleet at Aqueduct in early January. ; His next start is to come in the Grade 3 Withers over the track on February 4.Sabercat deserves a spot on this list after winning the $1,000,000 Jackpot at Delta Downs last year. ; That win guaranteed him a spot in the field of 20 on the first Saturday in May as the winner's purse was $600,000.

Sabercat's last published work came in early December at Fair Grounds and his trainer Steve Asmussen has yet to set the next live horse race.In addition to the Withers at Aqueduct and Robert Lewis at Santa Anita the other three-year-old prep races taking place this weekend are the Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs and the WEBN at Turfway Park.Who makes your Top 15 list?

Take Riding Lessons to Ride Like a Pro


You drive all the way to work everyday in your shiny black sedan and in style. Had you been in the 16th century, you would have been galloping on your horse in a battle most probably. Time has changed but man's need for transportation has remained unchanged. The mode of transportation has undergone a drastic transformation. Now if you ride a horse to work everyday, people are going to assume that you have completely lost it. But at times when you go to the race tracks on weekend to suck up some luck you can't help but take horsemanship videos of the jockeys and uploading them on the web. You also wish at times to be able to ride a horse like that. It would be so thrilling an experience and so grand a feeling.You remember you had gone for a camping trip from school and you had a part of that camp's activity included taking horse riding lessons.

Your 6th grade teacher tried convincing you to at least try riding the horse. The trainers were giving basic riding lessons but the very sight of the magnificent animal scared you to death. That was the last time you had ever been so close to a horse. But now, you somehow have got over the fear and want to give horse riding a shot. Qualified trainers are available in reputed training academies to guide you through the step by step learning process. And don't think you would feel awkward to learn horse riding along with much younger boys and girls. Once you are there, you would forget everything else.The horsemanship videos on the website show how the riders have mastered the various techniques of riding.

There are different styles in which horses can be ridden. From one leg on each side of the horse to riding with both legs on one side without falling off needs a lot of patience and practice. In a circus or in the Olympics you have seen how effortlessly the jockeys maneuver the animal without anybody getting hurt. These are the techniques that one can learn through proper training and that too from expert trainers. The lessons will also be a wonderful opportunity for you to spend some time amongst the lovely fields and forests and parks. In your everyday routine there is hardly any time left to appreciate the beautiful nature.

The horse riding lessons serve a twofold purpose. Not only will you be leaning how to ride a horse like a pro but also getting a chance to communicate with an animal first hand. You have never even had a dog at home. This will be a challenging task; to be able to communicate to your horse through the entire training period.

The horse has to understand all the commands you give. Whether to just trot or walk or gallop or jump over the obstacle or just be still. Unless there is a good rapport between you and your horse, you cannot possibly become a good rider. And there is nothing better than being friends with an animal; don't be surprised if the horse becomes your best friend even! The riding lessons are guaranteed to become one of the most fulfilling and enjoyable moments of your life.

Is Owning a Horse Right for You


You've been taking riding lessons at a riding school for some time, and have decided that you'd really like to take the equestrian sport a bit further and would like to have a horse of your own! Something you can ride whenever you want to, take to shows without asking permission, buy the tack, rugs and grooming kit that you want to use and spoil your horse as you see fit! In your mind you can see you and your horse riding off into the sunset and having a glorious future together.But what is the reality of owning your own horse?Being responsible for the full care of an equine is completely different to turning up once or twice a week to ride. Obviously no one will be thinking for a moment that owning a such an animal is cheap - buying the horse, paying for livery or renting a field and stable, shoeing, vet bills, dentists and saddle fitters may add up to more than originally thought, but most people will know they will need a realistic budget to afford their new hobby and will have costed all the elements before proceeding. If you own a horse you might end up poor and unable to afford other luxuries, but who wants to go out and party if you've got your life's dream waiting for you in the stable?If you want to keep the expense down rather than full you might go for DIY livery, or rent a field and stable. But this does mean that you will be investing a vast amount of time in caring for your horse - mucking out and feeding morning and evening, changing rugs, clearing the muck from the field etc.

Then you may need to take time off work for the farrier to visit or the vet. The actual time you'll spend riding is minimal compared to the time you'll spend caring for it.Most riding schools will fit your riding ability and experience to the horse they give you to ride, and as you improve will change you to a different animal. Sometimes when you turn up to ride you'll be told you have to ride another horse, maybe for just that week, or maybe longer. But you'll soon get used to the new one and possibly enjoy riding it just as much, if not more. But have you really stopped to wonder why this is? Normally it's because the original horse has gone lame.Having an inspection by a vet is vitally important when buying a horse, but it can provide no guarantee that the horse will remain sound after you have made the purchase. Being very delicate creatures they are liable to injure themselves in the field, out hacking or even just in the stable! Some horses seem to be particularly accident prone to the extent owners joke about keeping them in padded cells! Once you have your own horse you can't swop onto another when it goes lame, and if you are very unlucky you might have months when you are unable to ride.

When you've seen the previous owner doing flying changes and pirouettes on the horse you've got your eye on, you might imagine that you'll soon be winning all the dressage events around. But having a horse that has been well trained is far removed from you being able to ride it to that standard yourself. Horses rely on you asking them what to do, and if your level of riding skill is not quite up to expert level, you cannot expect the horse to perform that well for you. It really can be very discouraging when someone else jumps on your horse and immediately has it on the bit when you've been trying to do that for months and failing! You must be prepared to learn with your new partner, and not have expectations of too much progress too fast.Your horse will need to be exercised - well of course, riding is what you bought it for! But this means when the weather is abysmal as well as during lovely sunny days. This will be particularly true if you have no winter turnout.

You will need to have the commitment to ride even when you don't really feel up to it.If you have spent your life longing for your own equine to love, care and cherish, then having a horse is right for you as long as you can afford it in both time and money costs, and have realistic expectations.On the other hand, if it's an idea that you've had after a few riding lessons then you need to do some serious thinking. Once you own a horse it will take over your life.

Best 3 Tips For Horse Betting Success


Would you would like to stop losing and start winning at the horse races? Several individuals have been betting on horses for years but keep losing. Do you know why? Believe it or not, the answer is usually a easy one, though the solution isn't quite as easy.Let us face it, picking enough winners to beat the vig and managing your cash is no easy thing. An simple horse racing program is a fantastic factor but difficult to find. But managing cash and a system are 1 and also the same when it comes to consistent profit from your horse racing picks. Therefore, the initial the top horse racing tip is money management. Allow me to share 3 methods you are able to instantly begin making much more and losing less.!!!.1. Set an quantity that you simply can afford to lose and don't go over it, no matter what. There is usually tomorrow, as lengthy as you budget your cash and do not blow it all today.2. Set an quantity based on the size of your bankroll and your strike rate. For instance, if you win one out of three bets, you realize that you simply will have to divide your cash into at least 3 stakes for the day, but also figure in a losing streak. Maybe your bets will not come in the firs cycle so you will hit 1 in six. Plan ahead and reserve sufficient to weather losing streaks.3. Write down your bets and maintain notes that you refer to later to see where your cash went and to find your strengths and weaknesses.

This is the 1 tip that most horse players hate, but it is also the most important one of all if you are ever going to be a profitable horse player.Probably the most important factor in your horse betting success is how you manage your money, not how you pick winners. Nearly anyone can develop enough skill to determine which horses have the best chance to win a race. If you can't figure it out, take a look at the odds board. The race has been handicapped by thousands of people. Some of them are professionals. The odds on the board reflect their opinions and the individuals who wager probably the most are the large players.As a result, they are the ones who set the odds and they're prepared and know how to handicap.

The only method to bet the horses is to master money management, not handicapping. If you do not think that, just go to the race track and observe the individuals and how they are handling their cash and betting. Watch them carefully for a few minutes and it will make you sick. hey wager like the money is not genuine, but it is genuine and they'll go house broke. Unless you would like to join them, begin keeping good notes and following your bets.Read more about horse racing systems and learn more about betting on horse racing…