Brian Mulligan

I have been lucky enough to be a public horseracing handicapper for nearly 4 decades and I know how fortunate I am to do something I truly love. Hopefully, we can cash a lot of tickets and progress on this mission known as cashing tickets. Brian Mulligan

Scrutinizing Key Churchill Downs Trends

Churchill Downs trends

Scrutinizing Churchill Downs trends can mean the difference between cashing a ticket in the Kentucky Derby or going home empty. The track has its idiosyncrasies, just like every other venue. The Churchill Downs meet gets going quickly as it opens on April 29 and will close on June 30. Besides the May 6 Kentucky Derby, there will be a plethora …

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Trainers Stir the Kentucky Derby Drink

trainers stir the Kentucky Derby

The great Reggie Jackson gets credit for the saying he was ‘the straw that stirs the drink’ but in the equine world, the trainers stir the Kentucky Derby drink. A thoroughbred trainer has to be part soccer mom and part Marine drill sergeant. He has to know when to coddle and when to throw the gauntlet down. And just like …

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Jockeys Must Learn Quickly in the Big Races

Jockeys must learn quickly

Jockeys must learn quickly in big races or they will find themselves out of work. Because races like the Kentucky Derby and the Breeders’ Cup are just yearly events, jockeys must learn quickly or they lose business. Just like in all sports, experience is imperative on the big stage and if riders are not quick to pick up things, they …

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Opulent Charles Town Classic Lands Spotlight

Charles Town Classic

With the Triple Crown boys taking a bit of a break, the opulent Charles Town Classic is spotlighted Saturday at the West Virginia track. This is the biggest day of the season at Charles Town. Besides the Charles Town Classic, the venue will offer five $50,000 stakes, an $85,000 stakes and a $100,000 added-money event. The $50,000 stakes include the …

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Kentucky Derby Bubble Horses Anxious

Derby bubble horses

The Kentucky Derby bubble horses are anxious as anything can happen in the next few weeks before the classic event on May 6. Churchill Downs will be the venue and there are several runners that have to prepare without truly knowing what their fate may be. The Derby bubble horses are at the mercy of who might get hurt and …

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Champion Classic Empire Rebounded Big Time

Champion Classic Empire

Champion Classic Empire rebounded big time in the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park last weekend and at least he is peaking at just the right time. The race unfolded pretty much how it looked on paper. Grandpa’s Dream had no chance at 85-1 but he did make the lead. By the time they got to the half-mile, Conquest Mo Money …

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Kentucky Derby Jockeys Learn on the Fly

Derby jockeys

Kentucky Derby jockeys learn on the fly and the decisions they make during the most exciting two minutes in sports can change the course of history. For a few of the Derby jockeys this year, the classic will be the biggest race they have ever been involved with and the moment can be overwhelming. Enter Rajiv Maragh. The rider is …

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Arkansas Derby, Lexington End Prep Season

Arkansas Derby

The Kentucky Derby preps are almost over with just the Grade 1 $1 million Arkansas Derby and the Lexington Stakes set to go on April 15. The Grade 3 Lexington will be run at Keeneland and the Arkansas Derby will be showcased at Oaklawn Park. The last horse to win the Lexington and the Kentucky Derby was Charismatic in 1999. …

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Irish War Cry, Gormley Kentucky Bound

Irish War Cry

Irish War Cry and Gormley are Kentucky bound after winning major preps recently but the fields they faced were a bit suspect and there lies the rub. Before we get into what the future holds for these two colts, let’s examine how they won the Wood Memorial and the Santa Anita Derby. Irish War Cry looked like he was the …

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Irap Showed Rhythm Taking Blue Grass

Irap showed rhythm

Irap showed rhythm taking the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland last Saturday and even Snoop Dog would have been proud of the 31-1 shot. The former non-winner just bought his ticket to hop on the Kentucky Derby train on May 6. This was a short field but a field full of quality. The Blue Grass was being run for the …

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