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Talked with a retired jockey who is now a steward and his comment? "they were all staggering late. Closing fractions were pitiful." Can't run that way a win at 12 furlongs.
  • The Doctor · Well I don't know if he really wants 12 furlongs. There aren't many who do but I bet he at least finishes the race. Actually I think the Preakness will be the toughest one and if he wins that he wins the Triple Crown. Of course I could be wrong, lol. · 5 minutes ago
Can American Pharoah move one step closer to Triple Crown glory 13 days from now in Baltimore? Let's take an early look at what the field for the 2015 Preakness could look like.Read More
People who don't understand pace are constantly impressed about the wrong end of a race. The front end, the hard working end, the challenging end: that is where contenders on the dirt come from, not the passive hanger- oners who manage to visibly impress some in the crowd.
  • https://www.facebook.com/john. · The pace was reasonable for all intents and purposes and those who set it finished 1-2-3. There was no epic collapse. If Frosted was passing horses that were burned up on the front end it would be a different story. He is the only horse to legitimately close in that race. If you can't see that then I question what you were watching or what you are taking from your charts. · 17 minutes ago
G1 winner Twirling Candy will be represented by his first runner to race race this Thursday at Santa Anita, race 3, the fillies name is Miss Julep Taffy. Twirling Candy's first crop races in 2015.
Watch out for Materiality later on. He did extremely well given the circumstances. He broke terribly, lost a shoe, got dirt kicked in his face for the first time, was almost last coming around the final turn, and he still closed to get 6th as a usual frontrunner.
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  • myjumper21 · It's really unfortunate that he doesn't have much experience. He's very talented, but he was immature enough as it is going into the derby and then additionally getting post 3.. incredible that he was good enough to get 6th. · 7 hours ago
  • o0ooo0oo0o0o · They're thinking about sending him to the preakness · 20 minutes ago
American Pharoah, Firing Line, and Dortmund all have the Preakness on the radar for a potential rematch in racing's middle jewel.Read More
  • Douglas Rutherford via Disqus · Bob ( ZAYATS ) Made the best decision from the very beginning bringing AP to you : Brett Lindenbaum ( bloodstock agent ) it all needs to start with you by THANKING you for making this all happen ! I remember years ago , you telling the ZAYATS that they will not WIN the Derby until they meet Bob Baffert : You deserve to be mention BIG TIME for bringing this all together from day 1 : I dont agree with Bob at all about ANYONE could have train this colt to win this Derby : Your wisdom in this business Bob is what makes you Man vs Boys ~ no means of disrespect to any trainer : You sure know what it takes to Win G1 races : Awesome Job to the Baffert Stable and thanks to Brett Lindenbaum for this day ( Derby Day ) · 21 minutes ago
Bayern has come out of his last place finish in the Churchill Downs Stakes in good shape. Bob Baffert tells DRF's Nicole Russo that Bayern will be pointed to the G1 Met Mile June 6th for his next start. Baffert said, "They're all allowed a bad race". According to DRF
  • travel_vic · Broke sluggishly and never lifted a hoof thereafter · 10 hours ago
  • Melann Johnston via Disqus · He has a lot of "bad" races, unless he gets the lead. He is like a little kid that doesn't get his way (the lead) and throws a temper tantrum and runs last. He had his way in the BC Classic after the crummy start and won. I still think that if Shared Belief hadn't been bothered at the start he would have run him down at the end. Just my opinion though. · 24 minutes ago
Finnegans Wake came out of his Turf Classic victory in good shape and he will be considered for the $1 million Manhattan Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6 after his thrilling win in Saturday’s $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs. Finnegans Wake closed from last of nine in the final three-eighths of a mile to win by a head as the 7-2 favorite in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve, the most prestigious victory of his 29-race career. “That was the only stride he was in front,” trainer Peter Miller said. “He’s a professional racehorse.” Article on DRF
The distance got him. I hit the superfecta and exacta as well as place and show for Firing Line. Firing Line was rested. American Pharoah was lighlty raced. I was sure both Dortman and AP as well as Firing Line would be in the top 4 so figureing out the 4th horse was all the work. I used Frosted, Materiality, Carpe Diem and Mubtaahij as the 4th horse. Frosted earned me a trip to the IRS window. lol. I fely Firing Line was my best shot to MAKE money so I used him alot and bet him across the board. American Pharoah will not be beat in the Preakness if he runs. He's just too fast.
  Post Time 7:00 PM EDT: Great turf stakes race featuring a full field of 3 year-old fillies going 1 1/8 miles.  Several in here are coming out of the Providencia Stakes and I believe #9 Spirit of Xian will move forward again to secure her second stakes victory in a row.  This is a q...Read More
  • sully · 9/2/8/10. almost a repeat of the providencia · 1 hour ago
  • Mary Z. · 2,5,9,6 o.o.f. but then I woke up thinking today was Monday. At least I missed the minor Earthquake · 48 minutes ago
Race #4 is a turf event at 1 1/8 m AlwOC $20,000 for 3 y.o. and up.  Contenders...#5,4,3,2.  Favorite #2 Gab Power (7/2) is vulnerable having the wrong running style (sustainer).  Choice goes to the #5 Unusually Green (4/1) having both speed and class advantages.  Connection...Read More
  • mdracing69 · I like Unusually Green as well. He was my Fast Track radio show best bet this morning. Good luck! · 6 hours ago
  • travel_vic · 6 1 4 5 at the line · 51 minutes ago
Materiality was an easy toss: 3 race lifetime and each one getting earlier...the kiss of death for a Derby entrant.
May 3, 2015 - Santa Anita - Race 6 The tote board favorite should be Enzio as he beat this kind Feb. 20 and then was claimed by oger Jr. when beating $25,000 claimers March 19.  His last win also came at this nine furlong distance so a hat trick would be no surprise.  However if you are lo...Read More
Saturday’s Santa Anita Park Recap – May 2 Fast main track seemed to play fair. A patient runner at 9f, two downhill stalkers, and a downhill wire job made up the four firm turf winners. Hat trick for Flavien Prat. Tyler Baze booted home a pair. On the Early Pick 3 ticket front, I tabbed one Primary ...Read More
  • sully · l8 p4: 6,8/5/4/2,9; 6,8/3,5,9/4/2,9; 6,8/5/3,4,5/2,9; 6,8/3,5,9/3,4,5/2,9 · 2 hours ago
  • sully · 4,5/2,9 double · 1 hour ago
I don't think the issues in Blatimore will affect the Preakness.. As long as orgnized agaitators keep their distance the race will be fine. These protests are organized and funded by people with agendas. It's all very political in nature and not as organic as people are led to believe. Having said that back to racing. Had a blast at the Derby. Loved both Dortmund and Firing Line but of the 2 Firing Line has the best shot at beating Pharoah in my opinion. The complaints about Espinoza are many yet he won. I'm more wondering why Garcia tried to lead the entire race. He had the rail. Was it jockey error or is the horse not what we thought it was? I hit the supa, exacta and I also bet Firing Line WPS. Needless to say I earned a trip to the IRS window to collect. Handicapping the supa was easy because I was pretty damn sure Dortmund and AP would be in it. Firing LIne drawing the 10 and being rested made me comfortable with him too so it came down to the fourth horse and I used Carpe Diem, Materiality, Mubtaahij and Frosted. You experts in here might say a novice like me got lucky but it works for me. Will be at Pimlico in the morning to get my tickets. Going there personally. That's how concerned I am about any trouble.
Triple Crown?
  • DDAmasa via Disqus · I think he'll win the Preakness without much trouble. It's the Belmont I wonder about. Unless the top horses race in all three putting him at less of a disadvantage than if they come in fresh. Although if he wins against fresh horses it would make it all the more impressive. · 1 hour ago
No doubt after watching the race four or five times over that both Frosted and Materiality ran much better than their placements. Unlike the top three who had perfect trips they both had troubled journeys.
  • sully · Materiality may have been able to do what Dortmund couldn't and wired the field had it not been for that bad break. · 1 hour ago
American Pharoah will attempt to avenge sire Pioneerof the Nile's loss to Mine That Bird in the 2009 Kentucky Derby by winning the 2015 edition of the storied race at Churchill Downs.Read More
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  • Mike Relva via Disqus · AP= very talented horse. Hate the connections. · 1 day ago
  • SnidgetAsphodel via Disqus · I adored Pioneerof the Nile and witnessed his races in person on a few occasions. I can still remember reeling a bit when Mine That Bird came out of nowhere. I'd love nothing more for Pharoah to go on to even greater success. He's better than his sire, and I thought Pioneer had a lot of talent. · 1 hour ago
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