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American Pharoah breezed five furlongs in 1:00.20 on a fast track under Martin Garcia this morning at Churchill Downs in his final workout before the Belmont Stakes.Read More
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  • captainlou87 · Correction.94% of Belmont winners have a dosage of under 4.00 · 13 hours ago
  • Douglas Rutherford via Disqus · Going back ( 3 ) months ago in the HRN KENTUCKY DERBY CONTENDERS 2015 : I had posted my Top 3 Colts for the Derby as well as for the TC series : My #1 AMERICAN PHAROAH My #2 CARPE DIEM My #3 KEEN ICE As predicting American Pharoah to WIN the Derby / Preakness and that it would all come down to whom is best conditioned for the TEST OF CHAMPIONS . . . My Point Is ( MY CRYSTAL BALL ) Has Been Right On Q · 16 minutes ago
Victor Espinosa knows not putting Chrome on the lead after he broke on top was a mistake last year. If AP breaks on top he will not make the same mistake twice. Or will he? Never fight the horse..........let him RUN.
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · He'll get blisters from holding AP back. All to no avail. · 1 day ago
  • Douglas Rutherford via Disqus · Bafferts said in his interview today that he has not even thought about how to tell VE where to have AP : These are the interviews that some-what get to me at times . . . But then , looking in on the bright side - Baffert is very WISE not mention a single word what he actually does have in mind : Baffert / VE will surprise the heck out of almost everyone once that gate opens : Baffert and VE have been planning this race for a very long time · 1 hour ago
AP WILL GO TO THE LEAD, KEEP THE LEAD WITH FRAMMENTO AND KEEN iCE AND FROSTED TRYING TO MAKE UP GROUND, BUT AP WILL WIN BY 4 LENGTHS. TRIPLECROWN!
Poor boy Swale, what a fighter he was...trying hard to be like his daddy Seattle Slew ! Job well done Swale, you are loved !!
This race is turning into a weak installment of the race and it's sad a 1.5 million dollar race doesn't even fill the gate.
For all of you conspiracy theorists Carpe Diem was pulled for two reasons. His poor showing in the Derby and his last workout, which if anybody happened to watch, was very uninspiring. When he came into the stretch his head was all over the place and you could see he was over heated. A clear sign of a horse that's not ready to run 1.5 miles. Exacta Box-AP-Frosted-Madefromlucky-Keen Ice.
They EVER gonna race this colt?
The most talented 3-year-old of this crop, American Pharoah had help getting this far.Read More
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  • Ruffianlover · You could also go the complete opposite direction and say that the exact things you mentioned actually were hurdles not helpers. Firing line pushed pharoah wide and made him run more ground. And it was all because Gary didn't want to engage doetmund because he knew what dort does which is fight hard for the win. Also the rain was so bad people said the horses on the rail ran through inches of standing water. Sorry but no slightly wet track prepares you for that. Pharoah ran a brilliant race- rain or no. Dortmund had everything his way and had every chance and just got tired. He handled the track just fine he just had no juice. For people to say that AP is only here because of luck is just absurd · 6 hours ago
  • Ruffianlover · The horse has overcome all obstacles and done everything sled of him and more · 6 hours ago
We know that history and science tells us that the Triple Crown cannot be won in modern racing. Once again, American Pharoah can handle any Track under any conditions. He has already demonstrated it. I agree that Belmont has a different surface than other Tracks. It is no secret that many things can happen in a horse race that can effect the outcome. The best Horse does not always win. American Pharoah is in better condition now than his previous three races. He will win the Triple Crown.
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · You can't asseverate he will handle any track. He hasn't yet tried Belmont's, and as you point out immediately after, Belmont has a different surface than other Tracks. You also have no way of knowing he's in better condition now than in his previous three races. The KD was his third race back from a layoff. That was probably his peak performance. Which makes a lot of sense, since trainers will aim for that. Now you're asking the horse to stay at that level, or better, while running three races in five weeks, and moving up to a mile and a half. Not an easy thing to do. He'll need to be a super horse. Chances are he isn't. · 1 day ago
  • travel_vic · sloppy helps him a lot. Pray for rain · 2 hours ago
I think American Pharoah's best shot at winning the belmont is for Victor to get to the lead right away, get AP into that cruising speed and put some distance between him and the field. I think if he plays the come catch me if you can game he will open up from them at the stop of the stretch and even if he gets tired late, it will be too much to do with too little time for any other contenders. I think that will work much better than to ask him to pass horses late in the race. What do you all think?
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  • amino998 · POSITION is not PACE... :in absentia: :) ...agree with getting into that cruising gear · 11 hours ago
  • travel_vic · many many wire to wire winners of this as the colts of today do not win theses as much as they SURVIVE them. · 2 hours ago
Twist my arm, and i think that A.P still has a better chance of winning come Saturday, than he has losing. A win or a loss will not change my opinion of this horse. Contrary to many who think that his Derby was slow. Based on the numbers i read,it might of been the fastest ever. So he has already shownme just how fast a horse he is. But after reading about his most recent work, the slightest bit of hesitation now comes my way. I see where some are saying,and i certainly hope that it is not Baffert nor anyone associated with the horse. That he is better now than he is ever been, because of the fast clocking. Speed in no way shows that he is coming into this racethe way he is supposed to. If he has not proven how fast he is based on his races,a 1.39 gallop out surely should not win you over. Lets analyze his workout pattern. After the Ark. Derby, A.P had 3 weeks to get ready for his biggest test to date. Note Baffert only worked him once in the 3 weeks. That is because he had the horse dead fit,and exactly where he wanted him to be. Between the Derby and the Preakness,no works were necessary. Here is where it gets hairy for me, i am not second guessing Baffert. Maybe i am overthinking the entire thing,and nothing is there. I loved the work last week,not fastand looked good visually doing it. If a horse is doing that great,why now does he need another workout,just 1 week after his last one.That means in the 2 weeks after he ran 3 races in 5 weeks, he needed 2 works within a 2 week span,where before he only needed 1 in a 3 week span.A.P. and i have said it before,has every reason in the world to be a tired horse. He earned that right by running 3 hole in the wind races . Like i said,maybe it is nothing, but why did he need the 2nd work???????I doubt the reason is that Baffert needed the frequent mileage. Maybe just maybe, things are not as easy prepping as they were. To that i say,he earned the right to be a tired horse.
American Pharoah completed his final training for the Belmont Stakes at Churchill Downs and Mary Cage was there to take plenty of photos of the Triple Crown hopeful.Read More
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  • AndyScoggin · Great visit with AP. All four feet off the ground in a couple of those shots. · 7 hours ago
  • Ruffianlover · Thanks for the wonderful photos! Can't say enough how much I appreciate this · 6 hours ago
If anyone wants a good laugh, there's an article on Yahoo about the hype after AP's work today. Some of the comments are pretty laughable.
If you close your eyes and listen real close, you can still hear the roar of the crowd at Hollywood Park. You can hear the roar of the crowd from 1938 when California’s greatest rags to riches to story, Seabiscuit added to his growing legend by winning the very first Hollywood Gold Cup going away.Read More
O.K. is doing good, as per Stonestreet, and training ( will race soon ).
Alright I'm giving it a go: AP and Materiality on the front end all the way. These two will be head and head and will start to separate themselves from the pack just before the final turn. They'll have their match race in the stretch. I can see Frosted, Mubtaahij, and/or Keen Ice making up ground on the turn and coming up behind them (lead by Frosted). Tale of Verve will make a cute little run but let's be honest, lightning will not strike twice. Keen Ice will not go on in the stretch, and Mubtaahij will quickly fade. But Frosted will find his stride and catch up to the leaders. It will be AP holding off Materiality by a neck in the final 1/16 with Frosted strongly surging. If Materiality wore AP (and himself) down enough, I could see Frosted catching them. But if not, we may have ourselves a new Triple Crown winner. PS: to all you Frosted haters: bring it on. ;)
With the Belmont Stakes and American Pharoah's attempt to make history this Saturday just a few days away, Scott Shapiro caught up with Doug O'Neill to talk about his close call (VIDEO).Read More
  • Mike Relva via Disqus · Not what of my fav trainers for sure. · 7 hours ago
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · This is such a tame interview. Guilty of overtraining him a little bit at Belmont??? That's laughable. No mention of training him on heavy-duty painkillers, anti-inflamattories, and injections of synthetic joint fluid. Why not ask him if he would've run IHA in the Belmont had it not been because the NYRA demanded to see IHA's vet records? · 7 hours ago
Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC homebred Untapable, the unanimous choice as the 2014 champion 3-year-old filly, put in her final work over a sloppy Belmont Park track on Monday morning in preparation for the Grade 1, $1 million Ogden Phipps Stakes to be contested on Saturday as part of the Belmont Stakes...Read More
Multiple Grade 2 winner Honor Code remains on track for his next scheduled start in Saturday's Grade 1, $1.25 million NYRA.com Metropolitan Handicap.Read More
Take note all of you Frosted doubters: 1 - In the KD not only did he have trouble after the break but was wide the entire race while making a monster move in the stretch closing into moderate fractions. 2 - Rosario never touched him once with the stick which tells me that there is more to see from this horse. 3 - He will certainly be closer to the pace on Saturday 4 - Has a race over the track where he closed on a speed biased track to place second. This is a gift..............

Poll of the Day

Who will win the 2015 Belmont Stakes?

  • Madefromlucky
  • Materiality
  • American Pharoah
  • Mubtaahij
  • Frammento
  • Carpe Diem - OUT
  • Keen Ice
  • Tale of Verve
  • Frosted

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