• There's no catching Black Hornet in the Vigil Stakes at Woodbine.Posted 4 days ago
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  • La Verdad earns another stakes win in the Vagrancy.Posted 6 days ago
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  • Fame and Power wins the Sir Barton in impressive front running fashion.Posted 6 days ago
  • Sandbar edges clear to win the Maryland Sprint Handicap.Posted 6 days ago
  • Woodwin W remains unbeaten with James Murphy win.Posted 6 days ago

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Liam’s Map, unraced since winning the Harlan’s Holiday last December, worked a solid half-mile in 48.63 seconds over the Belmont Park training track Friday in company with the graded stakes winner Blofeld. It was the second work at Belmont for Liam’s Map, who had worked four previous times at Jimmy Crupi’s farm in Ocala, Fla. Pletcher says he isn't sure when Liam's Map will race, but it will be sooner than later. Article on DRF
Ride On Curlin, runner-up in the 2014 Preakness, is on another break after coming out of his last start “a little banged up,” according to trainer Billy Gowan. Ride On Curlin finished last of nine, beaten 22 lengths, in the Grade 2 Alysheba on the May 1 Kentucky Oaks program. “He’s just got some wear and tear,” said Gowan. “We’re giving him 60 days on the farm and will evaluate him from there.” Article on DRF
While Affirmed may not be ranked highest of the Triple Crown winners on the overall list of great horses, Secretariat and Seattle Slew being ranked higher, in my opinion Affirmed was the greatest to achieve the Triple Crown. The reason for this opinion can be summed up in one word. Alydar. None of the other Triple Crown champions had to defeat a challenger of this caliber in all three races.
With ten probables like these, you can see why the Met Mile will be can’t miss racing. Read More
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  • Sullivan · Every year the Met Mile comes up huge, and then a horse scares the rest off, a big favorite decides not to lift a hoof... let's hope this year is an anomaly in more ways than one. Hard to believe it's been that long since Sahara Sky won this race, and how much it has changed since being removed from this very weekend... Can't wait I'd love to see this end up being the beginning of a Palace Malice/Tonalist rivalry · 17 hours ago
  • tony bada bing · Brian, this is how I felt about last year's Phipps and that race did not disappoint with three very classy fillies battling it out... · 9 hours ago
I think Palace Malice is pretty much ruled out of the Met Mile now as Johnny V has accepted the ride on Tonalist according to DRF.
I an extremely heartfelt manner, I cannot help but be disappointed should American Pharoah win the Triple Crown. I love the horse. I love how he is perfectly set up to sweep the Triple Crown. I love how he's done nothing wrong. I love how he's built, I love how he's bred, I love how he runs. But I hate his owner. On HRN we have had multiple discussions of what it might mean should he really win, how people are looking not for the next triple crown winner, but the next super horse, and how it is unlikely that horse would continue to race. I have never been a supporter of Zayat Stables. They are extremely profit focused, have no regard for the history of the sport, border on abusing their horses, and even more apparent is their desire to be blameless. Lest we forget, these are the people who ran Nehro so much his hooves were stubs. These are the people who threw so much at Paynter, he almost died, and then rather than retire him, they ran him to boost his stud fee, and he didn't win another stakes. These are also the people who cheated the insurance company off the fake death of Thorn Song, the people who ran from Steve Asmussen without even stopping to think. Some loyalty, some humanity... Let me ask, is it coincidence how much trouble they've had? How many horses they've lost, or come close to losing, such as Z Fortune, Paynter, and Nehro? Zayat was quoted by the Daily Racing Form as saying the following, Zayat said the stable’s policy is to race them as long as they are sound, willing, and happy, which he said was the case with Paynter upon his recovery. “Obviously, if a horse is running off the charts and winning numerous graded stakes, every single farm in Kentucky will be calling on that horse,” he said. “We try not to get carried away by the farms. They can always wait another year, and that’s our perspective. If they want our horse, they’ll have to wait until he’s retired.” Perhaps there's something I don't understand, but that doesn't sound like people who care about the fans, who care about anyone other than themselves. These are the people who retired Bodemeister, Pioneerof the Nile, Eskendereya, and others though their injuries were not severe (and by some accounts not existent). And today we learn that Zayat retracts his former statement as easily as American Pharoah won the Preakness with a tidbit about insurance costing a lot of money, and let's not forget, this guy only owns one of the largest soda distributors in all of Egypt, let alone the Middle East. Instead, he could not even sell the horse to an American interest. I am sure Lane's End would have gone to what Coolmore did, or WinStar, or possibly even a syndicate of several American farms, not an uncommon occurrence with horses with bloodlines like these. So, I say to the same racing gods who Zayat claims to be guided by, please stop the Zayat train. I don't want my first triple crown winner to stop racing after the Belmont Stakes because he has a soft tissue injury. I don't want him to be euthanized one day for insurance money because Zayat read the first few chapters of JT Lundy's book and never bothered to finish it. And most of all, because I don't want my first Triple Crown winning horse to be the only winner I fall in love with. I want to fall in love with his trainer, not one who has killed 7 horses experimenting with rat poison, and I want to fall in love with his owners. See you in three weeks.
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  • hannahwtc1 · Oh, come on. American Pharoah did not pick his owner, nor his trainer. Lucien Lauren (trainer of Secretariat) had his jockey license pulled for using an electrical device. Penny Chenery was cheating on her husband with Lucien Lauren Billy Turner was a drunk Sir Barton's trainer was banned from multiple tracks for drugging horses to the point of physical harm All of the past winners of the Triple Crown had connections with skeletons in their closet. Rooting against American Pharoah has no merit. He didn't pick his connections. He is a special horse. If you don't like the connections, ignore the connections. Just look at the beautiful, smooth striding colt who could be the next Super Horse. Root for that. I know the Zayats aren't great, but no owner is. So try and get passed the connections. Because the horse is worth it · 1 day ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Hate? You hate this owner. For me, I can only hate something or someone who I am well acquainted with. I can dislike a stranger, but hate rises to an all consuming extreme level that is only available to an object I have a personal connection with. None of us have a personal connection with Ahmed Zayat so to hate him seem peculiar. At least you are honest. You admit that you have never liked the Zayats. There is really no need to read further than that. It is interesting that you condemn them for running Nehro, but you also condemn them for leaving Steve Asmussen. Regarding Paynter, did you see his return. One of my favorite race calls by Vic Stauffer. He smoked the field and certainly looked happy. When I saw him in the Woodward he looked happy as well. Funny you also condemn him for what he owes to the fans when he has actually been quite open to sharing the struggles with Paynter with the fans giving us more access than we have had to those challenges than other connections have provided. His website allowed someone to name American Pharoah. Team Zayat is fan friendly. So before your start condemning them further why not see where we are left after the Belmont Stakes. Let us see if he wins it first. Then let us see if he is retired. I think he will continue racing until the end of the year if healthy, but I have been wrong before. · 2 hours ago
Can someone explain to me (nicely) why Baffert is keeping Pharoah ar Churchill instead of bringing him to bekmont? Isn't it smarter to get him used to the belmont track? Especially when they said he didn't take to or like Churchill? Also can someone explain to me why jockeys don't wear mikes anymore?
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  • icyhotboo · "(nicely)" lmao · 1 day ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · The simplest reason is because this is where he has trained his other Triple Crown, Belmont Stakes bound horses....Silver Charm, Real Quiet, Point Given and War Emblem. Team Baffert is comfortable there. The horse they know is comfortable there. And after seeing I'll Have Another possibly pick up an injury training at Belmont, it probably suggested to them that there was no hurry to get to Belmont. Keeping the horse happy and training well is the best choice. Returning to a place where the horse has already been makes sense given that horses are such creatures of habit. · 2 hours ago
When all was said and done and the Epsom Derby field was cut to 17 horses today, neither John F Kennedy or Ol' Man River, who both tanked badly recently in the G2 Dante Stakes at York, were left in the mix for trainer Aidan O'Brien. Ballydoyle have 4 horses left entered for Epsom at present which are Lingfield Derby Trial winner Kilimanjaro, Chester Vase winner Hans Holbein, Giovanni Canaletto who trials on Sunday in the G3 Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh on the Irish 1000 Guineas & Tattersalls Gold Cup under-card, and English 2000 Guineas winner Gleneagles, who O'Brien already said post- English Guineas was more likely to stay at a mile for the Irish 2000 Guineas and/or the St James's Palace Stakes.
From everything I've heard or read from experts to locals, this horse has looked great in preparing for Belmont. As my official Kentucky Derby pick, I will be rooting for him to eliminate AP from the winners circle. I am hoping to get him at 20-1 in a couple weeks.
Does anyone have or know how to purchase on DVD past triple crown broadcasts? Like 2005 or 2012 or 2013?
Depending on turf condition, going with Alexis Tangier in this Friday stake at SA.
Post Time 9:51 PM EDT: The renewal of the Mizdirection Stakes features a field of 8 fillies and mares ready to wage battle “down the hill” with as many as six entrants all within two lengths of each other in the early going.   #3 Amaranth, the sharp sprinter making her turf debut, appears to h...Read More
Has the bloodlines and heart of a champion.Thought he would carry the torch of A P Indy in the Derby.The racing gods had other plans.After the Alysheba at CD perhaps fate knew what we didn't.His Maiden win at Spa and Durkin's voice etched in my brain.No doubt we will see something special in the 2015 Met Mile.May he be well and go on to keep the bloodlines of the great Secretariat and Seattle Slew alive.

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Since Affirmed, who is the best Kentucky Derby & Preakness winner?

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  • Spectacular Bid
  • California Chrome
  • Big Brown
  • War Emblem
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SA 5/22/2015 R8 - Aaron Again a pace player for sharp jockey-trainer team

Friday's 8th race (7:20pm PT) from Santa Anita Park is a $20,000 maiden claiming event for 3-year-olds and up traveling one mile on the main oval.#9 Aaron Again (7-2) tries two turns and switches to Bejarano 2nd off the shelf. He dons the hood and t...

SA 5/22/2015 R7 - Free Race of the Day is the Mizdirection Stakes

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SA 5/22/2015 R7 - Mizdirection Stakes

May 22, 2015 Santa Anita Race 7 (Mizdirection Stakes) Very little separates Alexis Tangier, Home Journey, and Birdlover in the paper race. ‘Tangier has been away seven months, but has trained well, is 2-for-2 on this course and beat sophs in a simila...
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