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BREAKING NEWS: Ahmed Zayat announces via twitter that American Pharoah WILL stay in training and point to the Breeders Cup Classic. Zayat says American Pharaoh "deserves another chance". Zayat says the horse is doing great and they can't wait to gear him up for the Breeders Cup. Also, Article on DRF, and it's free.
so glad they made the right choice
wow this explains why they i had to send an email to will farrish asking why after a banner weekend for Curlin had they not even remotley mentioned it.
Rachel’s Valentina is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the Spinaway (G1) to be run on 6th anniversary of Rachel Alexandra’s Woodward Stakes win.Read More
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · I thought Tap to It's mdn win was awfully impressive. You have to be pretty good to do what she did in her debut. Same with Valentina & Constellation who both ran to odds in their debuts. Constellation got the best post of those in here so I'm torn between her and Tap to It. I'll be rooting for Valentina because it would be awesome to see Rachel's baby get a G1. · 5 hours ago
Impressive Schuylerville winner Off the Tracks conspicuous by absence in Spinaway, sidelined by bucked shins, will not run again at 2. According to DRF
I decided to wait a few days to let everyone cool down before posting about the Travers. All I can say is I am ashamed at how many bandwagon fans jumped ship after one loss from the great Pharoah. I am disappointed that Zayat let emotions cloud his judgement and that he even remotely thought about retirement. They talk about how this is America's horse- yet one loss and you are already a sore loser? And it was hardly an embarassment- he lost by half a length to a GOOD horse that I said had been improving with every race and could eventually close the gap. AP had Frosted take it to him and didn't get a single breather, while Keen Ice had everything his way. Add that plus Keen Ice's talent- and that is all that happened ladies and gentleman. Nothing less, nothing more. AP put away Frosted- a horse that everyone was all over to perform highly- and just barely got beat by a fast closing Keen Ice. The horse should NOT be retired, (he shouldn't even have raced in this race in my opinion) and should point to the Awesome Again and then the Breeder's Cup. I think he got a lot out of this race, as he had two relatively easy wins in the Belmont and Haskell. He had to run hard in the Derby and look what he need the next three times out. I think this sets him up PERFECTLY for his toughest race yet in the BCC. He will not have it easy against Beholder and Honor Code, and Liam's Map will most certainly not be giving him any breathers. I think he got stronger from this race, and he showed us all that he has so much heart. He is STILL a great horse, he should STILL be praised for winning the TC, people already act like that didn't even happen! It's so ridiculous. Zipse- thanks for writing such a great article about his mile time, and how he in fact did NOT have an easy race in the Travers. Shame on the flip flop fans, and shame on America for not standing by their horse- win or lose.
G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes & G1 Coronation Stakes winner, Rizeena, has been retired to become a broodmare, ironically on the same day that her trainer, Clive Brittain, announced that he will retire from training at the end this season.
Liam's Map looks to build upon his Grade 1 caliber performance in the Whitney, with a victory in Saturday's WoodwardRead More
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  • Jbyrnes1 · For some reason, I see Liam's Map regressing on Saturday, he ran so huge in the Whitney, that coming back four weeks later might hurt him. I like Effienx off the pace. · 17 hours ago
  • Ferrisjso26 · I think Effinex will put on a show. Liam's Map hype will return but people were so captivated by HC's surge in the stretch they forget if Liam's Map hadn't been so gassed (he was walking home HC wouldn't have caught him). The Whitney proved that Liam's Map can't get 9 furlongs unless everything goes right for him (which basically everything did in the Whitney and he still lost). Liam's Map as a result will set a slow pace and Effinex will blast by him in the stretch. Liam's Map will be lucky to be second again I see Coach Inge having a good day(though not good enough to win). After this race Effinex will be seen as the best older male horse in the country which IMO he is. · 14 hours ago
I respect Shug's decision to go to the Kelso. He knows the horse better than anyone, and always does what is best for his horses. I personally would have loved to see him win the JCGC (Can't even remember the last time a horse took the Met Mile, The Whitney, and the JCGC) and if he won the BCC as well- just think of how impressive his resume would be. Shug probably wants to give him an easier race before the BCC- but it also puts all of your eggs into one basket- it is still questionable if he can run a mile and a quarter. I think being a son of AP Indy he should- but you never know!
Keen Ice, winner of the G1 Travers Stakes yesterday, came out of the race in good shape and he ships back to KY on Monday on same flight that takes American Pharoah back to So California . Trainer Dale Romans tells DRF'S David Grening that he is calling Keen Ice ' s victory the best of his training career and says he is very proud with the strides KI has made over the year. Romans says Keen Ice will likely trains up to Classic for his next start. According to DRF
ZATT's Star of the Week, is ... Keen Ice!
I had a feeling it might be this. Palace Malice had this same issue.
A nice horse who is finally putting it all together. I said after the Belmont, that I thought he wasn't closing ground but Frosted was just backing up into him. But then after the Haskell, I saw him dig down and run a really nice race. I admitted I was wrong and thought he was really coming into his own and would finish ahead of Frosted and Texas Red (who was a huge flop). Curlin is turning out to be a nice sire- I am excited to see what Keen Ice can do in the BCC and I hope they run him next year- he looks to just now be figuring things out! Also keep KD off him- he chose Red over him, he can stick with the overrated Red!
What happened with Kentuckian? I thought he was supposed to run in the King's Bishop this past Saturday. Anyone know what happened and where he's pointed to next? Been almost two months.
  • Mary Z. · Read directly below. In other news, syrup of ipecac producers filed suit against amino for patent infringement. · 1 day ago
  • amino998 · What happened with icyhotboo? Seems his reboot of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 is on hiatus :D · 1 hour ago
NBC is Wrong - American Pharoah did not have it easy in the TraversRead More
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  • papillon · ok, cherry pickers--want to know the most remarkable fractions run in the travers since 1991? medaglia d'oro 2002: 23.0, 23.4, 24.9, .26, 25.45. one breather, one. and re-rallied to close strong. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu2uu9COSDg a little more perspective--better performances than AP since 1991 (all fractions below are the fractions the horse actually ran, not the race fractions): golden ticket--first half 48.26, final half 25.49 colonel john--first half 48.46, final half 25.63 bernardini--first half 48.17, final half 24.77...24.77! point given--first half 48.0, final half 25.48 lemon drop kid--first half 48.58, final half 25.22 sea hero--first half 48.40, last half 24.80...24.80!! thunder rumble--first half 47.54, final half 25.49 corporate report--first half 47.57, final half 25.09 effort is effort is effort. it doesn't matter where in the race it occurs. ask front runners who get cooked by early pace or closers who make their run to soon and are out of gas by the last furlong from the effort to close the gap, or the scores of pressers who make huge middle moves. likewise pressure is pressure is pressure--some horses hate being challenged other don't mind it others relish it. running style is irrelevant--even midpack pressers used to running covered up can wilt when actually being pressed by another horse as opposed to just running beside one. baffert had the widest quote post race questioning whether lezcano was deliberately trying to hurt AP by riding to win (though the best post race comment was zayat tweeting ****-off to those who questioned entering AP in the travers...classy). AP ran his race--every fig. maker shows that. and since he was part of the pace, then the pace clearly collapsed, but keen ice closed in 25.59--he wasn't losing ground (i've seen some say that he was losing ground to AP at the end), he was gaining with every stride. the only thing in question was how many lengths he would win by, which was a function of AP's deceleration. if you you're impressed with one fast half sandwiched by 6 slow furlongs, that's cool. but it is not wrong or unfair or magical thinking for anyone else to respond to that sort of effort with "meh." · 19 hours ago
  • Vernon France via Disqus · In 1979, General Assembly set the stakes and track record that still stand. His fractions were 23 3/5, 47 3/5, 1:11 1/5, 1:35 4/5, and he finished in 2:00. He beat some good horses including Private Account, Smarten and Davonna Dale. He did get loose on the lead and it was a sloppy track. · 12 hours ago
A.P Indy still going strong at age 26. What a legend!!!
The mighty Curlin yesterday before shipping to Hill N Dale. Future is bright!!!
What will history say about American Pharoah when his racing career is over in 10 weeks?Read More
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  • Christopher Browne via Disqus · Well , the Alabama wasn't bad, Embellish the Lace was my 2nd pick and paid quite a bit to place. I had Dannette for 3rd. But I still think (2 G1 wins) Curalina could still win the Travers if she skipped this race . She could go to the Woodward like Rachel Alexandra (the 3rd best horse ever) Now, 1. CURLIN ! ! 2. MINESHAFT 3. RACHEL ALEXANDRA 4. I'LL HAVE ANOTHER 5 Summer Bird 6 Bernardini 7 Zenyatta 8 Birdstone 9 California Chrome 10 Shackleford · 11 days ago
  • Douglas Rutherford via Disqus · I know for a ( FACT ) that I will never see in my life time another ( SPECTACULAR BID ) . . . What this fabulous Champion went on to due thru his career : Breath Taking ! · 3 hours ago
The win early, sprint-oriented stallions will slip down the ranks as the miler-middle distance types start to make their presence felt. Read More
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  • Buckpasser via Disqus · I am very happy for Big Drama. One of the problems I have read for Buckpasser as a sire of sires was that whereas his fillies had multiple crosses to Teddy, by and large his colts did not. · 1 day ago
  • Lenny George Mamola via Disqus · I like..... Bullet Train..... waiting to see his offspring run · 15 hours ago
Triple Crown champion American Pharoah returned to his Del Mar home Monday, two days after the three-quarter-length loss to Keen Ice in the Travers Stakes and will be paraded for the fans after Sunday’s fourth race.Read More

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