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Been a huge Honor Code fan since his maiden win. AP Indy - Storm Cat - Mr. P and Serena's Song, what a royal pedigree - you'd think he could certainly get the 1 1/4, but Shug worries me, Come on Shug, put him in the Gold Cup, if it doesn't work he's still fees paid for the BC Mile via his Met Mile win. They may be over thinking, since he's the last and maybe best of AP Indy and with the rest of that pedigree I'm sure his future as a stallion weighs on their decisions for race selection. Winning the BC Mile as the last great son of AP Indy would be no shame. There is a big market for milers, sprinters, and precocious two year olds. AP Indy's have always been viewed more for stamina and later development, and now as broodmares. Honor Code is a bit of an exception and Honor Code has the now highly fashionable double dose of Secretariat and with his pedigree should be able throw all kinds, so put him in the BC race he will win. If your worried about the 1 1/4, run him in the Gold Cup and find out. I would, before trying 1 1/4 for the first time in the Classic where he could be trying to come out of nowhere to nip Pharoah, Beholder, Tonalist, Liam's Map, and a slew of other very high quality horses! Also, I love the Pharoah, but when I see him referred to as AP I grind my teeth. AP is Honor Code's sire and will always will be AP to me. Plans made to go see him next summer.
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." · 8 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. · 1 hour ago
Haven't seen a closing like that in a long time. A "Silky Sullivan" finish. For those of you too young to know about him, put his name in search on Youtube then watch and be amazed.
  • ruffianlover · Where have you been the last few years? You need to watch honor code's maiden win to see a true deep closer. Oh and also watch the gulfstream park handicap, met mile, and Whitney from 2015. Blind luck was also a phenomenal closer · 3 hours ago
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. · 6 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. · 3 hours ago
On this week's edition of HorseCenter, Matt and Brian analyze the 2015 Travers beginning to end, unlocking the reasons why Keen Ice was able to upset the Triple Crown champion American Pharoah at Saratoga.Read More
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  • Douglas Rutherford via Disqus · I would not consider the Travers actually a huge Upset : I had American Pharoah ( 3.5 ) Keen Ice ( 4-1) Frosted ( 5-1) Upstart ( 18-1) : I had Keen Ice as the 2nd favorite in the Travers : Then Frosted as the 3rd choice : · 3 hours ago
  • Douglas Rutherford via Disqus · But then again : I have been saying all along for nearly 10 months now ~ that ~ ( IF ) American Pharoah was going to ever lose to another 3 yr old ~ that its probably going to be Keen Ice . . . So , it was not too difficult for myself making Keen Ice my 2nd choice in the Travers . . . I even liked Keen Ice chances so much in the Travers ( based on ) Baffert reactions leading up thru the week about going to Saratoga as well as hearing about KM preasure that they would be putting on AP thru out the early going by taking AP as fas as they could to set them up beautifully for Keeneland in the BCC . . . So , I found this race really attractive for Keen Ice · 3 hours ago
Six OLG, Ontario Lottery and Gaming, stakes tonight, 9/2, at Woodbine, starting with r 2. "Millions" night. Lots of old and new favorites, r2 Asserting Bear, Hampstead Heath, r3 Pender Harbour, r5 is the Algoma with a very nice field of fillies. Sprinters Bear No Joke and Spadina Road in r6. 2 yo Conquest Twister in r7.
  • Mary Z. · Good job with the photos, tv. Another close one with Brooklyn'sway over Galina Point. · 3 hours ago
I don't know how breeding farms work, but does Lanes End have to suck it up? Would they be angry and would the connections of Curlin have a hard time going back to Lanes End if they chose to at a later date?
  • Jbyrnes1 · No, IDK If they would be angry, but I think this is what will happen to Lane's End. In 2015, they lost Smart Strike (sadly) and now Curlin, they were there two biggest Stallions. Now, it looks like Candy Ride is going to be the leader of the stallion roster, but Lane's End needs to fill the two spots left by Smart Strike and Curlin. Here's the solution, Lane's End late last year acquired the stallion rights to Tonalist, so he will go there. But also, the 2nd slot will be filled by Honor Code, who is owned by Lane's End themselves. So I think they will be ok. · 3 hours ago
In Russia, Summer Bird's two year old colt, NELOCH becomes Summer Bird's first group one winner in a local group one at Moscow by 2 lengths easily. Neloch's official racing record is 4 starts, 3 wins and a second place finish. Neloch is by Palais Versailles, a unraced Pulpit mare, Neloch was born on the 2nd of May in 2013 at WinStar Farm. Neloch broke his maiden first time out by many lengths from the second place finisher (the margin was listed as Far Behind), Neloch continued his winning ways in his next race by 3 lengths, Neloch suffered his first loss by a neck 2 months ago, Neloch bounced back to win again and currently Russia's top two year old.
Curlin is a proven sire so it's just a matter of getting the right mares and I think they are genuinely committed to getting him the best mares, relative to Hill n Dale.
  • Jbyrnes1 · Best quote: "We will support him fully,” Sikura said. “Teeming and her daughters will be amongst the first group of mares to him. Teeming has been such a great producer and I believe her daughters will be equally effective. We are going to breed our best mares to the horse and seed the home team. We will continue to use outside horses like we have, but we will be heavy supporters of Curlin.” Best mares, enough said, Curlin is gonna have alot of fun at Hill N Dale. · 3 hours ago
BREAKING NEWS: Stonestreet Farm has announced that its two-time Horse of the Year Curlin , whose Keen Ice took down the colors of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the GI Travers S. last Saturday, will be relocated to John Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm for the 2016 breeding season. Earlier this year, Hill ‘n’ Dale was announced as the successful bidder of the 20% interest in the stallion previously owned by Shirley Cunningham and Midnight Cry Stables. Stonestreet’s Barbara Banke owns the other 80% of the sire. Curlin has stood at Lane’s End Farm since his retirement in 2008. “We believe that the owners of the horse are in the best position to direct his stallion career,” explained Banke. “John Sikura has assembled a unique world-class broodmare band and has pledged his best mares to the sire. This year we bred multiple graded stakes winner Dayatthespa and multiple graded stakes winner and producer Dream Rush to Curlin and will continue to support him with top-quality mares."Curlin becomes the 11th stallion on the Hill ‘n’ Dale roster, which is anchored by sprint champion Midnight Lute. Article on http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/curlin-relocating-to-hill-n-dale/
  • Busta · Not so sure that's a good thing, he was like royalty over at Lanes End Farm, Barbara Banke could have Vetoed the 20% owners, Who are these people anyways? Not liking this at all!!! · 4 hours ago
  • Goblin · I had forgotten that Hill 'n' Dale partnered with Stonestreet on MacLean's Music and Atreides prior to this announcement. I'm a bit surprised, but think that Barbara Banke's judgement has been exemplary in her management of Stonestreet since Jess Jackson's death. She probably had this plan in mind when not opposing the Hill 'n' Dale bid of $6.2 million for Curlin in the dispersal of Midnight Cry's assets. Hill 'n' Dale sounds committed to supporting and advancing Curlin's stud career as much as possible. I wish Curlin, Ms. Banke, and H 'n' D all the good fortune in the world as they go forward! (And as jimmy powell always says, "Go-o-o-o-o Curlin!") · 3 hours ago
Spendthrift farm announced Malibu Moon, currently 14th on the North American General Sire list, will stand for $95,000 live foal in 2016, the same fee he commanded this year.
Spendthrift Farm announces that G1 winner and sire Into Mischief's stud fee will increase from $35,000 to $45,000 for the 2016 Breeding season. Into Mischief covered 203 mares in 2015. He is a half to dual eclipse award winner Beholder. Article on Bloodhorse
The horses older than 3 have been dominated by Honor Code and Tonalist , but this field is still a very high quality G1 race. If Tonalist races , he wins, but if not, then 1st - PROTONICO 2ND - LIAM'S MAP 3rd - Coach Inge 4th - Bay of Plenty 5th - Effinex 6th - Mylute 7th - Wicked Strong 8th - Commanding Curve
  • Thomas Mullally via Disqus · Hmmm... Liam's Map should be favored, but is he really all of that? And Protonico, off the layoff? I don't know, but I am feeling this for Coach Inge... P.S. That would be to PLACE and the strange part is that these top three blaze the trail, so if they burn out in stretch run somebody could close. But at 9F, I'll take the same jet runners as you... less Protonico plus Bay of Plenty.... · 4 hours ago
Wednesday's 7th race (5:10pm PT) from Del Mar is an Optional Claiming event for CA-bred or sired 3-year-olds and up traveling a mile and an eighth on the turf course (rail at 30 feet).#2 Over Par (5-1) started improving when he returned to the maiden ranks in June with a good 2nd, followed by a...Read More
  • Mary Z. · Too evil. Rail way out, 30 ft) so best didn't make it in. No pps. Not feelin it, ha,ha. 9,7,6,4(1) GL · 10 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · o.o.f. 8,2,9,4. There was your super if boxed. · 4 hours ago
Love Honor Code!
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. · 13 hours ago
  • Lenny George Mamola via Disqus · I like..... Bullet Train..... waiting to see his offspring run · 4 hours ago
As per the article on TDN, Curlin is being relocated to Hill 'n' Dale
  • Jbyrnes1 · Reading the article, it sounds like Curlin is going to be treated like a king over there. · 4 hours ago
will take up stallion duty in 2016 at Daehling Ranch in Elk Grove, Calif.
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
i still think Pharoah is the horse to beat in the classic. I don't think Keen Ice will hit the board.
  • AllenJoyner · If you look over Keen Ice's past performances, you can see he has improved each start, each time getting closer to Pharoah. The Travers was no fluke. Ice will be a formidable foe the rest of the year and in the BC Classic. He's a closer who likes a fast pace, and he'll surely get it in the Classic. If Pharoah bounces back to win the Classic, he will go down as one of the best ever. Another loss will drop him down on that list. And just as a side note, the older horses like Honor Code should not be overlooked, as they have turned in faster Beyers than the 3 yr. olds this year. · 6 hours ago
  • Jay Harrison via Disqus · Coming from an American Pharoah fan, surely. Make sure to get that jab in there on Keen Ice. If keen Ice goes there, he'll get a great pace to make his run, just needs to stay out of traffic and he'll be coming. A horse with his running style is always a good thing and he can sustain his run, as shown in the Travers. No reason not to like Keen Ice. · 5 hours ago

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