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  • Lady Shipman dominates in Saratoga's Coronation Cup.Posted 1 day ago
  • Stopchargingmaria out-duels Untapable to win the G3 Shuvee.Posted 2 days ago
  • American Pharoah wins the Haskell completely in hand!Posted 2 days ago
  • Heart to Heart takes them wire to wire in the G3 Oceanport.Posted 2 days ago
  • Casual Smile closes from second last to win the G3 Matchmaker Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Bradester snags the G2 Monmouth Cup in front-running fashion.Posted 2 days ago
  • Rachel's Valentina, daughter of champion Rachel Alexandra, wins her debut at the Spa!Posted 2 days ago
  • Beholder wins the G1 Clement L. Hirsch for fun!Posted 3 days ago
  • Texas Red returns to the winner's circle with a Jim Dandy victory over Frosted!Posted 3 days ago
  • Red Rifle squeezes through rivals to win the Bowling Green.Posted 3 days ago
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Rachel’s Valentina Wins her Debut at Saratoga

In her debut at Saratoga Rachel’s Valentina made her mom, the 2009 Horse of the Year, Rachel Alexandra proud with an impressive two-length victory.

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Dortmund, the Santa Anita Derby winner who has not run since the Preakness, had a minor setback this past week when he was cast in his stall at Del Mar and wound up bruising some ribs, Baffert said. Baffert says he isn't sure how long the cast will be on for but say the ribs are getting better and he will return to work soon. Article on DRF
Thursday's $100,000 Quick Call for 3-year-olds at 5 ½ furlongs on turf is set to feature a showdown between talented sprinters The Great War and Ready for Rye.Read More
  • jinlie01 · The Great War has a solid shot in this turf sprint. He scratched out of the weekend dirt sprint to run in this turf sprint. Solid form in Europe and looks like sprinting might be his best chance to get some stakes win to earn back that hefty price his owners paid for him. Like Rosario sticking with him and Ward knows how to get sprinters ready. I also like Cyclogenisis with J. Velasquez in the irons. if you throw his GB debacle out, he is perfect 2 for 2 at this distance/on turf. · 4 minutes ago
Charles Fipke's multiple graded stakes-placed homebred Unbridled Forever will run for the first time in nine months in Wednesday's $100,000 Shine Again at seven furlongs on the main track.Read More
  • jinlie01 · I like Unbridled Forever (maybe returning to one turn race will perk this one up for a win), You Bought Her (7F seems to be ideal distance for her and like Lezcano in the saddles) and Sugar Shock (solid 3 yr old season, hasn't shown much since return but with change in trainer and Bridgmohan on her might help. 20-1 odds doesn't hurt to take a shot in here) · 13 minutes ago
*A homebred, I was foaled in the East Coast, and my racing career began in the spring of my juvenile year. *My initial start came at Belmont Park, where I won at first asking.Read More
My choices are Tonalist 1st, Lea 2nd and Effinex 3rd. Noble Bird 4th and Honor Code fifth. This is a really tough field though.
He came into the national limelight in 1988, when his star mare, Personal Ensign, ended her undefeated career in climactic fashion with a stirring come-from-behind victory in the BC Distaff. The following year would be his best, financially, by earning $8,306,888 from only 155 starters, led by his star colt, Easy Goer. In 1992 and 1993, Lure would succeed in winning back-to-back BC Turf Miles. 1995 would provide us with My Flag, BC Juvenile Fillies, and Inside Information, who would romp in the “muddy” BC Distaff, thus gaining the Eclipse Award for Older Dirt Female. Though there has only been 31 runnings of the Breeders’ Cup World Championship series of races, McGaughey, in 2002, would accomplish something that may never again be duplicated. Three direct generations winning a Breeders’ Cup event. More improbable would be the fact that they were three direct females. Grandmother(Personal Ensign-’88 BC Distaff); mother(My Flag-’95 BC Juv Fillies); and daughter(Storm Flag Flying-’02 BC Juv Fillies). In 2004, he was honored to be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. After somewhat of a dry spell after 2002, Shug McGaughey was rewarded with his first Kentucky Derby in 2013 with Orb. To get a better grasp on his earnings in 1989, we’ll use Bob Baffert as an example. Baffert’s best financial year was 2013, in which he almost doubled Shug’s most stellar year, earning $15,317,291, but with 570 starters. That’s 3.67 times more starters than Shug used, to attain his numbers. This year, Bob Baffert should shatter those numbers with American Pharoah still running. If you also realize that the purses are so much larger today, than when McGaughey accomplished his personal highs, it gives more depth to his accomplishments. As my tribute to Shug McGaughey, and his character, was the 1989 Preakness Stakes. What would develop as a “stretch run for the ages”, Easy Goer and Sunday Silence would hook up the entire length of the stretch in a run for the finish line never further than a head bob apart. Maybe fifty yards from the finish, Easy Goer would turn his head as if he were aggravated by Sunday Silence, trying to assumedly bite him. That turn of the head possibly cost him what may have been the narrowest of victory. Shortly after the results were posted as official, the network covering the event, assigned an ex-football player to interview the losing trainer. The ex-football player then said something like, “Tough luck Shug. But one question that I would have for you, would be, ‘Is this the way you thought the race would end?’” For a moment, I, as a viewer, was outraged by the question. But, since I had taped the event, I watched Shug very closely after that poser. He took a deep breath as he looked to the sky, and as he slowly dropped his eyes back down to the reality in front of him, he exhaled, and slowly said, “No”(a couple of seconds), “that wasn’t the way I thought the race would end”. What poise!!! What tact!!! What a great Ambassador for the sport!!!! He showed me that to keep your composure in the heat of the moment, is a class thing. Second to none!!!!!! Despite all that the horses that were trained under him accomplished, there always seems to be a sense of being the underdog, or, not appreciated. When talk of the greatest filly or mare of all-time, very seldom is there mention of Personal Ensign, who many talk of her stirring come-from-behind victory, or the fact that she was never defeated. When the name Easy Goer comes up, there is a forever-joined-at-the-hip with Sunday Silence, and the fact that he lost 3 of 4 to him, even though Easy Goer’s lone winning margin victory, was more than the three margins of defeat combined. Even though Lure won back-to-back BC Turf Miles, he would never be named Eclipse Turf Male of the Year. The fact that Paradise Creek lost to Lure three times did not take away that Paradise Creek would be the Turf Male of the Year, the year after
He's pointed to Saratoga as per Zayat today in his most direct statement yet regarding the Travers: https://twitter.com/Steve_Byk/status/628586131869835264 Hopefully he continues to train beautifully and makes it there - fingers crossed.
Anyone know how Khozan is doing? I hope he can make it back this year in the same form and possibly go up against Pharoah at some point before he retires. He was the only horse I thought had a real shot at challenging AP.
  • kenneth nero via Disqus · yea me too he was good! · 5 days ago
  • Michael Williams via Disqus · Been wondering the same thing. Thought he was showing he was going to be a true challenger in the derby. · 2 hours ago
I LOVE TONALIST HE SHOULD WIN;2 TOUGH HORSES WILL BE LEA & LIAM'S MAP; ARE MY CHOICES!
On August 4, Take Charge Brandi worked 3f on fast dirt at Saratoga in 36:11 (b) finishing 2/6.
Here is the post position draw for the Whitney Handicap: 1. Honor Code (3-1 morning line favorite) 2 Tonalist (4-1) 3. Noble Bird (5-1) 4. Liam's Map (6-1) 5. Moreno (12-1) 6. V.E Day (8-1) 7. Lea (9-2) 8. Coach Inge (15-1) 9. Wicked Strong (20-1) 10. Normandy Invasion (30-1)
On August 4, Fast Anna worked 5f on fast dirt at Saratoga in 59:00 (h) finishing 1/4.
What were your top three favorite races this year? Mine: 1. AP in the Belmont Stakes 2. Honor Code in the Met Mile 3. Shared Belief over California Chrome in the San Antonio
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  • Ruffianlover · Zipse? Matt? Sullivan? Mary? Laz? Goblin? · 5 hours ago
  • slewfan1977 · Seems like ages ago that Shared Belief beat California Chrome, and people thought it would be the best race of the year! My top 3: 1. American Pharoah in the Belmont 2. Honor Code in the Met Mile 3. AP's Haskell (the complete and utter domination was like a description of Man o' War, and he ran incredible speed figures to boot) · 3 hours ago
Grade 2 Jim Dandy hero Texas Red emerged from his half-length victory over Frosted in exceptional condition and is on track for the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on August 29, according to Julie Clark, the Saratoga-based assistant trainer to Keith Desormeaux. Read More
  • Bill B. via Disqus · Who wrote this? Whoever it was doesn't seem to realize that the BC was not their first expected encounter. They had already encountered each other in the Front Runner as I thought nearly everyone knew. How on earth is this a rivalry?! · 8 hours ago
I was gone for his race,but WOW it was great to come back to a Red win!!!He is really something,I Love him and his never say die attitude!!!That was a great win!!I hear he's pointing to the Forego!!Go Red!!
Just like her mama. So excited to see what she does in the future.
Charlie LoPresti liked what he saw in a five-furlong workout by Wise DanSunday, Aug. 2 on the Keeneland main track and the Kentucky-based trainer is pointing the two-time Horse of the Year toward an early September return. LoPresti is considering the Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) Sept. 7 at 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Saratoga Race Course and the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-I) Sept. 13 on the Woodbine turf for the Mort Fink homebred. After two half-mile moves for Wise Dan on the Keeneland turf in July, the 8-year-old Wiseman's Ferry gelding moved to the Keeneland main track for Sunday's breeze of five furlongs in 1:02 1/5. "We were really pleased with that work," said LoPresti, adding that Wise Dan ran out six furlongs in 1:15. The two races being considered for his first start back are both stakes Wise Dan has previously won, taking the 2012 and 2013 editions of the Woodbine Mile and last year's Bernard Baruch. The ultimate goal is this year's Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), which will be run on Wise Dan's home course Oct. 31 at Keeneland. Article on Bloodhorse
Couldn't make it out to the Haskell? Enjoy the story of the day through the photos of Matt Scott.Read More
La Murette was racing very well in her debut when she took an awkward step entering the stretch of the 6th race at Delaware Park. Her current status is unknown.
107 and change! That was fast for 6 furlongs!

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Who will win the Whitney?

  • Noble Bird
  • Honor Code
  • Coach Inge
  • Tonalist
  • Lea
  • Moreno
  • Wicked Strong
  • Liam's Map
  • V.E. Day
  • Normandy Invasion

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Dmr 8/5/2015 R5 - I'll Show Me can show much more at Del Mar

Wednesday's 5th race (4:10pm PT) from Del Mar is a $70,000 Maiden Special Weight event for fillies and mares dashing six and one-half furlongs on the main track.#6 I'll Show Me (6-1) finished 6th of 10 in her Saratoga debut last summer for Motio...

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