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Wednesday's 9th race (4:27pm ET) from Gulfstream Park is an Optional Claiming event for 2-year-olds traveling one mile on the main track. #2 Bluegrass Singer (4-1) improved his Final Time Rating in each of his four dirt starts and earned the best last race number (3rd, beaten a neck) in a sprint sta...Read More
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  • cognibene · Contenders: #2, 6, 3, 1, 9. Favorite #1 Savoy Stomp (3/1) is legitimate but beatable. I agree with Jarrod on this one. Bet #2 Bluegrass Singer (4/1) has the best early speed to stay out of the way, best turn time and will have to get caught in the stretch. Bet to win at 4/1 or better. Exotics: 2/ 6, 3, 1, 9 and reverse for safety. Good luck!!! · 19 minutes ago
  • travel_vic · 9 3 out front then 1 7 6 come later but not associated with final odds · 5 seconds ago
DRF'S Mike Welsh reports that Social Inclusion is back in training with Chad Brown, Brown says that he is taking his time with him and a return date should come soon, according to DRF
DRF 'S Brad Free reports that American Pharaoh will skip the San Vicente and point towards a return in the San Felipe in March, AP is fine bit don't want to rush him back according to DRF
A troubled 6th for $5,000 yesterday, I would enjoy being a part of getting this Buckpasser sire line Illinois-bred mare with Damascus 4S x 4D and Forli, Spectacular Bid, Broad Brush and Gilded Time as tail dam sires out of chilly Hawthorne and into a warm loving shed.
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  • amino998 · Sullivan >> you mentioned wanting something speedier... Check out Royal Seven's 2nd lifetime start :) http://www.equibase.com/premium/eqbPDFChartPlus.cfm?BORP=P&STYLE=EQB&DAY=D&tid=HAW&dt=10/15/2011&ctry=USA&race=4 · 1 day ago
  • amino998 · NTRA lobbied up and got on the tax-break train for an extension {Paulick, drf et al} Anyone hit too many Pick 6's or the lottery THIS YEAR? http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/26/179 · 1 hour ago
ZATT fires up the time machine in an attempt to project who might be best in the 2015 racing season.Read More
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  • Paladin · Look like East Coast bias. The Ky Derby winner will once again come from California. The Older males should be a lot tougher out west too. · 2 hours ago
  • IceBezel12 · Brian take a look at the juvenile filly race one more time and watch PUCA, she is going to be special. If Top Decile doesnt shut her off in deep stretch she wins it. That maiden score was also awesome. · 1 hour ago
If Zenyatta ever met the Janey horse she would be at a severe disadvantage but then again she was a freak of nature. NO horse in the last 50-60 years closed as fast as she did NONE. PACE of Race determines if beaten lenghts are significant or not, and NO HORSE could close like the Z girl...... NO Matter the pace in front of her. AND she made her own luck running through those big fields. NOW the track in 2009 helped a bit.
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  • travel_vic · closed over 6 lengths on a 24.46 final fraction, BUT if a front running burner is 14 lengths our front, even that time would not be enough · 2 hours ago
  • travel_vic · pace: if TWO horse have the same final time, I would give an advance choice to the one distributing its energy earlier over the late one 8 times out of 10. · 2 hours ago
Liam's Map won his first stakes race in the Harlan's Holiday at Gulfstream Park.Read More
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  • zatt · First real test passed with gritty determination. · 3 days ago
  • DAVIDM9999 · Liam is lightly raced so the win going long was good to see. The race was quick and highly rated. I was visually stunned by the lack of gallop out by the top two. They were exhausted animals. I suppose they simply left it all on the track. I would lean towards playing against Liam in next start assuming 9F, reasonable graded competition and the customary low Pletcher tote odds. Some could fairly say if you find fault with a 111BSF by judging the gallop out then its nit picking. · 3 hours ago
Santa Anita Park’s 68-day 2014-15 Winter Meet, which opens Friday, Dec. 26, will offer fans a wide array of admission and seating options, including the track’s popular “Gallop Out,” which features trackside seating on the Club House turn, food and beverage options, and entertainment throughout the ...Read More
  • amino998 · To anyone who's been to Santa Anita recently re: free Infield Area admission and parking each weekend. Do they close the tunnels to the grandstand and paddock? · 4 hours ago
Dortmund, a winner of his two starts by a combined 12 ½ lengths, will step up into Grade 1 racing in Saturday's $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity.Read More
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  • 12 Clip · What a beautiful looking colt. I saw him run live at Santa Anita the day after Breeders Cup and he thrashed a group of MSW's, completely under wraps. It was impressive. So far Big Brown has been a dud in the barn. Perhaps Dortmund will be the horse to turn things around, and put that big beast back on the map. · 1 day ago
  • Pick6Sam via Disqus · Going for Mr. Z! I wouldn't be surprised if Firing Line runs BIG in this! · 5 hours ago
In an interesting comment thread today on Horse Racing Nation, we were asked which horse, barring Secretariat, was the most talented we ever saw in person. I’ve been lucky enough to see all the American greats of the last 40-plus years, yet still, I did not need to think long about my answer. It was...Read More
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  • travel_vic · They Meyerhoffs began to believe that BS that the old Maryland claiming trainer kept feeding them. After he got his head handed to him by a TOYING Affirmed he kept yelling for a match race. Laz knew what Laffit said after the race: "I don't know why they keep trying, NO one can beat him now." Speed just about ALWAYS beats a presser..that is why Old Tom retrained Seabiscuit to come flying out of the gate in his match race. · 1 day ago
  • the bid · without a doubt, The best that I have ever seen · 5 hours ago
1965 would have been an exciting time for any young girl living in America. For one Carol Louise Neloy, however, exciting would climb to a new level. For Americans, 1965 presented several events that would go on significantly to affect changes that are still present in their society today.For one th...Read More
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  • Mary Z. · Maybe those grandkids will do some research, too. Very nice interview with Mr. Neloy's daughter, Fred. · 15 hours ago
  • Buckpasser via Disqus · Fred. You know my feelings about Buckpasser. I saw him race on numerous occasions in NY. My favorite race of his was the Champagne stakes as a two yr old. He had been beaten by a long neck in the Futurity by Priceless Gem ( later the dam of the immortal Allez France) and this was a big race for both. Buckpasser was way out of it and no one thought he could get there, but he came around the outside and his closing power was phenomenal as he picked off horses as if they were standing still. He won by his largest margin over four lengths and had to survive a foul claim as well. Priceless Gem finished sixth that day. The quarter crack that side lined him in his three yr old season came back as a four yr old just as he was beginning his campaign on the West Coast and was winning races on his way to the Santa Anita Handicap. Sadly it came back again at the time of his victories in the Handicap Triple Crown. He retired after the Woodward of 1967 and I felt that he was a spent force in the walking ring for the Race of the Century that day and I believe he would have given Damascus a real run for his money if they had met when he was in his prime. His bad feet came from his sire line with Equipoise, renowned for his Shelly feet. Buckpasser was great sire of fillies and led the Broodmare sires list, which is not a surprise given the mare quality he got, such as Natalma, the dam of Northern Dancer, Aspidestra, the dam of Dr. Fager and many others. He also accomplished something I don't has been done by many if any horse: he won the Suburban handicap a race both his sire and dam won. · 6 hours ago
Despite having only raced six times in her two-year race career, Godolphin Racing’s Dancing House has accomplished much and shown a great deal of versatility.Read More
Ick was all black and a sweet heart. When she couldn't run in stake races she won easier races by seven at mile and a sixteenth with "Shoe" posing for pic each time.
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A four-year-old maiden is hardly the apple of anyone's eye except in the case of Juba, as written by racing blogger Dawna Wood (The Galloping Hat Rack).Read More
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  • Goblin · Charming story; beautiful colt! Hope he does well returning from his condylar fracture. · 2 days ago
  • dawnallama via Disqus · Thanks everyone! I'm glad you enjoyed it and may Juba return happy and healthy to the races in time! · 9 hours ago
If McLaughlin intents to win the Kentucky Derby (2015) with him, then, I hope Jess's Dream compete on any race before the end of this year 2014, otherwise the Apollo dilemma (1882), yes, 133 years will be against him. According to History, Apollo was the last horse to win the Kentucky Derby in 1882 without competing as a two year old.
People are talking about the best they've ever seen. I was not alive during the career of Inside Information, but looking at replays of her races, her talent was as good as any filly. When she was on her game, the filly was untouchable. She went 1:34 for a mile in the mud as a 3 year old filly, 1:46 when winning by 13 in the Distaff. She could've gone :13 for another furlong and been faster than Cigar. I think she's one of the most underrated talents.
  • Goblin · Thanks for mentioning her, Eventer! I was at Belmont the day she won the Distaff in 1:46 flat; not too far off Secretariat's standing track record of 1:45.4 for the distance. Mud was flying all afternoon, and as she came to the finish line everyone at the rail looked to the left to see where the other horses might be---they were FAR behind. It was a remarkable performance; she was brilliant that day! In addition to Cigar in the BCC, Unbridled's Song gave a memorable BCJ performance as well. · 14 hours ago
Know More barely made it around the Turf Paradise track the other day in a low-level allowance. Thought he was being eased ... must have been purchased at some point as he is now trained by Hector Padilla. This 4-yr old Lion Heart colt show such promise as a 2-yr old winning his debut in the Best Pal.
  • triple_double · Poor horse. He had high expectations from his connections after winning his maiden race, in a stakes race at Del Mar. He ran great in his 2nd race and was the odds-on favorite in the G1 Frontrunner Stakes won by Power Broker. He was groomed as the next I'll Have Another, but after the 3rd race, it went downhill and never won again. Something might have happened to the horse that we didn't know and he lost all his confidence and desired to win a race again. Retire him now. · 16 hours ago
 With his impressive win in an allowance race at Churchill Downs, Dortmund has become the 12-1 favorite in the latest Kentucky Derby 2015 future odds offering from Wynn Las Vegas.The chestnut son of 2008 Derby champion Big Brown is undefeated in 2 starts for trainer Bob Baffert and owner Kaleem...Read More
  • Diane Knisley Hain via Disqus · I am shocked that enough people are throwing away their money on Cozmic One and Jess's Dream for them to each be 50-1 when both horses have not yet started and have no plans yet for a first start. I'd be willing to offer 500-1 to anyone who thinks either of them would be in the starting gate at all for the Kentucky Derby. Best get rich quick scheme I've ever seen. · 17 hours ago
Frac Daddy appears to be ok, Kenny McPeek is sending him to be stabled at Sam Houston this winter and race, so looks like he is on his way back, according to DRF

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