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  • Itsaknockout wins the Fountain of Youth on the DQ of Upstart. Posted 6 days ago
  •  Chocolate Ride sneaks away in the Fair Grounds Handicap.Posted 6 days ago
  • Long On Value clearly Best in the Canadian Turf. Posted 6 days ago
  •  Street Babe surprise the Mineshaft field at Fair Grounds.Posted 6 days ago
  • Main Sequence storms home late to win the Mac Diarmida! Posted 6 days ago

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What the Horse Racing Nation is talking about...

Did you see how big that hose is??
Friday's 5th race (3:00pm PT) from Santa Anita Park is a $56k Maiden Special Weight event for CA-bred or sired 3-year-olds and up traveling one mile on the turf course (rail at 24 feet). #3 Joshie Hit a Homer (10-1) lands a better post, receives a rider upgrade to Van Dyke, and projects a decent tac...Read More
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  • travel_vic · how much scratches can change a race 8 Ace Deuce 10 Prohibition Repeal 2 Chanito 5 Upbeat Tempo and the firster 6 8 2 go out then 10 5 7 come later · 2 hours ago ·
  • Mary Z. · Must apologize for the scream-aide for the 6. · 8 minutes ago ·
Wabel finally gets two turns in r6 this Saturday. Should be interesting to see what he does, and it would be nice to have a derby horse
  • MarkKennedy · What's funny to me being a Curlin Fan that very few people are recognizing what a great sure this horse is becoming We all know he sited a classic winner first time out. A classic Placed horse second time but has anyone noticed he has 4 solid colts and one filly that are dam good this year. Wabel, Keen ice, curlin's fox, oceans knight and bold conquest. He was the number one ranked third crop sire and is sitting seventh on the dirt all sites list and 8 th on turf this year. If that's not versatility I don't know what is. He seems to cross great with the storm cat line. I think it's only a matter of time before he sires a derby winner · 52 minutes ago
There will be a live race meet at Suffolk Downs in 2015 and 2016 now that track ownership and the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association have come to terms. The on-again, off-again, complex deal for the horsemen to lease the track that has been negotiated over the last several months was finalized Feb. 27 with the approval of both boards of directors. Article on bloodhorse
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  • Buckpasser via Disqus · Really happy to hear this. I hate it when a storied venue dies. · 2 hours ago
  • Sullivan · Not true and bittersweet. First, deal has to be approved by gov. seeing as the funding still has not been appropriated for the continuation of racing. Second, the HBPA's plan is to lease for two years and then build a new track in 2017. · 1 hour ago
Every time there is a 3yo on the verge of winning the Derby,that has never raced as a 2yo. The ghost of Apollo makes an appearance. I am not a Red Sox fan, but try telling them that the curse of The Bambino exists. I am far from a historian or statistician in the Racing game. But i am curious if anyone knows the answer to this.Of the so called 62 horses to have attempted this,can anyone tell me who the 10 most high profile colts of the group were.Also what were the odds of these horses in the Derby. The only thing that 62 means to me,is that it is 1 more than the number of homers the real HR King.......Roger Maris had in 1 season. If the majority were at high odds,what difference does it make if they ran at 2. A horse with no shot is the same,regardless of how many races they had. Many will point out Verrazano as the poster boy to this failure.But that is not fair, he went into the Derby a very tired horse. I will not use his health issues as an excuse. The Derby was his 5th race,they were playing catch up the entire process. But even through all the negatives. It is amazing how horses like Palace Malice and Oxbow got a pass for attending the fastest early pace in Derby History. But Verrazano was left out in the cold.Does anyone not remeber that he was sitting 2nd,about 2 lengths off of these torrid fractions. I could care less about Apollo,and for that matter being of Greek descent,Zeus and any other God you may throw my way. Only thing for me is that if you do not win the Kentucky Derby or any other race for that matter.All it tells me is that you were not good enough or lucky enough(if you had a trip excuse. FOR THAT DAY ONLY.
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  • hannahWTC1 · The only 2 I can think of that had a legitimate chance of winning the Derby is Bodemeister, and the pace did him in more than anything. And the second is Coaltown, all the way back in 1948. Him running into one of the best thoroughbreds in history did him in more than lack of racing at 2 · 3 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · Thanks Hannah, but lets be honest. Even if there were 10 horses with a legitimate shot. Over the course of time,that is a miniscule sampling. People love to sensationalize it as though it can never happen. Like i said in my other posts.What then was the excuse of all the other top contenders with legitimate shots to win and did not that raced at 2. This is just another topic in a long line of irrelevant topics,that makes people think they know what they are talking about. · 2 hours ago
Salutos Amigos, among the top sprinters on the East Coast if not the country, is “50-50” to make next Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap here, according to trainer and part-owner David Jacobson. Salutos Amigos, who won the Grade 3 Toboggan on Feb. 7, has missed training time due to a recurring foot issue. Article on DRF
Bummer. I always wanted to see him run now I wont get the chance. It least he will be ok.
Santa Anita Thursday, 2/27/15 Race 5 –MSW State Bred – 1 Mile Turf Horse Racing Nation Race Analysis and Wagering Strategy POST TIME 5:57 PM EST – We landed on the 5th race today at Santa Anita for our race of the day.  It features a full field of Cal bred maidens going a mile on the turf cour...Read More
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  • travel_vic · Chaco did run very well late but that was a year ago. 11 12 10 are all the best late if they can get through...the 5 had ONE turf race against moderate fractions and the weakened late? that is good enough on turf today? Must see something that is not obvious to pace analysis · 5 hours ago ·
  • travel_vic · How much scratches can change a race??? 8 Ace Deuce 10 Prohibition Repeal 2 Chanito 5 Upbeat Tempo and the firster 6 ..... 8 2 go out then 10 5 7 come later · 2 hours ago ·
Jess worked!!!!! Date: February 27, 2015 Track: STONESTREET TRAINING LLC Distance: Four Furlongs Time: 52:00 Breezing Track Condition: Good Surface: Dirt Rank: 2/4
Came across this cool photo of Dortmund eyeballing Firing Line: https://www.flickr.com/photos/27227526@N08/16481236606/
Trainer Mike Hushion has been hospitalized with “a serious health issue” according to Barry Schwartz, one of Hushion’s primary owners and close friend. Hushion, 66, was hospitalized in Florida on Feb. 19, according to Schwartz. Hushion on Friday was scheduled to be transferred to the University of Miami Medical Center, Schwartz said. “He’s being treated for a serious health issue,” Schwartz said, who declined to elaborate. Schwartz said that Hushion’s daughter Casey is with him. According to DRF
Kobe isn’t back, but Kobe’s Back is back. A 4-year-old son of Flatter trained by Peter Eurton for owners C R K Stable, Kobe’s Back is named for the sidelined Lakers’ superstar Kobe Bryant. Read More
  • hannahWTC1 · I've been a fan of him since his debut. I hope he fulfills the potential he showed in the Willard Proctor and San Vicente · 4 hours ago
Where is he at??
Bern Identity, a top East Coast sprinter who was being pointed to the G3 Tom Fool next Sat. at Aqu, has been retired after suffering a knee injury in a training mishap almost 2 weeks ago at Palm Meadows, per trainer Kelly Breen. Article on DRF to be posted later today.
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  • jockey2be. · Aww,sorry to hear that.Best of luck to Bern in his next career! · 5 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · Unfortunate occurrance,but does not come as a complete surprise · 4 hours ago
POST TIME 6:00 PM EST – Thursday’s card at Santa Anita offers some sparsely populated races but the 5th race is quite contentious and we’ll see if we can secure some value from this field of 8 Maiden Special Weight fillies going 6.5 furlongs down the hill. Your pace leader will be #4 Keezheekoni an...Read More
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  • cognibene · Congrats!! Very nice pick, price and exacta. I didn't come up with it and would like to know how you did!!! · 1 day ago ·
  • mshutty · I think the key to isolating that 5 horse yesterday was the fact that the workout information I had access to talked about the all important "how" of that horse's works not just the what time they were run in. The big clue to me was the "high action" of that horse indicating the potential "move up" going from dirt to grass. In addition, this was a very lightly raced horse compared to most of the field so not a proven "futile follower", faced much tougher last out on the dirt and good barn for recognizing "turfy" horses and getting them on the right surface. · 5 hours ago ·
jimmy et al---Wabel is entered this Saturday, 2/28, at SA, in a 1 1/16 mi. MSW, Race 6. Hopefully the increased distance will be to his liking/advantage.
Its official! He wont be running in the derby!
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  • Paladin · Too Bad. That was part of Jess's Dream, to have in the Derby. · 7 hours ago
  • Goblin · JD's connections have never given any indication that the Kentucky Derby was ever a goal for this colt. However, if you have OFFICIAL information, you need to CITE A SOURCE, preferably a linkable one. Otherwise this is just more innuendo and gossip. · 6 hours ago
Previous runnings of the Kentucky Derby on May 2nd produced some great races and winners. Nick Costa provides the history of that Derby date.Read More
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  • Buckpasser via Disqus · Ira Hanford who rode Bold Venture was the brother of Carl Hanford, who also started out as a jockey, but later became the trainer of Kelso. There was a third brother, I believe his name was Buddy who was also a jockey but was killed on the track. With the Shut Out- Devil Diver choice for Arcaro, John Gaver the trainer for Greentree tried to convince Arcaro to take Shut Out as he felt that he was the better horse over Devil Diver. This was definitely true as three yr olds, but Devil Diver proved the better one later on. · 7 hours ago
  • Mike in SB · Very interesting. This running will have to be pretty good to match the past May 2nd Derbys. My personal favorite is Alysheba, but the Mine That Bird Derby was a great story. I could see another longshot win this year. · 6 hours ago
Once-beaten male 2-year-old champion of 2013 Shared Belief worked five furlongs Tuesday in 1:00.40 at Golden Gate Fields and will have one more major drill over the Tapeta surface at his home base next Tuesday before vanning Wednesday morning to Santa Anita for final preparations for the $1 million ...Read More
  • Kaye from PA via Disqus · I wonder when Bayern will run. · 8 hours ago
  • Mike in SB · I can't believe the weight for Hoppertunity will be a problem. With the weights they are giving out today, the biggest problem seems to be can the jockey make the weight not if is too much for the horse. · 6 hours ago
Beautiful portrait of Shared Belief!... .http://www.drf.com/news/hovdey-shared-belief-shades-black
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  • jonquil · Very lovely artwork indeed. :) I really love looking at old portraits of race horses. They're always so interesting! This definitely invokes that same feel. Timeless. · 23 hours ago
  • Captain Obvious via Disqus · Nice portrait slew. I sure hope it looks even better with age. · 6 hours ago

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