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  • Far From Over is injured and off the Kentucky Derby trail, according to owner, James Covello.Posted 1 day ago
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  • Pants On Fire guts out a win in the Sir Shackleton.Posted 3 days ago
  • War Correspondent rolls late to win the Appleton.Posted 3 days ago
  • Prince Bishop wins the world's richest race; California Chrome 2nd.Posted 3 days ago
  • Dolniya dominates the boys in the Dubai Sheema ClassicPosted 4 days ago
  • Solow defeats The Grey Gatsby in the $6,000,000 Dubai TurfPosted 4 days ago
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Wednesday's 9th race (5:28pm ET) from Aqueduct is a $40,000 Maiden Claiming event for NY-bred 3-year-olds and up traveling one mile on the main track.  #3 G R's Giant (4-1) broke from post 10 in his last two starts (4-wide 3-12, impeded 1-15) vs. this kind and landed the place on the inner dirt...Read More
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  • travel_vic · another analyst has it very different and that is usually the indication that no one is particularly a good choice: 5 Colorado Grandslam 6 Nin Pin 3 G R's Giant 8 Jacob's Here but the 6 5 do stand out and BEFORE scratches they would be keys here. · 2 hours ago
  • travel_vic · after scratches it changed : 5 Colorado Grandslam 2 Freudian Lights 3 G R's Giant 8 Jacob's Here have to have 8 on an exotic · 1 minutes ago
OFF tracks, as shown by 25 years of study, have shown to make very little difference in the horses that do well at CD at 10f.
  • amino998 · Does this conclusion mean your pre-race evaluation {HANDICAPPING} of The Derby is unchanged by track condition? That track in 2013 only increased my confidence in Orb and moved Revolutionary up to #2 in the hierarchy :) · 15 hours ago
  • amino998 · How is this knowable without a RELIABLE baseline of what the DRY track results would have been? · 21 minutes ago
The following is a statement from Perry Martin, majority owner of Horse of the Year California Chrome, regarding a decision to send the 4-year-old colt to compete at Royal Ascot following his runner-up finish in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I). Managing the racing career of a stallion prospect is much different than managing a gelding or a mare. The considerations for selecting races are: the notoriety, surface, distance, and sphere of influence. Many in America overlook that last one. Breeding of horses is an international business with many regional niches. Stallion value can be increased by demonstrating superior performance at different distances and over different surfaces at elite venues. Royal Ascot is such an elite venue and we are honored to be invited. The opportunity is not without risk—however, I believe the risk to be minimal. Chrome's bloodlines descend from A.P. Indy. This line is known for superior dirt performance. However it is looked down on by the regions of the world dominated by turf racing. Chrome's stallion value is currently very low in these regions and we really do not have to worry about it going lower with a loss at Royal Ascot. A win would help to demonstrate that the outcrosses in Chrome's breeding have been beneficial to turf performance. Yes, U.S. turf is different from the turf at Ascot—exactly why it is important for us to go. Main Sequence demonstrated very clearly that poor performance in Europe does not affect perception much in the U.S. He received two Eclipse awards after four U.S. turf wins. It seems to me the downside is limited to the loss of a quarter of the 2015 season, if unsuccessful. I do not believe that this trip is a mistake, however I freely admit I have made one mistake in the management of Chrome. I wanted to travel to Dubai early and prep in one of the Challenge races there. This is a proven formula that allows the horse more time to recover from the long trip and gives him the benefit of a race over the surface. Both (trainer) Art (Sherman) and (co-owner) Steve (Coburn) wanted to prep in the San Antonio (gr. II) against Shared Belief. The argument was that the matchup was good for racing. I did not want to disappoint them, so abstained. This was an emotional decision and it was wrong. This time we will do what gives Chrome the best chance to win. This time I've got Chrome's back. Hopefully after a bit of time has passed I'll know team Chrome has my back. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/91023/martin-defends-sending-chrome-to-ascot
Shug McGaughey tells DRF'S Mike Welsh that the Alysheba at Churchill Downs on Derby Day could be the next stop for Honor Code coming off his victory in the Gulfstream Park Handicap here earlier this month.  "I might use the Alysheba or the Stephen Foster at Churchill to get to the Whitney," said McGaughey who also didn't rule out the Met Mile as a possible option for Honor Code later this spring. McGaughey said Honor Code would have his first work since the Gulfstream Park Handicap on Saturday at Payson Park. Article on DRF to be posted later today.
  • Pebbles via Disqus · I hope its the Met Mile. Alysheba would be fine - but the Met Mile I like better. This horse deserves a big stage and the Metropolitan Handicap with Shared Belief, Palace Malice and others would be that stage. · 9 days ago
  • honor code via Disqus · Love the Honor Code updates! · 42 minutes ago
South African superstar Vercingetorix has been recruited for stud duty by Maine Chance Farms, where he will stand alongside his champion sire Silvano.
Frosted is my pick to win the Wood Memorial on April 4th at Aqueduct. Had a great workout March 20, going 5f's in 59:85( b ). He believe he is primed and ready to go. Just praying for a good safe trip from Joel Rosario. He seems to run well at Aqueduct. Good luck to Kiaran McLaughlin and Godolphin. Stay Frosty My Friends.
Did you see this? https://www.fei.org/news/%E2%80%9Ceast-meets-west%E2%80%9D-%E2%80%93-big-names-launch-longines-fei-world-cup%E2%84%A2-jumping-north-american-league
Beholder, the two-time champion, is on schedule for a springtime comeback. She worked six furlongs in 1:12.40 on Thursday, continuing a steady pattern of workouts since mid-February. Trainer Richard Mandella said the $1 million Ogden Phipps Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6 is a long-range goal for Beholder, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2012 and champion 3-year-old filly of 2013. Beholder has not raced since winning the G1 Zenyatta Stakes last September. The G1 Madison at Keeneland could be her 2015 debut, but it's not 100%. According to DRF
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  • Sullivan · She's nominated · 2 hours ago
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · She galloped this morning at Santa Anita. She's looking very good · 1 hour ago
Today’s announcement of Far From Over’s injury is another reminder of just how fleeting the dreams of Kentucky Derby glory can be. Read More
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  • veyedoublenwhy · Eskendereya would've won the Triple Crown. Not a doubt in my mind. He was one of the most impressive horses I've ever seen. · 4 hours ago
  • Fidel Alberto López Calderón via Disqus · So sorry for FFO a very promising colt, he could be the "spicy spot" for the KY Derby, of course later having a great performance in the Wood... · 1 hour ago
UAE invaders haven't panned out stateside historically. Though I will admit his he may be the best foreign invader in the field & his past 3 races (especially the last one) visually look like impressive finishes. The fact of the matter is the small UAE fields, along with the splits and overall times are not impressive for those distances; 1M, first quarter in 25secs final time in 1:37.7? 1 3/16M first quarter in 26secs final times in 1:58 or 1:59? That's MSW times there, the Derby first quarter will be ~24 secs and the final time for 1 1/4 will be ~2:02 so is he going to miraculously be getting through a boatload of traffic and getting that last 1/16 in 4 seconds flat??? Ummm, NO! My money will be elsewhere...
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  • Fiddler's Green Standardbred via Disqus · If you're looking for actual evidence that the track is slower... look no further than the fact that Meydan uses gate timing instead of a run-up. · 1 day ago
  • amdaman via Disqus · Could it be because historically it was a synthetic surface? About the times, Meydan is a slow track. It was playing faster on DWC day, but it was still slow. Did you see how fast they ran the DWC? Also, have you considered the fact that they don't use a run-up in Meydan? The Florida Derby had a run-up of 80 ft., and they took 2.5 seconds before they activated the clock. That's pretty slow. But the clock only gets activated when they've already picked up speed. So when you see the first 1/4 in Meydan run in 25 seconds, it's not because they're running slow, its because the clock starts as soon as the gates open. I think this horse has a legitimate shot at the KD if he maintains his current form. · 2 hours ago
Only 6 horses entered for the Wood, that is sad. Most of them closers as well. This is Frosted's best chance to sneak into The Derby with some easy points if he ends up being the lone speed at Aqueduct... The only bright side to this is that if El Kabeir doesn't get exposed here as a middle distance horse and Frosted finds a backdoor into this field, that's 2 horses I get to toss for my exotics are Derby Day. That's a precious commodity in a 20 horse field.
  • Deano · You may want to consider Toasting Master. Only his 2nd start at a distance on dirt.(Ocala route was synthetic) Nice first try over the track and set most of the pace with pressure. Another 1/8th of a mile maybe he gets brave if not challenged early. Like you said with a lot of closers you look for speed. Just a thought. · 19 hours ago
  • MarkKennedy · Hell i think you can toss the FLORIDA < LOUISANNA AND NEW YORK series horses completley out and leave you 6 nice horses in no particular order dortmund, carpe diem, firing line, american pharoh,mutajji, and if he gets in BOLD CONQUEST · 2 hours ago
el kabeir and frosted...like to see both in the derby
Where is he?
Highlighting Keeneland's opening weekend will be the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes headlined by Carpe Diem.Read More
  • veyedoublenwhy · Besides Carpe, I expect Danzig Moon to run very well in this spot. · 4 hours ago
  • amdaman via Disqus · It'd be smarter if all those hyperlinks pointed to the individual horse's page, and not to the same general comments page. · 3 hours ago
With Far From Over out of commission I think the race will be left to a closer.
Anyone using times to rate this horse didn't watch the race. He was basically pulled up to a gallop at the quarter pole. What needed to Be seen is the extra gear he had and the explosion of foot once he got to the leader. That what you plant to see from a derby prep. A stalker with an extra gear. Easily the best performance this yr with out being tested. This is a derby horse and if your leaving him off then I'm glad. I'll take the money and laugh to the bank
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  • Lorelord via Disqus · Also, don't be deceived, there was no explosion or extra gear, those other horses were clearly backing up and spitting the bit while he was the only one finishing at all... Yes there was some finish there, but without another legit animal in the race it's tough to gauge what you're seeing... · 8 hours ago
  • amdaman via Disqus · I agree with everything you said, well... except for the part where you say your, instead of you're. · 4 hours ago
Check out race 4 at keeneland. Allowance featuring big blue kitten, mr speaker, hyper, majestic harbor, guys reward, and war dancer.
A huge day of racing Saturday at Keeneland, featuring plenty of big names, gets the Spring Meet off to a roaring start.Read More
I hope the field gets better as the week goes on. It's looking pretty weak right now and Dortmund should jog his way to another victory.
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  • vodkak · Dortmund will probably go off about 1 to 5. So much for being a competitive race; a paid workout. · 2 days ago
  • Scrap via Disqus · You might wanna take good look at cross the line, had a rough trip last out,seems to enjoy running distance, and might take to the dirt !? Can't argue with the connections!!! · 7 hours ago
Hard to gauge him since he's faced absolutely no other legit Derby potential horse... Still leaning Dortmund there, but his Spiral win was impressive in the sense he came out of gate 12 and put that field of nobodies away pretty well.

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