• Nyquist has spiked a fever, delaying his trip to Belmont, via DRF's Dave Grening.Posted 2 days ago
  • Second Summer holds off Hard Aces to win the Grade 2 Californian.Posted 3 days ago
  • Exaggerator turns the tables and is victorious in the Preakness (G1).Posted 4 days ago
  • Takeover Target flies home late to win from last in the Grade 2 Dixie.Posted 4 days ago
  • American Freedom fights back for Sir Barton victory.Posted 4 days ago
  • Mizz Money holds on to take the Gallorette (G3) by a nose.Posted 4 days ago
  • Justin Squared was too fast to catch in the Chick Lang.Posted 4 days ago
  • Lady Shipman does not disappoint with a victory in The Very One.Posted 4 days ago
  • Marengo Road gets ahead to take the James W. Murphy.Posted 4 days ago
  • Awtaad upsets Galileo Gold to win the Irish 2000 Guineas.Posted 4 days ago
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Wow. Its a shame that he would be pointed to the Bing Crosby instead of the Alfred G. Vanderbilt and the Forego Handicap. But it will be good to see him on the track in any race. Makes sense with the BC in the west.
Just for kicks, I'll bet an all gray superfecta: Lani, Creator, Destin, Cherry Wine.
On 5/8 49.05 and on 5/20 1:03.65. Hopefully, his next 5 furlong work will be sharper and we may see him in the Met Mile.
5 furlongs in 59.60 at Greentree on the 20th 1/3.
A very interesting article on Maria Borell. Can't confirm the accuracy of this article but it's shocking to say the least. https://www.usracing.com/news/analysis/shocking-untold-story-maria-borell When the original Maria drama broke I didn't want to make an opinion on her innocence given the lack of concrete/consistent facts, but her total lack of composure and professionalism in handling the situation completely put me off of supporting her. I thought she came off as deceptive and desperate. Again, I can't say how completely true this article is, but if even a quarter of this is true this woman is a black eye to the sport and deserves no part of it.
Late movers usually need a "set up" pace structure to overcome late. WIth no definitive pace setters, pressers take over, usually SLOW DOWN the front, making late moves even harder to create.
So sad for you Okeemeister, bless your soul.
how much is his stud fee?
  • barrmorr · Bobsaget1, American Pharoah's stud fee is $200,000. He has 100 mares that have been verified in foal. That comes to a cool $20M. Now we have to wait and see if the babies can run. · 14 hours ago
  • Ferrisjso26 · You can find any horses stud fee at bloodhorse.com · 5 hours ago
His race 2 years ago,riden by N Yokoyama,Ireland Trophy(Open)10/19/2014 Tokyo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLyeibluloQ&index=11&list=PLhTOXejooF5bjlmY8aBZLw1GEl6vJiTlP
Seeing some reports that some people said he looked very thin going into the Preakness. Hard to see on tv but if it's true I feel bad for the horse. Poor thing might have been sick and starting to feel under the weather then and still ran his guts out the best he could. Thank god exaggerator is a nice horse and won the Preakness so there isn't the same blow of missing out on a possible TC like the connections had to do with I'll have another in 2012. I hope this isn't similar to uncle mo's liver infection he got and that he is back this late summer for some of the big races. I also hope he takes on chrome and beholder this year. He's a special horse and one 3rd place loss takes nothing away from his incredible courage and heart.
  • illhaveanothertriplecrown · Exactly. I don't know why horses aren't allowed to lose a race anymore. So he's not American Pharoah? So what? Doesn't mean he can't still be an amazing horse. I simply hope he's not whisked away to stud so soon thought. · 20 hours ago
  • Dee via Disqus · Amen to that. · 9 hours ago
Wow!!!!!!!! To the big time on the world stage she(Tepin) goes!!!!! All the best of luck and love to you my sweet, dear lady!!!! Horse lovers across the pond show her some love!!!!
This horse had run faster than all of his competitions in the final 2 furlongs of his races. He will likely do it again in the Belmont stakes and come up a few lengths behind the winner again.
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The purse agreement with Suffolk Downs has been signed we are confirmed to race the 6 day festival in July, August and September
  • cedar · Hoping i can make it out for this! · 19 hours ago
  • Sullivan · Good to see you back, IHATC. Too bad about the idiots over in Eastie, hope they get someone to show up in August. Cedar, go for it, Suffolk's lovely. · 12 hours ago
Pletch is going to send Strad to the front in the belmont and instruct Johnny V to run measured fractions. That is the way Pletch has always felt was the best way to win the Belmont. It is the way he ran Dunkirk a few years back and he tried the same with Materiality last year but Materiality just was not the horse. His daddy, M D'or had a big race here in the Belmont and I would not count out Strad here.
I love SBN there will be no real pace to run into and he is just going to have to be better than those in closer position and chase them down. Right now I do not see him better than Exaggerator. He will be well rested though and ready for a big run.
I Think if he broke better from the gate he would have had a great Chance to Win the Derby
  • Players Klub via Disqus · I don't because his best race would be like a mile and an 8th. Anything further is outside of his range. He will prove that again in the Belmont. Even with a soft pace. · 14 hours ago
I was wrong about Destin in the Kentucky Derby. With 5 weeks layoff (instead of 8), I'm picking him again to win the 2016 Belmont Stakes. Destin/Exaggerator/Suddenbreakingnews/Brody's Cause.
  • hoof_hearted666 · Have you ever seen a Belmont field jam packed with closers/deep closers?? Destin could definitely be the pace horse in the race, and if he sets fast but sensible fractions, he could steal the Belmont. But does he have the ability to hold off the late charges of Exaggerator, Suddenbreakingnews and Brody's Cause??? It's doubtful, but not impossible. · 1 day ago
  • Players Klub via Disqus · Yes you were and you said I was crazy for saying that this horse will not get the distance. I am telling you once again he did not get a mile and a quarter and he is not going to get this mile and a half. A full brother to Creative Cause he doe snot want to go this far. Exaggerator is taking this one. · 14 hours ago
Suddenbreakingnews. Even with Nyquist...but now his price will crash. :'(
  • Players Klub via Disqus · All the prices are going to crash now. I am disappointed but I never thought Nyquist will be in this one after the Preak loss. I would not be shocked if he never raced again. · 14 hours ago
No way Nyquist runs in the Belmont. They should enter Stradivari in it. Lani will take the blanket of carnations in the Belmont.
  • Players Klub via Disqus · It will be Exaggerator. Exag has more tactical speed and will be positioned better. You called the preak dead on and you will regret jumping the Exag ship in this one if you do not put him on top. · 14 hours ago
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My interest in the Sport of Kings goes back over 25 years with my father taking me with his friends to the old Ak-Sar-Ben Race Course in Omaha, NE.  From those early experiences I was able to read the Daily Racing Form before the age of 10.  Once The Woodlands opened in Kansas City in 1988, I became totally hooked on the sport studying racing charts after homework and tennis practice.  In recent years, with the explosion of handicapping tournaments, my love for handicapping the races has risen to a new level.  Primarily focused on New York, Chicago and Louisiana racing, I have now been forced to study races far and wide in attempt to find “cap horses” in the tournaments I play.  I have also dabbled in horse ownership within syndicates and on my own.


My fondest memories in racing include Silver Charm’s 1997 Kentucky Derby victory.  Both my father and I selected him, which made for a memorable day.  The best race I’ve seen was Tiznow’s first Breeders Cup Classic win in 2000 when he outdueled Giant’s Causeway down the length of the Churchill Downs stretch.   My biggest windfall as a gambler was a pool-scooping pick-4 win, paying over $6,600 at The Woodlands in 2005.


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