• Long shot Stormy Lucy (65-1) upsets the Matriarch (G1) at Del Mar in the last stride. Posted 1 day ago
  • Dortmund romps home a winner in the Native Diver.Posted 2 days ago
  • Commissioner much the best in the Hawthorne Gold Cup.Posted 2 days ago
  • Chiropractor edges March for a Hollywood Derby win at 14-1.Posted 2 days ago
  • Airoforce takes to the dirt in a big way, pulling away to win the Kentucky Jockey Club.Posted 2 days ago
  • Carina Mia turns back Stageplay in the Golden Rod.Posted 2 days ago
  • Tonalist with a late rush to just get up in the Cigar Mile!Posted 2 days ago
  • Forever Unbridled outduels Carrumba to the wire in the Comely.Posted 2 days ago
  • Mohaymen an impressive winner of Aqueduct's nine furlong Remsen.Posted 2 days ago
  • Lewis Bay runs to her odds in the Demoiselle.Posted 2 days ago
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Well a good friend said I better keep an eye out for this colt He won his first MSW. So keep n eye out for DREFONG
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Most likely, there won't be a Triple Crown winner in 2016. But if there will be one, Nyquist is the one.
Any word on what plans they have for Tonalist next year?
Royal Obsession won a MSW at Churchill Downs on 11/29 at 7 1/2 furlongs. RO Broke slow and ended up in last place. RO went wide around the turn and eagerly carried on to catch the horse on the lead to win by about a length. RO was a Keeneland November 1.15 million Stonestreet Stables purchase and trained by Steve Asmussen. Seems to be a talented two year old filly to watch going forward.
BREAKING NEWS: Dortmund has come out of the Native Diver in good shape and now, trainer Bob Baffert tells DRF's Jay Privman that he has three races at Santa Anita under consideration as a possible next start for Dortmund. Those three races are the G1 Malibu, at 7 furlongs, the G2 San Pasqual, where he could face 2014 Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome, and the G2 San Antonio Handicap. baffert says he is thinking of running him in the Malibu but isn't committed to the race 100%, he will take a couple of weeks to make up his mind, but his next start will be at Santa Anita. Article on DRF
BREAKING NEWS: Bob Baffert confirms that Hoppertunity will race as a five year old and will target the Dubai World Cup as an early season goal. According to DRF
Dortmund at 17.3 hh reminds me of Forego, who was the same height. It took Forego to age four before he really came into his own. Forego was adaptable for a big thoroughbred, being the only winner of the JCGC at two miles who was also voted Champion Sprinter the same year. To demonstrate his versatility, he won four of his five starts, with one second, at distances of 1 1/2 miles or longer, and won eight of his 12 starts, with two seconds and two thirds, at seven furlongs. I hope Dortmund shows the same talents in the Malibu and beyond, and wish him and Baffert much success.
Dortmund is my horse, he was always my horse. Those shootouts with Firing Line clinched it for me. Yup, he got beat in the Derby, but then the Preakness was a freak washout and he didn't get to run anymore. (This "triple" crown is still missing one as far as I'm concerned, since it was such a throwaway) So glad to see him going gangbusters again. 10 years from now, let's see who is the best sire. Dort, or AP?
I have good feelings about Swipe.
My Christmas wish is that Gary Stevens rides Dortmund from now on. Such patience!
Now that I've seen what horse choking looks like with Martin Pedroza and Private Zone, was Victor Espinoza choking American Pharoah a little bit during the middle stretch of the Belmont Stakes (watching the video, it looked as if he was being held a lot tighter than the other horses and his head was arching more than others too during that stretch)?
BREAKING NEWS: DRF'S Jay Privman reports that Dortmund, winner of yesterday's Native Diver Handicap at Del Mar, carried the incorrect weight in the race. Dortmund was suppose to carry 121 pounds in the race, instead, he carried 124 pounds, and still won by open lengths. The Del Mar VP Tom Robbins confirmed the error but nothing will happen. Just goes to show, despite carrying the wrong weight and spotting the field more weight, he still won with authority. Nothing will happen, just an error on Del Mar's part, but makes Dortmund's win look even better. According to DRF
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  • Buckpasser via Disqus · Interesting development. Don't get me wrong I like Dortmund a lot but just a small aside, I've been reading old Turf and Sport Digests from the 1930's and 1940's, and when you read about how top horses like Discovery were spotting rivals as much as thirty nine pounds and still won by open lengths, you can see how far today's handicap division has fallen. · 1 day ago
  • QueenBlitzkrieg · Jbyrnes1 on DRF there is a DRF+ article on Dortmund stating that there are three options for him to end this year and one on Tonalist stating where he is directed to next year. Could you summarize those on these pages please? · 3 hours ago
This weekend flattered American Pharoah as much as it possibly could without him actually racing. Effinex, 4 1/2 lengths behind him in the Breeders Cup Classic, wins the G1 Clark Handicap over a strong field. Tonalist, 12 1/2 lengths behind him in the Breeders Cup Classic, wins the G1 Cigar Mile over a strong field (it became weaker when Private Zone kind of ran his own race and then didn't fire, but still - He beat Mshawish and Red Vine, who are both very good milers) Dortmund, 3 lengths behind him in the Kentucky Derby, dominated the G3 Native Diver field by 4 1/2 lengths in the good time of 1:48.06 while carrying 3 lbs more than he was supposed to. While he didn't beat a high-quality field, he romped home and couldn't have looked better.
BREAKING NEWS: Cavorting, winner of the Grade 1 Test at Saratoga, will try to strengthen her résumé and perhaps nab the Eclipse Award in the female sprint division when she runs in the Grade 1 La Brea on Dec. 26 at Santa Anita.
Here's a full replay of the Native Diver from the start of the race to the winner's circle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dwQVpAa9FA
His eclipse award just got closer
I have loved this horse for the longest time. I pointed him out when he was still running in Allowance races. His victory in the BC Dirt Mile, although won in a style not expected from him. That effort was just short of spectacular. That being said,there are 2 things about Liam. He is the Eclipse Award winner as the top Older Male. His top competition Honor Code,finished off the year running 2 poor thirds. The only time they met,and at a distance more suitable for Honor Code. Liam ran the best race of his life,and maybe any other horse this year to lose by a nose. Most importantly after watching yesterdays Classic. I sure hope that the Monday Morning qbS' go home,and stop second guessing the decision to bypass the Classic. Pharoah was more than a Monster yesterday. He was amazing in every sense of the word. He did all this on Cruise Control. As good as Liam was on Friday,he was not beating Pharoah on Saturday. He would of run a nice 2nd.
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  • Anne Shaw · Great post, Tom. I just wish they weren't both retiring. If Liam doesn't get best older horse it would be a travesty. · 29 days ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Liam's Map an Eclipse Award winner? OK. Let us see if you can answer these questions and reach the same conclusion. 1. Is the Champion Older Male Eclipse Award presented to the top older horse who performs best over an entire year? A: Yes. Honor Code raced 6 times starting in early March and finishing in late October in only graded stakes races. Liam's Map had his first race in June. He did not race in graded stakes company until the 2nd week in August and ended in late October. So he raced for basically 3 months. 3 races in 3 months. Honor Code at least raced at 5 different tracks. He did not win every time. But he competed. And in the best races he was at his best. 2. Other than the BC Classic, what was the top older male field in the country in 2015? A: The Whitney Handicap where Liam's Map finished 2nd to Honor Code losing by a neck - not a nose or a head. 3. Is the BC Dirt Mile a championship race? A: No. The BC Dirt Mile is commonly made up of horses that are not good enough to compete in either the BC Classic or the BC Sprint. Liam's Map opted to avoid the championship race for an easier start. His connections deserve accolades for placing him in the race that they felt was best at his level. However, in doing so, they basically forfeited any final Eclipse Award consideration. 4. How many times has the Champion Older Male Eclipse Award been given to the winner of the BC Dirt Mile? A: Never. 5. Is losing ones final two races a reason to exclude a horse from winning the Eclipse Award? A:. Yes if all things are considered equal. However, the irony here is that you suggested that Liam's Map ran well in the Whitney Stakes at a distance that was supposedly not his best. However, he ran back in the Woodward Stakes and won by 4 3/4 lengths. Now, either the field was so weak that they could not contend with Liam's Map or Liam's Map is better at the 9 furlong distance than you seem willing to accept. The other irony is that you suggested that Honor Code was not a two turn horse, but above you suggest that he was better suited to the distance than Liam's Map. Which is it? 6. Does losing your last two races disqualify you from winning an Eclipse Award? A: No. California Chrome lost 2 of his last 3 races and still won the Eclipse Award. Zenyatta lost her final race and still won Horse of the Year. In fact, Lawyer Ron in 2007 had lost the JCGC finishing 2nd and the BC Classic finishing 7th and he still took home the award. Finally, the notion that Liam's Map would have run a strong 2nd to American Pharoah in the BC Classic seems a huge stretch particularly given your assertion that 9 furlongs is not LM's best distance. · 5 hours ago
BREAKING NEWS: Stonestreet Farm has post via Instagram that Jess's Dream is feeling alot better and has enjoyed his time off, Jess is back to full health and clear to resume light training, he will go back under tack and is expected to rejoin Kiaran McLaughlin's barn sometime in December.
Effinex- one G3 win, a G2 win and a G1 win and a head to head win over Honor Code not at his best, Beat horses: Tonalist, Coach Inge, Frosted, Keen Ice, Hoppertunity, etc. Liam's Map- two G1 wins (hard to believe that's it) a head to head win over Effinex not at his best, and beat horses such as Tonalist, Noble Bird, Lea, Wicked Strong, etc. Last but not least- Honor Code- one G2 win and two G1s, a head to head win a game Liam's Map at his best, beat horses such as Private Zone, Tonalist (3x), Lea, Noble Bird, Moreno, Bayern, Wicked Strong, Keen Ice, Frosted, etc. In my opinion- finishing anyting other than first place doesn't and shouldn't matter, unless it was a DQ (or should have been a DQ as in a la BC 2014) so I didn't mention non win performances. There it is ladies and gents- it's up to the voters and not us but for fun- who is your pick?
  • Pebbles via Disqus · You forgot Tonalist - 2 G1 wins and a G3 win and a head to head win over Effinex by 11 1/2 lengths in the JCGC. He beat: G1 winners Constitution, Effinex, Private Zone, and Wicked Strong. You also forgot that Effinex has no head to head win over: Frosted, Honor Code or Keen Ice. He finished ahead of them in a race. In order to have a head to head win, you need to actually win. He finished in front of Honor Code, Frosted, Keen Ice, Noble Bird, Moreno. He also finished 11th in the Brooklyn Handicap losing to a slew of horses on Belmont Stakes day. · 6 hours ago

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