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Have an extra couple million dollars? According to owner Teruya Yoshida, Arc winner Danedream's first foal, a filly by Frankel, will be offered for sale at next year's Tattersalls yearling sale in Newmarket. Personally this really surprises me, but I suppose we can all look forward to one hell of a bidding war!
This is the the best horse . He will be horse of the year again. If for some reason he doesn't get back to form I like palice malice next .
  • MayaJoffe · For a while Palace Maiice was on the top of my list...just because Wise Dan was on the sidelines. · 2 days ago
  • gary.creasy.3 · California chrome is already horse f the year and when he wins the classic we will crown him officially · 1 hour ago
I've picked this field apart just about every way possible, and foolish though I am, this will be my King George super-fecta: 1st-Telescope 2nd-Taghrooda 3rd-Magician 4th-Eagle Top.
  • jonquil · I think the finish will be close for some and I still haven't fully decided, but mine'll probably be like this unless I choose to flip Trading Leather and Telescope or something: 1st - Magician, 2nd - Trading Leather, 3rd - Telescope, 4th- Eagle Top/Taghrooda, though I'm leaning more Eagle Top just because of Scotland, heh. · 1 hour ago
My super-fecta pick for the G2 Sky Bet York Stakes: 1st-Sharestan 2nd-Secret Gesture 3rd-Windhoek 4th-Danadana. I very much like the other Godolphin horse in the race, Windhoek, but my gut feeling is that Kieren Fallon has chosen wrong here and passed the winner off to Paul Mulrennan who rides Sharestan.
  • jonquil · I'm very interested in how Producer will do here - it's a move up in trip for him and a new course, too. · 1 hour ago
Jess had a work today, still no word as to who will train him or Jachson. jlp
Sky Kingdom for the win.
  • Mary Z. · No kidding. Sky Kingdom 1-20, giggles. · 1 day ago
  • Mary Z. · Stuck on Sky Kingdom. Old Time Hockey, Longview Drive, Bailoutbobby · 2 hours ago
Tasaday back in the winners circle for Godolphin, winning the listed Lyric Fillies Stakes at York, her first start since Dubai and first start in Great Britain for trainer Saeed Bin Suroor.
  • jonquil · I remember when she was so much better than this before she got moved to Saeed Bin Suroor's stables. :/ Well, at least it was nice to see Regardez take 3rd - she's decent. Not great, but decent. And she at least is building up some solid form. Maybe Regardez will be ready for a G3 by the end of the year, heh... or next year even. Who knows. · 2 hours ago
Wildcat Red can't beat Untapable! I will tell you what will happen in this race, Bayern will be leading until the furlong pole, then this superstar filly will take charge and win by 2 lengths OR MORE. :-)
Another bullet. 4f in :58 2/5
#1 in the 1st on the turf Monday @ Toga, 3rd time in for a tag is the charm? :D
Pennmarydel is training in Fair Hill now.
Ide be Cool is targeting the 100k Perlude on August 2nd...It's a local prep for the Gr.2 Super Derby
Euro Charline wins the listed Valliant Stakes at Royal-Ascot. Possible for the G1 Beverly D. Stakes next month at Arlington Park.
  • Euro Trash via Disqus · Nice. She ran a nice race last time and now a win. Good for her. · 7 hours ago
  • jonquil · It would've been a downright shame if Euro Charline hadn't won. Now she just needs to get that G1 win. :) · 6 hours ago
Runs in the first Race at Suffolk tomorrow as the #4. She should be the speed of the race. she is part of CCR stables and is now the 2nd horse I have ownership of. I will try to get a picture and update the info asap.
Won The John Guest Brown Jack Stakes Handicap by ~9 lengths to Hassle in 2nd! She was the only 3yo in the field and had a very handy weight allowance, but she blew them away impressively.
7/25: The Valiant Stakes (Listed Race) @ 3:55 p.m./8:55 a.m. EST is the feature race today on the first day of the King George Weekend at Ascot - there are 7 runners with favourite Euro Charline as well as Kiyoshi and Veiled Intrigue taking on the older fillies and mares in Woodland Aria, Gifted Girl, Zurigha and Amulet. No scratches so far. The going is good to firm as of 30 minutes ago. The goingstick measurements for the course are - Standside: 9.2, Centre: 9.2 , Farside: 8.9, Round: 8.4, on Friday at 08:15. The goingstick measures from 1 (heavy) to 15 (hard) to anyone who wonders what those numbers mean. The course has been watered as necessary daily. The weather was dry overnight with an increased chance of thunderstorms this afternoon.
It seems obvious that the list is ranked by what expectations are for a particular 2 year old, and not by record. Most two year olds don't have a "record".
I did some checking and found the official ratings for the 9 horses currently entered to run in Saturday's King George and found out that BC Turf winner Magician is the highest rated horse in the field. The official ratings of all 9 King George entries are: Magician-124, Telescope-123, Mukhadram-121, Flintshire-119, Trading Leather-119, Eagle Top-118, Taghrooda-116, Romsdal-115, Leitir Mor-107. What surprised me here is Taghrooda's pretty impressive Epsom Oaks win only rates only a point higher than Romsdal's Epsom Derby 3rd, and 2 points inferior to Eagle Top's King Edward VII Stakes win. Honestly, is the 3yo colt form that much more impressive than the 3yo filly form that a G2 winner rates 2 points higher than a G1 winner, and a G1 3rd rates only 1 point below the same G1 winner? That kind of befuddles me truth be told, but then again I always have confused easily.
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  • Euro Trash via Disqus · I do feel with Flintshire out it is Magician's race to lose. Certainly the trip and ground will help. The plus for Taghrooda's will be the weight break and the 1m4f trip · 8 hours ago
  • travel_vic · level of competition? Horses have NO idea what MAN MADE level in which they are put, they simply run. · 7 hours ago
When will HRN update their menu list in the "Horses" section to include 2015 Derby contenders or 2014 Juvenile list? I have wanted to view this list in the past but can never find it.
Has been withdrawn from the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. He was found to have a elevated temperature this morning.
  • Euro Trash via Disqus · Too bad. He would have loved the ground. Fabre has been battling a virus in his stable all year · 8 hours ago



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