• Collected (3-5) wins the Precisionist by a pole.Posted 23 hours ago
  • Irap (5-2) edges Girvin by a nose in the $500,000 Ohio Derby.Posted 1 day ago
  • Battle of Midway (1-9) cruises in a 4-horse field in the Affirmed.Posted 1 day ago
  • Highland Reel wins another big one, this time in the Prince of Wales's at Royal Ascot.Posted 4 days ago
  • Highland Reel (2-1) powers to victory in the Prince of Wales's Stakes (G1) at Royal AscotPosted 4 days ago
  • Lady Aurelia (2-1) easily wins at Royal Ascot again in the King's Stand (G1).Posted 5 days ago
  • Timeline (1-10) cruises in Monmouth's Pegasus Stakes to remain perfect..Posted 7 days ago
  • Sweeping Paddy (7-2) pounces and scores in the Regret Stakes.Posted 7 days ago
  • Gun Runner (1-2) romps home much the best in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster.Posted 7 days ago
  • Forever Unbridled (1-1) way too much for her Fleur de Lis foes.Posted 7 days ago
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If you get the chance, read my Friend Lou Cauz's great book on the Plate. He is the director, emeritus of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. He put in almost 4 years tracking down all the remaining data on the various runnings. It used to be in heats, and for a very long time was only open to maidens from Upper Canada. https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Plate_a_Royal_Tradition.html?id=hY_phCAhxcQC
Don't dismiss the early ones. Last year's the winner (Dudley Diggs) had the best f1 velocity in the race. TJ's Lucky Moon (wired at a huge mutuel) and many others who hit the board were earlier horses. NOT since the fillies dominated (Lexie Lou and Inglorious) has late speed been the prominent factor. Midnight Aria, Strait of Dover, Mike Fox, even Wando was earlier than most.....Few colts mover up from the top of the lane to the wire, FEW In Mike Fox's Plate the top three SECOND CALL colts ran 1 2 3
Sorry but Collected could only warm up Arrogate if that. How soon they forget!!
Prior to Royal-Ascot, I was thinking a Churchill vs. Ribchester duel on the downs at Goodwood in the G1 Sussex Stakes would be interesting race. But after fluffing his lines in the St James's Palace Stakes and frankly looking very vulnerable in that race, I can't help but wonder now if a Ribchester vs. Winter head to head match-up in the Sussex Stakes might not be a more appealing proposition? That's assuming that Aidan O'Brien decides to continue campaigning her at a mile? Winter has a lot of speed in the dam side of her pedigree, so I'm not sure if she'd get 12f or not, but after watching her performance in the Coronation Stakes I would feel very confident in saying she'd get 10f standing on her head, which makes the G1 Pretty Polly Stakes in Ireland and/or the G1 Nassau Stakes at Goodwood possible targets for her also, one would imagine.
What do you guys think of his first work? He look's fast
Based on their top (and average top 3 or top 2) TimeformUS ratings, Always Dreaming is now the top contender for the 2017 3YO eclipse award. Here are the TimeformUS rating list (top highest timeformus and average timeformus for top 3 races) of the past 3YO ecipse award winners: 2016 Arrogate: highest = 139, avg = 139 (only average top 2 races were available from graded stakes races) 2015 American Pharoah: highest = 136, avg = 132 2014 California Chrome: highest = 125, avg = 123 2013 Will Take Charge: highest = 128, avg = 124 2012 I'll Have Another: highest = 130, avg = 124 2011 Animal Kingdom: highest = 124, avg = 122 2010 Lookin at Lucky: highest = 122, avg = 120 2009 Summer Bird: highest = 136, avg = 133 2009 Rachel Alexandra: highest = 136, avg = 135 2008 Big Brown: highest = 131, avg = 129 2007 Curlin: highest = 135, avg = 131 2006 Bernardini: highest = 132, avg = 131 2005 Afleet Alex: highest = 121, avg = 120 2004 Smarty Jones: highest = 126, avg = 125 2017 Always Dreaming: highest = 123, avg = 123 (only average top 2 races so far, the Florida Derby and the Kentucky Derby). A few notes, Classic Empire does have a better top 2 average TimeformUS at 125, but his top 2 races were the 2016 BCJ at 125 and the second place finish in the 2017 Preakness at 124. Mastery top 2 were 119 in the 2016 LA Futurity and 127 in the San Felipe.
6/25 - 6F 1:12.40 Handily https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7769d9dd82beb6b1376cb1d6232bdfbc229d2406644b922cabfbdbc63715cd45.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d2f8803c0f6c5775c1cdcc0efdc20a83bd337571c115136283b33741f4860940.jpg
As of our current listings: 1st: Guy Caballero 2nd: King And His Court 3rd: Tiz A Slam 4th: State Of Honor State Of Honor is not a mile and a quarter horse.
1st: Timeline 2nd: Classic Empire 3rd: West Coast 4th: American Anthem 5th: Talk Logistics 6th: Irish War Cry* *Irish War Cry will run a bad race, he's not very consistent.
6/25 - 6F 1:12.40 Handily
Has anyone heard what's happening with Faversham? He hasn't shown up in the workouts at Los Alamitos in the past several weeks although Klimt has.
This is half brother to Beholder. Owned by coolmore
Man o' War should be #1
Connections state that Neolithic has recovered from a respiratory illness and could start breezing in a couple weeks. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/222248/neolithic-back-galloping-after-respiratory-illness
This looks like the 2017 BCDM winner!!! Another BC winner for City Zip!!!!!
I also agree w/looking up on the Vault. I am a HUGE Ruffian lover. Was alive to see her, and when I saw the photos of Imp, I thought, she was re-incarnated. I would love to know more about her, what happened to her, where is she laid to rest, etc. thanks!
Alrighty Runaway, Finger Lakes June 26th. 50k Ontario county stakes. NY breds, should be easy for you.
134 Timeform speed figure for Collected today!
This horse could be dangerous in the later half of this year! Kings Bishop maybe?

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