• Lady Shipman sets a new track record in the OBS Sprint Stakes (Fillies). Posted 1 day ago
  • Constitution covers 5F in 1:00 1/5 , fastest of 7 at Palm BeachPosted 1 day ago
  • Pure Tactics score down the hill in the Clocker's Corner. Posted 2 days ago
  • California Chrome breezes a mile in 1:41 2/5 at Los AlPosted 2 days ago
  • El Kabeir worked 5F at Belmont in 1:01.59 (2/19)Posted 3 days ago
  • Cassatt hangs on to win the Houston Ladies Classic.Posted 3 days ago
  • Alert Bay skims the rail to win the California Cup Turf Classic. Posted 3 days ago
  • Mischief Clem edges Pulmarack in the California Cup Derby. Posted 3 days ago
  • Birdatthewire rolls to a powerful victory in the Forward Gal. Posted 3 days ago
  • Singing Kitty proves best in the California Cup Oaks. Posted 3 days ago
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Take charge Brandi draws post six out of seven for the Martha Washington at Oaklawn Saturday. According to DRF. Fun Fact: This is the 4th consecutive race TCB drew post 6. All three stakes wins came from post six!!!
  • tmallios via Disqus · Lets just hope that the need for additional protective padding will not be needed for the outside rail for the length of the stretch. · 1 hour ago
  • hannahWTC1 · I'm surprised a full field of 7 showed up · 12 minutes ago
Would like too give a shout out too deshawn parker on winning his 4700th career race last week and winning 14 mounts at sam Houston race coarse last week
Grade 1 winner Hoppertunity, who is stabled on the West Coast with trainer Bob Baffert, may ship to Gulfstream Park for the Feb. 7 Donn Handicap, he is nominated for the race. Article on DRF
  • Jbyrnes1 · Baffert tell's DRF's Mike Welsch that Hoppertunity coming for the Donn is 50/50, but most will decide in the coming days, decision will be based on travel arrangements · 59 minutes ago
There is one problem i see with this guy, his dad sires precocious 2 YO'S but they flop at the age of three
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Well, this is only his third crop of three year olds. In his second year, he had Cairo Prince was one of the top Derby prospects after his second place finish in the G2 Nashua, G2 Remsen Stakes and his win in the G3 Holy Bull before he was injured and retired. He also had Vinceremos at 3 won the Sam Davis and was second in the Tampa Bay Derby. His best racing occurred at 3. Midnight Storm also won the G2 Del Mar Derby at 3. Hopefully, American Pharoah will make you a true believer in this son of Empire Maker when all is said and done. · 1 hour ago
Belle Gallantey has been entered in the Ladies Handicap at Aqueduct on Saturday and depending on how she runs, this could be her last race, article on DRF
Shared belief worked six furlongs at goldengate in 1:11 today. That's a great work if he did it easy. I was thinking chrome would beat him by 5 lengths, maybe a hard worked 2 lengths now.
Too bad Bayern will not be able to make it. It should still be an excellent race.
Hopefully Frosted just needed a race and he keeps moving forward. As expected, it looks like the race could have even more talent in it than the Holy Bull.
CC Lopez will retain the mount aboard El Kabier in the G3 Withers Stakes next Saturday at Aqueduct, according to a tweet by Justin Zayat
Nom. To Donn Hcp, will have to see who goes and how he's doing at entry time, Doing GREAT right now
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Wicked Strong worked another very easy half-mile Wednesday morning in 23.80 to the top of the lane, the rider was up in the irons letting him do it on his own power to the wire in 48 flat, and was taken five or six wide on the gallop-out , according to DRF
TM, Mary Z and whoever else feels inclined to contribute here...It's no secret that I'm an Anglophile and so when a British-raced 2yo jumps on the Derby trail I can't help myself but to become a fan. Don't see this happen very often, after all. So, obviously this guy will be a definite favorite on Saturday in the Battaglia S. at Turfway (or whatever the heck it's called now) but what were your impressions of the colt's run in the BC Juvenile, given that he'd never ran on dirt or farther than 6.5 furlongs? Clearly Coolmore and Co is trying to test the Derby waters here but they've picked a fascinating horse and route to do it with.
  • tmallios via Disqus · A.O.R let me get the negative out of the way. Wesley Ward has shown to be a very good shorter distance trainer. He still has yet to develop a top distance runner. Last year he had 2 promosing colts including Pablo De Monte and the stablemate to Saamrat. As far as the horse goes,i never even payed attention to him before today. I looked at his replay in the BC. All things considering,he ran excellent. Forget the winner,he fluked and ran out of his skin. This guy was in the Photo with Carpe and Upstart(enough said)I thought he was ridden poorly ,without knowing the full story. He seemed to be to keen and was restrained severely and never stretched his legs. Maybe thy were trying to keep off the fast pace.Either way,he never visually looked comfortable.That is why i say he ran an excellent race. Also it was his first time on a dirt track. I went back and saw the replay of his previous race,when he won at 6F. You can see he is a different horse. In this race he relaxed and when asked took off. If they can get him to relax and settle into stride. He definately has the talent to be a player in this years Derby and beyond. Getting on the poly this weekend. Without knowing the competition,but assuming he is on his game. I cannot see him losing.Also an advantage he will have on Derby Day.History has shown that Turf meant horses negotiate the surface alot better than at other Tracks. But i like what i saw. · 16 hours ago
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · AoR, I saw your post late last night. Hard to believe, but I hadn't paid much attention to the 2 year old males last year. Had a few things going on. I know I had some "picks" for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, but I was really watching those races mainly for the Classic and the Dirt Mile. I think I had the dead last Daredevil as my winner. Anyway, just going by pps, it almost looks like the Great War would drop off sharp after 6 f, but who knows, since he's a baby still. No idea if he had some excuse in the BCJ for not going on after 3/4. I had looked at his overseas races, too. Anyway, that 96 Rock stakes looks purely horrible, so in that case, I will try to find one to beat the very heavy favorite. On the cinder-sweepings surface I do like to find a nice turf horse, so The Great War would be the obvious choice, but can it be that easy? Could be a savings account winner or he could hate the surface. Worked okay on it, I noticed, but he might not like breathing in the cinders. · 3 hours ago
Granny Franny had a filly last night by Kitten's Joy at 8:39pm. She is a full sister to G1 stakes winner Kitten's Dumplings. According to the Ramseys
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Mawthooq, the beaten favorite in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 3, is returning to New York to run in the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers Stakes on Feb. 7, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. According to DRF
I live in Las Vegas and the Wynn's opening futures for the Kentucky Derby on 1/4/2015 had BOLO at 175/1. I put another 100 dollars on BOLO Friday January 23 at 75/1. The other books in town Westgate, Caesars and William Hill are now lower than 75/1 and If he runs and wins the Robert B Lewis you'll be lucky to get 20/1 on him. I'm hoping he carries his turf form to the dirt and if he does we might have another California Chrome.
Honor Code Date: January 24, 2015 Track: PAYSON PARK TRAINING CENTER Distance: Five Furlongs Time: 1.01:60 Breezing Track Condition: Fast Surface: Dirt Rank: 1/3
YAY!!!! I'm so happy he won!! Go Firespike!!!!!!!!!



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