• Stonetastic (2-5) cruises to an easy victory in the Regret.Posted 13 minutes ago
  • Lexie Lou (1-5) refuses to let Internal Bourbon (9-2) by in the Victoriana.Posted 38 minutes ago
  • Flintshire (1-9) fights his way through and rolls to victory in the Bowling Green (G2).Posted 52 minutes ago
  • Mind Your Biscuits (3-1) runs up the rail to win the Amsterdam (G2).Posted 2 hours ago
  • Connect, a son of Curlin, connects in the Curlin Stakes at Saratoga.Posted 23 hours ago
  • Gold Rush Dancer (14-1) pulls the upset in Del Mar's Real Good Deal Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Haveyougoneaway (7-2) wears down Paulassilverlining to win the Honorable Miss at Saratoga.Posted 3 days ago
  • Exaggerator is going in the Haskell, according to Steve Edelson of the Asbury Park Press.Posted 3 days ago
  • The Gurkha wins a Sussex thriller over Galileo Gold and Ribchester.Posted 3 days ago
  • Amis Gizmo romps home in the Prince of Wales at Fort Erie.Posted 3 days ago
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Flintshire could have run blindfolded, all legs tied up and running backwards and still would have won, what a horse.
Lexie Lou wins the Victoriana!! She's a fighter, what a win! Love you Lexie!
the juddmonte steamroller rolled em flat in a canter
Love Javier's look at the wire... Like Nice try on that slow, "box-in," but really. Haha, nice win
I just saw a gelding on Derbyville. Does anybody know how to geld a horse in the game?
There's a G2 in the books! Nice trip and nice win.
Hoping for speed to hold up here, 29/29/8/1347
1st- Lord Nelson 2nd- Indexical 3rd- Home Run Kitten 4th- Dream Saturday
Nyquist is my pick for the Haskell (to the surprise of absolutely nobody), but it is Gun Runner who scares me the most. If Exaggerator flops again at Monmouth, he won't win the Eclipse Award, regardless of who actually hits the wire first. But, as always, I hope everyone come home safely.
After reading some of doug's interviews I think they are seriously considering either the pacific classic or the awesome again. They are 100% bringing him back to Cali after the Haskell and probably don't want to ship again. Especially with what happened to Pharoah last year at the travers. I think if Nyquist wins the Haskell easily he should go in the pacific classic. Same distance as travers- and he has much more to gain by a win there and nothing to lose. In the travers he has everything to lose and nothing to gain by a win there. Nyquist, Dortmund if he goes, beholder, chrome, and melatonin would be a pacific classic for the ages
  • bronzeprincess33 · If he does go in the Pacific Classic, all he has to do is hit the board (as much as I love him, I highly doubt he'll win) in order to keep his position at the best three-year-old colt. And that's if he loses at Monmouth to Gun Runner (who scares me). If he wins the Haskell over Gun Runner fair and square, and Exaggerator gives another Belmont performance (bless his soul; maybe he's tired?), the Eclipse Award will be his. · 4 hours ago
Catalina Red
Stay With Me and her dam Miss Finland have been shipped to Japan to be covered by Deep Impact. According to Paul Messara of Arrowfield Stud: "Deep Impact is one of the world's leading sires and it's a rare opportunity to be able to breed to a horse like that. When you are breeding to a stallion like him it is quite an extensive exercise to get them over there, have them bred and send them home so we make sure we send the nice quality mares. The product we're going to get out of those matings will either be stallion prospects or very valuable broodmares."
There is a great book out about him entitled: The Legend of Zippy Chippy: Life Lessons from Horse Racing's Most Lovable Loser by Wiiliam Thomas
In a bit of a roughly run race, Minding draws away from Queen's Trust by about 2 lengths to win the G1 Nassau Stakes at Goodwood, her 4th Group 1 win of the season and 6th Group 1 win overall.
Destin's Kentucky Derby was quite good. He was 3rd with 3/16ths to go, and 4th a furlong out. Castellano stopped asking him with 100 yards to go--when he realized he couldn't do better than 6th, and the 7th horse was a few lengths back. He was going to be 6th anyway, but maybe by 5 1/2 instead of 7. He was obviously a bit short, and now may be ready to put in a top effort. Whether that will be good enough to beat Exaggerator remains to be seen. He may finish 3rd, behind Lani and Exaggerator, or 4th with Stradivari or Brody's Cause in the mix.
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  • Holy Curlin via Disqus · What's up for the Queen's Plate, any thoughts? Watch a quick replay of the Woodbine Oaks. Fixate your eyes on Crumlin Spirit and her stretch drive of how she repeatedly gets shut off and checks a countless number of times by the favorite filly Gamble's Ghost while she's trying to give run at 25-1 and win and the favorite just missed from winning in that path. Totally should of came down but more importantly if she gets in perhaps she has a chance. She ran like fourth there a few lengths behind. I like Shakhimat. I like R. Attfield and I bet the colt to win The Transylvania at Keeneland. Is there anything that I need to look at or consider that you know of to win or cash some tix? · 31 days ago
  • pitbull · Any thoughts for today? I have my picks ready. · 7 hours ago
The Prix de Diane runner-up has finally secured a graded stakes win in the G3 Prix de Psyche!
1.58 LOL.
1st- UNCLE VINNY 2nd- Counterforce 3rd- Ready Dancer
  • sully · Ready Dancer ran in the Curlin. Maniacal/Mind Your Biscuits/Quijote/Uncle Vinny · 11 hours ago
4th race at Del Mar saw 2yr.old filly With Honors (Warfront),win in her first start impressively,on the Jimmy Durante turf. Keith Desormeaux is the trainer,and it's rare he has a first time out winner on the grass. So,there's good reason to be optimistic about her.
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Oh Frosted. One of my top 10 favorites of the decade. I picked Frosted 2nd in the Wood (Daredevil), 4th in Ky. Derby (Carpe Diem, Materiality, Itsaknockout), 1st in the Belmont, Jim Dandy, and Travers, 3rd in the BC Classic (Honor Code, Tonalist), and of course hands down 1st in the Penn Derby and Met Mile. Of course will forever remember seeing live American Pharoah's sensational 5-championship season, but I will remember Frosted because I want to remember him. I live you Frosted! And hopefully the best is yet to come! Like his adversary American Pharoah (Mucho Macho Man) or my boy Tonalist (Flat Out, Stay Thirsty) may he go out with an unforgettable finale in the BC Classic or Cigar Mile.

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