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  • California Chrome sports blinkers, covers 5F in 1:00.60 at Los Al (5/15)Posted 1 day ago
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Bolo is likely to make his main track debut in the $200,000 Robert Lewis Stakes for 3-year-olds on Feb. 7 after winning his stakes debut in Saturday’s Eddie Logan Stakes for 2-year-olds on turf. Trainer Carla Gaines said she would like to try Bolo on the main track to gauge the colt’s ability on the surface as the Triple Crown races grow closer. Article on DRF
12/28/14, Santa Anita, 3f dirt, 36.20, 6/26.
Plans to visit King Kamehameha for her first season.
Picks in GP3? 2-3 for me (pending scratches?).
  • https://www.facebook.com/mike. · watch 15 in the 5th · 4 hours ago
  • rafirox · No bets obviously since the top pick (and easy winner by 4 1/2 lengths) went off at something like 2/5 or whatever. Think she paid just $2.60. I was hoping for 8/5 or better but the insiders and railbirds chirped a little bit too much I guess. Obvious pick very talented racehorse. #2 threw a clunker. Wonder what happened. Mike, will do. Is #15 running? AE. · 4 hours ago
ROC had a work today at Oaklawn, going 5 in 102.4 Goooo ROC jlp
  • Jbyrnes1 · Wouldn't be surprised to see him return in an allowance race around opening weekend at Oaklawn, should set him up good for the older division there · 4 hours ago
Hey everyone. Just wanted to share this bad boy on here: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/race/USA/LRL/2014/12/27/8/maryland-juvenile-futurity .... Ghost Bay is extremely talented! In his first two starts he made up tons of ground in his first couple starts, showing some major promise. I don't have the numbers in front of me, but in his second start I believe he had something like a 68 / 72 / 98 BRIS pace figures. He had trouble in his first two starts distributing his energy going 6f, but going 7f he was able to make a big step up and distribute his energy and such. The longer the better for this guy. He loves ground and has shown so. The talent in this field was not spectacular, but it did include a pretty hyped Brown horse (or whoever the trainer was) that insiders knew about names Sunrise Sunset. I don't remember if he fired or not, but he was pretty highly regarded coming in. As well as a few decent local horses. The competition was not terrific but not terrible, and a really nice stepping stone for this boy. Distance should be no problem and I don't think class should be either. But, time will tell. Hopefully he stays healthy so he shows us what he can do at higher competition. He was one of the best bets all year, if not the best, and at 7-2 at the gate! Of course kudos to Mr. Bender, Mr. Murray and Forest Boyce as well as all the men and women behind the scenes who have helped develop this guy. Put him in your virtual stable list, keep an eye on him and cheer him on :). Go Ghost Bay!!! Anyway, hope everyone here had a safe, healthy and happy holidays with your families. Hope everyone here enjoys the remainder of a healthy 2014 as well as best wishes in the future heading into 2015. Have a good one and happy new years :) ~Eddie.
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  • rafirox · Amino, no doubt! She gave a brilliant ride yesterday. If you keep an eye on him (#7), Ghost was inside saving ground, and made up some ground heading into the turn without being asked (nice kick!). Then Forest brought him to the outside circling, about to go 6w or so, but then found a hole and he exploded threw it. A real push button horse, too! The announcer said he came out of no where, which is true, but if you keep an eye on him he was full of run. He never found an opening until like ~220 yards to go or so. And he flew by to win by 4 1/2!!! Quite the performance and ride. It's funny I actually just figured out about Fair Grounds yesterday, and as far as I know, that is still the main goal. I do know she and Mr. Murray intend for her to stay on the colt. She's a nice fit. Good finesse jockey and great instincts to go through holes. Gob and Jock, have a good one! Glad to hear from y'all hope you guys are doing well. · 5 hours ago
  • travel_vic · pace was SLOW. 23.02 46.58 1:12.61 Final Time: 1:24.73 Split Times:(23:56) (26:03) (12:12). That middle fraction was claiming level time....This one appeared better than the pace suggested. · 5 hours ago
thrilled to see her go out that way. i absolutely love this mare.
DP is the fastest horse we have ever owned, and we have owned some fast ones. Off to Dubai if we get invited off this race.
In what was a a very fitting end to the career of such a great race-mare, Gentildonna wins the G1 Arima Kinen in the final start of her career, giving her 7 Group 1 wins total. The same number of G1 wins that her brilliant sire Deep Impact had, if I'm not mistaken.
  • yukichan · There is no denying her when she is at the top of her game! A perfectly patient ride by Tosaki too! What a mare, what a career! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVylRCQABZA&app=desktop · 7 hours ago
  • Euro Trash via Disqus · So happy to see her win this in her swan song. Best of luck to her in her new career! · 6 hours ago
like her in SA 4th at 1 mile turf..ml odds 6-1..worth a shot
El Kabier worked today, cruised half mile in 48.46 over belmont training then galloped out 5-8ths in 1.00.92 and 3-4s in 1.13.03, cranking up for three year old debut next week in the Jerome at Aqueduct
Harry 's Holiday, unraced since finishing 16th in the Kentucky Derby, is back on the work tab, working with General A Rod in 1.00.60, return race unknown to this point
Private Zone is trained by Alfredo Velazquez…Not Leandro Mora AKA DOUG O.. Alfredo Velazquez got that horse to run 110 beyer in NY Cigar mile crazy 2014 campaign!!! Best of his USA racing life!! Vote for the little guy people
When do they try Bolo on dirt?
how can pace figures IMPROVE over a distance as it does NOT mirror the reality of simple decelerartion and fatigue?
Always been a fan of Distinctiv Passion & Heir Of Storm
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  • SSilence86 via Disqus · Distinctiv Passion has always been fast. It's nice to see him get a that win! Heir Of Storm ran very well too. I was hopping up and down hollering them home :) · 21 hours ago
  • jockey2be. · WAY TO GO,SS!!!:) · 16 hours ago
hi david, how are you doing?
Doinghardtimeagain
Sweet Swap and Majestic Kitten
fanfriggintastic hill runners. Sweet Swap gets the dreaded 1 post, but r8 on Sunday should be extra-exciting. Hopefully the only scratch is Indianapolis who already ran on Friday.

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