• Girvin, the Kentucky Derby points leader, has a quarter crack, via Byron King.Posted 7 hours ago
  • Party Boat (7-2) takes the Memories of Silver on the Aqueduct turf.Posted 4 days ago
  • Dolphus (6-5), Rachel Alexandra's half-brother, wins AQU allowance; Shagaf lastPosted 4 days ago
  • Multiplier (4-1) kicks it in late to get past Hedge Fund in the Illinois Derby.Posted 5 days ago
  • Collected (3-5) rolls home much the best in the Californian.Posted 5 days ago
  • Imperative (5-1) surges past Matt King Coal for his second win in the Charles Town Classic.Posted 5 days ago
  • Itsinthepost (5-2) proves best in Keeneland's Elkhorn.Posted 5 days ago
  • Inordinate (5-2) surges to victory in the San Juan Capistrano.Posted 5 days ago
  • Twisted Tom (5-1) is a game winner of a sloppy Federico Tesio Stakes.Posted 5 days ago
  • Classic Rock (6-5) rolls in the Roar, the Preakness could be next.Posted 6 days ago
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Quarter crack...not good news .
Quarter Crack I hate to hear this, I like Girvin
A few days ago we had a discussion on here about which tracks are faster than others. Seeing as I get critiqued for guesswork alot, I decided to make a formal ranking of what tracks were fastest(weather notwithstanding) by using the distances of 8, 8.5, 9 and 10, minus outliers which I've cited below. Pimlico gets 9.5 counted instead of 10 because it's the major distance there. Every track on here had 3 or 4 records used to make it's average. Belmont 38.508375 Santa Anita 38.39755 Del Mar 38.216075 Aqueduct 38.1877333(8.5 not counted) Gulfstream 38.1499333(10 not counted) Oaklawn 38.1006(10 not counted) Churchill 37.97455 Monmouth 37.962475 Saratoga 37.8953667(8.5 not counted) Pimlico 37.8233(8,10 not counted, 9.5 counted) Keeneland 37.6299. Seeing as Tampa, Fair Grounds and it's peers don't have a G1 and don't have enough competitive distances to make this comparison worthwhile they weren't included. All 11 of these tracks have at least 1 G1 race and are competitive in at least 3 distances. If track records were way off that's an outlier and several records weren't included because of that, same with the 73 Belmont. Was honestly surprised by how well Aqueduct does in this comparison.
Kobe's Back worked 5f, April 27th, in 1:01.00 (h) finishing 13/38.
Hoppertunity worked 4f, April 27th, in 49.60 (h) finishing 19/27.
Sweet Loretta worked 4f, April 27th, in 50.00 (b) finishing 30/41.
Anyone know about her next race?
Miss Sky Warrior worked 4f, April 27th, in 49.20 (b) finishing 18/37.
Eskenformoney worked 4f, April 27th, in 49.80 (b) finishing 24/37.
Anyone have a single clue what has become of the mating between AP and TCL?
Early in April, Jean-Claude Rouget revealed that a neurological strain of HVE-1 (Equine Herpesvirus) had hit one of his stables in Pau that housed Almanzor, Zelzal, and Taareef amongst others. With swift treatment they were able to contain the outbreak to just the one barn and are now coming out of it. The horses in the barn are able to now work on the track, but are still kept apart from other horses as a precaution. All the horses in the stable had already been vaccinated, but unfortunately the vaccine's resistance to the deadly neurological form is not as effective as with other forms of the disease and two of his horses had to sadly be euthanized - a 3yo Zoffany colt named Mille Pieds and 5yo Alcoy, an Aussie Rules half-brother to French Listed winner Bocaiuva. Almanzor and the others are okay and do not seem to have been too badly affected if at all. The fillies' and younger colts and geldings are stabled separately in other barns and so none of those were affected. What this means is that we may not see any of his older, male stable stars until either late next month or perhaps later as they missed some of their training for a good portion of this month.
You can't run him in the derby, you have consider the health and future of the horse. Wait for the Preakness or later in the Summer.
Heres another picture: https://scontent.ftpa1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/18118928_1706781749621833_6248548399182826085_n.jpg?oh=418656797e68a89575d354e7fa8751d5&oe=5980CA24
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens announces that Shaman Ghost, winner of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap in March, will make his next start in the G3 $300,000 Pimlico Special on May 19.
I will use a few dollars on the tri and super for HIT and HIT4 Hence, Irish War Cry and Tapwrit and Hence, Irish War Cry and Tapwrit and whoever draws the 4 post
According to history and based on my projection, Gunnevera will get 2nd.
Not looking to cause a fight as I'm new here, but does anyone think that his connections got a little greedy with Chrome? His injury was fluid in his knee correct? If it was, they should've known that before they raced him. I think he was just tired of racing and just didn't have it anymore.
  • Liam via Disqus · He was injured during the race coming around the outside turn at max speed. · 5 hours ago
Has his first NA winner! Won by open lengths and looked eager throughout.
Stakes winner Undulated makes his 2017 debut in a six furlong allowance on turf this Sunday at Belmont Park, race 3, Angel Arroyo will ride. I believe they are using this race as a prep for bigger and better, will stretch out in the future and it looks turf is his home.
Not exactly what one would want to see in a 3yo going 10F for the 1st time. https://youtu.be/I2NrNQfFKHI?list=PLl40UP8fX1C5CYziuWIfep1YSxUxZdwxY
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