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Dueling Down The Stretch


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BREAKING NEWS: Ralis is out of the Pegasus World Cup. Doug O'Neill announces that he wasn't happy with his last work and will run him instead in the Cal Cup Turf Classic next Saturday. Stablemate Semper Fortis will take over the spot.
First reported foal. A filly. Not sure who the mare is.
2017! Mastery is my Kentucky Derby pick. Baffert has a way; lightly raced, well placed usually a little late to bloom. Just has the touch especially with colts. And can we agree that the California colts have been outstanding past few years?
Is he the first Baffert's trained horse to sire 2 or more American juvenile champions?
As an exercise rider over 60 years ago, Art Sherman came to Gulfstream Park in a train with Swaps. The California Comet set a track and world record for the mile and 70 in the Broward Handicap. Now the 79 year old trainer is back at the same track, with a chance to see the finest horse he has trained, and one of the two best he has worked with, go out in style. Arrogate may win by daylight. Keen Ice may pull off the impossible and do it again. I'd like to see the two favorites blazing down the stretch, nose to nose, with the elder winning by inches. It would be another Beholder moment for the sport, and earn the two time Horse of the Year a colossal win in his last race. Most of all, I would like to see a victory for Art, who's biggest thrill as a jockey was when he beat his idol Eddie Arcaro. Alan Sherman, Raul Rodriguez and Dihigi Gladney have done nice work in keeping this six year old in good form. Hoping to see a safe trip for all, and a big smile from Victor Espinoza at the end.
Greenpointcrusader has been entered in a one mile allowance race this Friday at Gulfstream Park.
BREAKING NEWS: Donegal Racing's Keen Ice, the 2015 Travers Stakes (G1) victor and only horse to defeat Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in his record setting 3-year-old season, will take up stud duty at the end of his racing career at Calumet Farm, the Lexington farm announced Jan. 22. "We are excited to offer this exceptional looking son of Curlin to our breeders," said Calumet director of stallions Jak Knelman. "As the only horse to beat champion American Pharoah during his 3-year-old campaign, Keen Ice will be an appealing dirt option among our diverse stallion offerings. We look forward to supporting Keen Ice in the breeding shed, sales ring, and his progeny on the track.""We are excited to have Keen Ice headed to legendary Calumet Farm," said Jerry Crawford, president of Donegal Racing. "We are equally excited that our agreement allows Keen Ice to race through 2017. Racing needs more horses that will stay on the track before retiring to the breeding shed and Calumet should be saluted for making that happen."
Think the 1 and 1/8 will be good for Hopp. We'll see.. Seems like that horse needs a master ride to win these days though
A foul between Cavorting and Curlin is bound to be a looker :)
And another! Liam's Map / Heavenly Ghost filly! Lot's of fillies from popular stallions' first crop! ;) https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C2rThG5UAAABAWW.jpg
Omg, omg! Liam's Map 2017 first foal. A filly, out of Enhanced, by Malibu Moon! https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C2p8GzrXUAE7eyQ.jpg
I'm a big fan of Arrogate, and if the race were being run at the classic distance of 10f my money would be on him to win the Pegasus too. But, since they've opted to run this race at 9f instead of 10f, I'm afraid that favors Chrome more than it favors Arrogate, because he clearly has more speed on the front end. If you look back at the replay of this year's BC Classic, it was a monster effort by Arrogate to defeat Chrome that day at Santa Anita. But Arrogate also needed every inch of that 10f distance to do it. Hypothetically speaking, if the BC Classic were ran at 9f instead of 10f, Chrome romps home the clear winner that day. I'm afraid the shorter trip is in Chrome's favor in my very humble opinion.
I do not understand why the 3 year old went to Arrogate instead of Nyquist. Nyquist had a better record.
California Chrome ran away with 202 of the votes. Arrogate received 40. Songbird 5. And Highland Reel 1???
Chrome-Shaman Ghost extacta is the play. Chrome-Shaman Ghost-Arrogate-Breaking Lucky Superfecta.
Were there 2 different sets of eclipse voters for the 2016 HOY and the 2016 sprint champion? If using the same standard which gave Drefong an overwhelming win over Lord Nelson and A.P. Indian (199 to 20+) based on their races or lack of races, Arrogate should have won the 2016 HOY.
chrome best priced 11/8 arrogate best priced 5/4 as of today
Work with Tamit this morning. 4F in :47.80 finished 1/23 at TB. Looked good.
https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/79de108a6f7ced8c077ba43d392ae3258cd947337d4eff1a819cfb08e965744b.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/83563b3f9d9f94e6d87d3a0f63f36da895bad3da2ff9188bdeb9a94e12e54a1d.jpg A dark bay who looked almost black, there was never a specimen with more grace or immense presence than the immortal Ruffian. Blessed with incredible speed, power, elegance, and passion- she was truly one of a kind.
seems like a sound horse for running off dirt 8th behind a 2:00.51 good enough for my perfecta
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