• Abel Tasman (4-5) edges Elate in the Coaching Club American Oaks.Posted 46 minutes ago
  • Accelerate (7-1) wins in a romp as Arrogate finishes way back in the San Diego Handicap. Posted 21 hours ago
  • Hunt (3-1) waits and then blows by in the Grade 2 Eddie Read.Posted 1 day ago
  • Lady Eli (9-10), giving eight pounds, edges Quidura on the wire of the Grade 1 Diana.Posted 1 day ago
  • Firenze Fire (12-1) holds off Free Drop Billy in the Sanford Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Twisted Tom (7-10) scores a hard-earned win in the New York Derby.Posted 1 day ago
  • Proctor's Ledge (6-1), with first-time Lasix, rolls on the turf in the Lake George.Posted 2 days ago
  • Dream It Is (4-1) romps in the Grade 3 Schuylerville at Saratoga.Posted 2 days ago
  • Indycott (7-5) wins the opener, as they're off at Saratoga!Posted 2 days ago
  • Bowies Hero (3-1) much the best in the Oceanside Stakes on opening day at Del Mar.Posted 3 days ago
Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

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Dueling Down The Stretch


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Only one more race and she wins the Triple Tiara!
I hope yesterday's race helps people appreciate Pharoah. On his worst day he never quit and barely lost the Travers. Say what you will about how fast Arrogate is at his best, but Pharoah never would've run that way. His consistency is something to be marveled at.
California Chrome has arrived safely at Haras Sumaya in Chile this P.M. per Paulick. https://www.paulickreport.com/news/bloodstock/california-chrome-arrives-safely-chile-southern-hemisphere-breeding-season/ EDIT--Sorry, Bandit, I could not see your post on this page when I repeated it. :)
Chrome has safely arrived in Chile! Here's a link to the PR article. Good luck, Chrome! We're still cheering for you to succeed :) https://www.paulickreport.com/news/bloodstock/california-chrome-arrives-safely-chile-southern-hemisphere-breeding-season/
This one has LITTLE chance to day and appears NOT to be that interested in running even IF they switch to the grass where SOME chronics do find hope, but this one does not appear to be one of them
She is going to take Triple Tiara this year. Has won CCAO!!!
Way to go Abel Tasman!
Today's the day. I hope he take a good place, if not it's time for retire him.
Gary Barber looks to be ganging up on the rest of the CCA field with 3 of the 7 entries. Good Luck and safe trip to all.
Irish War Cry worked today 112and change. Ready to roll
1st- Fair Point 2nd- Summer Reading 3rd- Mississippi Delta 4th- Animal Appeal
1st- Summer Luck 2nd- Salty 3rd- Elate
Here's an article from the PR on Arrogate and Bob's comments/thoughts. Sorry if it's a repeat! https://www.paulickreport.com/news/breeders-cup/baffert-disappointed-assures-fans-arrogate-will-ready-pacific-classic/
He's going to come back strong in the Pacific Classic. This horse still scares me, despite his performance yesterday. Mark my words.
I think all the training including last year took it toll. Baffert said after Dubai he deserved a break, i think he needed some 3 months on the farm not at the track.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien confirmed to the Racing Post on Sunday morning that Highland Reel & Idaho, both winners at this year's royal meeting of the G1 Prince of Wales's Stakes & G2 Hardwicke Stakes respectively, will both go to post this coming Saturday at Ascot for the G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Both also ran together recently at Epsom in the G1 Coronation Cup on Investec Oaks day, which was won by Highland Reel with Idaho finishing out of the money on that occasion. Also confirmed to the Racing Post for Saturday's King George is Sir Michael Stoute's recent G1 Coral-Eclipse winner, Ulysses, looking to become the first Coral-Eclipse winner to win the Eclipse & King George since Opera House completed the double back in 1993.
He still has a fair shot to be Horse of the Year and definitely older male horse. But, at least we are on a more level ground without everyone having to compare him to Secretariat. California Chrome's connections must have done something different last year at the time for the better showing that it's never just the horse that determines success or failure. Of course, the one exception to "never just the horse" may be Secretariat. But there is one big reason (and it's the only reason) for Secretariat - a 22 pound heard when most race horses have an 8 to 10 pound heart - not much your horse can do to counter that, and it's not even fair for the thoroughbred breed. When we know Arrogate ' s heart size, which I have been trying to find out but don't think that there is a legitimate way while the horse is alive, then it may be more fair to compare to Secretariat.
I basically have been thinking/saying during the whole victory trail since the Travers that others would catch up with him or at least come closer on performance eventually. Now some would have laughed if I had said this at the time, and I did not really expect the letdown to show until the Breeders Cup (you know, what goes around comes around: what he did to California Chrome in the Breeders Cup last year, another three year old like Timeline or Always Dreaming would do to him this year). But, it happened sooner. But something about his instant success starting with the Travers was just too weird for how most racehorses grow and develop. It's never just the horse, but great racehorses generally don't come our of running allowances to exploding in stake races at 3. They are either 2 like Secretariat or need an aging/ maturity booster like Cigar or John Henry.
Syndergaard worked 5f, July 23rd, in 1;00.10 (b) finishing 1/8.
Neolithic worked 5f, July 23rd in 1:00.10 (b) finishing 1/8.
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Laura Pugh got her first taste of Thoroughbred Racing when she watched War Emblem take the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2001. After that point, she fell in love with the sport, reading every piece of news and information she could get her fingertips on.

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