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I did some checking and found the official ratings for the 9 horses currently entered to run in Saturday's King George and found out that BC Turf winner Magician is the highest rated horse in the field. The official ratings of all 9 King George entries are: Magician-124, Telescope-123, Mukhadram-121, Flintshire-119, Trading Leather-119, Eagle Top-118, Taghrooda-116, Romsdal-115, Leitir Mor-107. What surprised me here is Taghrooda's pretty impressive Epsom Oaks win only rates only a point higher than Romsdal's Epsom Derby 3rd, and 2 points inferior to Eagle Top's King Edward VII Stakes win. Honestly, is the 3yo colt form that much more impressive than the 3yo filly form that a G2 winner rates 2 points higher than a G1 winner, and a G1 3rd rates only 1 point below the same G1 winner? That kind of befuddles me truth be told, but then again I always have confused easily.
  • jonquil · I'm not really sure of the official rating, but if it's anything like what I use to judge 2yos, then it won't rely on a single race alone to rate the horse. Sometimes, horses can win above their level by chance or even circumstances - if the competition is weak, then it weakens the form of the winner. If the competition's form is much more solid, then the winner's form appears more solid as well and in such cases top runners in those races can benefit off the backs of their fellows' achievements in the ratings system. Western Hymn's recent G2 Prix Eugene Adam helps beef up not just Australia's form, but Romsdal's as well. True Story and Kingston Hill running against such highly rated older competition and coming in 4th and 5th doesn't actually cause any sort of major set backs - the fact that their riders clearly waited too long and gave them too much to do helps and is taken into account. As for Taghrooda, well the only fillies to come back off the Epsom Derby with a win were Regardez with a listed race in which Lily Rules placed 6th of 7th and Momentus who won a maiden fillies stakes. Palace won a listed race on her second try after being runner up in a previous listed race, both races had Beyond Brilliance behind her - however the second listed race was only 5 days before the Irish Oaks and was probably too soon for Palace. Still, Beyond Brilliance was progressing on Palace with each run and it looks like she's improved beyond the pre-Irish Oaks form. And in another listed race Anipa was 11th out of 14. Dazzling placed second for a G3 and while Inchila did run in the G2 Ribblesdale Stakes, she had to be pulled up and will be out for the rest of the year due to a pelvic fracture. Volume, who placed 3rd in both Oaks looks to be the most consistent, but Bracelet and Tapestry finishing 1-2 in the Oaks was a big blow to Taghrooda's win regardless of how well Volume did. The fact that Volume is the only horse to do well in the Epsom Oaks and afterwards puts a big question mark over Taghrooda's win. Also, none of the fillies have faced anything outside their own gender. This is frustrating. This is the kind of scenario I've worried about since the announcement was made that Taghrooda's goal would be changed - Tarfasha goes to the Irish Oaks and doesn't do well. Taghrooda and Mukhadram go to the King George and neither do well. All 3 then have a marred form for what? Because their owner wanted to rush things and wanted to win a King George regardless of his trainer's plans. While it's not certain Taghrooda and Mukhadram will lose, I can see it happening. It just seems unfair to the horses and the trainer to ask this of them when the long-term plan was completely different. But that's just my opinion and I don't own any of these horses. :/ · 13 minutes ago
Coz is growing up, he's getting big. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB6CCahYxwg
  • amateurcapper via Disqus · He definitely looks and moves like Bernardini. · 6 hours ago
Kid Cruz is my pick to win the Jim Dandy. He has some pace to run at and Wicked Strong with blinkers on may pull a "Palace Malice". Kid Cruz has dramatically improved in his past two starts and in the Dwyer showed he can be closer to the pace if needed. The Preakness was not an indicator of his true qualitly IMO.
A major absentee in Monmouths entries on Sundays card will turn out to be Saratogas gain. The horse i am talking about is Itsmyluckyday. For them to take their shot now must mean that they are ready and confidant. His strong early speed and the ability to sit will make him a dangerous horse here. Tactictly he holds a major edge over his 2 main rivals(WTC & PM ) . In looking at the potential nominees for this race,Lucky seems to have these guys over a barrel. The horse most likely to feel the brunt will be PM. If he goes after Lucky to early in the race,he might use him self up and have nothing for the stretch running WTC. If he lays back and tries to time his move. Then the combo of Paco/Plesa will more than likely be celebrating in the winners circle. I have always felt and still do,that WTC is the best horse around. But when the demographics of the race tilt so much in one direction. One must call an audible and go with the flow. Are you feeling Lucky Paco ?????????
Dance With Fate Saddle Cloth for Sale. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dance-with-Fate-Saddle-Cloth-Towel-/181474581844?pt=US_Solo_Sports_Fan_Shop&hash=item2a40ba5d54
On July 24th, Goldencents worked 3F (h) in 34.20 (1/5) over fast synthetic at Del Mar.
On July 23rd, Revolutionary worked 3F (b) in 38.00 (2/2) over fast synthetic at the WinStar training center.
What happened?? Peter Euton Racing reporting that D w/Fate did not survive his injuries?!
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  • Sullivan · The Arabian WAS the horse of choice... good word choice. Unless you would be ready to announce the death of the Thoroughbred, the Arabians are not wanted. More sensible would be a marked effort internationally by Thoroughbred breeders to breed for both conformation, soundness, as well as racing. Bare requirements that horses race past their 3yo season sound prior to breeding/limiting their crops or offering large cash prizes at sales for the best conformed or bred individuals would be ideal. · 10 hours ago
  • Exterminator · Warmbloods are sounder than most of today's Arabs... If you really wanted sound horses you'd get cobs or drafts... Of course they aren't that swift. And sadly we put speed over structure nowadays. · 10 hours ago
Thanks for the memories RIP
More comments on the "backside".
I was unaware the Phipps colors were orange and purple originally
Watch Horse Racing Nation's Jarrod Horak handicap the Jim Dandy in the video race of the week! http://youtu.be/jW-o-0Urc_w
Mary tune in to Rce #4 today. Your guy Hollie has a special one in Taras Tango. The scary part is that in the 2nd Division, Bullet Bob just may be sitting on a better one in Luminance. Either way,write down these names,you will be seeing a big time rivalry down the line. They are working out in the mornings as though they are more than the real deal.
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  • tmallios · As great as the Hollendorfer filly was today. This one was scary to say the least. Not only did she break the short lived track record. She did it by losing arguably 3 to 4 lengths with the slow start and wide trip. Doubt to many colts might be as good as this one. Rarely do 2 horses run to their press clippings. Like i said,tune in to the filly stake at the end of the meet. This will be a good one. · 4 days ago
  • Sullivan · Both aiming to the Del Mar Debutante · 12 hours ago
Just saw the entries for the Haskell. This guy is looking amazing in this spot. To begin with,there are only 2 legitimate speed horses in the race. S.I. and Bayern. Assuming the reports from S.I.s' camp are accurate and he has settled down and acting a bit more proffessional. He will be sitting a dream trip tracking expected pace setter Bayern,who drew inside.At the worst,this could be a Bayern/S.i exacta either way. The filly will have to make a premature move in this race. On speed figures she is easily fast enough to win this race. But i believe for the first time this year. When Rosie asks her for run on the turn,she will be running at race horses who have gas in the tank. Social Inclusion looks to be perfectly placed.
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  • Ruffianlover · I disagree, Untapable was on the outside in the Oaks and did just fine. She can win up front or rating off the pace. My heart says her to win it but my head says Medal Count. Medal is a nice horse- plus I like Romans. · 13 hours ago
  • Sullivan · I also have him in this race with Albano. · 12 hours ago
Hmm......no Teddy Drone?!
  • UnionRagsRules · My thoughts exactly. Maybe they are targeting something bigger? I know nominations went in awhile ago, (Friday the 18th) and that was before his stellar workout. Maybe they are thinking bigger and better? I thought this was a great spot for him to return. · 12 hours ago
Apprentice jockey Colin Sullivan won his first race aboard Mon Petite at Race #2 in Del Mar. Congrats Sullivan. :)
Stylish in Black rallied from off the pace with an impressive win in her second lifetime start to take Wednesday’s second race. Covering extra ground, she ran 28 feet more than second-placer Three Blondes, a distance that equates to roughly 3 ¼ lengths. With Elvis Trujillo aboard, Stylish in Black ran the final quarter in 23.00 seconds, 1.09 seconds than the next-fastest in the race (4th placer Cee’s Tizzy Belle) and 1.44 seconds faster than Three Blondes.
Coolmore's much hyped and highly touted 2yo colt, John F Kennedy, who had already been made ante-post favorite with some firms for next year's G1 Epsom Derby, could only manage a 2nd place finish on his racecourse debut today in a Leopardstown maiden. Prior to today, there had much talk swirling about how good this son of Galileo out of the Danehill mare Rumplestiltskin could actually become next year during his classic season.
Guess who's at TOGA! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153042149031091&set=a.10153042148886091.1073741877.37418811090&type=1&theater
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  • UnionRagsRules · Not sure. I'm sure there will be an announcement on their FB page next Friday, maybe before. · 5 days ago
  • Daniel Venn via Disqus · Yes indeed That's Mr. Coz O' · 15 hours ago
With no lone ticket selecting all winners of Sunday’s Jersey Shore Six, the carryover sits at $39,189.74 for this Friday’s racing card. The Jersey Shore Six is a 10-cent base wager. To win the jackpot, a ticket must have the winner of the six races comprising the wager and be the only one to have done so. If more than one person has a winning ticket, they split 60% of the net pool with 40% going to the carryover.
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  • amino998 · bump4jarrod :)... TM, did you ever cross paths with Dan Borislow? travel_vic, were you in Toronto for the 2005 Queen's Plate? http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86312/prominent-owner-borislow-dies-at-age-52 · 16 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · Nathan i have crossed paths with him on a couple of times. Seemed very nice. · 16 hours ago

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