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After the drought comes the Nyquist always raining will be a new Triple crowned stay healthy has a lot of class and a big heart
Wouldn't it be something if Laneire wins both the Oaks and the Derby?
she has got the breeding behind her for a huge run at the distance , im all over her on a 12/1 ticket ,she will leave plenty weeping after the race
If this horse had the same talent as "Mr Ed" and could actually talk. What do you think he would say to his fans, ahead of the big race on Saturday??
I love this volt but I hate Kent has announced that this colt will be quote" So far back they will be counting cars avoiding the Derby Kick back" With so many deep closers I think this is a mistake
Was hoping to have a discussion with some of the "core posters" on HRN about this horse. Right now I genuinely think this horse can and just might win the Derby. What I'm hoping to hear are the legitimate reasons that people don't think he will. I really loved his Florida Derby. Yes he was drifting a bit at the end, but he was coming off a sprint and a layoff so that race looked like a great fitness builder to me. I'm not more concerned about him getting the 10F as I am any other horse going 10F in this day and age. Weather/surface doesn't seem to be an issue either. How many of you are feeling this way about him? The horse has guts and he's just been faster than pretty much anyone. For those on the fence will it come down to post position? Unless he gets caught up in some terrible speed duel (and I think he's versatile enough to avoid that) I just have to think he'll get the right trip. Obviously for those trying to make money you'll look elsewhere, but I would love to hear some truly thoughtful opinions on him.
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  • Icelocks · Since you asked Cedar...here are some factual opinions: (1) Nyquist maiden race 5F..got tested and turn back 3/5 favorite in a very fast time...3rd finisher 71/2 lengths behind. (2) 2nd race move up to 6 1/2F G2...Easily defeat them Exceptional time (3) 3rd race move up to 7F G1...Fast time 1.23 1/5 won easily (4) 4th race move up to 1 1/16 G1...got tested and won convincingly...time 1:44 4/5....3rd finisher 5 1/4L behind (5) 5th race Breeders Cup 1 1/16 G1...taken wide, bumped, ran widest of all 15 starters and still won easily...increased 11/16 time in1:43 3/5 (6) 6th race came back off lay off 7F G2...Got tested and turn back G1 competition who went on to win G1...Increased 7F win time to 1:20 3/5 (7) 7th race move to 1 1/8 G1 FlaDerby...tested and prove easily best...finishing 1:49 Fastest at the distance than any 3yr old competing Observation -- (A) When tested Nyquist can show you a new gear -- (B) Horse improving in every race and at each new distance (C) Next race 1m 1/4...Unknown.. but no other 3yr old has run that distance...Conclusion Nyquist is on the quest to be come Triple Crown Contender !! · 1 day ago
  • hoof_hearted666 · Top 3......................VERY LIKELY, Winner................. VERY UNLIKELY. · 1 day ago
Gift Box worked out 5f. in 1.01.71 on 4-27-16 @ Belmont
I bet if Sail Ahoy and this one were in the derby they would be big threats if they ran more this year
Flo is my favorite jockey he will give you ride every time i really do think he is on the right horse this year. I know its been over 20 years a horse coming from the La Derby, but look what happen last year so it another curse can broke this grindstone was the last horse to win the derby coming from La Derby. But i also like destin and outwork i was at keeneland when outwork ran his 1st race i told my dad there is the derby winner so i am gonna have these three on top in my tri's and super's
  • Icelocks · Gunn Runner, I don't think it is a curse that it has been a long time since an LA Derby horse win the Derby. What believe is, if the La horse can compete at the Derby level, then he has a good chance to win, but he must run like never before to have a good shot !! Now that you mention outwork, this horse and Mo Tom as been the most puzzling ones to me...because outwork can stay with the pace, get first run and try to steal it...then Mo Tom has so many unfortunates in both of his last races, you just can't tell what his capabilities are...therefore, base on my past observation I am force not to leave them out of my Trifecta and Super !! Good luck !! · 2 days ago
  • Scott Hodges via Disqus · It has been 20 years since Grindstone won the La Derby, then ran 2nd in the Ark Derby before nailing Cavonnier at the wire in the Ky. Derby. However, if you look back to 2013 & 2014, you will see two La Derbies also ran finishing 2nd behind Orb & California Chrome at odds of more than 30-1. Yelp, they said those two very well horses had no shot also. But they both paid real good, especially the exactas and trifectas. Heck in 2013 they actually ran 2nd, 3rd,4th,5th behind Orb and all last prep were in the La. Derby. · 7 hours ago
I believe Gun Runner is the horse to beat in this year's derby myself. His sire Candy was the sire of ill-fated Shared Belief who won with the same style as Gun Runner. However, his dam is Quiet Giant,a G2 winner and Gun Runner is her first foal. Quiet Giant's dam is Quiet Dance, who is the dam of Saint Liam, winner of the 2005 BC Classic. Saint Liam also was the only horse to make Ghostzapper work tduring Ghostzapper's unbeaten season in 2004 when they ran a 45.4 109.3 1;34.4 and 147.1 in the 1 1/8 mile Woodward S. Ghostzapper then came back and won the 2004 BC Classic by 6 1/2 lengths in track record time. The bloodlines is there but I wished he had one more race this year. With the exception of American Pharoah last year, the Ky Derby has not been won by anyone with less than three races as a 3 YO in its history. Just A Fact!!!
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  • Icelocks · Scott I am very impress with your background stats on Gun Runner !! He seems to fit in the Derby like a glove! My first strategy always in my handicapping is NOT leaving out the horse with the last best speed figure (which is Gun Runner). But I also check who has been getting great consistent speed figure in the type of company facing now. (there are multiple in this race). Now here is my kicker question...If you think highly about Gun Runner, should you not consider Mo Tom somewhere due to his misfortune of been blocked, steady, and checked running in the same races, which Gun Runner won? .Even though I think Nyquist is a notch better than Gun Runner, I think Gun Runner has a good shot with racing luck, but I would surly be mindful of Mo Tom and play him in the exotics. What you think? · 6 days ago
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · And Saint Liam went on to win the following year's Woodward and BC Classic. · 9 hours ago
when are they doing the drawing for the derby and does anyone know if it is gonna be on tv
Brody's Cause in my book is an Excellent horse with dangerous capabilities !!! Which makes it hard to keep him off the boards...Only 3yr who moved straight from MSW to G1 and win....loves Churchill and has been improving since taken off the Turf.... Exotics Key horse !!!
Any news on if he had the procedure done and if so how he is doing?
Can you imagine if Nyquist got scratched a day or two before the race because of injury.............. OUCH, that would really hurt, of course the Derby would still go on and it would be an exciting spectacle, but WITHOUT Nyquist, it would sorta be a bit of an anti-climax!!! I know that's very unlikely but it's not an impossibility! I was informed by another user on here recently that "I'll Have Another" was scratched from the Belmont just 2 DAYS before the race, because of injury. Can you imagine how devastating that would have been for the connections and owners of the horse. I am SURE I'll Have Another would of won the Belmont, he was SO STRONG at the finish of his races and I think he would have won the Belmont EASY over the 1 1/2m distance, and doing so, HE would of been the 1st Triple Crown for 34 years!!! He had all that fame and glory stolen away from him because of a damn injury! I still rate "Big Brown" and "I'll Have Another" as true GREATS, equally as good as "American Pharoah"........... if not better. :-)
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  • Stormy_Weather · I Agree Very Much If I'll Have Another didn't get hurt he would have Won it I bet you that💯 And To me American Pharoah is a Great but You don't have to win the TC to be Great I mean Cigar , Zenyatta, And Honor Code but I technically think Big Brown would have probably got it also and he was a drugged horse :/ btw so I really Thin I'll Have Another is better than Pharoah I wish I could see them run against each other · 11 hours ago
  • Stormy_Weather · Right!!! They both had it tooken away from them if it had not been they would have got it especially I'll Have Another 💜 But Chrome was very tough in the 2014 Belmont......that horse was 1 Length from Winning but look what Happened instead he got the Dubai World Cup and now he's the richest North American racehorse in history I personally think Chrome could woop Pharoah if he was still in his prime..but please no hate because we all have our opinions (: · 11 hours ago
I really like Gun Runner's style, and think he has a very good chance. I did read something on another site that was very troubling, however, if true. Has anyone heard reports of Gun Runner having a bad cough or trouble breathing? Thanks, and good luck to all!
I'm a bit concerned about Suddenbreakingnews and Whitmore. They're both geldings and if one of the two was to win the Triple Crown, they wouldn't be able to breed, and that would be sad.
I occupy a soft spot in my heart for this horse's connections. I've seen Donnie Von Hemel and Luis Quinonez in person.
Can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Neither offspring appears much better than high claiming material for future breeding only.
Doubt this one could reproduce the effort at Keeneland, but if this one goes off anywhere near 5/1 or higher makes it a reasonable one to consider. This is a Damon Runyon race, but, again, those efforts are rarely repeated.
Most riders NEW to the K Derby, (not all of course as Mario proved) get overhyped riding in that big race the first time. Beware firster riders...

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My journey into the sport of kings has been different than most. I do not boast a royal pedigree, and in fact, before my interest in horse racing, my family thought the Kentucky Derby was the only race of the year! I'm the son of a minor league baseball player and a homemaker, which doesn't exactly scream grade I winner.

My passion for the sport started about 8 years ago.I was watching as Funny Cide was making his triple crown run. The “Gutsy Gelding” had my eyes glued to the television with each of his triple crown races. After watching Funny Cide on TV. I decided to make a trip down to our local track, Indiana Downs.This would be an experience that would change my life.

I looked over the program, while having no idea what I was doing,I decided to put my 5 dollars on a horse named Apollonea. As the gates broke and the announcer began his race call, I heard the words Apollonea to the lead. My excitement grew as I watched my horse lead all the way around the track, eventually drawing to win by an easy five lengths. Apollonea paid 58.00 to win, I was hooked from that point on.

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