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Johnnie Carrier is determined not to jinx California ChromeRead More
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  • Jeremy · I agree...2 seconds faster is the difference. Closers running their best race might catch him. CC should finish 1st or 2nd, otherwise bad post with some bumping should make for a handicapper's dream. · 1 hour ago ·
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  • animalkingdom137 · CC will be the second place finisher....use him key in that spot in your derby Tris! Then around him put all the closers because he is certainly vulnerable! · 19 seconds ago ·
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He's the reason I love Woodbine and won!
New York-breds Samraat and Uncle Sigh had their penultimate workouts for the May 3 Run for the Roses on Friday morning at Belmont Park.Read More
  • hannahWTC · I loved the way Uncle Sigh was flying at the end of the Wood · 42 minutes ago ·
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  • Mary Z. · Part of the good Derby stories. Getting to like these two, but probably not for the win. · 13 minutes ago ·
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Happy Birthday Cigar. Yes it's his actual birthday
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  • Mary Z. · Why? He'd probably have the drink and the smoke anyway. Just has a reason for them now, lol. · 15 minutes ago ·
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  • Mary Z. · Why? He'd probably have the drink and the smoke anyway. Just has a reason for them now, lol. · 15 minutes ago ·
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Can some on tell me if this horse is running in the oaks? is it good enough to get in? was going to be one of my yearly novelty bets on the american classic races. thanks
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  • EP Taylor · http://www.paulickreport.com/news/thoroughbred-racing/please-explain-dqd-from-third-place-finish-in-honeybee/ · 4 hours ago ·
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  • paul.nathan.946 · oh wow that's a shame i will have to pick one with a funny name then lol. Thanks for the update · 18 minutes ago ·
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Im still newer fan of horse racing, but in the three years since Ive been into it, California Chrome has me the most excited since Shackleford won the Preakness. My concerns are; will he travel well and be comfortable to perform outside of California, has he ever even seen a rain drop (jk), and of course his gate pick. I fear if he is late out of the gate like the SAD, he will be stuck mid pack taking a face full of dirt for at least a mile. But, this is my year folks, I mean C,mon, my Seahawks won the Super Bowl!
  • Sullivan · No concerns about blinkers? · 1 hour ago ·
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  • don.moose.84 · if Chrome can break like he did in the San Felipe PP won't matter.I believe that humidity will have little affect on this colt- best looking horse that I've seen since Smarty Jones. · 19 minutes ago ·
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When his next race?
People of horse racing nation. Which horses are in your Derby Top 10
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  • don.moose.84 · Cali Chrome, Midnight Hawk, vicar's in trouble. .. and I'm also throwing in Ride on Curlin. Borel will make the difference for ROC · 28 minutes ago ·
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  • furlonger · Cali Chrome - ROC - Tapiture. easy money trifecta box · 24 minutes ago ·
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Got a question for you guys! Which AP Indy son is the best sire? Malibu Moon? Mineshaft? Jump Start? Pulpit? etc
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  • Dressage3295 · Malibu Moon has so far proven the best, though my favorite son of AP Indy is Mineshat. Bernardini is one of the most overhyped sires in the US and has done decent at best considering all the mares he's gotten in the past seven years. His best offspring to date have been Stay Thirtsy and Alpha- neither of which have been consistant and both have not come anywhere close to success outside of NY. Despite his 100k stud price, he ranked at 55 nationaly last year in earnings and is at #22 this year with only 38 winners out of 131 winners so far. · 1 hour ago ·
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  • The Doctor · well to honor and serve was a pretty good one too. i think both old trieste and master command would have made some noise had they not died so young. · 25 minutes ago ·
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How hard is it for a jockey to win the Kentucky Derby? Read More
Will now race in the Derby?
Hi Travel Vic...Here is another one that was probably at one of those gathering. Lots of irony too.
  • zXSwordXz · http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/race/USA/KEE/2014/4/17/2/race-2-msw-at-kee-on-4-17-14 · 1 hour ago ·
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  • amino998 · The 1st starters for freshman sires {Quality Road & Munnings} for the exacta. · 1 hour ago ·
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In the last weekend of major preps for the 2014 Kentucky Derby, Danza sprung a huge upset in the Arkansas Derby, and Dance With Fate waltzed by his rivals in the Blue Grass.Read More
There’s a lot of local hopes for a Blackhawks double on Saturday afternoon. Earlier in the day, the Chicago Blackhawks will be facing off against the St. Louis Blues in game 2 of their first round playoff series. Later in the afternoon, a horse with Blackhawks ties will take to the track as Graded S...Read More
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  • jinlie01 · adding Dynamic Impact to the mix if he runs here. Seems to be improving. · 2 hours ago ·
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  • EP Taylor · This is what Coach Q thinks of Midnight Hawks Chances in the Illinois derby.....https://www.facebook.com/#!/BlackhawkNation10/photos/a.306204857743.191779.267204032743/10152342387017744/?type=1&comment_id=13248601¬if_t=like · 1 hour ago ·
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all in with Home Run Kitten
http://www.equibase.com/profiles/Results.cfm?type=Horse&refno=4343637®istry=T
Grandeur nips Dick Doughtywylie by a head to win the inaugural running of the All-Weather Middle Distance Championships at Lingfield, rebounding from a sub-par effort last time out in the G3 Winter Derby.
If Ivan Dalos’ Ami’s Holiday wins Saturday’s $200,000 Coolmore Lexington (G3), he could be considered a player on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The winning horse earns $120,000, which would increase Ami’s Holiday’s nonrestricted stakes earnings to $256,145 and push his points total to 20. That wou...Read More
Question- What was everyone's favorite single performance by any horse from 2000-2010? There are no restrictions on location. I know a decade is broad, but somewhere in there is that one standout performance that stays in your mind.
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  • Mary Z. · Royal Delta, 2012 Beldame. · 2 hours ago ·
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  • Mary Z. · Ha,ha, EPT, I now notice the restriction to 2010. Okay, tie between War Emblem's and Street Sense's Derby wins. · 2 hours ago ·
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I think he could jump into the Derby!

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