• The Great War is off the Derby trail following poor finish in the BattagliaPosted 1 day ago
  •  Royal Son scores in the John Battaglia Memorial.Posted 2 days ago
  • Stellar Wind an impressive winner of the Santa Ysabel. Posted 2 days ago
  • Far Right shoots up the rail again to score in the Southwest Stakes. Posted 8 days ago
  • Khozan demolishes a Gulfstream Park allowance field to remain perfect in two starts. Posted 8 days ago
  • No beating North Slope as he returns to dirt a winner in the Evening Attire. Posted 8 days ago
  •  International Star scrapes the paint to win the Risen Star.Posted 9 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox speaks loud and clear in the Rachel Alexandra. Posted 9 days ago
  • Itsaknockout wins the Fountain of Youth on the DQ of Upstart. Posted 9 days ago
  •  Chocolate Ride sneaks away in the Fair Grounds Handicap.Posted 9 days ago

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Good morning Ladies , I noticed a Feb 28th workout for Pletcher's amazing Anchor Down . Any info would be greatly appreciated .
Hey everyone,just wanted to say I will be gone visiting family for 2 weeks...will miss a lot of big races lol.Anyway,I won't be online but I am def rooting for OK,anyway!!!!!Im sure he'll run very very well!!!!!
  • Mary Z. · Have fun, j2b. · 5 hours ago
  • Jbyrnes1 · Have fun J2b, I sure hope OK does very very well. Can't wait to see you back soon. GO OK!!!!!!! · 58 minutes ago
My main concern is the weather ?!?! j
  • Jbyrnes1 · Saturday will mostly sunny with a high of 40. According to weather.com. o don't think it will be a factor. · 1 hour ago
has ran 3 VERY credible last races. second to Designs On Rome last time out beating Military Attack.
It will be five years, since the only jockey in the history of the Kentucky Derby, achieved his 3rd win in the previous four years of the Derby. Now, he can't even hit the broad side of a barn. How soon has fame faded?
  • CauseForConcern · He currently is riding at Oaklawn Park, where his record is: 65-6-7-6, for a 9.2% winning pct. Wishing him the best, in regaining his stride. You have already gone where no other jockey has ever been. 3-out-of-4 years winning the Kentucky Derby, and, then, to officially meet the Queen of England. · 8 hours ago
sir fever nexT saturday will win in his debut :)
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  • Mary Z. · Northport, Thank you for the smile I have tonight. Now, don't take that the wrong way, but to use slang, since when don't I beat those odds? I look for horses like Sir Fever. Really wish him continued success. Long way to travel. Big story, big shoes to attempt to fill, all of that. · 9 hours ago
  • Exterminator · He's won everything in Uruguay. I love these South American horses, they're very nice. · 9 hours ago
bayern is going to dubai last i heard.i think they dont want to look bad loosing two in a row to sb,which at this distance they will most likley will cc im talking about
  • tmallios via Disqus · Please tell me that you are not serious with that post. Let me ask you a question then. If you owned a horse that you thought was the best Dirt Horse in the world. Would you run him in a Million Dollar Race,where if you won you would get back $600K . Or would you roll the dice and run in a 10 Million Dollar Purse. If you win that race,you get back 6 Million Dollars,and if you run 2nd you get back 2 Million Dollars. So after you answer that question honestly,then wonder if they care about Shared Belief or not. · 10 hours ago
Danzig Moon looks interesting.
Good trainer super breeder and owner. Has a shot at some of the purse.
Looking forward to this race on the Big Cap under card. The likely, and deserved, favorite will be Curlin's Fox, but I'm excited to see She's a Big Winner stretch out to a mile. She's gone two in a row on the hill in sprints and has shown some good fight against favorites.
  • ghelguera · Watch out for the Drysdale filly Entrechat, ran faster than she's a big winner on the same day. But looking like a nice field with those 3 fillies.....Curlins Fox will be like even money not worth playing · 11 hours ago
Won at Turfway on synthetic and now goes to Spiral on synthetic.
this field sucks sb can stumble and grab a quick snack and still win by 7.impertive big casanova r u kidding me.i dont see why more trainers /owners wouldent use this race as a nice prep for dubai???
Worked 6F on the Dirt at SA in 1:14.40 handily on Saturday
My phone is 954-601-7720. CALL ME!!!!!
Hey 007, call me!
From DRF'S Barbra Livingston, man, Palace Malice got bigger and stronger. Looking good!!!!!!!
Does anyone know the Ragozin sheet numbers for Upstarts FOY and Holy Bull? The Beyers were 95 -105. While the times were wildly different due to the track condition, I see these two races as approximately the same number wise, whatever that may be. Frosted again finished 5 lengths behind and except for the inclusion of a very good Pletcher young horse the rest of the field was nowhere close. Same race to me.
  • tmallios via Disqus · I do not know the Rag numbers,but in this case the numbers are almost in tune with with the Thoro Graphs. In his first race he ran a (-2) and then he ran a 0. I have heard it said that 3 Beyer points = 1 length. At a mile or over,1 TG point is worth about 1.3 lengths. So they both have the race about the same. Even if you added ground loss for both races,it was about the same. He had the same trip. The discrepency is on the next day. Khozan ran a 103 in his first race,he lost about 3 lengths on the turn.So that should in theory bump him up to a 112. The TG number for that race was ( -1.5). In the mile race Beyer gave Khozan a 90,and there was no ground loss since he was on the rail. TG number was a (1). Means that in theory,the race was about 2 lengths slower. Now the discrepency, Beyer is telling us that the race was about 8 lengths slower. · 12 hours ago
I hope he does well next weekend, but after seeing what Kiaran's horses did last weekend in stakes action, that plays in the back of my mind for Ocean Knight.
  • Jbyrnes1 · I hope he does well, hasn't made any mistakes so far. He's in good form right now and I'll be rooting for him. · 2 days ago
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · Well the good thing J is that he's fresh and probably didn't get pressed to be anything great because of frosted and imperia. I think that's what I love about the curlins. Yes they miss out on the fall of their two yr but get that time to build more stamina and let their bones get stronger · 12 hours ago
Another bullet work for Team Weaver's large son of Warrior's Reward. March 1st he was 1/35 at 5F. Velasquez back up on him for the work. I can't help but think this guy is better the longer he goes. He may be up there if Cornelio can get him to change leads on command. Hard to do for horses that size and that young. If he does, we may see him sweep by the rest in the last 110 yards.
White Rose worked 4f today, March 2nd, in 51 seconds flat. It was the 27th fastest of 41 works at that distance.




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