• Cool Catomine (14-1) wins the Prince of Wales over Aurora Way and State of Honor.Posted 18 hours ago
  • Miss Ella (5-2) wins the Caress Stakes at Saratoga for the second straight year.Posted 1 day ago
  • Madam Dancealot (21-1) rolls from last to win the San Clemente going away.Posted 2 days ago
  • Abel Tasman (4-5) edges Elate in the Coaching Club American Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • Accelerate (7-1) wins in a romp as Arrogate finishes way back in the San Diego Handicap. Posted 3 days ago
  • Hunt (3-1) waits and then blows by in the Grade 2 Eddie Read.Posted 3 days ago
  • Lady Eli (9-10), giving eight pounds, edges Quidura on the wire of the Grade 1 Diana.Posted 3 days ago
  • Firenze Fire (12-1) holds off Free Drop Billy in the Sanford Stakes.Posted 3 days ago
  • Twisted Tom (7-10) scores a hard-earned win in the New York Derby.Posted 3 days ago
  • Proctor's Ledge (6-1), with first-time Lasix, rolls on the turf in the Lake George.Posted 4 days ago
Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

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Regal breeding, laid a complete egg and ruined my pick 3!
Is anybody else worried? I mean biggest flop maybe ever with no apparent excuse, showed nothing at all zilch. Arrogate has globe trotted had things not go his way and he still over came. Mike Smith said: he gallops faster than that in his workouts. I'm sorry but to say Baffert trained Super Star was that short off a layoff makes no sense.
https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/954a1d169832f61ac4a480c7a70c2acb45716d22b128f6c87fde083f355b2501.jpg "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall" .
Going to make some money on Timeline, Practical Joke, Battle of Midway. Irish War Cry is due for another turd, Hence can't run with the big boys, and McCracken was always a pretender. All three too inconsistent to waste my money on
I've got Timeline, McCraken and Irish War Cry on my trifecta ticket- thinking of changing McCraken to Battle of Midway...thoughts?
I tried to add his other two races but they won't show up. Any ideas how this can be fixed? He has two wins from three starts...
My pick to win the Haskell.
From this morning's Racing Post web-site: It's official, trainer John Gosden has given Investec & Irish Oaks winner Enable the green light to line up against the boys on Saturday in the G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
"Arrogate" A.K.A King of the clunkers. All future clunkers by heavily favoured horses will get compared to "Arrogate's" monstrous failure at odds of 1-20 in the San Diego. Surely no horse in future years to come will ever take the title "King of the clunkers" away from "Arrogate". lol
With all the hype on Timeline, although he is a great contender, his odds will go down significantly; by Sunday he will be the 2nd or 3rd favorite. Practical Joke will be a steal. My pick is Practical Joke with Irish War Cry hanging on for 2nd over Timeline in 3rd.
1. Timeline 2. Hence 3. Irish War Cry 4. McCraken
Cloud Computing should win the race. He's not trying to regain his previous form (just maintain current form) and his layoff is not nearly as long. His racing style is probably more conducive to a match race scenario. He can menace (stalk) AD, at will, I will be very surprised if CC doesn't win very professionally. I suppose a distinct track bias favoring speed could undermine CC's win chances.
  • RealDynastyPicks · There hasn't been a track bias at Saratoga on the main track. Lone speed is hard to catch at any track, but the closers and off the pace horses have been coming. · 3 hours ago
One of the most competitive Haskell's in memory. I personally have IWC as my top pick, but Practical Joke is legit in his own right. Interested to see Battle of Midway return as well... I'd love to see him at odds of 8-1+. Remember, speed reigns supreme at Monmouth so between him & Timeline, I expect one if not both to hit the board behind IWC
Timeline is my top pick in a loaded field.
6 Cool Catomine wins at 14-1! 2 Aurora Way second, State Of Honor third, Woodbridge fourth.
This colt is by far one of my favorite three year olds. He has the looks, pedigree, and connections. He's a classic underdog story. Other than Yoshida, if I got a chance to meet any stakes winning three year old, it would be this one.
Just a middling racehorsebut a great sire. Sad to see him go.
Tiz A Slam, Aurora Way, Woodbridge, Cool Catomine.
Worked on 7/24/17 at Saratoga. He worked four furlongs in 49.77 (49 and 3) on the dirt and it was the 6th fastest of 11.

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