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The Gomper is entered friday Jan.30 3rd race Alw/Oc $80,000 at 1 mile Santa Anita.5 horse field.
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  • tmallios via Disqus · When i questioned this horses ability a few days back, i was branded as someone who knocks everyone. I must of been a mind reader,when i compared him to Top Billing. Bark is greater than the bite i said. Look at the similarities. Last year Shugs charge won at first asking in slow time. He ran an acceptable race in an Alw,yet could not win. So now rather than going in the Stake ,where progression of a Derby Contender should take him. They back down and run in Alw just like Shug did. So now if he wins and i stress IF. Then they have to rush back and over race him. More than how they run when handicapping. One must observe how confident the connections are in the horse and their intent. This move shows that they have absolutely no confidence at the present. They are more interested in a cheap win,then they are to Dare to be Good. Not a good sign. Now i will await how i am a hater. · 2 days ago
  • triple_double · This horse is a one race wonder. Poor training job by Ellis. · 20 minutes ago
BTW, I thought the rider rode him very poorly at Breeders Cup.
Any info on this horse for 2015?
She is running tomorrow!!!!Cornelio Velazquez is riding her!!!!!GO VIA STRATA!
Not when you compare the overall competition. The best horse he beat was Damascus, as long as the "rabbit" Hedevar wasn't in the race. And he was nosed out for second by Buckpasser who basically ran on three legs in the 1967 Woodward. Dr. Fager was a great horse no doubt. He would have perhaps beaten any one in a match race due to his running style. But I rate by WHO and HOW MANY a horse beat in their career. And that's why Kelso is #1.
  • travel_vic · VERY impressive, all the old geldings NEVER put in less than a 100% effort like Old Bones, John Henry, Forego and Phar Lap.......Probably the best just because they stayed around long enough to OUT DO the best of their time. NONE of them ran away from competition. NOT a one. · 3 hours ago
Well, it seems he is making progress. Knocked from last year's Triple Crown trail by injury just two weeks apart, both Honor Code and Top Billing are nearing their 4-year-old debuts this winter at Gulfstream Park. Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey said 2013 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) winner Honor Code is expected to make his return in the one-mile, $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) March 7. Read more on BloodHorse.com: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/89894/honor-code-top-billing-near-4yo-debuts#ixzz3QKbrDHo4
Mawthooq is out of the Withers and off the Triple Crown trail after emerging from a Thursday workout with a tendon issue, according to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. According to DRF
  • Lisabn via Disqus · How disappointing. I hope it doesn't go on like this with the 3yos, Barbados, Leave the Light On and now Mawthooq all injured in a couple of days. I hope they all recover well.. · 4 hours ago
Looking forward to this Superhorse!
Don't understand 5/2 morning line. Should be around 4-1 or 9/2.
  • buds · enjoy it, he will probably go off as the 2-1 favorite. Hes a much antisipated horse. · 8 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · Deano if you see 6/5 on this guy,consider that a blessing. In breaking his maiden,and with absolute ease against a very strong field. He ran the fastest 2yo first time out speed figure all year long. Do not look at him as a Maiden. He ran fast enough to win many of the Stakes that have been run. He ran faster his first time out than Dortmund. · 5 hours ago
Does anyone know when Todd plans to race Him again
Work all week, the champion male sprinter of 2014, resumed training at a Florida farm this week after some vacation time, according to his trainer, Roger Brueggemann. Work All Week, who is owned by Midwest Thoroughbreds, is currently scheduled to arrive at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas the latter part of February, said Brueggemann. A goal at the meet, Brueggemann said, is the Grade 3, $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap on April 9. According to DRF
Not bad race in the Smarty Jones. Needed a race.
What's the latest? Taxi should be retired if he has health problems. Too many racehorses die each year because they race when they shouldn't.
I want to see this guy run on the el camino!
On the occasion of her 9th birthday, how about some classic Rachel Alexandra? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwBVd4R5Les
Here's the field: 1 Lord Nelson / 2 Serbian Syclone / 3 Jazzy Josh / 4 Texas Red / 5 Punctuate / 6 Magic Taste / 7 Bench Warrant / 8 Sir Samson
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  • Mary Z. · 2. I want to see what he can do. · 22 hours ago
  • vodkak · I wouldn't be shocked if he lost but not to Bench Warrant. I can see Lord Nelson upsetting him. · 19 hours ago
does anyone know why this horse scratched out of the hutchenson.
I live in Las Vegas and the Wynn's opening futures for the Kentucky Derby on 1/4/2015 had BOLO at 175/1. I put another 100 dollars on BOLO Friday January 23 at 75/1. The other books in town Westgate, Caesars and William Hill are now lower than 75/1 and If he runs and wins the Robert B Lewis you'll be lucky to get 20/1 on him. I'm hoping he carries his turf form to the dirt and if he does we might have another California Chrome.
  • Kelso5timeHOTY via Disqus · I have him in my futures also. My other is Eagle. · 21 hours ago
Leave the Light On, winner of the Remsen Stakes his last start, injured a hind ankle in a workout last weekend, needs surgery, and is off the Triple Crown trail, trainer Chad Brown said Thursday. According to DRF
  • jockey2be. · OhmigoshNO.I was so excited to watch him in the Fountain of Youth.I just hope he heals with no issues!!!!!!Get well Soon,Leave the Light on! · 22 hours ago
Humoristica wins in career debut, daughter of 2003 champion two year old filly Halfbridled




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