• Tequilita (5-2) returns to the winner's circle in the Grade 3 Charles Town Oaks.Posted 15 hours ago
  • Sharp Azteca (1-2) draws clear in the Grade 2 Kelso.Posted 19 hours ago
  • West Coast (4-5) leaves the field far behind in the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby.Posted 19 hours ago
  • It Tiz Well (5-1) bests Abel Tasman in the Grade 1 Cotillion.Posted 20 hours ago
  • Coal Front (4-5) refuses to let American Pastime by in the Grade 3 Gallant Bob.Posted 21 hours ago
  • Page McKenney (6-1) digs down and holds on in the Pa Derby Champion Stakes.Posted 21 hours ago
  • Off Limits (8-5) glides by her competition in the Grade 3 Noble Damsel.Posted 23 hours ago
  • Capla Temptress (5-1) rolls home in the Natalma, while making her North American debut.Posted 6 days ago
  • Untamed Domain (3-1) kicks it in late to win the Summer Stakes at Woodbine.Posted 6 days ago
  • World Approval (2-1) shows he is much the best in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile.Posted 7 days ago

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Devastating. This 3YO crop has the absolute worst luck. I assume that if his surgery goes well, he'll be retired?
They should try him at shorter distances.
This is Hoppertunity 2.0!! He's been very consistent in his last 5 races.
107 BSF, 132 TimeformUS and 124 RPR for the Penn Derby. Carrying 4 pounds less than the older horses (namely the older pace horses Collected and Gun Runner), West Coast will be a serious pace presser in the BCC. I think he will press and beat both of them in the stretch.
Saxon Warrior, sired by the Japanese stallion Deep Impact out of Maybe, who was a multiple Group level stakes winner for Coolmore, was impressive when breaking his maiden on debut last month at the Curragh, and big time impressive once again today at Naas in winning the G2 Beresford Stakes for Ryan Moore & Aidan O'Brien. This may be the best looking juvenile colt O'Brien has sent out so far this season, IMO.
Anyone that knows my posting knows I love Arrogate. But if what Bob is saying has some significance this is his horse to beat in the classic
Does Bob Bafferto really run all 3 big guys in the Classic? He's backed off Arrogate a bit, saying recently he really has to impress in his works in order to run, but that's classic Baffertspeak.
D.Wayne Lukas announces that G1 Hopeful winner Sporting Chance will most likely not run in the Breeders Cup Juvenile. Lukas has been very critical of the Del Mar Surface and might not want to take Sporting Chance to the West Coast. Lukas also says Sporting Chance could make his next start in the G1 Breeders Futurity.
From this morning's Racing Post web-site: There will be no Prix De l'Arc de Triomphe this year for Cracksman after connections have opted against sending him to Chantilly next Sunday. However, the season may not yet be over for Cracksman, with the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 21st remaining an option.
Well Bob Baffert has definitely got a very strong team in the BCC, with this one, "Arrogate" and "Collected". But I still think "Gun Runner" beats them all. Should be a great race that's for sure. :-)
This one was somewhat in contention until he got BASHED into by the should have been dq'd Irap.
Does anyone know if IWC is a bleeder? The way he stopped running after 4f in many of his races indicated that he might have bled even with Lasix.
I hope horse training like with Weat Coast continues. Personally, I do t mind skipping the spring classics for end of year glory
Even though the ML Derby has come and gone, I still love Yoshida.
I've been pulling for you for awhile now Irap, never more than right now. The fact they have him scheduled for surgery is very heartening. I hope the next update is surgery went well and a good prognosis for recovery. I have a great deal of respect for these doctors and the Irap team. My best wishes go out to them as well.
BCDM will be Practical Joke's last race before retirement.
Even with a bad race, Run Away still wins. I hope he can go two turns, but I doubt it. Already showing he will be a good miler. Him and Ten City are for sure, raising their father's mating price.
2 for 2 undefeated watch!
Impressive in the Bertram F. Bongard.
Yoshida worked 5f, Sept 23rd, in 1:01.40 (b) finishing 1/2.

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