• The breeding rights to Classic Empire have been acquired by Coolmore.Posted 1 day ago
  • Cloud Computing (13-1) edges a game Classic Empire in the Preakness.Posted 4 days ago
  • World Approval (5-2) whistles home a big winner in the Dixie.Posted 4 days ago
  • No Mo Dough (9-1) explodes to victory in the Sir Barton Stakes.Posted 4 days ago
  • Cambodia (9-2) gets the trip and rolls in the Gallorette.Posted 4 days ago
  • Whitmore (6-5) surges past A.P. Indian in the Maryland Sprint.Posted 4 days ago
  • Yoshida (5-2) wins the James W. Murphy Stakes like a good thing.Posted 4 days ago
  • Recruiting Ready (5-2) rolls to an impressive win in the Chick Lang.Posted 4 days ago
  • Get 10-1 Odds on Always Dreaming on TVG! Posted 4 days ago
  • No catching Everything Lovely (5-2) in The Very One Stakes.Posted 4 days ago
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1st: Classic Empire, 2nd: Lookin At Lee, 3rd. Epicharis.
When is LIDO running next race ?
The Goodwood Cup upgrades from G2 To G1 status this year! Finally, I've been saying for awhile now that the UK needed to upgrade one of their G2's for stayers, I.E., Goodwood Cup, Lonsdale Cup, or Doncaster Cup, so the Ascot Gold Cup wasn't the only G1 in the UK for 4+YO stayers, and I think of those 3 the Goodwood Cup was the right choice. I personally think they should also consider going ahead and making the Long Distance Cup on British Champions Day a G1 event as well. It's only the major race on that day remaining that hasn't been upgraded to G1 status.
Always Dreaming's sire Bodemeister had distance limitations as well which always made me question whether he could get the 12 and believe the most likely outcome was going to be Derby/Preakness wins and a Belmont loss. I am surprised he gassed as easily as he did. I still believe he is a better colt than CE on average and I feel the same way about CE as I did before. I just feel differently about AD. I think it's fair to say that if we take away the injured three potential stars(Not this Time, Mastery and One Liner) this is a pretty weak crop. Almost 2013 and 2014 bad. I think last year's group(not counting Arrogate, TC group) was better and that was hardly a really good group.
First draft 1st- TAPWRIT 2nd- PATCH 3rd- CLOUD COMPUTING 4th- Irish War Cry 5th- Twisted Tom 6th- Classic Empire 7th- Meantime 8th- J Boys Echo 9th- Gormley 10th- Senior Investment 11th- Lookin At Lee 12th- Irap 13th- Conquest Mo Money 14th- Epicharis 15th- Multiplier
Why do they space his races out so much? Is Arrogate the kind of horse that runs better with time between his races, or are his connections only interested in the most prestigious G1s? If we're going to call this horse the Man O' War of our time, I would like the opportunity to see him more than a few times a year (assuming that his connections are simply being picky; if it is because he does better on a longer break, then it's understandable).
I really can't get over Cloud Computing winning the Preakness race...I use him in the exotics because he was one of the highest wet track ratings but winning...no way!! I was totally humiliated with AD losing so badly !! Nevertheless, I must accept things like this happen in horse racing...so I will rise again with another learning curb :(
Why is he not going in the SA Gold Cup?
After news of his retirement was made public, trainer Freddie Head in speaking to various members of the racing media called Solow, "perhaps the best horse I've ever trained." I'd say that's high praise indeed coming from a man that also trained the brilliant filly Goldikova to 14 Grade/Group 1 successes during her incredible career.
Om worked 6f, May 24th, in 1:14.20 (h) finishing 2/6.
Vale Dori worked 4f, May 24th, in 48.80 (h) finishing 13/49.
Wow possible 15 going for this race IWC added to the list
Danzing Candy worked 4f, May 24th, in 48.00 (h) finishing 6/49.
yo big lad have a pat on the back , they were all off again talking up the dreamboy as the next TC winner ,,,, didn't happen carry on the good work and take what kingoftheworld has to say with a pinch of salt he needs medication or the men in white coats will be taking him away soon
Tu Brutus worked 5f, May 24th, in 1:01.64 (b) finishing 2/20.
Unified worked 4f, May 24th, in 49.42 (b) finishing 11/40.
Summersault worked 4f, May 24th, in 48.45 (b) finishing 5/46.
Not sure if he's ready for the Belmont, but he's a speed galloper who should continue to improve into a very nice horse. He's a big guy and was going very well in the Peter Pan but Ortiz got schooled by JJ when Ortiz went very wide into the lane trying to carry the other horse out, but JJ cut back inside to go on for the win. Another nice Shackleford that can carry his speed and Ortiz won't make the same mistake. He's a nice one now that will only get better.
Motion confirmed today that No Mo Dough will point towards the Jim Dandy.

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