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I love California Chrome still yet, but if Shared Belief recovered nicely from that wide ride in the Awesome Again and he's as sharp as he was that day, it's his race to lose. He's just too scrappy. If I were a betting woman ( and I know nothing about betting so I'd not be able to do so if I was ) I'd bet Shared Belief will win then Bayern, Tonalist, Chrome and Moreno will be in the top mix somewhere. I really don't know that much about V.E. Day. Need to go watch all of his races.
Love the way they are managing this filly. She will be back next year and be the Queen of the turf! Very excited about her, I believe she is going to be as good if not better than her sister was on dirt on the turf.
Get Christ's Exotic tickets DVD and that is just about all you need IF you have any idea of this MYTHICAL crushing...What a laugh
Never spell check ..just write
Texas Red.
I was priviledged to be among the fans at the Shadwell Turf Mile for Keeneland's million dollar race...won by a trillion dollar STAR WISE DAN. if people were more like Wise Dan what a world we would have!1
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  • Goblin · He does indeed have the luminescence of a star; glad you were able to see him perform at Keeneland! · 18 hours ago
  • Mike Relva via Disqus · Agreed! · 9 hours ago
Has anyone heard about who is running in the Cigar Mile this year?
Retired and will stand at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in Calif. Fee is set at 5,000....
like Joy and Savvy Hester
He's a good horse but has not proven himself the equal of the top ranks.... Daredevil, Pharoah, Carpe. Daredevil handled him easily in the Champagne and no clear evidence exists that things would be any different next time they meet. He had a good trip and was moving well into the stretch but Daredevil simply outran him when headed. My choice so far is Carpe Diem who IMHO had the most impressive of the qualifying races.
  • tmallios via Disqus · Daredevil is still a Wild Card. He has showing amazing ability in his 2 starts. But the question is still out there.Is he a Mud Monster. We can speculate and say anything we want,but until he does it on a Fast Surface, he is a question mark. Upstart ran huge,he did not lose the race. He was defeated by a horse that absolutely freaked on the track. If Daredevil runs back to the same race. Then my friend ,you are looking at the 2 year old Eclipse winner. Either way in the race,Todd is bringing out his 2 big guns. Pharoah is a dead red speed horse. Carpe Diem will not be able to run with him early. The only one that has the Jets to go will be Daredevil. Does Todd do the inevitable and tell Javier to send Daredevil. Should that happen,it puts Upstart in the ball game in a big way. Should Daredevil lay off of Pharoah. Then you just might be seeing Bullet Bob and Zayat collecting the hardware on National T.v. · 12 hours ago
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will make his comeback from a summertime knee operation in time for the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita next weekend. Stevens has been booked to ride Sivoliere in the $1 million BC Juvenile Fillies Turf over a mile on Oct. 31 for owner Martin Schwartz and trainer Chad Brown. Article on DRF
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  • travel_vic · .....and hear I thought that he was one of the smarter riders. Well cast that notion aside! · 14 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · You're lucky Mary likes you and does not call you on the Carpet. Please tell me that you never won any Spelling Bee contests. For the record Einstein(and i do not mean the Horse) It is........and HERE i thought and not HEAR. · 12 hours ago
Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky. has released the its advertised stud fees for the upcoming 2015 breeding season. Topping the list is Will Take Charge, a 4-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song and the champion sophomore male of 2013, who will stand his debut season for an advertised fee of $30,000. The Following are the advertised 2015 stud fees for the Three Chimneys stallion roster. Will Take Charge - $30,000 Exchange Rate - $20,000 Sky Mesa - $20,000 Strong Mandate - $10,000 Yes It’s True - $10,000 Brilliant Speed - $5,000 Caleb’s Posse - $5,000 Big Brown – To Be Announced
WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., has released the advertised fees for its 22-horse stallion roster for the 2015 breeding season. Flagship sire Distorted Humor once again tops the WinStar roster with an advertised fee of $100,000. The 21-year-old son of Forty Niner’s fee remains unchanged from the 2014 breeding season. Following are the 2015 advertised stud fees for the WinStar Farm stallion roster. Artie Schiller - $15,000 Bellamy Road - $10,000 Bodemeister - $30,000 Colonel John - $10,000 Congrats – To be determined Distorted Humor - $100,000 Drosselmeyer - $15,000 Fast Bullet - $5,000 Gemologist - $15,000 Hold Me Back - $5,000 More Than Ready - $50,000 Overanalyze - $10,000 Paynter - $25,000 Pioneerof the Nile – To be determined Revolutionary - $7,500 Sidney’s Candy - $15,000 Speightstown - $80,000 Spring At Last - $10,000 Super Saver - $35,000 Take Charge Indy - $20,000 Tiznow - $75,000 U S Ranger - $5,000
I am intrigued immensely with this horse. He has run back to back killer speed figures. Personally ,if all go in the BC Jeuvi for Colts,this just may be the most interesting race of the entire Cup. Between Pharoah,Diem and Daredevil, this represents arguably the fastest field going in. I will have to see how Upstart looks on Race Day and how he handles his final workout. I think that this guy will run a huge race and at great odds. The only question will be as to how fast the others run. Like i said,great race.
Nathan about a week ago you asked about the figs for this race and if they confirmed my looking to beat him. The answer is an ASTOUNDING YES. Based on his 2 dirt races,he is far from being the fastest horse in the race. He is coming off a major effort and doing something that he has never done before. People will say that i do not like this horse and that is why i am not picking him. Furthest from the truth,this guy will have to substantially run a lifetime best to win this. Is it possible for this to happen. Absolutely yes,but in my opinion it is not very probable. In looking at the field,there are many horses coming in off lifetime best efforts. Chrome like i said before,he is away from an effort. But he has already run races that will bury this field. Candy Boy has a great pattern,he is getting better at the right time. So for me it is those 2 by themselves.Any other Scnozolla hits the teletimer first,I LOSE.
  • amino998 · Knew you'd get back, TM ...heard SB will be 8/5 or less from a guy... :) seems short hoping for a lifetime best :) ...speaking of hoping for lifetime bests, amdaman likes Footbridge as a huge overlay · 13 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · I would never try and talk anyone off of a longshot play. I wish him all the luck. But HUGE is an understatement . Personally i would not bet him if they spotted him 10 yards before the field even broke. I saw wheras Karnack predicted the post time odds. · 13 hours ago
Following are the advertised 2015 fees for the Ocala Stud stallion roster for 2015: Adios Charlie - $3,000 High Cotton - $5,000 In Summation - $2,500 Kantharos - $5,000 Overdriven - $3,000 Prospective – $5,000 Uncaptured - $6,000
depending on the odds, really like Alexis Tangier in this race
so far Golden Actor and Big Big Easy look formidable.
so far Code West is intriguing and like his 10-1 ML Odds
per ML Odds, leaning towards Confrontation and Sage Valley




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