• Startup Nation steamrolls his foes in the With Anticipation! Posted 1 day ago
  • Partisan Politics breaks her maiden in style in the P.G. Johnson! Posted 2 days ago
  • Free as a Bird finds room and gets there in the Smart and Fancy! Posted 3 days ago
  • Goldencents runs them off their feet with a track record  in the Pat O' Brien!Posted 4 days ago
  • Tom's Tribute mows them down in the Del Mar Mile! Posted 4 days ago
  • V.E. Day nips his barn mate Wicked Strong on the Travers wire! Posted 5 days ago
  • Artemis Agrotera romps in the Ballerina! Posted 5 days ago
  • Abaco gets up in the Ballston Spa!Posted 6 days ago
  • Saturday, August 23 Del Mar Pick 6 Carryover - $106,668Posted 6 days ago
  • Close Hatches runs away with the Personal Ensign! Posted 6 days ago

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This horse won its 2nd race back off a long layoff. New trainer made a difference from 11th place in his 1st race back to 1st place in his next race. This horse is still learning and expecting good things from him.
New picture of Hold Me Back; I about died laughing when I saw this face!
Kid Cruz, most recently fourth in the Travers Stakes (gr. I), is having surgery to remove a chip from his left knee and will miss the rest of the year, trainer Linda Rice said Aug. 29 from Saratoga Race Course. Article on Bloodhorse.com
kaitlinfree1 don't u like hate me, yeah I'm pretty sure u hate me, anyway what im getting at here is that i'd like to apologize to you for making you hate me, and this goes to anyone else i've upset on here. "I'm Sorry"
  • Melann Johnston via Disqus · Everyone has an opinion and sometimes it ruffles some feathers, so no need to apologize for yours!! Cheers! · 1 hour ago
Although I am very excited he is returning to the track, his campaign is boring and unexciting. He's already won all these races! Try something new. He's already shown his dominance on the turf. Why not go to the dirt for a little change?
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  • Mike Relva via Disqus · It's not about what you or anyone else wants,it's about the horse. · 10 days ago
  • Melann Johnston via Disqus · There is nothing boring and unexciting about Wise Dan!!! It's doesn't matter where they put him, I just love watching this guy run!!! He is alive and that's what matters!! Go Dan!! · 1 hour ago
Churchill Downs has “no precise timetable for announcing the successor” to race-caller Larry Collmus, Numerous replacement candidates have been mentioned on social media and elsewhere, including Kurt Becker, Bill Downes, Frank Mirahmadi, Bobby Neuman, and Travis Stone. Curious to see who they choose, article on DRF
It's official, Shared Belief will be pointed to Awesome Again as final prep for BC Classic, per trainer Jerry Hollendorfer
  • https://www.facebook.com/p.dav · interesting. afraid of chrome, wants to stay undefeated · 2 hours ago
  • Mike in SB · I like this move very much, should set him up perfect for the Classic. I don't understand why more trainers don't want a race over the track before a big race. This is a new surface at Santa Anita, a race over the track will only help Shared Belief. · 1 hour ago
Big Cazanova, who set track record for 1 1/8 at DMR Thursday, will likely be pointed to the Awesome Again at SA, according to trainer Peter Miller
Mike takes the blinkers off in a n1x 1 1/8th on the dirt Monday.
  • tmallios via Disqus · First of all,who is Mike? Second and more important at Parx. Stone Cold will be making an appearance · 6 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · In todays nite cap at the Spa,hearing a little thunder on our boy Shirreffs ,in honor of our Justice System. Been a bit green in AM, but showing ability. If can get the Double digit odds,just may be worth a dip in the pool. · 3 hours ago
Wonder why they ran this horse in a maiden claimed first out. By tiz wonderful out of yearly report. Multiple stakes winner of bafferts. Also ran fourth in the Alabama. Also yearly report comes from a good family.
Give this guy credit, Curlin has had a remarkable year both on the track and off the track, Curlin gets inducted into the hall of fame this year, he's one of the top sires of 2013, he's got stakes winners from Palace Malice, to the undefeated Stopshoppingdebbie,to Moulin De Mongin, to Classic placed Ride On Curlin, to very promising two year old La Grange, and not to mention the highly anticipated debut of Jess's Dream soon, it seems like every curlin horse is either winning or running in the top 3, wether it's dirt, turf, or synthetic. He is one of the greatest of all time on the track, and now is spreading his legacy to his offsprings, hope he continues to have success and and his runners make him proud.
  • Goblin · I couldn't agree more, Jb. He caught my attention early on in Florida, before the Jackson, Bolton, and Sanan group formed to make their offer to Midnight Cry (MC were the original owners and were allowed to stay on as partners). He, Cigar, and Skip Away were the last of the American weight carriers; Curlin carried 132 lbs. in his DWC prep race. Curlin's runners are doing well on the grass as well as the dirt. As I listened to Barbara Banke's speech at the HOF induction, I thought she must truly regret that her husband did not live to share the day. · 4 hours ago
Look for his 2 yr old My Point Exactly Sep 6th at La Downs, looks like a nice runner!
wins a non graded stakes race and now he's the next mucho macho man?
  • Paladin · Who called him the next MMM? I do like his chances in the Super Derby. Should like that long stretch at La Downs. · 2 days ago
  • jackh41 · NO! Just a nice horse that gives his all in every race. That's all anyone can ask for. · 4 hours ago
the Place colt in the 2014 Travers was done at the 1/16th pole just awaiting on anyone what was close and had the gas.....
  • cugel the clever · Not at all. He made the lead easily and relaxed. He had lots left in the tank. Blinks do help him overall but don't help with seeing horses coming up beside in the stretch. If he'd seen him earlier (or the jock was awake), WS would have engaged and shook him off. · 4 hours ago
They should've considered the Beldame
  • Eventer1999 · Why?? She would likely be soundly beaten again. They want 3yo filly honors and running up the track twice in a row in the later half of the year won't get her any awards. · 7 hours ago
I want to see Game On Dude run in a much shorter races like BC Mile Dirt or an 8.5F races and let's see if these so called "extended sprints" horses can catch up with him. With his age, it is very hard for him to win in classic races. Bullet Bob, please take note.
  • Mary Z. · Good odds next time, maybe. I think better for him to try for the lead in a longer route, 9, 10f. So many more can last at 8 or 8.5 f. · 3 days ago
  • supercool666 · I agree with you 100%. I came on here to post exactly the same thing!! I don't want connections to run him in the BC Classic, what is the point, he CANNOT win that race, he just wont stay!!! The BC Dirt Mile would be the ideal race for Game On Dude, he has so much speed and wont tire, I would love to see him go up against Bayern and Goldencents, it would be one of the best races at the Breeders Cup! · 12 hours ago
Wilmington, Del., August 28, 2014 —All wagers were refunded in the third race at Delaware Park today due to a technical issue. A temporary communications/tote malfunction allowed the mutuel pool for the race to remain open after the race started compromising the integrity of the pool. The issue remains under investigation. Subsequent races took place without issue.
Indianapolis worked out 8/28 at Del Mar on a fast track, running 5f in 1:00.60 handily.
Look like Goldencents is headed for Keeneland for the Shadwell Turf Mile to take on Wise Dan. This will be his first race on turf.
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  • tmallios via Disqus · Cedar you nailed it on the head. The BC Dirt Mile has a 1 Million Dollar Purse. The Turf Mile carries a 2 Million Dollar purse. They know that more than likely Dan has lost a couple of lengths. O'neill has looked at the competition and basically said......... Why not. Also he is far from a slam dunk on the dirt. They are not kidding themselves,they know that last years track the day he ran ,contributed greatly to his win. With all the negative public outcry after that day,and the fact that the track was switched overnite. Do not expect any juiced up surface at Santa Anita for this years BC Races. · 18 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · Still figuring out this site. Remembered today that dirt sprinter-miler Dominus won the Bernard Baruch in his first turf race. Short career and only had two races after that, but he wired . · 16 hours ago
How can I get the past performance of the Brazilian breed horse.




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