• Far Right shoots up the rail again to score in the Southwest Stakes. Posted 4 days ago
  • Khozan demolishes a Gulfstream Park allowance field to remain perfect in two starts. Posted 4 days ago
  • No beating North Slope as he returns to dirt a winner in the Evening Attire. Posted 4 days ago
  •  International Star scrapes the paint to win the Risen Star.Posted 5 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox speaks loud and clear in the Rachel Alexandra. Posted 5 days ago
  • Itsaknockout wins the Fountain of Youth on the DQ of Upstart. Posted 5 days ago
  •  Chocolate Ride sneaks away in the Fair Grounds Handicap.Posted 5 days ago
  • Long On Value clearly Best in the Canadian Turf. Posted 5 days ago
  •  Street Babe surprise the Mineshaft field at Fair Grounds.Posted 5 days ago
  • Main Sequence storms home late to win the Mac Diarmida! Posted 5 days ago

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Bern Identity, a top East Coast sprinter who was being pointed to the G3 Tom Fool next Sat. at Aqu, has been retired after suffering a knee injury in a training mishap almost 2 weeks ago at Palm Meadows, per trainer Kelly Breen. Article on DRF to be posted later today.
Its official! He wont be running in the derby!
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  • Paladin · Too Bad. That was part of Jess's Dream, to have in the Derby. · 1 hour ago
  • Goblin · JD's connections have never given any indication that the Kentucky Derby was ever a goal for this colt. However, if you have OFFICIAL information, you need to CITE A SOURCE, preferably a linkable one. Otherwise this is just more innuendo and gossip. · 43 minutes ago
Beautiful portrait of Shared Belief!... .http://www.drf.com/news/hovdey-shared-belief-shades-black
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  • jonquil · Very lovely artwork indeed. :) I really love looking at old portraits of race horses. They're always so interesting! This definitely invokes that same feel. Timeless. · 17 hours ago
  • Captain Obvious via Disqus · Nice portrait slew. I sure hope it looks even better with age. · 1 hour ago
Can't believe the difference in this year's SA Handicap versus last years edition. One of the best races last year, here and now it's just another win for Shared Belief.
By the way, on case any one didn't know, in the Sam Davis, Ocean Knight ran 49 feet more than 2nd place Divining Rod. According to timecharts, that is the equivalent to 6 lengths more than the runner up. It impressed me more seeing that fact, because he might have won going away. I am very confident in this colt and I pray that he remains sound and healthy. Go Ocean knight!!!!!
Is this horse ever going to race in a KD prep? Bet the horse in KD futures lol which was a bad idea. Probably wont get KD distance but he has been training well. Enter the horse in a race TP.
  • veyedoublenwhy · His connections already said that they aren't preping him for the Derby. If his comeback goes well don't be surprized if he is entered in the Preakness. · 2 hours ago
It's interesting that Stonestreet will not let either OK or CD run at GP. It's also interesting that it appears they are favoring CD a bit by making OK ship up to the NE.
  • MarkKennedy · Well I think they are just going by past performances. Carpe diem was a big name last year. OK is just now making a name and has only two races under his belt. Also maybe it's not favoring. Maybe they think OK is more versatile and a better fit against El kaiber which to me is regressing and far from over which I like a lot. Curlins tend to like the distance and hVe faired pretty good in NY. I'm not worried. I think he will get his points · 3 hours ago
im excited
Next stop Florida Derby!
It's been confirmed! First mare has checked in foal to him :)
Get geared up ladies and gentlemen! We are only days away!
  • papillon · based on? there are only two long (two turn) MSWs in the current condition book that goes through march 5. one dirt, one turf. both are this sat. the 28th. the only other MSWs in the book are on march 6 & 7, one dirt, one turf, both are short (one turn). Sherriffs has been pretty consistent in saying Cozmic One will start at two turns--which seems wise tbh. based on his works, he doesn't appear to have any early speed, even if it turns out he can close like his dam. also, zenyatta.com hasn't made an announcement--given this is the biggest news for team z since she foaled him, you'd think they'd be eager to share. one last thought--his work on the 19th, was the first after a two week hiatus and he had been working once a week like clock work since early dec. not saying your wrong, but would be nice to know the source. · 2 days ago
  • https://www.facebook.com/headb · I'll believe it when I see him in the starting gate. · 14 hours ago
Nathan, on Sat. at GP in the 7th race.All eyes and most of the win pool will be on Wisecracker. But do not fall asleep on Seeking Alpha.
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · I've had Wisecracker in my v. stable for a long time. I hope he does well :) · 14 hours ago
How fit is this guy, Nathan??? Three MSWs in the book for March 7: 5 1/2 dirt 7 1/2 turf and an outside the box 1 3/16ths turf...
  • tmallios via Disqus · Todd is not going to rush this one at all. Figure him for a 7F next time,or even longer. This is the type that can be slotted into the Peter Pan. Then The Easy Goer on Belmont Day. If he is the nuts as they think,then you get serious with him. Something tells me that he may be Todds Haskell horse. · 17 hours ago
It's probably happened before, but when was the last time Godolphin bought a horse from Coolmore?
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  • Goblin · My first thought was that if Northport doesn't know the answer, probably no one here does; and I could not recall it ever having happened. ;) · 20 hours ago
  • jonquil · Although I don't recall them buying from Coolmore, I do know they bred with Coolmore stallions up until the some time in mid-2000s. But that's not quite the same thing, I expect. · 17 hours ago
"this is the worst 3 y/o crop" is one of the mantras that ROOKIES learn to emote yet NEVER understand it in context: HOW can you tell how a GROWING and MATURING animal is going to do BEFORE THE FACT??
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  • travel_vic · Pedigrees NOW that we know of epigenetics, are even MORE flawed than they were before the idea of environmentally caused gene activation with a controller gene. · 15 days ago
  • MarkKennedy · Vic. I think it's way to early to say this is the worst crop There are still several un defeated horses that haven't got going · 17 hours ago
El Kabeir was beaten by a superior horse. Far From Over cold have continued on another 1/8 or more. His last 1/16th is his Waterloo. He cannot go further than a mile at graded Stakes speed. He also has a lot of mileage on that frame. I believe he needs a breather. On a limb I would predict he will not hit the board in the Gotham.
There's going to be a bunch of nice horse not get in the derby this yr. could make for an exciting yr of horse racing
Heres the Undefeated list. in no particular order. Mr. Jordan, Khozan, Dortmund, Itsaknockout, Far from Over, Caribbean Cowboy, Mr. L.S Shoe, Gentlemens Agreement, Supermason, Ocean Knight.
  • reversecowboy77 · Also Undefeated, Recount, Blofeld, Competitive Edge, Ocho Ocho Ocho, Barbados. Academy Bay. · 20 hours ago
  • MarkKennedy · There a bunch of undefeated colts this yr. It's about to get exciting. I really think we are going to see some stars really step up. For me. I'm excited about 4. Far from over. Oceans knight. Khozan. And Keen ice. · 17 hours ago
Curlin’s Fox to scratch from G3 Santa Ysabel on Sat at SA, per trainer C. Gaines. Will nominate to China Doll on turf March 7. According to DRF
  • Goblin · That sounds like a very good idea to me. While she appears to be quite talented, I thought it was a bit ambitious to take her from 6.5f. on the turf (down the hill) to 8.5f. on dirt in only her second start. The 8f. China Doll on turf is a way to gradually increase her distances and allow her to garner more actual racing experience. Many of the fillies in the Santa Ysabel have had numerous previous starts. · 19 hours ago
  • MarkKennedy · Dang but she is better suited to the turf · 17 hours ago
Ranked in top 100 Greatest American race horses of 20th century. She became dam of near Triple Crown winner Tim Tam and stakes winning colts On-and-On and Pied d'Or.



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