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Wednesday's 8th race (5:18pm CT) from Hawthorne is a $28,000 Allowance affair for fillies and mares dashing six furlongs on the main track. #5 Silky Sami (7-2) got pace help here March 15 and rolled on by, and the place finisher came back to score. The early fractions did not flatter her last t...Read More
  • travel_vic · never cared for this track: chalk and small fields but before scratches contenders appear to be: 1 Gambler Five 5 Silky Sami 2 A Shot Away 4 Distant Mesa · 12 seconds ago ·
The field for the Run for the Roses is taking shape ... here's the early HRN morning line, and the final Down and Derby before the big race.Read More
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  • Dwane · How will cal chrome travel? He has never been outside of California. I hope he travels as well as he runs, if so he should be the deserving favorite in the derby · 3 hours ago ·
  • racingfactions.com · Medal Count, eat a biscuit and take a nap. Okay now win the Derby at 20/1. Hi ho the dario, the Robby and the Dale. · 4 minutes ago ·
what will be his m/l in the derby? I say 3-1
Two excellent runs in one week, I like Medal Count in the Derby. Will be watching his Churchill works closely.
The first Kentucky Derby 2014 Future Wager Pool opens Wednesday, Nov. 27 and closes Saturday, Nov. 30.Read More
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  • travel_vic · From the way the trainers try to get posts, I would say the best are in the middle..4 throught 10 · 1 hour ago ·
  • travel_vic · I have attend pst draws for many big contests and the ends of the gate always are given out last, particularly on the rail · 1 hour ago ·
horse Turf Paradise - Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Jeffrey Brandes Race 8 - 6 Furlongs. ™Clm 3500n3L Purse $6,000 FOR FILLIES AND MARES THREE YEARS OLD AND UPWARD WHICH HAVE NEVER WON THREE RACES. Three Year Olds, 115 lbs., Older, 123 lbs. Non-winners of a race since March 15 Allowed 2 lbs. A race since...Read More
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  • Biggamepicks2 · TUESDAY'S RESULTS Top selection #6 Cool Toddy finished 2nd and paid $4.40 to place. The exacta came back 5/6 for $31.40 for $2. We were +$125 as we had $245 returned on a $120 investment. · 5 hours ago ·
  • travel_vic · "WE??" Your syndicate you mean?? · 1 hour ago ·
The chairman of The Jockey Club calls for transparency of the veterinary records of all horses entered in this year's Triple Crown races.Read More
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  • travel_vic · BUT, he and his LOCK on the controls made it a breeder's game for a very long time. This is a lot of the reason the good ones never last. Imagine a sport like NFL football if Eli and Peyton only stayed long enough to be BREEDING Stock and never seen again. · 14 hours ago ·
  • DANCERS1FAN · Mr Phipps, when has government regulation of ANYTHING ever turned out for the good? You think that is a good solution? . I will say that some things need to change but you sir with your notoriety should be an ambassador for the good things in this great sport instead of publicy making it appear as though ALL people in the sport are cheaters. YOU are helping to give racing a bad reputation with your continued statements. You are also crucifying Mr Asmussen publicly when the PETA video did NOT show any illegal activities whatsoever. It is NOT illegal to give theraputic medication to horses--in fact it is the humane thing to do. Are we to believe that NONE of your horses EVER receive ANY medication? I highly doubt it and I in fact hope that is not the case. I also hope for your sake that nobody ever comes to your barn with a video camera while a horse is getting an injection and that they don't then proceed to put it on the internet and call you and your staff abusers. Activist groups that wish to make things look bad for their own agenda should not be given a forum to spout their extremist views. And lastly, if you think vet records should be public, why just for the triple crown? Why not all races? Why not the breeding farms? Shouldn't we all then know what went into the horses all their lives? Why don't you start - Orb's records first.... · 1 hour ago ·
Checked the "raw" numbers on this one going INTO the SA Derby (so that effort was not available for this evaluation) and the animal is improving by leaps and bounds both in total energy and particularly in % median which has averaged IN the range for a Derby candidate in the range of 67.3, on the low end but there nonetheless. NOW if this one matches up well with the field, he should be a prominant numbers colt to be reckoned wiht. The KEY is how they do at 9 furlongs. Recall that War Emblem's Illinois Derby was key in understanding how he would be able to not only secure a lead, but if not pushed too hard, could get the distnace easily. This one suggests being a prime contender OBJECTIVELY but without the final piece of the puzzle that cannot be bolstered with a big yes, YET
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  • Stagedoorjohnny · Neither the afternoon Examiner nor the Times had the best handicapper in those days. The San Diego Union did - Nelson Fisher, whom by the way handicapped horses but never, ever bet on the ponies. He was a genius at what he did though. As for Prof. Jones - didn't he go to prison for some kind of betting fraud schemes? · 2 hours ago ·
  • travel_vic · could be, never read that guy · 1 hour ago ·
Q of the Day. who is the most impressive horse thusfar since 2000?
Horse Racing Nation photo essayist, Heidi Carpenter, catches a beautiful day of racing all the way around at Keeneland on Blue Grass Day. Read More
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  • tmallios1 · Anna,please contact Lisa at belmontgirl111@aol.com. She has dossage info for you on the Derby · 3 hours ago ·
  • AnnaK · Thanks tmallios, I will. · 2 hours ago ·
Today's Q : who was the most in fluential sire of sires of the past 50 years? Raise a Native, Northern Dancer, A.P. Indy, Bold Ruler, or Storm Cat?
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  • buckpasser · LAZ. I have always felt the comment about Bold Rulers' not being able to go 10f was more of a comment against the Phipps family and how many of their BR youngsters were great at two but were less stellar at three. Other owners had BRs that went 10f like WH Perry. · 2 hours ago ·
  • LAZMANNICK · Buck remember back in the day when Bold Ruler was considered the ultimate sire. · 2 hours ago ·
First work finally in at GG - 3F in 38.40 H
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  • Sullivan · Thinking is all 3yo stakes at Del Mar are on turf which tends to suit synthetic specialists better than dirt · 3 hours ago ·
  • slewcrew7778 · Never a mention of turf. If the connections are only looking out for their non-breeding investment I suppose anything is possible. But if the horse is fit and Rome is the sportsman he's made out to be, he'll target the dirt competition - namely Chrome - somewhere down the line; who in my opinion would blow away Will Take Charge if they ran tomorrow. · 2 hours ago ·
This was interesting....upon reading 'Frankel's' bio they had this to say...."Since 1900, of British-bred racehorses only Ribot has won more races and finished his career unbeaten (racing largely in Italy).[6] Frankel's record of nine consecutive Group 1 wins is unsurpassed and has been equalled only by the U.S.A. filly Zenyatta".
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  • LAZMANNICK · Ribot's nationality is strange to say the least. He was by an Italian stallion, out of an Italian dam, bred by an Italian, trained by an Italian, ridden by an Italian jockey, owned by an Italian, raced mainly in Italy and yet was foaled at National Stud in England and therefore is actually an English bred. · 2 hours ago ·
  • buckpasser · While Frankel was extremely impressive, Ribit was in a class by himself with two Arc victories. · 2 hours ago ·
I hope we see a work out at CD before the derby
Whats everyones Top 3 Derby horses, the 3 your most high on winning it? Mine are California Chrome, Wicked Strong, Danza
I have only one concern, he has done all of his races & training in cal.
Very proud of ROC, hes really maturing.... great 2nd in Ark Derby... On to the Derby... Been with you all along the journey since ellis park.
Milam worked nicely at Keeneland, looking for a start soon.



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