• Favorite Tale is long gone in the Smile Sprint.Posted 13 hours ago
  • Big Blue Kitten powers home for his 2nd win in the United Nations.Posted 13 hours ago
  • Shaman Ghost flies home to win the Queen's Plate.Posted 14 hours ago
  • Bradester a strong winner of the Salvator Mile.Posted 14 hours ago
  • Aldous Snow just holds off Dynamic Sky in the Singspiel.Posted 15 hours ago
  • Dogwood Trail cannot be caught in the Grade 3 Azalea.Posted 15 hours ago
  • Gimme Da Lute just holds off Prospect Park in the Los Alamitos Derby.Posted 1 day ago
  • Private Zone dominates the Belmont Sprint from start to finish.Posted 1 day ago
  • Lady Eli magnificent in Belmont Oaks victory.Posted 1 day ago
  • Force The Pass wins the $1.25 Belmont Derby in a laugher.Posted 1 day ago

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I think he has to go to the JCGC. Waiting to face older horses in the BC is a bad idea. If for some ungodly reason he loses the BC, every hater will be all over he fact that he only won restricted races. You are putting all of your eggs into one basket- and I think Bob is smarter than that. They have to try older horses before the BC and I think the ideal spot is the JCGC. A historic race that he could possibly run against top competition in Chrome, Tonalist and Honor Code. Just my opinion. Thoughts? If he romps in the Haskell I just don't see the Travers or PA Derby being appealing or a logical spot at all
Street Story worked 4f, July 5th, in 51:27 (b) finishing 2/2.
Rachel's Valentina worked 5f, July 4th, in 1:01:67 (b) finishing 6/20.
Untapable worked 4f, July 4th, in 52:44 (b) finishing 35/37.
Tencendur worked 4f, July 4th, in 50:09 (b) finishing 45/60.
Sweet Whiskey worked 4f, July 4th, in 50:98 (b) finishing 54/60.
Materiality worked 4f, July 4th, in 49:53 (b) finishing 25/60.
Liam's Map worked 4f, July 4th, in 49:44 (b) finishing 17/60.
Kitten's Queen worked 4f, July 4th, in 49:09 (b) finishing 20/60.
Jack Milton worked 4f, July 4th, in 49:56 (b) finishing 28/60.
Curalina worked 4f, July 4th, in 48:09 (b) finishing 4/60.
People were hoping for another Zenyatta. It almost never happens. Too early to talk gelding, if racing is not his thing, he still has that pedigree. Maybe he'll make a good stud.
I thought he might get the win. Glad to see him make a good comeback though.
Never mind, there are two pages for this colt. I see the problem now.
I thought Danish Dynaformer was going to take it (I bet $1 ATB on him), but Shaman Ghost had more dramatic ideas about the finish and decided to beat him to the finish. Oh well, one dollar very well spent to watch a lovely race in Canada online! lol Congratulations to Shaman G and his connections!
Evidently finished 1st but was disqualified and placed 5th for interference at the 1/16 pole.
I would dangle this historical nugget out to the connections: ONLY ONE Triple Crown winner also won the Travers.....Tough quadruple but it has a bonus historical notoriety merit badge hanging all over it.
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · Whirlaway! He had such a long tail. Maybe Pharoah could get extensions. · 3 days ago
  • Ruffianlover · He should go to JCGC instead · 10 hours ago
One more month till we see the greatest horse of the twenty first century run!! Interesting to see how many(and which) quality horses decide to challenge AP. AP came out of the TC in better shape then most horses who run all three races and on a two month break I don't see anyone beating AP over 9f. The horse in this crop with the best chance to beat AP over 9 would be Dortmund but he'll probably be in Saratoga for the Jim Dandy.
  • unbridled_68 · I agree. He's in great shape and has trounced the competition so far. I think the competition in the three year old division will have to Dortmund or Firing Line, especially at this distance. Will also be intersting to see how Texas Red fits into the scheme of things.Think frosted may become a handful as he matures at 10f. Hoping for a sweep of the Haskell &Travers, then the JCGC & BCC against the best of our older boys. · 2 days ago
  • topkat via Disqus · Well umm as it stands we got Mr Jordan to commit actually it might end up being a match race between Ap and Mr J because Zayat has to please the NY jewish community and BB does not have the nuts to run at Saratoga in any way shape or form, so there you go, AP will give Mr Jordan a few furlong head start and let the silly carnival begin at that dump of a racetrack Monmouth Park what an awful waste of a triple crown champ, and THEN they will more than likely have him follow in california chromes hoof prints and run in the PA Derby at Parx ANOTHER dump of a horse track,,,, sickening · 10 hours ago
Selling at the Fasig Tipton Older Racehorse sale..
  • Northport · It's CierraJanay and Chitu77's chance to buy their champion! · 9 days ago
  • mstulga via Disqus · good catch.. I wonder why? perhaps there were some nagging health issues. I loved Chitu, his mother was a hell of a long distance bred horse. I thought he would materialized into a great miler, but I guess not in the cards. · 10 hours ago
Big Blue Kitten appears to have come out of the United Nations in good shape. Trainer Chad Brown tells DRF's Jim Dunleavy that Big Blue Kitten seems to be getting better every race."A little extra distance is always better for this horse, and he got the pace he needs today," Brown said. "He worked as a team with Mr. Ramsey's other horse, who Mike Maker was good enough to send in. Mr. Ramsey doesn't make too many wrong decisions." Big Blue Kitten, a 7-year-old son of Kitten's Joy, now has won 13 of 27 career starts and went over $2 million in earnings by winning Sunday's $500,000 race. Brown said the two races most likely for Big Blue Kitten's next start are the Grade 2, $250,000 Bowling Green at 1 3/8 miles Aug. 1 at Saratoga or the Arlington Million at 1 1/4 miles Aug. 15. Article on DRF

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