• Proctor's Ledge (6-1), with first-time Lasix, rolls on the turf in the Lake George.Posted 11 hours ago
  • Dream It Is (4-1) romps in the Grade 3 Schuylerville at Saratoga.Posted 11 hours ago
  • Indycott (7-5) wins the opener, as they're off at Saratoga!Posted 16 hours ago
  • Bowies Hero (3-1) much the best in the Oceanside Stakes on opening day at Del Mar.Posted 2 days ago
  • Irap (7-5) romps home a big winner of the Indiana Derby.Posted 6 days ago
  • Eagle (5-2) rides the rail to victory in the Schaefer Memorial.Posted 6 days ago
  • West Coast (2-5) powers home nicely in the Los Alamitos Derby.Posted 6 days ago
  • Songbird (1-9) wins the Delaware Handicap by only a length.Posted 6 days ago
  • Disco Partner (7-5) runs away from his Forbidden Apple competition.Posted 6 days ago
  • Frostmourne (1-2) turns the Kent Stakes into his own private party.Posted 6 days ago
Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

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A healthy Unique Bella is a near certainty a faster stronger more talented 3 year old filly than Abel Tasman . And that is no knock on Abel Tasman. Unique Bella is special. But if Abel Tasman wins the Coaching Club American Oaks this weekend there is nothing unique bella can do to win the eclipse award for best 3 year old filly . Short of winning the classic that is
Tomorrow Del Mar is giving away posters of Arrogate to fans coming in to the track. Dang.
Chrome has left for Chile and has safely landed in Miami! Here's a link to the Taylor Made Stallions twitter with several pictures. A big thank you for Chrome's connections for keeping us fans up to date! https://twitter.com/tmstallions?lang=en and a video from their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/taylormadeadvantage/posts/1418107358225047
Where is this horse now??
2017 finish order was 7 Madame Stripes, 2 Corps de Ballet, 4 Mrs. Mc Dougal, 14 Laseen.
1Street Surrender, 8Lady Valeur, 6Anita Partner, 4Mrs. Mc Dougal
Stakes races should be run at equal weights period. Handicap races are for claimers. The most ridiculous thing in racing is to take an animal like arrogate and see how much more weight he can carry than his competition until he loses a race. What does that prove? It proves the only thing that can beat him today is the Racing Secretary. You weigh them down they don't run em simple as that! What's the rule of thumb, every 2lbs. over a mile in distance is equal to 1 length then you can add every 4 starting positions outside the 3 hole is equal to 1 length. Yeah we should put Arrogate in the 20 hole and make him carry 132 lbs. so the race is fair to every other horse. This animal is a freak of nature which comes along every so often. My advice to all is enjoy watching this magnificent animal run & forget about everything else. You'll never know which animal was the best ever unless they run against themselves which will never happen so grab a beer saturday & sit down and watch him run cause you'll miss him when he's gone to Stud!
Instantly fell in love with this filly after hearing her story about shipping here to the U.S. and being held in quarantine due to numerous false positives for Glanders. She would have to be shipped back to Ireland or be put down. Little Red Feather fought to keep her alive and now she's racing! Her U.S. debut was today in the 3rd race at Del Mar. She did not place but gave a game effort on the outside of horses in the final turn before the stretch. She had a long lay-off because of her issues and required a long rehabilitation to get her race ready again. I look for her to have a much improved effort next time out.
PJ rated off the pace comfortably in his last W. He could steal the Haskel no doubt🏇
The card at Haydock was cancelled after an accident before the fourth race. A stall handler suffered serious injuries and later died after being run over by the starting gate. No details have yet to be given and the police are investigating the incident. I can't imagine how someone could be run over by the starting gate. As well as being an extremely sad story it is an equally puzzling one as well.
I like this girl here c: It may be another really good year for the Filly's
This filly looks like she could be a good one. Nice win at The Spa today.
The Shack's daughter won the Saratoga stakes opener!! Congratulations to Dream It Is and connections have a prosperous career and Shackleford have a prosperous career at stud. One of my top 10 favorites of all time.
Secretariat winning the Kentucky Derby. Amazing quality! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/90d4d9923e5070a26b9b642cb11928f8b0842c53f1e2b6507c18b77ac426e066.jpg
Didn't seem to like the dirt today.
1 Arrogate 2 Donworth 3 Catburglar 4 Accelerate
Poll: Who is the best horse that Arrogate could beat? It can be any racehorse from any time period.
Frosted is one of the most beautiful horses I have ever seen. I can't wait to see his babies run.
All Practical Joke ever does is run well. Deep field but PJ is used to that. I think he will be underestimated again and be a good price. The odds board will be very interesting, we got seven good, evenly matched colts. The handicapper in me loves this field.
And they're off at Saratoga!!

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