• Songbird repels the challenge of Carina Mia, and romps home in the CCA Oaks.Posted 17 hours ago
  • Up With the Birds swings to victory in Woodbine's Nijinsky Stakes.Posted 19 hours ago
  • Tin Type Gal rides the rail to victory in Monmouth's Boiling Springs.Posted 19 hours ago
  • California Chrome edges Dortmund in a San Diego Handicap showdown.Posted 1 day ago
  • Mokat (7-1) turns the San Clemente into a one-filly show.Posted 1 day ago
  • Dacita just gets up in the Grade 1 Diana in a four-horse photo.Posted 1 day ago
  • Front Pocket Money grinds to victory in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore.Posted 1 day ago
  • Hit It Once More romps home a big winner of the New York Derby.Posted 1 day ago
  • Bitumen (4-5) powers home to win the Grade 3 Sanford at Saratoga.Posted 1 day ago
  • Secretariat winner Highland Reel goes all the way in the Group 1 King George.Posted 2 days ago

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Dortmund earned a career best 125 RPR for his effort in the San Diego Handicap.
Which of the three year old fillies except Songbird looks likely to be effective at 10 furlongs. Mike Smith said after the race that Songbird got a little tired but he thinks she will move forward off this performance. Carina Mia put up a gutsy race and threatened for a little over a mile which makes me wonder what would have happened if she had gone in the Test instead. As good as Cathryn Sophia is she does not look like a 10 furlong horse. Catch A Glimpse may be but it is unlikely she'll be back on the dirt any time soon. After the Alabama the races for this division revert to 8.5 or 9 furlongs until the Distaff. Songbird's tactical speed gives her a huge advantage over her competition. Anything can happen in a horse race but as of now someone will have to run the race of their career to beat her. Carina Mia just did that but the result was the same.
The last walkover in a Grade 1 was Spectacular Bid in the 1980 Woodward. The Alabama won't actually be a walkover but it might just look and feel like one. Songbird has the talent to become one of the great fillies of all time. She may not be there yet but she is certainly on the right track.
Fair Eva's performance on Saturday at Ascot in the G3 Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes along with Lady Aurelia's performance at Ascot in the G2 Queen Mary Stakes during last month's royal meeting are 2 of the most explosive performances by a juvenile on turf that I've seen this season, male or female. Both fillies possess a wicked turn of foot. I'd love to see them face off at Newmarket in September in the G1 Cheveley Park Stakes, which is where trainer Wesley Ward recently told the media that Lady Aurelia would be pointed provided she comes out of the G1 Prix Morny in good order. The Cheveley Park Stakes would be a hugely anticipated race with Fair Eva & Lady Aurellia both in the field, but I fear that by September, trainer Roger Charlton will have already gone up in trip to at least 7f with Fair Eva and have his eye set more on the G1 Dubai Fillies' Mile vs. dropping back to 6f again for the Cheveley Park Stakes. I'll still keep my fingers crossed though that at some point on down the road we might get a chance to see these 2 super-talented, super-quick fillies in the same starting gate together.
Pebbles was right, no way she would have won the Triple Crown. Silly silly me.
She was spectacular ! She(4yrs.old) might have a say in the older horses' standings this year.I'll be watching her.
Late to the party but great job Dortmund!!! Ran like a champ even in defeat. Here is a video of Dortmund after the race in great spirits via Emilie Fojan, his breeder. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1022546094467384&id=100001360092341&__tn__=%2As
  • Brian Shaw via Disqus · This video confirms what Baffert had to say that Dortmund looked great the morning following the race. Happy to see him doing well, just hope he stays healthy going forward and he'll win some big races. · 1 hour ago
According to Baffert, Dortmund was only 95%. This and the fact Dortmund surged back and passed CC after the wire(they switched leads several times) IMO implies two things. Dortmund probably would have won if he was 100%(it still would have been incredibly close) and that Dortmund wasn't tired(which seeing that time is a very positive sign especially seeing his distance concerns which are real but not completely validated) Both horses impressed(they obliterated the rest of the tiny field) and the margin between the two is close at 8.5. The Pacific will come down to whether Dortmund really has distance issues. Either way if Beholder proves the Pacific Classic was a fluke both will probably be defeated from what they've demonstrated at 10(CC should be the second choice)
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  • slewcrew7778 · Don't know if it was mentioned after the DWC, but I heard for the first time on the TVG broadcast before the race that by the time Chrome had reached the finish line in the Cup his saddle had slipped so far back it was almost on his flank. Which basically meant that Espinoza had little to do with his margin of victory since he couldn't really scrub on him. There's no way Dortmund was going to find more than Chrome yesterday, even at 100% What a roller coaster ride this horse has been for Artie!!!... · 20 hours ago
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · According to Sherman, Chrome was only 85%. · 3 hours ago
So what % fit was Chrome? And ho can you make a statement that a horse is 95% fit.? What measures that?
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · I think Ideally Dortmund would have had 1-2 more works hence the 95% statement. Usually Baffert gets a few more stiff works into them. He had to do some things differently with Dortmund like working him in company. Baffert usually doesn't work his top horses in company so it definitely lends me to believe they were pressed for time and had to improvise. Regardless he ran a huge race, maybe the best of his career in defeat. If he was a bit short this race should really move him forward from a fitness and racing prospective. Had he not ran so well going to the Pacific Classic wouldn't have been a great option and still might not be, but there's no reason to believe he won't benefit tremendously from the San Diego · 5 hours ago
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · His trainer says he was 85%. · 3 hours ago
Let's try to find out stallion who will be her first mate. Curlin?
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · It will most likely be American Pharoah, but I'd like to see a cross with Honor Code. Better bloodlines in the latter. · 3 hours ago
No works in two weeks... not very encouraging.
He may be headed to the Haskell. Whoa. That is certainly an audible called by Shadwell. "Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is leaning toward sending Mohaymen, who was favored over Nyquist in the Florida Derby in what was a battle of unbeaten at Gulfstream Park. It would certainly add a level of intrigue if Mohayman were to make his first start since finishing fourth in the Kentucky Derby." http://www.app.com/story/sports/horses/2016/07/14/haskell-nyquist-giants-killers/87033832/ 5 furlongs 1:00.79 4/24 4 furlongs 48.87 6/22 4 furlongs 47.60 1/6 It seems like he is rounding into form.
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  • Ferrisjso26 · This doesn't make sense to me. Horse is unbeaten against horses in races with horses not named Nyquist. Why send him to face off against Nyquist and Gun Runner when they could rack up a more likely win in the Jim Dandy? Maybe things have changed in the last five days because he's listed as probable for the Jim Dandy. · 19 hours ago
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · Interesting that they are really considering the Haskell with its prospective field. Nyquist worked very well yesterday and is right on target for a big race. Gun Runner has continued to improve and him schooling in the Paddock at Saratoga its clear he has never looked better (noticeably filled out). American Freedom outworked his very talented stablemate in hand at Delmar and his trainer owns the Haskell. Meanwhile the Jim Dandy is in his back yard and while half the purse is a significantly easier field. I do feel Destin is primed for a big effort as Pletcher always brings them ready to go for the prep. Creator & Governor Malibu while good horses seem to be prepping in this race for the Travers more than using this race as their goal. If Mohaymen has taken the expected leap in his development with the time off the Dandy just seems like the best option with Exaggerator likely to skip and Stradavari's racing career over. Having the race over the home track is usually a significant advantage 4 weeks later · 5 hours ago
great ride for a cosy win
The Bird flies again. Where are all the naysayers now?
  • Ruffianlover · #thebird · 17 hours ago
  • Pete via Disqus · I don't think a big field is going to test her in the Alabama, that CCAO race couldn't of set up any worse for Songbird and she still won. The rail was completely dead and she drew inside the only other early speed in the race and still won. No chance she gets beat this year. · 11 hours ago
Beautiful! I think I held my breath the entire race. I remember seeing one of her works posted prior to her first start and I can't remember the distance or time but I remember it blew me away and I said "Wow! I'm watching this one" out loud. And I've continued to be "wowed" every race. I'm looking forward to the BC, which will likely be her next step up in class.
  • barrmorr · Unless Beholder's connections change course and point to the Distaff I'm not sure it will be a step up in class. Stellar Wind is probably the best of the rest besides Beholder and they are scheduled to hook up next weekend at Del Mar. That will give us an idea where she is at this point. · 12 hours ago
What an amazing performance by Songbird! That was the first time she was ever tested in her 9 races, and she still won.
Beholder is still the best filly/mare right now.
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  • triple_double · or best female horse right now... Songbird will not beat Beholder anytime soon. · 17 hours ago
  • marcos via Disqus · Typo or what? · 15 hours ago
Excellent! Nice win for this guy
  • BeastBob via Disqus · I just noticed that this was his first attempt at 12 furlongs or longer. · 17 hours ago
For the love of God will some admin on this site please fix chrome's page? So comments will show up on the main page? Also I saw Dortmund got a 110 beyer anyone know what Chrome got?
  • DerbyDoc via Disqus · Chrome was issued a 111 · 21 hours ago
  • DDAmasa via Disqus · Every other page has"edit" in the top right. Chrome's page has "locked by". I wonder if that is the problem. But I don't understand why they don't fix it. · 17 hours ago

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