• Untrapped (11-1) rallies to win the Oklahoma Derby (G3).Posted 17 hours ago
  • Champion filly Champagne Room (1-5) returns to easy win in Remington Park Oaks.Posted 18 hours ago
  • Tequilita (5-2) returns to the winner's circle in the Grade 3 Charles Town Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Sharp Azteca (1-2) draws clear in the Grade 2 Kelso.Posted 1 day ago
  • West Coast (4-5) leaves the field far behind in the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby.Posted 1 day ago
  • It Tiz Well (5-1) bests Abel Tasman in the Grade 1 Cotillion.Posted 1 day ago
  • Coal Front (4-5) refuses to let American Pastime by in the Grade 3 Gallant Bob.Posted 1 day ago
  • Page McKenney (6-1) digs down and holds on in the Pa Derby Champion Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Off Limits (8-5) glides by her competition in the Grade 3 Noble Damsel.Posted 2 days ago
  • Capla Temptress (5-1) rolls home in the Natalma, while making her North American debut.Posted 7 days ago

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Surprised he didn't log a work today.. 7 days since his easy breeze last week. Figured they'd be on a regular schedule at this point. Would like to see another breeze in the next few days here
Actually, not a bad field. I'll go with Midnight Storm, who lost the Big Cap by 3/4 length to Shaman Ghost at the top of his game.
Was tough as nails holding off Better Lucky in her BC Win. I cannot wait for her Curlin baby! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d443257c4f733c411b019fd1ddd1fb6b01bb50ba1fc3b4a8971f581974ccdc7f.jpg
What a great sire
Was the best horse in this crop and would have given West Coast all he could handle imo
Pavel/Breaking Lucky/Midnight Storm/Accelerate
Hoping Irap has a complete recovery. Has been my favorite of this 3 year old crop for sometime and he always runs honest.
From this morning's Racing Post web-site: There were no significant absentees on Monday morning as 20 runners stood their ground at the latest forfeit stage for Sunday's G1 Prix De l'Arc de Triomphe. Enable, a general 4-5 shot with bookmakers to cap a wonderful season with glory at Chantilly did not feature among Monday's list, as connections will have to supplement her on Wednesday at a cost of $120,000(Euro).
  • ChessChamp · Is this common? Even the billionaires don't want to spend an extra $120k unless they have to. · 4 hours ago
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · Ditto the question below. Why was she not nominated to begin with? · 4 hours ago
Safe to say his 2 year old campaign is over. No works since the maiden, not running in the FR. Either an injury or taking their time..
  • BeastBob via Disqus · It's a good move if he's still in training or routinely galloping. I thought it was dangerous to start him with that apparent weight in the belly. · 4 hours ago
Any update on if Casse is retiring Classic Empire? They should already, but if he is ok, he should be looking towards the Jockey Gold Cup, right? But, I doubt that he ever races again. Classic Emoire, the true champion of the weakest horse racing crop year in a while.
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · no way would he be ready to race in the graded 1 jockey club i would be shocked if he races again this yr and if so maybe after the bc · 4 hours ago
What Baffert did with Arrogate and West Coast over the past 2 years raised the question of should owners skip prepping and starting their 3YOs in the Kentucky Derby and saving them for races later in the year and possibly winning the BCC. So if you are an owner, given a choice, which race would you like to win the BCC or the KD?
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · The goal will never change but what Baffert is proving is the 3 year old season isn't defined by 3 races. If you have a horse that is late developing you can still make a ton of noise in the division. Its rare that 2 years in a row he's been able to develop that type of horse so rapidly. · 7 hours ago
  • ruffianlover · Probably depends on if the owner has won either race before. The derby is seen as the most popular important race in the world in horse racing. Everyone breeds for a horse that can get you to the derby. But as racing is changing, maybe that historic race will give way to the Breeders cup which has only been around for a fraction of the time the derby has. IMO I’d rather have a horse that I can keep sound and running at the top level all year. 2 preps before the derby imo is enough (look at Pharoah) then after the triple crown I’d point to the PA derby then Breeders Cup Pegasus. Of course that is best case scenario if you have a horse that can go the classic distance and compete in all three Tc races. · 3 hours ago
I think this horse will see retirement, flunked his last two races. If Joe Sharp decides to run him in the BC because he has a free ticket, Girvin has no chance of coming in first, and will probably be last or second to last.
Baffert is like a baseball manager’s decision about his Pitchers. In other words who has the hot hand. It may be West Coast. The key will be who Smith wants to ride because Smith rides to win..
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · He'll ride Arrogate if he runs but it could be the wrong decision right now in the moment. A lot can change in a month, obviously we know Arrogate is a superior animal at his best but West Coast has come on fast and has the momentum on his side. · 7 hours ago
Yes, I admit it..I placed a wager because of the name...LOL! But then I saw him run...and win...and now I'm a fan! He's won 7 of his 9 starts!! An amazing record when you look at the Oklahoma Derby this evening (9/24/17) and 2 major players, Battle of Midway and Girvin couldn't repeat a victory to save their lives and a relatively unknown horse, Untrapped, win the whole thing! So an 8 year old with a stellar record...truly something to comment on! Hey, stakes winners...SIR PRIZE!!
What a horse! 17 time winner....4 time winner of the David M. Vance Sprint Stakes...and he's 7!! Absolutely amazing! I keep wondering though, a horse with this much talent...great genetics....and a gelding?? :/ Think he can do it again next year??
Gorgeous to look at and fantastic to watch! have to say, was a little confused by the jockeys approach...pulling him up several times causing his head to throw back and to miss stride...
That was kinda trippy a new in the Okie-dokie... That stretch racing looked very interesting... Now Middle America and the East Coast can ponder his perceived limitations after the Hoff makes his next move. Surfs up... " time to go to work."
Sadler's Joy worked 5f, Sept 24th, in 1:02.25 (b) finishing 10/12
Beach Patrol worked 5f, Sept 24th, in 1:00.20 (b) finishing 4/17.
Baffert: “this is the horse we’ve been waiting for” means this is the West Coast he's been waiting for. No flip flopping....no disrespecting Arrogate, the comment pertains to West Coast and West Coast only. As for Arrogate, Bob won't run him unless he's 100%....and if he runs, Smith will ride him and he will win. West Coast is his main threat.

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