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Coup De Grace, C.Zee, Noble cornerstone
7-8-2-4
How big is he?
G1 English St Leger & G1 Ascot Gold Cup winner, Leading Light, returns to action on Sunday at the Curragh in the G3 Irish St Leger Trial. If all goes well in the Trial, I would assume the G1 Irish St Leger itself would be Leading Light's next target after that in mid-September. Leading Light has won 5 of his last 6 starts in stakes company, his only loss during that period came in last year's G1 Prix De l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp. Also in the Irish St Leger Trial field are the 2012 Irish St Leger & 2013 British Champions Long Distance Cup winner Royal Diamond. John Oxx's progressive stayer Streetcar To Stars, owned by the connections of Sea The Stars, and the Aga Khan's Dabadiyan who ran well at Meydan over the winter at the Dubai Carnival in the G2 Dubai City of Gold and G2 Dubai Gold Cup. He also has a fairly recent 4th place finish in the G3 Curragh Cup over course and distance. Always look forward to seeing Leading Light race. One of my favorite Coolmore/Aidan O'Brien trained horses that's currently active for them.
Bayern, Wicked Strong. V.E.Day, Commanding Curve
  • triple_double · Mary, here's my picks: Ballston- Abaco ; King's Bishop- Wildcat Red ; Ballerina- Willet ; Travers- Bayern Good luck to all. · 54 minutes ago
wins Saratoga race 4 in Travers Day. Hope that was not Jinxy Mc Jinxington for Bayern.
From the DRF chart: "LUDICROUS just off the pace just off the inside, came under urging nearing the quarter pole, split foes from the two path at the three-sixteenths offering a willing rally, tragically broke down approaching the sixteenth marker veering out and leaning on TODAY'S AGENDA and was subsequently euthanized on the track." RIP... :(
Path finished 7th in her debut.
Nellie Cashman, Centre Court
On his 2nd start since returning to training from infertility problems in the breeding shed, Al Kazeem finds his way back to the winners circle with a 1/2 length victory over Godolphin's True Story in the G3 Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor Racecourse in the UK.
My Miss, Willet, Better Lucky.
returns in race 2 on Sat. in 7 furlong allowance race, will use as a prep for a stakes to be determined later in the year
Had Mutual Regard $10 across the board at 25-1 on my on-line racing account for the Betfred Ebor at York this morning. Paid $52.00 to win and $8.80 to show, so a nice little lick to start the day!! Hope the rest of the day turns out as profitable!
In his 1st career start for Godolphin, and his 1st start since being returned to training because of fertility issues in the breeding shed, multiple G1 winner Reckless Abandon finishes a narrowly beaten 3rd of 10 behind Tropics and Alben Star in the listed Hopeful Stakes at Newmarket(July).
Jamesie holds off the late charging Gordon Lord Byron by a nose to win the G3 Renaissance Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland. The 1st win for Jamesie since he won at Meydan back in January during the 2014 Dubai Carnival.
Pointed to the spinster at keeneland next
Former G1 Al Quoz Sprint winner, Shea Shea, has been retired after yesterday's poor showing in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York.
That was a very good win for Close Hatches, and deservedly vaults her to the top of the Mare division. No excuses for Princess. She may not have it anymore, but she'll still always be one of my favorites.
  • Cedar · Just curious, but was she not already the top older mare before this race? Even prior to this her accomplishments this year vastly overshadowed those of beholder and princess of sylmar. · 8 hours ago
POS is overrated. Close Hatches is the top filly followed by Beholder. I took a lot of heat in 2013 for specifying that she was not a certainty for the Eclipse as she scored a narrow victory over the top fillies in the Oaks and had not faced them prior to the BCD. She was no match for them in the BCD. Did anyone expect her to dominate as a 4YO?
Indianapolis worked out 8/20 at Del Mar on a fast track, running 6f in 1:12.40 handily from the gate

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