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QUOTE: "Here's hoping that California Chrome can distinguish himself admirably on the turf at Epsom." EPSOM? No one in their right mind would take a North American race horse over there to run at Tattenham corner.....I thought Ascot was his (foolish) destination?
i want what the cali stewards are smoking. how can anyone say big discovery wasn't beating blue harbor without the interference? big discovery was clearly coming home stronger after recovering from the interference
been working lately. hope he starts soon.
Here's the report on Shared Belief, Shared Belief suffered a stifle injury during the Charles Town Classic on Saturday and was pulled up six furlongs into the 1 1/8-mile race by jockey Mike Smith. He was then vanned back to his stall in the equine ambulance.  Shared Belief stumbled at the start of the Classic and dropped far back in the nine-horse field. After failing to respond to Mike Smith's urging, Shared Belief was pulled up on the second turn of the thre-turn race.  According to steward Danny Wright, West Virginia state veterinarian, Elizabeth Daniel, told the stewards that "Shared Belief appears to have a stifle injury more than anything else. It doesn't appear life threating or career ending. it is a soft tissue injury."  Article on DRF
I sure hope he is OK but I am not sad at all about him not hitting the board. My show bet paid handsomely bro!!! $$$
goodness! that was an amazing close from this horse. whiskey ticket also did very good, and seemed very professional. Both of these horses are now on the radar.
I suspect Mallios and Vic will be celebrating long into the night.
so much for the great shared belief.....CC had many more accomplishments and passed many many more tests and showed up to run at every track and on every surface.....there have been a few times when they probably wished they picked an easier spot or scheduled the races differently for him to run in.....both are great athletes of their sport....but Shared Belief has had an easy go of it in cherry picked spots to create an almost unblemished record on a diet of strictly Cal tracks......he cannot be classified as a great thoroughbred until he's won multiple times facing adversity in many different venues.......and that my friends is the difference between Shared Belief and CC.....so many times the best 3 yr old does not win the Kentucky Derby. However, in California Chrome's instance I truly believe that in the spring of 2014 he was the best 3 year old in training. As to horse of the year for 2014, it was a rightedly deserved honor bestowed upon the horse that served up the greatest accomplishments based on a battle-tested schedule. CC's 4th place finish in last years Belmont was nothing to snuff at as it appeared that his jockey Espinosa took to tight a hold of him and kept him parked down on the inside to long. In the 2014 Breeders Cup Classic, CC's 3rd place finish within a length and a quarter of the winner was still a very fine race on a speed favoring suface that kept the two speed horses running one/two the whole way round. CC's most recent race in Dubai where he finished 2nd was again a very fine race in which he ran typically wide the whole way round and being positioned fairly close to the pace was the lone survivor of a suicidal pace that was set. That race was gift wrapped for the British closer "Prince whatever" to inherit at the end except for having to run down CC in the final ten yards. Still CC outfinished his American eastern adversary in Lea. Thus, proving that the best handicap horses in 2014-15 come from California racing. Unfortunately Shared Belief couldn't hold up his end in the racing wars to keep Cal racing perched on its lofty perch in today's Charlestown Classic but let's hope he comes out with a clean bill of health so he can move on to the NYRA curcuit and champion the california cause........Here's hoping that California Chrome can distinguish himself admirably on the turf at Epsom.....he need not win if he races against some very polished rivals but if he can at least finish well to show that he belongs with that like, it would go a long way to tell just how good the 2014 3 year crop really was for U.S. racing.....
  • michael via Disqus · sb beat cc helloooo · 1 hour ago
  • Captain Obvious via Disqus · So much for safety. Mike Smith made the right decision and hopefully the horse is OK. If we are fortunate enough to see California Chrome and Shared Belief run again put your money on Chrome,. · 45 minutes ago
getting much needed class relief today. Finale is a good betting race. 3/7/10/11 ex, tri & super box
seriously, its one race, his maiden, and people are talking about how he should be gelded? Look at american pharoah. he did not have a stellar first out. look where he is now.
I am not surprised by this. People start saying if a horse has not run outside of CA they still have to prove it. This is a horse that was on the shelf for half a year and has been a very nice horse to watch. I would never have a horse like this run his first away from home race be on a bullring track with many possible things that could go wrong. Obviously there is no way of saying he did not tower over the field as the easy winner got his butt kicked by a very throttled down SB. i did not think he looked good in the PP, at the start or at any point and I am curious as to why over a half hour later there are no serious stories popping up. But what I am most surprised is two fold, one the PDF chart is conveniently not working on any of five devices and did anyone notice the payoffs? The exacta should have paid closer to 600 than 300, fine he should not have been 30-1 but the third place finisher who was my only bet in the race to show was a legitimate 50-1 and even with that short exacta the tri should have been a good 15k and then Vyjack who I have played him on his good days and the super is way too short too I have seen supers like this pay 6 figures and it did not even pay 20k. Thats extremely odd to me.
  • Wonderflower via Disqus · I didn't bet on the race because of this. I noticed the payouts at this track all day were pretty miserly. I didn't place a show bet, like an idiot :) I almost put one on Imperative. · 1 hour ago
  • amdaman via Disqus · Only about 136 $1 tickets hit the tri. That's not that many tickets. There are many who would've keyed Moreno with the field. · 1 hour ago
While it may be a hard race to fully appreciate - No matter which side of the Shared Belief pull up incident you fall on... You have to give major props to Moreno. He ran huge. This gelding is one of the more under appreciated, completely over looked veterans of the sport. He loves the track CT, and he knows how to put on a show.
  • Sullivan · The Charles Town Classic is always such a boring race. If there is a half decent pacemaker, they almost always win. So, can Moreno win the Pimlico Special vs. Tonalist? · 1 hour ago
A sesamoid injury has likely ended the racing career of Diversy Harbor, a two-time stakes winner. In Saturday's Grade 3 Santa Barbara Handicap, Diversy Harbor was pulled up on the turn with an injury to her left foreleg. Owner Craig Bernick of Glen Hill Farm sent out a twitter message within a half-hour after the race, stating he had been in contact with trainer Tom Proctor and that Diversy Harbor would be unable to continue racing. Proctor expressed optimism to Bernick that Diversy Harbor could be saved. X-rays were being taken at the stable to determine the extent of the injury. According to DRF
A "precautionary" pull up. Smith will be hailed as a hero. Meanwhile, a man on a West Virginia bridge...
  • tmallios via Disqus · Smitty has a history with pulling up horses.Was he not the jock on Itsmyluckyday at Monmouth against Verrazano. Almost reminds me of the recent Tiger Woods escapades. Can't win, so lets pull out to save face. · 1 hour ago
Scott Hazelton just re-tweeted a Tweet stating that the state vet has examined Shared Belief and he is uninjured. I don't know if it's true or not
  • amdaman via Disqus · I saw the head on replay, and the horse was galloping fine after being taken out of the race. Smith wasn't getting the usual response from the horse, and he decided to err on the side of caution. The hell with the hundreds of thousands of dollars bet to show on the horse. The horse wasn't liking the track, but maybe Smith could've coaxed a show placing off of him. I know I'll get a lot of flak for saying this, but allowing these subjective precautionary pull-ups leaves the door opened for a lot of abuse, and a few bettors jumping off bridges. · 1 hour ago
like her in the 8th at a decent price. 1,3,6 are the horizontal plays.
Is a Zenyatta´a son but... why he ran last, he's not zenyatta... shirrefs you're mistaken, change the training method and this horse will be better... last place and very far? please
News on DH: Diversy Harbor injured her left front sesamoid. She has been transported to trainer Tom Proctor's barn. :(
  • Goblin · I'm seeing that on DRF as well. Probably not life-threatening, but career over. https://twitter.com/drfinsidepost · 1 hour ago
Sad to report that multiple G1 winner, including back to back in Prix Rothchilds, Elusive Kate, died whilst foaling--no news as to the foal's condition yet.
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  • Northport · Too bad. She was very consistent when she was at her best. Her Falmouth where she beat Sky Lantern was a thriller · 2 hours ago
  • Northport · It looks like she either passed several days ago, or had been away from the farm (possibly being treated) based on this photo https://twitter.com/newsellspark/status/588306122068594688/photo/1 · 1 hour ago

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