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  • 2-time Arc winner Treve is an impressive winner in her seasonal debut today at Saint-Cloud.Posted 5 hours ago
  • Majestic City fights off Carve to win the Lone Star Handicap.Posted 3 days ago
  • Hard Not To Like skims the rail to score in the Grade 1 Gamely.Posted 3 days ago
  • Street Story proves best in a sloppy edition of the Winning Colors.Posted 3 days ago
  • Lubash blows by his competition late to win the Kingston.Posted 3 days ago
  • Distinctiv Passion just holds off favored San Onofre in the Los Angeles.Posted 3 days ago
  • Quezon rolls up late to score in the Bouwerie.Posted 3 days ago
  • Ostrolenka sharp in victory in Belmont's Mike Lee.Posted 3 days ago
  • Ashleyluvssugar gets the job done as the Charles Whittingham favorite.Posted 4 days ago
  • Pleascach holds off Found in the Irish 1,000 Guineas.Posted 5 days ago

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Bullet work this a.m., 3 in 35.08,,won't be long till she s racing again :)
She seems really sharp right now- definitely training super well. She's a great looking filly too. Wish her luck tomorrow. I don't usually say this but i really dislike her name. She has great bloodlines they could have honored them with a better moniker.
  • Jo Ann Davis via Disqus · Everyone around the New York Track scene calls her CoCo suits her well · 27 minutes ago
When you hear the comments of the Trainers of horses like Truth or Else, Frammento,Keen Ice and any other horse that is supposedly tailor made for the SCARY 12F distance. Read between the lines and see what they are really telling you. Do not buy and drink their Kool-Aid. To begin with, how many 12F races on the dirt are there. They are telling you ,that in comparisson to the upper tier 3 yos'. Their horses do not belong in the more conventional distances. Their only hope to winning is that the others do not handle the distance,and that their horses can negotiate it in a time that can win. Bottom line is that these have shown to be slow Race Horses. Many get seduced into thinking that they are the one,because they make up 2 lengths from the back of the pack.What they fail to realize is that ,even with that artificial close. They are nowhere near contending. So to you owners, here is a tip. If your trainer is whispering in your ear that your horse can run all day. Pray to the racing gods , that he can somehow run on the Turf. If he can't, you have a Graded plodder on your hands.
  • Pebbles via Disqus · What I have found interesting is that American Pharoah is not the only entrant without a start at Belmont Park - New York trainers of Carpe Diem, Frammento and Tale of Verve do not have a start there for these mounts, and Keen Ice, Materiality who started just this year, and Mubtaahij do not have starts over the surface either. The only entries with wins are The Truth or Else and Madefromlucky, with Frosted placing 2nd, The only horse with a graded stakes win is recent Peter Pan winner Madefromlucky. So, 3 of 10 entries will not have a prior start on the Belmont Stakes track. I think that moves American Pharoah up. Now. Materiality is training there as are other, but as has been noted the time they are putting in is not likely to be enough for most of them to really become acclimated to the track. · 3 hours ago
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/92236/old-friends-cabin-creek-welcomes-be-bullish I knew I liked Repole!
I don't think there's much that separates American Pharoah from his Belmont competition. In the end, the Belmont winner will be the one who handles Belmont's surface the best and has some run left after 10f. Of course pace and jockey strategy are important, but if a horse dislikes the deep sandy surface, then he's toast. Having run or worked at the track helps, having performed well in it is a huge plus, and American Pharoah has done none of that. Baffert didn't run or work Real Quiet, Silver Charm, or Paynter at Belmont either. They all lost. The only Belmont winner he's had is Point Given, who was 2nd in the Champagne at Belmont. Coincidence?
Last seen winning the G3 Pavilion Stakes at Ascot on April 29th, Limato puts his unbeaten record(5 for 5) on the line tomorrow at Haydock in the G2 Sandy Lane Stakes in preparation for next month's inaugural running of the G1 Commonwealth Cup at Ascot where he'll face off against the likes of Tiggy Wiggy, Charming Thought, , Cotai Glory, Kool Kompany, and Hootenanny coming over from America for Coolmore and trainer Wesley Ward.
This is now the hardest of the 3 races to handicap,and come out with a winner. No longer can we say that this or that horse is the best. If that were the case,Zayat and company would be celebrating already. If American Pharoah has not convinced you that he is absolutely head and shoulders above the rest in the talent department, then a win in the Belmont should not be the straw that broke the camels back. It is hard because we do not know which horse is at his absolute best physically. You see,everyone points for the Derby , so more often than not the horss are in the best condition that we can ask for. The 12 F distance of the Belmont is a very overated thing in my opinion. Unless you get a fluke scenerio, the jocks usually turn this into a 9 or 10 F race. By that i mean, they walk around the track for the first 3 furlongs and supposedly jockey for position. After the lights go on, then they start to put their horses into the race. Hard to figure out as to how American Pharoah is doing physically. Baffert is doing an amazing job in not showing his hand. Please do not listen to those they say that they know this and they know that. There are just a very small handful that really know how he is doing. The rest of us are only speculating. Last year was a bit easier to do that, Chrome was an open book for everyone. When he went to the bathroom,it was like we were all there with him.This race is not about rooting for or against A.P in what is ahead of him. Believe me, wanting or not wanting him to win ,is not going to be the determining factor. As i look at the race,i personally think that it is between A.P. and Carpe Diem. A few notches bellow are Marerialistic and Frosted. But after that, should anyone else win this race. In my opinion it will be the ultimate in when we say"The Race fell apart"
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  • amino998 · Thought there would be less handwringing when I joined your Triple Crown bandwagon, Snooper :) · 1 day ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · I like Carpe Diem and believe in his class, but he has the same ? as AP not having run at Belmont Park. He has also not shown the turn of foot necessary to win a long race like this. I would place Frosted number one and Materiality a close 2nd. Now, I do not think that Materiality will win, but I see him finishing 3rd or 4th unless he and AP get in a speed duel and crush each other's chances. I see Frosted being a top challenger if he is able to lay close to the pace and approaches a tired AP. Carpe Diem if he likes the track could finish anywhere from 3rd to 1st. The big ? for me is Madefromlucky who I like and think could be very good coming off the Peter Pan win like Tonalist did last year. Now, it had been a long time since a Peter Pan winner had been a factor late in the Preakness, but I have always liked Madefromlucky. His win flattered AP and the class of the Rebel and Ark Derby. Him showing well in the Belmont Stakes could move it forward more. · 3 hours ago
If the pace is slower and Keen Ice can stay within 5 or 6 lengths of the lead Keen Ice can probably finish in the money. But in a typical race with typical times this horse will be too far back to have a money shot.
When i say that NYRA has given Mylute a cookie for his return. I am not being critical of him nor the field. Bottom line is that Graded races are in Mylutes immediate future. There is no other horse in this field that can think outside of the box,and fream of running in there succesfully. If Mylute is the horse he is supposed to be,then this is just a public parade,with him being the grandmaster. But for some reason, i do not think he is all that he can be. I have a theory about racing. Stakes horses belong with Stakes horses ,Allowance horses belong with Allowance horse and so forth. If Todd felt that he needed a Cookie, then he more than likely is not the Mylute as an early 3 yo. I will take my chances with Jacobson first timer Integrity. Here is hoping he speed pops this group.
Overbrook Farm's statue of its leading sire Storm Cat is serving as a stand-in for a new feature being unveiled at a Saratoga Springs, N.Y., park. The dedication of Centennial Park in Saratoga's Congress Park earlier this week was to include the unveiling of a welcoming display featuring a statue of Native Dancer, the Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner who was bumped and finished second in the Kentucky Derby in his lone loss from 22 career starts. The Saratogian (http://bit.ly/1FRyQ4a) reports the sculptor needs more time to finish the life-size bronze, so Overbrook near Lexington agreed to loan its statue of Storm Cat, a grade I-winning homebred for  William T. Young who went on to have an indelible impact on the industry as a sire. The Storm Cat statue was installed in Centennial Park Thursday.Storm Cat, who died in 2013 at age 30, served his first book of mares in 1988 at a fee of $30,000 and spent 20 years at stud during a career that saw his fee rise to as high as $500,000. Article on bloodhorse
Like outsider Phil's Dream in this one.
Treve looked a million bucks today at Saint-Cloud and was scarcely ever even out of a canter in winning the G2 Prix Corrida, beating last year's G1 Prix De l'Opera winner, We Are, by 4 emphatic lengths. A much different start already to this season than last year's when right out of the gate she was beaten by Cirrus Des Aigles in the G1 Prix Ganay and The Fugue in the G1 Prince of Wales's Stakes. If today's performance is any indication of things to come, I suspect we're getting ready to see a similar version of Treve that was so dominate during her 3YO season in 2013.
Early 10 day forecast for the local area. Calls for 80% chance of afternoon/night thunderstorms for Friday June 5th. Here is hoping that they are isolated and do not carry over into Saturday. Maybe those rain dances that Pharoah is doing in between his gallops, are maybe working.
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Now it says mostly sunny an 81. He will have to work harder. :-) · 3 hours ago
Can someone please tell me why Baffert has American Pharoah in Kentucky instead of up at Belmont. The horse should have at least one work over the track and a couple of sightseeing jogs. Maybe that's why Baffert never wins this race.
Treve! Back on track with an easy win today in the Saint-Cloud! Arc defense still the target.
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Meadow Farm has been designated to the National Register of Historic Places. Unlike so many other farms of past champions, The Meadow still has many of the original farm buildings in place. I've stood in Secretariat's foaling shed, and peered into the stalls of the top two horses, Riva Ridge and Secretariat. Also included in the designation are the training barn, the yearling barn and a yearling barn annex, stallion barn, and the horse cemetery; the final resting place of Imperatrice, Sun Beau and Hill Prince. Penny Chenery is thrilled. Those on this site who saw Secretariat run, or fed him peppermints at Claiborne must have good memories.
A lot of people on this site have been saying if a 3yo wins the triple crown it would automatically same him horse of the year solely based on tradition and precious triple crown winners getting HOTY. My question to those people is: should a 3yo triple crown winner still win HoTY if say you had a year where a horse like Chrome or SB won the Dubai World Cup, then beat the TC winner in the BC Classic?? Decisions decisions
What a Monster Horse indeed. I think that we will see something very special in the Belmont. We know that it is impossible to Win the Triple Crown in modern racing however this is a special horse. He will soon get the credit that he deserves. I have not seen one better since Spectacular Bid. How fun will it be on June 6th?
i am actually looking for thousand oaks dentist 's rating.Someone has told me that its the best in town now.

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