• Texas Chrome (2-1) bravely squeezed through on the rail for an Oklahoma Derby win.Posted 4 days ago
  • Unbridled Mo (4-1) rides the rail to victory in the Remington Park Oaks.Posted 4 days ago
  • Accelerate (1-1) rallies to win the Los Alamitos Derby (G2).Posted 5 days ago
  • Connect (10-1) upsets the Pennsylvania Derby.Posted 5 days ago
  • Songbird (1-5) gets win number 11 in the Cotillion (G1) at Parx Racing.Posted 5 days ago
  • Noholdingback Bear (3-1) wins the Gallant Bob (G3) at Parx Racing.Posted 5 days ago
  • 2015 Turf Champion Big Blue Kitten has been retired from racing, via the Chad Brown barn.Posted 8 days ago
  • No catching Sarah Sis (10-1) in the Presque Isle Downs Masters.Posted 10 days ago
  • Victory to Victory  7-1) pulls clear in the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes.Posted 11 days ago
  • Good Samaritan (3-1) rolls to a Breeders' Cup birth with a Summer Stakes win.Posted 11 days ago

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Forget what I said earlier about the Awesome Again being a close race. With their respective post positions, Chrome will break like a bullet and move out trapping Dortmund. Even with blinkers, expect a poor break by Rafael Bejarano on Dortmund. Locking in the Chrome/Hoppertunity exacta!
I feel bad for Cleo that she has to live up to her brother's accomplishments. She's her own horse, and all I keep reading on different sites is "The Sister" to American Pharoah. Go get them and show them who you are Cleo! Ride safe!
Ugh I hate these premature non injury retirements. Just ridiculous the horse didn't get a chance to prove anything
Why not right? Just for fun I'm betting on Hoppertunity!! California Chrome 2nd, Win The Space 3rd. No. California Chrome 1st, Hoppertunity 2nd, Win The Space 3rd.
vale dori....horse to watch...
It's now very sadly being reported on the coursespecialist.co.uk/blogs/devastat link that Cavalryman has in fact lost his life after surgery was attempted on his leg post-Nad Al Sheba Trophy tonight in Dubai. A very classy horse who's career sadly ends with lifetime wins in races such as the G1 Grand Prix De Paris, G2 Prix Niel, G3 Nad Al Sheba Tropy, G2 Dubai Gold Cup, G2 Goodwood Cup, G2 Princess of Wales Stakes, & Coral Marathon(Esher Stakes). He also finished 3rd behind the mighty Sea The Stars & Youmzain in the 2009 G1 Prix De l'Arc de Triomphe. A fantastic middle distance horse & stayer for Godolphin for many years now, Cavalryman will surely be sadly missed.
I don't think Chrome will bounce but he may lose because the Awesome Again has at least 2 factors that move Dortmund up. Many fake 10f horses moved up (particularly in speed figures and ratings) over the years on the Californian speedways when running at 9 furlongs.
  • sczen50 · I was wondering the same thing and if they'll just take it easy on him..and let Dortmund go if he starts to run out ahead in the stretch. So they don't go all out to 'save' it for the BCC. · 7 hours ago
http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/looks-like-breeders-cup-is-a-go-for-nyquist/#.V-24TzShO88.facebook Looks like they're on for the breeders cup
Awww Tamarkuz is scratched :(. He will hit the board in the BC Dirt Mi. 1st- JOKING, by daylight devouring the hot pace horses. 2nd- Holy Boss 3rd- Weekend Hideaway
Quezon wins and upsets Wavell Avenue who finishes a game 2nd.
Jockey Frankie Dettori thought he might be without a mount for this year's Arc de Triomphe, but he'll now have the chance to win his 5th Arc after he got the call this evening from trainer Aidan O'Brien to ride Order of St George in the race on Sunday. LOL, a little ironic considering it was Dettori who rode Wicklow Brave to upset victory over Order of St George in the G1 Irish St Leger on his last start. Final declarations and jockey assignments will be released on Friday with 16 expected to go to post for this year's renewal.
My choice in the Arc, especially with Frankie. If going is soft or worse, Harzand cannot be ignored.
World class....enough said.
I was very hyped for this filly, and I still am. Any news?
Apparently there's this rumor floating around that he passed away. I doubt this is true, but just in case has anyone heard anything?
I would Gamble and send him to the classic!
Any news on Union Strike or Lady Stardust?
  • Byrnzzz · Union Strike will make her next start in the G1 Chandelier Stakes on October 1st at Santa Anita. · 16 days ago
  • BeastBob via Disqus · "Union Strike was held out of the Chandelier because of sore shins." According to DRF. · 13 hours ago
D-Day coming up very soon for this horse! I'm very nervous for him after this big layoff, let's hope he puts in a great performance and goes into the BC Dirt Mile as one of the top choices, but I'm sorry folks, I have my doubts! But let's hope I'm wrong here!
First, congratulations to Songbird and her team. What a race, Where I saw it I actually did not know the results, but was very pleased when I learned just how well she did. Incredible. Second, regarding the Distaff - they have so far confirmed, but they have not seen the performance by Beholder and Stellar Wind in the Zenyatta. I know I am eating crow because I said I thought they would skip the Distaff. I still see that as an option. We shall see. Third, I think people who are Songbird fans ought to not hope that a stakes record is set in the race, because if it is it is unlikely it will be set by Songbird. The record is held by Inside Information who set it at 1:46.15. To give you an idea of how fast that is, Beholder's fastest mark at the distance is 1:47.77 which she set in the 2013 Breeders Cup Distaff at Santa Anita when she was 3 years old. Songbird's fastest time at this distance is 1:49.56. She would have to run almost 3.5 seconds faster than her fastest time. To match Beholder's mark she would almost have to run 2 seconds faster. Do I think Songbird can do this? No. I do not think at this point in her development, that Songbird can run a 1:46.15 in a 9 furlong race. Next year, possibly. But this year it would be unlikely. Do I think she can win? Of course. This is horse racing and she is very, very talented. But it will not be easy. Zenyatta has the record on Pro Ride for the Distaff at Santa Anita of 1:46.85 - the only other horses to crack the 1:47 time barrier in the race. This is for those who think Zenyatta could not run fast. Stellar Wind's fastest time at the distance is over 1:49 so perhaps she is in the wheelhouse for Songbird at this distance, but remember at Del Mar she ran a 1:41.54 in the Clement Hirsch which is over a second faster than Songbird's best at this distance. And remember that Cavorting ran a 1:40.14 in the Ogden Phipps, though that is a 1 turn race at Belmont. She also ran the 1:48.61 in the Personal Ensign at Saratoga which is almost a second faster than Songbird's Coaching Club win. I only right this, as usual, so that people will temper their expectations and keep them realistic. If Songbird's connections go forward and enter her in the race they are to be given credit because as I noted, she has nothing to run for other than history. :-)
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  • Jerzmade · Pebbles well said... Yes songbird is a freak but let's not jump her ahead of zenyatta or Rachel yet. And plz let's not even compare her to Ruffian yet either, that horse was just in a different world. Songbird must race against the boys first or even lets see her go against beholder then we'll go from there. But I do love songbird she amazes me every race with the ease she wins, honestly I don't think I've seen the whip be used once on her yet I could be wrong tho · 2 days ago
  • BeastBob via Disqus · "The record is held by Inside Information who set it at 1:46.15" 9f at Belmont Park is 1 turn, right? · 15 hours ago
How special is Songbird? http://www.drf.com/news/watchmaker-how-special-songbird-very-special Great ones make good on their less than best http://www.espn.com/horse-racing/story/_/id/16257880/great-ones-make-good-less-their-best Songbird repels stiff challenge in CCAO http://www.paulickreport.com/news/thoroughbred-racing/songbird-repels-stiff-challenge-win-coaching-club-american-oaks/ After Spring Fever, Songbird on track for spectacular season https://www.americasbestracing.net/the-sport/2016-after-spring-fever-songbird-track-spectacular-season Songbird Adds To Her Legend At Parx http://www.thespectrum.com/story/sports/mesquite/2016/09/28/songbird-adds-her-legend-parx/91193130/

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