• The Gurkha wins a Sussex thriller over Galileo Gold and Ribchester.Posted 1 hour ago
  • Amis Gizmo romps home in the Prince of Wales at Fort Erie.Posted 15 hours ago
  • Long On Value (7-2) cuts back and rolls in the Lucky Coin Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Songbird repels the challenge of Carina Mia, and romps home in the CCA Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • Up With the Birds swings to victory in Woodbine's Nijinsky Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Tin Type Gal rides the rail to victory in Monmouth's Boiling Springs.Posted 2 days ago
  • California Chrome edges Dortmund in a San Diego Handicap showdown.Posted 3 days ago
  • Mokat (7-1) turns the San Clemente into a one-filly show.Posted 3 days ago
  • Dacita just gets up in the Grade 1 Diana in a four-horse photo.Posted 3 days ago
  • Front Pocket Money grinds to victory in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore.Posted 3 days ago

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Any word on how Stradivari is recovering? I haven't heard so am assuming that the blood flow is ok & that surgery took place?
The Gurkha squares the ledger with Galileo Gold, reversing the St James's Palace Stakes form to win the G1 Sussex Stakes with a big run by G3 Jersey Stakes winner, Ribchester, in 3rd.
  • jonquil · Not too much between him and Galileo Gold it looks like. This reminds me a little of Toronado and Dawn Approach's rivalry. Ribchester was very interesting. Do you think he could've won this if he hadn't been drifting sideways for part of the race? · 1 hour ago
Yowza! He absolutely bolted up and broke the course record for 2yos when winning the G3 Molecomb Stakes.
Hypothetical if all horses makes the race- The winner of this race will be chrome or Beholder. I like Nyquist a whole lot, melatonin has run great this year, and Dortmund ran a nice San Diego- but I don't see them having what it takes to beat chrome or beholder. Between those two I think if chrome draws an outside post and secured a good stalking position on the outside of the speed he has a really good chance to best beholder. If he draws inside j think she may win as he can't settle when he's trapped on the rail. Dortmund if he goes will be on the pace dueling with melatonin. Chrome and Nyquist will stalk and beholder will be just behind them. It will be a Great race for sure.
Any news on his recovery? Thanks :)
I watched Exagg on Saturday. In my humble opinion he looked fine for several furlongs and then just kind of let up a bit. It could have been a coincidence but there was a loose horse on the track during his workout and the stupid siren was ringing. I actually think it had an effect on Exagg-the siren, not the horse. Not trying to make excuses but it was a bit hot and I remember clearly how Curlin did not take to the heat in the Haskell. Assmusen was adamant that Curlin would rebound in the Breeders Cup because of the lack of heat and we know what happened. Obviously, Keith D knows more than I but that's simply what I observed.
Wins the G3 Gordon Stakes!
After reading some of doug's interviews I think they are seriously considering either the pacific classic or the awesome again. They are 100% bringing him back to Cali after the Haskell and probably don't want to ship again. Especially with what happened to Pharoah last year at the travers. I think if Nyquist wins the Haskell easily he should go in the pacific classic. Same distance as travers- and he has much more to gain by a win there and nothing to lose. In the travers he has everything to lose and nothing to gain by a win there. Nyquist, Dortmund if he goes, beholder, chrome, and melatonin would be a pacific classic for the ages
Another 3rd place finish last night at Mountaineer in the 2nd race from post 5
Nonrunners: Springbourne joins Rainbow Mist and Shamsaya after coming up lame.
Cleopatra inches forward to her highly anticipated debut working 3f in 35 3/5. She was given the illusive "B" breezing tag for her drill that I'm sure has been given to so few 2 year olds over the years at Delmar. Checking the race book, there are 2 year old maiden races set for July 31st, August 7th, 14th & 20th. I tend to think they will skip this upcoming weekends race for 1-2 more breezes before racing. She has not worked a quick 5f as of yet that is usually the staple of Baffert's training regimen
Here it is - two weeks out from the Haskell and Jim Dandy and no word on him and where he is pointed. I still think the Haskell is an ideal position for him with the track fast like he likes it. He has had 3 works since the Belmont: Saratoga 5 furlongs 1:02.43 11/17 Saratoga 4 furlongs 49.96 16/38 Belmont 4 furlongs 48.48 8/62 I hope he is ready for the Haskell because I think he could be a strong contender, but I understand that the Haskell/Travers double is not easy so if he stays at the spa that would make sense.
  • triplechrome · Destin ran well in the Belmont. I would like to see him win the Haskell. Stradivari's injury was heart breaking news. Donegal Moon should go to the Curlin · 16 hours ago
Track number 64.Small time, nicely laid out, warm friendly staff but could not bet Fort Erie's Prince of Wales there.
I have a feeling this guy may be Baffert's best horse in the long run. I think he will smash the Pat Day Mile.
I'm praying GMB & Tom Amoss put him in the Travers. Its going to be hot and Mo Tom is the late runner who will fly past the early speed in the Race. Mo Tom is a better late runner than even Creator and SuddenBreakingNews. If Mo Tom runs the Travers - he's leaving with 1st place. Please!!!
In the Pacific Classic, it will be interesting to see which stalker will act as the sacrificial lamb pressing Melatonin early. If he's allowed to set 47 and change... 1:11 and change 4f and 6f pace, he will tick off the remaining splits in 24 and low change. And both California Chrome and Dortmund can kiss his tail good bye!! Poll: which one will likely be the sacrificial lamb moving up and press Melatonin, Chrome or Dortmund?
Has been retired from stud duties after suffering from an unspecified veterinary problem. He will join Linamix in retirement from stud duties at the Aga Khan's Stud in Normandy, France.
If we're lucky we'll see at least one Frankel offspring debut tomorrow. Senator is set for race 4 at Leicester where he'll face Godolphin's Winning Return as well as the previously raced Midaawi and Imperial City. Monarchs Glen is entered in race 3 at Sandown, but is looking unlikely to run. Also entered in that race is a Juddmonte-owned Spring At Last colt out of Empire Maker mare Make A Dance named Spring Jig and Elucidation, an Oasis Dream colt out of Mimalia.
I think the decision to keep Songbird at Saratoga to prepare for the Alabama is the correct one. Last year Bob Baffert shipped American Pharoah back to Southern California after every start. I was at Saratoga for the Travers and Pharoah looked like a tired horse. The fact he ran as well as he did is a credit to his talent and courage. While transporting horses has certainly gotten easier these days it still takes something out of them. Different climates, time zone changes and the like can affect a horse just like it does a human. Porter and Hollendorfer have made the right decision to allow Songbird more time to acclimate to the conditions.
Gotta love the logic I'm reading here that Dortmund's first race as a 4yo off 8 months coming back from hoof injuries and making his first start of the year was 'his best race'. First it's Chrome beats Dortmund easily by open lengths then when Dortmund almost wins it's because of 5lbs and because Chrome ran a path out from Dortmund and now it's 'that was Dortmund's best race' and that Baffert had him %100 while Chrome was only %80 even though Chrome has been in training far longer this year than Dortmund has. Let's ignore that Chrome ran the race of his life in the DWC and then was able to get back in training only 6 weeks later. No physical setbacks, hasn't missed a beat. The year has gone as well as it could for Chrome while Dortmund has had many set backs. Dortmund is clearly getting faster as he matures and gets older. His speed figures have been rising with each start since he came back later in his 3yo year. No reason he does not continue to improve with more starts and maturity as he's been doing.

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