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  • The Great War is off the Derby trail following poor finish in the BattagliaPosted 20 hours ago
  •  Royal Son scores in the John Battaglia Memorial.Posted 1 day ago
  • Stellar Wind an impressive winner of the Santa Ysabel. Posted 1 day ago
  • Far Right shoots up the rail again to score in the Southwest Stakes. Posted 7 days ago
  • Khozan demolishes a Gulfstream Park allowance field to remain perfect in two starts. Posted 7 days ago
  • No beating North Slope as he returns to dirt a winner in the Evening Attire. Posted 7 days ago
  •  International Star scrapes the paint to win the Risen Star.Posted 8 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox speaks loud and clear in the Rachel Alexandra. Posted 8 days ago
  • Itsaknockout wins the Fountain of Youth on the DQ of Upstart. Posted 8 days ago
  •  Chocolate Ride sneaks away in the Fair Grounds Handicap.Posted 8 days ago

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Well my friends thats what maks racing what it is,man. INTERESTING DUAL.
Too bad. His first two races were promising. Didn't like the layoff and dip in class. I was rooting for him too.
Also, Pharaoh is entered in the Rebel first on March14th. We have to do a wait and see 1st if he shows up, and 2nd how he does after 4 months off.
Still not convinced Pharaoh is going to be there. They keep pushing his 3yr old debut back. However, if he does show up it will be a nice test for Far Right who just needs to finish in the money and run a decent race in prepping for the Derby. I wish they had another prep prior to the Arkansas Derby, but Moquett has done well so far with him.
Ocean Knight is a serious contender but Royal Son may have improved because he liked Turfways' synthetic surface. This takes nothing away from Ocean Knight but is a possibility.
Fans are very funny when it comes to this great game. Up through the 1rst Saturday in May,they act as though no other race exists,than the Run For The Roses. Then after the Triple Crown Chase(assuming there is no winner of all 3 races)they completely forget how important the Derby was,and look in other directions. The Travers run at the Spa , more affectionately known as The Mid-summer Derby. That being said,and how important the race is at the time.Do you know that of the 15 winners in this Century.Only 2 were probably predicted after the Derby was run. They would of been Point Given and Street Sense. Since it seems that the in vogue horse now,rarely win this race. Tell me some of your potential winners.I have 4 of them.They are ......Todds Blofeld and Tennessee. Bafferts Power Jam.Lastly Top Of Mind from Laurel.Who are some of your selections?
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  • Mary Z. · I should get to know the New Yawkies better. Liked Alpha for the Travers from his early Derby preps in NY. Very early '15 Travers likes(just for fun) Ocho Ocho Occcho, Far From Over, Texas Red, Lord Nelson. · 8 hours ago
  • jockey2be. · Upstart,Texas Red,Far From Over,Ocean Knight-my early Travers horses! · 7 hours ago
Ocean Knight is a serious contender. His second start in the Sam F. Davis was impressive. He will be carrying the full 123lbs on the 7th of March versus 116lbs. El Kabeir has his work cut out for him with Ocean Knight going with him every step of the way. Far From Over is rumored to be missing this race. Classy Class will be there as well in the front and Tencendur, the bullet work producing late blooming son of Warrior's Reward should be closing again IF he can change leads. The Gotham is shaping up to be the best race of the year so far for 3yr olds.
  • buds · Id call it the 2nd best prep of the DAY afetr the San Filipe! LOL. They both look pretty good. · 7 hours ago
Can anyone please tell me where this horse is? I haven't seen Willy on the work tab and he hasn't racd since this 5th place finish in May of last year at SAP. I have scoured the web and cannot find him?
  • Guest via Disqus · Someone posted on Facebook today that both him and Teaks North are both deceased. · 11 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · One must handles these things delicately or you'll hurt the spell . Now, here's the deal-io, kids. When searching for retired horses that were taken in by OTTB charity type places, be careful with the wording , because they can sometimes be touchy, thinking someone is accusing them of something and not appreciating their work to rehab and re-home these Thoroughbreds. Often, there are huge vet costs for the horses. I did read the way emotional comment made to I believe the inquirer by a friend of the retirement Ranch(Royal Star Ranch) owner.. Me, you can say just about anything any way. If I'm offended, I will just offend right back. Other people one, must be treat delicately. So, GL with your search for info. Hints for Thoroughbred searches, in general: Add the word Thoroughbred to your searches. Use the custom time setting to narrow your searches. Ranch is in Orange County, CA. They have a fb page. · 8 hours ago
Will be the favorite in the Wood. Most likely 2-1
Dibs.
Well there goes his derby dreams
If he runs in the World Cup, dibs and dibs on Sir Fever.
Stanford is now running again on Friday in another very small easily winnable 6 horse race that GP obviously set-up just for Pletcher.....again. I only recognize one of the other horses in the field......'Lucky Delfino' who looked like a Central Park carriage horse his last time out.
Nathan, old M.I.A. Pal is entered Friday at the Palace. Good to see him back and healthy to run.
If in the World Cup, like.
he moved up!!!! but I don't think he's on derby trail.
The Gotham is shaping up to be the best race of the year so far for 3yr olds. Ocean Knight is a serious contender. His second start in the Sam F. Davis was impressive. He will be carrying the full 123lbs on the 7th of March versus 116lbs. El Kabeir has his work cut out for him with Ocean Knight going with him every step of the way. Far From Over is rumored to be missing this race. Classy Class will be there as well in the front and Tencendur, the bullet work producing late blooming son of Warrior's Reward should be closing again IF he can change leads.
The Big Beast returned with a 2 length win in an Allowance at Oaklawn. won handily & Ricardo didn't even need the whip. Beastie is back!
Rumor going around that he died. Has anyway heard anything?
Baffert sending pharaoh to op will likely hurt far right.....I really like this horse he has a good style for when the speed breaks down in ky.......in far rights two races at op there was no dominating speed....Baffert at oaklawn is almost unbeatable the past few yrs

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