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  • International Star reels in Stanford late to win the Louisiana Derby.Posted 1 day ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox sweeps the 3yo filly stakes at Fair Grounds with today's win in the Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox sweeps the 3yo filly stakes at Fair Grounds with today's win in the Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Pants On Fire guts out a win in the Sir Shackleton.Posted 1 day ago
  • War Correspondent rolls late to win the Appleton.Posted 1 day ago
  • Prince Bishop wins the world's richest race; California Chrome 2nd.Posted 1 day ago
  • Dolniya dominates the boys in the Dubai Sheema ClassicPosted 1 day ago
  • Solow defeats The Grey Gatsby in the $6,000,000 Dubai TurfPosted 1 day ago
  • Secret Circle wins Golden Shaheen Sprint in Dubai.Posted 1 day ago

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Starting to look as though it may take 40 plus points to make the field
  • Deano · You're probably right. I don't like this point system. Some of the races need to be lesser in value like the Sunland Derby, and others need to have more value. Not sure how to accomplish, this but the system does need to be tweaked. · 24 minutes ago
World class performance.. Congrats to him and all his connections, well done!
Nice race for a 3rd time starter! However, a word of caution, they ran the 4th quarter in like 26 seconds, and staggered home with a final 1/8 in almost 14 seconds! His front legs were barely extending at the end, and he was exhausted in the Winners circle.. Now he was coming back on short rest, which may be exactly the problem for him going forward, too much too soon, another nice Pletcher colt ruined early in his career!
Does anybody know how many hands he is?
  • SaratogaJack · Good question, not sure? But remember some of our best 3 yr old in recent memory, have been on the small side! Smarty Jones, I'll Have Another to name a couple.. I bet he's around 15.3 - 16 hands no more! · 4 hours ago
Anybody seen a workout by this colt since his last race? It's been 16 days?
  • Brian Shaw via Disqus · He worked a bullet today, 5F in 58.60. He looked really really good. · 4 hours ago
I think El Kabeir will annihilate his competition in the Wood. I will be looking for FFO for the place. Frosted may be in there too.
  • travel_vic · you don't even know who is going to answer the call to post and you have a winner without knowing who is running? Amazing · 5 hours ago
  • buds · Sally likes a horse vic. She doesn't care what damn post he draws. That's her pick, pretty clear! She doesn't need to measure the % of lathered sweat around the saddle pad 2 minutes b4 post. I hope she's right, I think far from over will b tough to beat · 5 hours ago
I miss this guy, I absolutely adore him.
From Sunday's RacingPost.com web-site: Trainer Roger Varian was dealt a hugely disappointing setback on Sunday when it was announced that Kingston Hill, winner of the G1 English St Leger and 2nd in the G1 Epsom Derby last season has suffered a leg injury and will miss the first half of the flat season in Great Britain. Varian described the injury as "a superficial injury to his left fore" and went on to say Kingston Hill "is sore but he's sound."
  • jonquil · It's good that he's sound. He'll still have plenty of nice races to pick from later in the year, so I'm not too bummed out. Just a little longer wait 'til we see him again. · 6 hours ago
Anyone know what the splits were for the UAE Derby? The time was not impressive, can't tell if there wasn't enough pace early or if perhaps they went at a testing pace early.
  • Goblin · The charts are available here. (?) http://www.dubaiworldcup.com/race/racing-info/trakus-chart · 7 hours ago
Now that Secret Circle is a Golden Shaheen winner, a two-time Breeders' Cup winner, and only a nose away from being at three time BC winner...does anyone else believe he deserves to be one of the top 100 race horses in the country? Aparently not HRN fans. He's ranked 132 as I write this.
Next up,Blue Grass Stakes.
One of the few contenders who will be running (instead of staggering) at the end of the race.......De Kock is a brilliant horseman.......throw this horse out at your own peril.
With Stanford running so well in the LA Derby, I'm going to go all-in with Materiality here.
  • cugel the clever · Good choice. Materiality handled Stanford with ease but International Star was all out to beat him. So far my KD picks are Carpe Diem, Dortmund, Materiality. · 9 hours ago
After sending out his annual large string of stable stars for a racecourse gallop after scheduled racing had concluded today at the Curragh in Ireland, Ballydoyle trainer Aidan O'Brien told the racing media who were present that Gleneagles and G2 Vintage Stakes winner, Highland Reel, will be his 2 likely starters for this year's G1 English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on the first Saturday in May. Gleneagles is currently ante-post favorite for the race among European bookmakers.
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  • https://www.facebook.com/fiddl · Jonquil... Exactly, Todd Pletcher can't wrap his mind around this decision. · 12 hours ago
  • jonquil · Ahh, looks like I misread. He also said he hasn't ruled out Sir Isaac Newton and Ol' Man River for the 2000 Guineas/Derby, whichever he picks. No mention of JFK. And apparently Found had a temperature, so wasn't able to be properly worked, but apparently she and Together Forever are still being considered for the 1000 Guineas. · 10 hours ago
Only reason for not putting Coz in the big show, he's not ready or doesn't possess the ability to do well against horses his own age. Maybe hopes were too high for the Zenyatta/Bernardini offspring, or he could late starter like his mom.
Didn't work this weekend as planned. If he does,t work in the next couple of days I may start to worry, as he needs 2 more works to be ready for the Ark. Derby.
He needs to ship ASAP and get here. Has to go through much be ready to run in the U.S. If he is here early enough and his works are good, he is very much a live horse in the KD. He is a route racer for sure and there is much to be said about how he demolished the field in the UAE Derby. Will see when they ship him!
like i said ..Joe came in with his head up his rear...garbage ride.. just sucked up to get his $7,500 ticket back home ..numb nut La. red neck...thanks Joe 6-7 wide how are you going to win it while the horse you are stalking is hugging the rail ...go back to the west coast..where you can ride like a 2nd class rider you are ..and win .....if you are ever on this horse the owners are total .........NUTS
Looks like a lock in the 10th. Singled for final P3. 4/5 ex & reverse. 4/5/6 tri
  • travel_vic · only thing a lock is in this game is a walkover: best horse can get blocked, taken up go wide, rider loses an iron..."all your eggs in one basket?" Ring a bell? · 10 hours ago
  • travel_vic · last one 13 Gold Piece 3 Famous Sting 11 Undercover Kitten 8 Dee's Causeway 1 Successful Diva · 10 hours ago
Interested to see how the pace plays out in the 11th. 2,3,4,8 ex, tri & super box
  • travel_vic · 8 Middleburg C 3.05 37.3 $3.02 16.72% A+ | 2 Depeche Chat C 10.14 35.8 $7.97 29.44% A+ | 3 Amen Kitten C 2.04 18.9 $1.15 -20.83% F | 4 Tricky Hat (CHI) C 10.14 5.9 $1.31 -3.40% D+ | 6 Banzai Charge 12.17 1.2 $0.31 -6.94% F | 5 Calvados (ARG) 5.08 0.9 $0.10 -18.70% F | 1 St. Albans Boy 12.17 0.1 $0.03 -8.09% F | · 11 hours ago

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