• Connect, a son of Curlin, connects in the Curlin Stakes at Saratoga.Posted 17 hours ago
  • Gold Rush Dancer (14-1) pulls the upset in Del Mar's Real Good Deal Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Haveyougoneaway (7-2) wears down Paulassilverlining to win the Honorable Miss at Saratoga.Posted 2 days ago
  • Exaggerator is going in the Haskell, according to Steve Edelson of the Asbury Park Press.Posted 2 days ago
  • The Gurkha wins a Sussex thriller over Galileo Gold and Ribchester.Posted 3 days ago
  • Amis Gizmo romps home in the Prince of Wales at Fort Erie.Posted 3 days ago
  • Long On Value (7-2) cuts back and rolls in the Lucky Coin Stakes.Posted 4 days ago
  • Songbird repels the challenge of Carina Mia, and romps home in the CCA Oaks.Posted 5 days ago
  • Up With the Birds swings to victory in Woodbine's Nijinsky Stakes.Posted 5 days ago
  • Tin Type Gal rides the rail to victory in Monmouth's Boiling Springs.Posted 5 days ago

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There is a great book out about him entitled: The Legend of Zippy Chippy: Life Lessons from Horse Racing's Most Lovable Loser by Wiiliam Thomas
In a bit of a roughly run race, Minding draws away from Queen's Trust by about 2 lengths to win the G1 Nassau Stakes at Goodwood, her 4th Group 1 win of the season and 6th Group 1 win overall.
Destin's Kentucky Derby was quite good. He was 3rd with 3/16ths to go, and 4th a furlong out. Castellano stopped asking him with 100 yards to go--when he realized he couldn't do better than 6th, and the 7th horse was a few lengths back. He was going to be 6th anyway, but maybe by 5 1/2 instead of 7. He was obviously a bit short, and now may be ready to put in a top effort. Whether that will be good enough to beat Exaggerator remains to be seen. He may finish 3rd, behind Lani and Exaggerator, or 4th with Stradivari or Brody's Cause in the mix.
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  • Holy Curlin via Disqus · What's up for the Queen's Plate, any thoughts? Watch a quick replay of the Woodbine Oaks. Fixate your eyes on Crumlin Spirit and her stretch drive of how she repeatedly gets shut off and checks a countless number of times by the favorite filly Gamble's Ghost while she's trying to give run at 25-1 and win and the favorite just missed from winning in that path. Totally should of came down but more importantly if she gets in perhaps she has a chance. She ran like fourth there a few lengths behind. I like Shakhimat. I like R. Attfield and I bet the colt to win The Transylvania at Keeneland. Is there anything that I need to look at or consider that you know of to win or cash some tix? · 31 days ago
  • pitbull · Any thoughts for today? I have my picks ready. · 1 hour ago
The Prix de Diane runner-up has finally secured a graded stakes win in the G3 Prix de Psyche!
1.58 LOL.
Catalina Red
1st- UNCLE VINNY 2nd- Counterforce 3rd- Ready Dancer
  • sully · Ready Dancer ran in the Curlin. Maniacal/Mind Your Biscuits/Quijote/Uncle Vinny · 5 hours ago
4th race at Del Mar saw 2yr.old filly With Honors (Warfront),win in her first start impressively,on the Jimmy Durante turf. Keith Desormeaux is the trainer,and it's rare he has a first time out winner on the grass. So,there's good reason to be optimistic about her.
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Oh Frosted. One of my top 10 favorites of the decade. I picked Frosted 2nd in the Wood (Daredevil), 4th in Ky. Derby (Carpe Diem, Materiality, Itsaknockout), 1st in the Belmont, Jim Dandy, and Travers, 3rd in the BC Classic (Honor Code, Tonalist), and of course hands down 1st in the Penn Derby and Met Mile. Of course will forever remember seeing live American Pharoah's sensational 5-championship season, but I will remember Frosted because I want to remember him. I live you Frosted! And hopefully the best is yet to come! Like his adversary American Pharoah (Mucho Macho Man) or my boy Tonalist (Flat Out, Stay Thirsty) may he go out with an unforgettable finale in the BC Classic or Cigar Mile.
1st- Miss Matzoball 2nd- Disco Barbie 3rd- Rumble Doll 4th- Richies Sweetheart
1st- CURALINA 2nd- Carrumba. Kind of like Stellar Wind vs Beholder, except that Joint Return and Sweetgrass are decent horses- far better than any competition of Beholder v. Stellar Wind, and I love both of these two favorites. Curalina and Carrumba should both return in the Personal Ensign. I love Curalina so much I actually has her over Stopchargingmaria in the BC Distaff and Ogden Phipps and she was my 2nd choice in the Acorn behind poor Shook Up.
With the thunder storms predicted all day The Haskell will be interesting with the addition of Exaggerator (Mud Runner) against Gun Runner and Nyquist. Monmouth is known for its fast track and short stretch (990 feet).Mud Runner will have to stay close to the leaders and make his famous stretch run to catch Gun Runner and Nyquist. It will be Gun Runner and Mud Runner at the wire
  • sczen50 · heh... So you like others really thought that that was a dry track Nyquist ran on in the FL Derby? Look again..It had been pouring and it was slush. Hard not to see.. Sure it gives Mud Runner(like Java Gold was) a good advantage but Nyquist loved that slop. He didn't lose the Preakness because of the slop. So--you're saying Gun Runner,hey? W/ Mud Runner at the wire huh? hmm.. I'd love to bet you on that~ I can understand you're going w/ 'Mud' but why Gun Runner?? He's very good granted.. but why over Nyquist? · 10 hours ago
I always liked Gun Runner first for his breeding, Candy Ride, Quiet Giant (Giant Causeway) and the Fappiano line in both the Sire and Dam sides. He had trouble changing leads in the past, but in the Matt Winn he broke the track record for that race. The Haskell will be a great race now that Exaggerator (Mud Runner) is entered and thunder storm are predicted all day Sunday. Go Gun Runner
Our Joesphina, dam of G1 winner Dortmund, will bred be bred to Malibu Moon today at Spendthrift Farm. According to DRF
  • Julie Davis via Disqus · Do you know if Our Joesphina had the foal this year? · 11 hours ago
Mohaymen/Destin exacta in the Jim Dandy!
Did not see that coming. Totally thought he'd go to the Jim dandy. Very confusing as Keith said he has not been training well and he can't figure out why yet let's send him again Nyquist and gun runner instead of the Jim dandy where I thought he had a great shot to win it
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  • bronzeprincess33 · If this race comes up sloppy (or even if it doesn't, really), and he loses to Nyquist, then he can pretty much kiss the Eclipse Award goodbye. They're taking a big risk here, and I'm not sure it'll pay off. · 2 days ago
  • Bill Harman via Disqus · Same~ · 12 hours ago
1st- Blofeld 2nd- Scuba 3rd- Bradester
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.
  • By The Numbers via Disqus · I love "chromie" logic. If you go to B-H's article on the entries/PP's of the San Diego, 99% of the comments by Chrome supporters were to the tune of "Dortmund has no place here" "Chrome in a romp" etc. But now that Dortmund eyeballs their champion and came a just a long neck short of victory - well this was Dortmund's best chance to beat Chrome. Or my favorite, "Chrome wasn't even in top gear". Like WHAT?!?!? It was a photo finish, of course he was in top gear. Dortmund will improve many many lengths next out. If you watch the replay, Gary was already hard riding Dortmund approaching the 3/4's - Dortmund has the ability to run the straight with Chrome on heart alone. Next time when he isn't coming off 8 months, he won't be running the stretch on just heart and Chrome will be no match · 3 days ago
  • richard jaimungal via Disqus · Cc 113 in the classic was his best numbers ..but remember what AS said..he wish that he had one more week to tighten him up a bit..he will run faster..and there is the possability that Dortmund could bounce from running so hard in his first race back..but then again..who knows.. · 14 hours ago
duelazo, muchachos, si se da this match
Connect won; Gift Box second! Time was 1:48.69. Nicely done by Chad Brown's starters!
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  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · I actually hope they don't put him in the Travers I think he's moving forward and fought gamely to win but don't think he's quite ready for all those tough battle tested three yr olds. Take their time and progress forward and they will have a solid 4 Harold next yr · 17 hours ago
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · Actually his time was one of the fastest 1 mile 1/8 of all three roles this season. I know they are different tracks but my point being he's got the talent · 16 hours ago

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