• In his first start since the Remsen, Gift Box rolls over a strong allowance field at Belmont.Posted 1 hour ago
  • Nyquist has spiked a fever, delaying his trip to Belmont, via DRF's Dave Grening.Posted 3 days ago
  • Second Summer holds off Hard Aces to win the Grade 2 Californian.Posted 3 days ago
  • Exaggerator turns the tables and is victorious in the Preakness (G1).Posted 5 days ago
  • Takeover Target flies home late to win from last in the Grade 2 Dixie.Posted 5 days ago
  • American Freedom fights back for Sir Barton victory.Posted 5 days ago
  • Mizz Money holds on to take the Gallorette (G3) by a nose.Posted 5 days ago
  • Justin Squared was too fast to catch in the Chick Lang.Posted 5 days ago
  • Lady Shipman does not disappoint with a victory in The Very One.Posted 5 days ago
  • Marengo Road gets ahead to take the James W. Murphy.Posted 5 days ago

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Current best odds in the UK for the Belmont: Exaggerator 11/8, Suddenbreakingnews 6/1, Cherry Wine 8/1, Stradivari 8/1, Destin 10/1, Lani 14/1, Mo Tom 14/1, Brody's Cause 16/1, Creator 20/1, Mor Spirit 25/1
Wow! Things aren't always what they seem on the surface: http://tinyurl.com/gtyryur
DAMN!! Gift Box just looked amazing today!! Here is a horse to keep an eye on this year. Dwyer maybe next.
Just for kicks, I'll bet an all gray superfecta: Lani, Creator, Destin, Cherry Wine.
On his 2016 seasonal debut, and back up in trip to 10f where I think he's even more effective than he is racing at a mile, Time Test gets the better of Western Hymn to win the G3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown Park. At present, Time Test is cross entered in both the G1 Prince of Wales's Stakes at 10f and G1 Queen Anne Stakes at a mile during next month's royal meeting at Ascot, but my personal hope is that trainer Roger Charlton goes for the Prince of Wales's Stakes over 10f. Time Test bolted up to easily win the G3 Tercentenary Stakes at last year's royal meeting over that same 10f trip.
As the first post dedicated to you, on this website, I want to congratulate you on an outstanding job of nurturing and blossoming Runhappy to the point where he now stands atop the racing world in the sprint division, winning the Breeders Cup Sprint. He won five straight races under your tutelage. Your pictures showed an incredible bond that shows that an animal can respond, and love a human. Though there are factors that will interrupt this relationship, I hope that there will be a reunion that will be in the not-so-distant future. In the meantime, I will be cheering for you to not only succeed, but also be able to provide many more stories that are similar to your first great story. Thank you for sharing your story. Looking forward to hearing good news for you, and about you.
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · I'd look a little deeper before singing her praises. http://tinyurl.com/gtn8kpa · 5 hours ago
She is such a beautiful person. She will be picked up in the future to be a trainer for good horses in the future.
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · I thought so at first, but then I started finding some nasty stories about her on the Web. See for yourself: http://tinyurl.com/gtn8kpa · 5 hours ago
Worked 4 furlong in 48.22 2/3 on 5/20 on the Belmont dirt training track. He certainly has the pedigree to get 12 furlongs. I was against him because of his bizarre campaign skipping a final prep. I was never against him because of distance limitations. He seems to be training up well to the race, and he looks like he could be strong. I do wonder whether he can carry that speed 12 furlongs. I would rank him behind Exaggerator, Brody's Cause and Suddenbreakingnews, but ahead of Cherry Wine.
Wow. Its a shame that he would be pointed to the Bing Crosby instead of the Alfred G. Vanderbilt and the Forego Handicap. But it will be good to see him on the track in any race. Makes sense with the BC in the west.
Late movers usually need a "set up" pace structure to overcome late. WIth no definitive pace setters, pressers take over, usually SLOW DOWN the front, making late moves even harder to create.
hoof_hearted666 > • 5 days ago Come back to me and say that again after the BC Classic, when Nyquist has won the Triple Crown, and gone the whole year unbeaten, ending the year with a BC Classic win!!! :-) didn't quite go to plan eh ,,, I,m feeling for you
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  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · How did that work out for you. Lmao · 1 day ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Wait, I thought he picked Exaggerator to win? :-) Oh, that is right. he picked both. · 7 hours ago
After much thought I want to to put something out there about two Phenomenal colts. I think we come to think that only one horse can be good per year and the one we choose draws a line in the sand and we will defend them to the end. What we miss here is watching the journey of these young horses . While I try to pick 3 to 4 horse each yr to watch develop into top three year olds you will never see me guaranteeing a win The reason is you miss watching the whole race as your glued to one particular colt. Nyquist without a doubt is a wonderful horse and I'm so happy for his success as I loved his dad. I also have learned something from him to take with me about his father when choosing a colt next yr I also think Exagerrator is an exceptional talent and its wonderful to see a colt develop into a pure contender I also learned from him more about his father and how to choose colts from that pedigree. My point here is that it's possible to watch more than one horse. It's also possible for one colt to develop sooner than another Without watching all the colts in the Begining of the year you miss out on the learning aspect of it all. No one will ever get it perfect and there's no award for being right so why not enjoy the ride. While yes it's great to have a TC Champion I think it's awesome for horse racing to watch two colts try to prove their worth from race to race leaving it all on the track everytime. The heart they both have is amazing Let's let go of all the excuses and enjoy TWO EXCEPTIONAL TALENTS. Just a thought
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Well said, Mark. I actually think there are a number of quality horses in this crop of three year olds, but you are absolutely right that these two colts at this point as indeed showing themselves to be exceptional. Let us hope that Nyquist comes back soon to the track to continue to rivalry. Their connections seem to be indicating that he will point to the three year old races rather than stepping up in class so that is good to hear for promoting the rivalry. · 8 hours ago
I was watching the TV coverage for the Balk Eyed Susan finally and saw an interview with Kent Desormeaux regarding the Preakness. He was very humble and candid. When asked what he would do differently to try and win he said,"Hopefully, I'll have some help." Indeed he did. And when asked about whether his experience at Pimlico would be the deciding factor he acknowledged he had it, but praised Mario and Nyquist's connections.
On 5/8 49.05 and on 5/20 1:03.65. Hopefully, his next 5 furlong work will be sharper and we may see him in the Met Mile.
5 furlongs in 59.60 at Greentree on the 20th 1/3.
A very interesting article on Maria Borell. Can't confirm the accuracy of this article but it's shocking to say the least. https://www.usracing.com/news/analysis/shocking-untold-story-maria-borell When the original Maria drama broke I didn't want to make an opinion on her innocence given the lack of concrete/consistent facts, but her total lack of composure and professionalism in handling the situation completely put me off of supporting her. I thought she came off as deceptive and desperate. Again, I can't say how completely true this article is, but if even a quarter of this is true this woman is a black eye to the sport and deserves no part of it.
So sad for you Okeemeister, bless your soul.
how much is his stud fee?
  • barrmorr · Bobsaget1, American Pharoah's stud fee is $200,000. He has 100 mares that have been verified in foal. That comes to a cool $20M. Now we have to wait and see if the babies can run. · 22 hours ago
  • Ferrisjso26 · You can find any horses stud fee at bloodhorse.com · 14 hours ago
His race 2 years ago,riden by N Yokoyama,Ireland Trophy(Open)10/19/2014 Tokyo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLyeibluloQ&index=11&list=PLhTOXejooF5bjlmY8aBZLw1GEl6vJiTlP
Seeing some reports that some people said he looked very thin going into the Preakness. Hard to see on tv but if it's true I feel bad for the horse. Poor thing might have been sick and starting to feel under the weather then and still ran his guts out the best he could. Thank god exaggerator is a nice horse and won the Preakness so there isn't the same blow of missing out on a possible TC like the connections had to do with I'll have another in 2012. I hope this isn't similar to uncle mo's liver infection he got and that he is back this late summer for some of the big races. I also hope he takes on chrome and beholder this year. He's a special horse and one 3rd place loss takes nothing away from his incredible courage and heart.
  • illhaveanothertriplecrown · Exactly. I don't know why horses aren't allowed to lose a race anymore. So he's not American Pharoah? So what? Doesn't mean he can't still be an amazing horse. I simply hope he's not whisked away to stud so soon thought. · 1 day ago
  • Dee via Disqus · Amen to that. · 18 hours ago

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