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As i predicted after the Maiden Win at first asking . Marking has been entered in the Cigar Mile . I would be absolutely shocked if he does not show up with a monster effort. He will be getting 13 lbs from the 2 favorites . That translates into roughly 2.5 lengths. By drawing the rail , Ortiz should be able to negotiate a very favorable trip. Nathan i do not know who is making my taste buds stand up and cheer more. The Turkey or Marking. Other than Vyjack, rarely have i awaited a horses race like this one.
The Vox Populi award goes to a horse that brought a lot to horse racing throughout the year. I know all of them are deserving in some ways of this award but the number one equine on the list for this award is American Pharoah. Now, I know we all have some sentimental reasons to vote on another but how can anyone vote against AP for bringing fans and bringing so much to this sport this year...A Triple Crown winner....hard to vote against that even though he's got HOTY and Three Year Old Male Champion Eclipse Awards in the bag.
If you are looking for not only a price in the Clark,but a serious contender. Look no further than this guy. Went into his last race working lights out. Never really ran to the works. After looking at the replay, he never got comfortable with the track that day. From sitting a perfect trip 3rd on the rail,he kept taking to the outside. Seemed as though the jock sensed it,and tried to find a part of the track he would like. So far in his career, the CD strip has been to his liking. Nathan,do not pass him up. Also on the wrong coast,Recepta will be making her appearance. Should be very formidable.
QUOTE:"his acceleration at the end of a 1.5 mile race when other horses were backing up." I was impressed with the colt as he ran by us at the 1/8th pole, BUT any acceleration was minimal (hundredths of a second) at that point in the race as he made all the fractions. His run was a classic sustained move from wire to wire.
BREAKING NEWS: Voting is now open for the sixth annual winner of the Secretariat Vox Populi Award. Created by Secretariat's owner Penny Chenery, the Vox Populi, or “Voice of the People,” Award recognizes the racehorse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the public and gained recognition for the sport during the past year. Three nominees were selected by the Vox Populi Committee, and voters again have the option to write-in a racehorse of their choice. The nominees are the following: American Pharoah Beholder Rachel's Valentina Article on http://www.paulickreport.com/news/thoroughbred-racing/voting-now-open-for-secretariat-vox-populi-award-2/
Does anyone know how many mares are possibly going to be lined up for AP next year?
Iron Fist is in this race. Before the return of Dortmund and with the retirement of AP still IMO Iron Fist is probably the fourth best three year old in the country after AP, Frosted and Keen Ice.(you could make an argument for Upstart being ahead though) This horse beat AP in that maiden race and made Frosted have to try in the PA Derby. This won't be as easy as I thought for Dortmund Iron Fist is better than anything he had to beat at the Big Bear by far.
Dortmund should coast in this race, Iron Fist is pretty good too. Knowing Gary Stevens, he won't win by anymore than he needs to, my prediction is Dortmund by an easy 3 lengths with Iron First 2nd.
Very excited to see this one entered in the Cecil B Demille. Definitely will be my pick in that race!
My picks for the cigar mile are 1. Marking 2. Tonalist 3. Mshawish.
I think she deserves the Vox Populi this year.She overcame all adversity with grace and determination.Shes touched my life and I'll be forever grateful.I'm writing Lady Eli in as my 2015 Vox Populi champion.
BREAKING NEWS: Undefeated G1 winner Lady Eli will ship from Dell Ridge Farm in Kentucky to Chad Brown's Palm Meadows Stables in south Florida over the weekend. Lady Eli was deemed fit to travel as her laminitis has been contained and continues to get better. She will ship to Chad Brown but no word yet on when she will begin light training, she will take it one day at a time. The fact that Lady Eli is coming back to Chad Brown is a miraculous recovery in itself. Article on DRF to be posted later today.
Dortmund is entered to run Saturday in the Native Diver! He would have raced in the Clark on Friday had Dortmund been able to ship a day later, just bad timing. I'm hearing Gary Stevens will ride Dortmund on Saturday as Martin Garcia has two mounts on Friday and Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Mobile Bay wins. International Star 4th.
Hunter O'Riley looks more like a turfer, but finally broke his maiden on the main track at Churchill last month in a race that came off the grass. Interesting to see what he does here with Saez on board.
Words cannot describe how much I will miss seeing this horse run. As much as I love and will mis Pharoah, there was just something about Honor Code that I loved so much. Maybe it was his beauty, his stubbornness, him being from AP Indy's last crop, his incredible closing kick, or his ability to do things all on his own, I don't know but I loved this horse and I wish him a long and successful stud career, and will look forward to seeing his babies on the track. Goodbye Honor Code and thank you for the awesome memories <3
  • honor code via Disqus · Great comment💚 Honor Code was, and still is, AMAZING💚 I wrote to him after he retired, and he sent me a Honor Code hat!! I love it! Here is a picture of it😀 like we said, hes awesome😍😍😍😍 · 3 hours ago
This time of the year I like to look for horses that are improving and who have a chance to move to the top of their division next year. Race Day, Hoppertunity, Effinex and Protonico are nice horses but I think we have seen them at their best. Keen Ice, however, could be a horse that is getting it all together and growing into a top horse. A win here, and I think he has a great chance to win, could lead to a very nice 4 year old season.
I want to give Sail Ahoy another shot for sentimental reasons - But I don't know that I can here: Mohaymen/ Gift Box/ Marengo Road
-Thrilled to see Lost Raven in here. Lost Raven/Lewis Bay/Thrilled

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