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Well-bred California stallion Sought After, best known as the sire of grade I winner Masochistic, was euthanized recently at Joe Daehling's Daehling Ranch after developing laminitis in both front feet. He was 15. The son of Seeking the Gold covered about a dozen mares in 2015 at the farm near Elk Grove, Calif., Daehling said. Unraced, Sought After was bred in Kentucky by B. Wayne Hughes. His dam is multiple French group winner Smolensk, a daughter of Danzig who was grade I-placed in England. He was a half brother to grade III winner Can the Man (Into Mischief ) and listed stakes winnerMartha's Moon (Malibu Moon ), and was a grandson of 1982 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Blush With Pride. This is the family of Broodmare of the Year Better Than Honour, champion and classic winner Rags to Riches, and classic winner Jazil. Article on Bloodhorse
Great race by Keen Ice and I admit that I was wrong about him. He's obviously matured and improved a lot more than I gave him credit for. Should have listened to the people who were knew about the late maturing Curlin's. It was a great race and I give kudos to all of the top three finishers. Keen Ice was the best horse on the day and ran a perfect race. AP, although beaten, showed tremendous talent and determination in putting away Frosted in the stretch when it honestly looked like Frosted had his number at the top of the stretch. And kudos to Frosted for pushing AP harder than any other horse has ever managed to do in the middle section of the race. Although the early fractions were moderate, the middle fractions were incredible..... the third and fourth quarters went in 23.18 and 23.60, thanks to Frosted pushing AP to work harder than he's ever had to do before, and not letting him relax and cruise through the middle of the race. If not for Frosted pushing AP to the limit in the middle of the race, I think that the result may have been different.
  • Paul McAleavey via Disqus · He did not win by improving. He ran well in defeat in his last two. A deep traack, a too fast work, walking for days and shipping late and not using the Belmont strategy of if Frosted goes sit off of him and go after him at the midway point yields a different result, plus espi hand rode the last 50. Then he would have lost a photo. I had a 5 buck pic with AP, and had two savers Keen Ice and Frammento as Zito was due for an upset. So I cashed 2300 instead of 1200 but feel bad about it. Only 4 TC winners ran in The Derby, Whilraway won it in 41, Gallant fox was second and Affirmed was first and Dqd and placed second too much to overcome and a bad tactical decision did not help. But trust me if they did not go 23 and 2 the trhird 1/4 and dropped a 24 and 1/5 and then let's say a 24 flat AP wins, frosted is second and Keen Ice is third. The 47 flat second half is what got Keen Ice to win he was 3 back at the top of the stretch and finished the last 1/4 in 26. AP would have lost to Beholder though. They wanted a tough race and instead probably ruined him. He could've had a cake walk next week against elders or at Belmont. Probably too easy of a race. Besides all else Baffert is 1-20 in the last 5 years in stakes and has barely even run there. AP was trained and ridden foolishly. No commitment to run and then too much commitment to not rate got him beat. I won't be surprised if he retires now. · 2 days ago
  • BeastBob via Disqus · AP victories had the pattern of: speed... cruise... speed AP in the Travers: cruise... speed ... tired. This is the first time he couldn't cruise in the middle splits. It would be very interesting if they all go to the BCC. Let's see who can provide the speed in the middle splits if Liam's Map set a blazing opening 1/2 mile. · 42 minutes ago
Why is he so high in rating? He hasn't do anything, and that what he has is quite lousy.
Whoever keeps jacking up ratings on overseas horses, please be informed that this is for ky derby contenders not turf horses. Its ok to rate them but just so you know, horses that are finishing out of the top ten in races that are well beaten probably shouldnt be on this list. Thanks.
The stars were in alignment for Keen Ice, the most important one was that Kent Desormeaux who usually rides & always takes him way back early was on Texas Red, so, kudos to Javier Castellano keeping Keen Ice within 5 lengths from start until the Quarter pole started to move, any other scenario, American Pharaoh wins, plain and simple!
I read that Au Moon is dead. What is the truth???
BREAKING NEWS: Aidan O'Brien told Pressassociation.com that Gleneagles is being targeted for the Breeders Cup Classic at the end of the season. Not confirmed, but when the story comes up, I'll share.
Thank goodness Grand Strand was recently rescued from New Holland Slaughterhouse by Mindy Lovell, having to outbid kill buyers. It's disgusting these beautiful animals are sent to slaughter when they could make someone a great riding horse or hunter/jumper! Shame on you owners who do this!
Why did this horse end up at a kill buyer's yard? Is that the best these horses can hope for? Was he injured or just not running well?
BREAKING NEWS : Bob Baffert tells DRF'S Jay Privman that after talks with the Zayats, it has been decided that American Pharoah will NOT BE retired and will train up to the Breeders Cup Classic with a possible prep in between. Baffert says that AP came back to California in good shape and says he's gotten better over the past few days. When asked about the possible prep, he said it could be either the Awesome Again at Santa Anita or possibly in Kentucky, but most likely he will train up to the Classic. According to DRF
Trainer Shug McGaughey tells DRF'S David Grening that Honor Code, the Metropolitan Handicap and Whitney Stakes winner, will “most likely” make his next start in the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap, a one-mile race at Belmont Park on Oct. 3, trainer Shug McGaughey said Tuesday. McGaughey says that they could go here instead of the Jockey Club Gold Cup because he feels the Kelso would give him a better chance at getting pace and feels the spacing is right for him going a mile than 1 1/4 before the Breeders Cup Classic. Article on DRF
AP has blessed us all with an amazing career. His loss doesn't discount what he's done on the track at all. He is clearly the best 3 year old in training regardless. In my opinion, it looked like Frosted's rider didn't even try to win the race. Seems like he just wanted to burn AP, and Victor fell right into the trap. As for the Breeders Cup, AP should be game with a nice rest going in. I do think the mare has a big shot to upset though. In a few years we will all be debating about Irish Pharoah's (Full Brother to AP) Kentucky Derby chances. Until then, what a ride 2015 has been.
Read the article to the left ( NBC WAS WRONG ) Its right and to the point. It wasn't an easy race. Its not an excuse but is the truth. Espinoza got sucked into a two horse race and forgot about the others. His horse didn't get a breather at all. I'm not blaming it all on him. Thats racing.
"Advising rookies to chase odds-on horses, notsomuch, imo" amino998 / I actually advised them to chase situational odds on horses on the top of exotics with odds of 24/1 in that particular case. I made the assumption that even a newer player could read the form well enough to logically place most of the horses in the placement of finish, and thereby have some inkling off the probable odds, and when something doesn't seem right. I was offering this advise as only another "tool" in their handicapping kit, nothing more as stated originally. I don't need the glory, I'm to old for that. If HRN hadn't changed their format I would have remained an anonymous person, but for a mistake, just like you. Something we both have a preference for, but only you enjoy. How sweet to be able to dole out the criticism behind the mask of anonymity, without any blowback or stain on your reputation. Then again when handing out the criticism in the volume you do anonymity shouldn't be allowed.
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  • tmallios via Disqus · Nathan you are giving the "Ice-Man" more than his Tru Capote prescribd 15 minutes of Fame. It is obvious that he has missed us with his return. I agree with you, his justifications make absolutely no sense at all. But not really worth it. · 111 days ago
  • amino998 · icyhotboo --> amino998 6 hours ago "Your preoccupation with Yannis doesn't make sense! What I write while handicapping before the race comes under "thinking out loud." What I post as my definitive plays, is what you can hold me to. As I had the only prerace winner out of all commenters. Clearly there's no plausible argument here. Unless you want to rewrite history." Poor sheltered icyhotboo... 50 years in the game and NEVER heard the term redboard. To Redboard IS to rewrite history. As for not needing the glory... YOUR --> "If I followed horses on a daily basis the way you and snoops do my win percentage would be unworldly." screams otherwise :) · 5 hours ago
Entered in a AOC at Saratoga on Thursday. Hopefully he does alright
AP/Curlin So, I was thinking about Curlin's career yesterday after I heard that AP may not race in the Breeders. To sum it up, Curlin was obviously unraced as a 2 year old and was extremely green in both the Derby and Preakness. 3rd in Derby and although thrilling, an awkward ride and win in the Preakness running down a great horse in Street Sense and tying the Preakness record in a distance that probably didn't suit him. Goes to Belmont and loses to a well rested horse by a neck in another thrilling stretch run. Goes to Monmouth and throws out a dud finishing 3rd. The next month his handlers push him by putting Curlin up against the best horse in the world, at the time, Lawyer Ron who was simply a beast. Notice that Curlin was willing to challenge the 4 year olds after grueling battles against an exceptionally strong Street Sense and Hard Spun. He runs down Lawyer Ron in the stretch in an unreal race. The next month he runs what I've called a perfect race and defeats a very, very strong field by 4.5 lengths running a 2.01 in the slop. Horse of the year in 2007. Curlin goes on to win a few more Grade 1s as a 4 year old and wins HOTY AGAIN. It just makes me laugh how AP is being wussified by his handlers. Here is this "all time" great in AP and there is discussion of shutting him down? I get the reason-money-but lets see him challenge the 4 year olds next month at the Jockey Club and then go to the Breeders-and win both-AND then do it all over again next year and repeat as HOTY. If AP's career ended today-is someone really willing to argue his career was better than Curlin's. ???
Read the article to the left (NBC was wrong) Its right and to the point.
2015 Kentucky Oaks runner up Shook Up will be offered at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, Three Chimneys Farm will consign, she will go through the sale as a racing or broodmare prospect. According to the Lexington Herald.
AP showed great courage, but wasn't enough to win...The season is getting hot, those colts and older horses could get the right shape to fight the upcoming big races...HC; KI, LM, FROASTED and many other; AP's connections must to enter BCC expecting unmeasurable challenging

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