• Got Lucky gets there on the wire in the Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland.Posted 2 hours ago
  • Airoforce kicks away in the Dixiana Bourbon Stakes for hot trainer Mark Casse.Posted 3 hours ago
  • Ben's Duchess takes advantage of a speed duel to win the L.A. Woman.Posted 3 hours ago
  • Inheritance, a $1.9 million 2yo in training purchase, broke her maiden by 13 today at Belmont.Posted 4 hours ago
  • Golden Horn wins the Arc ... Treve runs well, but settles for fourth.Posted 10 hours ago
  • Wild Dude earns a Breeders' Cup berth with a Santa Anita Sprint win.Posted 23 hours ago
  • Grand Arch just holds off a flying The Pizza Man to win the Shadwell Turf Mile.Posted 1 day ago
  • He repeats -- It's all Tonalist in a sloppy Jockey Club Gold Cup.Posted 1 day ago
  • Brody's Cause flies home to win the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity.Posted 1 day ago
  • Tepin runs away and hides in the Grade 1 First Lady -- BC Mile next.Posted 1 day ago

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When will they learn....Can't wait til next years rendition of the Kelso. In 2014 Pliesa bypassed the JCGC with a horse who would of been the chalk , yet opted for the Kelso. By the way,he went off 3/5 and ran a horrible 3rd. In 2015 Shug followed suit,he did one up better. H.C. went off at 2/5 and finished an awful 3rd. Like i said,can't wait til next year for the next genius trainer. Don't know if it is bad Karma,or trainers knowing that their horses are not in peak form. But if they did and thought they were opting for an easier spot... Boo to the trainers for running their horses. To the HRN fans that tried to convince me that Shug was looking for the easier road to the BC Cup. How is he looking now. I said it prior to the race,and i will say it til i see him in the Starting gate on BC Day. This just solidifies my opinion. How will they run this horse,off of a non competetive race. To boot he would be facing the best in the World outside of New York.
Ran her heart out in the JSpinster today and still managed to hang on for a Show and a spot in the BC.
So watching the Spinster on NBC just now, Espinoza was interviewed and asked if there was anything he would have done differently in the Travers. He said he 'should probably have let Pharoah run a .23 and .47 half, he could run .22 if he wanted to'. So much for the 'not himself in the warm up' and 'tired horse' excuse.
ZATT's Star of the Week, is ... Golden Horn!
Why in the world is FA still racing when she's in foal? Is that advisable? I was shocked to learn this.
She got it!!!! Got Lucky wins the Spinster!!!! Another G1 winner for the great A.P Indy!! What a race.
With out winning yesterday, this was an awesome prep for Exaggerator. He got the two turn experience, split horses again, all the while not being 100%. Should set him up perfectly for the BCJ where Desormeaux will have him ready to fire.
Ocean Knight has been entered in a one mile allowance race at Saratoga this Friday, race 8, Irad Ortiz Jr. will ride.
Want to see another race between Exaggerator and Brody's Cause. To be honest I still think Exaggerator might turn out to be the better horse.
Hot damn that was beautiful to watch.
I'm starting to really like this colt. Despite the problems at the start, he managed to come back to make the win look easy! He accelerated nicely. He is bred for two turns and looks like a promising 2016 Derby contender. We'll see how he does in the BC Juvenile!
Read something interesting that makes me like him even more. The colt got real sick after the hopeful. Keith said he never got to drill him like usually He sai his works are evidence that he wasn't 100 percent. So he was happy with the second. Article in HRN
After seeing Brody's Cause closing the Futurity and the way Keen Ice closing the Travers, maybe Dale Romans had found the magic button with his closers. Expect Keen Ice to be in top form heading into the BCC.
How many sons does he have at stud? I can only list 4. POTN, Bodemiester, and Sky Kingdom and Empire Way
Damn, Inheritance wins her maiden by 15 lengths, this filly cost $1.9 million at the OBS March sale and I believe was the highest priced sold in it's history. She looked like every penny. This one has a nice future.
Has been retired following her 4th place finish in the Arc today. Wishing her well in her new career.
Bolo, the turf stakes winner who was third in the Santa Anita Derby earlier this year, has been turned out for 60 days and will miss an expected start in Sunday’s $150,000 La Jolla Handicap at Del Mar. Carla Gaines tells DRF's Steve Andersen that Bolo isn't working to her expectations and 21 to give him a rest. Gaines says she hopes to have him back for a fall campaign. Article on DRF
  • Erin Casseday via Disqus · Is there any news as to if he has returned to training yet? · 5 hours ago
This makes my heart weep.. Not a lot of AP Indy's sons left. This one was def. promising.
Very sad to report that Tacticus has appeared to suffer a fatal breakdown in a workout this morning at Keeneland, no word what the injury was, but the injury proved fatal. According to DRF
In an interview with TVG, Old Friends announces that they have acquired 1997 Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold and 1996 Breeders Cup Classic winner Alphabet Soup from Adena Springs. They will both be retired from breeding duties and will live at Old Friends in the near future.

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