• Minding rolls home an easy winner of the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh.Posted 4 days ago
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  • Sarah Sis makes all the running as the Chicago Handicap favorite.Posted 5 days ago
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  • Far From Over wins his return today at Belmont after more than 16 months away.Posted 6 days ago
  • Champion Untapable has been retired from racing, according to owner, Ron Winchell.Posted 11 days ago

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Songbird doesn't run a race and HRN moves her up a spot to number 3 and drops the Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist two spots to 5. The love affair continues for some reason with this horse and the racing world.
So remember V. E Day, 2014 Travers winner. Apparently is still racing and has been transferred to Frace to run for trainer Andre Fabre. He is entered in a allowance race on July 7th at Clariefontaine, France.
Liam's Map's 1/2 bro debuts in the 3rd @ CD tomorrow 5/1 ML {saywhat?}
Aidan O'Brien announces that G1 winner Ballydoyle will ship to the US and run in the G1 Belmont Oaks on July 9th at Belmont Park.
Am I the only one who thinks songbird should run in the Delaware handicap? I mean its a grade 1, and she's barely been tested.
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  • myles burke via Disqus · everyone knows Songbird next one is the American Oaks....where are all the other fillies?....why no entries yet??....quit ducking Songbird everyone.... · 9 hours ago
  • MaiyaDay via Disqus · The Delaware is 10 furlongs and she's never run more than 8.5, and she's still not tested against the 3yo Eastern fillies. She'll be tested by them. · 6 hours ago
Just came back from the Shaw Center and I was surprised to see a portrait of this guy in a room with blue dog. Underneath the portrait it had some of his race data, most memorably his match up against "Lecomptes'" at Metaire Race Course in New Orleans for $20,000 in which he won in a record time of 7 minutes, 14 3/4 seconds over 4 miles! It was pretty neat to see. :)
Worked 4F in :48.60 today http://www.xbtv.com/video/workout/workout-american-cleopatra-outside-works-4-furlongs-in-48-60-at-santa-anita-park-for-bob-baffert-on-june-30th-2016/
  • pathfinder · Watched the workout. She sure is a nice mover. The stride doesn't seem as long or effortless as AP, though. AP was incredible, he never seemed to touch the ground. He just flew. But Cleo has a nice stride. She really digs in and I think she could be a good one. · 8 hours ago
Shackelford or exaggerator at a 1 3-16 at Pimlico ? match race
  • travel_vic · Match races are pissing matches for the owner's to boast about. They don't represent much in the way of reality. · 8 hours ago
I'm glad the spelled this one right. American Cleapotra would've been too awkward.
I think his next step should be the Indiana derby, nice g2 and purse!
  • Zafonic via Disqus · Or, they could give him a couple of extra weeks rest and shoot for the G2 West Virginia Derby $750k. Indiana is Amoss' stomping grounds. · 1 day ago
  • Thomas Marshall via Disqus · They are going to Saratoga with Mo Tom. Next race most likely the Jim Dandy GII to prep for the Travers. · 10 hours ago
Dalmore by 3.
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · Right off the bat, I'd say Danzing Candy. BUT, lemme check if he is now a workmate. Blueskies, Drill. Baffert uses stakes winners for workmates. · 11 hours ago
“What’s so great about her is the way she travels,” noted Porter. “She can do these types of fractions in just a gallop, and when Mike (Smith) knows she’s gonna win, he just gears her down.” According to Porter, she was so talented that Mike Smith, who was mulling retirement, told a couple of jockeys at Keeneland that he wouldn’t as long as she was running. CCA, Alabama, Cotillion, Breeders Cup Distaff here she comes. She will remain on easy coast until after the Alabama. Porter believe her biggest threat will be Carina Mia
  • buckeye630 · Really glad Mike isn't letting go of this one...and if he is holding off retirement for her, you KNOW she has to be a pretty special filly. · 1 day ago
  • pathfinder · Mike is great for her. I am so glad he is holding off retirement for her. Mike has said many things about Songbird that give the impression that he wants everyone to know how great he thinks Songbird is, but he doesn't want to sound too crazy about her abilities. Mike has ridden so many great racehorses, including Beholder, and I love reading his comments about Songbird because I know he knows what he is talking about. · 12 hours ago
I saw the horse was related through albaugh's instagram page, I just hope he can run them to a frazzle like his half brother
Looks like she will have some good competitors in the Mother Goose - she's my pick!! Will be a good one
  • Pebbles via Disqus · I hope she loves the track as much as her mom and dad did. :-) · 14 hours ago
She is a very nice filly, but not her mother. Still a very good racing horse :D
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  • Erin J. via Disqus · I agree. She is good, but not great. I wish she would have done better today, but I guess she was up too close to the pace? · 55 days ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Her father did not mature until midway through his three year old season. She seemed precocious as a two year old with her maiden win and G1 Spinaway score. Give her a chance to be her own horse and not walk in the long shadows cast by her parents. :-) Remember, Rachel also did not have to contend with Songbird, and a ton of other quality fillies as a two and three year old. That said, Rachel really did not find her groove until Calvin got in the saddle and started her 8 race winning streak with the Golden Rod win. · 14 hours ago
I don't know if this pic of him has been posted yet or not because my phone is hating on me today- but even if it has its worth another look
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  • By The Numbers via Disqus · I don't know much about conformation, but boy does he look stunning! He really filled out as well. · 1 day ago
  • BeastBob via Disqus · Comparing this conformation photo with those of his sire, grandsire and dam, he looks similar to Littleprincessemma (especially the hind end). · 1 day ago
Boy, talk about a feel good story turning into a tragic, disgraceful nightmare. Maria Borell went from capturing the hearts of the American people to downright betrayal and humiliation. The crimes Borell has committed has no place in this world. These animals were neglected and abandoned. Maria and her father should pay for their crimes and I hope Maria never gets near another horse again.
  • Mary Z. · I wouldn't mind if she were made to clean up all of theirshite and her own. No use in her going on the same diet the horses were on. · 1 day ago
Check out the hypo matings of American Pharoah with Beholder and Songbird below. Songbird is an A+ according to TrueNicks.
  • Ruffianlover · Love that medag line, and with his ability to sire great fillies, if a female is born between these two/ watch out world for the super horse! · 1 day ago
Saratoga: make sure you walk all around the track, over by the backstretch, near the gate and don't miss the US Racing Museum across the street (it is a treat unto itself). When I was last there a year ago, they were building a smaller exhibit near the main grandstand entrance as a display of what the Hall of Fame is all about to entice more participation. There is a smaller version of the great Secretariat statute in the paddock at Belmont, in a quiet garden area in the Hall of Fame. A must see. Look for the jockey silks room too: very colorful as far as you can see. The place exudes HISTORY in spades.
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Make certain to take the backstretch tours - the Oklahoma walking tour you can find out information about at the Racing Museum. It requires a donation, but the donation gets you admission to the museum. The main track tours are every morning I believe except Tuesday when the track is closed and Travers day. They start at 7:30/8:00 AM. · 2 days ago
  • amino998 · attn: Tom Durkin fans and Elhubbo. Tom's giving Museum tours this year @ the Spa. Twelve people a day @ 11 am, 1st come, 1st served. Tour reservations can be made in advance by calling the Museum's membership office at (518) 584-0400 ext. 109. There will be no Durkin-led tours on Tuesdays or the following dates: Aug. 10, 12, 17, 20 and 27. · 1 day ago
Hoping for her first grade 1. Good luck Off the Tracks

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