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  • Discreet Marq much the best in the Ticonderoga! Posted 2 days ago
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Very nice 2 yr old loves the turf.
Until something can come close to SB, you have to go with him. The last race was close, but without the cheating by Baffert's horses and riders, SB wins by more than 4. This horse is a superstar!
This horse is truly an amazing horse. I have fallin in love with her and she has been my angel in providing me with therapy and healing. I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to be a part of her life. Thank you Michael.
After an 18 month layoff to recover from a tendon injury, the two time Hong Kong Horse of the Year winner will make his return to racing on Sunday in the G2 Sha Tin Trophy at 1 mile on the turf. He'll be facing the reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year winners Designs on Rome (2013- 2014) and Military Attack (2012-2013), in a matchup that will face a total of 6 different Hong Kong Champions against each other. Blog to come, but I cannot express how excited I am to see my favorite horse make it back to the track
cedar, If you're out there, I posted an HRTV video in answer to your question about Beholder's antibiotic treatment below the question you asked yesterday--on the "hidden" page. :)
One thing is for sure, this Horse will be terrible value wherever he turns up next, and he'll get well beaten!
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  • Mike Relva via Disqus · I'm really glad you know everything. lol · 63 days ago
  • Steven Rolf via Disqus · that would be 2 things, moron · 2 hours ago
I was looking at the Past Performances in this race. I came up wih the following conclusion. I do not like California Chrome in this spot, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE HIM HERE. He is one of the few horses that will be able to work out an ideal trip. In looking at his race at Parx and seeing the figure he ran. The race was not as bad as it looked to the naked eye. Bayern is super fast and at his best may be one of the 2 fastest horses in the race. The distance is not what worries me about him. It is his ability to put back to back stellar efforts in such a short span. I was fooled once in the Travers off of his hole in the wind Haskell.As much as i like and have always liked this horse,he will have to show me. So i will be passing on him. Tonalist is very good, but how will he handle the cross country trek and the surface. Two questions i do not want answered with my money on him. Shared Belief will be the favorite,that alone is a reason for me to look to beat him. He in my opinion has more questions than Regis Philbin when he hosted the "Millinaire " show on TV. Distance,Surface and how will he run coming off an all out gut wrenching effort against much softer than he will be facing today. As far as the rest of the field is concerned,i just do not think any of them are good enough to win this race. If they do,it will be without me. Back to Chrome and why i like him. I think that the Recipe for winning this race is being a fresh horse.Especially one coming off of a non effort. He has run many races fast enough to win this race. There fore he will not have to do anything that he has not done before. Good luck to whoever you may like.
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  • Mary Z. · Note to readers: I responded "on the backside" :) · 1 day ago
  • idavis via Disqus · I am with you! Hope he draws a good post and Victor let's him ROLL! · 3 hours ago
ZATT's Star of the Week, is ... Taris!
Does anyone know whether Brigantin will be racing again this spring? I was hoping he'd be running in the Mooney Valley Cup this weekend to have a crack at making the Melb Cup field...
Really nice horse always tried and now is living the good life on a farm in Mass
Zivo, Cigar Street, and Toast of New York exacta boxes sound very tempting.
Lady Eli is better than Maram , C. Brown's first BC victory. Her Emmynency had a nice late turn of foot. Would box these with Euros.
Now just wait n see who scratches.
Great ride? surely you jest. He had a horse and the HORSE moved when it needed too off a pedestrian pace. Horse run, riders are passengers. ANY journeyman could have done the same thing. ANY journeyman.
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  • travel_vic · quote: " Guiding a horse around a track, over a jump, through a dressage test, around the barrels"...NONE of these disciplines are the same as a horse race: going from point A to point B. · 7 hours ago
  • ILuvTurfRacing · Not sure where you're getting a pedestrian pace for the Nearctic Stakes? The announcer called it 22 flat for the quarter, but it was actually 22:12, and 44:52 for the half. That's moving along at a very decent clip in a 6f sprint. · 6 hours ago
Watch almost ANY horse that has thrown its rider. What does the animal do? They go to the outside as they are not keen to be inside of horses and the RUN the rest of the race WITH the pack the way their herd instincts, number one, and training suggest them to do. AUTO-PILOT at it best.
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  • travel_vic · I will go a step further: in MOST quarter horse races, having robot riders would do just about as well as having the whipping fools who are on there now · 7 hours ago
  • ILuvTurfRacing · The bottom line in the Nearctic Stakes, IMO, was Caspar Netscher's ability to stay up to a mile. Black Hornet took them along at a pretty decent clip early on, 22 & change for the quarter, 44 & change for the half, which set the race perfectly for a horse able to close strong from off the pace like Caspar Netscher. And lest we forget, he just started sprinting this season and hadn't really fared that well in any of the top sprint races in the UK. His 2 biggest wins prior to the Nearctic Stakes had come during his 3yo season in 2012 when he won the G3 Greenham Stakes over 7f at Newbury, followed by the G2 Mehl Muhlens-Rennen(German 2000 Guineas) over a mile in Cologne, Germany. · 6 hours ago
Love to see him in this. Hes 3/3 so far.
Micheal Matz reports that Somali Lemonade has been retired to stud, no plans yet on who she will go to, according to DRF
Seize The Day
Aidan O'Brien told the European Racing Media this morning that Magician will return to Santa Anita to defend his Breeders Cup Turf crown. O'Brien also said they will be sending Qualify to run in the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf, War Envoy for the BC Juvenile Turf, and The Great War for the BC Juvenile(Dirt). Trainer Dermot Weld has also announced his intention to send over Mustajeeb to run in the BC Mile.
My research in asking jockeys and exercise riders the DIRECT question of "What percentage of a win is directly related to the RIDER versus the HORSE underneath them?" the consensus? 15% TOPS ( and most combos are far lower than that) and then those are isolated cases when the animal does not run well for too many others (which I will admit to have seeing less than a dozen times. I cannot help coming to my position on this since I went to the SOURCE: riders............. and not the grandstanders who NEVER rode a horse competitively.
  • Mike in SB · The problem I have with this whole debate is shown in your question to the jockeys stated above...the rider VERSUS the horse. To me the horse and the rider are both essential to success, as many people have said NO jockey will make a horse run faster than their natural talent, but every rider has to do their part and put the horse in the best position so that their natural ability can be utilized. Like everything in life some jockeys are better at this than others. Horse racing is really a team sport, no horse will win without being properly trained or ridden. · 9 hours ago



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