Breeders' Cup 2014

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  • American Pharoah is out of the BC Juvenile due to a bone bruise. Posted 2 days ago
  • Dame Dorothy remains unbeaten in the Turnback the Alarm! Posted 4 days ago
  • West Coast Belle wins the Rags to Riches for fun! Posted 4 days ago
  • Conquest Tsunami storms to victory in the Street Sense! Posted 4 days ago
  • Military Attack defeats a top field in the Sha Tin Trophy! Posted 4 days ago
  • Canadian Lexie Lou wins the Autumn Miss at Santa Anita! Posted 5 days ago
  • Pick of the Litter edges Departing in the final strides of the Fayette! Posted 5 days ago
  • Salutos Amigos is best in the Bold Ruler! Posted 5 days ago
  • Adelaide wins a thrilling edition of the Cox Plate! Posted 5 days ago
  • 201 Pre-entered for the Breeders' Cup, including 15 in the Classic. Posted 8 days ago

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I have looked and looked at this race many times . Trying to figure out if this is a Key Race in trying to take down. The more i look and the more i come up with the same conclusion. CALIFORNIA CHROME is simply the best horse going into the race this Saturday. Although Bayern is the fastest horse,his inability to recover from a major effort in a short time span ,has me running away from him. The only other 2 horses that i will be using with CC,are Candy Boy and Majestic Harbor . C.B. has been developing at a fast rate(something i can't say about the others). I am taking a flyer on Majestic Harbor for 2 reasons. He is a fresh Racehorse. He also ran the fastest speed figure at the distance to be run. In looking at the ML, i am not using Tonalist or Shared Belief at all. If they somehow hit the board underneath my other horses. I will only be catching them on my spread tickets. Tonalist is a very good horse,only problem with him is that the race is being run in the wrong State and at the wrong Track. Shared Belief is also a very nice horse,one of the top 3yos' in a very deep and talented bunch. But based on how the race shapes up,i do not think it favors his profile. I do not think he is good enough to lay close to a lively anticipated pace,and hold off the Closers. I definately do not think he is good enough to take back and make a big move. If i am wrong and it won't be the first time,then i lose. The only good thing is that at the short odds he will be going off at.I won't be losing anything big. Good Luck to all.
  • vegasjim1952 · You know we killed in the Derby with CC but Shared Belief will show you that not rushing to make the Derby and waiting for him to get completely sound is now getting the big payday. Mike Smith riding for BIG bucks with all the trimmings can put him anywhere and blow them all away in the stretch just like the Pacific Classic. This horse has the "Will to Win" you rarely see. I told you in Nov. last year he reminded me of Seattle Slew how he hits the stretch and says see ya. The short odds mean nothing to me. I prefer to cash as many bets as I can by betting the best horse. SHARED BELIEF is the best horse. That will to WIN thing. · 23 minutes ago
  • ruffianlover · Mallios, so glad we can finally agree on something again since Verrazano. Go Chrome! · 6 minutes ago
FUN GAME! In honor of the Breeder's Cup this weekend (and me having too much wine and looking up all my favorite youtube videos) what are you favorite and most exciting Breeder's Cup moments? Mine are: Lure's '92 and '93 Mile wins, Ap Indy's BCC win, Zenyatta's BCC win, Personal Ensign and Winning Colors, Ferdinand and Alysheba, Serena's Song and Flanders, Shanghai Bobby fighting back to win the BCJ, Tiznow's wins in the BCC. Ready go!
1st-Osaila 2nd-Lady Eli 3rd-Qualify 4th-Lady Zuzu.
With the scratching of Aktabanday late Thursday evening, Faithful Creek now draws into the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf field as one of the two "also eligible" horses. He's trained by Brian Meehan and will be ridden by Kieren Fallon. Faithful Creek has some decent European form in the books coming into the race having finished 2nd in a listed race at Deauville in France and 3rd behind the highly regarded, Coolmore owned John F Kennedy in the G3 Juvenile Turf Stakes at Leopardstown on the undercard of the G1 Irish Champion Stakes.
Untapable worked 5F in 58.60 for BC Distaff, owner Ron Winchell tells DRF that Untapable and stablemate Tapiture will race at age 4
  • mak via Disqus · yea! tapitures not retireing yet! · 11 days ago
  • ruffianlover · So glad Untapable will be back at 4. Can you imagine if she improves like Close Hatches did? · 51 minutes ago
With Beholder out, I think that she will assume the role of favorite for the BC Distaff, and has a real good shot to win, she's looked great over SA, and I think she's gonna run the race of her life next Friday
Sweet Reason should have been in this race.
Tonalist,Cigar Street,Shared Belief,Bayern
This horse beat California Chrome in his glory and I think will win this race too.... Closers win races...
  • ruffianlover · This rested horse you speak of beat a California Chrome who was at the end of a grueling triple crown campaign, had a bad hoof injury at the start of the race, and had a horrendous trip not suitable to his running style. That California Chrome who you mentioned also still finished in a dead heat for fourth not very far off from the winner at all. Also for your info- Tonalist is not a closer. If you want to look at a closer- look up Honor Code's maiden win. Better yet look up all of Blind Luck's wins. Your welcome · 54 minutes ago
Can someone please tell me what happened to Garrett gomez? ?
  • amdaman · Fell off the wagon a little over a year ago. Took time off. Obviously not ready to return. Perhaps never will. · 1 hour ago
Thanks goblin.
Anybody remember the green monkey? Something like he was bought for almost 15 mill. And then turned out to be the biggest flop of all time. whatever happened to him?
  • Goblin · May be at stud at Hartley-DeRenzo. His purchase price is not something he could control, so...... He probably has his own page here on HRN as well. · 7 hours ago
  • Mike Relva via Disqus · Please say you aren't comparing The Green Monkey to Coz? · 3 hours ago
I think they should retire him, or give him one more start to see if it was just because of the long layoff
Check out the pedigree on the right and click on the different sires, dams, grand sires and so on and guess what you find? I find 4 different Northern Dancer influences within 3 generations, 4! I don't think I have ever seen that. Remember, this is a colt who has a 191 Turf Tomilson figure, and his two races on turf back that figure up. He's NOT a turf horse. With those 4 separate Northern Dancer influences this colt should not only handle the dirt but thrive on it. His Damn sire Syncline thrived on the dirt according to his PPs in formulator. Class? Check. Distance? Check. Surface? Check-check.
Top Decile, Feathered, Angela Renee,By theMoon
Goldencents, Bronzo,Tapiture, Fed Biz
War Envoy, Startup Nation,Int. Star, Lawn Ranger
Its so cool Kieren Fallon is gonna be riding at santa anita this winter taking his tack to tough west coast jockey colony, gl.
zivo-cigar street-ve day
11 Tonalist / 13 California Chrome / 6 Shared Belief / 8 Zivo



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