• Lockdown (2-1), full sister to Close Hatches, wins the Busanda at Aqueduct.Posted 19 hours ago
  • Back at Oaklawn Park, Terra Promessa (6-5) rolls in the Pippin.Posted 1 day ago
  • Vale Dori (1-5) is too much for her La Canada competition.Posted 1 day ago
  • Tommy Macho (5-2) tons the best in the Hal's Hope at Gulfstream Park.Posted 1 day ago
  • Flatlined (15-1) wins a wild finish in the Ft. Lauderdale Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Sandiva (7-5) powers by to win the Marshua's River Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Sunny Ridge (5-2) powers home to victory in Aqueduct's Jazil Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Yorkiepoo Princess (4-5) romps home an easy winner in the Ruthless.Posted 1 day ago
  • Domain's Rap, 9yo and 8-1, wins the Fifth Season on opening day at Oaklawn Park.Posted 2 days ago
  • Wonder Gal (3-2) wins the Ladies Handicap in a romp.Posted 2 days ago

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Alright Dabster, going one mile today, got the one race experience Baffert said you needed. Going two turns today, let's see what you got. Good luck today Dabster.
BREAKING NEWS: Ahmad Zayat announces that he has partnered up with Jeffrey Weiss to run 9 year old Prayer for Relief in Pegasus World Cup. The 10th spot has been confirmed for the World Cup, it's Prayer For Relief.
According to Katsumi Yoshida,Gentildonna will be bred to six-time G1 winner Maurice.
Here's besties Groupie Doll, Plum Pretty, and Havre De Grace enjoying retirement together https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dbe7aeb76f20d1f425fad63e6f07163ef318f7014d052a0d7d5d5a34dd5c6d2e.jpg
I saw a gorgeous chestnut on the farm today, but he had nothing on the stunning Chrome! Looks like someone loves the sand in florida https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4f5ba98a7cf5f0406f0cf1e7cee2a75d9e3bd16d5e6f30521c4bd82699a91894.jpg
Not the most 'attractive' horse but boy does he look regal and imposing https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5b00a557c54b5e9eaae90fe20be95f897c53d6a9af3b52449316b5970266230f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b629cecc5db9b90e77ae78d5750b1a5f16d2890b60785128889b4c00734eeaf6.jpg
Someone is itching to get back to the races
Will be bred to Medaglia d'Oro
Include Betty's dam Betty's Solution will be bred to Exaggerator for a 2018 foal.
G2 winner Disposablepleasure will be bred to Exaggerator for a 2018 foal.
Belle Gallantey will be bred to Exaggerator for a 2018 foal.
BH is reporting this afternoon that the Zayats and Romans are seeking a slot in the Pegasus for Prayer For Relief. It is mind-boggling. SMH. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/219100/zayat-romans-want-to-see-prayer-for-relief-in-pegasus
  • Dna0571 · It's ridiculous, what that poor horse needs is retirement. I doubt anyone with a gate considers this. · 13 hours ago
First foal. A colt, not sure who the mare is.
  • Mary Y. via Disqus · Yes, I know he's a boy, but his name sounds like he's the mare. · 14 hours ago
Don't be surprised if you see Noble Bird land a spot in the 2017 Pegasus World Cup.
I never said this before the 2016 BCC because I knew that Arrogate would be tough at 10f and the race would be close. Here is my prediction for the Pegasus after today work by Chrome over Gulfstream dirt: We'll see a total destruction of the 2017 Pegasus field even by California Chrome even if Arrogate is in it (don't be surprised if you see the announcement in the next week that Arrogate will not be in the Pegasus).
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  • marcos via Disqus · OK · 15 hours ago
  • SharedBelief1 via Disqus · Arrogate will annihilate as always · 14 hours ago
Works again with Uninvited. Gives Univited 10-12 lengths. Finished very well.
  • Blue Larkspur via Disqus · Uninvited, trainer by the "greatest dirt trainer" is 0 for 13 in maiden special weight company since Sept 2015 ... what a patsy owner · 15 hours ago
Really nice work. Boy I hope he makes the race and brings this same run in the Pegasus. I hope for a clean run race, two future hof horses running their best, not holding anything back and everyone comes home safe. What more could a fan ask for?
Here is a link to Arrogate's workout. I thought he looked better this week than he did last. A very good work. http://www.xbtv.com/video/workout/arrogate-worked-6-furlongs-in-112-20-at-santa-anita-park-on-january-15th-2017-for-the-pegasus-world-cup/
  • Patricia King via Disqus · I agree, this work today resembles how he closed in on the BCC finishing so strong at the end of the race. I think it is interesting that Arrogate went from training right along side a running mate before the BCC, to giving his running mate a substantial lead while training. I think he is a horse on the improve. · 16 hours ago
Semper Fortis has been bumped for Ralis. In other Pegasus news, trainer Doug O'Neill confirmed shareholder Reddam Racing will run grade 1 winner Ralis in the Pegasus, while stablemate Semper Fortis goes to the undercard. Ralis, a 4-year-old son of Square Eddie who took the Hopeful Stakes (G1) as a 2-year-old, has not seen the winner's circle since then. He ran ninth in the Nov. 5 Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1T) last out. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/219073/california-chrome-focused-in-penultimate-move
  • Meg Hiers via Disqus · Well, he ran some good seconds on turf this summer. I guess we will see if his dirt form can come back. · 1 day ago
  • Brian Hayes via Disqus · I don't think anyone in the field will win, except CC or Arrogate, which this race is really a 2 horse race, the rest of the field will fight for 3 & 4th place. How much of a chance do you think Semper Fortis has to hit 3rd or get 4th to complete the Superfecta? · 16 hours ago
23.86, 48.11, 1:00.40, gallop out 1:12.49 Solid work!
  • By The Numbers via Disqus · Christina Blacker interviewed Baffert right after, and he was searching for superlatives. A great workout, and couldn't have been easier. Simon Bray gave it an "A++" · 17 hours ago

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