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This time of the year I like to look for horses that are improving and who have a chance to move to the top of their division next year. Race Day, Hoppertunity, Effinex and Protonico are nice horses but I think we have seen them at their best. Keen Ice, however, could be a horse that is getting it all together and growing into a top horse. A win here, and I think he has a great chance to win, could lead to a very nice 4 year old season.
I want to give Sail Ahoy another shot for sentimental reasons - But I don't know that I can here: Mohaymen/ Gift Box/ Marengo Road
Words cannot describe how much I will miss seeing this horse run. As much as I love and will mis Pharoah, there was just something about Honor Code that I loved so much. Maybe it was his beauty, his stubbornness, him being from AP Indy's last crop, his incredible closing kick, or his ability to do things all on his own, I don't know but I loved this horse and I wish him a long and successful stud career, and will look forward to seeing his babies on the track. Goodbye Honor Code and thank you for the awesome memories <3
  • honor code via Disqus · Great comment💚 Honor Code was, and still is, AMAZING💚 I wrote to him after he retired, and he sent me a Honor Code hat!! I love it! Here is a picture of it😀 like we said, hes awesome😍😍😍😍 · 47 minutes ago
-Thrilled to see Lost Raven in here. Lost Raven/Lewis Bay/Thrilled
In foal to Goldencents for 2016
Conformation: http://www.doublediamondfarm.com/Domains/www.doublediamondfarm.com/CMSFiles/Photos/BahamainSquallSeritaHult_resized11-3-2015-13-21-58-200.jpg
BREAKING NEWS: Undefeated G1 winner Lady Eli will ship from Dell Ridge Farm in Kentucky to Chad Brown's Palm Meadows Stables in south Florida over the weekend. Lady Eli was deemed fit to travel as her laminitis has been contained and continues to get better. She will ship to Chad Brown but no word yet on when she will begin light training, she will take it one day at a time. The fact that Lady Eli is coming back to Chad Brown is a miraculous recovery in itself. Article on DRF to be posted later today.
BREAKING NEWS: Voting is now open for the sixth annual winner of the Secretariat Vox Populi Award. Created by Secretariat's owner Penny Chenery, the Vox Populi, or “Voice of the People,” Award recognizes the racehorse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the public and gained recognition for the sport during the past year. Three nominees were selected by the Vox Populi Committee, and voters again have the option to write-in a racehorse of their choice. The nominees are the following: American Pharoah Beholder Rachel's Valentina Article on http://www.paulickreport.com/news/thoroughbred-racing/voting-now-open-for-secretariat-vox-populi-award-2/
Flamboyant and very productive stable likes to see their charges running, so whatever reason this one is absent, it is for a very logical reason.
Like Scarly Charly and Amelia's Wild Ride.
I will never understand how anyone can call themselves a fan of horse racing and not love this horse with all their heart. His mechanics are mesmerizing and incredibly unique. Everyone's a critic, but the critics with the most highly qualified credentials are the ones who's opinions mean the most, and they routinely fall all over themselves gushing about him.
Going with Point Piper and Rebranded
This novel im about to type probably should have been an article but since I have no access to that- it's going here. During this week every year, I like to reflect on what I am thankful for the past year. In doing this today, I started to think about what my most thankful moment of 2015 was. This led me to want to share my personal opinion of 'hose racing's 2015 moment of the year with you all. You would think it would be a tough feat, with the incredible year the racing gods blessed us with. From what was titled the showdown of the year: California Chrome versus Shared Belief in the San Antonio and impressive Derby preps including Dortmund's hard fought battles, all the way to Beholder destroying the boys in the Pacific Classic, Honor Code uncommonly winning both the Met and the Whitney in heart stopping fashion, and ending the year with the first time grand slam winner and two undefeated fantastic juveniles successfully earning their championship honors in the Breeders Cup. It's been one year of amazing races, hard fought battles on and off the track (Lady Eli) and heartwarming stories. I'm not sure what we did to deserve such a year of racing, but I am thankful and this year will be one for the memory books. When I look back and try to pin point a single 'moment' that stood by itself, and outshines the others- it is an immediate decisions for me. As impressive as American Pharoah's BC Classic win was, or how easy his Haskell win was- nothing looked more impressive or easier than his Belmont win. Everything about this race- from what he did, to the crowd, to the celebrations- cement this as the moment of the year. His amazing early speed, ability to relax once he grabbed the lead, his ease at running the sweeping Belmont turns, and his acceleration at the end of a 1.5 mile race when other horses were backing up, and his ears pricked majority of the way- stood on a pedestal of its own. I'll never forget Larry's announcement as he came to the finish line: 'finally the one', the stunned silence of the announcers during the roar of the crowd, and will never forget the feeling this moment gave me. A feeling that took 37 years to instill in most of us. A feeling that will last a lifetime. Thank you racing gods for this amazing year of thrills and talented horses. Thank you for this sport and all of the joy it brings us. Thank you American Pharoah for being the super star we hoped for, the super star we needed.
Texas Red, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita in 2014, is undergoing preliminary training at WinStar Farm in Kentucky, trainer Keith Desormeaux said. Texas Red is expected to join Desormeaux's stable at Santa Anita next month to begin training for a 2016 campaign. Desormeaux says that there are no current plans for where Texas Red will race first, but says the Santa Anita Handicap is a race they want to point to. Article on DRF
  • QueenBlitzkrieg · Thanks for the update. I really love Texas Red and hope he can stay sound and healthy for next year. Can't wait for his comeback race! · 14 hours ago
Hope he has a great year next year and will be able to race as a four year old. Good luck Nyquist!
QUOTE:"his acceleration at the end of a 1.5 mile race when other horses were backing up." I was impressed with the colt as he ran by us at the 1/8th pole, BUT any acceleration was minimal (hundredths of a second) at that point in the race as he made all the fractions. His run was a classic sustained move from wire to wire.
Does anyone know what happened to him to make him vanish from racing for the time he did? And also he got seventh in the Bet On Sunshine stakes at Churchill Downs a few days ago.
BREAKING NEWS : Trainer Bob Baffert tells DRF'S Jay Privman that Dortmund dud not travel to Kentucky this morning and says he will not run in the Clark Handicap on Friday. Baffert said Dortmund needs extra day to patch quarter crack. But it's better this morning. However, owner and trainer decided to not send him to Kentucky. However, Dortmund instead could run this Saturday in the Grade 3 Native Diver at Del Mar depending on his status. More information will be available later today, as thus story is just breaking. According to DRF
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  • Brian Shaw via Disqus · Damn, what a bummer! If he makes the Native Diver, we still get to see him race at 9 furlongs. Hopefully he's well enough to race! · 1 day ago
  • Ferrisjso26 · It might not be the best decision for the fans but it's the better decision for the horse. Even though Dortmund might have won the Clark giving him a grade three field to beat up on will allow him to ease into what should be a grueling four year old campaign. · 17 hours ago
I know some people knock American Pharoah for not running big speed figures or being lucky or beating weak fields, but in this Thanksgiving season I believe all racing fans should be thankful for American Pharoah and his connection for two big reasons. First by winning the Triple Crown he has hopefully ended the calls to change the triple crown series by either shortening the races or increasing the time between the races. The Triple Crown is one of the few things that is working in racing today, as a believer in the "If its not broke don't fix it" idea, any change in the Triple Crown would be a huge mistake in my opinion. And second, many people believed that if there was a Triple Crown winner than they would have immediately been retired. How many times today have we heard either "He has done enough" or "He has nothing more to prove"? But by keeping him in training and running in the biggest race of the year, the Breeders Cup Classic, his connections has set the example that others hopefully will follow. In my opinion American Pharoah and his connections have helped save racing as a sport.
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  • Pebbles via Disqus · And still there are detractors. He finally ran the big speed figure we all knew he was capable of - a 120 BSF - highest figure for the year and set a track record but just like his Kentucky Derby field became mediocre as soon as he won the Triple Crown, the Breeders Cup field became mediocre as soon as he beat them. lol Some argue that the older horses were proven mediocre because the top older horses Honor Code and Tonalist did not finish well (within 10 lengths of American Pharoah and the closest horse was an also ran - Effinex. I strongly disagree with this comment. The older horses were so strong this year that a horse like Effinex who not many gave a chance (despite his relishing 10 furlongs) was able to finish 2nd. Honor Code we knew was challenged by his early pace requirements. Tonalist we knew would give his all, but he is a blinker on/blinker off type who is tough to gauge, but this was his worst finish in a race since his 5th place finish at Santa Anita. · 1 day ago
  • Ferrisjso26 · Those calling to change the TC series simply don't know racing history well. Horses were always allowed to run in one or two TC races without running the remainder. Sir Barton the first TC winner who started all this also won the series AND a race in between in 32 days which is less than todays 35 day TC series. Omaha, Whirlaway, Count Fleet and Citation all ran races in between the Preakness and Belmont and besides Omaha all of them won. Sorry to go off on a tangeagt It's just my blood boils at the thought of anyone changing the TC series because " it's unfair they have to run against fresh horses". The TC is the heart and soul of racing and AP's win this year hopefully ended all talk of changing it. Also I think because of AP if there's a TC winner in the next few years the chances of seeing them run at 4 aren't dead. Remember Secretariat held the same position in the industry as AP did ending the TC drought and racing him beyond three was equally insane. However when SS and Affirmed won they ran at 4 and I'm not saying the next TC winners will run at 4 but it's not impossible as many suggest. Also I agree strongly that AP's three race post Belmont campaign had an impact as regardless if a future TC winner runs at 4 they will never be retired after the Belmont (save injury). If the Zayats had done this on the other hand it might have set a ugly precedent but if it happens now it will get an even more ugly reaction from the fans than it would have gotten if it had happened this year. After all many people this year understood if Zayat were to retire AP after the Belmont because of what a huge deal winning the TC was. In the future this will not be the case and owners will get shredded by the racing world if they made that choice. AP has pointed all future TC winners (again barring injury) to the BCC by default. For that the Zayats deserve our greatest thanks. · 17 hours ago

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