• Nyquist has spiked a fever, delaying his trip to Belmont, via DRF's Dave Grening.Posted 14 hours ago
  • Second Summer holds off Hard Aces to win the Grade 2 Californian.Posted 1 day ago
  • Exaggerator turns the tables and is victorious in the Preakness (G1).Posted 2 days ago
  • Takeover Target flies home late to win from last in the Grade 2 Dixie.Posted 2 days ago
  • American Freedom fights back for Sir Barton victory.Posted 2 days ago
  • Mizz Money holds on to take the Gallorette (G3) by a nose.Posted 2 days ago
  • Justin Squared was too fast to catch in the Chick Lang.Posted 2 days ago
  • Lady Shipman does not disappoint with a victory in The Very One.Posted 2 days ago
  • Marengo Road gets ahead to take the James W. Murphy.Posted 2 days ago
  • Awtaad upsets Galileo Gold to win the Irish 2000 Guineas.Posted 2 days ago

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After much thought I want to to put something out there about two Phenomenal colts. I think we come to think that only one horse can be good per year and the one we choose draws a line in the sand and we will defend them to the end. What we miss here is watching the journey of these young horses . While I try to pick 3 to 4 horse each yr to watch develop into top three year olds you will never see me guaranteeing a win The reason is you miss watching the whole race as your glued to one particular colt. Nyquist without a doubt is a wonderful horse and I'm so happy for his success as I loved his dad. I also have learned something from him to take with me about his father when choosing a colt next yr I also think Exagerrator is an exceptional talent and its wonderful to see a colt develop into a pure contender I also learned from him more about his father and how to choose colts from that pedigree. My point here is that it's possible to watch more than one horse. It's also possible for one colt to develop sooner than another Without watching all the colts in the Begining of the year you miss out on the learning aspect of it all. No one will ever get it perfect and there's no award for being right so why not enjoy the ride. While yes it's great to have a TC Champion I think it's awesome for horse racing to watch two colts try to prove their worth from race to race leaving it all on the track everytime. The heart they both have is amazing Let's let go of all the excuses and enjoy TWO EXCEPTIONAL TALENTS. Just a thought
Was Dark Star beating Native Dancer in the 1953 Kentucky Derby the biggest upset in horse racing history?
Is Cathryn Sophia OK? Its been two weeks since the Kentucky Oaks and no recorded works?
Biggest one that I know of. This one comes close with the filly Artful beating the previously UNBEATEN Sysonby. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sysonby
He's ready for a huge run in the Belmont. He's ready to run a career best.
Cupid may run in the Easy Goer on Belmont undercard
What does everyone think about Ron Mullis? The old boy who commentates on the racing from Presque Isle Downs. He's a funny old redneck bugger ain't he, lol.
If you looked at the crop of three year olds last year's crop entering the Kentucky Derby was one of the strongest in the last 25 years. The difference was that in 2015 we had a Triple Crown winner where one horse won 5 of the 10 G1 route races for three year olds. Arkansas Derby - American Pharoah Florida Derby - Materiality Bluegrass Stakes - Carpe Diem Wood Memorial - Frosted Santa Anita Derby - Dortmund Kentucky Derby - American Pharoah Preakness Stakes - American Pharoah Belmont Stakes - American Pharoah Haskell Invitational - American Pharoah Travers Stakes - Keen Ice In an ordinary year, that might not seem like anything special, but there were three other factors at play here. 1. 3 of the other 5 G1 winners were unavailable to compete in major stakes races for the remainder of the year. Carpe Diem and Materiality were retired from racing. Dortmund was on the shelf until late fall. And remains on the shelf in 2016. The Derby runner up - Firing Line - has also been on the shelf recovering from the Preakness. The 5th place ill-fated Derby horse Danzig Moon is deceased. 2. American Pharoah also won 2 of the 7 G1 races for 2 year olds. Carpe Diem we mentioned. The other 3 horses never made the gate for the Derby - 1 had injury issues, and 2 were not route horses and were similarly retired. Champagne - Daredevil Del Mar Futurity - American Pharoah Frontrunner Stakes - American Pharoah Hopeful - Competitive Edge Breeders Futurity - Carpe Diem Breeders Cup Juvenile - Texas Red Los Alamitos Futurity - Dortmund 3. Few three year olds competed in the other end of year G1 open company route races. a. No three year olds were in the G1 Awesome Again, Cigar Mile, and Jockey Club Gold Cup. b.The only top 3 year old that competed in a G1 open company race other than the BC Classic was Keen Ice who finished a modest 4th in the Clark Handicap. Reviewing these facts it would be silly of any knowledgeable horse person to suggest that last year's crop were overhyped. It was a strong crop. The top horses that remained healthy performed well. -American Pharoah - 5 G1s including BC Classic, Triple Crown, Arkansas Derby -Frosted - G1 Wood Memorial winner, 4th Kentucky Derby by a neck, 2nd Belmont Stakes, 3rd Travers Stakes, 1st Pennsylvania Derby -Keen Ice - 7th Kentucky Derby, 3rd Belmont Stakes, 2nd Haskell, 1st Travers Look at the top 3 year old route horses unavailable in 2015 - 7 of them: Carpe Diem Danzig Moon Dortmund Firing Line International Star Materiality Texas Red But many jump on the conventional wisdom when they do not see top horses racking up G1 wins without doing a bit more research to learn the facts. American Pharoah - 120 (track record), 105, 109, 105, 105, 102 Dortmund - Santa Anita Derby - 106, San Felipe - 104, Robert Lewis - 104 Firing Line - 104, 104 Frosted - PA Derby career best BSF - 106 besting his career best BSF of 104 in the Wood Memorial Keen Ice - career best BSF Travers Stakes with a 106 besting his 104 in the Haskell - the fastest Travers Stakes since Point Given in 2001. The facts speak for themselves and tell a quite different story.
I don't like Bob Baffert, I think he's smarmy and inept.
Hey O'Neill, do the right thing and scratch Nyquist from the Belmont, it's the right thing to do, you have a tired horse there, give him a rest, there's no Triple Crown to fight for now, and he will probably lose again at the 1 1/2m distance. Bring him back fit and ready to roll in the Haskell, are you listening to me O'Neill, are ya???
From Sir Barton to Citation to Secretariat to American Pharoah, the twelve TC champions have had names of distinction. Imagine the public's response last summer if a horse with a less regal name such as Arrrrr, No Soup For You, Notacatbutallama or Onoitsmymotherinlaw had won. In the spirit of Everyone Loves Raymond, perhaps they would have liked the latter after all.
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Actually, I think few Triple Crown winner names could rival Notacatbutallama. ;-) · 3 hours ago
Back to Japan?
  • yukichan · Connections on record saying Preakness was a "prep" for Belmont.... · 1 day ago
  • hoof_hearted666 · Those Japanese horses can't mix it at the TOP level in America or Europe, even the seemingly "invincible" Deep Impact could only finish a one paced 3rd in the Arc De Triomphe 10 years ago! and soon after that, they disqualified him outright, coz of a banned substance which was found in his sample!!!! · 3 hours ago
his american campaign ends with the Belmont. assistant trainer said on twitter.
Does Anyone know her hand height?
helluva a year ahead for us fans....this rivalry...Beholder...Songbird and the 3 yr old filly division...California Chrome on the Throne...man....across the board it doesn't get better.
Beholder or Tepin will gage how good she is.
  • Pebbles via Disqus · That Lady Secret Stakes could be quite special with Rachel Valentina and Cathryn Sophia in the mix with Weep No More and even Land Over Sea. I doubt that Tepin takes her on, but who knows. She has enough to worry about in the male turf division. · 5 hours ago
I just want to commend Fox Hill Farm for choosing Jerry Hollendorfer to train Songbird. Some of you may recall the deep rivalry between Hollendorfer's charge Blind Luck and Fox Hill Farm's Havre De Grace, two champions. It takes a lot of class for FHF to reach out to Hollendorfer to train a horse who may be superior to both horses.
Santa Anita 5/22/2016 Dirt 4F 46.40 Breezing 3/59
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Wow. That is a pretty sharp time for a first work back, isn't it. :-) · 5 hours ago
Does anyone know her hand height?
anyone know her hand height?

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