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Hi rafirox...Since I'm officially a member of the stooge club. Lets talk football. Without Neymar and Thiago Brazil chances of beating Germany just got slimmer.
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  • CauseForConcern · A belated "Howdy" back to my Stooge crew. Rafi, I'm impressed with your travels abroad. Your critiquing of the soccer scene is quite impressive. Laz, although it is no longer "tonight", things are going good in the CFC neighborhood. Sword, aren't you the one with spreadsheet background experience(I know Laz is)? I might have to share my 'sheets' with you. Icy, good to see you back in the saddle. Seems you were away for a while. Though you have been absent, you've had some killer posts, so keep up the good postings. Ha!!! Equal greetings to our newest member Eventer1999. Not sure if I'm missing anybody. If so, please enlighten me. · 1 hour ago ·
  • Sysonby · I actually picked Germany to win this based on the strength of their team last world cup. They had all these young players who just needed some seasoning to be brilliant. · 17 seconds ago ·
Race Picks & two year olds to watch across the nation.Read More
  • DavidM9999 · Some well-bred babies coming soon for sure. I hope Cool Comfort runs well. As you mention she is from the Ruby’s Reception family. My friend bought Ruby in 2001 after 9-11 when prices were so affordable. She won her debut and was 7-3-2-1 in her two year campaign. She won a stakes at Ellis that year, and placed in both the KY Cup Juvenile and Alciabiades earning about $210,000 that year. Laura do you know who is training the filly out to Tough Tiz's Sis? Baffert? · 4 minutes ago ·
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  • CauseForConcern · Growing up, to have Secretariat in 1972 and 1973, followed by Ruffian in 1974 and 1975, what a fascinating experience. Kudos to this article, for ensuring that as time goes by, the excellence of this filly will not wane. · 2 days ago ·
  • airedale2008 · Another superb article written by Steve Haskin, this time about my favorite filly and one of my favorite trainers, the crusty and cantankerous Frank Whiteley. Buckpasser how do you think she would have fared going against your guy Forego? · 50 minutes ago ·
18 entries remain at present for this year's renewal of the G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and very disappointingly, Epsom & Irish Derby winner Australia is not one of them. Coolmore have left Magician, Leading Light, & Hall of Mirrors, who would surely only be a pace angle for them. Probably the best of all the 3yo entries remaining would have to be Epsom Oaks winner Taghrooda and Epsom Derby 3rd Romsdal. I can remember a time when the King George was almost a given target for the winner of the Epsom and/or Irish Derby. Aidan O'Brien clearly has the best middle distance 3yo male in Europe in Australia, and why he has decided to dodge the King George with him befuddles me.
The $1 million, Grade 1 William Hill Haskell Invitational is just 18 days away and the field for this year’s 47th renewal of New Jersey’s top Thoroughbred race continues to take shape.Read More
  • shackleford · Sounds like a race which could set up for Medal Count, but it rarely seems like the pace falls apart in stakes at Monmouth. · 12 hours ago ·
  • https://www.facebook.com/john.karczewski.39 · A few weeks ago I was kind of scratching my head at who may enter and I was worried about the field size but with or without Untapable this is turning out to be a solid and entertaining bunch. I know I am excited. Monmouth is a speed favoring track and I would give the edge to horses on or just off the lead but the Haskell has played pretty fair considering the track. Many off the pace runners have won, even in recent years ie. Coil, Lookin At Lucky, Bluegrass Cat, Roman Ruler, Menifee, Point Given, Dixie Union. I would agree dead closers do not fair well, Rock Hard Ten, Dullahan, Golden Soul, Ice Box,Afleet Again all finished off the board, almost last. Paynter, War Emblem, Peace Rules, Lion Hart are the recent winners to lead at every call. When it comes down to it, regardless of running style the best horse usually wins this race. I think the winner over the last 10 years or so has been atleast the favorite or co-favorite in the wagering. · 3 hours ago ·
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Oh my his new pic at Coolmore is gorgeous!!! http://www.coolmore.com/stallions/shanghai-bobby/?farm_id=66
So, my friend and I have a friendly competition each year, where we pick 5 unraced colts and follow them through the year (And into the Derby trial season should they make it.) Would any of you fine folk here be interested in doing something similar? It's not for a prize, nor am I suggesting you pick the Derby winner RIGHT NOW, it's just for fun.
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  • shackleford · Thanks for bumping this up, Sullivan. My five are: His Kingdom, Strike a Balance, Punctuate, Command Control, and Spinner. Depositor and Whale Rock do look good as well. · 8 hours ago ·
  • kaitlinefree1 · mine are Battle of Evermore, Savoy Stomp, Epsilon, American Pharaoh, & Good Street. · 6 hours ago ·
Anything familiar about this pedigree? I hereby vow to start writing articles on here again, granted people still want to read them!
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  • SSilence86 · Nice! Can't wait to see him back. Give us a heads up when DF is going to debut & Good to see you ;) · 7 hours ago ·
  • Mary Z. · Post photos of the black beauty at Indiana, please. · 6 hours ago ·
Does anyone know where I can find all the race times at Los Al on 7/5/2014?
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  • goblin · The link seems to work. Just click on the individual races and the full chart will show. · 11 hours ago ·
  • travel_vic · Trakus: talked again to the tech and was wrong about the city (got it mixed up with where the umpire reviews in major league baseball go: New YOrk and these all go to Boston). Upon asking why that is the answer was "I don't know but they all do and we are in constant phone communication with them there throughout each card. Even if the signal comes from Anita or Belmont, it goes to Boston first). Second, NO two electronic grids (the sensor array that is the basis of how the system works) are the same due to signal interference with buildings of echoes off buildings. At Woodbine, due to the fact that the standardbred barn is directly behind and outside of the clubhouse turn, NO sensor towers are around that trun from the 7/8ths pole to the 3/4ths pole on the back stretch. Also, we are on the flight path of Pearson International airport, and often when a plance is directly above during a race, the entire array is lost for a few second and no contiguous replay is then available for that contest. Another more obvious thing is the the radio transmitter is in the saddle clott and NOT on the bridle as many of the unsuccessful DRF attempts at radio tracking were done. Therefore traks is telling you were the horse's MIDSECTION is not his head. · 7 hours ago ·
Beholder back in training. Does anybody with a DRF paid account have any details?
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  • SSilence86 · Free is always good. · 7 hours ago ·
  • rafirox · Silence is right. Free is always good. One thing I love about Netflix is it is cheap and everyone can use it. I have an account and all my brothers, children, wife, in laws, etc all use the same account. It is only like what $9 a month? If something beats Netflix, Sword, please let me know. · 7 hours ago ·
Not sure if any one is interested, but there is a nice signed Richard Stone Reeves print of Forego, Kelso and John Henry together at Belmont Park. It was done in October 1983 when Kelso and Forego led the post parade for the JCGC. It was the only time the three great geldings were together as Kelso died from colic shortly after. It is offered on eBay from a good seller for $185 which a very good price for a discontinued and limited print. It looks to be in excellent condition and is offered for a few days on eBay.,
on July 9, Daredevil worked 4F at Charles Town on Fast Dirt in :53.80 bg finishing 7/7.
  • Sullivan · This from being the 3/5 favorite in Belmont's first MSW for 2yo colts... wonder what went wrong · 14 hours ago ·
  • rafirox · Something has went wrong .... don't expect much from this guy at this point. · 8 hours ago ·
This is the race I'm chomping at the bit to see. Integral was very impressive in her G2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes win, and I gotta believe Sky Lantern will be much improved for her 5th in that race at Newmarket. The interesting filly to me in this race is Rizeena. Another Coronation Stakes like performance coupled with the weight for age break she'll get for being a 3yo could be just enough to tip the Falmouth scales in her favor, IMO. I would also say, it would really be nice to see Certify come back around to something close to what we saw from her as a 2yo and in her first start at Meydan in the Cape Verdi during the winter. She's sort of a sentimental favorite of mine, though I don't expect her to win the Falmouth Stakes. I'd settle just seeing her make the frame.
My picks for the G2 Princess of Wales's Stakes: 1st-Arab Spring 2nd-Pether's Moon 3rd-Dandino(think he got a really bad trip in the Hardwicke Stakes at Ascot) 4th-Hillstar.
Nathan early in the meet,keep an eye on Wes Welkers favorite trainer with a supersoni fast baby. Part of the name is clued in by an active Hall of Famer who rides.
After back to back wins in the Jorvick Handicap at York and Duke of Edinburgh Handicap at Ascot, and a perfect 4 for 4 record to date in 2014, Arab Spring will make the jump from handicap to patent stakes level on Thursday in the G2 Princess of Wales's Stakes at Newmarket(July). He's an overwhelming 3-2 favorite in the race with the international exchanges with stablemate Hillstar the 3-1 second choice and Dandino, Cavalryman, & Pether's Moon 8-1 co-third choices. If Arab Spring wins the Princess of Wales Stakes, and I believe he will, I would expect to see Sir Michael Stoute enter him in the G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes on July 26th. Stoute has never been shy about running more than one horse from his yard at a time in the King George. In 2009 he had Conduit, Tartan Bearer, & Ask in the field and in 2010 he had Harbinger & Workforce. I suspect he'll have Telescope, Arab Spring, and possibly Hillstar all 3 in this year's King George field, IMO.
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  • ILuvTurfRacing · Thanks to all for the kind well wishes. Just happy everything didn't go the other way, and believe me icyhotboo, I plan on following the Dr.'s instructions to the letter. Have been fighting some med drowsiness from the med's since I got home though. Thanks again all. Always look forward to keeping the "conversation lively" on this web-site!! LOL. · 9 hours ago ·
  • ILuvTurfRacing · @Euro Trash & jonquil, In regard to Geoffrey Chaucer, it wasn't as much anyone verbally hyping him per say as it was his seeming to always be sent out as being the stable's #2 middle distance 3yo behind Australia of course, and he just simply hasn't produced anything close to that. In my view, even though he's had a string of 2nd place finishes, I personally think you can make a strong argument for Adelaide being O'Brien's second best middle distance 3yo right now, but TJMO. · 9 hours ago ·
*Bred in Florida, my lifetime record in the Sunshine State was 0-for-4. *I won my first race outside of Florida, and the Monmouth Park victory led directly to a grade 1 stakes attempt.Read More
Would love to see her in Coaching Club American Oaks then Travers in next two races. Her against Tonalist would be a great match up.



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