• There's no catching Si Sage in the Grade 2 Charles Whittingham Stakes at Santa Anita.Posted 10 hours ago
  • Lexie Lou returns to her winning ways in today's Grade 2 Nassau Stakes.Posted 13 hours ago
  • Enola Gray takes the Melair gate to wire.Posted 1 day ago
  • Surgical Strike charges on the outside to win the Arlington Classic (G3).Posted 1 day ago
  • Diva Express and I'm a Looker make a dead heat run in the Winning Colors (G3).Posted 1 day ago
  • Flipcup game in Arlington Matron (G3) victory.Posted 1 day ago
  • In his first start since the Remsen, Gift Box rolls over a strong allowance field at Belmont.Posted 3 days ago
  • Nyquist has spiked a fever, delaying his trip to Belmont, via DRF's Dave Grening.Posted 6 days ago
  • Second Summer holds off Hard Aces to win the Grade 2 Californian.Posted 7 days ago
  • Exaggerator turns the tables and is victorious in the Preakness (G1).Posted 8 days ago

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His race 2 years ago,riden by N Yokoyama,Ireland Trophy(Open)10/19/2014 Tokyo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLyeibluloQ&index=11&list=PLhTOXejooF5bjlmY8aBZLw1GEl6vJiTlP
The grass has been rock hard since it was revived for the 2016 season. To establish "give," a device called the GOING STICK is used. https://www.pitchcare.com/magazine/the-going-stick.html. In theory, it should be a good average of the shearing forces through the surface, but in watching in use, it seems very subjective in its application. Rather than the penetrometer (the traditional engineering device used previously in Europe), where a set weight is dropped from a set height to determine the "give", it is just poked into the ground. Higher the number, the "less" gve there is. Numbers of a fast track run 10 and above, but over the last two cards, it has been reported at almost 12.
Racked up yet another win today in the G2 Vicomtesse Vigier! After the race, Alain De Royer-Dupre had this to say: "Logically we will look at the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud next. He needed the run today because we backed off him a lot after Dubai because such a trip is always tiring for a horse."
  • ILuvTurfRacing · Can't help but wonder though watching Vazirabad in these 15f & 16f races if dropping down in trip to 12f might not prove to be just a bit on the sharp side for him? He also has an entry in the G1 Coronation Cup, but I'd say it's very unlikely now that he'd go to Epsom because it would be such a quick turnaround after his having just ran today in the Prix Vicomtesse Vigier at Saint-Cloud. · 4 hours ago
I never quite understood the word TROLL until Amino came along ..... another in the LONG line of ultracrepidarians.
Pletch is going to send Strad to the front in the belmont and instruct Johnny V to run measured fractions. That is the way Pletch has always felt was the best way to win the Belmont. It is the way he ran Dunkirk a few years back and he tried the same with Materiality last year but Materiality just was not the horse. His daddy, M D'or had a big race here in the Belmont and I would not count out Strad here.
  • Chicken Dinner via Disqus · Agree, looks good here · 3 days ago
  • Icelocks · Good point about M D'or Players Klub...I agree that if Stradivari likes the race track like M'Dor, he could be a monster to haul in going down the stretch...because he has impressed me in the way he ran in his first graded stakes against G1 company !!! Therefore, I must use him on top to go all the way and my favorite Jokey Johnny V looking back at the Wire :) Good luck to all !! · 7 hours ago
I am so sad to see my horse Nyquist getting sick, but it happens so we move on until he gets back!!! Nevertheless, this Belmont if it comes up on a fast track...there maybe many possibilities!! For one this Belmont track is nothing like the west coast tracks...And I like the way Stradivari ran in his first G1 race, he was shut off and had no where to go when Exaggerator came down on the inside of the Preakness!! Therefore, if Stradivari runs better on a fast track he may be long gone by the time Exaggerator shows up -- In addition, no idea if Destin and SBN will improve on a fast Belmont Oval...Then when you look at how Brody's Cause and Creator didn't run a true race the last time out, they maybe rolling in the stretch!! So base on these observation, If Exaggerator fails to fire on a fast Belmont race track...I could envision using Stadivari as the speed on top with/Exaggerator, Destin, SBN, and Brody's Cause to close it out!! Will be paying attention to how the horses ship and how they are training for this final leg in the Belmont...
Software had the race evaluated as 10 6 8 1 4 and the super was 6 1 10 8 for a $1.00 super of $1168.05. I I could post the screen shot if I could.
Guess I gambled on the wrong sport this May, goblin :( Iffffffffff D. Rutherford got 7-1 on 3 horses NOT to win the Derby in January, imagine the prop bet odds on the 2015 Indy 500 1st Place Pablo Montoya finishing LAST today :) . Matthew: 20:16 . . out .
  • Goblin · Talking to me about auto racing is definitely an exercise in futility (sorry), but apparently this guy crashed fairly early in the race? I hope you didn't lose money. · 9 hours ago
Who owns her? She is beautiful.
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  • Melann Johnston via Disqus · The Coburns are her owners · 14 days ago
  • Liam via Disqus · Silver Stark racing which includes the Colburns and some people they picked up at a Chromie race named Assley and Vink somebody. · 10 hours ago
Crowd abandoned the Ex Queens Plate winner only to get burned at 10/1. Odd, but the top 5 odds horses ran 1 2 3 4 5 yet paid handsomely. Turfers require a review of the ENTIRE record, not just the recent ones alonge.
  • amino998 · QUOTE; travel_vic • "notice that we get the recap rather than the pre-race evaluation from your camp all the time. Easy after it is over to make up a story" :D · 10 hours ago
Does anyone know if he carried 139lbs for the 68 Roseben . I was there and I remember a California horse Kissin George was supposed to bury Fager because he ran a 6f race in California in 107 and a fraction. They ran head to head and did 6 in 108.3 and Kissin George was done. Fager finished in 121. Can anyone remember if I am accurate.
  • airedale2008 · I was waiting for someone else to answer you, Gymsocks. In Dr. Fager's last race, which made him a millionaire by $2,642, he carried 139, after John Nerud brashly asked Tommy Trotter to put 145 on his back so he could go out with a bang. The race was run on a slow, deep winterized track in November. All Dr. Fager did was run 7 f in 1:20 1/5, one second off the track and 1/5 off the world record. The splits were :43 4/5 and 1:07 4/5, with Kissin' George taking second by six lengths. This race capped off what I consider to be the finest single season ever, in which The Doc garnered Horse of the Year, Turf, Older Male and Sprint titles. Kissin' George continued to race and at age 11 was 14: 5-4-1. The next year the Vosburgh was won by Dr. Fager's half sister out of Aspidistra, Ta Wee. Dr. Fager took the Champion Sprint title in 1967 & 1968, Ta Wee in 1969 & 1970. Together, Dr. Fager and Ta Wee finished first in 34 of 43 combined starts and carried 130 pounds or more in their final seven career starts. 15.1 hh Ta Wee carried 142 pounds in her last start, the Interborough Handicap, giving 29 pounds to runner up Hasty Hitter. This brother-sister duo could carry weight and fly. http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/horse-racing-steve-haskin/archive/2014/02/27/in-the-shadow-of-giants.aspx http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/horse-racing-steve-haskin/archive/2013/12/04/dr-fager-where-are-you.aspx http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/horse-racing-steve-haskin/archive/2015/08/13/the-legacy-of-john-nerud.aspx · 14 hours ago
  • travel_vic · I was at Golden Gate when some dolt brought back Kissin' George in a 8K cleaner at age 8. Poor thing still had it from the gate, but after 4 furlongs he was done. They dropped him into 6250, then 5000 before he disappeared again, RIGHTLY SO. · 10 hours ago
Nice to see her back!
All that hype, and he fell flat on Sunday.
  • Jay Harrison via Disqus · A little bit but he did go fairly quick to the first quarter and continued on quick while battling for the lead where he tired in the stretch. Although look at what happened to the horse who was on the lead; he finished up the track. · 62 days ago
  • Jay Harrison via Disqus · He basically ran the exact same race today as he did when you wrote this Dan K, his start 2 races back. · 12 hours ago
Note to buyers: Do not buy an expensive yearling sired by Curlin. Most, if not all his accomplished progeny have been bought for bargain prices. As much as I like him, it's not the way to go with his progeny yet.
  • Byrnzzz · That's ok, cause almost all of Curlin's successful horses were not top sellers. Exaggerator costs only $110k · 12 hours ago
Finnegan's Wake, Red Tie Day, Bal A Bali, Royal Albert Hall.
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  • sully · Similar. Finnegans Wake/A Red Tie Day/Montego Bay/Royal Albert Hall · 12 hours ago
YEAH!! Lexie Lou is back!! wins the G2 Nassau at Woodbine today. My girl is back in the winner's circle
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · u type fast :) J, These Canadian TC horses have been doing really well lately: Shaman Ghost, Breaking Lucky, and Lexie Lou--good race, huh? Very fast fractions. The 1 hung on well, too. Liked inside, outside, and of course Lexie Lou. Was a little worried this Spring about her. · 13 hours ago
  • andthey'reoff · Yes. It has been awhile since she won. I'd love to see a race between Lexie Lou, Tepin, and Catch A Glimpse. Just those three. · 13 hours ago
1st - Wekeela 2nd - Illuminant 3rd - Nashoba's Gold
Lexie Lou wins the Nassau, 1m T at Woodbine, 5/29/16. Pays $26.50! It's been a while since The Queen's Plate victor had a win. She beat a very good field of fillies and mares.
Exaggerator has arrived at Belmont and looks like a million dollars.
It appears that the welfare of the horse is not Mr. Masterson's main concern. While some owners have huge egos (as evidenced by horses running in the Derby that clearly should not be) this decision in my opinion is highly questionable. I suspect that if Mr. Masterson owned Lady Eli she would have raced several times already. Fortunately he doesn't. Mark Casse is in a tough situation. If Tepin were to finish last in this race and comes back healthy it will be better than if she wins it and has a recurrence of her breathing problem. I hope that once again an owner's ego does not jeopardize the welfare of the horse.

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