• Materiality turns away the challenge of Upstart to win the Florida Derby.Posted 6 hours ago
  • International Star reels in Stanford late to win the Louisiana Derby.Posted 6 hours ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox sweeps the 3yo filly stakes at Fair Grounds with today's win in the Oaks.Posted 7 hours ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox sweeps the 3yo filly stakes at Fair Grounds with today's win in the Oaks.Posted 7 hours ago
  • Pants On Fire guts out a win in the Sir Shackleton.Posted 9 hours ago
  • War Correspondent rolls late to win the Appleton.Posted 10 hours ago
  • Prince Bishop wins the world's richest race; California Chrome 2nd.Posted 12 hours ago
  • Dolniya dominates the boys in the Dubai Sheema ClassicPosted 12 hours ago
  • Solow defeats The Grey Gatsby in the $6,000,000 Dubai TurfPosted 13 hours ago
  • Secret Circle wins Golden Shaheen Sprint in Dubai.Posted 13 hours ago

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She worked today going 6f in 1.13.6
Mary this is for you
  • Mary Z. · Thank you. She is very cute and a good filly! I'm having difficulty uploading photos here, so my photos and videos of Broadway Empire are at fb or google+. You were there at FG, yes? Neat photo! · 46 minutes ago
Watch out for Mac Nichol's Madefromlucky.
If only Prima Gianna's conformation, which boast those unstoppably powerful hindquarters and withers, had translated into her running on the track the way her magnificent pedigree intended, she'd have reached her potential and fulfilled her destiny to be in the pantheon of grade one stakes winners.
Don't want to say I told you so, but I posted this about a month ago: American's top turf horses may have beaten the world's best turfer's on American soil over the years, but haven't had much success when travelling across the pond. Want to see how he runs in the Sheema, considering he was sent to America as a horse that wasn't working out in Europe. We all know what happened to Twilight Eclipse in the stretch in last years Sheema. Big difference in beating a classy horse like Twilight Eclipse and beating a full field of world class classy horses in Dubai.
  • Sullivan · Turf is one of the most variably different surfaces out there. There is no shame in not showing up on a short course and running away on a lawn. Remember this horse didn't like the Euro courses and that's why Motion got him. · 1 hour ago
Wow how did I completely missed this? Well of course I will be rooting for Distinctiv Passion. Tough field.
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · I missed the fact that this race was on Turf. No Bueno. DP isn't a turfer. · 2 hours ago
Not impressed.
I need the meaning of Mutbaahij, PLEASE?
Can we keep him in America please, this was hopefully a learning experience that he enjoys N. America and wants no part of Europe. Keep him where he is obviously a different horse.
  • tmallios via Disqus · He was not in Europe today. Has nothing to do with where he races. Just what can he use and can't use. · 2 hours ago
The results are in and Materiality won, Upstart was second, Ami's Flatter third and Itsaknockout fourth. Materiality with John Velazquez came out a bit on but Materiality was not taken down the way Upstart was in the Fountain of Youth. The two hooked up on the far turn and raced within a length of each other down the stretch with Materiality on the rail. Neither look like they relish the added distance but the announcers said the track was slow and tiring because of being very dry.
  • sonofjorel89 · As slow as the early fractions seemed today, the final fraction was too slow for me to be too high on either in Kentucky. · 3 hours ago
Hurt my heart to see Mr. Z today. The horse has talent but you just know he's not going to get a break.
  • Jay Harrison via Disqus · I seen a tweet saying Justin Zayat wants to give him 60 days off. · 3 hours ago
Once again, cannot upload to the photo gallery. Yes, did all steps properly. My images are more than 2 mb? Will ask the child.
Dortmund / Prospect Park / Bolo / Oneluckydane
Still my derby horse!!!He best race is yet to come...
The Gulfstream Park Oaks was run in 1:47.40, the Florida Derby in 1:52.30. Can't say I'm crazy about the top two finishers for the derby or ItsAKnockout who was WAY out from the exacta.
  • CCB via Disqus · The Oaks was a mile and a sixteenth; the Derby, a mile and an eighth. · 5 hours ago
  • SnidgetAsphodel via Disqus · Well of course it would take longer to run the Florida Derby than the Gulfstream Park Oaks. GPO: 1 1/16 FD: 1 1/8 · 4 hours ago
Everything comes with a price. Just like the filly,Lukas made money by running evry time they called them to the post. But i said it then for these 2,and for any other horse around. This nonsense that horses should be running more is ridiculous.Unless of course you only are interested in a career that spans about 6 months
  • lisabn via Disqus · Of course horses can run more, and especially on shorter rests than they do today. Problem is only that Lukas doesn't give his horses a real break for a couple of months a year. Few of those super lightly raced 3year olds last long either, I might add. · 4 hours ago
upstart deserved to win the florida derby. He's going to be on my ticket for the derby and definitely not Materiality. Too bad his connections weren't Pletcher and Johnny V., or else he wouldn't have been taken down in the fountain of Youth. The fact it went official so quickly, shows theres an extreme issue with the stewards at Gulfstream. Now after this race if roles were reversed in the fountain of youth I bet It'saknockout wouldn't have been taken down. There needs to be a change with the stewards in Florida because its affecting the game of horse racing for the worse.
  • tmallios via Disqus · Based on the interview Violette gave just prior to the race. I seriously doubt that they are all that heartbroken for running 2nd today. Based on the timing of which race to run in. He basically told us that he is putting all his eggs in trying to win the Derby,and not the Major Prep leading to it. He said that the horse might be 1 week short of his best race. But if he held him back for the Wood. He more than likely would of run the race of his life. But in doing so,would of never been ready to follow up that effort in a 4weeks time,and run in the Derby. You made the right call Richard. · 4 hours ago
I know mr. z is better than that. I dont know if it was the rigid racing schedule or the distance but today was not his day. he was all but pulled up.
  • lisabn via Disqus · He has been steadily regressing since the Los Al Futurity, and even there already showed some bad signs in the stretch. I hope he gets a rest. He was able to run with Dortmund and Firing Line last year so he obviously has some talent, but he should have been given a rest after the Futurity or the DD Jackpot, IMO · 5 hours ago
Just curious ,and at possibility of riling up the Shared Belief fans. After S.B. won the Malibu Stakes,defeating the 70-1 Conquest Two Step by the slightest of margins. Many said that the race was not impressive and that he was life and death to get by him.About a month after that race,C.T.S. came back to defeat a good field in a Stakes Sprint. The S.B. faithful were all out in full force,thumping their chests. Their hero was now validated, C.T.S. was now a Star they yelled. Forget the fact that was short lived glory by the Long Shot. In the Big Cap,the S.B. fans were celebrating because he defeated a legitimate horse in Moreno. Some even thought that move catapulted him to being the Best in the World. Today at F.G. ,a 25-1 shot blew by the same Moreno as though he was standing still near the wire. So common S.B. fans,patronize me a bit. Step up to the plate and take back some of those comments,based on the horse you beat next race out. Somehow i doubt it.
  • Mary Z. · What? If only you provided snacks for this movie, :) Giggle-worthy wondering about riling up the fans. Conquest Two Step is a good sprinter. To beat a sprinter at a sprint and a router at a route shows what? At least versatility. About Moreno, he has done well in his two races since injury in the BCC. I didn't think he'd be back. I haven't seen the Louisiana races. Will watch replays, but I know the long stretch has been mentioned. Besides. Shared Belief wasn't running today. And that means he wasn't running over in Dubai, but where is the mention of Chrome coming in second in the World Cup? Congrats to Chrome, btw. He ran well against Shared Belief last month. Both at 95%, right? omg · 5 hours ago
Can this not be set on instant update? If we all (I)promise not to swear?

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