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Shug had a nice one in this race. Security Risk who finished third. Dam is Smuggler
This one is a first time starter today. R4 at Belmont. Another Esky baby, gonna tune in and see how he goes. Best of luck to him
  • UnionRagsRules · Anxious in the gate; had to be backed out. Broke VERY slow due to his greeness; made a premature middle move but was running awkwardly the whole way around. Needs dirt, IMO. · 37 minutes ago
Happy retirement, and wishing her the very best in the next chapter. Beautiful champion.
By now im not shocked by a large win on turf for a ramsey 2 year old, that was awesome
Union Jackson worked 4f in 50:25, jlp
I like the horse named International Star! ok im gonna probably make a fool of myself here, plain and simple, Best two year old. filly or colt
Today Jess worked 4f in 50:20 which was 1st for 4 that distance. jlp
very talented 2 year old by Fusaichi Pegasus, made it look easy first time out. Looking forward to seeing him race in the future. good pedigree, good trainer, good owners. Nice colt!
Man what could of been for summerbird as a sire as he sires another mdswpt winner this time on turf
what could have been another unfortunate horse being sidelined unable to see his true potential.
what is going on with Cajun caveman. I won considerable money on him,then he fell off the map. does anyone know whats going on with him?
Nathan the Shareholder did not have his mind on racing. Thankfully Giusepe learned how to place the horse. Also the almighty Dutch in the middle leg sandwiched by Grannys Kitten. They will never learn,keep overbetting the Spikeless wonders. Granny was almost as good as entrymate International Star. Vic it pays to have eyes and ears along with boots on the ground. Nathan Sunday International Star returns for his first Stake win.
Amino 2 very interesting horses today at Big Sandy. In the 2nd race,our Wrong Coast pal Shirrefs brings back Shareholder and stretches him out. Guisepe returning his horse to a more reasonable distance should prove tough. But giving house jock Solis the boot for Johnny V. signals serious intent. If the Holder can't handle this bunch,then it is back to Wall Street. The other is in the 4th race. Grannys Kitten looks to be the pick of the liter. Always have to fear Todd,and Shug going Spikeless almost makes him a toss. Back to the feline. In the mornings he has held his own against Superstar International Star. Glad to see Maker sticking with Irad.
Had a nice 4f breeze on the Keeneland turf today going 50 2.5. Lopresti says he "wouldn't rule our the Woodward.. I'm going to let Wise Dan tell me." I honestly don't see him running here and would rather see him take on fourstardave, shadwell turf mile, and BC mile, but I trust Lopresti (although I think he's just teasing the public here).
  • Exterminator · Dan looked happy to be on the grass. · 9 hours ago
  • Goblin · Video of the breeze. He does appear to be doing well post-op! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K7I5NSJOvo · 6 hours ago
This past few months his problem was very telling as he just wasn't himself. Time catches up to everyone. While he's young as far a life span, being a jockey has to be a most strenuous occupation and one needs all their abilities. Look at Rosario when he recently came back not fully healed and the difference now. At Belmont in the 9th race I believe, if not for his strength and being 100% his horse would have gone down coming out of the gate as she crossed her right leg over her left one step out. He straightened her up, calmed her down, and made a good run to get third. Look at what beat me: 17/1 and an 11/1. I had the #9 boxed with the #8 as I liked her and am partial to Prado, as well as a win bet. Even then Prado won by a head bob at the wire. 8 Miss Frost E. Prado $36.00 $15.40 $7.20 2 Bartiromo C. Velasquez $10.00 $5.90
So I guess now is a good time for an impromptu poll: Gary or Jerry?
  • cedar · Love Jerry, but Gary won me my first ever bet on a wonderful older gelding named Rochester in a G3 at Keeneland, so I'd have to go with him. · 10 hours ago
  • Goblin · Gary, as a rider. As commentators/analysts, I would say they are approximately equal in knowledge, but Jerry has a more polished style of delivery. · 7 hours ago
Jockey Meet-and-Greet Saturday: "This Saturday racing fans can come to Monmouth Park to meet their favorite jockeys for Monmouth’s commemorative jockey poster signing and giveaway. Members of the Monmouth Park jockey colony will be in the paddock from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. to meet and greet their fans and sign the 2014 commemorative jockey colony poster, which fans will receive for free with the price of admission. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, with first post set for 12:50 p.m."
Haskell Classic Car Show Sunday at Monmouth: "Over 100 classic rides are set to roll into Monmouth Park this Sunday for the Haskell Classic Car Show as the mania around the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational officially begins. The show will start as the gates open at 11:30 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. Automotive aficionados can also enjoy great music and meet New Jersey’s biggest disc jockey as Big Joe Henry broadcasts his Jersey’s Favorite Hits Show live until 3 p.m. for 101.5 FM. As always, fans can also enjoy a full card of live racing at Monmouth Park, with post time set for 12:50 p.m. The Grade 1 Haskell is set for Sunday, July 27. Tickets can be purchased by calling 732-571-5563, or by visiting the reserved seat booth (2nd floor of the Grandstand) on any live racing day. In addition, fans can pre-purchase Haskell seats directly through monmouthpark.com."
Welcome back. How is Peter doing?
  • illhaveanothertriplecrown · Thanks Buck. Peter had a rough outing on June 28th, he ran at the front despite being more of a closer and finished 6th, but that was after a good string of wins, places and shows. There is a cold going around the barn now so he's on a bit of a break. Should run end of the month or early August. But despite not running, things are buzzing here with all the Casino news and events going on. How has your summer been? · 9 hours ago
  • Buckpasser via Disqus · Glad to hear Peter will be starting soon. Good luck · 7 hours ago
A FIVE time HOTY, a feat that will never be duplicated. Beat more good and great horses, more other Hall of Famers and Champions than any thoroughbred in history. Set nine track records and 2 world records...one of which still stands today...60 years later. Carried 130 to 136 pounds to victory consistently spotting substantial weights to many great opponents including champions and Hall of Famers. Considering those facts, may be the greatest thoroughbred race horse in history.
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  • airedale2008 · Allen, Kelso's five in a row is one of the horse racing records that will never be matched. As Buckpasser has commented, no matter who the three year old champion was, Kelso still beat them for HOY. Kelly carried 130 pounds or more 24 times. He still holds the WR for two miles at 3:19 1/5, set in his fifth in a row JCGC win. Eleven days later, he set the American record for 12f on turf at 2:23 4/5 in the DC International, a race he had finished second in the past three years. This was on three turns at Laurel, and he was seven at the time. The March 19, 1966 issue of The Blood-Horse carried his retirement announcement: "Kelso demonstrated the durability of class. No horse in our time was so good, so long. His was mature greatness." · 8 hours ago
  • Buckpasser via Disqus · He was very simply the best there ever was in my opinion · 7 hours ago



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