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BREAKING NEWS--quarantine may be lifted from Fairgrounds on Saturday making it possible for GUNRUNNER to get the heck out of dodge and head to Gulfstream
http://www.all-creatures.org/articles/ar-horse-racing-America-2.html To start, in 2013 Bob Baffert was number three on the list of top trainers by earnings with the most medication violations – a total of 20 violations resulting in 545 starts per medication violation. [5] This list itself changes from year-to-year however Baffert always manages to make it into one of the top positions. For example in 2010 Baffert (465 starts per violation) maintained that bronze medal position just edging out John Sadler (478 starts per violation) who had to settle for fourth that year. [6] Both consistent repeat offenders near the top of the list. The most recent scandal associated with Baffert is the rash of mysterious “sudden deaths” due to cardiovascular/pulmonary failures of seven race horses over the course of several months (November 4, 2011 through March 14, 2013). [7] What is particularly disturbing about these deaths is that by all accounts sudden death failures are a relatively rare occurrence, together with the fact that of the total number of “sudden deaths” over the same time period roughly 20% were stabled with Baffert. As expected, Baffert was cleared in the sudden deaths of the seven horses by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB). An extensive investigation concluded there was no evidence of wrongdoing yet the CHRB could find no specific reason for the abnormal number of deaths in one stable – inconclusive at best – Dr. Rick Arthur to the rescue of course. The question remains as to whether the results were inconclusive or intentionally covered up? One will never know, however it is well recognized that the CHRB and the members of the TOC (Thoroughbred Owners of California) are chronically corrupt – no one it seems has the power to enforce rules and disband the manipulators even after all these years of lies and deceit. There are several theories of what may have gone wrong in the sudden deaths of Baffert’s horses. One is linked to the finding of a rodenticide in one of the horses, an anti-coagulant that thins the blood. But why would anyone administer an anticoagulant to a horse, particularly since it is a highly toxic compound in EPA Toxicity Class I? EPO has been widely used as a performance-enhancing drug despite being an illicit drug in horse racing. EPO increases the number of red cells circulating in the blood which increases its viscosity but also increasing its oxygen carrying capacity and hence endurance. From a doping perspective the administration of an anticoagulant such as Diphacinone will counterbalance the effect of thicken blood. Conjecture, well yes but . . . . Then there is the administration of Thyro-L (levothyroxine) to “all” of his horses regardless of their thyroid function wherein Baffert was using it as a supplement rather than medication. Thyro-L is a thyroid hormone (T4) used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the body fails to produce a sufficient amount of thyroxine which revs up the metabolism. In doing so Baffert was clearly doping. The fact that a drug is administered when there is no apparent underlying condition present is simply seeking to achieve a surrogate benefit; in this case enhanced performance (speed) due to weight loss. Of course Baffert (and Asmussen) gave it to all of his horses. He was legally cheating to win. Don’t forget Baffert’s past either and the disappointing decision made by the CHRB. Initially the CHRB suspended Baffert for 60 days after the horse Nautical Look tested positive for morphine after finishing first in the 7th race at Hollywood Park on May 3, 2000. Baffert however appealed the decision using the pretext that the morphine positive was pharmacologically insignificant and likely resulted from environmental contamination – from poppy seed bagels consumed by stable employees (poppy seeds contain opium alkaloids one
I see that Eragon is getting no love from anybody. I think he is a much stronger contender than the folks on this board seem to think.
It couldn't have been anything but beautiful. I am surprised by the coat color but look at that fantasstic face!
I'm picking CC to barely hold on over Arrogate in about 1.47.50 flat(this is Gulfstream not Belmont or California). Sharman Ghost and KI will round out the superfecta maybe Eragon but he's to much of an unknown to pick him over these two established G1 winners. Everyone else is just running for the profit sharing.
aside from arrogate whats the best horse that chrome has faced ?
Foaled a beautiful colt by Tapit last night https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ea7c52859d7b721fe5ba8df57e9e7703482e858b057e3060fd765fe2adf03097.png
First foal! A filly out of the mare Bushra
Arrogate, Keen Ice, Chrome, Shaman Ghost is my early prediction in that order. Followed by Neolithic, Eragon, Breaking Lucky, Noble Bird, Prayer for Relief, War Story, War Envoy, then Ralis last.
Three weather storms set to roll through SoCal, starting around midnight tonight, then Friday, then Sunday/Monday
in chromes 1st 6 races who did he beat that actually won much ?
Watchmaker on the Pegasus http://www.espn.com/horse-racing/story/_/id/18487820/pegasus-shows-lack-depth-many-stakes-divisions
Graham Motion announces that if Ring Weekend runs well in the San Gabriel on Saturday, he will consider sending him to Royal Ascot for the Queen Anne Stakes, saying "This race will decide what we do for the rest of the winter."
  • andthey'reoff · Oh my. This is a bit surprising. I like it though. · 14 days ago
  • ILuvTurfRacing · Don't get me wrong, I like Ring Weekend, but even in the states he's really only a G2/G3 type. He's not even legitimately a G1 horse in the states, which is why I say he'll get hammered if he goes to Royal-Ascot for the Queen Anne in my opinion. Tepin is among the very best of the best turf milers in the sport, and even her win in last year's Queen Anne wasn't a picnic and didn't come easy. I could end up being wrong, but I'd be hard pressed to see Ring Weekend even hitting the board in the Queen Anne, much less winning it. That being said, I know Graham Motion is originally from the UK and enjoys taking some of his better horses to Royal-Ascot when he gets a chance, and I would surely wish the connections of Ring Weekend all the luck in the world if they go? · 7 hours ago
Trainer David Hofmans has announced that Melatonin, the winner of two Grade 1 races in 2016 who was fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic in November, has been taken out of training because of a foot issue. Hofmans said Melatonin is scheduled to leave his stable for a four-month break at a local farm. “We’ll be ready for the fall,” Hofmans said. “It’s been one little problem after another.”
Best front runner jockey ..from Singapore R Woodworth
Very disappointed that there is no Godolphin horse. As for the results of this race, well, there is no dispute. 1st- CALIFORNIA CHROME. 8 lengths back to Keen Ice. Another 5 to Neolithic in 3rd. 4th- Prayer For Relief 5th- Arrogate 6th- Noble Bird 7th- Ralis 8th- Breaking Lucky 9th- Shaman Ghost 10th- Eragon 11th- War Story 12th- War Envoy
Outside of Arrogate/Chrome, the horse with the biggest upside IMO is Neolithic. In some freak scenario where Arrogate/Chrome don't fire, he is the only horse I can see winning. I also think he's the best shot to fill the trifecta as well. It's early, but I will go cold trifecta Arrogate/Chrome/Neolithic.
  • Brian Hayes via Disqus · who do you like coming in 4th, I was thinking Shaman Ghost or Eragon. · 23 hours ago
Trainer Bob Baffert announces that G1 winner Mastery will make his 2016 debut in either the San Felipe or the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn. He will have two prep races before the Kentucky Derby. His 2016 debit will be in March.
Tonalist's first foal born this afternoon at Lane's End! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/178057f0ca816a8f2fe847e7e812c6d3d2b6f04f1c1bdd439d47f251e01344fe.jpg
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  • SSilence86 via Disqus · Yup. Been eagerly awaiting this. Can't wait for more! · 1 day ago
  • acinoyx · Another one photo :) https://www.instagram.com/p/BPYaCV8j-l6/?taken-by=emily.gricco · 7 hours ago

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