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I had bet on UAE Derby horses in the past, with nothing to show for it. Visibly, this one looked good, but, who did he run against that would make him look so good? I have seen at chef-de-race.com that the UAE Derby is 9.44 furlongs. If that would be the case, his projected time would be 2:05.37. Which would put him behind Secretariat about the same margin as Secretariat's Belmont margin. Will he be shipping for the first time? Guess we'll see once he works under the spires.
  • Euro Trash via Disqus · He has shipped before, but I do not know when de Kock is planning on shipping him. Just remember Meydan is a new dirt course and is slow. You cannot use the raw time to extrapolate a time at Churchill Downs. You can only see how he may or may not be handling the dirt track at Churchill. · 6 minutes ago
Reading all of the comments about Firing Line is quite interesting. I think hell do well in Kentucky depending on the draw for post position. I would like to see him in the 5 to 10 slot and then Dortmund and he can go eyeball to eyeball again!!!!! Derby fever here!!!!
From Lane's End: Curlin looking good. Love this guy to death. Happy be-lated birthday Curlin.
the kentucky derby is won Firing Line, time of 1: 47.39 in the Sunland Derby is your best presentation, in addition to their lost races against Dortmund could haver been victories,the fight is in my opinion between two horses Firing Line against Dortmund and background are like surprises American Pharoah, Carpe Diem and Dubai Sky.
Will it rain enough to declare martial law Saturday, Roker?
Does anyone know if the Shiek is commiting to this years Derby with this horse. The 40 pts he earned by running 2nd should be enough to get him into the starting gate. As impressive as Mubtaahig was this past Saturday, Maftool after a lazy start was running on in the late stages. He has already shown his talents by defeating Mubtaahij in his previous start. He deserves a shot at the Roses.
  • Sullivan · The race he ran in the guineas was fantastic... But not convinced that he does want to go longer. Though he was running on, he finished a long ways back. · 1 hour ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · In watching the replay of his previous race, he seems to be more of a horse that needs to be forwardly placed. The start in my opinion took him out of the race. I would disagree that he may not want more ground. In the race before this,he went nose to nose withMubtaahig and outfinished him. The 2 of them were in an all out sprint for the final 2 furlongs. Any horse that can sustain that type of finishing punch, i would have no issues with going longer. · 56 minutes ago
Carpe Diem strictly one to beat but taking a long look at Tiz Shea D
Any horse that can finish like that has a legit shot on derby day. Needs the same type of trip. Take the short way around the track, stay outa trouble, dont get boxed in, keep the leaders with in 2-3 lengths, and fire home! Still a tough task with 19 others flyin around in all directions.
Just won recently at fairgrounds on saturday
Carpe Diem strictly one to beat but taking a long look at Tiz Shea D
giving outside shot to Bolo if he improves off his first start on dirt in San Felipe last out. Like M. Smith riding him back.
Received a 118 timeform speed figure for his win in the UAE Derby.
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  • vodkak · Timeform's speed figures are never on a par with Beyer or Brisnet. Their formula always produces higher numbers · 3 hours ago
  • amdaman via Disqus · And he was practically cantering in the last 100 yards. · 2 hours ago
Can someone explain to me why this horse is on the Top Ten Active List? This gelding has one graded stakes victory. If there are any relevant standards to measuring the top ten then I don't see how this horse would make the cut. There are plenty of horses who deserve a place in the top ten over this horse. If anyone is aware of how the top ten is decided--please let me know. If the standards are performance, ability, graded stakes victories ETC, then I just do not understand how East Hall has made the cut. Thanks
After analyzing Martins decision to head to the land of the Brits, i can see that there is some substance to his madness (as some will call it ). Initially i was critical in the timing of the decision, immediately after the race. But maybe and just maybe,this was Perrys' goal all along. Maybe Coburn(who is a monority owner only at 30 % ) felt it was his only chance to get the Publics backing in the decision,and possibly force Perry to reconsider. This is all speculation of course. But nothing in the decision making of any horse,let alone this one will surprise me any more. Back to Perry and his logic , opting for the Royal Ascot meet. In his mind, apotential international win on the Turf against the very best that Europe has to offer, just might be the only way to solidify his Stallion ranking and value. In a way i agree and have said so. Winning possibly the Met or the Foster (his other logical potential next race) will do absolutely nothing in increasing his stud value. He is going outside the box, in an attempt to shake things up. The 2 Million he just collected affords him the finances and wiggle room to do so. Based on how fast he ran in his only Turf Race,unless C.C. develops quite a few lengths, i doubt that he will have a chance to win this race. But that is not the point,and it should not be. The point is that he is shooting for a different goal,than what others have in mind for Chrome. The horse will not get hurt training over in England . Worst case scenerio and if he does not win, then they ship him back home and get him ready for the Breeders Cup Classic. More than likely ,2 races prior to the Cup. At his best,C.C is still the best Dirt horse in America. A win in the B.C. Classic will guarantee that he will have exceeded earnings of over 5 Million Dollars in 1 year. What is wrong with that.
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  • amdaman via Disqus · You're pretty long-winded, which wouldn't be a bad thing if it weren't because you're so off the mark. Martin made that decision a couple of days before the DWC. Guest had a horse in the sprint, this horse's owner has a son who works as an apprentice with Guest. This apprentice worked with Art Sherman in California a while back. They re-established contact in Dubai. One thing led to another, and that's how it was decided he would go to the UK and be stabled with Guest. Surely Guest will be schooling the horse, but Sherman remains the trainer. Art's son will be flying to the UK once Chrome resumes training. I don't know where from you get the notion that Chrome is the best dirt horse in North America. He's 0 for 5 since last May. He's yet to win a race outside of his generation, and you're already forecasting a win on this year's BC Classic? Oh, and would that be one turn or two? · 3 hours ago
  • Sullivan · There is no doubt the reason is the stud fee. They know Chrome is worthless in America with his bloodlines, but abroad he offers an interesting outcross. Therefore, screw the Prince of Wales in which he is running far over his head (if Animal Kingdom could not do it, the only thing going for him will be the lack of a reigning dominant Euro champ). Bring the horse home and give him some rest at Los Alamitos without media in his face and with a routine. Take him back out again in a few weeks, prep him for the Californian, and hit the Hollywood Gold Cup unless you want to duck Shared Belief, in which case you can send him to the Suburban. Arlington Million. Throw him in the Los Alamitos mile to stay fresh and train up to the Breeder's Cup. Sell the breeding rights, parade him at Santa Anita, run him in Japan, and retire him. · 2 hours ago
Quote from Fox Hill Farm's website: "Jerry Hollendorfer is very excited about Kentuckian. He thinks the horse may be a future superstar, he does everything perfect and with ease. He's sending him out with company to give him lessons in rating and he seems just fine with rating and listening to his rider. Jerry is also happy with the three others in the barn -- Glory, Ideal, and Bronze Star."
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  • Sullivan · 200 grand to the guy who gets a photo of him working in company with Shared Belief · 2 hours ago
  • https://www.facebook.com/fiddl · Someone on here earlier (maybe Derek), was speculating he would go to Arkansas... I'd agree with the Lexington stakes plan, would be wise. Or I could see him being more patient and go Allowance - then Affirmed Stakes - then ship east or stick around for the Los Al Derby. We know Hollendorfer is not in any rush. · 2 hours ago
How can anyone not be impressed by this horse and how he ran this past Saturday. They refer to the slow final time for the distance,and compare it to the times run in the Preakness. If you do not believe that the track was playing to extremely slow times on this day. Please refer to Bafferts ace sprinter Secret Circle. He basically covered the 6F distance in. 1.11 . This horse at Santa Anita walks the distance faster than he ran it in here. This horse has a World Class Trainer. Going into the Derby,he will have run and won at a distance much longer than any of the other entrants.If you look at the race, he was striding out with authority as he was crossing the wire. Oh yes,and he did this winning by Daylight under a stranglehold. A potentially big plus for him might be that he will add Lasix for the race. Like i have said,other than The Pharoah, no other horse drew my attention. I think in Mubtaahij, i have a horse that i will use in the wagering. Just remember how good last years winner of this race.......Toast of New York turned out to be. He was nowhere near as impressive as this horse.
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  • veyedoublenwhy · Horse has been on my Derby watch for a few months now and I'm super excited he is coming over. He's going to be on my ticket as long as he doesn't get the 1 post. · 3 hours ago
  • Sullivan · Realize this horse was absolutely nothing on the turf and then the heat and the dirt made him practically unstoppable. Hard to know if he will take to Churchill. Makes more sense to rest him and put him in the Belmont. De Kock will likely have a few others there for Stars and Stripes weekend and it will definitely take some time for him to get acclimated. Sandy soil which should be warmer in June in NY than May in KY will also be more to his liking and we know he is only asking for a route of ground compared to the rest of these who seem hardpressed to going 8f · 2 hours ago
QUOTE: Either way, I totally agree. Time is not unimportant in this endeavor, but when it comes to the FD, for ex, it is so far out-of-whack that the times are essentially irrelevant to any kind of future event, like the KD. Pssst Don't tell the connections of Northern Dancer, Alydar, Bid, Needles, Empire Maker, Barbaro, Orb, Big Brown, Nashua, Honest Pleasure, Forward Pass, Swale, Unbridled, Carry Back, Candy Spots, Tim Tam, Thunder Gulch, Monarchos...who all did well that first Saturday in May and IN the FLA Derby!
Interesting article in todays local paper regarding Rick. With St Johns recently relieving Coach Lavin from his coaching duties,they will be looking for a New Coach. A very prominent St Johns Alumni is Mike Repole. If there is one thing that Pitino loves more than B-BALL and Coaching,it is the game of Horse Racing. Maybe Repole will get all of the high powered Alums and make this happen. It is about time that Rick Pitino came home.
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  • tmallios via Disqus · Coaching is probably not that high on the resume. Mullins has strong contacts in NY with the H.S. Coaches and the A.A.U, those are the guys that control the players · 2 hours ago
  • Sullivan · Forget baloncesto and where's the horse? Backyard in Iowa? · 2 hours ago
Getting a bad feeling about Far Right. He was supposed to work with his stablemate over the weekend. His stablemate worked but he did not. They need 2 more works before the Ark. Derby. Hope he's OK.
  • https://www.facebook.com/fiddl · Here is what I know from a conversation with Ron Moquett's son Chance via Twitter: Me: Far Right have his workout this weekend? CM: No, I'm not sure if he will have another published work prior to the Arkansas Derby. Me: Hope he's able to get fit in time. 22 pts would've gotten in the gate last 2 years, probably not this year. I'll be crossing fingers. CM: He's fit. No worries. · 2 hours ago
  • Jbyrnes1 · As of now, just the Wood, no word yet if he's off the Derby trail. Only option left if he wants to make it to the Derby on points would be the Arkansas Derby on April 11th. · 2 hours ago

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