• Unique Bella is off the Kentucky Oaks trail with a sore shin, per Steve Anderson.Posted 1 day ago
  • Hence (10-1) rallies to win the Sunland Park Derby going away.Posted 2 days ago
  • Ghalia (2-1) edges a game Kell Paso in the Sunland Park Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • Itsinthepost (6-1) drives home the win in the Grade 2 San Luis Rey.Posted 3 days ago
  • Fear the Cowboy (7-2) comes running late to capture the Grade 3 Skip Away.Posted 3 days ago
  • Fast and Accurate (24-1) bursts through to upset the Grade 3 Spiral.Posted 3 days ago
  • Purely a Dream (12-1) pulls ahead in the stretch to take the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks.Posted 3 days ago
  • Arrogate, despite a dreadful break, wins the Dubai World Cup easily.Posted 4 days ago
  • Jack Hobbs is much the best in the Sheema Classic.Posted 4 days ago
  • Vivlos flies late to get up for the win in the $6 million Dubai Turf.Posted 4 days ago

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BREAKING NEWS: Unique Bella injured shin, out of Santa Anita and Kentucky Oaks, to miss a lot of time. Per Jerry Hollendorfer. What a shame.
Is it just me, or do others seem to get the impression that over the years, the horses are getting frailer and frailer? More and more three year olds seem to be dropping out due to injury, even though compared to years ago, they typically race less today at this point in their careers than they did back then. I am no breeding or genetics expert, but I wonder if we are relying on too few sires these days. Secretariat's syndication was for 32 mares/year, and with those outside the syndication, he was typically bred to 50-55 a year. Top stallions now are bred to far more than that today. Every time you turn around, a top prospect is out with an injury. Sure, they have to be careful due to breeding potential, but that was true 40 years ago as well.
Ziconic worked 4f, March 29th, in 50.00 (h) finishing 13/17.
Masochistic worked 4f, March 29th, in 48.20 (h) finishing 5/17.
Miss Sky Warrior worked 4f, March 29th, in 47.90 (b) finishing 3/19.
Shaman Ghost worked 3f, March 29th, in 37.00 (b) finishing 1/5.
Silvertoni worked 5f, March 29th, in 1:02.20 (b) finishing 21/30.
Maniacal worked 5f, March 29th, in 1:01.40 (b) finishing 8/30.
War Story worked 5f, March 29th, in 1:00.21 (b) finishing 1/6.
Union Jackson worked 5f, March 29th, in 1:02.00 (b) finishing 2/3.
Blip n' Th Bye worked 4f, March 29th, in 48.40 (b) finishing 4/12.
Any report on how she came out of her last race? She stopped awfully hard, didn't seem to just be tiring.
Should have no issues with post 11 (10 once Battalion Runner officially scratches) in the Florida Derby. Would be shocked if he finished off the board.
Now that Unique Bella is out of the Kentucky Oaks, Farrell has the chance to step up and run away with the win. Frankly, her only competition that comes immediately to mind is Miss Sky Warrior or maybe Elate.
Third Day over Gunnevera. Third Day is lightly raced but has the potential to be Pletchers best 3 year old.
Best under the radar horse that can run all day.
1st: Gunnevera 2nd: State of Honor 3rd: Three Rules 4th: Talk Logistics
VERY disappointed with his terrible run in the Godolphin Mile, something was clearly wrong, he was just not the same horse!!! I blame the change of silks!!!! The horse clearly didn't like the jockeys new colours!
Guest Suite has better workout times than several recent Derby horses, yet also can close a bit...his slightly off pace style in the La Derby this weekend can make him a real threat, and he and Girvin are the only two that should complete the exacta. I know they will probably be the odds-on favorite and co-favorite on Saturday, but I don't see much else coming close on paper based on their previous races and I LOVE seeing 5 furlong workouts as opposed to 4f. Never can seem to ride the Louisiana contingents into the TC races though; final times and fractions will guide my picks from there. Just need to see improvements but not all-time highs that set them up for a letdown. Good luck all!
Shesthewinner had a real nice work the other day over the Mahoning surface and should be ready to race any day Jay is looking for a spot

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