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RIP High Chaparral 1999 - 2014 http://goo.gl/Rmm3nS
Gentildonna heads to the breeding shed with over $18 million in career earnings - http://goo.gl/gjKfl0
my sister was the sister in law of the only jockey to win a race on the race horse Bogan Road, Arthur Gallagher
A fitting ending for a terrific granddaughter of perhaps the greatest racehorse ever, and my favorite..., "SUNDAY SILENCE" Hip, hip, hurrah...
Bolo is likely to make his main track debut in the $200,000 Robert Lewis Stakes for 3-year-olds on Feb. 7 after winning his stakes debut in Saturday’s Eddie Logan Stakes for 2-year-olds on turf. Trainer Carla Gaines said she would like to try Bolo on the main track to gauge the colt’s ability on the surface as the Triple Crown races grow closer. Article on DRF
  • Northport · He looks like a really exciting prospect, I hope he takes to the dirt! Even if he doesn't, he looks like he will be a force in the turf division · 9 hours ago
Anyone catch his debut? Could be a fun one to watch... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mE0jGV45Ak
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  • SSilence86 via Disqus · Yup. This kid learns to run straight.. oh my. Worth a follow to see what happens :) · 10 hours ago
  • triple_double · Nice name too. If he runs, he's happy. If he don't run, his owners will not be happy. :) · 10 hours ago
Um oceans knight won his first race by 4 lengths. Guess schlong your a schlong
ZATT's Star of the Week, is ... Gentildonna!
It was a bad start for the Hall of Fame trainer, Bob Baffert at Santa Anita. He was 0 of 13 starts since opening start.
Thats one more first than Ria had, only win other than the Santa Anita stewards gift was a maiden
I like Tribal Gal & Doinghardtimeagain. Lexington Pearl is interesting
Anyone know where/when she might start in 2015?
Team Ria Antonia is back, same owner and trainer team up with this gelding to win, now 2 for 2
12/28/14, Santa Anita, 3f dirt, 36.20, 6/26.
Plans to visit King Kamehameha for her first season.
Picks in GP3? 2-3 for me (pending scratches?).
  • https://www.facebook.com/mike. · watch 15 in the 5th · 18 hours ago
  • rafirox · No bets obviously since the top pick (and easy winner by 4 1/2 lengths) went off at something like 2/5 or whatever. Think she paid just $2.60. I was hoping for 8/5 or better but the insiders and railbirds chirped a little bit too much I guess. Obvious pick very talented racehorse. #2 threw a clunker. Wonder what happened. Mike, will do. Is #15 running? AE. · 17 hours ago
ROC had a work today at Oaklawn, going 5 in 102.4 Goooo ROC jlp
  • Jbyrnes1 · Wouldn't be surprised to see him return in an allowance race around opening weekend at Oaklawn, should set him up good for the older division there · 17 hours ago
Hey everyone. Just wanted to share this bad boy on here: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/race/USA/LRL/2014/12/27/8/maryland-juvenile-futurity .... Ghost Bay is extremely talented! In his first two starts he made up tons of ground in his first couple starts, showing some major promise. I don't have the numbers in front of me, but in his second start I believe he had something like a 68 / 72 / 98 BRIS pace figures. He had trouble in his first two starts distributing his energy going 6f, but going 7f he was able to make a big step up and distribute his energy and such. The longer the better for this guy. He loves ground and has shown so. The talent in this field was not spectacular, but it did include a pretty hyped Brown horse (or whoever the trainer was) that insiders knew about names Sunrise Sunset. I don't remember if he fired or not, but he was pretty highly regarded coming in. As well as a few decent local horses. The competition was not terrific but not terrible, and a really nice stepping stone for this boy. Distance should be no problem and I don't think class should be either. But, time will tell. Hopefully he stays healthy so he shows us what he can do at higher competition. He was one of the best bets all year, if not the best, and at 7-2 at the gate! Of course kudos to Mr. Bender, Mr. Murray and Forest Boyce as well as all the men and women behind the scenes who have helped develop this guy. Put him in your virtual stable list, keep an eye on him and cheer him on :). Go Ghost Bay!!! Anyway, hope everyone here had a safe, healthy and happy holidays with your families. Hope everyone here enjoys the remainder of a healthy 2014 as well as best wishes in the future heading into 2015. Have a good one and happy new years :) ~Eddie.
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  • rafirox · Amino, no doubt! She gave a brilliant ride yesterday. If you keep an eye on him (#7), Ghost was inside saving ground, and made up some ground heading into the turn without being asked (nice kick!). Then Forest brought him to the outside circling, about to go 6w or so, but then found a hole and he exploded threw it. A real push button horse, too! The announcer said he came out of no where, which is true, but if you keep an eye on him he was full of run. He never found an opening until like ~220 yards to go or so. And he flew by to win by 4 1/2!!! Quite the performance and ride. It's funny I actually just figured out about Fair Grounds yesterday, and as far as I know, that is still the main goal. I do know she and Mr. Murray intend for her to stay on the colt. She's a nice fit. Good finesse jockey and great instincts to go through holes. Gob and Jock, have a good one! Glad to hear from y'all hope you guys are doing well. · 19 hours ago
  • travel_vic · pace was SLOW. 23.02 46.58 1:12.61 Final Time: 1:24.73 Split Times:(23:56) (26:03) (12:12). That middle fraction was claiming level time....This one appeared better than the pace suggested. · 18 hours ago
thrilled to see her go out that way. i absolutely love this mare.
DP is the fastest horse we have ever owned, and we have owned some fast ones. Off to Dubai if we get invited off this race.

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