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getting tired of his final time already,he beat the field and his time was faster then all the other horses...enough already!!
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  • triplechrome · I agree. If your goal is to win the KD, Preakness and The Belmont why would you want to burn so much energy trying to beat a track time. As long as you cross the wire 1st is the goal. The wider trip is tiring in itself. · 1 hour ago
  • DDAmasa via Disqus · That's true. I think some of the debate started because some were calling him the next Seattle Slew and The Boston Globe even went on record that some established insider called him the second coming of Secretariat. That sort of hyperbole tends to set people off. But AP ran a perfectly good race and will likely win the Preakness. We are also likely in for five more weeks of manufactured hype (Chrome got plenty of hype last year as well, although no one was calling him the next Secretariat, thankfully). · 26 minutes ago
To all the faithful of this horse. You can hope and want him to run in the Belmont, but it will be for naught unless they make the change. That change will be to add the BIG L (Lasix). There is no way that this horse will be able to compete without it.
Too many people focus on track times and not eyeballing competition and performance! Just, a little insight, NO two races will ever be run on the same type of track, snowflakes! Impossible to compare times!
  • baynut · Yeah, you're 100% right. Do away with timing races. Its really unimportant. I am going to sharpen up on eyeballing skills! It really helped with all those people that eyeballed Mubtaajhi into a serious contender. One of the most atrocious underlays in Derby history, thanks to all those eyeballs. · 43 minutes ago
Lets also not forget this horse missed a scheduled work leading up to the race with a fever. Often times a fever, atleast in humans, is a symptom of another perhaps bigger issue. Lets hope he checks out and everything is ok.
Only 6 entered in the Turf Paradise end of meet marathon today,5/5/15 , race 8. Overcast today. Had some rain over the weekend. The 1 has been winning or placing the local stakes. Very low ml odds. 6 Stoney Fleece,1 AZ Ridge,5 Crushed It. Only the 4 has tried this distance of 1 7/8 m.
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  • travel_vic · rail horse really 1/9? · 2 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · 1 easy winner,5,6,2 o.o.f Paid next to nothing. Free admission until the Fall meet. · 1 hour ago
STORM CAT finally gets a DERBY!!!
My favorite horse during his racing career, SECRETARIAT. Now it has been several years since, and now my favorite broodmare sire of all. Secretariat has contributed so much to the thoroughbred industry, it is hard to consider any horse ahead of him. He brought a lot of people to the races, he helped several breeders get out of debt with the early breeding program and sale prices of his foals. His personality was all time highly regarded; he was a people's horse, he was a professional in all he did.
  • travel_vic · was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame last year. Other greats who ran their last race in Canada: Man O'War, Cigar, Northern Dancer, Exterminator Wise Dan visited us too and set a track record effortlessly. · 1 hour ago
I think his lost was just a matter of the Jockey2be curse... she picks a Derby horse and they are doooomed!
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  • jockey2be. · 18th two years in a row!Hey,at least there is consistency! · 9 hours ago
  • Stuart H. via Disqus · Or the Andy Beyer kiss of death. · 1 hour ago
Beyer speed figures are BS. Anyone who bets based on beyer speed figures will surely be a loser. Its one guys opinion of the track conditions plus some other bs formula stats. Its a terrible way to judge horses and more importantly its a terrible way to bet on them
  • Chicken Dinner via Disqus · If you use any one thing alone to handicap a race you'll be a loser over the long run, not just Beyers · 1 hour ago
According to experts, the track was slowing down later on in the day! If this is true, than a 23 4/5 first quarter and a 47 2/5 half is a pretty swift pace! To say he was a tired horse is right on the money! If you watch the replays of the SA Derby to The Kentucky Derby, DORTMUND was not on a loose rein in the Derby!!! Watch out in PREAKNESS if he gets outside post from AP!!!
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  • travel_vic · The REASON fractions SLOW during a race is due to exertion and ananerobic physiology.......Pace early costs them late and each race has horses of different exertion abilities. If a track is really slow (like Mahoning Valley) that fact is universal to all fractions NOT just the final one. · 2 hours ago
  • travel_vic · experts? If you talked to DRF or Teletimer people yes, not the talking head on the tube! · 1 hour ago
Despite the fact that he washed out, started from the 15 post and had a less than stellar ride by his Jockey, he still Won the Race. How many lengths would American Pharoah need to win the Preakness by to say, "That is a good horse?"
  • Anthony Lopez via Disqus · He actually broke from post 17!!! · 4 hours ago
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · One thing no ones is talking about and you better. The 32 times he was hit with the whip could spell disaster. We have seen it time and time again. Look at Rachael Alexandria. Once Calvin took to the whip that many times she was no longer the same horse. All the talent in the world won't win a race if the horse resents being whipped. We won't know that answer until Preakness day · 1 hour ago
QUOTE: "23 4/5 first quarter and a 47 2/5 half is a pretty swift pace!" Do yourself a favor get Monarchos, I'll Have Another, Barbaro, Kauai King, Giacomo, Proud Clarion, Chateaguay, Northern Dancer and Spend a Bucks splits are to see what a fast Derby pace looks like.
  • Anthony Lopez via Disqus · You are so off my point! I'm not comparing this race to any other derby buddy! I'm informing the critics of Dortmund's supposed leisurely pace, and why he was tiring! READ between the lines! · 2 hours ago
  • Anthony Lopez via Disqus · "According to experts, the track was slowing down later on in the day! If this is true, than a..." was left out of the beginning. · 2 hours ago
Bold Conquest will make his next start in the Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico on May 15th. According to DRF
" One more interesting(to me atleast) figure note: Based on average Beyer Speed Figure for the first 10 finishers, this was the strongest Kentucky Derby since 2007" Randy Moss
  • travel_vic · Beyers do not mean crap.......HOW you get to the final time is FAR more important than final time alone........Too many drinking the Kool Aid and never questioning make clones correct just by more mouths repeated the same baloney. · 3 hours ago
  • travel_vic · no better example is Materiality's last two. Was far slower in his last but got a substantially higher Beyer and they both disregard pace to that final time. · 2 hours ago
Divisidero first race had a come home time of 28 4/5. The horse I bet had a better finishing time but had raced 5 times and had less up-side. $2 dollar exacta was $133 I screwed that one up!!
My Sonny Boy went through a Knoxville, TN auction and was purchased by a kill buyer on April 25. He was sent to slaughter. This owner should know seeing as this horse was one of his highest earners.
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  • shooker17 · Seriously what is wrong with people dont they have any compassion for animals who give it all for them.., · 3 hours ago
  • https://www.facebook.com/john. · Lets run this horse atleast once a month for 4 years putting his life on the line each time and then reward him in his retirement by selling him to a slaughterhouse. THIS is the ugly side of racing. I know every industry is business is be judged by the " bottom line" but perhaps that is also the ugly side of life. · 3 hours ago
He's still alive?
California Chrome stats /rate 8.80 looks good. Last race was Dubai World Cup.(2nd) Side Glance - rate 8.15 also in same World Cup (8th). The Great Gatsby at 8.57 (2nd) and Trade Storm at 7.95 (10th) both in Dubai Turf. Do not know what determines their rate. Rest of competition has much lower ratings.
International Star, the La. Derby winner who was scratched Saturday from the Kentucky Derby with a sore left front foot, was diagnosed this morning at Churchill Downs with an ankle chip in the same foreleg and will be sidelined indefinitely. "This is a very depressing moment," owner Ken Ramsey said by phone this morning. "He was jogging unsound again this morning, and after we had extensive X-rays taken, a tiny chip about 2 millimeters in diameter was discovered. He'll have surgery, then 60-90 days off, then 30 more days stall rest. Best-case scenario would be a late-fall campaign." Article on DRF to be posted later today.
  • Goblin · He has a hairline fracture of the left knee as the most current diagnosis; the ankle chip remains, but is not considered a significant problem. He is expected to rehab utilizing an aquatic treadmill for 60-90 days with no surgery planned per BH. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/91806/new-injury-diagnosis-for-international-star · 4 hours ago
Where and when is the Kid going to run next?

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