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  • Finest City sets new track record in Great Lady M.Posted 6 days ago
  • Stanford finds his way back to the winner's circle in the Charles Town Classic.Posted 7 days ago
  • Rose Brier sets new course record in the Henry S. Clark.Posted 7 days ago
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I will say this...Most of the time NOT even the trainers know if a horse can race a distance of grounds or if they are superior on grass or slop until they try them!! What many folks don't understand is breeding or pedigree DOES NOT guarantee that a horse will be a distance runner or a sprinter, because you just never know if a horse gets his qualities from sheer determination, parents pedigree or great great grandparents pedigree. Therefore, base on these facts, I believe one should not knock a horse until you have fully taken into account their current performance, running style, class competition, health condition, and track they will be running on!! So even though nothing is guarantee in horse race, In my book I seriously think they have not yet seen the best of this monster named Nyquist and I am looking forward to some good racing!!! Good luck in your rethinking and handicap analysis!!
so the horses I will be playing are Nyquist, SuddenBreakingNews, Brody's Cause, Mor Spirit, My Man Sam, and MoTom
and Brody's Cause
But with inside posts these two have no chance to win, so we have to wait til post draw.
Still like MO Tom, but not the most. I do not like Outwork at all. SuddenBreakingNews, Mor Spirit, My Man Sam, Nyquist are the ones that are intriguing to me. And I do not think Mor Spirit is good enough to win. My 2 favorite are MoTom and SuddenBreakingNews. SBN is working out really well. I mean really well. And has that Storm Cat in his pedigree.
thank you ross..lol..now where are his posts ..lol
when is he racing?
Anyone know where I can find dougs picks...???????????
  • Ross via Disqus · Just ask him on one of his posts here and more than likely you'll get a response. · 2 hours ago
Wins Belmont's 7th vs older today!
where is douglas and his picks
Salutos Amigos to skip the Weschester in favor of Churchill Downs Handicap.
Lexie Lou is entered in Woodbine race 8 today, 4/30/16. 4:53 post time. Aoc, none up for claim. F&M, 8.5f on the tapeta. Faces Strut The Course and only three others
Has arrived at Churchill Downs just before 2 pm today. He traveled great and was greeted by a large crowd despite the rain. He is expected to train over the Churchill track up to the K Derby starting tomorrow at 8:30 am. He couldn't come out of his final work at Keeneland yesterday any better than he did. He had a new pair of shoes put on him just this morning.
People CONSTANTLY look at the WRONG END of a horse race in developing an idea whether it was a good effort or not. ONCE a horse is beaten, the rider does not persist and the final fraction has little to do with the early pace effort.
  • hoof_hearted666 · I will tell you of two racehorses who CONSTANTLY look at the WRONG END of a race horse. Swipe who ALWAYS looks at Nyquist's butt, and then Land Over Sea, who constantly looks at Songbird's butt.............. JUST POINTING OUT THAT FACT, as funny and true as it is!!!!! :-) · 6 hours ago
1) Sunny Ridge 2) Nyquist 3) Hint of Roses 4) Whitmore
  • Pedro Fernández via Disqus · It would be a shame if a gelding colt wins the Kentucky Derby. · 6 hours ago
Thanks to someone for updating!
From the Irish Field News: "The odds-on favourite Air Force Blue was never a threat and finished well down the field." ..... "Aidan O'Brien's commented: "Ryan said he just didn't feel like the same horse as last year." ... http://www.theirishfield.ie/galileo-gold-claims-2000-guineas-as-air-force-blue-disappoints-207509/#.VyTl9xMsn9U.twitter
  • ILuvTurfRacing · Ran like a horse that could've used at least one run under his belt before heading to Newmarket for the Guineas, IMO. · 6 hours ago
Horse racing fans of America and around the World. THIS is "Air Force Blue". He's already a superstar, and will be making his 2016 debut on Saturday by winning the G1 2000 Guineas. You will see and hear a lot more about this horse this year, I'm sure he will go unbeaten all year, and knowing Aiden 'O' Brien, he will aim him at one of the races at the Breeders Cup. Probably the Breeders Cup Mile, BUT it's not totally out of the question that he could go for the BC Classic. Depending on how impressive he wins his races this year, the BC Classic is a definite possibility, he could turn out to be an unstoppable force this year. :-)
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  • ILuvTurfRacing · And for the record, I hope I'm wrong. Would love to see him run in the BC Mile or BC Classic at Santa Anita, just don't think Coolmore will ship him any further than from Ireland to the UK or maybe France. · 23 hours ago
  • ChessChamp · "I'm sure he'll go unbeaten all year..." Well, you were spot on · 7 hours ago
What a crazy result when the G1 Dewhurst Stakes winner & G1 Racing Post Trophy winner finish 12th & 13th respectively in a 13 horse field, but that's why they run the race.
  • jonquil · This is why I tend to avoid betting on this race. It's difficult to know how form (or even IF) has carried over. There are many great 2YOs whose form doesn't follow through in their 3YO season. Likewise, at 3 some just grow way stronger and catch up to and even surpass rivals. I usually just ignore all previous form for the start of the 3YO season unless they seem to maintain it, but it seems more like they either progress over the winter or don't. And I don't think this necessarily means Air Force Blue, Marcel or Stormy Antarctic won't bounce back from this later in the year. But right now it doesn't look like they have much in the way of excuses. · 7 hours ago
Won the listed Newmarket Stakes to Abdon in 2nd and Sky Kingdom in 3rd!

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