• Illuminant stalks and pounces to win the Grade 1 Gamely at Santa Anita.Posted 7 hours ago
  • Cyrus Alexander puts away Shotgun Kowboy to win the Lone Star Handicap.Posted 8 hours ago
  • Tapitation rolls late to score in the Kingston Stakes.Posted 11 hours ago
  • Bust Another runs away with Belmont's Mike Lee at odds of 19-1.Posted 11 hours ago
  • Weekend Hideaway rolls home an easy winner of the Commentator Stakes.Posted 12 hours ago
  • There's no catching Si Sage in the Grade 2 Charles Whittingham Stakes at Santa Anita.Posted 1 day ago
  • Lexie Lou returns to her winning ways in today's Grade 2 Nassau Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Enola Gray takes the Melair gate to wire.Posted 2 days ago
  • Surgical Strike charges on the outside to win the Arlington Classic (G3).Posted 2 days ago
  • Diva Express and I'm a Looker make a dead heat run in the Winning Colors (G3).Posted 2 days ago

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He should be running in the Belmont Stakes. It seems like it would set up well for him.
To leave out international horses makes this list a bit questionable as well as forgetting some of the truly great ones early in the breed.
wrong race 1 Shotgun Kowboy 2 Rocket Time 3 Cyrus Alexander 4 Carve
I'm hoping he wins the Belmont he has a good chance I think.
Materiality had the WRONG energy profile of 10 let alone 12 furlongs. There was no way he was not going to be a pace victim. A colt has to "fit" both the pace of the race AND the distance to be a contender. That colt had neither.
Another late bloomer from this royally bred horse. Today he won the Lone Star Handicap; however, he didn't seem to know how to leave the track, lol! Superb ride from Martin Garcia for great connects - 💙🏇‼️
Gift box & Javier what a team. I love me some candy colts..🐎♥️
Pletch is going to send Strad to the front in the belmont and instruct Johnny V to run measured fractions. That is the way Pletch has always felt was the best way to win the Belmont. It is the way he ran Dunkirk a few years back and he tried the same with Materiality last year but Materiality just was not the horse. His daddy, M D'or had a big race here in the Belmont and I would not count out Strad here.
  • Chicken Dinner via Disqus · Agree, looks good here · 3 days ago
  • Icelocks · Good point about M D'or Players Klub...I agree that if Stradivari likes the race track like M'Dor, he could be a monster to haul in going down the stretch...because he has impressed me in the way he ran in his first graded stakes against G1 company !!! Therefore, I must use him on top to go all the way and my favorite Jokey Johnny V looking back at the Wire :) Good luck to all !! · 22 hours ago
contenders:5 Aggie Hoppa 3 Roma Road 1 Prophesy Fulfilled 10 Meringue Pie (GB)
QUOTE: "Stradivari is the perfect example of a horse that can run fast against allowance company but when moved up in class can't replicate that same performance." AFTER the fact rubbish, based upon gross sample error. If this animal did it THREE times or more against a significant faster pace of race, THEN this statement MIGHT have some merit, otherwise it is fiction. Horses have NO IDEA the man made class they run against: they simply run versus the PACE which is CLASSLESS.
Not disappointing today. Cyrus Alexander wins the Lone Star Handicap.
impressive win back! love this colt.
Yeah, have to wonder the same thing as everyone else here. Where is Seabiscuit? War Admiral is 21, Seabiscuit should be at least in the top 25.
I'm brattily going w/speed--they're all speed? Rocket Time. The shipper has been too disappointing, but GL to him of course.
Richies Sweetheart wins the Honor The Hero in gate to wire fashion.
Former jockey Joseph O'Brien, who recently retired from riding due to difficulty controlling his weight, revealed to the Racing Post web-site today that he expects to receive to his training licence this week and expects to have his first runners in his own name by next Monday.
I have so much riding on this horse right now. I bred my Malibu Moon mare to Big Brown and she is due February. I also picked up an Elusive Quality mare and bred her to Brown as well. She is due in March. I'm thrilled to see Dortmund back but where is Coach Inge?
NOT enough seasoning. Happened to Tapit, Curlin and many others that first Saturday in May
Stradivari is the perfect example of a horse that can run fast against allowance company but when moved up in class can't replicate that same performance. So many horses follow this pattern.
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  • Pat Guy via Disqus · Foolish...he's second or third with a better post. He'll jog around Belmont and win easily. · 5 days ago
  • cugel the clever · Give the horse a break. It was only the 4th start of his career and his first stakes race, and he ran very well finishing 4th to the two best 3yo who have far more experience and maturity. This horse is a real player in the Belmont, especially with the lack of early speed in the race. I can see him setting soft to moderate fractions on the lead and wiring the field. · 10 hours ago
No winner of the Belmont of the last 30 years lost contact with the main pack of horses like Lani did in the Derby and the Preakness , the big closers like Birdstone was in the back of the main pack but did not lose contact with them , he will again make a nice run at the end , might get second .

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