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The Truth or Else, a recent allowance winner at Belmont Park , is likely to join the Belmont Stakes field, trainer Ken McPeek said Thursday. McPeek, who won the 2002 Belmont with longshot Sarava - a race in which the Bob Baffert-trained War Emblem was going for the Triple Crown -- said The Truth or Else is 70 percent to run. McPeek said Edgar Prado would ride The Truth or Else if he runs. Prado rode Sarava and Birdstone (2004) to victories in the Belmont Stakes. Article on DRF to be posted later today.
Yorkshire-GB trainer Mel Brittain died Thursday morning at the age of 71. Brittain trained over 500 winners in his career which began in 1985 from Northgate Lodge Stables near York.
BREAKING NEWS: Conquest Curlinate, second in the Grade II Peter Pan Stakes last time out, will be withdrawn from contention to run in the Belmont Stakes on June 6 and will next be pointed to the Queen's Plate at Woodbine, his connections confirmed Thursday morning. Owned by Conquest Stables and trained by Mark Casse, Conquest Curlinate was not Triple Crown nominated and would have had to be supplemented for $75,000 into the final leg of the Triple Crown. The son of Curlin put himself into the classic discussion when he finished a length behind winner Madefromlucky in the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont on May 9 but Casse said the gray colt hasn’t sparkled enough in his training to merit trying to derail Kentucky Derby and Preakness hero American Pharoah in the 1 1/2-miles test. “Our feeling is he had to be at his very best to have any shot and we don’t think he’s bounced out of it that well,” Casse said. “We talked about it and instead we’ll head to Woodbine with him in a couple weeks for the Queen’s Plate.” “After his last work he wasn’t training as well as we would have liked,” added Norman Casse, assistant to his father. “We wanted to send a horse (to Belmont) that was doing extremely well. We were a big longshot to begin with. And he’s just not doing as good as we would like so we’re going to have to back off him a bit.” Article on http://horseracing.bloginky.com/2015/05/28/conquest-curlinate-to-bypass-belmont-stakes/
This guy had a bad post in the Derby, for sure! However he ran near the back, much of the race, saved all the ground, and still could not get close to the front-end! Just because his sire is Afleet Alex, this in no way means he can run as far as his Dad! Afleet Alex was an exceptional athlete, and as tough as they come! He was trained 2 -3 times harder than the average racehorse today, thru interval training! When the other colts catch up, and start running faster times, I believe Materiality will end up being most effective up to a mile, maybe a mile and a sixteenth, that's it. Over the years, I've watched millions of race horses, and have selected the winner of the Derby, and the trifecta, six years in a row! I find the Belmont, to be the toughest race to handicap, as no matter how great the horses look coming in, you just have no way of knowing what's left in the tank? If you need any help, be sure to follow me on Twitter @saratogajack .. Best of luck to all!
Dating Lady Luck and Mrs. McDougal
Like Woodwin W and Granny's Kitten
To the guy who saids his sources is right 80% of the time well buddy this is the 20% of the time they wrong.Dont you know Afleet Alex is his sire and he won the 2005 Belmont and was best 3 year old male horse of the year in 2005.Why you post on other peoples knowledge don't you have any of your own,
Upstart, who was eased to the wire far behind American Pharoah in the Kentucky Derby, returned to trainer Rick Violette's barn at Aqueduct on Thursday and went to the track to jog for the first time this morning. Upstart spent 2 1/2 weeks at WinStar time to "rest and unwind" after the Derby. His main goals this summer will be the Jim Dandy and Travers at Saratoga. Article on DRF to be posted later today.
American Pharoah, Carpe Diem, Frosted, Keen Ice. Ask me next week and I'll have a different line up. lol I do believe Pharoah is going to make history. Carpe Diem may be a better horse than his last race. He didn't use much energy that's for sure. Frosted reminds me of Wicked Strong and Keen Ice's odds, pedigree, etc., makes him appealing. Might toss Carpe for Materiality. I don't see the bottom 4 hitting the board so I've narrowed it down to 6 horse to choose my super from. 2 more horses to go.
  • Einar Reitz via Disqus · Carpe Diem getting the place...LOL... That horse has as much chance of coming in 2nd as the .25c horse out in front of walmart does. · 10 hours ago
Wondered what happened to her...http://www.drf.com/news/i%25E2%2580%2599ll-have-another%25E2%2580%2599s-first-yearlings-offered-japan-select-sale
Moreno should romp in this!
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  • SSilence86 via Disqus · Should. I also like Hard Aces & Big Cazanova · 15 hours ago
  • Anne Shaw · Hope he does! · 11 hours ago
Sorry to the fool who don't think Materiality will get that mile and ahalf in the Belmont just look at him when they hit the quarter pole in the Derby dead last and came flying to get 6 after a bad start, Your a FOOL to think he cant win the Belmont or get second to AP
  • douglas rutherford via Disqus · THEN GO BACK AND TELL ME HOW GOOD IS UPSTART , THE COLT THAT MATERIALITY JUST BARELY BEAT : YOU CAN TOSS THE KENTUCKY DERBY RACE COMPLETELY OUT THE WINDOW : SO MANY HORSES NEVER GOT A FAIR SHAKE COMING OUT OF THE 1ST TURN : AND THE TRUE SPEED KEPT CLEAR : ( TRUST ME ) Materiality will NOT even become a factor for 1st or 2nd with 100 yards to the finish , maybe way before that · 11 hours ago
  • douglas rutherford via Disqus · To be honest : it doesnt really matter to me how much others like Materiality in the Belmont : When my sources TELL ME something : I can pretty much count on it : ( 80% ) of the time . . . Best Wishes with Materiality · 11 hours ago
Mr. Rutherford, This race is Materiality-AP...nothing else...good luck to you.
We all know Bayern is best when he is loose on the lead. That won't happen in the Met Mile, Private Zone is the speed of the speed in there and would make Bayern work hard and he still may not catch him. A mile and eighth in the Stephen Foster is well within Bayern's reach and the fractions won't be anywhere near as demanding. This Met Mile even without Palice Malice in there has come up exceedingly tough. Of the two races, the S F is a much softer landing place for Bayern. I think what Baffert is saying here is "If Private Zone scratches out, we will run in the Met Mile."
Really can't wait to see him back on the track again. His B C Juvenile was electric.
Sweet Whiskey worked 4f today, May 27th, in 48:09 (b). It was the fastest of 20 works at that distance.
Beholder worked 6f today, May 27th, in 1:11:20 (h). It was the fastest of 10 works at that distance.
Winning Prize worked 4f today, May 27th, in 48:40 (h). It was fifteenth fastest of 41 works at that distance.
East Hall draws number 4 and My Point Exactly Draws number 9. Good draw, Love the odds..
Catch a Flight worked 4f today, May 27th, in 49:80 (h). It was the twenty-ninth fastest of 41 works at that distance.

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