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When talking about the best fillies/mares of the past 10-20 years she often does not come up in the conversation because of the great mares we have seen recently but she was a heck of a racehorse, one of my favorites. Her era of fillies/mares, Beautiful Pleasure, Banshee Breeze, Heritage of Gold, Keeper Hill, Tap tp Music, Spain, Lu Ravi, Surfside, Silverbulletday.Riboletta etc was a salty bunch and some of my favorites. The 1999 BC Distaff is still one of my favorite races
Goldencents had a very good 4 furlong breeze on 9/13 ...Don't be surprised if he stays home for the Awesome Again. He moves very well over that track. Hope I'm right...
  • Glenn Sorge via Disqus · I know that's what you want but it's not going to happen......Shadwell Mile. · 5 hours ago
Sharla Rae is going to be a superstar......filly to watch.
She is on the memorial wall. Listed as fracturing LF while training and EOT at Saratoga on 8/24 :(
This guy is on the memorial wall as being deceased. Listed as breaking down during training at DMR on 8/24 :(
Glad to see him win the Barretts Juvenile. If he keeps this up he'll be a star like IHA.
So now we are seeing Candy Boy in the mix. Really??? Looks like PAD is shaping up to be a "apples vs oranges" field. CC fan or not - I am really having my eyes peeling now just WHO else wants to take a grab at this 1M purse. Last I read on Candy Boy: "on June 29, Candy Boy worked 6F at Santa Anita on Fast Dirt in 1:12.80 h finishing 5/12" almost identical to CC's workout a couple of days ago. It's been awhile, and the info can be found under CB's blog. Worried?? No - not at all. Just scratching my head over these "Probables"....
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  • RobGlycenfer · first off, they didn't even run on the same track. second, bayern has a great shot, he blew a field away going 9 furlongs. third, it is an owner's final decision to race or not. leave your personal issues with baffert at the door pal. · 3 days ago
  • reagbeag · Bayern does deserve a break based on his last race but let's see what he does here instead of complaining about Baffert's ego. · 7 hours ago
If you handicap the race, you realize that CC is coming off of a 3 month layoff and an injury. Plus, this race is coming up light on pace horses. If Bayern gets loose on the lead at 9 furlongs you could have a repeat of the Haskell. If CC challenges him early off the 3 month layoff, he could tire late. It's a horse race and while CC should be the prohibitive favorite, 4-5 and 1-9 horses lose every day.
I had the tri but didnt bet it that way. In the end I bet 10 to win on bobbys kittne and 5 to win on both trade and kaigun ughh and i dont pick the tri much
is there any word on when he is going to have his first race
5 for 5, wake up Nick wins again in the Barretts Juvenile, very nice colt
  • Mary Z. · Very nice move to win for Nick. Did you see Colorado Strong? Hopefully he is not the latest nutcase. · 8 hours ago
I may have been absent, but I definitely haven't been idle! Barrel races every weekend since Aug 31st and another this weekend before I get my whole one weekend off. I have been still following Bern as closely as ever, and man, has he sure impressed. I always knew he was a special colt from the day I first read about him... May 5th, 2012. A day most remember as I'll Have Another winning the Derby, but a day I will always remember as Union Rags loosing the Derby... in a hunt to find the next big thing (horse, really) I found a list of a few individuals who had either shown brilliance or had the pedigree to do so. Those horses were I'm Boundtoscore, Amarish, Powerful, and of course Bern Identity. Don't ask me why, but I felt something when I read that name, and something even more when I saw he had broke his maiden by 13 lengths in his last start. Funny how it all started, really. I so badly wanted him in the Derby, I couldn't see straight. I STILL think he can stretch out, but why bother when he can win so much at 6f? The pursues are not much higher, and now he's an older horse with no "Derby Dreams". Still hope they try to stretch him out... I really, really think he could do it. For now, I'm super happy and I hope he continues on this path. Who knows, if he does win the Breeder's Cup Sprint maybe he can win the Vox Populi award. I think I might cry if he does. It truly has been a fairy tale so far.
Is officially retired and will stand the 2015 year at Country Life Farm in MD. He'll be offered for 5,000 as a part Spendthrift Farm's "share the upside" program. His 2015 fee will be 4,000.
Multiple Grade 1 winner Behrens died Sunday following a brief illness at Old Friends at Cabin Creek, the Bobby Frankel division in Greenfield Center, N.Y. A son of Pleasant Colony, Behrens was 20.
Just graduated. Congrats...
Big day for trainer David Simcock at Woodbine today! He comes over from Great Britain with arguably 2 of the best horses in his stable and wins the G1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes with Sheikhzayedroad and the G1 Woodbine Mile with Trade Storm. Well done indeed, Mr. Simcock.
Knew Sheikhzayedroad was gonna be a tough beat in the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes. He's been running extremely well and beating very good horses in the UK this season. Ran well in Dubai over the winter also.
  • Mary Z. · I'm not actually mature enough to offer congrats after my winner came in second, but congrats. · 11 hours ago
Bad decision by the stewards, #8 should be disqualified and let #6 Dynamic Sky wins that race. Bad bad decision.
  • Mary Z. · I watched the race without sound(except for the TuP guys calling everything and very rarely correctly) so I don't know what was said about who bumped who, but, at least 9 times out of 10 you can figure that decision is not going to go my way. Grrr. · 11 hours ago
Dynamic Sky, Perfect Timber,Pizza Man, Sheik.
  • Mary Z. · Imagine the expression on my face. Here, let me describe it. Very grimace-y. My big-time spending of $5 across on Dynamic Sky. Grrr. Waiting, waiting, for the decision. Clubhouse at TuP with the undefinably smelling regular guys who bet everything, all day. Grrrr x 10. Shoulda had the exacta. Wouldn't have needed it with my 24-1 should have been the winner. I'm a foreigner who would have been very pleased. Cheered myself up by purchasing the bottom item as seen in the photo from the other day Dynamic Sky had been running with Up With The Birds that I figured could have been a favorite in the Northern Dancer. $48 back on $15. I shall now calculate out the shoulda payout just to torment myself. I am thinking there is a hex against me. · 11 hours ago
Not ANOTHER inside draw- post 2 of 10 for the G3 Dogwood. She is 2 for 2 over the track and looks like the best in the field.



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