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  • Materiality turns away the challenge of Upstart to win the Florida Derby.Posted 2 days ago
  • International Star reels in Stanford late to win the Louisiana Derby.Posted 2 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox sweeps the 3yo filly stakes at Fair Grounds with today's win in the Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox sweeps the 3yo filly stakes at Fair Grounds with today's win in the Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • Pants On Fire guts out a win in the Sir Shackleton.Posted 2 days ago
  • War Correspondent rolls late to win the Appleton.Posted 2 days ago
  • Prince Bishop wins the world's richest race; California Chrome 2nd.Posted 2 days ago
  • Dolniya dominates the boys in the Dubai Sheema ClassicPosted 2 days ago
  • Solow defeats The Grey Gatsby in the $6,000,000 Dubai TurfPosted 2 days ago
  • Secret Circle wins Golden Shaheen Sprint in Dubai.Posted 2 days ago

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Came over on Upstart exactly like Upstart did on Itsaknockout last out. If Materiality doesn't come down, tell me there's no Pletcher bias
  • vodkak · Nowhere near the same. Sounds like sour grapes or .Pletcher bashing · 2 days ago
  • jockey2be. · I know right!!!There is Zero Consistensy! · 19 minutes ago
That name though.
I see what they did there.
I wish the U.S. would have more horses like this one. Someday when I'm a millionaire(lol) I'll get one. I already have like a whole booklet of names for it.
This is without question my derby horse
THAT'S THE PRETTIEST HORSE I'VE EVER SEEN.
Can someone explain to me why this horse is on the Top Ten Active List? This gelding has one graded stakes victory. If there are any relevant standards to measuring the top ten then I don't see how this horse would make the cut. There are plenty of horses who deserve a place in the top ten over this horse. If anyone is aware of how the top ten is decided--please let me know. If the standards are performance, ability, graded stakes victories ETC, then I just do not understand how East Hall has made the cut. Thanks
  • Sullivan · The top ten is voted for by all HRN members and this horse's owner is one of them · 6 hours ago
  • jackh41 · You are exactly right , there are better horses, but this one has made us over 800K so naturally he's in our top ten, actually TOP ONE. The scores are just based on who votes and beleive me I Vote every week.... · 1 hour ago
Posting under LP's page because Chrome's isn't active. California Chrome will get a two-week break in the Rae Guest yard before he heads to the Newmarket gallops. The big chestnut, who has been under the care of trainer Art Sherman for his entire career, will transfer to the Guest barn for a tilt at Royal Ascot. There is a good chance that the G1 Lockinge S. at Newbury May 16 could be a possible first European start for California Chrome, while the G1 Prince of Wales S. at Royal Ascot June 17 remains the ultimate target. Article on Thoroughbreddailynews.com
QUOTE: Either way, I totally agree. Time is not unimportant in this endeavor, but when it comes to the FD, for ex, it is so far out-of-whack that the times are essentially irrelevant to any kind of future event, like the KD. Pssst Don't tell the connections of Northern Dancer, Alydar, Bid, Needles, Empire Maker, Barbaro, Orb, Big Brown, Nashua, Honest Pleasure, Forward Pass, Swale, Unbridled, Carry Back, Candy Spots, Tim Tam, Thunder Gulch, Monarchos...who all did well that first Saturday in May and IN the FLA Derby!
  • DavidBenning · No doubt, my point in that particular quote was in response to what I have been seeing all over the internet which is that the FD was so slow that its runners can be tossed from consideration. I don't agree with that. When I later knocked the FD as a "glib surface" historically, I was 100% wrong, which I acknowledged in a later post below. One of the reasons speed figures changed the whole nature of understanding handicapping principles is because it put final time, etc. in a context that went beyond the actual times, creating a conduit from one surface to another, which was always a handicapping barrier. The FD came back "fast" even though it was the "slowest" in 40 years or something. · 1 hour ago
From Lane's End: Curlin looking good. Love this guy to death. Happy be-lated birthday Curlin.
  • Sullivan · Looking REALLY good! · 2 hours ago
  • Goblin · Jb, Is that a photo of Curlin? Curlin's blaze isn't that wide or long, he has two rear white stockings, and is just much larger overall. Here's his Lane's End profile photo. http://www.lanesend.com/stallion/curlin · 2 hours ago
Some of Mott's people thought Meydon's surface was similar to Churchill's. The transition isn't nearly as much of a stretch as it was. Hard to gauge the quality of what he beat, but it was visually impressive. Bred to love 10 furlongs. De Kock usually gives a genuine read on his horses......price could be juicy.
This colt may be the best foreign entry ever. Certainly not one to ignore May 3.
How can anyone not be impressed by this horse and how he ran this past Saturday. They refer to the slow final time for the distance,and compare it to the times run in the Preakness. If you do not believe that the track was playing to extremely slow times on this day. Please refer to Bafferts ace sprinter Secret Circle. He basically covered the 6F distance in. 1.11 . This horse at Santa Anita walks the distance faster than he ran it in here. This horse has a World Class Trainer. Going into the Derby,he will have run and won at a distance much longer than any of the other entrants.If you look at the race, he was striding out with authority as he was crossing the wire. Oh yes,and he did this winning by Daylight under a stranglehold. A potentially big plus for him might be that he will add Lasix for the race. Like i have said,other than The Pharoah, no other horse drew my attention. I think in Mubtaahij, i have a horse that i will use in the wagering. Just remember how good last years winner of this race.......Toast of New York turned out to be. He was nowhere near as impressive as this horse.
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  • DerekFisher · Mallios, I'm impressed. Outside of American Pharaoh, we have agreed on Derby horses pretty much spot on. There are so many positives about this horse, not to mention the guaranteed 10/1 (or better) odds on Derby day. To me, his biggest hurdle is surviving the ship over, quarantine, and adapting to Churchill. In Dubai, Mott did say (when talking about Lea) that Dubai's new dirt surface most closely resembled Churchill Down's dirt, so Mubtaahij has that going for him as well. · 3 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · I look at over all talent on horses. I have no idea if they will love or hate a distance. Just because a horse is bred to run a certain distance,that does not mean that they can do it in a fast enough time. That is why i loe A.P. so much.To steal a line from T.V.VIC,i have no clue as to what will occur in the Derby,in regards to pace scenerio or trip. That is why i want to go in with the best horse. He has a better chance of over coming hurdles. Same reason i loved Chrome so much last year. I had no idea if he could get the distance or not. I just thought he was so much the fastest horse. I feel the same wy about A.P. . But since watching Mubtaahij run in his last,and a tape of his previous race. He has impressed me to no end. What you mention is true,about the transport to the U.S. . Does anyone know if he will be racing with Lasix or not. Has an announcement been made. After watching C.C run without it, this guy might be scary good with it. · 2 hours ago
I had bet on UAE Derby horses in the past, with nothing to show for it. Visibly, this one looked good, but, who did he run against that would make him look so good? I have seen at chef-de-race.com that the UAE Derby is 9.44 furlongs. If that would be the case, his projected time would be 2:05.37. Which would put him behind Secretariat about the same margin as Secretariat's Belmont margin. Will he be shipping for the first time? Guess we'll see once he works under the spires.
  • Euro Trash via Disqus · He has shipped before, but I do not know when de Kock is planning on shipping him. Just remember Meydan is a new dirt course and is slow. You cannot use the raw time to extrapolate a time at Churchill Downs. You can only see how he may or may not be handling the dirt track at Churchill. · 4 hours ago
  • DerekFisher · He said he was planning on shipping him 2 weeks after the UAE Derby, assuming all goes well. · 3 hours ago
Does anyone know if the Shiek is commiting to this years Derby with this horse. The 40 pts he earned by running 2nd should be enough to get him into the starting gate. As impressive as Mubtaahig was this past Saturday, Maftool after a lazy start was running on in the late stages. He has already shown his talents by defeating Mubtaahij in his previous start. He deserves a shot at the Roses.
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  • Euro Trash via Disqus · I would speculate that he will be the Sheikh's 2000 Guineas horse, not his Derby horse. He may have a shot at getting 1m2f but I think he is a much better 1m horse personally. · 3 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · After watching his race were he defeated Mubtaahig,and knowing how good he is. I was very impressed with Maftool. I always try to rate horses by talent and ability,rather than how better they are at a certain distance. But Maftool is one very talented colt. · 3 hours ago
Reading all of the comments about Firing Line is quite interesting. I think hell do well in Kentucky depending on the draw for post position. I would like to see him in the 5 to 10 slot and then Dortmund and he can go eyeball to eyeball again!!!!! Derby fever here!!!!
the kentucky derby is won Firing Line, time of 1: 47.39 in the Sunland Derby is your best presentation, in addition to their lost races against Dortmund could haver been victories,the fight is in my opinion between two horses Firing Line against Dortmund and background are like surprises American Pharoah, Carpe Diem and Dubai Sky.
Will it rain enough to declare martial law Saturday, Roker?
Carpe Diem strictly one to beat but taking a long look at Tiz Shea D
Any horse that can finish like that has a legit shot on derby day. Needs the same type of trip. Take the short way around the track, stay outa trouble, dont get boxed in, keep the leaders with in 2-3 lengths, and fire home! Still a tough task with 19 others flyin around in all directions.

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