• Nyquist has spiked a fever, delaying his trip to Belmont, via DRF's Dave Grening.Posted 2 days ago
  • Second Summer holds off Hard Aces to win the Grade 2 Californian.Posted 2 days ago
  • Exaggerator turns the tables and is victorious in the Preakness (G1).Posted 3 days ago
  • Takeover Target flies home late to win from last in the Grade 2 Dixie.Posted 3 days ago
  • American Freedom fights back for Sir Barton victory.Posted 3 days ago
  • Mizz Money holds on to take the Gallorette (G3) by a nose.Posted 3 days ago
  • Justin Squared was too fast to catch in the Chick Lang.Posted 3 days ago
  • Lady Shipman does not disappoint with a victory in The Very One.Posted 3 days ago
  • Marengo Road gets ahead to take the James W. Murphy.Posted 3 days ago
  • Awtaad upsets Galileo Gold to win the Irish 2000 Guineas.Posted 3 days ago

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I'm curious, I've noticed that with both Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta's kids, they aren't debuting until late in they're two or three year old campaigns. Cozmic one hasn't even raced yet. What is taking so long to prepare these horses?
Too bad Nyquist is not Running in the Belmont Stakes this year. :(
From this morning's Racing Post.com web-site: Classic winners Galileo Gold, The Gurkha, Awtaad, Minding, and Jet Setting, along with US star Tepin, Meydan G1 winner Tryster, and G1 Lockinge Stakes winner Belardo are among 50 horses pre-entered for this year's G1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood in late July.
Connections should really consider putting Gun Runner in the Belmont, there's no Nyquist to worry about now, and where is the pace in the race?? Gun Runner could lead, and set fast but sensible fractions, he could dominate and steal the race from the front!!! There's a very big prize on offer, and Gun Runner could take the winners share, IF he can hold off Exaggerator in the stretch (which is doubtful, but not impossible). :-)
  • RaptorFeather · but remember i think Gun Runner is a faster pace horse compare to Exaggerator which hangs back very far. Then also just hoping it's not a wet track becasue Exaggerator runs well on a wet tracks. and i don't know how well Gun Runner runs on wet tracks. · 2 hours ago
If it's raining put your money on Exaggerator, (note to self). For the rest, good luck.
Anita is one of the most beautiful race tracks I have ever been to and WAS my long time favorite track until the racing surfaces fiascoes and the loss of so many east west rivalries. The BREEDER' CUP people are wholly distinct and separate from Anita. They "rent" a track and call all the shots no differently if the place was a room in a motel.
  • amino998 · http://www.breederscup.com/tickets/silks-lawn-chalet be082 was right about 1 thing… this catering to/gouging the few and the devil take the hindmost (infield goers) attitude sucks. · 2 hours ago
Let's be realistic. Her debut is going to depend on her trainer and her maturity level. The catch with being Pharoah's sister is that there's so much hype. The trainer ( I would assume Bob, but you never know) will debut her when she's ready. Just be patient.
Honestly, I don't understand why this horse has only raced once. In my opinion, he's got a great pedigree. If he's not gonna race, stop wasting time with his racing career and send him to the breeding shed.
Honestly, if he hasn't raced yet, I'd send him to stud and hope for the best. If that doesn't work out, geld him and turn him into a stable pony.
He was a 9-year-old gelding. Was he examined appropriately to ascertain if he was up for this race? I think not. He may have loved racing but his team needed to step up to the plate and be sensible.
Who will get to Train this nice looking young Fillie . Baffert or someone else ?
  • SeattleStrike12 via Disqus · Probably gonna be baffert, there really aren't other trainers that zayat gives their horses to. Well this year and next year will be interesting, hoping the queen of the american nile takes the world by storm just like her brother · 116 days ago
  • Robert Palatsky via Disqus · Honestly, It might be Bob, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Zayats send her to Todd Pletcher, Maybe they'll even give her to a wild card that we never thought of. Maybe D. Wayne Lucas? · 10 hours ago
Uncle Lino will be in the $$$ in the Preakness. 33-1 offshore odds are crazy high as well
At at least 20 to1 or maybe 40 to 1 in the Preakness this horse is a good bet. He is as outcrossed as you can get, has a veteran multi generational trainer, is a half brother to Nyquist and set a track record last time out. He appears to be a late developer, a horse that is just starting to get serious.
  • okieeagle · Those were my exact thoughts when I bet on him. But he was just outclassed. He put up a hell of a fight though, didn't he? · 12 hours ago
Random Question of the day, In today's "standards" for year end championships, if Secretariat, Riva Ridge, Typecast, and Key to the Mint all had their 1972 season in 2015, who would win Horse of the Year?
  • okieeagle · Well, since Secretariat didn't really enter that season (at the graded stakes level) until later in that season, I'd have to say Riva Ridge... · 13 hours ago
Retired for eventing. Good luck in your new career!
best freshman sire ever?
hoof_hearted666 > • 5 days ago Come back to me and say that again after the BC Classic, when Nyquist has won the Triple Crown, and gone the whole year unbeaten, ending the year with a BC Classic win!!! :-) didn't quite go to plan eh ,,, I,m feeling for you
  • hoof_hearted666 · Hey Stevie boy, my number 1 fan and cyber stalker!! You're starting to worry me now!! Are you OK, or do you have mental issues?? How's the care in the community going, lol, does your carer know that you come on this site and post rubbish?? I tell you what Steevo, seeing as you're such a big fan, I have my own fan club, it costs £100 a year to join up, and for that you get all my witty comments, latest jokes, and highly knowledgable insights and tips on Sports betting, not just horse racing, but I also specialise in Tennis, Boxing, F1, Football, Snooker and Darts. £100 a year really is a bargain and I get rave reviews from members telling me how great I am and how much cash they have made from my Sports tips. Listen, you seem like a good guy, so therefore, I will offer you a special membership price: You can join up for £200 a year, sounds good huh?? :-) · 2 days ago
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · How did that work out for you. Lmao · 15 hours ago
Half sister to Exaggerator, will be trained by Todd Pletcher.
Nyquist wins the Derby in Uncle Mo's FIRST crop.. just think about that. It could be very scary what Uncle Mo can do in the years to come.
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  • bronzeprincess33 · This is only the beginning for Uncle Mo. His stud fee will skyrocket from here, and deservedly so. · 12 days ago
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · I think we need to see how his three yrolds do at longer distances. Certainly a top 2 yrold sire Yes a Ky derby winner but we need to see someone step up a little further in the year. I love uncle mo Look toward to seeing if he can be an all around sire · 15 hours ago
Chantilly (Shawn-TEE), built by the extravagant Count Le Conde who KNEW he would come back in his next life as a horse so he built that palatial paddock. You can really get a chance to see it in the BOND movie "A View to a Kill." Marvelous place and still has the old time grandstand.

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