• Untapable heads a field of nine in the $1 million Cotillion. Posted 2 days ago
  • California Chrome draws the rail for the Pennsylvania Derby. Posted 2 days ago
  • Sheikhzayedroad scoots up the rail for the Northern Dancer victory! Posted 3 days ago
  • Baltic Baroness wins the Prix Vermeille; Treve a disappointing 4th. Posted 4 days ago
  • Suntracer cashes in the Kentucky Turf Cup! Posted 4 days ago
  • Conquest Typhoon much the best in the Summer! Posted 4 days ago
  • Ball Dancing beats her stablemate to the wire in the Sands Point! Posted 4 days ago
  • 1st time Lasix and the U.S., Annecdote romps in the Noble Damsel! Posted 4 days ago
  • Conquest Harlanate rolls late in the Natalma! Posted 4 days ago
  • There will be a carryover of $59,132 when racing resumes Saturday at Los Alamitos.Posted 5 days ago

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WHERE One runs has nothing to do with HOW one runs. Would not Derek Jeter be the same ball player if he was at Podunk Junction ball park or Yankee Stadium?
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  • buds · TV- Not your best comparison. Lets just agree she needs to win some race at tracks other than Emerald Downs. · 5 hours ago
  • travel_vic · I followed that SAME tired and uniformed argument for years that the horse is only as good as the venue in which it runs. AFTER I abandoned it and evaluated THE HORSE and not where it was from, the long prices just walked through my door, even to PLACE. This game is HORSE against HORSE not Arlington horses versus Belmont horses or the like. · 18 minutes ago
has he been named yet??
I did not like this cross with Malibu Moon..I would have preferred Bernardini..It seem this colt is not performing as well as expected...Lets see if his half sister by Medaglia d'Oro does better...
I love this horses pedigree. 2nd dam a half to kittens joy and precious kitten. Brilliantly bred top and bottom. Definitely could see her doing big things the rest of this year and as a 4yo next year. Can't wait to see what she does in the cotillion this Saturday.
Tapiture will appreciate deep track
Todd Pletcher now says Stopchargingmaria likely to scratch from Cotillion and instead run in Beldame next week, according to DRF
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  • Mike in SB · This is very disappointing to me, I think she has a shot to win the Cotillion and a victory over Untappable in the race would put her at the top of the 3 year old fillies. The idea that is is better not to lose than it is to win has taken over racing in the last decade and is really hurting the sport. · 1 hour ago
  • vodkak · Imo she had not only no shot beating Untapable but wouldn't have beaten Sweet Reason either. In fact I put JoJo Warrior ahead of her. · 56 minutes ago
Awesome Again to draw Game On Dude...again.
1-4-7...tri box 5 bucks...imo
I had to go back and watch this fillys races after all the attention bestowed upon her. The first thing that caught my eye is that she has won 9 races , yet sadly only bankrolled ballpark $247,000. That is similar to running in roughly $60K purses and cleaning up. I saw her last race at the distance. Apparently te filly that ran a strong 2nd was not that highly thought of beased on the announcers call of the finish. The time was fast,but i have no idea how the track was playing. Excluding the owners and racing team involved,as well as the Breeders. Being un-defeated to this stage is so over rated, it is probably unfair to this filly. Just knowing how fast the horses in whatever division she runs in can run. If she hit the board it would be a major accomplishment. I am sure that Wenzel is a capable horseman. If she really were the goods as they say, there is no way (and for lack of better terminology) waste 9 races in the Northwest. If money is the issue,and she were that good. They could of sold her for 7 figures by now.
  • Anne Shaw · I'm really curious about Debbie. Maybe they are just mad about her and want to keep her around and close. I am looking forward to seeing her run somewhere else. Seems to me that money is pretty uninvolved in where she is currently running.Think she's done enough to deserve a chance. · 4 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · Anne i understand what you are saying. But i think it is a myth and a fantasy how the public picks out owners and say it is not about the money and they love their horses. Every owner loves their horses,most or all owners are very competetive and want the very best possible. Look at the owners of CC. They had everyone conned into thinking they were down to earth and loved the horse and money or other material things meant nothing. Trying to achieve greatness with your horse and shipping them around the country to compete against the very best,this does not mean that they do not love them or care for them . It means the owners are human and in a good way,Egomaniacs. · 3 hours ago
Global View is back home. He will get 60 days turn out, the. will train at GHF for a month before '15 campaign. From Glen Hill Farm
Would anyone like to share any tips on their methods for handicapping horses stretching out from a sprint to a route for the first time in their career, not including breeding. Is there anything else possibly in their running lines etc. Also would anyone care to share their thoughts on a horse's running style in sprints? Will a closer in a sprint still be a closer in a route or will coming out of a sprint suggest possibly showing more speed in a route? Any feedback would be helpful. A few times in recent weeks I have found myself handicapping 3-4 year old horses with 10+ starts stretching out for the first time and not knowing what to make of them.
  • Anne Shaw · Not sure if its the best but I watch the numbers at 1/4, 1/2, top of the stretch and see if they are gaining, just passing tired horses, or really moving out. Gains near the finish where they open up usually indicate they can go farther. · 17 hours ago
Not only is it up for sale, it is has pending litigation coming from LA Quarter horse owners over distribution of Video Poker money. If they can't come to a quick resolution, then FGs will cut 2 mil from purse money for this years meet- the biggest hit will be the LA Derby. The purse would be lowered from 1 mil to 600,000.
What a great run! I'm really impressed with him.
im going with tapiture,and untapable in the cotillion...
Indiana Derby looks like a good spot!
When/Where does it show on the Jockey Club site how many mares a stallion bred for 2014? I
  • Northport · jockeyclub.com --> Resources --> Fact Book --> Breeding --> Report of Mares Bred. I don't know when they will be posted but that is where you will find them. · 19 hours ago
Top 2yo Competitive Edge has hairline fracture in left foreleg and will miss remainder of year. Per DRF
My favorite (by far) 2year old filly of this year!!!I love her!!!!
Bred to Malibu Moon
So GENIUS,using your formula. Does that mean if an A Student and Arista worthy one attended a Community College ,he or she would come out with the same abilities as if they attended an Ivy League school. After all.it has nothing to do how one learns. They would be the same finished product when they got out.



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