• The Great War is off the Derby trail following poor finish in the BattagliaPosted 4 days ago
  •  Royal Son scores in the John Battaglia Memorial.Posted 5 days ago
  • Stellar Wind an impressive winner of the Santa Ysabel. Posted 5 days ago
  • Far Right shoots up the rail again to score in the Southwest Stakes. Posted 11 days ago
  • Khozan demolishes a Gulfstream Park allowance field to remain perfect in two starts. Posted 11 days ago
  • No beating North Slope as he returns to dirt a winner in the Evening Attire. Posted 11 days ago
  •  International Star scrapes the paint to win the Risen Star.Posted 12 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox speaks loud and clear in the Rachel Alexandra. Posted 12 days ago
  • Itsaknockout wins the Fountain of Youth on the DQ of Upstart. Posted 12 days ago
  •  Chocolate Ride sneaks away in the Fair Grounds Handicap.Posted 12 days ago

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This post is to our Euro posters. It is obvious that this guy has turned into an amazing Race Horse over the past year. But as of this time last year,there were many in Europe rated much higher.My question to all of you is the following.With his success in the U.S. and the not so deep quality in the division of Turfers in the U.S. . Do you think that others in Europe might consider the same path,and ship over here early enough.This way they can race the entire season. I am not taking away from Main Sequence by any means. I thought that he was the Horse of the year last year based on his accomplishments.
Met Mile? sounds a bit short for that one
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  • tmallios · Vic how did you come up with that conclussion. If it is all about the horse,did you have a face to face with him and he let you in on some inside info.Also until we know who the remaining horses in the race are,how can we determine what the pace scenerio/odds will be so that we can make an educated selection.Again Victorio,you are caught in a LIE. You truly are a habitual liar.Like Vodka said earlier,you really can't keep your stories straight. Are you sure that what you say you do at Woodbine is true. Seems to me that your Left Wing pal Brian Williams is not the only storyteller amongst us. · 1 day ago
  • amino998 · So this HORSE, Shared Belief, is too WHAT for the Met Mile? · 17 minutes ago
Talk about ARROGANCE. Shared Beliefs #1 Cheerleader(TVG NETWORK) is so sure and cocky that he can't lose this Saturday. They are offering a money back guarantee on a win wager up to the first $25 wagered. Yup,if you bet $25 to win on him and he loses,you get your money refunded to you. This is an attempt for them to increase their handle. How sure must they think about his chances,to offer this up. It is no secret that i would love to seeS.B lose on Sat. . Not because i do not like the horse,but because a minimum investment will bring back a major return in the exotics. Having TVG get stuck holding the bag,would only make it that much sweeter.
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  • amino998 · You sure you want to meet up with the 'seen' hag, Popeye? · 26 minutes ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · No Jonquil i will not.First i do not use TVG as an account,also it would only be for $25 the Rebate. Although he is still the verylikeliest of winners by a large margin.The entry of Moreno gives me a punchers chance for the upset. If i can get 5-1 or over on him,i can maybe get involved in a win play. If not , then maybe i will single him in the race in the Pick 3/Pick 4. This way to get a good return,the investment will be small and it affords me the luxury of spreading in other races.The upside in the pools should SB lose will be great. · 24 minutes ago
I think she's been scratched :(
1st Sir Samson, 2nd Ocho Ocho Ocho, 3rd Dortmun, and 4th Prospect Park. Sir Samson is the x factor, Ocho has been off for 4 months, and Dortman will receive a full field challange. Dortman may remain unbeaten but it will be an interesting race. Good luck to all.
  • https://www.facebook.com/fiddl · Bold prediction Deano, can't fault you for thinking out of the box... I haven't looked at the actual PP's yet, but just off of what I know about most of these horses so far I would have to go with: 3 w 6,7 w 1,2,3,6,7 w TBD and 6,7 w 3 w 1,2,3,6,7 w TBD. · 1 hour ago
Honor Code is ready to roll !!!
Good trainer super breeder and owner. Has a shot at some of the purse.
  • jonquil · Interesting breeding. I was pleasantly surprised to see Schönbrunn in his pedigree. That means he has Schwarzgold. And being inbred to Foggy Note means he gets a good hit of La Troienne, too. I really liked looking through his pedigree. · 3 hours ago
sounds 888 in spanish
I think Davewalsh meant that if the race goes as planned, all the speed will indeed be gunning for the lead, and Tencendur can take back and save ground to the stretch and then close around tiring horses. But races don't always go as planned....especially this time of year.
I wish he wasn't owned by Jim Rome... Then I could actually root for him. I like the horse, but Jim Rome is a jerk.
  • Mike Relva via Disqus · My thoughts exactly. SB is the real deal,Rome I'm not a fan of. · 7 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · In horsey language, the owner would be known as He Who Gives Carrots. · 6 hours ago
Three Japanese horses have accepted their invitations to the UAE Derby, but Golden Barows is the one I find most intriguing. He's by Tapit and broke his maiden by 22 lengths in a new track record over a mile at Tokyo, then went on to post another impressive win in an allowance race over a mile. His most recent win came in the listed Hyacinth Stakes when he roared from behind to win. He has done well on a sandier track, and while a speed bias at Meydan may be a concern, if he hits the board he could be a nice one come the first Saturday in May. I'm getting ahead of myself but a Japanese contender for the Derby doesn't happen often! Replay of allowance win: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vk7HK0GQJk Hyacinth Stakes: http://web-cache.stream.ne.jp/web/jra/onetag/subwindow.html?movie=rtmp://fms-jra.stream.co.jp/jra-fms/_definst_/mp4:jra_seiseki/2015/0222/201501050809&ua=4&type=2&thum=
I've followed this horse from his early days, and for the record have always been a big Main Sequence fan. He was always something of a "nearly horse" racing in the UK, but one that's become a legit G1 turf star in the U.S. The million dollar question now, is his transformation due his having been gelded or because he now races with the help of Lasix? I suspect we'll find out the answer to that question at Meydan on world cup night when he takes on some of the world's best middle distance turf horses in the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic.
  • jonquil · It's nice to see him getting some sort of adulation somewhere. He really tried his heart out, but was never quite good enough until he moved to the U.S. Now he's finally gotten some glory for himself. :) · 7 hours ago
Summer Front, finally.
I really like Ivan <3 I got to see him win at Lone Star last year and he's really cute.
Trainer Bret Calhoun said Thursday morning that the undefeated Promise Me Silver is "unlikely" to run in the Grade 3, $150,000 Honeybee at Oaklawn Park on Saturday. If she were to scratch, it would be due to the winter weather that has gripped Arkansas. Article on DRF
  • Eventer1999 · She's stabled in Louisiana, with all the bad weather down here she might not be able to get to Oaklawn for the race if the roads are bad. · 9 hours ago
Two things, and yes, I did get a giggle out of both. I don't know if the recent Shared Belief thread comment by a VERY regular poster will stay up, but 1. The person who commented should realize that a major advertiser here is mentioned in his comment, ad 2., Darnit, if only I had the means to offer the niche market counseling for this THING about Shared Belief. I have not seen a head pop off like this since Austin Powers danced in front of the fembots. Now, now, don't take it so seriously.
  • Mike Relva via Disqus · Hey Mary alot of great races this weekend. Do you think El K. is a distance horse? · 9 hours ago
Tiz Shea D should relish the distance and Tencendur with blinkers on should only help..like them both
  • Dean Doherty via Disqus · Too inexperienced. No factor vs EK OR CC. · 9 hours ago
ill go with p.z.
Nathan back where he belongs in a more suitable distance. Field is tough,but multi speeds in the race work to his advantage.
  • amino998 · Aloha, Rudy, but before you go, what's up with the 1 recorded work in the last month??? · 12 hours ago
This ruling from the California Horse Racing Board today: “Pursuant to an Order by the California Horse Racing Board, trainer Antonio “A.C.” Avila, trainer of the horse Masochistic, the fifth-place finisher in the ninth race at Santa Anita Park on March 15, 2014 is fined ten thousand dollars ($10,000) and suspended for sixty (60) days (March 15, 2015 through May 13, 2015) for violation of California Horse Racing Board rules #1887(a) (Trainer to Insure Condition of Horse), #E1843(a) and (d) (Medication, Drugs and Other Substances), #1844(e)(1) and (g) (Authorized Medication-Acepromazine in excess of the permitted level of 25 nanograms per milliliter, 973 ng/ml (Class III), and #1890 (Possession of Contraband). During the term of suspension, all licenses and license privileges of Antonio “A.C.” Avila are suspended, Mr. Avila is prohibited from entering horses during the term of suspension, and pursuant to California Horse Racing Board rule #1528 (Jurisdiction of Stewards to Suspend or Fine), Mr. Avila is denied access to all premises in this jurisdiction.”



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