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I won't lie. This is a nice (and large!) assembled field for 12F. I will root for my girl Caroline Thomas.
Mining My Own, the dam of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and multiple G1 winner Dullahan, will be bred to Medaglia d'Oro for a 2016 foal. According to Darley Stables.
G2 winner Fiftyshadesofhay will be bred to Distorted Humor for a 2016 foal. According to Stonestreet Farms.
Good luck to Rudy , Dubb and the rest of the connections. Here is hoping they take down the Oaks with this filly. Initially i thought that this was a very balanced field on paper.After looking at the PPs', i have to amend that statement. Condo looks to be in a very nice spot. I have no idea as to how her Bloodlines compare to the competition for the distance. But thankfully for. C.C. that is now a moot point. She not only won at the distance twice , she demolished her competition. She has run faster going the 9F distance,than others have run going the shorter distances. From the perspective of the oval and its dimensions. It suits her to a tee, There is a long run into the first turn,giving Rosario plenty of time to put his plan into action. As the controlling speed going into the race, this should be very adventagious for her.
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  • tmallios via Disqus · Chatterbox and Lovely Maria have both been impressive. Although i am one that does not like to compare common opponents. You never know what the conditions were when they raced. There is one very glaring common opponent. That would be Angella Renee, although both Chatter and Maria defeated her comfortably. A.R. was still competetive against both,losing by 3 lengths. Condo destroyed A.R. in both of their meetings. That is not a major determining factor, but at least it gives me an idea of how good the other 2 are. Personally,my next in line filly is Birdatthe wire. She was amazing in her last 2 at GP. I think she has the running style to work out a great trip for 2nd. · 31 minutes ago
  • jockey2be. · She is my top pick,Birdattewire my second choice.Go CC!!! · 19 minutes ago
I have to believe that this colt cannot go off at 33-1. Anything over 20 to 1 and I must take a serious position. only 6 horses have triple digit Beyers [his is 100],his Brisnet speed figures are improving every race and now at 105 ranking him 4th fastest and his last Thoro-Graph figure is monsterous. He now has Manny Franco in the stirrups and he rode him beautifully for his only win. (Why his connections lost Franco is a mystery.) This horse is a must have in any superfecta or triple strategy. I'm sure the real plungers will see the logic soon enough and he will descend to14-1 by post time.
Thank you Perry Martin and Steve Coburn for putting together a marvelous team to support California Chrome and his adventure of a lifetime. Bringing our boy onto the international track really opened my eyes to the possibilities available to the small owner. I am so proud of our American treasure.
Dortmund is going to win by 3 lengths after going around twice!
According to DAP Racing's Facebook, her first race will be May 15.
Lovely lady. Met her and Perry at the Belmont.
I really liked Martin's straight forward style.
Mub worked 4 fur in 36 1/5 this morning at AP (synthetic) :)
The down time will do him good, maybe "sprout" some wings! He seems to like being airborne...keep good spirits boy, you'll be back in no time, and hopefully better than ever!...
OOPS!!!!!!!!!! sorry 3 fur duhhhhhhhhh! :)
Video of Mubtaahij this morning from Arlington Park- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TO3iXd1mSA&feature=youtu.be
To those of you that pay attention to Derby trends. They mentioned the following one, on TVG today. In the past 10 years,which means 30 horses . Animal Kingdom and California Chrome are the only 2 horses to hit the board while wearing blinkers. Don't worry,none of the top contenders in this tears race will be wearing blinkers.
  • Chicken Dinner via Disqus · Also of interest...no derby contender that ate hay on the night of a full moon while standing on his head has ever won either...no worries though, none of the top contenders are doing that this year! Lol...just having some fun ;) · 5 hours ago
train him as a front runner
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  • travel_vic · In all my experience in the game I have seen 2, count 'em TWO horses that were a datable enough to do that. It just does not work. · 6 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · Typo giggle, tv. I have a whole list, starting with Acclamation ;) Just kidding. I think the word was adaptable or ratable, not datable. · 6 hours ago
I have reviewed Bolo's races and he hasnt been given the green light. Basically his power button hasnt been pushed. Heres another interesting tidbit about Bolo, his pedigree has a long line of distance in it with a ton of stamina. Most Notably his damsire Chief Seattle who is also the son of Seattle Slew. Both were very good at distance and proven especially Slew. Both had an on and off button and very consistent. So too does Bolo. Now dont get me wrong, hes not the fastest horse but he did keep up with the beast Dortmund in 2 races. I think the added distance and being lightly raced and not pushed hard in those races, sets up nicely for him to compete well in the Ky Derby. I think he will run in the top 5. I am a gambling man and Im gonna put 100 on him to win. Im all too familiar with big longshots winning the derby and this years derby is no exception. I will definately have American Pharoah in my Exacta and Tri. Hes the one to beat. Stranger things have happened. Bolo is my pick. Any thoughts?
  • imisswilltakecharge · Certainly one of those brilliant moves if your right! Why not just trim down to $1. exactas over the 5 favorites, play several $1. Exactas to avoid taxes if you hit, then "reverse cowboy" the bet too...take him second under the 5 faves...then maybe a $20. win/place/show? I am in a similar boat with Firing Line and maybe Materiality/Mubtaahij right now...decisions, decisions! Take a shot, right! Seems like although we will have 3 horses at 6-1 or less on Derby Day, really means its more wide open...California Chrome was more alone at the top last year and it panned out that way; Orb too. If you throw out the horses names and look at the final odds and results of the last decade, the races that shape up like this actually have more of those 12-1 through 18-1 horses hitting the board. I know we all look for value as there can be some serious paychecks, but a few safety bets and about 85% of your money on the next step up payout-wise doesn't seem too crazy this year despite the 3 favorites... The real toss up is figuring out who to toss so you conserve some bankroll on the triples and supers...good luck my friend! · 6 hours ago
  • imisswilltakecharge · Also, slightly worried about the "late bloomers" like (possibly) Stanford, Danzig Moon, and Tencendur when it comes to crashing the trifecta and super party...can't afford to use them everywhere but feel like I will kick myself if I ignore them...Tencendur and Danzig Moon may have the best style of this weaker trio... · 6 hours ago
No chance to win the Derby. Sorry Mac......
  • Harriet Stone via Disqus · Mr. Cugel, Madefromlucky does have a chance to win the Derby. If you break down the Ark Dby chart, MFL ran a better race than Far Right. That's the truth. · 7 hours ago
Frosted earned a 103 Beyer speed figure for his victory yesterday in the G1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct.
  • SeattleStrike12 via Disqus · Faster than Carpe Diem ran the bluegrass · 8 hours ago
the only way he could lose was if his jockey fell off him, he could win with true ease

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