• Holy Lute (10-1) pulls off the surprise in the second division of the Eddie D.Posted 14 hours ago
  • Ambitious Brew (5-1) rolls to victory in the first division of the Eddie D.Posted 15 hours ago
  • Texas Chrome (2-1) bravely squeezed through on the rail for an Oklahoma Derby win.Posted 5 days ago
  • Unbridled Mo (4-1) rides the rail to victory in the Remington Park Oaks.Posted 5 days ago
  • Accelerate (1-1) rallies to win the Los Alamitos Derby (G2).Posted 6 days ago
  • Connect (10-1) upsets the Pennsylvania Derby.Posted 6 days ago
  • Songbird (1-5) gets win number 11 in the Cotillion (G1) at Parx Racing.Posted 6 days ago
  • Noholdingback Bear (3-1) wins the Gallant Bob (G3) at Parx Racing.Posted 6 days ago
  • 2015 Turf Champion Big Blue Kitten has been retired from racing, via the Chad Brown barn.Posted 9 days ago
  • No catching Sarah Sis (10-1) in the Presque Isle Downs Masters.Posted 11 days ago

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Wins the Listed totepool Two-Year-Old Trophy Stakes, managing to hold off Whirl Me Round, Mazyoun and The Wagon Wheel!
On his first start for more than a year due to injury, Shalaa holds on to win the G3 Bengough Stakes at Ascot on his 2016 seasonal debut.
https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/66e325a37a0ff1dc6797327471894989b90866cb8de0fbb323621372020dd488.jpg Pride of Wilko runs tonight at Mountaineer in the 1st race from pp4 at 6-1. Hopefully she can keep up the winning ways of my stable group.
Gutted. Just gutted. He wasn't going to win at any point today. So frustrating to see it come to this. Yeah, I don't know what they'll do with him now.
Potemkin wins the G2 Prix Dollar!
Has been retired and will stand at the National Stud in Newmarket alongside Toronado, Gregorian, and Roderic O'Connor.
The dam of Harzand is going to be in the Tattersalls December Breeding-Stock Sale at the end of this year.
Won the G2 Prix De Royallieu easily to Almela in 2nd! It's a good thing they chose to put her in this race, she was clearly the best in the field.
"California Chrome has put together a career that in total is more impressive than American Pharoah’s..... A strong case can be made that he, not American Pharoah, is the horse of the decade so far...Because he came up short at the Belmont, California Chrome may never receive the adulation American Pharoah earned. But for close watchers of the thoroughbred game, his accomplishments are second to none." http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/01/sports/horse-racing/california-chrome-santa-anita-horse-of-the-year.html?_r=0
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  • marcos via Disqus · Yes sir and id be hurting too if Andre the giant stomped on my foot we saw it all, elementary my dear Watson, Chrome doesnt take a back seat to AP, TWO very good horses · 10 hours ago
  • 5rings · That is a joke. Pharoah was the better 2 and 3 year old by a wide margin. Chrome was not even the best of his generation. Shared Belief was. · 10 hours ago
The South African star filly has been scratched from today's G1 Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket after she was found to be lame this morning according to England's Racing Post web-site.
This race isn't replacing the Donn Hcp. Is it???
His lineage also led to Man O' War...that explains alot!!!!
I agree with cugel. One race does not make a career. I understand it was record breaking but I don't understand how people are already handing the horse wins in the eclipse awards and breeders cup classic. Does every horse get automatic win status after a big performance? Pharoah demolished the Arkansas derby in a canter yet was all out to Win the derby in his next race. Chrome won the Dubai World Cup wrapped up with his saddle slipping yet Dortmund really gave him a challenge in his next race out and he only edged him out due to his class and heart. Arrogate may very well win the classic easily but history tells us that is very unlikely. Until he has been looked in the eye and tested, encountered a bad trip, had some type of bad racing luck happen to him, and still found a way to win- I won't be automatically handing anything over to him. He is talented but he will have to run the best race of his life and potentially overcome some obstacles to win the classic. Better horses have lost this racenfor the reasons mentioned above.
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  • ChessChamp · No one is handing it to him..it's moreso a group of us who are very big fans of the horse, both before and after the Travers. He's also a hype horse now, so whenever you have that situation, of course there will be some over the top comments too. There are a lot of people that want this horse to be something special, because it's been so long since there has been a horse like that (American Pharoah aside). Just imagine if Arrogate comes to the BCC, beats Chrome handily, and runs sub 1:59, something that is a very real possibility if he can run back to his Travers performance? His hype will be thru the stratosphere at that point lol. There's also a question of value. I was a huge Chrome fan and still am, but I have no interest in wagering a horse at or below even money (likely BCC price). Getting a horse like Arrogate for the BCC at 4/1 seemed like good value to me, coming off his last performance. · 2 days ago
  • sczen50 · Well according to B Hayes the BCC will be a beat-down for Arrogate. heh... against Anyone. uhh I don't think so-even if he does run like he did in the Travers. · 7 hours ago
1st-Avenge 2nd-Real Smart 3rd-Sobradora Inc 4th-Majestic Heat
1st- Ralis 2nd- Wanstead Gardens 3rd- Messi 4th- Texas Ryano
What a great field. 1st- THIRST FOR VICTORY. 2nd- JS Choice 3rd- Frostmourne 4th- Kitten's Cat
Why not right? Just for fun I'm betting on Hoppertunity!! California Chrome 2nd, Win The Space 3rd. No. California Chrome 1st, Hoppertunity 2nd, Win The Space 3rd.
Has anyone heard if Baffert is going to stick with M Smith or go back to Bejarano for the Classic...personally, I am hoping Smith stays aboard...any thoughts?
The prerace buzz has Champagne Rom winning the 2016 G1 Chandelier over Noted and Quoted. Entering this year Breeders Cup events, Mike Smith will have 4 legitimate shots (Songbird, Arrogate, Drefong and Champagne Room) of adding to his large collections of BC wins.
Does anyone know where exactly he got his name? Chrome and R Sunday Surprise both have backstories behind their names...

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