• Kobe's Back goes from last to first down the stretch to win the Palos Verdes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Storied Lady (4-1) up the rail to nip Saythreehailmary's in the Biogio's Rose.Posted 2 days ago
  • Hoppertunity nips Imperative by a San Antonio head-bob.Posted 2 days ago
  • In her seasonal debut, Songbird is a dominant winner of the Las Virgenes at Santa Anita.Posted 2 days ago
  • Lukes Alley kicks it in late to win the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.Posted 2 days ago
  • Mor Spirit cruises late to win the Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita.Posted 2 days ago
  • Aussie-bred Power Alert gets there first in the GP Turf Sprint.Posted 2 days ago
  • Tommy Macho runs away with the Fred Hooper at Gulfsrtream Park.Posted 3 days ago
  • No catching Tammy the Torpedo in the turfy Suwannee River.Posted 3 days ago
  • Lady Shipman (1-5) is an easy winner in the Lady's Turf Sprint at Gulfstream.Posted 3 days ago

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Keen Ice has been written off by most after the Donn. I didn't bet him in that race, one of the main reason being that he was guaranteed to be over-bet since the Travers. This has changed. I expect he'll have much longer odds in his next race, whether that be Dubai or something in the States. And I'll definitely consider him strongly in said race. If you never liked him much, than I can't fault you for continuing to choose against him. But if you were a fan, but are now turned off, I don't think the Donn was the race to decide that. 1) It's Gulfstream Park. Only Tommy Macho managed to win from off the pace, and the Fred Hooper had a wicked second 1/4 that knocked the front-runners out. 2) It was his first start off the bench. He took some time off, give him a race to shake off the rust. Who knows, he may be one of those horses who runs on racing (like Chrome) - the results of 2015 certainly suggest this is true. 3) There was pretty much no pace to run at. The leaders ran the final 5f in :59.76, and the final 3f in :36.01. Keen Ice ran these in :59.61 and :35.80. How is a grinder supposed to close any faster? If the race had any pace, these fractions at least get him on the board, and he could've won if it was :47 or so.
Keen Ice might not be the Greatest race horse ever, but lets look at only some facts. 1. He is the only horse to defeat our triple crown champion. (yes there was a speed duel, but Keen Ice proved that he is a grade 1 horse...cannot be argued) 2. The last 2 races were at tracks that are historically tough on closers. 3. His breeding clearly suggests that his best race is yet to come. (Almost every horse with Kris S in the pedigree got better with age....Rock Hard Ten and Zenyatta to name a couple) A trainer does over a few dozen things to prepare a horse for a race. This includes "prep races". It is hard for any normal human being to understand that a trainer isn't "trying" to win a $500,000 race. If you take into account that it is preparation for a 1,000,000, 2,000,000, 5,000,000 or 10,000,000 race, it becomes easier to understand. A racehorse does his/her hardest running during 2 circumstances. 1. A horse is trying to pass, and must be fought off 2. The horse is using all his/her power to pass another horse During these 2 moments, the absolute most wear and tear occurs, which takes recovery time. Anybody who thinks that Dale Romans doesn't know what he is doing....... well if Keen Ice remains healthy, you will soon understand
I you'd like to help save racing in New England please Send an email to the Gaming Commission at mgccomments@state.ma.us with DRAFT RACING REGULATIONS in the subject line Simply tell them as an OWNER/ fan/horsean they can only support one Horseman's group the NEHBPA and not SUPPORT or FUND the MTHA or the Commonwealth Horseman's Association (CHA) or any other group that feels they can simply state they represent the horseman without proper elections or bylaws . Its is simply against all State and National Regulations. Please email again and have any interested family and friends state and email the same It is turning into a popularity contest and the gaming commission is going to be looking at legal actions against them. This is so important to keep racing alive in New England. I can't tell you enough how important it is for ALL(state doesn't matter) of you to email and how close we are for this becoming a reality.
Working out very slowly, the 4 works at Santa Anita. Hope he perks up a bit so they can race him.
I like two Uncle Mo's. The Champ, Nyquist and Outwork. Now, why they raced Outwork as early as April, I don't know. I also like the two Tizways from up North, Woodbine. Named Tiz this or that.
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  • Jeremy via Disqus · How do you feel about Uncle Mo's progeny getting 10-12 furlongs? Mo never won past 8 and a half. Doubts? · 62 days ago
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · Who is Outwork? Add Discreetness. Add Cutacorner. And at least one of my Tizways is a girl, I realized the other week. · 11 hours ago
Are they still planning on running him in the San Vicente? He hasn't worked since the 24th of Jan
Any news on where Betty may be pointing to for her first start of the year? I see she's been working regularly for a while now.
I don't think Nyquist at 7F would be such a wise decision coming off a slight layoff . Two races from what im hearing : Feb 15 ( 7 F ) Apr 2 ( 1 1/8 ) . . . They are taking a mighty huge risk ! " I like it though " , however this will backfire on them . . . Maybe they don't want to know too soon that the Distance will become an issue .
  • Deano · What about Drefong? Man he needs racing if he wants to get into the Derby. Not racing him until Feb16th is pushing the Derby envelope. My feeling is if I were an owner I wouldn't use Baffert as he has too many horses to deal with. If you had a marginal horse and only one or two in the stable you'd give those two horses every chance to improve. When you've got 10-20 horses you take the top owners horses first and then decide on the rest by ability. What I'm trying to say is more attention to each horse with a smaller stable to train. Baffert is a great trainer but you can't cover all the bases if you have so many horses. Someone with potential may fall through the cracks. · 41 days ago
  • Ferrisjso26 · Now that AP won the TC with only a two race prep season and a pretty long layoff (unintentional but still) between the juvenile and three year old seasons I would think that's the model for getting ready for the Derby. Sure they shouldn't' make the jump from a perfectly manageable 7 to a much riskier proposition at a 9 furlong Derby major prep but like you said they probably want to remain optimistic about the horses TC hopes and not test the distance until later. Also seeing as many think Nyquist might not be able to get the longer distances I can see them thinking that they should give Nyquist as much time to develop as possible before throwing him at those distances and that he might have a better chance that way. Don't know why they picked a 7f race with Exaggerator though a horse that could actually beat Nyquist possibly you'd think if they'd pick a safe distance they'd go for the safe field to. · 14 hours ago
Will Nyquist be the first to break the triple digit BSF barrier for this year's 3 year old crop?
Last horse to win the Dubai World Cup and Breeders Cup Classic in the same year was... NOBODY!!! I'd much rather stay in the US and map out a nice schedule that doesn't have much risk, not even mentioning a horse who has a history of fragile legs to boot. As much as I would love to see DORTMUND in Dubai, there's just not much of a greater benefit going there than staying home and getting healthy! There's alot more fish to fry this year!
The amount of disrespect this horse gets and the doubt too, is ridiculous
Stageplay worked today at Fairgrounds. Her official workout time for 6F was 1:12.2. She galloped out 7F in 1:25.4. She worked in company with Gun Runner.
BREAKING NEWS: Wide Range, an 11-year-old half sister to 2015 champion 2-year-old filly Songbird, has been purchased privately in Thailand by Team Valor International, which plans to breed the mare this spring. Team Valor said the mare, in foal to English Colony, will go to Denali Stud and be bred back to either Animal Kingdom for Team Valor, or Medaglia d'Oro, sire of Songbird.
GR worked today at Fairgrounds. His official time for 6F was 1:12.2. He galloped out 7F in 1:25.4. GR worked in company with Stageplay. It looks as if my KD pick is doing well.
thank goodness SOMEONE understands pace
KI is a good closer but this race makes it even more clear that he's not going to win unless the situation is tailor fit for him. Just right off the pace, a distance of least 10 furlongs and a really fast pace that burns out the leaders. If one of these things isn't there he doesn't win it's that simple. This was a relatively weak field to what KI has faced (I know some people like Msawish but cmon) and on class alone he should have won or at the very least hit the board. Truth of the matter is KI hasn't been in the trifecta the last three races. After the Travers KI was put on the same level as Frosted and Dortmund because he actually beat AP. This race reveals that the reason for his win was the perfect conditions and that of the big four AP rivals (Frosted, Dortmund, FL and KI) KI is probably the worst horse by far. Don't get me wrong KI is the best son of Curlin yet but in the end he hasn't been in the trifecta his last three starts (as impressive as the Clark was and as tough as the BCC field was)
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  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · r u kidding me he is not the best son of curlin bottom line is hes just not improving as a three yr old some do some dont . PALICE malice so far is the best son of CURLIN · 1 day ago
  • Ruffianlover · I beg to differ- Palice malice still holds the distinction of being the best son of curlin. PM had great stamina but has what keen ice lacks- early natural speed. It takes a special horse to win both the Belmont and the met mile. · 23 hours ago
Taxable had her 8th workout today. She has worked regularly since December 11th while only skipping one week. She worked 5f in 101.20 at Fairgrounds. I'm excited to see her working as this filly was impressive winning her maiden race by 7 lengths. I hope she has improved as she will be one to watch going forward if she has improved.
Of the 3 so far Kasseopia looks the best.
WIth a very sad heart I announce that Pride of Dubai has been retired.
I love Medaglia d'Oro's ability to pass on broken blazes and super fillies.

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