• Royal Posse edges Saratoga Snacks in the Evan Shipman.Posted 20 hours ago
  • In a pouring rain, Harmonize rolls on by to a big win in the With AnticipationPosted 1 day ago
  • Azar gets there late to win Saratoga's With Anticipation.Posted 2 days ago
  • High Noon Rider wins the Better Talk Now as the longest shot on the board.Posted 4 days ago
  • It's all Stellar Wind in Del Mar's Torrey Pines.Posted 5 days ago
  • Lady Shipman both Smart and Fancy in winning another one at the Spa.Posted 5 days ago
  • Keen Ice shocks American Pharoah in the Travers.Posted 6 days ago
  • Flintshire flaunts his class in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer.Posted 6 days ago
  • Nothing but a walk in the park for Private Zone in the Grade 1 Forego.Posted 6 days ago
  • Runhappy runs them off their feet in the Grade 1 King's Bishop.Posted 6 days ago

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Racing for the first time in his career at graded/group level, Twilight Son keeps his unbeaten record in tact with a win in the G1 Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock Park for trainer Henry Candy and owner Godfrey Wilson. His record now a perfect 5 for 5 to date.
Goldy Espony / Evidently / Ceisteach / Maximova. Hoping to see Maximova do at least decently here.
Sivoliere / Rachel Wall / Strict Compliance / Pine Needles n/o
I'll be rooting for Rachel's Valentina. - RV/ Tap To It / Anna Rae
Going to throw a c-note on that superfecta just for fun (7-2-6-1)..........see you guys at the window after the race ;-)
I think Coach Inge way off his form from last race. scratched out of the last 3 races. Look at his works after his last. Liam's Map should win. Effinex to close for 2nd or 3rd with Wicked Strong. For the price Bay of Plenty could surprise. I like Mylute to close but I think the field of speed will get too far away to show up in the money. Liam's Map, Effinex, Wicked Strong, Bay of Plenty.
  • Thomas Mullally via Disqus · Work times are meaningless unless the owner/ jockey intend to show off. · 57 minutes ago
This race is a do-over for those who missed out on the Travers payouts.........7-2-6-1 will hit again, in this order, just as it did in the Travers.......Why? Kismit, that's why, and the horses fit perfectly into this scenario.........the 2 and the 6 battling it out, and the 7 coming down the stretch closing on both of them, with the 1 bringing up the rear for 4th place......will be sweet! ;-)
After a 70 day break, Irish Derby winner Jack Hobbs wins the G3 September Stakes over 12f on polytrack at Kempton easily under a hand ride by William Buick by some 3-1/2 lengths in the end being eased down.
I just signed in to post if anyone has heard of secret circle or any news of training recently.... Just read he's been retired. Great horse to follow, after the Arkansas derby he was on the shelf for quite a while n was outa racing for almost a year and came back to win a breeders cup sprint race awesome to watch n follow this horse along for the ride. Thanks to the owners and baffert for sticking with him as he showed that he can deliver. Enjoy the stud farm and retirement bud!
She has only won once since Rosie left. With Rosie aboard she was 11(6-0-3) With johnny V on, she's 5(1-2-1). I personally think Johnny V and untapable aren't really working together, obviously Untapable needs a jockey like rosie, maybe gary stevens, im not sying johhny v is bad or anything, i just dont think these two are the right match for each other
Going with rachel's valentina, then tap to it and anna rae.
I like Bay of plenty in this, with protonico and wicked strong.
The comments by Baffert are disappointing. "AP didn't feel right today..." Really?? I guess all the other horses beaten by AP "didn't feel right" those days. This was the first and ONLY time that AP was pushed near the top of the stretch. I've been saying for months that AP was able to run his race during the TC season. Look, although it's obvious I'm a KI fan, ap is the best 3 year old...but he is far from a historic thoroughbred. The 3 yr old crop is slow-and that includes keen ice. AP would have never won the crown vs hard spun n steet sense-just an example. He benefitted from an extremely weak n slow 3 year old crop. But, he won the TC-no one handed that to him my point from the beginning has been that although a great horse-not a comparable horse to the true greats because of the lack of competition.
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  • Meathead Rob Lowe ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ via Disqus · Not sure how you can say the best 3 year old crop in quite some time is weak but whatever. I watched the race, it was obvious to me AP was not right. Baffert's comments were spot on in my book. · 4 days ago
  • Deano · Your comments are pretty much on the money. The jock, Baffert, and all AP's fans had excuses for him. · 15 hours ago
Private Zone is both eligible to run in the BC Mile & BC Sprint in Keeneland on Oct. 31. Which race is more suited for him and the best chance to win in the Breeders Cup? I vote for the BC Mile, in which he will control the pace.
  • SeattleStrike12 via Disqus · I think he could be, COULD BE, better suited for the sprint, since the forego is 7/8, and isn't the sprint 3/4, while it could be easier for the mile, he lost in the met, finishing third, so the sprint could be a better route to go through · 3 hours ago
Good news, the inflammation in La Verdad's leg has apparently not as bad as DRF reported it. La Verdad posted a workout this morning over the Saratoga track and is being pointed to the Gallant Bloom at Belmont Park. According to DRF
what became of smoking joe and smoking beau
Private Zone would take Gleneagles to the woodshed, Pharoah would laugh him off, especially at a mile and a quarter.
AP/Curlin So, I was thinking about Curlin's career yesterday after I heard that AP may not race in the Breeders. To sum it up, Curlin was obviously unraced as a 2 year old and was extremely green in both the Derby and Preakness. 3rd in Derby and although thrilling, an awkward ride and win in the Preakness running down a great horse in Street Sense and tying the Preakness record in a distance that probably didn't suit him. Goes to Belmont and loses to a well rested horse by a neck in another thrilling stretch run. Goes to Monmouth and throws out a dud finishing 3rd. The next month his handlers push him by putting Curlin up against the best horse in the world, at the time, Lawyer Ron who was simply a beast. Notice that Curlin was willing to challenge the 4 year olds after grueling battles against an exceptionally strong Street Sense and Hard Spun. He runs down Lawyer Ron in the stretch in an unreal race. The next month he runs what I've called a perfect race and defeats a very, very strong field by 4.5 lengths running a 2.01 in the slop. Horse of the year in 2007. Curlin goes on to win a few more Grade 1s as a 4 year old and wins HOTY AGAIN. It just makes me laugh how AP is being wussified by his handlers. Here is this "all time" great in AP and there is discussion of shutting him down? I get the reason-money-but lets see him challenge the 4 year olds next month at the Jockey Club and then go to the Breeders-and win both-AND then do it all over again next year and repeat as HOTY. If AP's career ended today-is someone really willing to argue his career was better than Curlin's. ???
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  • meowdog · There will always be that argument because AP won the triple crown · 3 days ago
  • slewcrew7778 · Would have been nice if he wasn't running on Winstrol as a 3yo. But he certainly proved at 4 that he could run without it. · 11 hours ago
can't wait for his return! He's awesome.
Shug is sticking to what he feels the horse knows. Whilst I'm dissapointed he's not going to take on the very best, I'm sure he'll take care of business this route. And business is business.

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