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  • Itsinthepost (5-2) proves best in Keeneland's Elkhorn.Posted 3 days ago
  • Inordinate (5-2) surges to victory in the San Juan Capistrano.Posted 3 days ago
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Farrell worked 6f, April 26th, in 1:13.00 (b) finishing 1/3.
The field for the 2017 renewal of the G1 English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 6th was cut to 19 today, with a lot of talented horses still remaining among the 19 still engaged. The likes of Churchill, Caravaggio, Lancaster Bomber, Barney Roy, Dream Castle, Thunder Snow, & Eminent are still in the mix at present, as well as trainer Andre Fabre's unbeaten to date Al Wukair for Al Shaqab Racing who will likely make the trek over to Newmarket from France for the race. The fillies classic currently has 27 entries that remain engaged for the G1 English 1000 Guineas the following day.
Why is he rated all the way down here? Because he's still a maiden? He's got the goods, it looks like he just needs the real estate. I really hope he gets in.
Chad Brown seems to be considering using blinkers on Practical Joke for the Kentucky Derby. Considering breezing him with them on. "He seemed to hang a bit at the end of his races. Making an equipment change for the Derby carries a risk but there's a lot on the line. It's worth exploring"
Weighted in at 1,102 yesterday. Haskin's says that it is a good weight...
Via Graham Motion- Irish War Cry weighed in at 1,114 Lbs this morning
Cracksman, the highly regarded son of Frankel, gets up in literally the last dying stride to nose out the Mark Johnston trained Permian and win the Investec Derby Trial at Epsom and keeps his unbeaten record in tact for the potent combo of John Gosden and Frankie Dettori.
Last race reminds me of Real Quiet chasing in Santa Aneta Derby.Fast track that never was gonna catch that Indian Charlie that day.The 1 1/4 made it more fair for him.See this horse moving up alot,also frame was real light.Saw him yesterday looks too have put on alot too the frame.Just saying.
That was a performance that can win the KY Derby.
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Unlikely. Bounce very likely. Ideal for the Preakness Stakes. To me this looks like Destin's Tampa Bay Derby. But AD can prove me wrong on the track. :-) · 3 hours ago
In looking at the sheets only and taking into consideration of the best patterns going into the race. Three Horses seem to have the best. Mind you that this in no way takes into consideration breeding or dynamics of the race. It is just the 3 that look to be coming into a big race. They are Classic Empire , Practical Joke and McCraken.
Frank Dettori should ride him or Buick
I will keep him in the 3rd and 4th spots of my super but that's as good as he'll get. I think he may finish out of the money.
Lovely photos of Al Wukair in the Prix Djebel! https://twitter.com/Jour_de_Galop/status/851435514028752897
First winner for Style Vendome! https://twitter.com/AlShaqabRacing/status/856856172737036290
How can he run 6 seconds faster than the previous race? Something weird about that. I think he will not finish in the top 5. Gunny will be flying by them in the stretch and battle IWC for the win. PJ will hold third. There, you have a winning pick.
How can you not take her in the Oaks?
sure you do if you know u have no chance on the horses thats left, u have horses like connect at belmont who will be in met mile ,whitney,gold cup and breeders cup down the road.
Time to be worried that he is not getting in? Looks like only Malagacy is on the fence at this point. Anyone know which way that is trending? I guess he would go the Peter Pan or Preakness to the Belmont which is not the end of the world. Something is wrong with the scoring system when you have this situation.......he danced a lot of dances and for the most part ran well. But those 10 point preps are just useless in the grand scheme. Heck even the Juve champ (20 pts) WITH another win still needed some pts on the final prep day.

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