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  • Rusty Slipper proves best in the 11-furlong Red Carpet.Posted 4 days ago
  • Exaggerator holds off Sunny Ridge to win the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot.Posted 4 days ago
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1 Clearly Now, 8 Speightsong, 6 Officer Griffin, 7 Nates Mineshaft
As I do every year pre-Turkey, I'd like to let HRN know how thankful I am for all of you; buckpasser, Mary Z, Tmalios, Sullivan, Travel Vic, Goblin and the rest. Now some thoughts: Thanksgiving to me is more about racing than football. I will celebrate this year as I do each by watching the Thanksgiving Handicap, (This year I am going with Ride on Curlin, my 2nd choice behind Chrome in the 140th KD) then, while the women gossip around the Black Friday ads to game plan their early shopping strategy, I will be looking at the pp's for the Clark and Cigar Mile with my Maker's 46( A bourbon to truly be thankful for.) out of my lucky 139th Kentucky Derby Julep glass it used to be the 08 glass until IHA. I was hoping Dortmund would run and I have been high on Keen Ice all year but without Dortmund's front running, I think the race will set up for Effinex. I may need a second bourbon or two to help me figure out the Cigar Mile. Private Zone always scares me, I know Tonalist is gifted but he looked a bit shakey last time out.
Effinex, Keen Ice, Mr.Z, Hoppertunity in no particular order.
2 for 2 lifetime - with a combined win total by 31 1/2 lengths!!!! Could be the female Smarty Jones! 馃悗
Track biases often appear and disappear with little fanfare. The early bias extant currently has been "alive and well" now for almost 10 days. Calgary Cat a big (and NORMALLY logical) favorite (on a fair track) and short short price, seemed to never pick up a hoof Sunday, and then last night the big 3/5 choice, Strut the Course, imitated the same "no move," as the pace horses kept on going. Not limited to the just the higher class animals, cheaper stock from Fort Erie and hanging on to the wire...Saratoga Boy in last night's last contest among others. This bias can disappear as fast as it arrived, so with 4 days left in the season, UNTIL IT DISAPPEARS, it would be smart to back the historically "faint of heart." Big middle and late movers are at a significant disadvantage right now.
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Dortmund should coast in this race, Iron Fist is pretty good too. Knowing Gary Stevens, he won't win by anymore than he needs to, my prediction is Dortmund by an easy 3 lengths with Iron First 2nd.
What were your top three favorite races this year? Mine: 1. AP in the Belmont Stakes 2. Honor Code in the Met Mile 3. Shared Belief over California Chrome in the San Antonio
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  • slewfan1977Seems like ages ago that Shared Belief beat California Chrome, and people thought it would be the best race of the year! My top 3: 1. American Pharoah in the Belmont 2. Honor Code in the Met Mile 3. AP's Haskell (the complete and utter domination was like a description of Man o' War, and he ran incredible speed figures to boot) 路 113 days ago
  • jrem1Hi. I just started posting on here about 3 weeks back. I came across your question here and wanted to give you my three favorite races for the year. 1. AP's 6 1/2 length victory in the BCC over a field consisting of older horses in an explosive and somewhat dominant fashion was really impressive to me. And we have to remember that A P was an advanced 3 yr old since he was born in Feb of 2012 so, in essence, he wasn't too far from being a 4 yr old himself. He looked a good deal more imposing physically than he did in the Travers....Must have put on another 25 to 30 pounds of muscle. 2. AP's Belmont, of course, which speaks for itself. 3.Honor Code at the Whitney. Something about the way he chased down Liam's Map caught my eye. Of course the Met Mile was similar to it, but I just liked the Whitney for some reason. 路 9 hours ago
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Will race in the tenth race at Churchill on Saturday from Post 7. Rooting for him.
QUOTE:"his acceleration at the end of a 1.5 mile race when other horses were backing up." I was impressed with the colt as he ran by us at the 1/8th pole, BUT any acceleration was minimal (hundredths of a second) at that point in the race as he made all the fractions. His run was a classic sustained move from wire to wire.
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  • RuffianloverHe ran his final quarter faster than secretariat. He was definitely not slowing down like everyone else was actually pulling away to a greater lead from frosted. Nice try 路 18 hours ago
  • By The NumbersIt was minimal, but he WAS accelerating - so the point is valid. He went :24.34 from the 1/2 to 1/4 pole, and went :24.32 from the 1/4 pole to the wire. But, he went :24.77 from the Start to the 1 1/4 pole. So from that point to the finish, he took 3 lengths off of his 1/4 mile fraction - very impressive 路 14 hours ago
Words cannot describe how much I will miss seeing this horse run. As much as I love and will mis Pharoah, there was just something about Honor Code that I loved so much. Maybe it was his beauty, his stubbornness, him being from AP Indy's last crop, his incredible closing kick, or his ability to do things all on his own, I don't know but I loved this horse and I wish him a long and successful stud career, and will look forward to seeing his babies on the track. Goodbye Honor Code and thank you for the awesome memories <3
  • honor code via DisqusGreat comment馃挌 Honor Code was, and still is, AMAZING馃挌 I wrote to him after he retired, and he sent me a Honor Code hat!! I love it! Here is a picture of it馃榾 like we said, hes awesome馃槏馃槏馃槏馃槏 路 21 hours ago
Just a cutie!
Perfect Title has an upset chance here.
If Frivolous runs here, she would be the deserving favorite with her CD stakes win this year and the last couple of races against the top of her division. But I'm hoping the up and comer Tiz So Sweet and comebacker Birdatthewire will make their presence felt in this one as well.
I will never understand how anyone can call themselves a fan of horse racing and not love this horse with all their heart. His mechanics are mesmerizing and incredibly unique. Everyone's a critic, but the critics with the most highly qualified credentials are the ones who's opinions mean the most, and they routinely fall all over themselves gushing about him.
  • BeastBob via DisqusFor some people and experts, it takes time to recover. Take expert handicapper Andrew Beyer for example, American Pharoah beat the 3 horses he picked to win the 3 TC races by a combined margin of almost 130 lengths. You don't just let it go after being embarrassed like that; you get in a jab here and there whenever and wherever you can. 路 16 hours ago
Massive win for Maurice. Best in the world at a mile?
  • SharedBelief1 via DisqusHow about Tepin? 路 3 days ago
  • ILuvTurfRacingMaurice has now got an entry into the upcoming G1 Hong Kong Mile. We'll see if he's the best in the world at a mile on turf having to face Able Friend on home ground. Able Friend ran a sub-par 3rd last time out in the G2 Jockey Club Mile, or at least sub-par by his standards, the first time he'd been beaten in 8 starts at Sha Tin, but I'm not sure I'd count him running another back to back bad races. 路 17 hours ago
Dortmund looks to be in a good spot in the Native Diver, hope he runs well. Stevens might think he's on Point Given on Saturday!
BREAKING NEWS: Voting is now open for the sixth annual winner of the Secretariat Vox Populi Award. Created by Secretariat's owner Penny Chenery, the Vox Populi, or 鈥淰oice of the People,鈥 Award recognizes the racehorse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the public and gained recognition for the sport during the past year. Three nominees were selected by the Vox Populi Committee, and voters again have the option to write-in a racehorse of their choice. The nominees are the following: American Pharoah Beholder Rachel's Valentina Article on http://www.paulickreport.com/news/thoroughbred-racing/voting-now-open-for-secretariat-vox-populi-award-2/
  • RuffianloverI'm shocked Rachel's Valentins and beholder made it over honor.l code and lady Eli 路 18 hours ago
  • By The NumbersI think Lady Eli should have replaced Rachel's Valentina. She fought a deathly foe off the racetrack, and showed the equine spirit when she made a miraculous recovery. American Pharoah will, and should, win this in a landslide. A lot of people like lesser horses to win the award, like last year Ben's Cat. But, by the standards of the Vox Populi Award, he is the only candidate 路 17 hours ago

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