• Lexie Lou returns to her winning ways in today's Grade 2 Nassau Stakes.Posted 2 hours ago
  • Enola Gray takes the Melair gate to wire.Posted 1 day ago
  • Surgical Strike charges on the outside to win the Arlington Classic (G3).Posted 1 day ago
  • Diva Express and I'm a Looker make a dead heat run in the Winning Colors (G3).Posted 1 day ago
  • Flipcup game in Arlington Matron (G3) victory.Posted 1 day ago
  • In his first start since the Remsen, Gift Box rolls over a strong allowance field at Belmont.Posted 3 days ago
  • Nyquist has spiked a fever, delaying his trip to Belmont, via DRF's Dave Grening.Posted 6 days ago
  • Second Summer holds off Hard Aces to win the Grade 2 Californian.Posted 6 days ago
  • Exaggerator turns the tables and is victorious in the Preakness (G1).Posted 8 days ago
  • Takeover Target flies home late to win from last in the Grade 2 Dixie.Posted 8 days ago

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Exaggerator has arrived at Belmont and looks like a million dollars.
It appears that the welfare of the horse is not Mr. Masterson's main concern. While some owners have huge egos (as evidenced by horses running in the Derby that clearly should not be) this decision in my opinion is highly questionable. I suspect that if Mr. Masterson owned Lady Eli she would have raced several times already. Fortunately he doesn't. Mark Casse is in a tough situation. If Tepin were to finish last in this race and comes back healthy it will be better than if she wins it and has a recurrence of her breathing problem. I hope that once again an owner's ego does not jeopardize the welfare of the horse.
From today's Racing Post web-site: Red Verdon will be supplemented on Monday into this year's G1 Investec Derby field after pleasing trainer Ed Dunlop on Sunday morning with a piece of work he turned in being ridden jockey Silvestre De Sousa. Dunlop told the Racing Post that provided a routine scope comes back without any issues on the son of Lemon Drop Kid that he will be supplemented on Monday for Epsom at a cost of $75,000(Euro).
After reading the excellent piece by Brian, on the amazing Met Mile/Belmont Stakes sweep by Conquistador Cielo. In the article,Brian touched on something that really got me thinking. After winning the Belmont Stakes,that was his 4th race in roughly a 30 day span. A sacrilage amongst todays mind set, in regards to running horses. He not only ran,he demolished the fields. Wiining 2 G1 races against older foes,and the top 3year olds in the land. Running and winning so frequently was not the exception,but the rule at the time. What happened to the game ,wheras nobody runs anymore. One would of assumed,that with medicine and track conditions improving with the growth of technology. Horses would at least run as frequently. There are many reasons as to why horses no longer run as often. One reason is,the new bigger purse structures. Purses are so large,that one can pick and chose to run. That makes sense,but that does not cover the majority of the horses. I have a theory,and it is not the end all. But if one listens to the logic,they may agree. My feeling is the coming out of 'SHEETS" and their concept. Critics of sheets will trash this notion immediately. When i say the coming out of sheets. It is because they were around for a while,before the general public picked up on them. As someone who has used them for close to 30 years, i can tell you they are a very viable and productive tool. But keep in mind,the operable word there is TOOL. They are not the end all to making money,that some will want you to believe. Proof of the emergence of sheets,is probably the most overused word that i hate. That word is "BOUNCE". To those that have no idea as to what they are talking about,a horse supposedly bounces if he wins or runs a big race. Then subsequently does not follow it up with a win. They use winning and losing as the determining factor. That is so wrong,it makes me laugh. I have seen horses run a said number and win. In their next race,the horse moves up substantially and loses. Automatically we hear them say he bounced. The reason that sheets has affected the mind set of the game is because of this. Beleive it or not,i would say that at a minimum at least. 85% of the Trainers running horses,know of the sheets and have someone whispering in their ears about their horses. Sheets are very prominent in Claiming and buying horses in todays market. They are used as a tool to place horses in upcoming races. The sheets have shown that horses do react negatively to fast races,and not enough time to recover. This is not the only reason,but it is a large contributing factor. Just 1 quick story,and it is true. Bobby Frankel who was one of the greats of his and any other generation. When he had Medaglia D'oro prepping for the Travers. He was asked in The New York Daily News how he thought of his chances. This is a true story,and i kid you not. Bobby at the time used Ragozin Sheets. He told the reporter ,that he was much more confident now than he was last week. The reason he gave,and at the time i shook my head. He said that the speed number was adjusted ,that MD ran in winning the Jim Dandy. The number was adjusted to a slower running of the race. The original number given,would of represented a lifetime best i believe. Bobby was afraid that he might not be able to come back,off of such a fast race. So here we have a super star trainer,who spent so much time with his horse. Yet was relying on the validity of sheets,to put his mind to rest.
Watching an old HRTV bio on Old English Rancho, brought me to the most recent star of the farm. Acclamation was an amazing horse who would not run if he was whipped - and he stuck to it. I so miss the wonderful docs HRTV used to give us
Dortmund looks massive.
This year's Japanese Derby was a 1-2-3 for Deep Impact. Makahiki, Satono Diamond and Dee Majesty are all very promising looking colts for this great sire. :)
For my money, Vazirabad is the best stayer in Europe right now. Today's win in the G2 Prix Vicomtesse Vigier at Saint-Cloud runs his career record to 8-6-1-0 and he's an unbeaten 4 for 4 at group level to date. His only 2 losses came very early in his career in his very first start for unraced maidens and on his second start in a conditions race where he finished 2nd.
Tepin's owner, Mr. Robert Masterson, has confirmed that Tepin will be going to Royal Ascot for the Queen Anne Stakes according an interview with TDN: "We are planning to take the filly to Royal Ascot and run in the Queen Anne. Right now, all systems are go and everybody is on board. She obviously has some things to overcome that are different than the way she is running here, but we would like to go and try it and see how she does." Hopefully the breathing problems reported by her trainer earlier are not serious. I'd love to see Tepin at Royal Ascot, but only if it's in her best interests. http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/tepins-royal-ascot-plans-in-discussion/
In the last 17 years or so, the only horses to have won the Belmont after having run the 1st two legs of the Triple Crown were Point Given, Afleet Alex, and American Pharoah. So there is definitely a case for taking a close look at the fresh horses who either raced just one leg of the series or sat out both legs. I know it seems a bit obvious, but I, myself, sometimes forget or ignore this particular factor.
Sudden breaking news for SBN: according to a courier-journal article, SBN was "recently found to have two undescended testicles, making him a ridgling potentially able to breed - though not likely - after his racing career ends." It doesn't sounds like this will change any of Von Hemel's immediate plans. If you read the article, it goes on to say that he was supposed to have the gelding operation but never actually did...so, they thought he was a gelding all along. Interesting.
Songbird worked 5F this morning in 1.00 for Hollendorfer! Was supposed to be with Mike Smith up but the info I saw had Edgar (normal exercise rider) up.
About time for the switch. Trainer gambled using Q in Kentucky Derby and lost ! Sorry to say,but big time races require big time riders. He gave Q plenty of opportunities. Horse racing !
Racked up yet another win today in the G2 Vicomtesse Vigier! After the race, Alain De Royer-Dupre had this to say: "Logically we will look at the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud next. He needed the run today because we backed off him a lot after Dubai because such a trip is always tiring for a horse."
2016 Japanese Derby Winner!!! Let's Go to Arc!!!
Mo Tom pointing for the Ohio Derby, possibly 9 running, assuming Governor Malibu and Stradivari both run. Very deep Belmont IMO.
This blog will light up like a Xmas tree if he wins the Belmont at big odds, which is very possible.
Finnegan's Wake, Red Tie Day, Bal A Bali, Royal Albert Hall.
Wow he romped in his debut!! Definitely one to keep an eye on in the future...
Just wow. Nicely job in MSW.

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