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  • Texas Chrome (2-1) bravely squeezed through on the rail for an Oklahoma Derby win.Posted 2 days ago
  • Unbridled Mo (4-1) rides the rail to victory in the Remington Park Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • Accelerate (1-1) rallies to win the Los Alamitos Derby (G2).Posted 3 days ago
  • Connect (10-1) upsets the Pennsylvania Derby.Posted 4 days ago
  • Songbird (1-5) gets win number 11 in the Cotillion (G1) at Parx Racing.Posted 4 days ago
  • Noholdingback Bear (3-1) wins the Gallant Bob (G3) at Parx Racing.Posted 4 days ago
  • 2015 Turf Champion Big Blue Kitten has been retired from racing, via the Chad Brown barn.Posted 7 days ago
  • No catching Sarah Sis (10-1) in the Presque Isle Downs Masters.Posted 8 days ago
  • Victory to Victory  7-1) pulls clear in the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes.Posted 10 days ago
  • Good Samaritan (3-1) rolls to a Breeders' Cup birth with a Summer Stakes win.Posted 10 days ago

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Pebbles, you're still here bashing this amazing horse? Trying to cut her accomplishments down. Try giving her the benefit of the doubt, pun intended. Mike Smith has hit this horse exactly once and eases her at the finish of every race. So I don't want to hear about your slow race/fractions crap as compared to Beholder the choke artist who lost at 1-9. Songbird beats any three year old horse in the country, male or female, guaranteed as well as any other female horse of any age. She wins the Distaff, lock city, I'm hoping fools like you will bet Beholder or Stellar Wind so I get something better than even money back for my straight wager. The only horse on the planet that would beat Songbird right now is California Chrome. So next year if Chrome runs at 5 they will square off at sometime probably the Classic as Songbird goes for 20-0.
he got the #1 post AGAIN!?!??!?? GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
Bob Baffert announces that Dortmund, who has been entered in the G1 Awesome Again, will race with blinkers for the first time. This means we should see a more aggressive Dortmund who should be challenging California Chrome early on.
This one looks like the 2016 Chandelier winner!!
Seven entered in the race. Chrome has the rail, Dortmund the 2 hole.
Headed to Keeneland for the Spinster. According to Hollendorfer, they're purposely avoiding Beholder and Stellar Wind. Good choice, imo.
Stewart Elliot will be back aboard American Cleopatra in the G1 Chandelier.
Praise to the connections for not dodging the competition (chrome) in three straight races. Stellar wind too. Both horses could have gone elsewhere to win but I praise them for facing the very best.
  • Aubrey via Disqus · That is true although I wish dortmund was going to the jockey gold cup...either way hopefully it's a real thriller · 2 hours ago
Hopefully Dortmund draws inside, looking forward to the race!
EL HUERFANO... UPSET??? HAHAH
10/1 for the classic 11/4 for the dirt mile
I wonder how the Pacific would have turned out if a 5 year old beholder raced a 5 year old chrome? The times make for an interesting thought.
http://d3v7caevx73rbm.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/Air-Force-Blue-conformation-web.jpg Standing at Coolmore America
When was the last time a Kentucky Derby winner couldn't win another race before winning the BC Classic in the same year?
I think Tom's Ready or Schivarelli. I am really pulling for Tom's Ready in this race for the simple reason that his great grandsire on the dam side is none other than Ack Ack. What a nice story if he wins.
If Stellar Wind shows up in the Zenyatta like she did in the Clement Hirsch, she will win again!
  • Pebbles via Disqus · So you believe Richard Mandela was lying when he said that Beholder was not fully cranked for the Clement Hirsch? Interesting. My take is that if Stellar Wind runs the same race she did in the Clement Hirsch she gets beat. This is a different Beholder coming to the race this time. She will be fully cranked and ready to go. · 5 hours ago
Why is Mr.Z in this race?
I think Nyquist took a bit of a confidence knock. You see it happen in show jumping all the time. Distance isn't the problem, he won the Florida Derby at 9f and the Kentucky Derby in excellent time, and the undefeated Nyquist would not allow a horse to go past him in the stretch, but in Penn Derby it looks like he stopped trying. I think the Preakness and Haskell took more out of him than anyone realized.
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  • Cugel the clever · This is exactly the reason I'm not yet on the Arrogate bandwagon. Everybody is gushing over the Travers and saying he's unbeatable. But most people said the same about nyquist after his outstanding campaign leading to the KD. Given the KD result he should have, on paper, won the Preakness, Haskell, and Penn Derby. What if an off track comes up? What if he's not fit after a 3month layoff? What if the pace scenario doesn't work and he gets shuffled back at the start? What if Chrome is good enough to battle him toe to toe... will he have the toughness to grind it out? A single overwhelming performance doesn't guarantee a similar future performance. · 1 day ago
  • Justkrispy · Agreed . He's lost his "try". Maybe quit working him solo. The need to teach him to pass horses again . · 22 hours ago
Anyone give her a chance against So Mi Dar in the Prix de Opera?
This expensive filly ($1.5 million) makes her 2nd start Friday after a so-so 3rd in her debut routing. The full sister to, To Honor & Serve should appreciate routing again. Faces California Chrome's full sister who has sprinted unsuccessfully 3 times and faces open company. She has looked like a horse who will appreciate more distance.

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