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This was the very first horse I ever fell in love with, I remember being four years old, getting close to turning five, and following the Triple Crown in 2003. This was the horse I thought could do everything. I had a personal bias because he was ridden by Jerry Bailey, my all-time favorite jockey and hero growing up. Anyways, I was so disappointed when he lost the Kentucky Derby, but I had hope. That Belmont Stakes in 2003 was one of the toughest races in my life. I wanted Funny Cide to win the Triple Crown, but I wanted Empire Maker to win. Needless to say, I got a good outcome. Empire Maker will always be one of my all-time favorite horses. BTW, HRN should let you have more than five favorites for anything.
Don't get excited anyone when Arrogate wins Saturday by open lengths because he won't be proving anything.
Let's see how good this big mare is....
“You’ve got to put him in the race,” said his trainer, Bob Baffert. “He can’t run here like he did in Dubai. He came back last time with one eye shut, full of dirt. The kickback was strong, and he lost all interest.” The kickback was strong and it can clearly be seen that Mike Smith and Arrogate were getting absolutely pelted with the kickback. I think that may be a pretty accurate take on what happened in the SD but I don't think that it completely explains Arrogate's very poor run. Even if Arrogate doesn't break all that well Saturday he should still have no problem sitting 3rd outside Collected and Accelerate since there will a much longer run into the first turn. Hoping Arrogate can rebound and put on a show Saturday.
No way this is true. Whoever put this up is saying arrogate had a kid when he was 2? Lol
Remove Dream It Is please she is injured
I see he's Not going in the Juddmonte now. Nor is Enable.
Well, over at the entry for Shaman Ghost, it appears he is now out of the Woodward due to throat surgery. GR's job just got a little easier. And in the case of the JCGC, maybe Keen Ice's as well.
Entered on Sunday Race 9 Del Mar for Baffert and Magnier
Coolmore made a video of American Pharoah, Air Force Blue and Vancover Shuttling to Australia. Shows AP at Ashford, the airport and loose in his paddock in Australia. https://www.facebook.com/CoolmoreStud/
Wow small field but this race is loaded!
BH is reporting that Shaman Ghost is out of the Woodward because of necessary surgery for a throat problem. The description given sounds like an intermittent dorsal displacement or entrapment of the epiglottis. https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/223158/throat-surgery-forces-shaman-ghost-to-skip-woodward#disqus_thread I'll try to find the exact specific dx. from additional write-ups.
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · With no time table for returning to the work tab. It was mentioned that this procedure doesn't always work to correct the problem. · 6 hours ago
Was bred to Deep Impact.
Was sold last fall. Anybody know who she was bred to?
Nominations close at midnight. Look for a post on some nominees either tomorrow or Saturday.
I'm going with Ten City for this race.
I understand this horse hasn't won a two turn race yet...I do. Part of it to me though is Rosario can't seem to give him a good trip over and over again(except at Churchill). Even in the Dwyer he gave him a bad trip and PJ still won. This horse should be running in the Travers. I still think this horse is in the top 5 at worst for 3 year olds.
lets hope it was that moment an animal just dosnt turn up and things are back to normal come race day ,
Destin worked 4f, August 17th, in 49.29 (b) finishing 10/58.
Limousine Liberal worked 6f, August 17th, in 1:11.60 (B) finishing 1/1.

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