• Midnight Storm proves best in the Seabiscuit on the Del Mar turf.Posted 12 hours ago
  • Effinex is a game winner of the Grade 1 Clark Handicap.Posted 15 hours ago
  • Can't touch Almasty in the Commonwealth Turf Stakes.Posted 16 hours ago
  • Taris shows her class in the Go For Wand.Posted 18 hours ago
  • The Pizza Man dominates the Hollywood Turf Cup.Posted 1 day ago
  • Heart to Heart runs away with the River City on the Churchill Downs turf.Posted 1 day ago
  • Green Gratto holds off a brigade to win the Fall Highweight at 24-1.Posted 1 day ago
  • It's all Favorite Tale in the Fabulous Strike.Posted 2 days ago
  • Lavender Chrissie romps past Calamity Kate in the Zia Park Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • Mobile Bay wins the Zia Park Derby, while International Star fades to fourth.Posted 2 days ago

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What an odd race to name after Seabiscuit...
I think Private Zone should win Older Dirt Male. He's just been so consistent.
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  • Mary Z. · I hope you didn't jinx him out of that Cigar win. You couldn't wait a day? You hide if he doesn't win. And he better win. · 11 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · I gave you a like anyway, Jinxy McJinxington. · 11 hours ago
Now officially retired
Lady Eli has arrived at Palm Meadows In Florida!! She looks amazing!!!!
If she keeps running like this or, hopefully, even better in the opening months of next year, I would supplicate her connections to reconsider and aim her for the Triple Crown series. I don't see Nyquist getting the distance. Songbird would be my very early Kentucky Derby favorite. Heck, she crossed the line in the BC more than a full second ahead of Nyquist! I don't recall ever even seeing Mike Smith use the whip on her in any of her races. Am I wrong about that? I'd make Swipe my 2nd current favorite for the Derby, but he needs to begin keeping closer to the pace. In the KD, he could easily get stuck in the vortex of horses that so often swallows up those who hang back.
I harbor extremely strong doubts that Nyquist will ever come close to staying 10 furlongs. Uncle Mo never won past 8 and a half. Even 9 could be a bit too much to ask of Nyquist. And you can forget about a Triple Crown for him. He's never powering through 12. I think Songbird has the best chance of winning the Kentucky Derby of any 2 year old at the moment, and I really don't think it's all that close, either. I'd put Swipe 2nd behind her. If Songbird keeps dominating in the lead up to the Triple Crown series, I very much hope her connections reconsider and run her against the boys. As of now, she's better than any of them.
So sad that she won't produce any more offspring. If she were able, she could do incredible things for the progression of thoroughbred bloodlines based on how her two kids look.and the regal sires who would visit her. Such a missed opportunity, but, without question, her safety is paramount.
Keen Ice was so much the best there, if there was just another furlong he absolutely blows by those horses. I didn't think the distance would matter but he does need 10F. Although once again he was just way to far back.
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  • cugel the clever · Idiotic statement. If the race were another furlong, KI would have been too far back again and would have come up short again. That's the problem with horses of his type. His only stakes win was a perfect storm of luck in the Travers when the two ahead of him smoked the fastest mile in Travers history. In 9 out of 10 races against this same field, Effinex or Hoppy would beat him. Effinex is a 10F specialists with two strong victories at that distance and spanked keen Ice in the BCC at that distance. You're smoking some good stuff if you think KI would hold the edge over Effinex at 10F. Face it. Keen Ice is no longer improving with each outing. He's levelled off at the Travers and has had two disappointing races since then. · 14 hours ago
  • Shackleford · Can not believe that after watching this horse all year, the jockey and/or trainer have learned nothing about this horse. He needs to be 4-5 off the pace and he will not be turned away in the stretch. Unbelievable that he was so far back. · 8 hours ago
Concerning the Derby, the big question is, being an Uncle Mo colt, will Nyquist get the distance? Uncle Mo never won past 8 and a half furlongs. and, I believe, Indian Charlie hit the proverbial wall after 9 or so. Will this precocious 2 year old even be able to stay 9 himself, let alone 10 or 12? Nyquist has the look of a champion miler, but the TC series may simply be beyond his genetic ability. I hope I'm proven wrong, but as of now, I harbor doubts.
Entered in the Wait A While Stakes at GPW Nov. 28.
Entered in the Smooth Air Stakes Nove. 28 at GPW.
Entered in tomorrow (Nov 28) Golden Gate Debutante at GGF, post 3:14.
I will not be holding any contest this year, because I know that I will not be able to keep up with one - But sense I am a curious soul, and I do think tracking the 2 year olds' is fun - Who area couple un-raced (At this point) Two year old colts/or filly's you are interested in watching progress? (5 or fewer) Some I have my eyes on: Demonslayer -( Tale of the Cat - Impressive Miss, by Matthews Keep)Tabaddol - ( Jazil - Shawahid) Girl Talk - (Medaglia d'Oro - One Caroline) She's a Warrior- ( Majestic Warrior - Blabby B.) Battery - ( Bernardini - Flawless Diamond)
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  • plosives · She's a Warrior also got 2nd in her first race only beaten by 1/2 a length, 4 1/2 lengths in front of the 3rd place finisher, good race for her, I except good things from this filly. · 33 days ago
  • plosives · Both Battery & Tabaddol broke their maiden's at second asking. She's a Warrior was a tad disappointing today - Demonslayer runs tomorrow Not to bad so far. · 11 hours ago
Not giving up on this guy yet.
Starts tomorrow at Del Mar. Curious to see how he does.
Took the Seabiscuit!
  • Mary Z. · 48+ at the half? You could have won, QB. omg, bigger steals not to be found in Black Friday sales, ha,ha. He was the one to not completely let newby speed 1 get away. · 14 hours ago
7 3 4 2 oof. Love this win by Midnight Storm!
New silks, new jock, no placement in the Seabiscuit;(
R6 I've always liked Salsita

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