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Good luck to oceans knight Hopes are high that he will win the Sam Davis this weekend
Dr fager was the best horse I ever saw. I saw them all secretariat was next. Just look at dr fagers pps and then get back to me. Kelso,slew,bid, forgeo, were great but no way they would they beat Fager and yes he was better than damacus.
Got to go with oceans knight for me.
Back on the work tab after 30 day freshening.
Don't know the odds but Ami's Flatter and My Johnny Be Good look good.
the HORSE here is the competitor, not the passenger, and Tampa's 14th ranked passenger can ride the ability of the horse in the contest just as well as an import.
Ocean Knight draws post 11 of 12 for the Sam F Davis at Tampa Bay Downs. Go OC!!!!!!
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  • tmallios via Disqus · The most optimistic news of your post,just may be that Irad is traveling with the Horse. Looks as though he does not want to lose him. He is very promising. Ran a hole in the wind his first time out. Based on his spotty spacing leading up to the race.I doubt he was as tight as could be.Should be top notch come Sat. · 10 hours ago
  • jockey2be. · I second that!!!!GO OK! · 7 hours ago
Shared belief worked six furlongs at goldengate in 1:11 today. That's a great work if he did it easy. I was thinking chrome would beat him by 5 lengths, maybe a hard worked 2 lengths now.
  • bradleymichael47 · The Chrome will beat him by a hard fought head or nose if he ever defeats him again · 10 hours ago
  • Hannah Etienne via Disqus · Wouldn't get to excited over just a work. Chrome worked 1:11 en route to a 6th place finish at PARX. Do you know if there is footage anywhere? · 7 hours ago
Ladies and Gentlemen, you have witnessed one of the most amazing developments in the sport of kings... A top level trainer has actually learned Gulfstream is the best place to retire a horse! After learning the hard way with Cairo Prince, it would seem McLaughlin actually wants a horse to make it to the Derby this year.
Will be sidelined for a few months. He is set to undergo a minor knee operation at Rood & Riddle next week. There was heat in the joint and after an xray was taken a non displaced fracture was discovered in the upper portion of his left knee. He will be turned out at WinStar for 60-90 days. Hopes are to have him back at the barn by May- Per trainer M. Tomlinson.
Would like too give a shout out too deshawn parker on winning his 4700th career race last week and winning 14 mounts at sam Houston race coarse last week
  • travel_vic · always wondered when he would leave that West Virginia DUMP and ride a good track: only problem is Sam Huston Racing Park is only 1/95th a step above Mountaineer. · 9 hours ago
unless you have a FIELD of horses with which to compare these two, YOU HAVE NO IDEA, who either of these two will wind up. Zip
If they ever go head to head it'll be hard fought whoever wins. They move differently, they have different rating habits but they're both fast, determined and talented horses. It'll be damn interesting that's for sure.
Also excited to see this one run, been waiting., kind of hate to see him way out in11.
  • Jbyrnes1 · I hope it doesn't affect him he's more of a mid pack horse, so maybe he can drop in, I'm so excited for Saturday it's not even funny!!! · 10 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · Anne if he drew Post 16,it should not be a problem with this group. The great thing about this race will be that Kiaran will know if he does not have a Derby contender after the race. Unless he has a major excuse ,with a trouble line in the running. He is facing horses that ifthey ever get to any of the final Derby preps(100 pts to the winner). Other than O.K, there is not 1 horse that would be less than 20-1 in any of the preps. · 9 hours ago
Catalina Red will be tough here. Really loves the track. Question about how far he wants to go but 8.5F should be within his reach.
CC Lopez will retain the mount aboard El Kabier in the G3 Withers Stakes next Saturday at Aqueduct, according to a tweet by Justin Zayat
  • https://www.facebook.com/john. · As a Monmouth guy who grew up watching CC.Lopez riding at the Jersey Shore, I am happy to see him on the Derby Trail this year with El Kabeir. Can't remember the last time he was on the Derby Trail, maybe Hey Byrn? · 10 hours ago
Firing Line, second to Dortmund in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 20, will be ridden by Gary Stevens in the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes for 3-year-olds on Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park. Article on DRF
1) Catalina Red 2) Royal Son 3) Ami’s Flatter 4) Crittenden 5) Divining Rod 6) Bandages 7) Brother Bobo 8) G Five 9) My Johnny Be Good 10) Coomer 11) Ocean Knight 12) Bears Personality.
Take charge Brandi draws post six out of seven for the Martha Washington at Oaklawn Saturday. According to DRF. Fun Fact: This is the 4th consecutive race TCB drew post 6. All three stakes wins came from post six!!!
  • tmallios via Disqus · Lets just hope that the need for additional protective padding will not be needed for the outside rail for the length of the stretch. · 13 hours ago
  • hannahWTC1 · I'm surprised a full field of 7 showed up · 11 hours ago
Grade 1 winner Hoppertunity, who is stabled on the West Coast with trainer Bob Baffert, may ship to Gulfstream Park for the Feb. 7 Donn Handicap, he is nominated for the race. Article on DRF
  • Jbyrnes1 · Baffert tell's DRF's Mike Welsch that Hoppertunity coming for the Donn is 50/50, but most will decide in the coming days, decision will be based on travel arrangements · 12 hours ago

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