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If you could pick any thoroughbred farm in Kentucky to visit, which would it be? Matt Shifman chose Claiborne Farm.Read More
  • travel_vic · without a doubt 1st 2nd and 3rd place · 1 minutes ago ·
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  • zatt · Check out the good looking stallion on the front page! Oh, and War Front is there too ;-) · 16 seconds ago ·
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18 entries remain at present for this year's renewal of the G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and very disappointingly, Epsom & Irish Derby winner Australia is not one of them. Coolmore have left Magician, Leading Light, & Hall of Mirrors, who would surely only be a pace angle for them. Probably the best of all the 3yo entries remaining would have to be Epsom Oaks winner Taghrooda and Epsom Derby 3rd Romsdal. I can remember a time when the King George was almost a given target for the winner of the Epsom and/or Irish Derby. Aidan O'Brien clearly has the best middle distance 3yo male in Europe in Australia, and why he has decided to dodge the King George with him befuddles me.
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  • tmallios · Very familiar with the abnormal rhythms with my parents. Yes the cholesterol meds,what a joy(LOL). But i am sure as they advised you,be conscious of your diet and especially what you drink. Like my Dr. told me,nothing better than Gods drink(water). · 3 hours ago ·
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  • travel_vic · WHAT medicine prey tell LUBRICATES blood flow? Interested to hear this · 1 minutes ago ·
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The HKJC published some interesting season end statistics. Of 9627 total runners in Hong Kong during this season only 48 (0.5%) were found to have bled after racing. The published stats can be found here: http://campaign.hkjc.com/en/2014-se/2014-se-news.aspx
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  • Sullivan · Hong Kong takes the best from around the world to create athletes... it is too bad they do not support stallions more, though · 1 hour ago ·
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  • AmbitiousD · It's true ILTR. Many of their horses come from Europe, but they also get a ton from Australia/New Zealand and a good amount from the USA too. · 21 minutes ago ·
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Buck i was having a friendly debate with my friends Dad . The topic >>>>> what was the greatest decade of racing in the U.S.A. only from the 60's going forward. To me the answer was a no brainer,The 70's by far. My main argument was the 3 Triple Crown winners and that is not even bringing in Forego and Ruffian into the discussion. He made one point that i never really gave much thought to,but does make sense. For there to be a TC winner,regardless of how good he or she is. The depth of the division cannot be that strong. That aside,his selection was the 60's. In listening to you and him talk up horses like Fager, Kelso and Buckpasser to name a few. I am slowly open to the debate. Unfortunately since i did not see any of them run. I am a bit hesitant to give in. Since you experienced the 2 decades and many times saw them in person. Which of the 2 is your flavor.
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  • tmallios · Thank you. That is one thing i do gree and i hope we are talking about the same thing. Many call for more Racing on TV. I am the opposite to that thought process. All that does is make it easy for people to watch from home. Personally i could care less. But for the Racing Industry it is awful. They all have their own betting sites. Force the people to open an account and watch the races streamed live. Might be harsh,but that is the only way you will get players. Otherwise you are turning this game into the NFL,MLB,NBA and NHL . Fan watching sports. What is next on tap,FANTASY LEAGUE HORSERACING????? · 1 hour ago ·
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  • railbird33 · Other than the TC races in the 60's, I didn't get interested in horse racing until the 70's. Great points everyone has made, but the reality/challenges of todays race tracks is how do we maintain/increase the handle & purses. We all know how that's being addressed nationwide. · 21 minutes ago ·
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Heartbreaking... if you can I hope you might supporting this organization. https://www.facebook.com/auctionhorses
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  • amino998 · Thanks yuki, better than a bedtime story :) · 21 days ago ·
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  • yukichan · LA Times did a very nice feature on King's sory: http://www.latimes.com/local/great-reads/la-me-c1-ortega-horse-20140710-story.html#page=1 · 22 minutes ago ·
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Princess of Sylmar, locally-owned by King of Prussia Stable and foaled about 30 miles from Delaware Park, tops the 77th renewal of the Grade I Delaware Handicap this Saturday.Read More
In what was easily the most exciting finish of the day at Newmarket's July meeting, the Aidan O'Brien trained Table Rock gets up in the dying strides to nip the John Gosden trained Pretzel in the listed Sir Henry Cecil Stakes(formerly Stubbs Stakes).
  • ILuvTurfRacing · Table Rock could prove to be one of Aidan O'Brien and team Coolmore's "under the radar" 3yo this season. Today's win at Newmarket(July) ran his career record to date to 8-4-3-0. His only out of money finish to date was his sub-par 14th of 30 finish in the Britannia Stakes at Ascot during the royal meeting, and in a field that size a lot of different factors could be attributed to the sub-par run, IMO. · 1 hour ago ·
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(Dosage profile 6 2 8 0 0 | TrueNicks A++) this $235,000 purchase by Awesome Again is a half to Cleburne.
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  • Sullivan · made debut work 38.42 going 3f over the Oklahoma training track. · 1 hour ago ·
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  • Sullivan · made debut work 38.42 going 3f over the Oklahoma training track. (5/10) · 1 hour ago ·
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If any one is interested, his saddlecloth from the JCGC is up for auction on eBay. Price last time I looked was at $42 with about five or six days left in bidding
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  • Buckpasser · I looked it up in Haskins book on Kelso and Pete was one of two stable ponies, Spray being the other, but he died and Pete became his constant companion along with several dogs, named Rabbit, Cracker, Cookie, Sketch, Mickey and his personal body guard who slept on his head, Charlie Potatoes. There was a yellow cat who moved into the stall with Kelso too. (Kelso by Steve Haskins p.121) · 2 hours ago ·
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  • Jay S. · That's awesome BP! Seems like I remember you mentioning Charlie Potatoes a while back. Great Story. Thanks! · 2 hours ago ·
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http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/horse-racing-steve-haskin/archive/2014/07/07/a-nasty-challenge-for-ruffian.aspx
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  • airedale2008 · Another superb article written by Steve Haskin, this time about my favorite filly and one of my favorite trainers, the crusty and cantankerous Frank Whiteley. Buckpasser how do you think she would have fared going against your guy Forego? · 6 hours ago ·
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  • Buckpasser · Airedale. I loved a Ruffian, but After Kelso, Forego was the man. Also Forego was very fast according to Gustines as was Kelso. Most people remember them coming from behind or stalking the pace, but that was not always true. Both were very versatile runners. · 2 hours ago ·
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Schoolofhardrocks looks good in here
Grandeur is the one to beat
Lets hear for the old man!! Cavalryman sticks his neck out and just holds off Hillstar in 2nd and Pether's Moon in 3rd to win the G2 Princess of Wales's Stakes. Arab Spring, making his patent stakes debut, finished a disappointing 4th, but the rain showing up at Newmarket overnight may not have helped Arab Spring's cause a whole lot, IMO.
  • ILuvTurfRacing · Cracking good run by Cavalryman for coming into the race from a 100+ day layoff. Cavalryman's last 3 races now have all been outstanding efforts on his part. He won the G3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy at Meydan at the beginning of March and was narrowly beaten Certerach in his bid to win the Dubai Gold Cup back to back. This is the best stretch of races that Cavalryman has had since he was a 3yo in Andre Fabre's yard in France where he won the Grand Prix De Paris & Prix Niel and finished 3rd behind Sea The Stars & Youmzain in the Arc that year. · 3 hours ago ·
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  • Euro Trash · It certainly was! This made my day. Happy to see him win. · 2 hours ago ·
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Good luck on Saturday in your debut SG, Own Them!!!
Very promising future ... definitive win in the July Cup today!
Hi rafirox...Since I'm officially a member of the stooge club. Lets talk football. Without Neymar and Thiago Brazil chances of beating Germany just got slimmer.
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  • zXSwordXz · Yes CFC...I'm the one that share the sheets for the triple crown races. I'm hoping to make a web base system to share with all your guys. I wish I had some help with development. Anyone knows C# and asp.net along with Entity Framework or even LINQ to SQL, I could used some hand in the coding and design. · 3 hours ago ·
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  • zXSwordXz · Icy...We got screw by the offside call. That was a legit goal. I can't believe everyone is ignoring the bad calls by these referees. · 3 hours ago ·
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Hartnell draws away from Windshear & Forever Now to win the G3 Bahrain Trophy over 13f on rain soaked grain at Newmarket(July). He was the one horse in the Bahrain Trophy field stamina wasn't gonna be an issue for after winning the Queen's Vase over 2 miles at Ascot in last start prior to this.
Race Picks & two year olds to watch across the nation.Read More
  • DavidM9999 · Some well-bred babies coming soon for sure. I hope Cool Comfort runs well. As you mention she is from the Ruby’s Reception family. My friend bought Ruby in 2001 after 9-11 when prices were so affordable. She won her debut and was 7-3-2-1 in her two year campaign. She won a stakes at Ellis that year, and placed in both the KY Cup Juvenile and Alciabiades earning about $210,000 that year. Laura do you know who is training the filly out to Tough Tiz's Sis? Baffert? · 5 hours ago ·
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The $1 million, Grade 1 William Hill Haskell Invitational is just 18 days away and the field for this year’s 47th renewal of New Jersey’s top Thoroughbred race continues to take shape.Read More
  • shackleford · Sounds like a race which could set up for Medal Count, but it rarely seems like the pace falls apart in stakes at Monmouth. · 18 hours ago ·
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  • https://www.facebook.com/john.karczewski.39 · A few weeks ago I was kind of scratching my head at who may enter and I was worried about the field size but with or without Untapable this is turning out to be a solid and entertaining bunch. I know I am excited. Monmouth is a speed favoring track and I would give the edge to horses on or just off the lead but the Haskell has played pretty fair considering the track. Many off the pace runners have won, even in recent years ie. Coil, Lookin At Lucky, Bluegrass Cat, Roman Ruler, Menifee, Point Given, Dixie Union. I would agree dead closers do not fair well, Rock Hard Ten, Dullahan, Golden Soul, Ice Box,Afleet Again all finished off the board, almost last. Paynter, War Emblem, Peace Rules, Lion Hart are the recent winners to lead at every call. When it comes down to it, regardless of running style the best horse usually wins this race. I think the winner over the last 10 years or so has been atleast the favorite or co-favorite in the wagering. · 9 hours ago ·
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Multiple graded stakes winner Grandeur will get some considerable class relief when he contests the Grade 2, $200,000 Bowling Green on Saturday at Belmont Park. Read More

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