• In a pouring rain, Harmonize rolls on by to a big win in the With AnticipationPosted 5 hours ago
  • Azar gets there late to win Saratoga's With Anticipation.Posted 1 day ago
  • High Noon Rider wins the Better Talk Now as the longest shot on the board.Posted 3 days ago
  • It's all Stellar Wind in Del Mar's Torrey Pines.Posted 4 days ago
  • Lady Shipman both Smart and Fancy in winning another one at the Spa.Posted 4 days ago
  • Keen Ice shocks American Pharoah in the Travers.Posted 5 days ago
  • Flintshire flaunts his class in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer.Posted 5 days ago
  • Nothing but a walk in the park for Private Zone in the Grade 1 Forego.Posted 5 days ago
  • Runhappy runs them off their feet in the Grade 1 King's Bishop.Posted 5 days ago
  • Unbridled Forever storms to victory in the Grade 1 Ballerina.Posted 5 days ago

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Beholder had a great race. She'll probably be the biggest challenge to Pharoah if she runs in the Classic. I believe he can handle her. If anyone beats him it will be her.
Must repair ego..BCC will be by far the toughest race of his career. AP better bring his A+ game to even have a chance of winning..As for me I like Honor Code to win the Classic
BREAKING NEWS: Secret Circle, winner of the 2013 Breeders Cup Sprint and the 2015 Dubai Golden Shaheen, has been retired from racing and will stand stud in 2016. Bob Baffert tells DRF's Steve Andersen that there were plans for him to return to racing later this year but he was slow to get back into training and the owners feel he has done enough and will send him off to stud. Baffert praised Secret Circle calling him a great horse and very special to train. Article on DRF
1st - Gomo (UNCLE MO with a sensational performance in the Breeders Cup Juvenile ) 2nd - Land Over Sea 3rd - Mitzi Winks 4th - My Dynamo 5th - Songbird
Naval Command ready to run in the Uanme, Sunday at GP.
My $$$$ is on Beholder, she will circle the field and AP will come 4th. As for AP last race we know the best horse won that day.(Keen Ice)
Stonetastic absolutely demolished a field of 8 at Parx two days ago. Won by 15 3/4 lengths.
I'm glad to see they got her out of New York, she did not seem to take to the sandy conditions very well.
After a break of just over 2 months, G1 Irish Derby winner & G1 Epsom Derby 2nd, Jack Hobbs, is slated to make his return to the races on Saturday in the G3 September Stakes over 12f on polytrack at Kempton in Great Britain.
SAR r8 allowance 6 1/2 dirt track rated good. 4, 6,1,2. I don't know anything about the 2, but I figure it's a New Yorky. Hopefully no one bumps the sensitive Clearly Now.
Yeah! Just like the song!
Give this horse a f*cken trophy
While no announcement has been made at this time, Zayat's comments after the Travers seem to indicate he is leaning towards retiring American Pharoah. If the horse should be beaten again it would negatively impact his stud fee. While conjecture on my part there are several signs that Pharoah has run his last race. He is to be paraded at Del Mar this weekend which is usually a farewell type appearance. More telling is that Coolmore is shipping Gleneagles for the Breeders Cup Classic. It seems strange they would risk beating American Pharoah with one of their own horses when they own his breeding rights. I just hope the welfare of the horse is the most important factor in the decision.
Kensil is a b!itch
Jellicle Ball and Pine Needles
BREAKING NEWS: Au Moon, the former resident equine at the Kentucky Derby Museum, was euthanized following surgery for a soft tissue injury he suffered in his first race after coming out of retirement. "It was heartbreaking for everyone involved," trainer David Carroll said Sept. 3. "Dr. (Dean) Richardson (at University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center) operated on him and we gave him every opportunity. The surgery was delicate and the humane decision was to put him down. He is going to be badly missed. It is still very raw for us all." Article on Bloodhorse
BREAKING NEWS: Ahmed Zayat announces via twitter that American Pharoah WILL stay in training and point to the Breeders Cup Classic. Zayat says American Pharaoh "deserves another chance". Zayat says the horse is doing great and they can't wait to gear him up for the Breeders Cup. Also, Article on DRF, and it's free.
I like this horse, it has a certain i don't know what....
What happened with Kentuckian? I thought he was supposed to run in the King's Bishop this past Saturday. Anyone know what happened and where he's pointed to next? Been almost two months.
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I decided to wait a few days to let everyone cool down before posting about the Travers. All I can say is I am ashamed at how many bandwagon fans jumped ship after one loss from the great Pharoah. I am disappointed that Zayat let emotions cloud his judgement and that he even remotely thought about retirement. They talk about how this is America's horse- yet one loss and you are already a sore loser? And it was hardly an embarassment- he lost by half a length to a GOOD horse that I said had been improving with every race and could eventually close the gap. AP had Frosted take it to him and didn't get a single breather, while Keen Ice had everything his way. Add that plus Keen Ice's talent- and that is all that happened ladies and gentleman. Nothing less, nothing more. AP put away Frosted- a horse that everyone was all over to perform highly- and just barely got beat by a fast closing Keen Ice. The horse should NOT be retired, (he shouldn't even have raced in this race in my opinion) and should point to the Awesome Again and then the Breeder's Cup. I think he got a lot out of this race, as he had two relatively easy wins in the Belmont and Haskell. He had to run hard in the Derby and look what he need the next three times out. I think this sets him up PERFECTLY for his toughest race yet in the BCC. He will not have it easy against Beholder and Honor Code, and Liam's Map will most certainly not be giving him any breathers. I think he got stronger from this race, and he showed us all that he has so much heart. He is STILL a great horse, he should STILL be praised for winning the TC, people already act like that didn't even happen! It's so ridiculous. Zipse- thanks for writing such a great article about his mile time, and how he in fact did NOT have an easy race in the Travers. Shame on the flip flop fans, and shame on America for not standing by their horse- win or lose.

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