• Accelerate (7-1) wins in a romp as Arrogate finishes way back in the San Diego Handicap. Posted 15 hours ago
  • Hunt (3-1) waits and then blows by in the Grade 2 Eddie Read.Posted 18 hours ago
  • Lady Eli (9-10), giving eight pounds, edges Quidura on the wire of the Grade 1 Diana.Posted 18 hours ago
  • Firenze Fire (12-1) holds off Free Drop Billy in the Sanford Stakes.Posted 19 hours ago
  • Twisted Tom (7-10) scores a hard-earned win in the New York Derby.Posted 20 hours ago
  • Proctor's Ledge (6-1), with first-time Lasix, rolls on the turf in the Lake George.Posted 1 day ago
  • Dream It Is (4-1) romps in the Grade 3 Schuylerville at Saratoga.Posted 1 day ago
  • Indycott (7-5) wins the opener, as they're off at Saratoga!Posted 1 day ago
  • Bowies Hero (3-1) much the best in the Oceanside Stakes on opening day at Del Mar.Posted 3 days ago
  • Irap (7-5) romps home a big winner of the Indiana Derby.Posted 7 days ago
Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

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IWC is the most unpredictable 3yo in this year's crop.
Per DRF, Accelerate was given a 109 BSF for the San Diego. https://twitter.com/BradFree1?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
Must be nice to own stock. What a coup!!!!!! 20-1 odds on a horse that's made $17M, in the least important stakes race. Congrats to the track, TVG, and the astute bettors that kept all the exotics in check. Hoping that somebody took my "lightning strikes twice" comment on Accelerate. If so, congrats also. If Monte Hall made this scene, congrats to the Arrogate connections. Remember when Afleet Alex ran off the board(only time ever) in a 6-horse race in the Rebel Stakes? Horse racing is a wonderful sport. It's about life.
It's the Del Mar deep dirt track (long strider who are unable to shorten in order to quicken the stride on deep/off/sloppy tracks will have an off race. Baffert did also skip racing Arrogate on a sloppy track earlier this year). This will be changed (scraped into a superfast speedway) before the Pacific Classic and I think Arrogate will go off as a 1-5 favorite and win it easily.
One bad race and he's through?? Good grief, he was coming back from a huge layoff. He will be back on top in the Pacific Classic if there is nothing seriously wrong.
No explanations and no excuses for yesterday's performance. What this horse has shown he's capable of still makes him the best since Ghostzapper. Onward and forward!...
I want to see if he'll be able to handle longer distances because his sire was a sprinter.
One of my favorite turf horses, always shows class even when she is defeated,
So, far she looks like the best 2 YO Filly.
This one reminds me of many "flash in the pans' over the years like Ogygian and several others. IT takes time battle tested under many situations to be term GREAT. This one has not done that yet. Brilliant? maybe, GREAT not so fast
The only way to beat Fager was to gang up on him hitting him both EARLY (rabbit) and late (big mover).. I am surprised that entities like this are so uncommon these days
Curlin and Cigar BOTH showed signs of decline at the end of their win streaks and in the same way most horses do: they run earlier and earlier not picking up the late fractions that they did when in best form. That sign is almost UNIVERSAL for form reversal and in closers it shows up even more so as they have to contend with all the pace in front of them NEVER having contributing to it at all and are passive characters in that regard.
"Great horses have been beaten by mischance, racing luck, injury and lesser horses running the race of their lives. None of these, however, took Colin. He was unbeatable." - From Kent Hollingsworth's The Great Ones. Arrogate is still a fantastic horse. It's just incredibly hard to be a Colin or Personal Ensign when you keep going against the best.
Lot of champions lost races - even Secretariat. This horses are not machines, they have a better and worse days, Arrogate has 4 months off, maybe just he just didn't want to run yesterday. This is an live animal, not a robot and you cannot tell him "win", because at least it is his run. HIS. Not Smith, not Baffert and definitely not yours guys. He's still the best horse and now we are see who the true fan is. I hope he is ok and nothing happened with him (remember Lost in The Fog?).
I won $1,870 on this race!! Bet $50 on Accelerate to place, (BIG CONGRATULATIONS!!) and $50 on Cat Burglar to show!! I guess the term used when show bets are paying off so well is a called a "show plunge", the pool being so large. Cat Burglar has rarely been off the board- a solid horse! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! :-D
I won $1,870 on this race!! Bet $50 on Accelerate to place, (BIG CONGRATULATIONS!!) and $50 on Cat Burglar to show!! I guess the term used when show bets are paying off so well is a called a "show plunge", the pool being so large. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! :-D
Anythingyoucando wins the Albuquerque Distaff in New Mexico, another stakes winner for Curlin! Congrats to all!
Calcy--running Today!!!! Del Mar 3rd Race Mile on the Turf~ ;) Against Vyjack!!~
Who s the real champ,, Accelerate ran one hell of a race and paid decent too.. I would not bet a 1-9 even if Arrogate had won it.. .05 cents on a dollar,, NOT.. Congratulations Accelerate.. A beautiful win from gate to wire in a romp..
Summer voodoo fun: Eric Guillot sends out two babies at Gulfstream Park, races 6 and 8, 7/23/17. Boy, Stronger, by Bodemeister, makes his debut in race 6. Girl, by Bellamy Road, Gabrielleelizabeth, makes her second start, adds blinkers. Fun names in GP r 8.

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