• Untrapped (11-1) rallies to win the Oklahoma Derby (G3).Posted 7 hours ago
  • Champion filly Champagne Room (1-5) returns to easy win in Remington Park Oaks.Posted 8 hours ago
  • Tequilita (5-2) returns to the winner's circle in the Grade 3 Charles Town Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Sharp Azteca (1-2) draws clear in the Grade 2 Kelso.Posted 1 day ago
  • West Coast (4-5) leaves the field far behind in the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby.Posted 1 day ago
  • It Tiz Well (5-1) bests Abel Tasman in the Grade 1 Cotillion.Posted 1 day ago
  • Coal Front (4-5) refuses to let American Pastime by in the Grade 3 Gallant Bob.Posted 1 day ago
  • Page McKenney (6-1) digs down and holds on in the Pa Derby Champion Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Off Limits (8-5) glides by her competition in the Grade 3 Noble Damsel.Posted 1 day ago
  • Capla Temptress (5-1) rolls home in the Natalma, while making her North American debut.Posted 7 days ago

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If Paradise Woods, Vale Dori, and Stellar Wind all show up here, this is going to be a fantastic race
Tearing up the track in her workouts. Pleaaaase go to the Zenyatta!
Devastated by the loss of Songbird but it’s for the best and I wish her all the best in her next career. I am afraid with her retirement and with Arrogate’s at the end of this year that we will see the last of ‘big money mike’ Mike smith. He said he was going to retire two years ago but he would postpone it as long as songbird was running because of his love for her. Welp.....
Baffert: “this is the horse we’ve been waiting for” And now Arrogate might not even make the Classic unless he ‘massively improves’? LOL I swear Bob jumps from horse to horse so fast I can’t keep up. First Pharoah is the goat, then arrogate is the best horse he’s ever had, now West Coast is the horse he’s been waiting for. I can’t even. Lost so much respect for Baffert after his diss of American pharoah and his historic accomplishments, and now I’m even more pissed at the shade he’s giving Arrogate. I hope Arrogate returns and romps in the Classic to prove Baffert and all the band wagoners wrong.
Paid workout ......
1: Cupid 2. Accelerate 3. Midnight Storm 4. Win The Space
The latest information I've seen is a report from O'Neill ....Irap was on his way to New Bolton Center this morning and went like a Champ....he's handling the situation very well and is cooperating....I hear the injury is career ending but I for one don't care....I just want him to have a life .....BTW Coal Front fractured a condylar after winning the Gallant Bob...he's due for surgery but his injury does not appear to be career ending. .... all in all, I want to forget yesterday ever happened....
Mike Smith quote after the Cotillion: "She pretty much ran off with me," Smith said. "She broke slow and dropped so far back, and then she just wants to go. I tried to put her behind another horse, but she just put her head up in the air. I didn't ask her to rush up there." "She's starting to do the same thing over and over," Baffert said. "She drops back and then gets rank. She got away with it last time but not today." After the CCAO it was Baffert, Jimmy Barnes, and the writers that stated Smith pushed AT early because of the slow pace. All I've seen Smith state on the CCAO early move was: “There’s no pace in the race, everyone threw the anchor out and went to slow it down and she got into such a pretty stride that felt so good I couldn’t get in the way of it,” Smith said. “If I did, I felt like I was going to hurt her more than help her.” Trainer Bob Baffert said he will make some changes to try to get her to relax, possibly removing her blinkers. Maybe we'll see a more relaxed AT in the Distaff.
Devastating. This 3YO crop has the absolute worst luck. I assume that if his surgery goes well, he'll be retired?
They should try him at shorter distances.
This is Hoppertunity 2.0!! He's been very consistent in his last 5 races.
107 BSF, 132 TimeformUS and 124 RPR for the Penn Derby. Carrying 4 pounds less than the older horses (namely the older pace horses Collected and Gun Runner), West Coast will be a serious pace presser in the BCC. I think he will press and beat both of them in the stretch.
Saxon Warrior, sired by the Japanese stallion Deep Impact out of Maybe, who was a multiple Group level stakes winner for Coolmore, was impressive when breaking his maiden on debut last month at the Curragh, and big time impressive once again today at Naas in winning the G2 Beresford Stakes for Ryan Moore & Aidan O'Brien. This may be the best looking juvenile colt O'Brien has sent out so far this season, IMO.
Anyone that knows my posting knows I love Arrogate. But if what Bob is saying has some significance this is his horse to beat in the classic
Does Bob Bafferto really run all 3 big guys in the Classic? He's backed off Arrogate a bit, saying recently he really has to impress in his works in order to run, but that's classic Baffertspeak.
D.Wayne Lukas announces that G1 Hopeful winner Sporting Chance will most likely not run in the Breeders Cup Juvenile. Lukas has been very critical of the Del Mar Surface and might not want to take Sporting Chance to the West Coast. Lukas also says Sporting Chance could make his next start in the G1 Breeders Futurity.
From this morning's Racing Post web-site: There will be no Prix De l'Arc de Triomphe this year for Cracksman after connections have opted against sending him to Chantilly next Sunday. However, the season may not yet be over for Cracksman, with the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 21st remaining an option.
Well Bob Baffert has definitely got a very strong team in the BCC, with this one, "Arrogate" and "Collected". But I still think "Gun Runner" beats them all. Should be a great race that's for sure. :-)
This one was somewhat in contention until he got BASHED into by the should have been dq'd Irap.
Does anyone know if IWC is a bleeder? The way he stopped running after 4f in many of his races indicated that he might have bled even with Lasix.

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