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Saturday July 4th is our great Nations Birthday . It also marks the start of Racings 2nd half of the season. With the Dwyer and the race at Los Als,3 year olds are back in the headlines. Although Texas Red and Kentuckian will be receiving all of the press clippings. Do not for 1 second fall asleep on SPEIGHTSTER. Ibelieve that he is the best of the lot running in any race tommorrow. He was brought along slowly by Mott and is still flying under the Radar,just how Mott likes it. At So. Cal on this date. Do not be surprised when Gimmie De Lute takes them all the way for Bullet Bob.
One for the thumb...
Pink Poppy, Zindaya, Emotional Kitten, Miss Frost.
It is in Pletcher's, Win Star's and Racing's best interest that Carpe Diem run the Haskell. With the way things are shaping up Carpe Diem will in all likelihood be AP's toughest Haskell challenger. If Pletcher didn't run him it would in all likelihood make the Haskell less meaningful on AP's resume. Pletcher and Win Star have very little to lose if they somehow win their horse becomes immortalized as the next Onion if they come in second it partly wipes away the stain of the Derby. Not to mention the second or even third purse for the Haskell should make it their worthwhile. The Jim Dandy is shaping up to be a loaded field of all of the best horses in the crop named AP. Their is so much more positive in challenging AP and getting that purse money and looking like one of the top three year olds than challenging everyone else.
It was just announced that the injury was more serious than thought. CC has been retired...As announced on owner's FB page. "Later in the morning Dr. Bob examined him again and viewed the x-rays that were taken, he then consulted with those who we feel are the top people in the world in their field and to our heartbreaking dismay we learned that this in fact was a very complicated sesamoid injury, which unfortunately will retire our young maturing star."
  • elhubbo · Sad news, hopefully he has long career in breeding shed. · 8 hours ago
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · Sorry to hear that. Hopefully he heals well and has a good next career. · 7 hours ago
If I did now know better I would think English was your 3rd language
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · Roger Atfield has trained 8 Queen's Plate winners. He has the 7, Danish Dynaformer, who is one of the favorites, and the 5 Billy's Star, in the Queen's Plate. So if one of those colts wins, it would be Atfield's ninth QP winner. Who knows if that is what was meant by service for 9. Could have been the place settings at the table when I was a kid, Youngest of 7. Had my parents been erroneous zoned by over population this fantasy woman may not have been born, and no, I am NOT thinking globally. Let's see: Espanol, Way Sexy Twinspeak, Ingles. · 7 hours ago
If Pletcher and Walden want to regain form, they head north to Saratoga for the Jim Dandy. They should avoid AP until the Classic at Keeneland.
  • elhubbo · The Jim Dandy could shape up to be a much tougher race. The way the 3yos are avoiding Pharoah, second place money in jersey may make more sense. Carpe Diem will have to qualify for the classic. I think if Frosted or the bunch have a shot to beat AP, the Haskell will be It. If Pharoah is right and gets his trip, regardless of race or competition, he wins. If the classic was run tomorrow Carpe Diem would be 50-1, if he can't hang better to go a different way, cause 12th in the classic pays very little. · 8 hours ago
Now that A.P. has committed to this race. I am reading how people are saying that this horse,or that horse should look for better options.Are you kidding me,how can connections duck 1 horse only. If i owned a top grade 3yo, i woild be chomping at the bit to run against a horse of the caliber of A.P. . I would not run and hide fo cover. I would want to be the one that defeated him,i would want to be the one that dissapointed over 60,000 fans in attendance. Nothing personal against the horse or the trainer or even the owners. But the other thing is,this is a G1 race with a Million Dollar purse. Where the hell has the competetive fire in the belly gone to. You should live for oppotunities like this one. Like i said, you must own a top echelon 3yo,the likes of a Dortmund or a Firing Line. Maybe even a healthy Carpe Diem.
One more month till we see the greatest horse of the twenty first century run!! Interesting to see how many(and which) quality horses decide to challenge AP. AP came out of the TC in better shape then most horses who run all three races and on a two month break I don't see anyone beating AP over 9f. The horse in this crop with the best chance to beat AP over 9 would be Dortmund but he'll probably be in Saratoga for the Jim Dandy.
She's gonna win---AGAIN😛
BREAKING NEWS and now confirmed: Owner Ahmed Zayat has told ESPN that the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2 will be the setting for the Triple Crown winner's next race and first start after a historic 5 ½-length triumph in the Belmont Stakes on June 6. "I've decided to do the logical step and run American Pharoah at Monmouth," Zayat said. "I'm trying to create one of the best days racing has ever seen for its fans and one that will also fit the prestige that surrounds American Pharoah. I want it to be a great day for everyone that will celebrate racing." The mile-and-an-eighth Grade 1 stakes for 3-year-olds is a particular favorite of trainer Bob Baffert, who already owns a record seven wins in the Haskell, and will afford the 52-year-old Zayat, a resident of Teaneck, an opportunity to race his prized champion in his home state. Article on http://espn.go.com/horse-racing/story/_/id/13176111/american-pharoah-run-haskell
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  • K.D. via Disqus · After reading the article, are we looking at a Haskell, Travers and the BC or are we looking at a Haskell - Travers - Unknown - and BC? · 14 hours ago
  • https://www.facebook.com/john. · https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhBZmKyTwTg Me when I read this · 13 hours ago
It's crazy how he ran a faster 1 1/4 mile in the Belmont then he did in the KY Derby!
  • travel_vic · no it's not DIFFERENT pace pressure, different surface, different weather, different tactics with several other strong earlier colts in Louisville than in New York. Time is not a matter with running from point A to B, a myriad of diferent pressures accompany that effort each and every time and in DIFFERING amounts. · 13 hours ago
The strongest betting angle for me is Euro Horses making their debuts in America on the grass. They always do well in espcieally in the barns of Chad Brown and Graham Motion.
I'd probably be pulling for Mylute. Sullivan has been supporting this one for a long while. His time should be now, and a big price would be nice. GL, Sullivan.
  • Sullivan · If he wins, I will be happier than ever before (it would be his first stakes win). However, Tonalist is on a different pedestal from any other horse in the world in my opinion, and would have to have a very bad day to be caught by Effinex, if anyone. · 14 hours ago
BREAKING NEWS and now confirmed: Owner Ahmed Zayat has told ESPN.com that the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2 will be the setting for the Triple Crown winner's next race and first start after a historic 5 ½-length triumph in the Belmont Stakes on June 6. "I've decided to do the logical step and run American Pharoah at Monmouth," Zayat said. "I'm trying to create one of the best days racing has ever seen for its fans and one that will also fit the prestige that surrounds American Pharoah. I want it to be a great day for everyone that will celebrate racing." The mile-and-an-eighth Grade 1 stakes for 3-year-olds is a particular favorite of trainer Bob Baffert, who already owns a record seven wins in the Haskell, and will afford the 52-year-old Zayat, a resident of Teaneck, an opportunity to race his prized champion in his home state. Article on http://espn.go.com/horse-racing/story/_/id/13176111/american-pharoah-run-haskell
Gonna be a good race!!!
G1 winner Wicked Strong, most recently 5th in the Met Mile, will try the turf next in the $150,000 Forbidden Apple Stakes on July 11 at Belmont Park. Trainer James Jerkens tells DRF'S David Grening that he is experimenting on turf because he believes WS will like it and hopes he can adapt. Article on DRF
I would dangle this historical nugget out to the connections: ONLY ONE Triple Crown winner also won the Travers.....Tough quadruple but it has a bonus historical notoriety merit badge hanging all over it.
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · Whirlaway! He had such a long tail. Maybe Pharoah could get extensions. · 16 hours ago
I can't find your Pharoah thread tv, but the answer is Whirlaway. What is my prize?
1.Shaman Ghost, 7 Danish Dynaformer, 11 Portree, 4 Academic, 3 Ault.

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