• Texas Chrome (2-1) bravely squeezed through on the rail for an Oklahoma Derby win.Posted 4 days ago
  • Unbridled Mo (4-1) rides the rail to victory in the Remington Park Oaks.Posted 4 days ago
  • Accelerate (1-1) rallies to win the Los Alamitos Derby (G2).Posted 5 days ago
  • Connect (10-1) upsets the Pennsylvania Derby.Posted 5 days ago
  • Songbird (1-5) gets win number 11 in the Cotillion (G1) at Parx Racing.Posted 5 days ago
  • Noholdingback Bear (3-1) wins the Gallant Bob (G3) at Parx Racing.Posted 5 days ago
  • 2015 Turf Champion Big Blue Kitten has been retired from racing, via the Chad Brown barn.Posted 8 days ago
  • No catching Sarah Sis (10-1) in the Presque Isle Downs Masters.Posted 10 days ago
  • Victory to Victory  7-1) pulls clear in the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes.Posted 11 days ago
  • Good Samaritan (3-1) rolls to a Breeders' Cup birth with a Summer Stakes win.Posted 11 days ago

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Barely a field for the Joe Hirsch.
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  • ILuvTurfRacing · Pretty sad indeed. Running in the "Joke Hirsch Turf Classic" when he should be standing in a stall at Chantilly waiting to run in the Arc on Sunday instead of in this joke of a race. · 23 hours ago
  • hoof_hearted2016 · D'ya think Flintshire can win it Pebs???? LOL · 22 minutes ago
The G1 Prix De l'Opera, in my opinion, seems kind of an ambitious spot for Pleascach to be making her seasonal debut coming off of a layoff of nearly 13 months. To be honest, I had written her off as having been retired to broodmare status by Godolphin after having won the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas & G1 Yorkshire Oaks last season, and low and behold if trainer Jim Bolger doesn't go and call an audible on me, LOL. There's no question that Pleascach has the talent to be in the race, but my chief concern would definitely be the amount of time she's been off the track to be lining up against this type of fillies & mares on what will be her first start of the season. That being said, it's awfully hard to second guess a master trainer like Jim Bolger.
So... is Hoppertunity running in this one, or the Jockey Gold Cup next week?
I hope it is not true, but I heard that Materiality is listed on the Jockey Club Registry as being deceased.
Forget what I said earlier about the Awesome Again being a close race. With their respective post positions, Chrome will break like a bullet and move out trapping Dortmund. Even with blinkers, expect a poor break by Rafael Bejarano on Dortmund. Locking in the Chrome/Hoppertunity exacta!
I feel bad for Cleo that she has to live up to her brother's accomplishments. She's her own horse, and all I keep reading on different sites is "The Sister" to American Pharoah. Go get them and show them who you are Cleo! Ride safe!
Ugh I hate these premature non injury retirements. Just ridiculous the horse didn't get a chance to prove anything
Why not right? Just for fun I'm betting on Hoppertunity!! California Chrome 2nd, Win The Space 3rd. No. California Chrome 1st, Hoppertunity 2nd, Win The Space 3rd.
vale dori....horse to watch...
It's now very sadly being reported on the coursespecialist.co.uk/blogs/devastat link that Cavalryman has in fact lost his life after surgery was attempted on his leg post-Nad Al Sheba Trophy tonight in Dubai. A very classy horse who's career sadly ends with lifetime wins in races such as the G1 Grand Prix De Paris, G2 Prix Niel, G3 Nad Al Sheba Tropy, G2 Dubai Gold Cup, G2 Goodwood Cup, G2 Princess of Wales Stakes, & Coral Marathon(Esher Stakes). He also finished 3rd behind the mighty Sea The Stars & Youmzain in the 2009 G1 Prix De l'Arc de Triomphe. A fantastic middle distance horse & stayer for Godolphin for many years now, Cavalryman will surely be sadly missed.
I don't think Chrome will bounce but he may lose because the Awesome Again has at least 2 factors that move Dortmund up. Many fake 10f horses moved up (particularly in speed figures and ratings) over the years on the Californian speedways when running at 9 furlongs.
  • sczen50 · I was wondering the same thing and if they'll just take it easy on him..and let Dortmund go if he starts to run out ahead in the stretch. So they don't go all out to 'save' it for the BCC. · 8 hours ago
http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/looks-like-breeders-cup-is-a-go-for-nyquist/#.V-24TzShO88.facebook Looks like they're on for the breeders cup
Awww Tamarkuz is scratched :(. He will hit the board in the BC Dirt Mi. 1st- JOKING, by daylight devouring the hot pace horses. 2nd- Holy Boss 3rd- Weekend Hideaway
Quezon wins and upsets Wavell Avenue who finishes a game 2nd.
Jockey Frankie Dettori thought he might be without a mount for this year's Arc de Triomphe, but he'll now have the chance to win his 5th Arc after he got the call this evening from trainer Aidan O'Brien to ride Order of St George in the race on Sunday. LOL, a little ironic considering it was Dettori who rode Wicklow Brave to upset victory over Order of St George in the G1 Irish St Leger on his last start. Final declarations and jockey assignments will be released on Friday with 16 expected to go to post for this year's renewal.
My choice in the Arc, especially with Frankie. If going is soft or worse, Harzand cannot be ignored.
World class....enough said.
I was very hyped for this filly, and I still am. Any news?

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