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  • 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 9 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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Read between the line drf article O'Neil is done with his horse. He mentioned the breeding deal.
Now this is an good field! 1st- PLUM DANDY 2nd- Straight Fire 3rd- Gormley
This is not so much a comment on Beholder specifically as it is on racing in general -- she has run 24 times. She will run two more times this year. That is 26 races, and she is six years old. Just 26 races in 5 years of running. What happened to hardy horses? By the end of their 6-year old campaigns, Kelso and Forego had run 50+ times each, and I do not believe either ran as a two year old. Ever since the early 2000s, it seems as though owners have decided to limit the number of races these horses run to 5-6x/year. In one sense, that is great for owners, as more and more horses can get to be stakes winners since the better horses are not entered into so many stakes races. Some horses, such as Ghostzapper and Invasor, won HOTY titles with just four races in North America the year they won it. I realize that horses are big investments, but they were 30 years ago as well. And if they are so afraid of the horses breaking down and being destroyed, why race them at age 6? Something else must be at work here, and I am wondering if others can tell me what it is.
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I hope it is not true, but I heard that Materiality is listed on the Jockey Club Registry as being deceased.
I'm betting on Found to be 2nd, it's a certainty!!! ha ha ha
Nice to see "Mr Z" back in action!!!! :-)
Finally making his debut on Sunday at Belmont Park race 4.
The post position draw for this year's Arc de Triomphe was held earlier this morning and favorite Postponed is well positioned. He'll break from PP #7 of 16. Here's the entire Arc PP draw order: #1-Vedevani, #2-The Grey Gatsby, #3-Siljan's Saga, #4-Silverwave, #5-Talismanic, #6-Harzand, #7-Postponed, #8-New Bay, #9-One Foot In Heaven, #10-Savoir Vivre, #11-Highland Reel, #12-Found, #13-Migwar, #14-Makahiki, #15-Left Hand, and #16-Order Of St George. Harzand is drawn well enough just to Postponed's inside if he's good enough? I also think that Silverwave & New Bay might end up being players too. New Bay ran 3rd in this race last year against without question a much tougher field, but I especially like Silverwave each way at 20-1. He seems in really good form at the right time, and has ran really well in his last 2 starts, winning both the G1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud & G2 Prix Foy.
1st- Iron Fist 2nd- Mr. Z
Only 4 horses. Doesn't matter- still a very great field in a historic race, one of the 6th best turf races in America for males. (Turf, Manhattan, Mile, Turf Sprint, Turf Classic) I can't decide. I have to say Flintshire, Ectot, Money Multiplier, Twilight Eclipse. All within a 5 length span.
how is this a G1 field?
  • Brian Hayes via Disqus · I'll pass on this one, not even worth it. · 22 hours ago
  • Stay Thirsty via Disqus · If this--- Flintshire and Money Multiplier, with two other very good horses, is not a G1 race, then how is the other Hirsch race (Clement), even a graded stakes at all???? · 1 hour 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.
Exaggerator has been sent to Winstar Farm for a freshening and might get the rest of the year off. Big Chief Racing announces that Winstar has full control over Exaggerator's future and will decide in the coming weeks on if he will race as a four year old or retire to stud.
Exaggerator being freshened at Win Star. Hopefully he isn't retired on the downside like Curlin's other Classic runners, Palace Malice, Ride on Curlin, maybe Keen Ice. Leaves a sour taste that his main runners have or are going out on the downswing.
1st- Jimmy Bouncer 2nd- Toowindytohaulrox
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. · 1 day ago
  • hoof_hearted2016 · D'ya think Flintshire can win it Pebs???? LOL · 3 hours ago
EL HUERFANO... UPSET??? HAHAH
So... is Hoppertunity running in this one, or the Jockey Gold Cup next week?
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!
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  • Brian Shaw via Disqus · Hoppertunity won't even be in the race and according to Baffert, they are going for the lead early with Dortmund. Pacific Classic they purposely rated him whereas this upcoming race they are going to be aggressive early. · 21 hours ago
  • Aubrey via Disqus · Hmmm I heard hoppertunity prolly isn't running but either way those are your top three I can't imagine any of the other horses making a impact but hey who knows...I have a feeling chrome may bounce and regress off that last race, and with dortmund being undefeated at santa anita and with the 9F distance he's the winner.. but hey maybe chrome will prove me wrong he really is something special...I like them both wouldn't be disappointed if either one · 5 hours ago

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