• Enola Gray takes the Melair gate to wire.Posted 15 hours ago
  • Surgical Strike charges on the outside to win the Arlington Classic (G3).Posted 16 hours ago
  • Diva Express and I'm a Looker make a dead heat run in the Winning Colors (G3).Posted 16 hours ago
  • Flipcup game in Arlington Matron (G3) victory.Posted 16 hours ago
  • In his first start since the Remsen, Gift Box rolls over a strong allowance field at Belmont.Posted 2 days ago
  • Nyquist has spiked a fever, delaying his trip to Belmont, via DRF's Dave Grening.Posted 5 days ago
  • Second Summer holds off Hard Aces to win the Grade 2 Californian.Posted 6 days ago
  • Exaggerator turns the tables and is victorious in the Preakness (G1).Posted 7 days ago
  • Takeover Target flies home late to win from last in the Grade 2 Dixie.Posted 7 days ago
  • American Freedom fights back for Sir Barton victory.Posted 7 days ago

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Racked up yet another win today in the G2 Vicomtesse Vigier! After the race, Alain De Royer-Dupre had this to say: "Logically we will look at the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud next. He needed the run today because we backed off him a lot after Dubai because such a trip is always tiring for a horse."
Tepin's owner, Mr. Robert Masterson, has confirmed that Tepin will be going to Royal Ascot for the Queen Anne Stakes according an interview with TDN: "We are planning to take the filly to Royal Ascot and run in the Queen Anne. Right now, all systems are go and everybody is on board. She obviously has some things to overcome that are different than the way she is running here, but we would like to go and try it and see how she does." Hopefully the breathing problems reported by her trainer earlier are not serious. I'd love to see Tepin at Royal Ascot, but only if it's in her best interests. http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/tepins-royal-ascot-plans-in-discussion/
2016 Japanese Derby Winner!!! Let's Go to Arc!!!
Watching an old HRTV bio on Old English Rancho, brought me to the most recent star of the farm. Acclamation was an amazing horse who would not run if he was whipped - and he stuck to it. I so miss the wonderful docs HRTV used to give us
Mo Tom pointing for the Ohio Derby, possibly 9 running, assuming Governor Malibu and Stradivari both run. Very deep Belmont IMO.
This blog will light up like a Xmas tree if he wins the Belmont at big odds, which is very possible.
Finnegan's Wake, Red Tie Day, Bal A Bali, Royal Albert Hall.
Wow he romped in his debut!! Definitely one to keep an eye on in the future...
Just wow. Nicely job in MSW.
How does this race result I added get posted to Enola Gray's page? I am expecting No reply at all, so even a fartinthegeneraldirectionofwest will be appreciated.
Trainer Mark Casse says there is concern over the fact she will NOT be able to wear nasal strip at Ascot. "She's had some breathing issues in the past. She's one that is it really important that she wears (nasal strip)" Mark Casse added that likely by tomorrow they will make a final decision on whether they will go on to Royal Ascot with Tepin.
Donnie Von Hemel announces that Mike Smith will ride Suddenbreakingnews in the Belmont Stakes.
  • studentrick via Disqus · It will be interesting to see how the jockey change impacts the horses future. You can't really say much after one race, but the rides in the Arkansas and the Rebel make me think this change was neeeded.... · 21 hours ago
Nice win :) Maybe we have another Songbird, but Enola has many to do before.
Pleasant workout to win The Melair. That pace was too easy for her.
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · 1 Enola Gray(1-9) 2 Allsquare(25-1) 3 Cheekaboo(7-1) finish · 15 hours ago
I'm picking Exaggerator to win.
Possible Canterbury stakes contenders Dark Star Cup:Barbados Lady Canterbury: Recepta, Heath, Coming Attraction, Angel Vision, Lady Lara, Tuttipaesi Mystic Lake Mile:El Kabeir,Za Approval,Red Rifle,Cage Fighter,Middleburg, Smokem Kitten
Was Dark Star beating Native Dancer in the 1953 Kentucky Derby the biggest upset in horse racing history?
Trainer Tom Amoss announces that Mo Tom will not run in the Belmont Stakes and will point for the Ohio Derby in June.
  • andthey'reoff · Tom really likes the midwest circuits, so this move doesn't surprise me. Also, I wanted to thank you for our discussion yesterday on the Canterbury page. I needed a real confidence booster and some reassurance yesterday after those entries came out. · 17 hours ago
Exaggerator reminds me very much of War Admiral. The way he stands reminds me of the old black and white photos of the 1937 Triple Crown Winner.
Quite an impressive debut! Very close to a track record and he wasn't even being pressed!

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