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  • Grand Arch just holds off a flying The Pizza Man to win the Shadwell Turf Mile.Posted 2 days ago
  • He repeats -- It's all Tonalist in a sloppy Jockey Club Gold Cup.Posted 2 days ago
  • Brody's Cause flies home to win the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity.Posted 2 days ago
  • Tepin runs away and hides in the Grade 1 First Lady -- BC Mile next.Posted 2 days ago

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RIP Ruffian, the horse that should be remembered as THE greatest of all time. Instead we are stuck with the what could have and should have been, this extremely bitter heartbreaking and unfinished story forever. We will never see one like her again, she is truly incredible.
Reading these comments you would think it was the end if the world.
Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Lovely Mariais out of consideration for the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) and will be rested the remainder of the year, trainer Larry Jones said Oct. 6 at Keeneland. Brereton Jones' 3-year-old daughter of Majesticperfection faded to fifth in the Oct. 4 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (gr. I) at the Lexington track after showing the way early on. Although she rolled to her Kentucky Oaks victory off a score in the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland this spring, she has not won since then. She was fifth in the Delaware Oaks (gr. III) and sixth in the Alabama Stakes (gr. I) before her Spinster try. "We're not gonna run her in the Breeders' Cup," Jones said. "She's won two grade ones, she's a millionaire, and she's earned a rest. So they're gonna rest her a little bit, and then see what happens from there." Article on bloodhorse
What successful mares would you like to go to Empire Maker? I think Oatsee and Take Charge Lady would be a good fit
Empire Maker is now on Gainsway farm's website. Pretty cool!!!
All this criticism of McGaughey is very comical - but what one would expect from a comedian. First I'd like to know which wanabee trainer on here ASSumes to know Honor Code better than Shug does. Or are all horses trained the same? Second, I'd like to know that if choosing a 1 1/4 prep for a 1 1/4 race is so ideal and choosing a 1 mile race was such a horrible decision, why were the last 3 runnings of the Classic won by horses who prepped in 1 1/8 races? Prior to that, why did Flat Out lose to Drosselmeyer after winning the JCGC? And that's just in the last 4 years. Where is the evidence for this tried and true one size fits all method of prepping in a 1 1/4 race for the Classic? And lastly, if such a prep is so crucial, what of a decision to train up to the Classic for 2 months without a prep? Will those 4 and 5F works somehow be more magical than a 1 mile prep just because it's Bob Almighty's decision to do so? One winner in the 30 year history of the Classic says quite the contrary. So where is his criticism - as if I didn't know the answer.
Where do I go watch the race? I've looked about but been unsuccessful finding it. Link please?
Oh boy. I really hope he does end up coming to Keeneland for the BC. Talk about star power, we'll have the 2 best horses in the world running that day.
Clear Creek stud reports that Ide will be retired from breeding
In an interview with TVG, Old Friends announces that they have acquired 1997 Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold and 1996 Breeders Cup Classic winner Alphabet Soup from Adena Springs. They will both be retired from breeding duties and will live at Old Friends in the near future.
🇨🇦Go Canada Go🇨🇦
Spendthrift reports that Victor's Cry and Court Vision(Breeders Cup Mile Champ) will relocate to Spendthrift Ky. Nice to have another Street Cry and Gulch son back in the states.
Pretty sure she will be retired. She deserves it.. she's done enough. On to her foal with Orb!!
So, I have a question. I know his stud rights have been sold to darley, but I've heard that a half intrest in him while he's racing has been sold to godolphin. Can anyone confirm this?
  • Jbyrnes1 · Well considering Darley Stud is owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and vice-president of the United Arab Emirates, they transfer horses to Godolphin, so I guess so. · 1 day ago
  • ILuvTurfRacing · @reshuffler, A story that appeared today on the Racing Post web-site said that under a deal to stand Golden Horn at Dalham Stud in Newmarket next year, Sheikh Mohammed has bought a 50% stake in Golden Horn, but until he retires from racing he remains 100% owned by Anthony Oppenheimer. The story says he came out of the Arc looking like he'd barely even ran in a race which is why trainer John Gosden and owner Anthony Oppenheimer have decided to bring Golden Horn to Keenland for this year's G1 Breeders Cup Turf and I predict he'll be the first Arc winner to ever win the BC Turf. · 14 hours ago
Privman (DRF) reports this A.M. that American Pharoah will not ship to Kentucky, but will remain at SA to train for the BCC. More detail in DRF's pay-to-read article.
  • buckeye630 · Did the article mention why? I am NOT a fan of this plan as I feel like AP needs more time to recover from shipping to err on the side of caution. Hopefully he will ship him at least a sooner than he did last time. · 15 hours ago
John Gosden in a post race interview says that there is a chance Golden Horn will show up at Keeneland to run in the Breeders Cup Turf. There is a chance he will come. According to DRF
Mallios I swear sometimes I think you make stuff up just so you can argue. You look for drama when there isn't any. No one is 'making excuses' the first thing i said after he Kelso was 'wow that was disappointing'. Everyone knows he didn't fir- for whatever reason. Everything is all speculation. I personally don't think it was due to the pace or track being sloppy- he has won against those two before. I think he just didn't fire. It was clear he didn't have his usual closing kick. To say he is behind beholder and American Pharoah is just silly when honor code won two deeply loaded fields this year. Stop making up stuff just so you can cause drama
Untapable is not the same racehorse she needs to win the BC Distaff
If I was Javier, I don't know if I would take the ride on Honor Code with his running style in a race like the BCC. How could you possibly want to be behind all those really good horses at a distance he's never run, outside of NY. Take the ride on Keen Ice, who may be improving and will be mid-pack, who doesn't have a mind of his own, who is definitely proven at the distance, will get what I think will be first shot at the speed coming from behind and takes his track with him no matter where he runs.
1. Pharoah 2. Liams Map 3. Tonalist 4. Honor Code 5. Beholder 6. Frosted 7. Smooth rider

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