• Minding rolls home an easy winner of the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh.Posted 3 days ago
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  • Mo Tom finds a trouble free trip, and rolls home an easy Ohio Derby winner.Posted 4 days ago
  • Isabella Sings strolls to victory in Monmouth's Eatontown.Posted 4 days ago
  • Sarah Sis makes all the running as the Chicago Handicap favorite.Posted 4 days ago
  • Harzand holds off Idaho in the Irish Derby to become a dual Derby winnerPosted 4 days ago
  • Far From Over wins his return today at Belmont after more than 16 months away.Posted 5 days ago
  • Champion Untapable has been retired from racing, according to owner, Ron Winchell.Posted 10 days ago

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Shackelford or exaggerator at a 1 3-16 at Pimlico ? match race
Am I the only one who thinks songbird should run in the Delaware handicap? I mean its a grade 1, and she's barely been tested.
I saw the horse was related through albaugh's instagram page, I just hope he can run them to a frazzle like his half brother
Looks like she will have some good competitors in the Mother Goose - she's my pick!! Will be a good one
  • Pebbles via Disqus · I hope she loves the track as much as her mom and dad did. :-) · 1 hour ago
She is a very nice filly, but not her mother. Still a very good racing horse :D
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  • Erin J. via Disqus · I agree. She is good, but not great. I wish she would have done better today, but I guess she was up too close to the pace? · 54 days ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Her father did not mature until midway through his three year old season. She seemed precocious as a two year old with her maiden win and G1 Spinaway score. Give her a chance to be her own horse and not walk in the long shadows cast by her parents. :-) Remember, Rachel also did not have to contend with Songbird, and a ton of other quality fillies as a two and three year old. That said, Rachel really did not find her groove until Calvin got in the saddle and started her 8 race winning streak with the Golden Rod win. · 1 hour ago
I don't know if this pic of him has been posted yet or not because my phone is hating on me today- but even if it has its worth another look
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  • By The Numbers via Disqus · I don't know much about conformation, but boy does he look stunning! He really filled out as well. · 12 hours ago
  • BeastBob via Disqus · Comparing this conformation photo with those of his sire, grandsire and dam, he looks similar to Littleprincessemma (especially the hind end). · 11 hours ago
“What’s so great about her is the way she travels,” noted Porter. “She can do these types of fractions in just a gallop, and when Mike (Smith) knows she’s gonna win, he just gears her down.” According to Porter, she was so talented that Mike Smith, who was mulling retirement, told a couple of jockeys at Keeneland that he wouldn’t as long as she was running. CCA, Alabama, Cotillion, Breeders Cup Distaff here she comes. She will remain on easy coast until after the Alabama. Porter believe her biggest threat will be Carina Mia
  • buckeye630 · Really glad Mike isn't letting go of this one...and if he is holding off retirement for her, you KNOW she has to be a pretty special filly. · 12 hours ago
Boy, talk about a feel good story turning into a tragic, disgraceful nightmare. Maria Borell went from capturing the hearts of the American people to downright betrayal and humiliation. The crimes Borell has committed has no place in this world. These animals were neglected and abandoned. Maria and her father should pay for their crimes and I hope Maria never gets near another horse again.
  • Mary Z. · I wouldn't mind if she were made to clean up all of theirshite and her own. No use in her going on the same diet the horses were on. · 13 hours ago
Liam's Map's 1/2 bro debuts in the 3rd @ CD tomorrow 5/1 ML {saywhat?}
Check out the hypo matings of American Pharoah with Beholder and Songbird below. Songbird is an A+ according to TrueNicks.
  • Ruffianlover · Love that medag line, and with his ability to sire great fillies, if a female is born between these two/ watch out world for the super horse! · 13 hours ago
Saratoga: make sure you walk all around the track, over by the backstretch, near the gate and don't miss the US Racing Museum across the street (it is a treat unto itself). When I was last there a year ago, they were building a smaller exhibit near the main grandstand entrance as a display of what the Hall of Fame is all about to entice more participation. There is a smaller version of the great Secretariat statute in the paddock at Belmont, in a quiet garden area in the Hall of Fame. A must see. Look for the jockey silks room too: very colorful as far as you can see. The place exudes HISTORY in spades.
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Make certain to take the backstretch tours - the Oklahoma walking tour you can find out information about at the Racing Museum. It requires a donation, but the donation gets you admission to the museum. The main track tours are every morning I believe except Tuesday when the track is closed and Travers day. They start at 7:30/8:00 AM. · 1 day ago
  • amino998 · attn: Tom Durkin fans and Elhubbo. Tom's giving Museum tours this year @ the Spa. Twelve people a day @ 11 am, 1st come, 1st served. Tour reservations can be made in advance by calling the Museum's membership office at (518) 584-0400 ext. 109. There will be no Durkin-led tours on Tuesdays or the following dates: Aug. 10, 12, 17, 20 and 27. · 13 hours ago
Hoping for her first grade 1. Good luck Off the Tracks
Fox Hill Farms has shared a US Racing article revealing plans for Songbird: the Coaching Club American Oaks, then the Alabama, then the Cotillion, and then hopefully the Breeders Cup. She'll ship out a few days before the CCAO and remain on the east coast until after the Alabama, when she will ship home and then back again before the Cotillion. Go Songbird go!
For those of you following this Mercer County situation, BH is reporting that Chuck Borell has been arrested today in Kentucky, taken into custody, and charged with 43 counts of second degree cruelty to animals. I'm sure specific ramifications and details will be forthcoming. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/212868/chuck-borell-charged-with-animal-cruelty
  • Byrnzzz · There is also a warrant for the arrest of Maria Borell · 17 hours ago
  • Buckpasser via Disqus · Good. Hope they nail both of them. I see the entire comment thread was shut down on BH · 15 hours ago
6 of the horses have been taken to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation - including Z Camelot & Silver Cliff. They are posting photos and updates on their FB.
man o war also raced with 40 pound weights on, something most people don't know, and that's because he was so good, if triple crown was a thing then, he would have won it
  • boatandoar via Disqus · Triple crown was a thing then .man o war didn't race Kentucky Derby · 37 days ago
  • sczen50 · Yes I knew of this... also count how much he carried incl/ the shoes he wore..not like now going back to the 40's where they run on aluminum...he ran on cast iron or steel shoes. A bit heavier. And he ran Both ways! Left & right-handed. lol · 16 hours ago
I'll always be a fan of Man o' War...regardless.
  • sczen50 · Glad to hear that!! ;=) He was Thee Best regardless!! When you weigh out All of the factors!. :) Something they never tell you about.. remember he did run under a pull alot..also the 'shoes' he wore! Steel or Cast Iron...all the time. Even more weight in races.. more than the aluminum they run on since the 40's even. And the starting line for timing was different then..the surfaces much less.. he ran Both ways! Clock-wise & counter-clockwise..how many do & have done that? lol · 16 hours ago
Was a Champion and could've been Great!!~
Something to consider-as I've mentioned before..the weight concession FL & Dorty could be getting from Chrome. I wonder what they'd be putting on him--or Them??
I love Firing Line. He is my favorite horse in training. I don't doubt his talent at all, but I think that racing him against Dortmund and CC in his first appearance in 14 months would be downright foolish.
  • Bill Harman via Disqus · Against Dorty? Not too much of a prob....but against Chromie..maybe~ HOWEVER...Carly.... This is a Handicap... ;) Dortmund is his age but hasnt run in 7 months..a little while either... only a few months for Chrome...but consider this... How much weight are they gonna put on Chrome?? 130? maybe? Dortmund & Firing Line..not near that I strongly doubt!~ So... and the odds for Chrome most likely I'll bet go 5-2 maybe?? But FL.. BET HE'LL BE A GOOD BET AND AT 1 1/8TH...COULD BE GOOD! IT'LL BE EXCITING NEVERTHELESS. · 17 hours ago

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