• Sharp Azteca (1-2) draws clear in the Grade 2 Kelso.Posted 3 hours ago
  • West Coast (4-5) leaves the field far behind in the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby.Posted 3 hours ago
  • It Tiz Well (5-1) bests Abel Tasman in the Grade 1 Cotillion.Posted 4 hours ago
  • Coal Front (4-5) refuses to let American Pastime by in the Grade 3 Gallant Bob.Posted 5 hours ago
  • Page McKenney (6-1) digs down and holds on in the Pa Derby Champion Stakes.Posted 5 hours ago
  • Off Limits (8-5) glides by her competition in the Grade 3 Noble Damsel.Posted 7 hours ago
  • Capla Temptress (5-1) rolls home in the Natalma, while making her North American debut.Posted 6 days ago
  • Untamed Domain (3-1) kicks it in late to win the Summer Stakes at Woodbine.Posted 6 days ago
  • World Approval (2-1) shows he is much the best in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile.Posted 7 days ago
  • Patrona Margarita (23-1) draws clear in the Grade 2 Pocahontas.Posted 7 days ago

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I hope everything turns out ok, I've always liked Irap and his running style... 11 races in 9 months might have caught up with Irap :(
Honorable Duty worked 6f, Sept 23rd, in 1:12.60 (b) finishing 1/1.
Eagle worked 5f, Sept 23rd, in 59.80 (b) finishing 3/51.
Divisidero worked 5f, Sept 23rd, in 1:00.40 (b) finishing 7/51.
Keen Ice worked 5f, Sept 23rd, in 1:01.01 (b) finishing 3/33.
Destin worked 5f, Sept 23rd, in 1:01.01 (b) finishing 3/33.
El Deal worked 5f, Sept 23rd, in 1:01.02 (b) finishing 4/16
Diversify worked 5f, Sept 23rd, in 1:01.55 (b) finishing 9/16.
Madefromlucky worked 4f, Sept 23rd, in 49.23 (b) finishing 28/69.
Practical Joke worked 4f, Sept 23rd, in 48.25 (b) finishing 10/65.
I feel a lot better with my Arrogate/West Coast BCC exacta prediction after the Penn Derby. Carry 4 pounds less than all the older horses, I don't think, besides Arrogate, there is another horse who can beat West Coast in the stretch of the 2017 BCC.
Retire him to stud for 7.5k in NY He is very inconsistent and throws a clunker in half his races....
BREAKING: Doug O'Neill has released the following statement on the condition of Irap. "Irap is resting comfortably in his stall. Irap sustained a fractured sesamoid. He is scheduled for surgery Monday morning at New Bolton with world renowned surgeon Dr. Dean Richardson who operated on Barbaro. Attending will be our own Dr. Ryan Carpenter who will be flying out to assist. Please continue to keep Irap in your prayers. Thank you!"
I'm so worried .... on O'Neill's twitter....Irap is resting comfortably in his stall....scheduled for surgery....that's all it said ....
I haven't been this excited to see a horse return in a loooong time!
I fully don't understand the drug issue with horses? Is Baffert using drugs on Arrogate and West Coast? I have no idea what I am talking about, so don't kill me :-)
Well that settled the 3 year old race. This horse has become a serious one!
IWC has been the most inconsistent horse a person has ever seen since the Fountain of Youth....even being saddled today you could tell he didn't have it. The horse looks like he shouldn't be running in anything over $100K stake races.
I am always happy to see him do well
Demolished all foes in the Noble Damsel!

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