• Kobe's Back goes from last to first down the stretch to win the Palos Verdes.Posted 21 hours ago
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  • Hoppertunity nips Imperative by a San Antonio head-bob.Posted 1 day ago
  • In her seasonal debut, Songbird is a dominant winner of the Las Virgenes at Santa Anita.Posted 1 day ago
  • Lukes Alley kicks it in late to win the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.Posted 1 day ago
  • Mor Spirit cruises late to win the Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita.Posted 1 day ago
  • Aussie-bred Power Alert gets there first in the GP Turf Sprint.Posted 1 day ago
  • Tommy Macho runs away with the Fred Hooper at Gulfsrtream Park.Posted 1 day ago
  • No catching Tammy the Torpedo in the turfy Suwannee River.Posted 1 day ago
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thank goodness SOMEONE understands pace
KI is a good closer but this race makes it even more clear that he's not going to win unless the situation is tailor fit for him. Just right off the pace, a distance of least 10 furlongs and a really fast pace that burns out the leaders. If one of these things isn't there he doesn't win it's that simple. This was a relatively weak field to what KI has faced (I know some people like Msawish but cmon) and on class alone he should have won or at the very least hit the board. Truth of the matter is KI hasn't been in the trifecta the last three races. After the Travers KI was put on the same level as Frosted and Dortmund because he actually beat AP. This race reveals that the reason for his win was the perfect conditions and that of the big four AP rivals (Frosted, Dortmund, FL and KI) KI is probably the worst horse by far. Don't get me wrong KI is the best son of Curlin yet but in the end he hasn't been in the trifecta his last three starts (as impressive as the Clark was and as tough as the BCC field was)
Taxable had her 8th workout today. She has worked regularly since December 11th while only skipping one week. She worked 5f in 101.20 at Fairgrounds. I'm excited to see her working as this filly was impressive winning her maiden race by 7 lengths. I hope she has improved as she will be one to watch going forward if she has improved.
Of the 3 so far Kasseopia looks the best.
WIth a very sad heart I announce that Pride of Dubai has been retired.
I love Medaglia d'Oro's ability to pass on broken blazes and super fillies.
Lost in all the shuffle on super Saturday, Hope's Love, California Chrome's full sister, will try to break her madien in race 8 going one mile. Two turns for the first time in her career.
Does anyone know where Royal Delta is? how she is? She was to go to Ireland but there are no babies listed for her? A horse like that could not just fall off the face of the earth. Where is she.. please post!
I am old and never thought I would see another Ruffian. But now I have.
Some lovely recent photos,she looks great
Shoot for Kentucky. Come on. It'd be one heck of a derby.
Samantha Nicole has been retired and will be bred to Bernardini.
  • Mary Z. · I hope that the foal isn't born at a huge-normous weight. · 2 days ago
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · This foal will be a full sibling (in blood) to Rachel's Valentina · 16 hours ago
Worked out on Saturday, first posted since his breeders cup race oct 31... Dale says few more works and then alw race and long range goal of Arkansas Derby.
Donworth, 3rd place finisher in San Antonio yesterday, will make his next start in the Dubai World Cup at the end of March.
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  • reshuffler · I think that's a little bit to much for this guy. Considering who his opposition will be I don't why you would do that. I would stay here and win some stakes while the best opposition is gone. · 17 hours ago
  • Lkb via Disqus · Bit ambitious · 16 hours ago
I like fillies that win at 1 1/16 miles at CD as a two year old and then come back the next year to win impressively at other tracks. It's scary to think that her race on 2/5 was only her third lifetime race. I can't wait to see if she continue to progress. As of today, Terra Promessa is my projection pick to win the Kentucky Oaks. It doesn't hurt that she is a beautiful Curlin filly.
The third year old filly division is smoking this year. I am more excited about this division than the boys!
  • chasingmytale via Disqus · I agree. I've have stated for weeks that I believe this is the year of the fillies. · 19 hours ago
Shiffman and Zipse what did you guys think?
  • Ruffianlover · ?? · 1 day ago
  • Mary Z. · Me? I think my pal deserves to have a nice filly, Songbird, in his care. And I hope that she continues her success. · 19 hours ago
La nueva Zenyatta
Wee wee cho ching ding a long wong wing long pee pee dong from hong kong.
Of the three entered so far I like Kasseopia. Likes synthetic and GGF is synthetic. Also ran second to Riker in the Gr.3 Grey Stakes at Woodbine.

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