• Distinctiv Passion is a sharp winner of the Midnight Lute Stakes Posted 5 hours ago
  • Divine Oath holds on for the win in the W.L. McknightPosted 5 hours ago
  • Speechify rolls late in the Mr. ProspectorPosted 6 hours ago
  •  Rise Up skips away in a sloppy WoodchopperPosted 6 hours ago
  • Irish Mission best in the La Prevoyante Posted 6 hours ago
  • Bayern ditches blinkers, breezes 4F in  :47.80 at Santa Anita (13/61)Posted 6 hours ago
  • Irish Jasper gets up for the win in the Gasparilla Posted 7 hours ago
  • California Chrome sports blinkers, covers 5F in 1:00.60 at Los Al (5/15)Posted 8 hours ago
  • Overcontrol announces himself with a strong debut performance at Gulfstream Posted 8 hours ago
  • Shared Belief refuses to lose in the Grade 1 Malibu! Posted 1 day ago

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Hey everyone. Just wanted to share this bad boy on here: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/race/USA/LRL/2014/12/27/8/maryland-juvenile-futurity .... Ghost Bay is extremely talented! In his first two starts he made up tons of ground in his first couple starts, showing some major promise. I don't have the numbers in front of me, but in his second start I believe he had something like a 68 / 72 / 98 BRIS pace figures. He had trouble in his first two starts distributing his energy going 6f, but going 7f he was able to make a big step up and distribute his energy and such. The longer the better for this guy. He loves ground and has shown so. The talent in this field was not spectacular, but it did include a pretty hyped Brown horse (or whoever the trainer was) that insiders knew about names Sunrise Sunset. I don't remember if he fired or not, but he was pretty highly regarded coming in. As well as a few decent local horses. The competition was not terrific but not terrible, and a really nice stepping stone for this boy. Distance should be no problem and I don't think class should be either. But, time will tell. Hopefully he stays healthy so he shows us what he can do at higher competition. He was one of the best bets all year, if not the best, and at 7-2 at the gate! Of course kudos to Mr. Bender, Mr. Murray and Forest Boyce as well as all the men and women behind the scenes who have helped develop this guy. Put him in your virtual stable list, keep an eye on him and cheer him on :). Go Ghost Bay!!! Anyway, hope everyone here had a safe, healthy and happy holidays with your families. Hope everyone here enjoys the remainder of a healthy 2014 as well as best wishes in the future heading into 2015. Have a good one and happy new years :) ~Eddie.
It was my favorite in Gulfstream Park, FL today ... Un abrazo Leo
Unbelievable destiny in Gulfstream Park, FL.
Graham motion tells DRF's Mike Welsch that Main Sequence has arrived at Palm meadows where he will train to point for a 2015 campaign, he says he is doing well and is looking forward to being with him again, Motion says that MS could make his 2015 debut in the G2 Mac Diarmida on February 21st at Gulfstream Park, he will use this race as a prep for the Dubai Sheema Classic on Dubai World Cup night, according to DRF
Always been a fan of Distinctiv Passion & Heir Of Storm
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  • amino998 · 21.23, 42.99 and 1:07.61 {not down the hill :)} They're both rocketships, Silence, Great Cold Exacta! · 2 hours ago
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · Distinctiv Passion has always been fast. It's nice to see him get a that win! Heir Of Storm ran very well too. I was hopping up and down hollering them home :) · 2 hours ago
I have a question to pose. All I seem to read on this site is how people really love this horse or that horse and think they are very good horses but then they go and tear the horse down while building up a case for their "favorite". My question is why should I believe any of these three year old horses are better than average ability for a dirt horse? The fields they have faced when looking into their resumes are not strong. Bayern needs the race to go exactly his way or else he gives up. Not a trait I would like in my champion horse. California Chrome got hot in the earlier part of the year but then could not close the door when he needed to in the Fall and had to run against a poor field of turf runners to win a race. And Shared Belief seems steady enough but has not had that breakthrough race on dirt that you really want to see of an American Horse of the Year and a champion, and yet his field in the Malibu was classier than the turf race the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner ran in but Shared Belief's win has been less well received. And yet all these horses are considered better choices for Horse of the Year than a horse who defeated Flintshire who in my opinion is pounds better than any of the dirt horses running in your country as far as class is concerned. So, I would like to know what the three horses in the running for Horse of the Year have done to make them more worthy of that award than Main Sequence? And I do understand that dirt is the main surface of racing in the US.
  • tmallios via Disqus · There is no logic to the thought process. Main Sequence based on his record and the races he won is head and shoulders the obvious selection for top honors. Unfortunately for him he is a turf horse that is not named Wise Dan. The U.S. Media tends to Romanticize most and all races. They neglect to realize that this is a bottom line game. You either win or lose. If Main Sequence accomplished his record on the dirt,he would of been a unanimous choice. Then you would never of heard the ridiculous response that he only ran 4 times. Would they of rather he went 4 for 8. Then they would of given him the Award?????? · 5 hours ago
  • hannahWTC1 · Logic is simple. While winning 4 G1's, he didn't face any new horses except for in the Breeders Cup, where arguably Flintshire was at a disadvantage, having to ship so many miles. Also, American turf horses are not as talented as American dirt horses, that's why the Classic has a much bigger purse than the BC Turf. · 2 hours ago
Does anyone think they'll retire Secret Circle?
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  • Exterminator · Friend of Mike tells me the plan is to run next season, that's what he said last time they spoke. · 2 hours ago
  • Exterminator · I don't know if that is still the case though. · 2 hours ago
What a performance by Bolo!!!! Drew away powerful to win the Eddie Logan, keep an eye on him, he will be a good one when he turns three
Glad to see you working Honor Code! Keep us posted on your return to racing....just take your time.
Christophe Clement tells DRF's Mike Welsch that Tabreed, who was runner up to Irish Mission in the La Prevoyante Handicap, has race for the last time and in 2015, will be bred to Australia, article on DRF
Wow,evil. 7,14,3 and 6. I like Avie's Quality, but not in this. If he surprises me, great.
There are so many inherent errors in utilizing Beyer's to compare performances I hardly know where to begin. FINAL time is approached a myriad of different ways and WITHOUT that consideration, the final time is meaningless.
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  • travel_vic · simple, PROOF is in the pudding. There is NO single way to cap a race just some are MILES ahead of the crowd and then MANY approaches are no better nor any more relevant than throwing a dart at the form. All these HUMAN stats to try and tell us how the HORSE does belong to the first and largest manure pile. · 6 hours ago
  • travel_vic · since you actually know little to nothing about the methodology, let me enlighten you that the FIRST fraction is never evaluated for projection. The ENTIRE projection PIVOT is the second call....Always has been...matter of fact several calculations 2nd fraction, velocity TO the 2nd call and % median are ALL based upon the first TWO fractions. · 6 hours ago
Like Maximova & Irish Mission. Honey Lake is interesting.
  • Mary Z. · 12,1,4,5 · 7 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · 12,1,3,5 final. Man, that pace was weirdslow. The 12 can run with boys. Good mare. I underestimated the Euro 3. · 6 hours ago
Been a while but is Barbaro's Mum still alive?
Diversy Harbor/ Three Hearts / Rusty Slippers / Winning Rhythm
Taris, purchased for $2.35 million in November, will be sidelined until the second half of 2015 after injuring an ankle during a second-place finish Friday in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita. On Saturday, trainer Simon Callaghan said the injury was diagnosed in the hours after the La Brea, adding Taris will undergo surgery Monday to stabilize her right front ankle. Callaghan described the injury as a non-displaced condylar fracture that will require the insertion of screws to repair the break. Article on DRF
fanfriggintastic hill runners. Sweet Swap gets the dreaded 1 post, but r8 on Sunday should be extra-exciting. Hopefully the only scratch is Indianapolis who already ran on Friday.
Shared Belief earned a 99 beyer speed figure for his victory yesterday in the G1 Malibu Stakes
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  • Hannah Etienne via Disqus · I was expecting around 101 · 12 hours ago
  • Exterminator · I thought it'd be around 100. Nice race, not the best of his we've seen, but let's hope this didn't take too much out of him so he comes back strong. · 10 hours ago
In keeping with its theory that big race days mean big business, the New York Racing Association has beefed up Travers Day at Saratoga in 2015 to include seven stakes, six of which are Grade 1s, worth $5.1 million in total. Former Grade 1 standalone events such as the Sword Dancer Invitational – which had its purse doubled to $1 million – and the Personal Ensign – which received a 50 percent purse increase to $750,000 – have been added to the Aug. 29 Travers Day program. The Grade 1 Forego, previously run on the final Saturday of the meet, has been moved to Travers Day and had its purse increased by 40 percent to $700,000. The Grade 1 Travers for 3-year-olds, the centerpiece of every Saratoga summer, retained its purse of $1.25 million from a year ago, as did the Grade 1, $500,000 King’s Bishop. The Grade 2 Ballston Spa, for fillies and mares on turf, had its purse increased from $250,000 to $400,000. The last two years, with 14-race cards that included four stakes, all-sources handle on Travers Day has averaged $40.6 million. Martin Panza, NYRA’s senior vice president of racing operations, said his goal is to have Travers Day 2015 handle between $70 million and $80 million. To do that, Panza said, “We need some other big races that can attract top horses.” ...The Million Dollar Sword Dancer is a shot across Arlington's bow
  • tmallios via Disqus · Reading in between the lines,this is now a terrible precedent that NYRA has established,and is sending out a terrible message towards the game. They are telling us that these once great races can no longer support themselves and stand on their own merits. From a Marketing and profitability angle, it is the right move . This maximizes the Big on track crowd,but more important it maximizes the huge Off-Track Crowd that tunes in. They figure that at Saratoga,85 % of the crowd would show up if they raced Thorobreds or Mules. They are there for the experience. But the game is suffering,pretty soon other enues will follow suit. · 11 hours ago
The Bowling Green Handicap has been moved to Saratoga race Course for 2015, the race will be run August 1st



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