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From this morning's Racing Post web-site: Jockey Christophe Soumillon will retain the ride on Thunder Snow at Churchill Downs in this year's renewal of the G1 Kentucky Derby. Soumillon has been aboard on Thunder Snow for his last 3 wins in the G1 Criterium International on turf in France and in both the G3 UAE 2000 Guineas & G2 UAE Derby on conventional dirt in Dubai. I guess trainer Saeed Bin Suroor figures if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
American Freedom worked 6f, April 22nd, in 1:11.00 (h) finishing 1/15.
  • kstott524 via Disqus · Thanks for posting all the works. Any news on when and where he will run again? · 6 days ago
  • Meydan Rocks via Disqus · xbtv dot com/video/morning-sound/bob-baffert-says-blinkers-have-helped-abel-tasman-in-the-mornings-leading-up-to-the-kentucky-oaks/ Next race? · 55 minutes ago
Kitasan Black holds off late challenges from Satano Diamond & Cheval Grand to win back to back renewals of the G1 Tenno Sho(Spring) under what was a beautifully judged ride by Yutaka Take where he sat in 2nd place throughout and then kicked from the front to go and win his race.
A wow work!! American Freedom worked 7f, April 28th, in 1:24.20 (h) finishing 1/3. This colt is ready to fire!
  • Meydan Rocks via Disqus · Baffert says they are coming to Churchill to stir it up. He adds that AF will have a big impact on the overall older horse racing scene this year. xbtv dot com/video/morning-sound/bob-baffert-says-blinkers-have-helped-abel-tasman-in-the-mornings-leading-up-to-the-kentucky-oaks/ · 3 hours ago
Sounds like he's going in the Alysheba on Oaks day??
He is the best of this crop of 3 year old's. His tactical speed makes him capable of staying close to a slow pace and stalking a brisk pace. Leparoux gets his first Derby win, been riding very well the last two years, very well.
Gonna break running .Question is in first 100 yards do you grab and fight or do u let roll and believe horse is best.If he breads out and Goes who will sacrifice.My old friend Warren (30 YES MY SEN-since passed taught me about horses on the muscle ,I bless his soul,but something that stuck with me)this Horse as Great as he looks jumping up flexing is exactly what Warren taught against.It is great for sprinters and Quarter Horses .Classic Distances throw out.After so many Years.This kind of Horse in front of that much Energy.It won't help him.Want a horse alive in post parade ,Not one looking too win a 350 yard Qualifier.
Godolphin have just announced minutes ago that Thunder Snow will bypass the G1 English 2000 Guineas on turf at Newmarket in favor of a run in the G1 Kentucky Derby on conventional dirt at Churchill Downs. It's official now. Thunder Snow's heading for Kentucky!
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  • SSilence86 via Disqus · I really like this move. Adventurous. I'm glad to see the international horses are becoming more involved. Hoping to see a good performance. · 15 hours ago
  • kingoftheworld · That was always going to be the case, I know this weeks ago!! "Thunder Snow" is a much better horse on the dirt, and there's no way they fancied taking on 'monster turf horse' "Churchill", they tried once and got well beaten!! Good luck to "Thunder Snow" in the Kentucky Derby, he can't win, but he's got a good chance of TOP 5. :-) · 1 hour ago
Question how many have defected and where does Royal MO play in all of this?Does he find a way in?
Finishing 3rd in your final prep race doesn't bode well for horses in the KD. In the last 10 years, 26 horses have ran in the KD who came off of a 3rd place finish and only Commanding Curve and Mucho Macho Man finished in the top 3. This list of 26 included some good horses like Union Rags and Lookin at Lucky. I think he finishes anywhere from 4th to 8th.
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Well, a lot may depend on post position, but he loves Churchill, has beaten some good horses, and in a year of inconsistency he has been training well up to the race so ignore him at your peril. · 5 hours ago
This SHOULD be your Kentucky Derby favorite. He's 3 for 3 at Churchill, and ran evenly in the Blue Grass a race he didn't need. Girvin is a strong contender here and number one in total points, but Brian Hernandez HIS regular pilot chose to ride McCraken. Everything seems right here, and is a must for the exotics. Should be in the money at the very least, and is your most likely winner.
  • TomToasty via Disqus · Agreed. I like McCraken and IWC, Do you know if Malagacy is in or out? I would like to see Lookin at Lee in there, both running for some late nail biting action. · 23 hours ago
  • Classic · No grade 1 so pass.Classic race Grd 1 race Requires Grd 1 winner or Very Very Very special hoss.Is this a Very very very Special hoss.Bet accordingly. · 3 hours ago
Happy birthday, Sea The Moon!
Live race on top reminds me of Derby with Malice taking controll early.Malagacy trying too past Conquest who never got lead in 45.change 1/2.Which Bafferts stumble and also ran Bronze. (WE WILL SEE HIM LATER.)22. 45 1/2.hedge Fun almost pulled off horrible Valdivia ride.On o'Neil pulls off soft trip power home.Against Derby fav at Time. (Fickle people)and Conquest Is for real off Live race.Back to Palice.anyone near pace went on and won.Culminating In Win.So-in few words Malagacy got cooked on top of a live race and Hence is a non factorGunneverra,MCCRACKEN, Tap writ Would won with hand rides.Conquest has a big shot at Preakness.Gonna be tough for my horse classic unless he canters.3 races 5 weeks is what got Pharoah beat.Can't blame if they try.
This horse needs Time.Rushed.There's plentype of races in a couple months unless he kicks the barn down.
Sorry no spell check. But y-all get the point.meltdown on ad.
Boy his dame side is nothing but sprinter's hope he proves me wrong.
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  • Steve Gibson via Disqus · Better go discuss it with the bloodhorse Truenicks cross guys because they SUBSTANTIALLY disagree with you. Based upon the average winning distance (AWD) for the TN sire-dam cross of each Derby contender this year, Always Dreaming lies at the very top the list. The very top!! Using the TrueNicks Cross average (you can look them up on blood horse.com) , there are exactly 15 Derby entrants/eligibles this year with a TN Cross AWD of 7.00 furlongs or higher with the very highest horse being, yep Always Dreaming at an AWD of 8.82 furlongs. This is precisely why he was bred the way he was by the same exact fellows, who also bred last year's winner, a horse named Nyquist. A horse whose female and male lines on the surface screamed, "can't get the Derby distance according to many..." LOL Always Dreaming's AWD is based on the cross of Empire Maker (sire of Always Dreaming's sire Bodemeister ) and his sons with Caro (grandsire of In Excess) and his sons as broodmare sire. The TN Cross AWD says this distance is absolutely within his reach. And based upon his gallop out of a flat mile in 1:40 flat for fun yesterday at Churchill, well I have a sneaky little suspicion 10 furlongs isn't going to be too big of an issue for him with any type of clean trip. :-) · 1 day ago
  • Classic · Was there speed fav track.Gary carried In excess too his first huge win.Indian Charlie Duplicated it against Real Quiet But we all remember what happened next.Now we see another of the line carrying speed on ice rink.Unless the track at CDMA I should a Ice Rink.He will be wanting afterror the Miler between the bounce and the fair track.I feel like I have said this before.Come on Clouds Cover me.It is Your Turn.Only lead take a postion.Stake it Claim it.Peace · 4 hours ago
It's a real shame Mastery is missing the derby because honestly no one is looking too good right now. 90% of preps were dreadfully slow, inconsistent performances, winners with horrible lead changes or sucking wind just past the finish line. Now that preps are wrapped up, going with Always Dreaming, Gunnerva, and Irish War Cry although all three make me nervous- the Pletcher effect, needing a hot pace, and the short space between races- these three could flop as well but they're my best shot!
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  • ILuvTurfRacing · @ruffianlover, Couldn't agree more. He was definitely gonna be my Kentucky Derby horse. Once it became clear he wouldn't be running in the Derby I completely lost interest. · 15 hours ago
  • Meydan Rocks via Disqus · He would have on paper had a real big big chance at the first two. · 4 hours ago
In this Crop this year.At this Time.Best.Unless Like what almost happened too Arrogate with the hit man to take him out.He is a marked Horse!!Just want too see a clean and safe race for all involved.If all come through the next 3 months it should provide some nice moments for fan,trainer,and owner alike.peace.
Conclusion ,This year mile marker.Whether 23.46. In front of it,or 24 -47 or ,or ,or 22-45 in front of it.let's say 1:35 or 1:36 or 1:37.God Forbid 1:38 who fits all these scenarios.Uhhhh.Yes Ding,Ding,Ding U got it.A year older sitting trip at 46. Like last year. Or Sitting trip off speed fav trip.46 +really and engulfing leaders with 3 legs.Terribly Short.What now.Darkness see Light.
I bet parodise woods in last and got 18 can I get 12 in oaks

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