• Long shot Stormy Lucy (65-1) upsets the Matriarch (G1) at Del Mar in the last stride. Posted 3 hours ago
  • Dortmund romps home a winner in the Native Diver.Posted 1 day ago
  • Commissioner much the best in the Hawthorne Gold Cup.Posted 1 day ago
  • Chiropractor edges March for a Hollywood Derby win at 14-1.Posted 1 day ago
  • Airoforce takes to the dirt in a big way, pulling away to win the Kentucky Jockey Club.Posted 1 day ago
  • Carina Mia turns back Stageplay in the Golden Rod.Posted 1 day ago
  • Tonalist with a late rush to just get up in the Cigar Mile!Posted 1 day ago
  • Forever Unbridled outduels Carrumba to the wire in the Comely.Posted 1 day ago
  • Mohaymen an impressive winner of Aqueduct's nine furlong Remsen.Posted 1 day ago
  • Lewis Bay runs to her odds in the Demoiselle.Posted 1 day ago

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I would love to see him run against Nyquist.
Moyhaymen looked great when he flattened out the last 16th.........wow. I think Gift Box will move forward & show more next time out........he was gaining ground & took home some money :)...flexibility, what a surprise.........
You pay the bills, YOU get to name the get. Robert Murphy, a hall of fame standardbred breeder, called ALL of his Red Star ________. Some races there would be five different Red Stars to make the race call difficult to say the least. He improved the breed a lot however. at his OWN EXPENSE. Rather than shun these sources, we should just let them keep spending money and improving the breeds.
Contenders(BIG field may be smaller at post time) 6 Crowley's Law (GB) 1 Hard Not to Like 13 Baruta (BRZ) 3 Recepta 2 lines best ever: 1 Hard Not to Like 9 Filimbi 3 Recepta 10 Stormy Lucy Best sustained late moves: 1 Hard Not to Like 9 Filimbi 3 Recepta 10 Stormy Lucy In case they go nuts again and let the speed go, then these are to be looked at a 2nd time: 13 Baruta (BRZ) 1 Hard Not to Like 5 Curlin's Fox 8 Stellar Path (FR)
fun race as one rarely sees them go around twice. Get away day today after we had a big luncheon yesterday: going away for a lot of people who are leaving this week for most points SOUTH for the winter. Contenders 2 Melmich 8 Pender Harbour 6 Royal Son 1 Patrioticandproud. BIG celebratory event scheduled for the consistent (though often a plodder with no late kick) Pender Harbor who was a good one, great connections too whom I met at their Queen's Plate post position draw all those years ago. He made the newspapers here as he is connected with Long Run t-bred retirement people. 6 3 head out then 8 2 1 come visiting late. Probably be chalky however.
Another wide open turf stakes at "where the turf meets the surf" this Sunday. Like Recepta and Olorda.
Pretty wide open race...going with Tusk, Ninety One Assault and Rare Candy
Missed most of racing this Turkey weekend but looking to salvage something on Sunday with a few races including this one at WO. Going with the Royals...Royal Blessing and Royal Son.
WOWOW! I was hearing Iron Fist was good enough to upset Dortmund here but Dortmund gave him 9 pounds and beat him handedly. Iron Fist ran a 105 beyer last time out and Dortmund beat him well in hand by 6 lengths, curious what Dort's figure will be. My guess is in the 106-109 range. Can't wait to see his next race!
Dortmund's three year old campaign is apparently not over yet, Bob Baffert tells DRF's Jay Privman that should Dortmund come out of today's Native Diver win in good shape, he could make one more start this year in the G1 Malibu at Santa Anita opening day. Will shorten to 7 furlongs. According to DRF
  • HideousZippleback via Disqus · Will be interesting to see him go against Runhappy in the Malibu. Love watching Dort run. · 11 hours ago
  • Brian Shaw via Disqus · What a way to end his 3yo season with a win in the G1 Malibu. Dortmund would be scary at 7-8 furlongs going one turn. Runhappy looks to be his biggest competition, though I am not sure his new trainer will be able good for the horse. Really interested to see how Baffert will train Dortmund for this race, might see shorter and faster works than usual perhaps, who knows. · 11 hours ago
I'm sorry I jinxed him, me and my big mouth!!!. I do have a question though. Why does he have a new trainer and what was Pedroza doing?
  • Mary Z. · Good to have someone to blame. jk, jonathan. You weren't riding him. · 12 hours ago
  • John Karczewski via Disqus · I never like to see a rider wrangle a horse either but I'm not sure letting him blaze early would have made a difference seeing how Red Vine and Tonalist came late. Pedroza has been on him basically every start, he knows the horse, every rider has a bad race but I don't question it much today. Private Zone just didn't have it · 11 hours ago
How about Conquest Arrogance, or Conquest Egomaniac. Why not just give them numbers, and don't start at zero, Conquest 5476-0084. It's really all about name recognition. Why make a name for yourself when you can just ram it down people's throats. Is this really allowed? Will we be talking about the Fed-ex/UPS triple crown rivalry of 2018? Maybe retroactively changing names? Secretariat presented by Yum!
  • daverg via Disqus · Conquest Arrogance !! LOL Try Conquest OBAMA or TRuMp Conquest. Two of the most arrogant people out there. · 11 hours ago
Effinex- one G3 win, a G2 win and a G1 win and a head to head win over Honor Code not at his best, Beat horses: Tonalist, Coach Inge, Frosted, Keen Ice, Hoppertunity, etc. Liam's Map- two G1 wins (hard to believe that's it) a head to head win over Effinex not at his best, and beat horses such as Tonalist, Noble Bird, Lea, Wicked Strong, etc. Last but not least- Honor Code- one G2 win and two G1s, a head to head win a game Liam's Map at his best, beat horses such as Private Zone, Tonalist (3x), Lea, Noble Bird, Moreno, Bayern, Wicked Strong, Keen Ice, Frosted, etc. In my opinion- finishing anyting other than first place doesn't and shouldn't matter, unless it was a DQ (or should have been a DQ as in a la BC 2014) so I didn't mention non win performances. There it is ladies and gents- it's up to the voters and not us but for fun- who is your pick?
Society's Chairman has a pair of really nice fillies being Caren and Code Warrior. And he throws some beauty into his fillies also.
The undefeated filly Code Warrior is pointed to have her next start in this race next year.
How about that? 2nd in the Hollywood Derby, 9f turf at Del Mar, 11/28/15. Versatile.
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · Sending the video link to his brother's owner. · 16 hours ago
  • jockey2be. · Love him!He's a fun horse. · 13 hours ago
No news in a year. Retired?
In foal to Midnight Lute

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