• The Pizza Man dominates the Hollywood Turf Cup.Posted 2 hours ago
  • Heart to Heart runs away with the River City on the Churchill Downs turf.Posted 3 hours ago
  • Green Gratto holds off a brigade to win the Fall Highweight at 24-1.Posted 4 hours ago
  • It's all Favorite Tale in the Fabulous Strike.Posted 1 day ago
  • Lavender Chrissie romps past Calamity Kate in the Zia Park Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Mobile Bay wins the Zia Park Derby, while International Star fades to fourth.Posted 1 day ago
  • It's all Lewys Vaporizer in the $200,000 Steel Valley Sprint at Mahoning Valley.Posted 3 days ago
  • Solid Wager rolls late in the Cary Grant; Big Macher last at 2-5.Posted 4 days ago
  • Dolphus (Lookin at Lucky), 1/2 brother to Rachel Alexandra, wins his career debut at Fair Grounds.Posted 4 days ago
  • Rusty Slipper proves best in the 11-furlong Red Carpet.Posted 5 days ago

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I wonder if Lukas is trying to get Mr. Z killed. He's trying to milk as much money out of that horse as possible.
  • chasingfiringline via Disqus · Z gives us his best every race.......he's a gutsy horse.....don't think he's a grade 1 horse......obviously, he's never won a grade 1...... · 7 minutes ago
Shotgun Kowboy is a beast , if you dont know him yet , you will
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  • HideousZippleback via Disqus · With Dortmund gone he might have more of a chance. I loved SK debut. · 2 days ago
  • chasingfiringline via Disqus · After reading your post I went & watched a past race of his the Oklahoma Derby.......impressive.........I am looking forward to see how he runs against arguably stronger competition........thanks for your post..... · 9 minutes ago
Post Positions: 1-Keen Ice 2-Looks To Spare 3-Mr. Z 4-Frivolous 5-Protonico 6-Hoppertunity 7-Shotgun Kowboy 8-Effinex 9-Race Day Like-> Race Day/Hoppertunity/KeenIce/Effinex Super-9,6w9,6,8,1w9,6,8,1,5w9,8,5,3,7
  • chasingfiringline via Disqus · I like your picks, I am thinking Hop , KI & Race day for my trifecta..... I see you are playing around with SK.I just watched a race of his.......don't know about any recent races or workouts.......... · 11 minutes ago
I like Hopportunity, KI & Race day .............Mr. Z will hit the front end.........Hop & KI battle it out for 1st & Race day hits show mark...IMHO.......It would be great to see Z win a grade 1, but he's not a grade 1 horse.
I don't understand why Mac Daddy Mac is not on the top 50 contenders after that great showing in the Bob Hope Stakes....he looked great & rallied against Toews on Ice...
This time of the year I like to look for horses that are improving and who have a chance to move to the top of their division next year. Race Day, Hoppertunity, Effinex and Protonico are nice horses but I think we have seen them at their best. Keen Ice, however, could be a horse that is getting it all together and growing into a top horse. A win here, and I think he has a great chance to win, could lead to a very nice 4 year old season.
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · i agree crapola post postion though · 1 day ago
  • cugel the clever · KI did not improve from the Travers to the BCC; in fact he regressed considerably. There's no reason to think that he'll improve here. But that might still be good enough to win. He and Eff are the win contenders. · 31 minutes ago
Effinex, Keen Ice, Mr.Z, Hoppertunity in no particular order.
Nicely done!
Pizza! Not a doubt! Mike Smith rode him brilliantly.
That looked catastrophic :(
That was bad
Wins yesterday's Swatara stakes!!!
Conformation: http://lovacres.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Merit-Man-10-20-15-DSC_3176-a-aas-a-300x236.jpg
Conformation: http://lovacres.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Governor-Charlie-DSC_3103-aa-as-21-300x232.jpg
Nice win in the River City!!
LA Verdad / Palace n/o however would love to see LV finish up a winner :)
BREAKING NEWS : Bob Baffert tells DRF'S Jay Privman that Dortmund's status for the Native Diver is still up in the air. Baffert says that Dortmund has been training well all week despite the quarter crack after his November 21st workout, but says the patch to heal the quarter crack was put on this morning. So Dortmund will be race time decision before Baffert decides to run him or not. According to DRF
Won the Furlough at Aqueduct.
Finally broke his maiden today at Gulfstream by 2 1/2!

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