• Game On Dude has been retired. Posted 15 hours ago
  • Untapable heads a field of nine in the $1 million Cotillion. Posted 3 days ago
  • California Chrome draws the rail for the Pennsylvania Derby. Posted 3 days ago
  • Sheikhzayedroad scoots up the rail for the Northern Dancer victory! Posted 4 days ago
  • Baltic Baroness wins the Prix Vermeille; Treve a disappointing 4th. Posted 4 days ago
  • Suntracer cashes in the Kentucky Turf Cup! Posted 5 days ago
  • Conquest Typhoon much the best in the Summer! Posted 5 days ago
  • Ball Dancing beats her stablemate to the wire in the Sands Point! Posted 5 days ago
  • 1st time Lasix and the U.S., Annecdote romps in the Noble Damsel! Posted 5 days ago
  • Conquest Harlanate rolls late in the Natalma! Posted 5 days ago

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Why would one of the best dirt milers in the country experiment with grass on the final BC prep? This really make zero sense. (and Im all for experimenting with grass!!! but not now)
  • travel_vic · for the BREEDING SHED P R...Did the same thing for a few here so that prospective breeders can see the POTENTIAL on both surfaces. · 48 minutes ago
  • buds · understandable, but 2 dirt victories and then go to grass makes more sense · 26 minutes ago
With REAL betting opportunities to make a good profit on the card and you are choosing to back an entry that will assuredly go off a HUGE underlay, you expose the fact that, parimutuelly, you have NO IDEA what you are doing!
I'm soooo happy!!! She had a breeze at Churchill yesterday morning!!!
This looks like its going to be a loaded field. Lots of untapped talent. Interesting field if it holds
Happy Retirement Dude! you have earned it.
1-4-7...tri box 5 bucks...imo
Happy Retirement Dude! You surely did give us thrills win or lose a tremendous athlete. Missed you will be, but the memories will always be with us all. Look forward as a new chapter in your life is being written.
After his horses pulled off a G1 double over the weekend at Woodbine winning the G1 Northern Dancer Turf & G1 Woodbine Mile, trainer David Simcock said this morning that both Sheikhzayedroad & Trade Storm both have ambitious targets ahead of them. Simcock said Sheikzayedroad will go either to the G1 Champion Stakes at Ascot next, but only if the ground at Ascot comes up very soft, but more likely back to Woodbine for the G1 Canadian International Stakes. Simcock said Qatar Racing owner Sheikh Fahad will ultimately decided if Trade Storm goes to Santa Anita for the G1 Breeders Cup Mile or to Australia for the G1 Cox Plate next.
Candy my Boy is peaking at the perfect time, switching from horrible posts in the last 4 races to the inside post 2. He has 7 weeks off, Joel Rosario will sit and comb his hair all the way to the winner's circle. This Parx is no Kentucky or New York, its a different game, they'll know the Candy Boy name at the end of Saturday folks!
Many people, including myself are high on Cassatt in this Saturday's Cotillion and if you like her in that race you should take a look at Saintly Joan in the Charles Town Oaks. She is 10-1 on the morning line and is coming out as the Monmouth Oaks which she finished 3rd behind Cassatt and placed 2nd after being interfered with entering the far turn. I will note she may have run into trouble because she didn't quicken as fast as the pack she was with towards the front end but after being cutoff she checked and lost several lengths and still put in a nice rally down the stretch while some other horses under the same circumstances may have mailed it in and finished close to last, she re-rallied with a strong drive holding off another horse to finish 3rd. If she is anywhere near her morning line odds she is worth a look especially if you like Cassatt in the Cotillion.
This is heartbreaking news and the tears are rolling down as I wrote this. This horse was one of my favorites and for good reason- he was all heart and when he was on- it was game on dude! No one was beating him. This horse has done so much for the sport and I will surely miss watching him run. Like the great seabiscuit he wasn't always a winner, but he danced every dance and tried his best even if things didn't go his way. Like Sullivan I thought he had the 2011 bcc but my favorite memory will always be his third cap when he shut up all the haters and dusted WTC and MMM in a smoking hot time. So long and farewell Dude, I wish you the best and I hope you are well taken care of because it is well deserved! :*(
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  • Nog Nog via Disqus · Here's a game I think, might cheer you up :) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.toothpiggy.runawayhorse&hl=en · 12 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · Vic i do not know what it is,but i agree with you one more time. No need for tears or sad Goodbyes. He is leaving the game in 1 piece and a healthy race horse. Leaving it with his head held high. Does not get better than that for a Racehorse. Believe me folks,The Dude will be well cared for in his future days. Do not for 1 second ever think that he will be neglected. · 12 hours ago
Am I the only one that sees her as a cinch in this race?
will make his next start in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at BEL. Confirmed by HRTV
im going with tapiture,and untapable in the cotillion...
  • rbrown1 via Disqus · i agree with tapiture and untapable. im going big on a daily double with those two. I think Protonico will be a smaller save ticket but I think Tapiture has had some rough trips and if he finally gets a good trip he should win easy...I like the timing of this race for him and he reminds me of the way Tonalist was entering Belmont. · 13 hours ago
HRTV just announced that Moonshine Mullin will not run for the rest of the year and will not be seen until Oaklawn next year
14 graded stakes wins and 8 of them grade 1's for over $6 million in earnings. Dude you are my vote for the VP award
Awesome Again to draw Game On Dude...again.
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  • hannahWTC · He may not catch Dude at 1 1/8. If Dude stayed around for a close 4th at 1 1/4 after blazing early fractions. If Dude runs as well as in the Pacific Classic and the pace is more sensible, SB better pray for some help. · 18 hours ago
  • slewcrew7778 · Or maybe not...Dude just retired!!! · 13 hours ago
The all-turf Monmouth-at-Meadowlands Thoroughbred meet kicked off Thursday night with RJG Racing Management LLC’s Saintly Feelings going gate-to-wire to win the season opener by a length and a quarter. With Jordano Tunon in the irons, Saintly Feelings broke on top and never looked back, stepping the five furlongs over firm turf in :57 3/5 and returning $5.80, $3 and $2.60 as the second choice in the field of six geldings. It’s Time to Laugh, the post-time favorite, completed the $15 exacta and paid $2.60 and $2.40. It was another neck back to Two More Jacs, who paid $2.20 to show. Thursday’s opener marked the first Thoroughbred race ever run at the new Meadowlands, which opened to great fanfare last fall.The 2014 Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet will see 14 live cards, with racing on Thursdays and Fridays in September.October racing will be conducted on Fridays and Saturdays.First post nightly will be 7:00 p.m., with the exception of Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, when post time will be 1 p.m. and noon, respectively.
Goodbye Game on Dude. You were an amazing race horse and on your best day you were one tough son of a gun to beat. Of course my favorite moment of you on the track was your 3rd Santa Anita Handicap in Stakes record time 1:58.17! Enjoy your retirement. You gave us 4 years of wonderful races and ran your heart out. A true champion. You'll forever be remembered. HAPPY RETIREMENT
Favorite memory: his 3rd SA Handicap, beating Will Take Charge and Mucho Macho Man, in 1:58.17, a new stakes record and a few ticks off the world record, hard to believe that a 7 year old gelding could accomplish that, happy retirement Game On Dude, thank you for the memories and for giving your all every time you ran, we are gonna miss you
  • Sullivan · It's been a while since Game on Dude came barreling down the lane in the '11 BCC, but I thought he had that one for sure. · 14 hours ago



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