• Songbird repels the challenge of Carina Mia, and romps home in the CCA Oaks.Posted 26 minutes ago
  • Up With the Birds swings to victory in Woodbine's Nijinsky Stakes.Posted 2 hours ago
  • Tin Type Gal rides the rail to victory in Monmouth's Boiling Springs.Posted 2 hours ago
  • California Chrome edges Dortmund in a San Diego Handicap showdown.Posted 21 hours ago
  • Mokat (7-1) turns the San Clemente into a one-filly show.Posted 22 hours ago
  • Dacita just gets up in the Grade 1 Diana in a four-horse photo.Posted 1 day ago
  • Front Pocket Money grinds to victory in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore.Posted 1 day ago
  • Hit It Once More romps home a big winner of the New York Derby.Posted 1 day ago
  • Bitumen (4-5) powers home to win the Grade 3 Sanford at Saratoga.Posted 1 day ago
  • Secretariat winner Highland Reel goes all the way in the Group 1 King George.Posted 1 day ago

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For the love of God will some admin on this site please fix chrome's page? So comments will show up on the main page? Also I saw Dortmund got a 110 beyer anyone know what Chrome got?
The only way Songbird has anyone within 2 lengths is if she turns out to be a very poor shipper. I doubt this will be the case. And your crazy if you pick an upset winner at 6-5 or 2-1. Give me 4-1, 5-1 on Carina and then you might get my money
Woodville just won a Msw. What a nice filly by ghost zapper. She may be one to keep an eye out for
If Carina Mia goes out with Songbird and pressures her throughout with a hot pace, it could set up Weep No More & JC for the perfect upset. Most likely though, Songbird will win, showing her class yet again. Is it too much to hope to see another great race, like the one we saw yesterday?
Chad Brown officially announces that Lady Eli's likely return race will be the G2 Ballston Spa at Saratoga on August 27th, Brown said this morning.
Gift Box Worked 5f in 1:00.21 Rank 1/12 over Belmont He's getting ready!
How about WEEP NO MORE to win!!! By a neck. Carina Mia finishes a nose ahead of Songbird with Mo d'Amour not too far back. Weep No More is a Keen Ice in this race. Just for fun I'll toss a couple on Mo d'Amour to place. Any one of those 4 can win but I think Weep No More has the slight advantage because she can play into the pace battle.
Only way she can lose is if there is plenty of pace and horses bother her throughout but I don't see any in this race. Should be another workout race for her.
  • staythirtsty · Songbird has never faced this type of competition. This race is 20% better than BC Juv. Fillies and 200% better than all the California races she has been in. Carina Mia is just as good or almost as good as Songbird- each with one championship victory. Carina Mia will definitely pressure Songbird or vice versa. Rachel's Valentina and maybe Dothraki Queen are the only horses Songbird has faced that are in the same level as Weep No More and Carina Mia. · 1 hour ago
weep no more songbird carina mia mo'd amour
he's shining as a sire
BREAKING NEWS: Barbra Banke, CEO of Stonestreet Farm, has announced that G1 winner Rachel's Valentina has been retired from racing. She has released the following statement on her condition. "Saratoga is a very special to us, the location of some of out very best racing days and the upcoming Hall of Fame induction of Rachel Alexandra. One of our best memories from 2015 was when her only daughter, Rachel's Valentina, won the G1 Spinaway. We want to announce that Rachel's Valentina will now retire from racing, sound and injury free. We look forward to sharing her babies with you, carrying on the legacy of Rachel the Great." Interesting decision, no word yet who will be her first date.
Retired and apart of Stonestreet Broodmare band
Personally I hope they target the Woodward Stakes followed by the Awesome Again Stakes as a prep for the BC Classic. Don't like the idea of throwing Dortmund into the lion's den again going 10F in only his 2nd race of the year. Hope they bring him back slower and build him up for his best in the Classic. Baffert is taking Arrogate to the Travers so he could take Dortmund too for the Woodward on the same card. It's still a prestigious G1 but at a shorter distance plus gives him an extra week or so to fully recover from his huge effect.
According to Baffert, Dortmund was only 95%. This and the fact Dortmund surged back and passed CC after the wire(they switched leads several times) IMO implies two things. Dortmund probably would have won if he was 100%(it still would have been incredibly close) and that Dortmund wasn't tired(which seeing that time is a very positive sign especially seeing his distance concerns which are real but not completely validated) Both horses impressed(they obliterated the rest of the tiny field) and the margin between the two is close at 8.5. The Pacific will come down to whether Dortmund really has distance issues. Either way if Beholder proves the Pacific Classic was a fluke both will probably be defeated from what they've demonstrated at 10(CC should be the second choice)
Dortmund got a 119 equibase figure, 110 beyer figure and a 133 timeformus figure, all career highs in his first race off an 8 month layoff and his first race as a 4yo. That's insane.
There have been a lot of horse injuries this week so this is not a bad decision
Upon hearing of Rachel Alexandra's retirement, I perused Stronstreet's webpage. They have an excellent section on their broodmares with updates, photos w/their babies, who they've been bred to and in foal to. http://www.stonestreetfarms.com/farm/broodmares/
Actually I think it's awesome. She's royally bred Her value is still very high and she just didn't look like she could do it as a three. We air get also she's not a tall filly so why push her Let her stake in and get into broodmare mode. Sometimes these kinds of fillies make amazing broodmares
That was pretty a pretty impressive win for Tis Marvellous - 2 1/2 lengths to Al Johrah in 2nd!
People don't realize how big a race that is off an 8 month layoff but keep hatin'. Acting like 5lbs is a big deal, I never brought it up because it really has almost no effect. Really happy with the performance he ran, that was what I was hoping and it will move him forward. Again, Dortmund has never run a bad race in 11 starts except once and losing to the best horse in the world is nothing to be upset about. Chrome is good.

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