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Here's the field for the G2 Alysheba: 1. Den's Legacy 2. Protonico 3. Neck 'n Neck 4. Ride On Curlin 5. Tarpy's Surprise 6. Midnight Cello 7. Honor Code 8. Call Me George 9. Noble Bird 10. Cougar Ridge
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  • amino998 · Cheap maidens going 1 turn, what was I thinking? that's t_v's wheelhouse... good luck in the 9th · 14 minutes ago
Post two in the Eight Belles this Friday. I can't wait!!! I'll have to claim illness so that I can stay home and watch her on TV, then miraculously recover and go watch her sister race :)
2x horse of the year Wise Dan was cleared for light training April 24 by Dr. Larry Bramlage at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington. With exercise rider Damien Rock aboard the following morning, he jogged on the Keeneland training track accompanied by the pony.His first trip to the track was his first since being sidelined with a non-displaced fracture at the bottom of the cannon bone of his right front fetlock, announced last Oct. 13. "Dr. Bramlage says everything is looking good and healing well," trainer Charlie LoPresti said. "We'll start jogging him every other day for 30 days, recheck him, and hopefully we'll be able to go right on (training). Dr. Bramlage is happy with his progress. We're going to be real careful with him, keep him with the pony, and jog him that way. When it gets around the 24th of May, we'll check him again and hopefully we can start getting more jogs and gallops in." Wise Dan,who twice won the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), could still target this year's Breeders' Cup at Keeneland. Between his jog days, he'll tack-walk and visit the round pen as he has done in his recovery since coming back to LoPresti's Rice Road barn at the end of February."It all depends on what Dr. Bramlage says, but if everything went right and we had him going really good by the middle of June or the first of July, we'd probably have a fighting chance to get a race in him end of August or beginning of September," LoPresti said. Article on Bloodhorse
Affirmed/Alydar, The greatest horseracing rivalry ever.
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  • Buckpasser via Disqus · You could add Kelso-Gun Bow. Discovery- Cavalcade. Damascus-Dr. Fager. Assault-Armed and throw in Styme and Gallorette here too. Shut Out-Devil Diver. · 23 hours ago
  • airedale2008 · Nashua-Swaps and all the races mentioned below were great for the sport. After their first meeting in the Youthful, Alydar and Affirmed went nine more rounds, with neither finishing less than second. They were a dominant pair. Their last, the Travers, proved less than satisfying. In the end, Affirmed won seven of ten, with five wins by a half-length or less. · 1 hour ago
Saturday he will put down a big time ride. Please believe it.
  • Deano · I believe he will. The problem lies with the post position draw and the other 19 horses. · 1 hour ago
SW draws post 12 and is the morning line favorate at 7/2 . GoooooooooooCurlin
G2 winner Friesan Fire will be represented by his first runner on Thursday at Pimlico, race 1, the fillies name is Maggie Wag. Friesan fire first crop races in 2015.
Dortmund really looks like he is growing up at the right time. He will be tough to pass in the Derby but I thing Carpe Diem will get him at the wire in a photo.
I like Lovely Maria / I'm A Chatterbox / Condo Commando.
  • Mary Z. · and Betty. Instructions with name :) · 2 hours ago
  • plosives · My three picks as well C: I'll also throw Eskenformoney in there to fill out the box. Not to win but end up on the board somewhere. It's nice to see a good sized field for this race. · 2 hours ago
Watch out for firing line had dortmund beat not once but twice. had the fastest 1/1/8 mile speed of any of these horses 147.39 that's impressive.
Competent journeyman :)
  • Mary Z. · He rides I'm A Chatterbox :) GL to both of them in the Oaks. I like Betty, too, plus about 4 others. · 2 hours ago
•Jockey to root for: Sebastian Saez began his jockey career riding Saturday's night's 11th race, which with a final post of 11:05 p.m. might be past the 16-year-old's bedtime. Saez is the younger brother of Juan Saez, who started his U.S. career at the end of Churchill's 2014 spring meet and looked like a rising star when he suffered fatal head injuries in a spill at Indiana Grand last fall. Former jockey Julio Espinoza, who was Juan's agent, likewise will mentor and line up the mounts for Sebastian, whose older brother Luis is a prominent New York rider. --- The Courier-Journal He's in the 1st, 3rd and 5th today... Good Luck Kid
American Pharoah equals Bodemeister to me. Similar running styles, and both won the Ark in impressive fashion. Bodemeister nailed in the last 75 yards by a hard charging I'll Have Another. Now, who is this year's I'll Have Another? I'm still trying to figure that one out.
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  • Douglas Rutherford via Disqus · you just answer your own question ( to you ) that's what you think . if anyone would just listen to the man himself that well knows your question , the point is NOBODY SEEMS to want to believe in what Baffert has been saying about AP : ( LAST YEAR ) about 5 weeks before the BCClassic I was talking about how high Baffert was on BAYERN , that he could surprisingly take off and not be caught : I was sounding like a scratched , skipped record over n over about how much Baffert loves his chances to upset the CHROME and BELIEF . . . Yes : I will admit in all honesty - I would have DQ Baffert colt when they left the gate : but they didn't . My Point - as much as I respect Mike Shutty and Alex in what they have put together over the years - I was totally BLOWN AWAY when I hear with my own ears that Mike Shutty on Super Screener was TOSSING BAYERN out completely from the Superfecta . I was in total shock because I know how they get a lot of there input , by talking to the horseman : And how in the world can ANYONE toss out a horse completely WHEN Baffert goes public and say how much he likes BAYERN chances : Anybody that knows Baffert up close and well CAN READ his comments so easily . I just could not believe my ears when Mike tossed that horse out : ( MAY 2 ) ( KENTUCKY DERBY ) I don't think Mike will take that chance again SINCE already knowing how high Baffert is with AP : BODEMEISTER doesn't hold a candle to the form Baffert has AP in for this Derby : Ask Bob him self : this has been Baffert best colt coming into the Kentucky derby : And come Saturday : it will be such a Special win · 9 hours ago
  • jockey2be. · Hoping Upstart! · 3 hours ago
Bob Baffert confirms to DRF'S Jay Privman that Bayern will run in the 7f Churchill Downs Handicap. "We're sticking with the original plan ," he said. According to DRF
All I can say is Tapit's been a busy boy! ☺
how many horses can run in the derby
Stellar Wind is the ML favorite for the Oaks at 7/2; she drew post #12. Condo Commando drew post #5; Puca post 14. The complete story is here. http://live.drf.com/nuggets/14106
Safe trip for all entered and you can take this, Honor Code! It won't be easy but you are coming along good and strong.
Posting on LP's page because CC's page doesn't come up on the main page. California Chrome is no longer is being aimed at the J T Lockinge Stakes on May 16 at Newbury, the race that was to have marked his first start in England. Multiple sources in England, including Rae Guest, at whose training yard he is based, and the International Racing Bureau, which worked closely with California Chrome's principal owner Perry Martin to facilitate his move from Dubai to England, reported Tuesday that the new plan for the 2014 U.S. Horse of the Year is to go straight to a race at the Royal Ascot meeting in June. California Chrome had been generally targeting the Prince of Wales's Stakes there. Guest was quoted on the Racing UK website saying "with all the time and climate changes, it's just taken him another week to get over it all." Assistant trainer Alan Sherman is scheduled to fly to England next week and check in on California Chrome. Article on DRF to be posted later today.
  • travel_vic · DUMB move to go to Ascot, really dumb at that level....Their TURF is NOTHING like the putting green he ran over at Del Mar..nothing like it. · 5 hours ago

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