• Texas Chrome (2-1) bravely squeezed through on the rail for an Oklahoma Derby win.Posted 1 day ago
  • Unbridled Mo (4-1) rides the rail to victory in the Remington Park Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Accelerate (1-1) rallies to win the Los Alamitos Derby (G2).Posted 2 days ago
  • Connect (10-1) upsets the Pennsylvania Derby.Posted 2 days ago
  • Songbird (1-5) gets win number 11 in the Cotillion (G1) at Parx Racing.Posted 2 days ago
  • Noholdingback Bear (3-1) wins the Gallant Bob (G3) at Parx Racing.Posted 2 days ago
  • 2015 Turf Champion Big Blue Kitten has been retired from racing, via the Chad Brown barn.Posted 5 days ago
  • No catching Sarah Sis (10-1) in the Presque Isle Downs Masters.Posted 7 days ago
  • Victory to Victory  7-1) pulls clear in the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes.Posted 8 days ago
  • Good Samaritan (3-1) rolls to a Breeders' Cup birth with a Summer Stakes win.Posted 8 days ago

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She is by far the best 3 year old filly since Rachel Alexandra
Here's the latest UK odds for the Distaff: Songbird 4/5, Beholder 9/4, Stellar Wind 5/1, Cavorting 12/1, Curalina 16/1, Carina Mia 16/1, Cathryn Sophia 20/1, Forever Unbridled 25/1, Stopchargingmaria 25/1, Land Over Sea 33/1, Sheer Drama 33/1, Go Maggie Go 40/1, Lewis Bay 66/1. She's in my Top 3 'banker bets' of the BC Meeting. :-)
I have a question:Why was Songbird's Equibase speed figure so high when she ran the Cotillion in a claiming time?
I must admit, I'm very curious about this horse, especially under Pletcher. I always thought this horse had potential, especially if they tried running him a bit closer to mid-pack. Sometimes, something as simple as a trainer change can do wonders.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ln65GwxbFrU Anyone who refers to Nyquist as a sprinter needs to watch the Fountain of Youth Stakes. Awesome Banner (whose name was at one point right there on the HRN list next to Nyquist with Kentucky Derby contenders) defines the true meaning of a sprinter - explosive speed at the beginning like he had in his three previous 6-7 furlong races ahead of Mohaymen and Zulu and then boom! Total collapse! On the same track that Nyquist later upset Mohaymen. No criticism to Awesome Banner though. I live about 50 miles north of Gulfstream Park and this is actually my favorite personality three year that I see in person on any regular basis. Very Nyquist-like in his gentle manner with people and has a true work ethic, but just absolutely terrible with distance over 7 furlongs. Now for Nyquist, he seems to be referred to as a sprinter because he is not enduring well past one mile. But, all horses who are not at 100% are possibly underconditioned or overworked are going to have difficulties past a mile. As I recall, the Eclipse Sprinter Award is based on races under a mile. I would in no way contest that he was really geared for Belmont Stakes distance, but the problems now have less to do with the exact distance of the race and more to do with how how the whole season/year has taken a toll on him.
Why does Nyquist jockey continue to run him so far outside, even when he can move closer to the rail, he doesn't. If Nyquist wins its because the horse runs a great ( and not easy) race. I think Calvin BoRAIL should race Nyquist, he would get much better results.
What horses do you think we will see in this race? The only owners who have a horse with a shot to run well in this race is runhappy, nyquist California chrome, and shaman ghost. A lot of the others don't have a horse, or they're not nearly talented enough to run in this race. Who do you think the others will sell or lease their spots to?
Retired to stud
Nyquist needs a new jockey!
Finally! I've been waiting to see who else might be running and I'm happy to see more on the list. I was hoping to see Hopper but at least Dortmund is still there, not that I doubted he wouldn't go. Anything can happen in horse racing of course, but it definitely looks like a two horse race at this point. Go Chrome make it 6 for 6 boy!
How come Frankel's handlers never opted to have him cross the Atlantic for the Breeder's Cup -- if not for the Classic, at least for the Turf Mile?
If Almanzor bypasses the Arc in favor of the Champion Stakes, which looks likely, it's Postponed's Arc to lose, because many of the horses who might've been any kind of threat to him in the race are also no-shows. Flintshire's staying in the states to run in the Breeders Cup. La Cressonniere & Minding are both out. I personally don't believe Harzand or the Japanese colt Makahiki are good enough to beat him, even with the weight for age break, and Highland Reel & Found aren't likely to reverse any previous form they've had racing against Postponed. But here's the catch 21 for Postponed if you will, running against what's looking more and more each day like a seriously depleted field, he'll be remembered as one of the biggest Arc flops in history if he doesn't win the race, IMO.
Nobody mentioned this guy's return to the races. Not this Time won by 10 in 1:35 4/5 for a mile. Promising 2nd start for this half to Liam's Map
  • Deano · Are there odds on "Not This Time" for the Derby, or is it too early for that? · 9 hours ago
This is my opinion, and feel free to disagree. I don't think that either Nyquist or Exaggerator belong in the BCC, at least not this year. They seem to be tired horses, and if I owned them, they would be turned out for the remainder of the year and start training again early next spring for a four year old campaign. And the same could be said about Gun Runner. Start over next year, after a long rest.
Maybe Songbird should have run in the Pa. Derby ...
so who else you think will join the race?. I was reading an article of nominations for this upcoming race, 20 nominations, but I don't think most of them will show up as they raced recently, maybe Point Piper, Upstart, Watershed, Sammy Mandeville could come in, they seem to be the freshest. Who knows, but going up against the Champ probably scared alot of people away lol, do you blame them, I don't see CC losing this race.
Praise to the connections for not dodging the competition (chrome) in three straight races. Stellar wind too. Both horses could have gone elsewhere to win but I praise them for facing the very best.
OMG...everyone is still stuck on Songbird's times....does she need to do a Big Red at the Belmont and win by 30 lengths?.....the filly has been asked to run once in 11 starts....GET OVER IT....she won by 7 on Saturday.....times mean nothing....and on September 26th they still have a fresh looking filly.....Beholder and Stellar Wind....watch out.....hopefully after a Distaff win...EVERYONE can just shut-up and enjoy what they are watching....
He maybe Texas Chrome, but I'd rather be in California baby!!! Woo Hoo!!!! :-)
Looks like the best two year old field so far this year for males.

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