• Game On Dude has been retired. Posted 19 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 5 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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Honor Code returned with a published work at Fair Hill this A.M. per DRF---3f in 37.2. https://twitter.com/DRFGrening
Shackleford getting his daily exercise under tack. He is ridden by stallion manager Ryan Watson. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bx6E9jUCUAAj9vQ.jpg:large
In tommorrows Pennsylvania Derby, i think that this guy has a huge shot to get 2nd. Should Chrome not be at his best, Moon can light up the tote board. Lets be honest about the race. CC at his best is not only much the best in this race,but also much the best 3yo in the Country. Allow the dreamers their day in the sun. We can speculate all we want as to the fitness of CC,especially against a quality group of 3yos. But just ask yourself this question.Assuming you owned CC (arguably worth in the neighberhood of 15 Million and higher). Would you do something stupid and run a short race horse. I know i would not. So i have to go into the race with the mindset that he will be as good as good. Being that i am not in it for the rooting aspect,i need to come up with a horse who i not only feel confident will get the job done,but will add extreme value in the process. Noble Moon sticks out like a sore thumb. In his last race,coming off of an extended an extended layoff ,and still wearing the bar shoe. He ran avery impressive and buried race against everyones new found monster .....The Big Beast. Pace wise he flew home in his last furlong.It may not of looked it via the eye test,but he was running against fresh horses. In a race that was loaded with potential front ened speed, the leaders got away with 23/46. As they say,that is all she wrote for the deep closers. Moon is finally stringing up back to back races. This guy will be a major factor in the Pa. Derby.
This is a sad day for me :( One of my favourites of all-time is retired now.. All the best to ole'man! He was such a warrior that was all heart & guts! I'm so happy that I was there at Santa Anita this past winter to watch him win the SA Handicap for a record 3 time at 7 years old! And to win it by beating the 35 year old stakes record held by Affirmed and just 2 ticks off the track record held by Spectacular Bid, both considered to be in horse racing top 10 of all time! Goes to show how great "The Dude" was! Even though he'll be retired I'll never stop following him! Thx for the memories champ!
Is Divine Fortune and jockey okay after fall in the Lonesome Glory?
  • Goblin · Divine Fortune walked off the course--that's all I could find. http://www.drf.com/news/demonstrative-scores-lonesome-glory · 3 hours ago
YESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!! Jess's Dream, Rachel Alexandra's first foal, worked 3-8ths in 36,84 over BEL main, her first breeze since coming to McLaughlin
Am I the only one that sees her as a cinch in this race?
  • travel_vic · Gallant Fox was a "cinch" in his Travers, So was Native Dancer in his Derby, etc etc etc · 16 hours ago
  • ekindy · It would be a cinch for the Untapable of January-June of 2014. The problem is that when you run a filly against the boys and they fail things usually change, and not for the better. She's still by far the most talented, the question is whether or not her head is still in the game. Like the PA Derby, this is one where you lay off of the win bet unless you are going for an upset. The odds for the likely winners will be a much lower price than they are worth. There should be decent value in the exotics though. · 4 hours ago
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. · 5 hours ago
  • buds · understandable, but 2 dirt victories and then go to grass makes more sense · 4 hours 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 · 16 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. · 16 hours ago
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. · 17 hours ago



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