• In his first start since the Remsen, Gift Box rolls over a strong allowance field at Belmont.Posted 22 hours ago
  • Nyquist has spiked a fever, delaying his trip to Belmont, via DRF's Dave Grening.Posted 4 days ago
  • Second Summer holds off Hard Aces to win the Grade 2 Californian.Posted 4 days ago
  • Exaggerator turns the tables and is victorious in the Preakness (G1).Posted 5 days ago
  • Takeover Target flies home late to win from last in the Grade 2 Dixie.Posted 5 days ago
  • American Freedom fights back for Sir Barton victory.Posted 5 days ago
  • Mizz Money holds on to take the Gallorette (G3) by a nose.Posted 6 days ago
  • Justin Squared was too fast to catch in the Chick Lang.Posted 6 days ago
  • Lady Shipman does not disappoint with a victory in The Very One.Posted 6 days ago
  • Marengo Road gets ahead to take the James W. Murphy.Posted 6 days ago

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Steve Asmussen announces that champion Untapable will make her next start in the G2 Fleur De Lis on June 18th at Churchill Downs.
Wait. Wat. Just got notification from Equibase that CD worked Four Furlongs in 51:01 at Saratoga today. Error... right?
Where is Divisidero?
In looking at the upcoming race, it is fair to assume that this is Exaggerators to lose. Forget strategies, pace figures,past history or anything else you may want to toss into this equation. Exaggerator is so much the BEST RACE HORSE that will be entering the starting gate, he actually sticks out like a sore thumb. That does not automatically make him a winner, they still must run the race. But based on the data we have going in,this one looks like a SLAM DUNK. In finally watching the replay of the Preakness,i was surprised as to who i saw as the 2nd best horse on this date. It was none other than the OFT spoken about Lani. Here is a horse 25 lengths off the pace after a half mile. If verhead or a pan of the stretch. He is looking to duck in as he is coming. Once his jock straightens him out,and gets him to the outside. Lani is closing fastest of all to get into the photo for place. I do nohow this translates to him and the 12F he wnning. But from a visual perspective,he would be my choice should Ex stub his toe.
I see this being a race for Stradivari to lose considering there will be absolutely no pace for all the closers to come after.
In case anyone wants to bet Cherry Wine, remember last year there was a horse with a non stakes win and 5 losses(same record as Cherry Wine) going into the Preakness who came in second on a muddy track. He's never finished in the top 5 of a race since.
I have a beautiful big correct chromed up 2016 colt foaled in PA out of Thief in Style by Giacomo. Too bad he moved to Oregon, I probably would have bred her back to him,
I like this horse. Like him a lot. But in order for him to win or even finish in the money at the Belmont.....the jockey has to be changed to one familiar with the US tracks and competition ( other jockeys ).
The rednecks must have loved this horse!!! ha ha
  • OklaHandicapper via Disqus · How do you like being overrun by Muslims, Limey?? · 3 hours ago
BREAKING NEWS : Leroidesanimaux, a multiple grade I winner and turf champion best known as the dire of 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, died earlier this year due to injuries from a paddock accident at Lanwades Stud, where he’d been standing since 2014, two farm employees confirmed May 24. He was 16 years old.
Absolutely gutted by the news of his death. Yet another sad loss for racing worldwide. R.I.P. :( http://bloodstock.racingpost.com/news/bloodstock/leroidesanimaux-dies-at-lanwades-stud-at-15/2090199/
I don't like Bob Baffert, I think he's smarmy and inept.
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  • Ferrisjso26 · What you're doing is the textbook definition of trolling. · 3 days ago
  • Kimberly Beth via Disqus · He is brilliant - you are an idiot · 6 hours ago
This horse was brilliant in his workouts just prior to his 2-year-old debut. He could have been another brilliant Uncle Mo's this year.
Todd Pletcher announces that Rachel's Valentina could make her next start in the G1 Acorn or the G1 Mother Goose, either way, it will be at Belmont Park.
  • andthey'reoff · A good move. Both of her wins were in New York. Also I have some Canterbury news for you. Trainer Joe Sharp will be stabled at Canterbury for the upcoming meet. · 13 days ago
  • Mary Z. · I hope she does run in The Acorn ! · 4 hours ago
I emailed todd pletcher racing stables and was informed that coach inge has been retired. Will miss this guy I never thought we saw his best. But wishing him the best in whatever his next career is, even if it's relaxing on a farm ;)
Great Comeback win!!!!! 🎁The Box has alot more Prizes in store
Worked this morning at Belmont - 4F in 49:55
Thunder Gulch's best son. A shame his career was cut short.
Apparently SBN is a ridgling, not a gelding, found yesterday he has one censored testicle, so there appears to be a chance he c I uld stand stud, though his trainer sags he will have a long career ahead of him.
i betting on Exaggerator for this one.

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