• High Noon Rider wins the Better Talk Now as the longest shot on the board.Posted 1 day ago
  • It's all Stellar Wind in Del Mar's Torrey Pines.Posted 2 days ago
  • Lady Shipman both Smart and Fancy in winning another one at the Spa.Posted 2 days ago
  • Keen Ice shocks American Pharoah in the Travers.Posted 3 days ago
  • Flintshire flaunts his class in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer.Posted 3 days ago
  • Nothing but a walk in the park for Private Zone in the Grade 1 Forego.Posted 3 days ago
  • Runhappy runs them off their feet in the Grade 1 King's Bishop.Posted 3 days ago
  • Unbridled Forever storms to victory in the Grade 1 Ballerina.Posted 3 days ago
  • Sheer Drama makes her claim as the East's best mare with a Personal Ensign win.Posted 3 days ago
  • Lubash runs by King Kreesa to score in the West Point.Posted 4 days ago

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BREAKING NEWS: Ahmed Zayat announces via twitter that the Zayats and Bob Baffert had a four hour meeting yesterday going over every aspect of American Pharoah's future. Apparently yesterday's report by DRF's Jay Privman could be false, Zayat said they are thinking long and hard over AP's future in wether to continue racing him. Multiple media outlets have already reported AP is pointing to the Breeders Cup Classic with a possible prep in between, but Zayat may dismiss those reports. Zayats says that a decision over AP's future could come as early as tomorrow.
Happy 80th birthday to one if the greatest trainers of all time, D.Wayne Lukas!!
Classical mistake on his being chosen for only a tiny aspect of this total makeup. Akin to the old fable the 9 blind men and the elephant. Each only expereinced (via touch) a PART of the elephant as a whole and then just filled in the rest as they IMAGINED. Sprinting 2 furlongs in a work at a sale is NOT enough to know how a horse will come out down the line.
  • James Richardson via Disqus · Yeah, I could never understand what the were trying to achieve, even if he passed Curlin on the all time earnings list he would still have to make another 5.5 million in stud fees just to break even. Let alone how much it would take to make a profit. · 3 hours ago
Windshear trained by Richard Hannon, Jr., Connecticut trained by Luca Cumani, Maftool trained by Saeed Bin Suroor, Rogue Runner trained by Andreas Wohler, and Germany's Eric trained by Christian Von Der Recke with entries into the G2 International Bosphorus Cup field at Veliefendi on Sunday.
The Richard Hannon, Jr. trained Toormore & Shifting Power along with German entries Nabucco trained Ralf Rohne & Molly Le Clou trained by Jens Hirschberger with entries into the G2 International Topkapi Trophy field at Veliefendi on Sunday.
Godolphin's UAE 1000 Guineas & UAE Oaks winner Local Time, along with the Roger Varian trained Rekdhat, the Francois Rohaut trained Growing Glory from France, and the Andreas Wohler trained Waldnah from Germany all with entries into the G3 International Istanbul Trophy field for fillies & mares at Veliefendi on Saturday.
Godolphin's Tha'ir and their new horse who from Eoin Harty's yard in America, Tumbaga, both trained by Saeed Bin Suroor along with Grendisar trained by Marco Botti all with entries for the International Anatolia Trophy(Polytrack) at Veliefendi Racecourse in Turkey on Saturday.
Avenir Certain has been sold to Teruya Yoshida and, according to rumours, has been retired and is set to be exported to Japan
While he doesn't break track records, he certainly knows how to smash a handle record. Total handle on 13 races was $49,668,753, up 20% from the previous record of $41,363,760 established in 2013 and an increase of 24.4% from last year's figure of $39,907,200. ...So take that Secretariat!!!
What happened with Kentuckian? I thought he was supposed to run in the King's Bishop this past Saturday. Anyone know what happened and where he's pointed to next? Been almost two months.
  • Mary Z. · Read directly below. In other news, syrup of ipecac producers filed suit against amino for patent infringement. · 15 hours ago
I read that Au Moon is dead. What is the truth???
Why is he so high in rating? He hasn't do anything, and that what he has is quite lousy.
Thank goodness Grand Strand was recently rescued from New Holland Slaughterhouse by Mindy Lovell, having to outbid kill buyers. It's disgusting these beautiful animals are sent to slaughter when they could make someone a great riding horse or hunter/jumper! Shame on you owners who do this!
Well-bred California stallion Sought After, best known as the sire of grade I winner Masochistic, was euthanized recently at Joe Daehling's Daehling Ranch after developing laminitis in both front feet. He was 15. The son of Seeking the Gold covered about a dozen mares in 2015 at the farm near Elk Grove, Calif., Daehling said. Unraced, Sought After was bred in Kentucky by B. Wayne Hughes. His dam is multiple French group winner Smolensk, a daughter of Danzig who was grade I-placed in England. He was a half brother to grade III winner Can the Man (Into Mischief ) and listed stakes winnerMartha's Moon (Malibu Moon ), and was a grandson of 1982 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Blush With Pride. This is the family of Broodmare of the Year Better Than Honour, champion and classic winner Rags to Riches, and classic winner Jazil. Article on Bloodhorse
Great race by Keen Ice and I admit that I was wrong about him. He's obviously matured and improved a lot more than I gave him credit for. Should have listened to the people who were knew about the late maturing Curlin's. It was a great race and I give kudos to all of the top three finishers. Keen Ice was the best horse on the day and ran a perfect race. AP, although beaten, showed tremendous talent and determination in putting away Frosted in the stretch when it honestly looked like Frosted had his number at the top of the stretch. And kudos to Frosted for pushing AP harder than any other horse has ever managed to do in the middle section of the race. Although the early fractions were moderate, the middle fractions were incredible..... the third and fourth quarters went in 23.18 and 23.60, thanks to Frosted pushing AP to work harder than he's ever had to do before, and not letting him relax and cruise through the middle of the race. If not for Frosted pushing AP to the limit in the middle of the race, I think that the result may have been different.
  • Paul McAleavey via Disqus · He did not win by improving. He ran well in defeat in his last two. A deep traack, a too fast work, walking for days and shipping late and not using the Belmont strategy of if Frosted goes sit off of him and go after him at the midway point yields a different result, plus espi hand rode the last 50. Then he would have lost a photo. I had a 5 buck pic with AP, and had two savers Keen Ice and Frammento as Zito was due for an upset. So I cashed 2300 instead of 1200 but feel bad about it. Only 4 TC winners ran in The Derby, Whilraway won it in 41, Gallant fox was second and Affirmed was first and Dqd and placed second too much to overcome and a bad tactical decision did not help. But trust me if they did not go 23 and 2 the trhird 1/4 and dropped a 24 and 1/5 and then let's say a 24 flat AP wins, frosted is second and Keen Ice is third. The 47 flat second half is what got Keen Ice to win he was 3 back at the top of the stretch and finished the last 1/4 in 26. AP would have lost to Beholder though. They wanted a tough race and instead probably ruined him. He could've had a cake walk next week against elders or at Belmont. Probably too easy of a race. Besides all else Baffert is 1-20 in the last 5 years in stakes and has barely even run there. AP was trained and ridden foolishly. No commitment to run and then too much commitment to not rate got him beat. I won't be surprised if he retires now. · 3 days ago
  • BeastBob via Disqus · AP victories had the pattern of: speed... cruise... speed AP in the Travers: cruise... speed ... tired. This is the first time he couldn't cruise in the middle splits. It would be very interesting if they all go to the BCC. Let's see who can provide the speed in the middle splits if Liam's Map set a blazing opening 1/2 mile. · 17 hours ago
Whoever keeps jacking up ratings on overseas horses, please be informed that this is for ky derby contenders not turf horses. Its ok to rate them but just so you know, horses that are finishing out of the top ten in races that are well beaten probably shouldnt be on this list. Thanks.
The stars were in alignment for Keen Ice, the most important one was that Kent Desormeaux who usually rides & always takes him way back early was on Texas Red, so, kudos to Javier Castellano keeping Keen Ice within 5 lengths from start until the Quarter pole started to move, any other scenario, American Pharaoh wins, plain and simple!
BREAKING NEWS: Aidan O'Brien told Pressassociation.com that Gleneagles is being targeted for the Breeders Cup Classic at the end of the season. Not confirmed, but when the story comes up, I'll share.
  • ILuvTurfRacing · The story is also out now on the Racing Post web-site among various others. O'Brien did in fact announce, rather surprisingly to me too, that the BC Classic may be the end of season target for Gleneagls. My guess is they're banking on the bottom side of his pedigree possibly being able to handle conventional dirt with his being out of the Storm Cat mare You'resothrilling. · 19 hours ago
Why did this horse end up at a kill buyer's yard? Is that the best these horses can hope for? Was he injured or just not running well?

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