• Lady Shipman breezes home much the best in Belmont's License Fee.Posted 2 days ago
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  • Uncle Lino digs in to win the inaugural California Chrome Stakes.Posted 3 days ago
  • A Lot holds off favored Green Mask by a whisker to win the Elusive Quality.Posted 3 days ago
  • Galileo Gold, under Frankie Dettori, rolls in the 2000 Guineas.Posted 3 days ago
  • Olorda takes them all the way in the Bewitch Stakes on closing day at Keeneland.Posted 4 days ago
  • Nyquist will get in his final Kentucky Derby workout Friday afternoon at Keeneland.Posted 7 days ago
  • Time and Motion wins the Memories of Silver for Jimmy Toner.Posted 9 days ago
  • Finest City sets new track record in Great Lady M.Posted 10 days ago

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when are they doing the drawing for the derby and does anyone know if it is gonna be on tv
I love this volt but I hate Kent has announced that this colt will be quote" So far back they will be counting cars avoiding the Derby Kick back" With so many deep closers I think this is a mistake
If this horse had the same talent as "Mr Ed" and could actually talk. What do you think he would say to his fans, ahead of the big race on Saturday??
Brody's Cause in my book is an Excellent horse with dangerous capabilities !!! Which makes it hard to keep him off the boards...Only 3yr who moved straight from MSW to G1 and win....loves Churchill and has been improving since taken off the Turf.... Exotics Key horse !!!
Any news on if he had the procedure done and if so how he is doing?
Can you imagine if Nyquist got scratched a day or two before the race because of injury.............. OUCH, that would really hurt, of course the Derby would still go on and it would be an exciting spectacle, but WITHOUT Nyquist, it would sorta be a bit of an anti-climax!!! I know that's very unlikely but it's not an impossibility! I was informed by another user on here recently that "I'll Have Another" was scratched from the Belmont just 2 DAYS before the race, because of injury. Can you imagine how devastating that would have been for the connections and owners of the horse. I am SURE I'll Have Another would of won the Belmont, he was SO STRONG at the finish of his races and I think he would have won the Belmont EASY over the 1 1/2m distance, and doing so, HE would of been the 1st Triple Crown for 34 years!!! He had all that fame and glory stolen away from him because of a damn injury! I still rate "Big Brown" and "I'll Have Another" as true GREATS, equally as good as "American Pharoah"........... if not better. :-)
I really like Gun Runner's style, and think he has a very good chance. I did read something on another site that was very troubling, however, if true. Has anyone heard reports of Gun Runner having a bad cough or trouble breathing? Thanks, and good luck to all!
I'm a bit concerned about Suddenbreakingnews and Whitmore. They're both geldings and if one of the two was to win the Triple Crown, they wouldn't be able to breed, and that would be sad.
I occupy a soft spot in my heart for this horse's connections. I've seen Donnie Von Hemel and Luis Quinonez in person.
Can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Neither offspring appears much better than high claiming material for future breeding only.
Doubt this one could reproduce the effort at Keeneland, but if this one goes off anywhere near 5/1 or higher makes it a reasonable one to consider. This is a Damon Runyon race, but, again, those efforts are rarely repeated.
Most riders NEW to the K Derby, (not all of course as Mario proved) get overhyped riding in that big race the first time. Beware firster riders...
Could be a big weekend for curlin. Top billing- aleysheba. Stage play and theogony in the Eight belles. Exagerator in the derby. Terra promessa in the Oaks Curalina - La Troine Little curlin- American stakes Best of luck. Hoping for a big win
Condolences to the connections of stakes winner CASH BACK, lovely 3yo filly and 4-for-4, fatally injured.
I hope this horse gets back to the races and shows his two year old form. I was really sorry he had his setbacks last year as I admired his BC romp at two.
She is entered and drew post 11 for Fridays Kentucky Oaks. To John Servis, do yourself a favor and stop trying to be the smartest bear in the room. Tell that Jockey of yours to step on the Gas Pedal when he sees those doors break open. Tell him to forget the meaning of the word Brake, for the roughly Minute and fifty seconds he will be riding her. John, repeat after me. Sophias greatest gift is SPEED. You wimped out at Keeneland and tried to make her an off the pace Filly. That was not only dumb,but it was stupid. If for any reason in the world, you are skeptical about her ability to be at het best going the 9 furlongs. Then you should of kept her in the barn and not put her at risk. I do not mean physical risk,but the mental strain. Why race a filly who is hands down the most talented one of her class,unless you are confidant. Let Javier ride her with the confidence she has earned to date. Do not let the field parade in front of you. Give her the head,and let her do what she was born to do. Run like the wind. She is the most talented in this field. Don't blow it in the paddock before the race,when giving instructions.
Quote: "Two year olds run on stamina and inexperience." What????? Immature animals and HUMANS, use what is naturally physiological to them in youth: SPEED. ONLY with maturity comes the ability to apportion speed over a piece of ground. One sees the same thing in stamina sports like distance runners, cross country skiers, biathlon members etc etc. Speed is based upon a higher percentage of fast twitch muscles (BORN to the individual) and STAMINA is learned.
Great breeding
All of you are full of S#@t!!!!!! Nyquist is a monster of a horse!! And yea he is 7 for 7... I'm not saying he can't win at the distance but you need to watch out For Mr. Bafferts horse this Year also.......... MOR SPIRIT!!!!! He is the real threat!!!!! MARK MY WORDS!!!! THIS WILL BE THE ORDER OF FINSH: 1ST- MOR SPIRIT. 2ND- CREATOR. 3RD- BROADYS CAUSE. 4TH- NYQUIST............SEE YOU ALL BACK HERE AFTER I CASH MY SUPERFECTA LMAO!!!!!!! LATER, TERRY SAGRAVES @ TERSAG RACING & HADICAPPING ANTYLIST
  • Mary Z. · I already said that Baffert must think Mor Spirit is the sh. since the trainer made sure that his 9f dirt winner couldn't run in The Derby. · 1 day ago
  • Pitbull via Disqus · Mor spirit won't even be in the top 5. · 5 hours ago
1) Sunny Ridge 2) Nyquist 3) Hint of Roses 4) Whitmore
  • Pedro Fernández via Disqus · It would be a shame if a gelding colt wins the Kentucky Derby. · 3 days ago
  • Gunn Runner · what is this?" 2 of the 4 arent in the derby · 6 hours ago

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