• Tapestry shocks Taghrooda in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks! Posted 15 hours ago
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tmallios•an hour ago The recent announcement that he will be bypassing The Woodward and pointing to the JCGC is music to my ears. Congrats to the coach for showing that one can never keep learning. To win the Classic you not only need a fit and fast racehorse,almost as important you need a FRESH RACEHORSE. DWayne is showing that the BC is his main goal. As far as PLACE MALICE is concerned.If they have any true aspirations of winning the Classic,they will follow the Lukas lead. They are making a mistake if they run in The Woodward. You see that their egos have been hurt by his poor showing in The Whitney. If ge runs in The Woodward,he will be cranked to the Max. They will need to re-establish his reputation. Personally because of this mentality. PLACE MALICE becomes an incredible betting opportunity in The Woodward. This will almost be his BC Classic. The only problem is that it will probably empty the tank. Just depends on what side of the fence Cot is standing on. Can he curb the ego to re-establish the reputation,or will he come out with guns ablazing next weekend. Either way it makes no difference to me. If he runs,he will most likely be the 2-1 betting favorite. I will be all over that. Then will be a great bet against when he goes against a rested and energized WTC.
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  • Mary Z. · For Woodward theoreticals, I wouldn't give up on Alpha just yet. He hasn't always been the best behaved, and maybe he was antsy with the time off. Wished they'd run him in the Cigar Mile instead of the BC Dirt Mile and that Hawthorne race last year. · 10 hours ago
  • travel_vic · Horses step out on the track and from gate to wire are the ONLY motive force in a contest. The run in predictable styles within predictable limits OFTEN enough to predict how the contest will go in that gate to wire effort. ALL the off track soap opera has NOT A THING to do with that. NEVER has. · 2 hours ago
nice colt
my superfecta will be Shared Belief, Game On Dude, Ice Ceam Truck, and a freshened Toast Of New York!!!
post draw: 1- Frac Daddy 2- Irish Surf 3-Imperative 4- Ice Cream Truck 5- Game On Dude 6- You Know I Know 7- Majestic Harbor 8- Toast Of New York 9-Clubhouse Ride 10- Mystery Train 11- Share Belief, per DRF
  • buds · Its gonna be tough for me to overlook 5-2 on Shared Belief. I think if it stays there that might be a good bet. Its good to see some new blood out west. I could only wish Chrome was in the line up...68 more days and maybe they will all be on the same track, cant wait. · 1 day ago
  • KathleenBelmonte · Thank you! I've been looking for the list showing pps, odds, pedigrees, owners, trainers and jockeys but I can't seem to find it. So, thank u for this. · 6 hours ago
Slop today and likely slop tomorrow.
I would like to See the "Dude" win this :)
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  • ollagua · Mystery Traing is going to ruin his race, MT it's a natural good speed horse and will go right to the lead and press Game on Dude all the way. He won't win because he just made it to the US but he'll take GOD out of the race. Shared Belief it's going to have a donation. · 13 hours ago
  • KathleenBelmonte · I would LOVE to see the DUDE win! Wouldn't that be just great? I admire and respect that legend-to-be, UNLIKE the traitor, Mike Smith.......who's actions show to me, that loyalty isn't on his list of virtues. It's as though Mike wanted "the young guy"or "Game On Dude has had his day. I'm trading him in for fresh, new talent". MIKE SMITH, SHAME ON YOU!!! GAME ON DUDE, WE BELIEVE IN YOU! Run with angels' wings this Sunday and be safe. You are loved so very, very much❤️ NICE HELMET.....ooops; where did that Photo of Mike go, that I added? · 6 hours ago
so glad WTC is getting a break, he will be very tough in the JCGC, he reminds me of another Lukas horse that was over raced, not given many breaks, had big potential, and when he runs, always ran his heart out. that horse is Cat Thief. Cat Thief ran 13 times in 1999, ran in just about every prep for the triple crown and ran in every three year race after the triple crown, although he did win the Breeders cup Classic. As a 4 year old in 2000, he ran 10 times and did not win one race, although he ran in almost every G1 in USA from the east coast to the west coast, he didn't win, later on that year he got tired and just stopped trying, I felt really bad for Cat Thief that year. Im just glad that Lukas gave WTC this break, almost made the same mistake like he did with Cat Thief. Now he should be fresh for the fall, I'll be rooting for him
Go Bayern!!!
The most impressive winner of the Windsor Castle Stakes during the royal meeting at Ascot back in June is scheduled to run in Sunday's G1 Prix Morny over 6f at Deauville Racecourse in France. According to the article I read on-line, Hootenanny will then return to Wesley Ward in the states along with Ward's top older sprinter, Undrafted, who's been stabled with Ward's long time friend, trainer Robert Cowell, in England. Ward recently ruled Undrafted out of running in Friday's G1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York.
Now to stand at Bridlewood Farm
Winstar finally updated the stallion page. New conformation pics! They look great! http://www.winstarfarm.com/stallions.html
Conformation: http://www.winstarfarm.com/horses/overanalyze.html
Conformation: http://www.winstarfarm.com/horses/take-charge-indy-4578.html
conformation: http://www.winstarfarm.com/horses/paynter-9263.html
Does anyone know where is she and what happened to her? There is no news about her for a long time..
If Shared Belief beats Cal Chrome in the Breeders Cup Classic would he be a clinch for best 3yr old? HOY?
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  • Shanon · Probably, this year they've shown that they're the best 3yo colts this year. You probably know that the Breeder' Cup Classic is a complicated race, there will be the best horses of all ages. Shared Belief, also of be compared with California Chrome, must demonstrate his quality. · 30 days ago
  • cugel the clever · Gotta do a lot more than beat Candy Boy at 2nd level tracks in order to challenge for 3yo HOY. At the moment, CC is the undisputed 3yo leader with Tonalist and Wicked Smart both ahead of Shared Belief. Undefeated record is only important if you beat someone. SB hasn't proven anything yet. He would need to win both the Pacific Classic and the BCC to surpass CC. · 12 hours ago
Tapestry's a very progressive filly right now. I suspected she might be sitting on a big race, but didn't think she'd beat Taghrooda. The result of this race makes me wonder just how good Bracelet actually is, having beaten Tapestry in the G1 Irish Oaks last month and Lustrous(4th in today's Yorkshire Oaks) in the G2 Ribblesdale Stakes back in June.
  • Euro Trash via Disqus · My dilemma is to define what Taghrooda's true form is. Was the King George her true form or a one time performance · 15 hours ago
  • jonquil · So, are you looking forward to JFK next year, too, ILuvTurf? Tapestry has been the only one of O'Brien's fillies I've really bothered to follow, and I feel like I'll probably be following JFK keenly throughout the years, too. · 14 hours ago
Jockey Jamie Spencer shocked the racing world by announcing he will retire from riding at the end of this season and will take up a role with Qatar Racing Ltd. management team, effective January, 2015.
  • travel_vic · shocked? In one career you starve, risk your neck as a private contractor in races that are very IFFY purse wise and as soon as you get hurt, AND YOU WILL if you ride long enough, you are OUT of all income for a contracted time: OR, you get to manage horses and take few physical risks and work for some of the richest people in the world...NOT a difficult decision. · 14 hours ago
These are Michael Tabor's post-race comments about Australia after today's win in the Juddmonte International. They were quote: "You go for a Derby because there's nothing like a Derby, but the truth of the matter is taking him back to 1-1/4 shows the speed he's got, and Joseph said you take him back to a mile and it would be perfect for him. In a perfect world he'll go to Leopardstown for the G1 Irish Champion Stakes next and then the English Champion Stakes. Maybe one more after that, I don't think so, but we'll have to play it one race at a time." End quote. No mention of the Arc anywhere in Tabor's comments, and should they decide to run Australia one more time after British Champions Day at Royal-Ascot, and since the Champion Stakes runs after the Arc De Triomphe, the only two logical targets would be if they came to the Breeders Cup or went after the $500,000 dollar bonus should they win the Japan Cup. Some writers are suggesting should Coolmore send Australia to Santa Anita in November that it would more likely be for the BC Classic instead of the BC Turf. They call the Classic a "no loose" race for Australia meaning that if even if he were to run sub-par in the Classic on conventional dirt it wouldn't effect his future stud fee in regard to breeding for turf.
  • amino998 · Given the Chinese connection, the Japan Cup may entice. Great colt to get off their 1st salvo on Nippon sod. · 17 hours ago
  • Euro Trash via Disqus · I really do not see them attempting the Classic, even with O'Brien's reputation of putting runners in. I think one of the top HK 1m2f races could fit the bill once he is done in the UK · 15 hours ago
2nd last time out in the G1 Irish Oaks, Aidan O'Brien's 3yo filly Tapestry deals Taghrooda the 1st loss of her career in the G1 Yorkshire Oaks.
  • Euro Trash via Disqus · The last race must have taken more out of her than they thought. Congratulations to the victor. · 15 hours ago
  • Exterminator · Sticking with Sea The Moon as STS's Arc hope. Very nice run by both Taghrooda and Tapestry. · 15 hours ago



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