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Full sister to Clearly Now is favored in SA r4, 6f dirt allowance, today, 7/1/16.
I love this horse's name.
Entered in the 6F Spring Fever Handicap at Santa Anita on July 4th. Short field of 5, she drew post 2. Go Girl!
Welcome back big guy.
Does anyone know why Dortmund is training at Los Alamitos instead of Santa Anita?
Here are some photos of him <3
Have her connections ever considered stretching her out? She's never run further than 1 1/8, but she is never fading at the end of her 9f races. It would be fun to see if she could go 10f - Tepin vs. Flintshire in the Arlington Million would be thrilling
I really like this horse. Goes a mile and a quarter on Monday.
Nice return!
Purchased by Winning Bloodstock Agency for €110,000 at the Arquana Summer Sale. He'll be joining Rail Link, Racinger, Lauro, Fuisse, and Lord Du Sud at Haras Du Cercy where he will stand at stud for 2017. His fee has yet to be decided upon and will be announced at a later date.
The Gurkha is a CERTAINTY to win the Coral Eclipse tomorrow, 1 1/4m on that Stiff Sandown track will be ideal for him. Also, with the 11 lb weight allowance he gets from "Time Test" and "My Dream Boat", he is a GREAT bet for the win, and he will WIN, he will probably go off at around odds of 1-2, he will definitely go off odds on anyway! :-)
To date, he's only had 2 runs at G1 level heading into the G1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes, but I still like Time Test's chances of getting the Group 1 monkey off his back at Sandown on Saturday. Time Test ran to a Timeform rating of 121 over course and distance when winning the G3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown back in late May, and he did so carrying a 5lb. penalty when defeating the John Gosden trained Western Hymn, a horse who's always ran extremely well at Sandown Park. My Coral-Eclipse super-fecta: 1st-Time Test 2nd-Hawkbill 3rd-The Gurkha 4th-Western Hymn. My Dream Boat also defeated Western Hymn by 1-1/4 lengths in the G3 Gordon Richards Stakes back in April, and normally I would like his chances of making the frame here, but this time around he'll be carrying a G1 penalty for his recent win at Ascot in the Prince of Wales's Stakes, which I believe may prove too difficult for him to overcome in the Eclipse against these types of horses, IMO.
Liam's Map's 1/2 bro debuts in the 3rd @ CD tomorrow 5/1 ML {saywhat?}
  • amino998 · Lived up to his name as the 7/5 favorite by walking out of the gate to finish 5th. Maybe earplugs and Victor Next Time??? :) Mineshaft's son Bitumen looked good drawing off by pairing 11.37 & 11.75 1/8ths down the stretch. · 1 day ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · Heard nothing,have same info that you have. Vyjack doing amazing on Wrong Coast. Big work with Flava in irons. Breezing if i ever saw one. · 9 hours ago
Who's Arrogate? Nyquist may find out in the Haskell. http://www.app.com/story/sports/horses/2016/06/29/haskell-nyquist-american-freedom/86504588/
Hint of roses did run against older company last outing.
She seems impossible to gain ground on in the stretch. The BC mile vs. Tepin could be amazing, could live up to the hype. The thing I like about Casse is he will go there, what racings all about.
  • curlin45 · You're right every race in the breeders cup should be interesting and exciting this year. · 10 hours ago
Looking up at his pedigree on this page his dam is not mentioned. Says No Data Available. His pedigree is like this from equibase: Sky Jack (CA) TB, GR/RO, G, foaled April 18, 1996 ( Jaklin Klugman - Sky Captive, by Skywalker) Someone may want to fix that pedigree box in this article
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · sign in at hrn; click "edit" at pedigree; enter info; click "save". · 11 hours ago
Wonder what happened to him?
5 furlongs in 1:01.05 on 6/24 on the dirt training track at Belmont Park. 2/8 Hopefully today is his final tightening.
Songbird is like the GGG of the Horse Racing World. All the other fillies are scared to face her. They know they will all get well beaten by the mighty SONGBIRD. :-)

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