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Mr. Z will make one more start in 2014, in the G1 Los Alamitos Futurity at LA on Dec.20th, according to DRF
Golden Soul, makes it two in a row as he takes a 1 1/8 allowance race on the turf at Churchill Downs
Belle Gallantey, the multiple Grade 1 winner who sold for $750,000 at the Fasig-Tipton November auction this month, is back with trainer Rudy Rodriguez and could run again as early as Jan. 1 in the $100,000 Affectionately Stakes at Aqueduct. Article on DRF
Entered in GGF race 8 , today, 11/28/14. Last race was in March of 2012. I remember when he ran with Sidney's Candy in 2010. I wonder about these types' stories. Hey, I was just looking for The Berkeley Stakes.
  • travel_vic · Not today I fear 4 Vibrato Jazz 5 Port Stanley 3 Deckacards 1 Morally Bankrupt · 2 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · Now I will have to "do" this ucky race. Remember the manutim updates by Acclamation's assistant trainer/exercise rider? Just info, info, info. P.S., this is an example of a horse(gelding) running under that waiver rule. The 8 in not in for a tag. I'll take the ucky 6. · 1 hour ago
Good guy wins case against wrongful dismissal and garners all lost wages. Sometimes the good guys DO win
  • Goblin · I agree, but the KHRC may still appeal. He was ordered "reinstated with back wages"; great that he will obtain the wages, but can't imagine that he desires to be reinstated into a hostile environment. · 2 hours ago
  • travel_vic · Other sources tell me that this has devastated him both financially and psychologically so Yes I can see that he would not go back. Witch hunt pure and simple. · 2 hours ago
Does anybody know Kingston Hill's likely starting point? Surely Meydan would be a no go due to the ground? Could he potentially return in the Coronation Cup?
  • ILuvTurfRacing · If it's a race his connections are interested in, I wouldn't entirely rule out Meydan and the Sheema Classic for Kingston Hill just because of ground concerns. He may be a bit better with cut in the ground, but if you'll remember, much was made about whether or not he'd handle the quick going at Doncaster and he skipped right over it and won the G1 English St Leger that day. · 5 hours ago
@Travel_Vic, would you please explain the reasons why it is so hard to win the Pick-4 at Woodbine. Today, the $0.20 Pick-4 paid a handsome $7,782.00. No it's not a typo it's for $0.20 cents. Of the 4 races, the 3 winners are double digit odds. Are Canadian handicappers really that bad or the track is really hard to handicap?? Your expertise on Canadian horse racing are needed here. thank you.
  • travel_vic · Many of the contest within the Pick 4 are loaded with chronic maiden losers. To win that overall bet one has to use liberal doses of the "ALL" button · 6 hours ago
The way a horse is shod can make a big difference on their performance. As standardbreds have a much different gait and run on a much harder surface, the get a lot of trauma to the "heel" area of the hoof. One of many innovations they have come up with is the "flip flop" shoe. IT is an interesting half aluminum shoe with a plastic pad beneath it. It is "hinged" right behind the place where the half shoe ends so that the pad hits the surface slightly ahead of the aluminum shoe. We had one up in the placing judges office this week and they are unique to any shoe I have ever seen. Maybe I can put up a photo of it later today. ODD
Sky Hero, Moonlight Bandit and Imperia
No Fault of Mine
Itsmyluckyday and longshot Big Business
Market Conduct and Eh Cumpari
like longshot Save Rock and Roll
Catch My Drift
Tightend Touchdown and River Rocks
  • jinlie01 · looks like both Tightend Touchdown and River Rocks are running in this one...sticking with them · 6 hours ago
Frosted/Ostrolenka/The Truth or Else
good field...Boozer is intriguing even though Bejarano has chosen to stick with another horse
going with the Pletcher duo of Protonico and Constitution



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