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  • Materiality turns away the challenge of Upstart to win the Florida Derby.Posted 20 hours ago
  • International Star reels in Stanford late to win the Louisiana Derby.Posted 21 hours ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox sweeps the 3yo filly stakes at Fair Grounds with today's win in the Oaks.Posted 22 hours ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox sweeps the 3yo filly stakes at Fair Grounds with today's win in the Oaks.Posted 22 hours ago
  • Pants On Fire guts out a win in the Sir Shackleton.Posted 1 day ago
  • War Correspondent rolls late to win the Appleton.Posted 1 day ago
  • Prince Bishop wins the world's richest race; California Chrome 2nd.Posted 1 day ago
  • Dolniya dominates the boys in the Dubai Sheema ClassicPosted 1 day ago
  • Solow defeats The Grey Gatsby in the $6,000,000 Dubai TurfPosted 1 day ago
  • Secret Circle wins Golden Shaheen Sprint in Dubai.Posted 1 day ago

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Amino this is for you. BTW I've had this colt in my stable since last June.
  • amino998 · Lovely... if he blossoms in Louisville and can relax {he doesn't seem to need the lead} a little luck could go a long way :) · 9 minutes ago
Trainer Art Sherman is not very happy with the decision to send California Chrome to England a ringing endorsement the morning of March 29. Hours after it was announced the 4-year-old's owners intend on sending him to race at Royal Ascot, the California-based trainer—who also wasn't shy about expressing his opposition to sending the colt to Dubai after last year's Breeders' Cup—went on the Roger Stein Show, a radio program in the Los Angeles area."(Majority owner Perry Martin) thinks the horse will do good because he's won on the grass, but it was a different grass," Sherman said on the radio, referring to California Chrome's victory in the Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) at Del Mar in November, his only start on turf to date. "They don't realize the horses that are going to be involved, they go counterclockwise, he's got to learn to go the opposite way, and everything. It's going to be rough on him, I think." Sherman said Martin and co-owner Steve Coburn didn't inform him of the decision to send the dual-classic winner to England, where he'll be training at Newmarket, until after California Chrome's second-place finish in the $10 million Dubai World Cup. "I would have never done it myself," Sherman said. "I would have gave the horse more time to kinda unwind. He's going to be a tired horse after this trip." Article on Bloodhorse
  • DerekFisher · It's a real shame. It looks like greed and money are starting to unravel California Chrome's team. I think they need to be realistic with California Chrome. He's a very good horse, and could've quite easily picked and chosen good spots for races in the US that would've gotten money and not been too taxing for him. I don't think he's good enough to beat top turf horses in Europe, but who knows. · 25 minutes ago
Posting of LP's page because Chrome's page isn't active, and I'll clarify what Goblin said. California Chrome came out of the Dubai World Cup in good shape. Art Sherman tells DRF's Marcus Hersh that California Chrome will ship from Dubai to England this week in a bold bid to carry his Kentucky Derby-winning and Horse of the Year form to the European turf. California Chrome had been booked on a flight back to the U.S. on Tuesday but will instead fly to England and be based at Newmarket, trainer Art Sherman said. Although his next rave isn't decided, it looks likely the Prince of Wales at 1/14 could be his next target. The move is a strange one, considering California Chrome’s only grass win came against modest opposition in the Hollywood Derby last December, and appears to expose a rift between majority owner Perry Martin and minority owner Steve Coburn. The move surprised Sherman, who even after the World Cup still thought California Chrome was headed home. “I was looking forward to giving him a rest,” Sherman said. “I’m not sure everyone realizes that this is going to be a tired horse. That was a hard race on him.” So basically, Steve Coburn and Art Sherman wanted to bring CC home to America, but Perry Martin overruled both of them. Perry Martin is calling the Shots with Chrome. This doesn't look good as there was a huge disagreement last night between Martin and Coburn on this decision. Article on DRF
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  • travel_vic · It is run at Ascot over a distance of 1 mile and 2 furlongs (2,012 meters), and it is scheduled to take place each year in June. · 1 hour ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · This pissing match is between Coburn and Perry . All Sherman is in this,is an advisor. To add insult to injury,these 2 clowns have showed not only their inexperience in the game, but their greed to satisfy their egos. Why are they arguing immediately after the race . Why were all these scenerios not covered in conversation prior to shipping the horse to Dubai. I have no problem with that move. The trip wound up being very succesful. Under the circumstances,their horse ran exceptionally well. They earned more money for running 2nd,than they did for winning the Derby/Preakness Double Header. If there is one thing that fuels these guys more than their egos,it is the Mighty Dollar. There were only 3 possible scenerios that could of happened in Dubai. The horse wins the race.....The horse loses but runs a good race.......The horse runs awful......A contingency plan should of been in place,along with a race schedule for 3 months out. This is not Rocket Science, you do not need to search the world for a genius to help solve this puzzle. They are trying to build up his Resume to make him a much more attractive Stallion prospect. By attempting this,they have lost all concerns for what is best for the horse. The only time that topic comes up,is when they are conning the public by talking out of the wrong hole. If they wer not satisfied with the Stallion deals that were presented to them after he won the Derby/Preakness,and was the hottest horse on the Planet. Nothing he does going forward will increase his value to a greater degree. Being by an obscure sire,the market has been set. Only problem is that 2/3 rds of the re-enacted Stooges do not get it. · 32 minutes ago
Just curious ,and at possibility of riling up the Shared Belief fans. After S.B. won the Malibu Stakes,defeating the 70-1 Conquest Two Step by the slightest of margins. Many said that the race was not impressive and that he was life and death to get by him.About a month after that race,C.T.S. came back to defeat a good field in a Stakes Sprint. The S.B. faithful were all out in full force,thumping their chests. Their hero was now validated, C.T.S. was now a Star they yelled. Forget the fact that was short lived glory by the Long Shot. In the Big Cap,the S.B. fans were celebrating because he defeated a legitimate horse in Moreno. Some even thought that move catapulted him to being the Best in the World. Today at F.G. ,a 25-1 shot blew by the same Moreno as though he was standing still near the wire. So common S.B. fans,patronize me a bit. Step up to the plate and take back some of those comments,based on the horse you beat next race out. Somehow i doubt it.
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  • travel_vic · what a silly fact-less statement, Moreno was heavily handicapped in his style the MOMENT he hit that long stretch: that is a closers paradise probably the ONLY dirt one left in North America.....You really make comparisons of horses when they are in the SAME race not by looking a horses in DIFFERENT from cycles on DIFFERENT surfaces in DIFFERENT pace scenarios. SH is a good one, not great as of yet, but very good. · 2 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · Do you have any conceptional knowledge as to what this game is all about. You keep chirping that all he does is win races. HE IS A GELDING.....HE IS A GELDING......HE IS A GELDING......In plain English, he has absolutely no other value than to be a Race Horse and win MONEY.....WIN MONEY......WIN MONEY......You mock Chrome for running 2nd in Dubai. He won more in that race finishing 2nd ,than your guy may win by winning 4 or 5 GRADED RACES......4 or 5 GRADED RACES. Can you comprehend the relevance. If you think that money is not the only relevant thing that Rome and partners care for. Then why are they going to the so called "BULL RING" to run in a non descript race. For the same reason Baffert took G.O.D. there. FOR THE MONEY. FOR THE MONEY , and nothing else. You keep listening to the lines they pass on you that all they do is love the horse. That is obvious and all the Power to them. But a major reason they love him is because he is a WALKING ATM MACHINE for them. So you keep making fun of C.C. and how SB went by him in a prep race. You keep making fun of CC when he runs without Lasix. But 1 thing for sure,if you can get Romeeee on the phone. He sure is not making fun at the 2 Mil he bankrolled by running 2nd. · 1 hour ago
Looking at the probables it would be a smart move going to the Blue Grass than the Santa Anita Derby. Dortmund, Bolo, Prospect Park and One Lucky Dane is a tough way to win or place for points.
In a race where its 30 yards short of a mile and a three sixteenths he runs 10 lengths behind the average Preakness time....even if survives the ship and transition to Kentucky I don't see him as a huge threat in the Derby. The best three year olds in the world are HERE in the USA....not overseas.
  • Lemon Drop Husker · You do know that there is no "run up", right? And that the clock starts from the gate at Dubai unlike every American race. · 3 hours ago
  • DerekFisher · Thank you Lemon Drop. I cant tell you how many people I've seen post this type of nonsense on different horse racing forums over the last day. The intelligence of some people just boggles my mind. Do some actual research into how races are run over there and not just say, "OMG this horse is 5 seconds slower than American horses!" · 1 hour ago
Kirnan McLaughlin tells DRF'S David Grening that Ocean Knight is doing well. Plans are being made to where he will start next. McLaughlin says that OK will work Monday and the Wood Memorial, Arkansas Derby, and Lexington stakes are being discussed for his next start. According to DRF
Everything comes with a price. Just like the filly,Lukas made money by running evry time they called them to the post. But i said it then for these 2,and for any other horse around. This nonsense that horses should be running more is ridiculous.Unless of course you only are interested in a career that spans about 6 months
  • lisabn via Disqus · Of course horses can run more, and especially on shorter rests than they do today. Problem is only that Lukas doesn't give his horses a real break for a couple of months a year. Few of those super lightly raced 3year olds last long either, I might add. · 17 hours ago
  • Northport · From Ahmed Zayat's twitter: "Very disappointing day to us today.I see zero excuse for MR.Z.Just spoke to coach pulled up sound. @JustinZayat @ZayatStables I am clueless" - I think clueless is a great word choice, haha. He runs a young horse as often and as hard has Mr Z, yet is clueless when the horse finally throws in the towel. The Zayats perplex me · 1 hour ago
Wow!! Materiality earned a 110 Beyer speed figure for his victory yesterday in the G1 Florida Derby.
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  • amino998 · Which track was slower yesterday, Gulfstream or Meydan? · 4 hours ago
  • The Doctor · Cool. That means he will be Andy Beyer's pick in the Derby which is always the kiss of death. It also means we will get better odds on a horse who actually has a chance to win the race. · 2 hours ago
YES!!!!! HAHAHAHA!!!! HERE WE GO!!! HAHA!!! Gotta love this colt, so much fight and heart in him, the Ramseys have a great shot to win the Derby this year.
  • imisswilltakecharge · Wow, this is a pretty balanced horse; people are going to say the company and head to head aren't as good, but are you kidding me? This horse has overcome a few minor things in each race, DOES INDEED have a good jockey fit, Stanford is going to prove to be great company along with the previous challengers...really is shaping up to be a great horse. Another cool thing about this horse is that other than the rail I don't see his draw having as much impact as others, such as Dortmund the beast. I hope he settles on the board around 12-1 come Derby day! Biggest thing I took from this weekend was that International Star and Materiality are going in solid, but that nice long test--now on dirt--in Dubai, I mean Mubtaahij looks a little scary as an "outsider." Can't underestimate his company, and this was 1 3/16 with an absolute extra gear on the stretch with NO effort! Jumped right onto my radar-odds said he was going to win, and he was challenged on the final turn, but literally was on cruise control after a mild nudge at the top of the stretch. SO EXCITING! Can't wait for the final preps next week I am going nuts to see the field sewn up (mostly). Good luck to the Ramsey's as well; it seems to be more coincidence than anything else, but I find myself loving one their horses every year, and I love their passion. · 5 hours ago
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · Standing on the finish line, the crowd (including me) erupted the last 1/16th. It was a dog fight, and Stanford was a tough customer. International Star is a smaller horse but he has a fighters heart. If he didn't have my respect before he sure does now. That was a exciting finish. · 2 hours ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nRbFHJwrVo&feature=youtu.be
Commissioner earned a 109 beyer sped figure for his victory yesterday in the G3 Skip Away stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Mary this is for you
  • Mary Z. · Thank you. She is very cute and a good filly! I'm having difficulty uploading photos here, so my photos and videos of Broadway Empire are at fb or google+. You were there at FG, yes? Neat photo! · 13 hours ago
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · Yes we were at FGs all day yesterday. Saw some nice horses. Took some nice photos- like the one above- she is returning after her win. It was a good day. Got a sunburn too. lol · 3 hours ago
there should be no irrelevant rankings: just put groups of 10 or so into exceptional, elite, world beaters, above average etc
I prefer to make my Derby Future bets as close to post time as possible, so I'm still waiting. Currently "all others" still at 11-1, seems like an underlay here. I know we had Danza springboard into the picture late in the game last year, but I'm not optimistic that happens this year. Those that I can even see as being possible to even get in the gate: Stanford, Maftool, Conquest Typhoon, Tiz Shea D, One Lucky Dane, The Truth Or Else, Frammento. Of those Maftool and Conquest Typhoon are automatically out it for me, don't stand a chance. The Truth Or Else would need to make another big leap in progression, but possible. I just don't see One Lucky Dane getting the points to get in. Tiz Shea D and Frammento could get in as viable closers if they progress... So 11-1 on Stanford, with maybe Tiz Shea D/Frammento/Truth or Else if you're lucky, and the ultra slim possibility of a Hail Mary (Danza). In last years Derby field? Maybe. In this years Derby field? I can't justify it. Stanford would probably be sitting around 30 to 40-1 if he were currently in the pool, the rest would likely be well over 50-1... Also, why is Frosted listed again? I just don't think he's a distance horse. His pedigree doesn't show it, his form doesn't show it... What do you all think?
  • amino998 · I think... Stanford might be a good stand alone wager on Derby Day. You prefer to regale us with your Pick 6 bets after the 1st 5 are in the charts :) · 4 hours ago
  • https://www.facebook.com/fiddl · You're still on this... I wasn't "regaling" anything. I was just making conversation. Give me your email and I'll prove it to you later today... Part of the deal is a public apology when I prove it to you. Deal? · 3 hours ago
Equipoise is conspicuously missing. Round Table is overrated.
  • travel_vic · This couldn't be the rational Dennis Tierney I spoke with about Cheatin' Charley Ulrich! Equipose: 51: 29-10-4 mostly a miler Round Table: 66: 43-8-5 champion BOTH on dirt and grass · 3 hours ago
Patrick Biancone should be ashamed of what he is doing to Diamond Bachelor. I have never seen a horse so mismanaged. If he hasn't already broken Diamond Bachelor, he surely will. I am completely disgusted. Diamond Bachelor deserves so much more. I makes me cry to watch him race. And I watch every time. I feel like someone has to.
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  • Mary Z. · .comfiddl, You did math'n'stuff. Enjoy your OTTB. It was so kind of you to provide a home for this $570.000 purchase that was a length back in second to Finnegan's Wake in the Grade 2 San Marcos 10fT. Yes there was a DQ to 4th. However, check out the pace difference of the San Marcos and the San Luis Rey. Or have a big pita lunch. You are going to be upset about this horse and no mention of claimers that run more often for less money and no dates later? Also, throw out the Santa Anita Derby. You do understand favors to the racing secretary? Enjoy your stallion running around your back yard next year. I'm sure he will make a nice pet. · 7 days ago
  • https://www.facebook.com/fiddl · Mary, I never uttered a word about retiring the horse. That's a bit of an inane comment. He's overrun, not just too many races, but long ones/races that don't fit his style/all over the place in the type of races/outclassed etc. Favors, schmavors... There is a major lack of horsemanship involved here. · 4 hours ago
International Star earned a 98 Beyer speed figure for his victory yesterday in the G2 Louisiana Derby.
New Jersey stable, New York trainer, lets hear it for the east coast this Kentucky Derby!
El Kabeir in the Derby!

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