• Protonico surges late to win the Smarty Jones! Posted 2 hours ago
  • It's all Competitive Edge in the Hopeful!Posted 5 hours ago
  • Midnight Storm romps in the Del Mar Derby! Posted 22 hours ago
  • Condo Commando romps home in the Spinaway! Posted 1 day ago
  • Irish Mission powers home late to win the Glens Falls!Posted 1 day ago
  • Sunset Glow drives to victory in the Del Mar Debutante! Posted 1 day ago
  • Itsmyluckyday guts out a thrilling win over Moreno in the Woodward! Posted 2 days ago
  • Palace romps home an easy Forego winner! Posted 2 days ago
  • Stonetastic runs them off their feet in the Prioress! Posted 2 days ago
  • Wise Dan just holds off Optimizer to win the Bernard Baruch!Posted 2 days ago

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Talk about over rated.
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  • DJ Amasa via Disqus · I'm conservative about heaping effusive praise, but this horse deserves is accolades. · 5 hours ago
  • Eventer1999 · Overrated? Zenyatta was the overrated one. All this hate on Wise Dan is pointless and shows no respect to the horse. Coming back from colic surgery to run just off the track record under 127 lbs isn't easy. Yes, Vic, I know 127 isn't very much compared to the horses of yesterday, but aren't you the one who constantly said that comparing horses from different eras is pointless? He's carried all the weight they've asked him to and he's done enough to be considered great. I'm generally a nice person, but "supercool"666 is a troll and a very immature person. You act like the people from my old school. · 4 hours ago
First time tested, but Wake Up Nick now 4 for 4 after game win in Cal-bred I'm Smokin at DMR.
Stormy Lucy is the 5-1 fifth choice on the morning line for Monday’s $200,000 Grade II Yellow Ribbon. But that number could go down considering red-hot Rafael Bejarano, aboard for two straight victories before he was injured last spring, will be back in the irons.“We’re feeling great about having him back, as anybody would the way he’s riding now,” said Mike Boag, aide to trainer Ed Moger, Jr., Sunday morning. “Rafael knows her, he knows when to move with her.”
Live action returns on Friday at Laurel Park with nine races that includes free admission, free programs and drawings for tickets to OktoberFest and the Brew & Bourbon Classic on the Laurel Park apron.
New year, same faces as JD Acosta and Hugh McMahon took home blue ribbons at the 2014 Maryland State Fair. The same thing happened last year. Acosta was aboard fourteen winners, outdistancing Cecily Evans and Carlos Gutierrez, who each rode six. Trainer Hugh McMahon sent out five winners, edging King Leatherbury and Hamilton Smith by one at the end of the seven day stand.
Protonico gives trainer Tood Pletcher his 1000th stakes win as a trainer, congratulations Todd, what a milestone, job well done
The undefeated 4-year-old Stopshoppingdebbie will make her next start in either the Grade 1, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes on Sept. 27, or the Grade 3, $100,000 L.A. Woman Stakes on Oct. 4. article on DRF
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  • reshuffler · Yea!! · 4 hours ago
  • ekindy · I've been saying all along that she should go for the Sprint (if she can realistically qualify, which might be a problem even with an LA Woman win if it is oversubscribed). However I would absolutely love to see her go head to head against Beholder, to see if she is the real deal. · 3 hours ago
I can't wait to see him at the Breeder's Cup. He's looking fabulous!
Any News on him?
Wise Dan will not be doing a "Goldikova", this Horse cannot Win the BC Mile 3 times in a row, it just wont happen. Wise Dan fans better prey that Kingman doesn't turn up, coz he will destroy Dan. Even Toronado and Variety Club, who are scheduled to turn up, can beat Wise Dan. Sorry Wise Dan lovers, he will NOT be doing the "3 peat". :-)
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  • Mary Z. · Don't be shocked of he does. This gelding, who I liked when people where asking, "Who is he?" has the most jinxy-in-reverse good fate. Maybe he grazes on four leaf clovers. Very good horses have some little something befall them when they face him. Only slightly better than mediumlies this time, but still, he was that nose better. Has good juju going for him. · 1 day ago
  • Melann Johnston via Disqus · Wise Dan is the best there is!! I do believe he will win it again!! · 4 hours ago
Splashtastic - Tom Durkin.
3rd in the Hopeful.
wins the Hopeful!!! Super Saver 1-2 with I spent it finishing 2nd
The Big Beast, winner of G1 King's Bishop, scheduled to have bone chip removed from ankle Tuesday, per Arkansas-based owner Alex Lieblong. From DRF
doubt that winning margin would have occur ed on a fast dry surface.
micromanage looks like a winner today at parx's.
this is a really nice colt. from what I remember he went up the rail like a pro!
Until they are IN THE GATE, in a race, one has no idea, really what you have. Friend had one that almost killed itself as a baby with a head wound, and ran it in a MdCLm and it won by 10....Won the biggest race on the grounds by season's end.
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  • travel_vic · love comments by the grandstanders who's closest relationship to the real goings on at a race track is the computer screen in front of them. ALL HAIL THE GRANDSTANDER. · 10 hours ago
  • amino998 · Said the INSIDER who constantly has NO IDEA nor anyone to give him one. · 10 hours ago
Wonder why they ran this horse in a maiden claimed first out. By tiz wonderful out of yearly report. Multiple stakes winner of bafferts. Also ran fourth in the Alabama. Also yearly report comes from a good family.
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  • amino998 · Wins the Spinaway by 13 · 1 day ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · Rudy , Dubb and company just may have one of the more elite 2yo fillys in America this year. Depending on what Competetive Edge does today, she can leave the meet as the most exciting horse to come out of this prestigious meet. Joey on the surface the bloodlines are good. But bottom line is that she only sold for $72K at the Keeneland September Sales. She was available for a $75K price tag and none of the sharpest or shrewdest horsemen around dropped a bid on her. She just may be the opposite of the famed horse we all have come to love. That would be "Morning Glory". There have been those that have worked so great in the mornings,that what Commando did in her debut,They could do it running backwards.Similar to the Jerkens colt a few years back(the name escapes me). Debuted at a Maiden $35K race and did a track record,went on to become one of the beter sprinters of his generation. Like Samyn said after the race,he never did anything in the mornings to ever show that. Good luck on this filly,this is what racing is all about. · 10 hours ago
Congrats! Happy for Christopher Clement. A beautiful race and wonderful effort by Irish Mission with Johnny V aboard. That was a nice win.



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