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If it rains, I wish I could play 1,000,000 exacta box American pharoah with tonalist!!!!
Wow! Lots of heat in here.
  • Tommy via Disqus · I will go deep to catch the superfecta here!!! · 43 minutes ago
Been posting on what we know now and I hope she runs the BCC as suggested. Only the trainers really know if she is up for it but since her recovery she seems to be a super horse. The way she ran past the field of boys in the last turn in the Pacific Classic together with the rest of her 2015 tour I don't think it is even a question she runs away with It. Jock might have to use his whip this time but that is my prediction.
Travers was an interesting race. I like AP since I saw his 2yo debute. Always bet against him to win money in my exotics. Finally beat him with Keen. Traverse surprisingly was very slow 24/48 and still AP was beat by a deep closer. I think he finally bounced. Had a long tough season and finally had his bad day. tmallios never mentioned Beholder. I think the mare Beholder is Baffert's worry. And again looking for speed look at Smooth Roller. Just about wired the Awsome Again and spanked Bayern. Keen Ice could be even better this trip. AP might still have another bad day but with Beholder they take most of the money at the window. Looking for a big superfecta payout here. Very anxious to see the ML.
WOW! Does anyone think the BC would be run on Poly? Dirt again. Old news. Anyway I agree Something about Belmont is Tonalist's track. Keenland is a guess for him. He does OK in graded stakes, never worst than 3rd except for the ** of last year BCC. He will be 3rd at best here maybe out of the money. This field is looking too strong for a win or even 2nd.
Despite what Shug is saying, I think HC will opt for the BCDM. He has a better shot at winning that race than the BCC. If he does win the BCDM, he stands a better chance at getting the Eclipse Award for older male than he would if he lost the BCC. A BC win is a BC win. If LM wins the BCC, HC would have three G1's to LM's two, and he beat LM in the Whitney. But if he loses to LM in the BCC, then LM get's the Eclipse Award.
If i am Baffert and Zayat,i am chomping at the bit as to the prjected field tat is lining up for this years Classic.Look at the field closely and you will see one glaring thing. There are only 2 legitimate pace horses in the projected field. That would be A.P. and Liam's Map. For some unknown reason to me,fans of Honor Code are all excited in that he will get a pace to run at. Neither of these 2 horses is a runawaway freak. Both have run very fast in the early stages of their prior races. But they have also been relaxed when doing so. Long as you can get a horse to relax,there is no reason for them to get away from the jock. One can never say never,but in most cases , more than 2 horses are needed to establish a suicidal speed duel in a top caliber race like this one. Liam and A.P are quality racehorse,they go fast early because they are fast horses. By that i mean ,they have the ability to run a full race and can maintain speed throughout. More than likely Liam will be setting the fractions. He will probably go in 23 and have a length lead on A.P.. Unless some jock is auditioning for the lead role in an upcoming "Ben Hur" movie. He will probably back it down to .47 ,with minimal pressure. This should be music to Bafferts ears. Not because he does not think that Liam is not a horse of quality,or that he can't get the distance. But because he knows how good his horse is,and under that scenerio. There isn't a horse in the World that will run him down. So all of those that are looking for a pace meltdown. Try watching the BC Sprint.
Anyone else find it interesting that Castellano rode Liam's Map in his workout the other day at Keeneland? Dirt mile?
What a milestone!!!!! He just surpassed 1000 comments!!!! The word is getting out. It won't be long!!!!!
Last year BCC still bothers me else? I am always looking for a wise guy. Last year I had Toast of New York as my upset. This year a think SmoothRoller could be the colt.
wrong spot
I think it was a great prep for him, I dont think 2 back to back 10 furlong races would have worked for HC,
I feel another loss is on the way
Maggie, where are you sending him in retirement?
Mark Kennedy, I just saw a report on twitter from a woman named Susan Montanye, she says that she is one of the owners of Off the Tracks and says that the report of the bucked shins that DRF reported is false and that she is getting a 60 day break for rest and recuperation. So IDK what's going on with her status for the rest of the year.
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · J Byrnes thanks for the update. Weird today I went back and watched her schylerville race replay and thought to myself. Dam I wish she would have been healthy for the BC that win was impressive · 10 hours ago
Hey J O.K. is entered for the 9th. Belmont race 8.
This would be incredible.
BREAKING NEWS: B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm has acquired the breeding rights to top sprinter Palace, the multiple grade I-winning millionaire son of City Zip . The colt, who is set to retire at the end of his 2015 campaign, is being aimed for the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Oct. 31 at Keeneland. "Palace is the best colt by perennial leading sire City Zip, and he's a great-looking individual," said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift general manager. "He's been one of the classiest and fastest sprinters in the country the last couple of years, and we believe breeders will find him to be an exciting opportunity through our 'Share The Upside' program in 2016. We're thrilled to have him, and believe he has a big shot in the upcoming Breeders' Cup Sprint." Article on Bloodhorse
Check out this article on Stellar Wind, it says they skipped the preps because they don't want to be overly aggressive, but she is training lights out, she will be fresh, and they are confident going into the Distaff. That, and she will return to race at age four. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/94933/stellar-wind-fresh-for-distaff
where is the early speed, if no horse pushes AP, Beholder, or Honor code, the closers have no chance

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