• Arrogate draws post position #9 for Saturday's Dubai World Cup.Posted 10 hours ago
  • Vale Dori (6-5) wins a virtual match race over Finest City in the G1 Santa Margarita.Posted 3 days ago
  • Malagacy (3-1) remains unbeaten with an impressive Rebel win.Posted 3 days ago
  • Enola Gray (2-5) much the best down the hill in the Irish O'Brien.Posted 3 days ago
  • Jenda's Agenda (2-5) stays unbeaten with a facile win in the Caeser's Wish.Posted 3 days ago
  • Mor Spirit (1-2) too good in the Essex at Oaklawn Park.Posted 4 days ago
  • Distinta (11-1) gets up on the shadow of the wire in the Inside Information.Posted 4 days ago
  • Twisted Tom (4-1) gets up in the final jump to win the Private Terms.Posted 4 days ago
  • Streamline (12-1) upsets the Azeri; rough trip for favorite Terra Promessa.Posted 4 days ago
  • Clothes Fall Off (6-5) undresses the competition in the Correction.Posted 4 days ago
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Stevens and Lucas, no dilettantes they, reunite in New Mexico for the Sunland Derby Sunday .................. which one brings the buzzer??? :D
Trainer Todd Pletcher announces that Battalion Runner is most likely to make his next start in the G1 Santa Anita Derby on April 8th. He wants to keep him and Always Dreaming separated, who is pointing to the Florida Derby.
  • ChessChamp · Yes. DEMOLISH the field at Santa Anita. · 1 hour ago
  • RealDynastyPicks · Pletcher is in a position to have 7 horses with enough points to get into the Kentucky Derby...just unreal. Battalion Runner for sure is a serious contender in the SA Derby if they do ship him. · 1 hour ago
Grade 1 winner Tamarando has been retired and will stand at Harris Farm, Ca for $2500
Is she coming back?
  • Byrnzzz · Was pointing for Apple Blossom, got hurt in February, getting 90 days off, about halfway through the recovery, so unless plans change, she should be back by the summer. · 2 hours ago
Mark you have any updates?
A photo of Take Charge Brandi's Curlin colt. Posted by Hill'n' Dale Farms!! https://www.facebook.com/hillndalefarms/photos/a.195128280516390.52351.193595097336375/1580164645346073/?type=3&theater
BREAKING NEWS: Norman Casse reports that Classic Empire worked 5F in 1.01.4 at the Winding Oaks Training Center in Ocala. Florida. Will determine later if CE will be ready in time for the Bluegrass.
  • RealDynastyPicks · I heard the Arkansas Derby is also being considered. · 4 hours ago
  • Mike in SB · Like most races the odds will determine the bets for me in the Derby. I think Classic Empire has as much talent as any 3 year old, you just can't trust him mentally. If he is 10-1 or better I will bet him less than that probably not. Everything could change after the last preps of course, but right now I think he has as good a shot to win as any of the other probable starters, he just needs to run his race. Like others I also think the Arkansas Derby would be a great last prep for the Derby. · 3 hours ago
I find it hard to believe we are discussing the possibility of a sloppy track in Dubai, but has Arrogate ever competed on one?
  • ChessChamp · He worked in the slop a few times. Great horses run in anything. · 3 hours ago
  • Ferrisjso26 · No and apparently they don't think he could handle it because he was entered the San Pasqual and was scratched when it started raining with no injury nor issues whatsover coming off great works. · 3 hours ago
Anyone know the post time Saturday for this race?
  • Brian Hayes via Disqus · I think 1st race on the card is at 7:45am EST, I think there's an 8 hour time difference from EST to Dubai time · 4 hours ago
  • Paladin · 12:45 PM EST · 3 hours ago
Fox Hill Farm announces that Songbird has returned to the track today and is now at 100%. She finished last year's racing season with some bone bruising. There was a spot that was stubborn to heal, and then she apparently kicked her stall wall which set her return further back. Her return race is still a few months away, and is undetermined at this time.
If it's raining and the track is sloppy on raceday, forget what I said about Gun Runner in the other comment below. Arrogate will romp on the Dubai slop even if he's breaking from the parking lot.
Very good 2nd place effort for increasing distance as he did. Hope to see in Santa Anita Derby. May be O 'Neil's best derby contender yet.
  • illhaveanothertriplecrown · Despite the hate that other members have thrown at him, he's had 2 consecutive solid runs and he's healthy and has a trainer that had been there and won. Not my top choice but he's in my top 10 list for the Derby. · 3 hours ago
Saturday forecast - DAY Precipitation 54% Cloudy with a shower or thunderstorm in the area Thunderstorms: 60% Precipitation: 10 mm Rain: 10 mm Hours of Precipitation: 2.5 hrs Hours of Rain: 2.5 hrs NIGHT Precipitation 82% Cloudy and warm; heavy showers late Thunderstorms: 29% Precipitation: 18 mm Rain: 18 mm Hours of Precipitation: 4.5 hrs Hours of Rain: 4.5 hrs
  • ChessChamp · I don't know enough about Meydan's surface to know how much rain it takes to make it sloppy/muddy? · 3 hours ago
Chrome's brother has arrived. There is a new fan page for him. https://www.facebook.com/MyBrotherIsChrome/
There is a new fan page for him with lots of photos https://www.facebook.com/MyBrotherIsChrome/
Everybody agrees this race is Arrogate's to lose, who will fill out the remaining 3 spots?. I like GR to get a piece, especially he seems to be getting better from his his last race getting 1st place..I also think Keen Ice can fill out the exotic as well, still pondering the 4 spot though. Any thoughts?
  • jrem1 · I think Keen Ice can get up in there too. As for the 4th spot, I'm thinking some horse that has run on the track before....take your pick between Special Fighter, Mubtahij, or Long River. Lani would be a fun pick, but he just seems steady steady...not sure if he's quick enough to the finish. I guess always be aware of Hopp also. · 4 hours ago
After the Post Positions... 1st - Arrogate 2nd- Gun Runner 3rd -Lani 4th- Long River
Serious question...could Arrogate be 1/9 in this race? Equal weights, good post, no Chrome. No offense to the other horses, but no one is even in the same zip code. I guess you could argue Gun Runner is better as a 4yo and could threaten since speed usually plays well at Meydan, but that's it.
Gun Runner Arrogate Keen Ice Mubtaahij
  • Brian Hayes via Disqus · Wow you think GR will take it to Arrogate..anything can happen I guess..GL · 4 hours ago
I told everyone when Nyquist was hurt No one listened because he was working he was showing he can Run. Horses can all Run even when they are not 100% like CC after breeders cup I told everyone the way Victor rode the horse slow down and pick up again did something to CC. CC worked fine But to Race that level to run 80 to 90 % to me the horse is hurt. When the Screws are not tight I call them Hurt.
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  • Patricia King via Disqus · Are you hurt? · 5 hours ago
  • Patricia King via Disqus · How do you gauge when a horse is at 80 to 90 %? I would think 80% is noticeable to the trainers and those who work with the horse, but at 90 % things are harder to notice. Slight changes may not be completely seen, but giving a horse a breather during a route race is not normally an issue. As an example, VE gave American Pharoah a breather on the backside during the Belmont, and AP used it for one of the fastest closing quarters registered at the Belmont in quite some time. · 4 hours ago

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