• Hit It Once More makes every pole a winning one in the Albany Stakes.Posted 11 hours ago
  • Syndergaard makes short work of the Funny Cide to remain perfect in two starts.Posted 14 hours ago
  • On Leave (9-5) wins the Riskaverse for her third consecutive victory.Posted 1 day ago
  • Chad Brown earns career victory #1,000 as Mr. Maybe scores in the John's Call.Posted 2 days ago
  • Rachel's Temper (3-1) gets the job done in the Summer Colony.Posted 4 days ago
  • Midnight Storm (3-10) holds off Om to win the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile.Posted 5 days ago
  • Camp Creek (26-1) comes from well back to pull the upset in the Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine.Posted 5 days ago
  • Time and Motion (8-5) powers by Catch a Glimpse late in the Lake Placid.Posted 5 days ago
  • California Chrome rolls to victory over Beholder and Dortmund in the Pacific Classic.Posted 6 days ago
  • Ashleyluvssugar (5-2)  just holds off Metaboss in the Del Mar Handicap.Posted 6 days ago

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Like to see Spelling Again get her G1
It will be interesting if he can stay at the pace he went at with Connect for the last furlong in the Travers tomorrow. If those two can then look out!!
Sensational effort in a very good time on a demanding surface.
  • Players Klub via Disqus · It was. And measured fractions all the way around. He showed outstanding maturity in his last race. There will be so many more horses tomorrow. He will have double the opponents in the Curlin. That is my worry. · 5 hours ago
Please take not that there are 14 horses in this race and Mario Gutirrez does not have a mount. And the reason why? He is a stone cold BUM. And I thank all of you who keep betting for this BUM to win on Nyquist in his last two races when this jock has no clue how to ride. He has no mount because he is a fool and a bum sending Nyquist out the last two races 22 and 46 in the mud!! The owner should be ashamed of himself that he has ruined this horse by handing him over to a second rate trainer and jock combo that blows!!
Nice run by exaggerator to take advantage of the rain and sloppy track. No surprise there. Nice to see him come back from his horrible Belmont. Gun runner was a huge disappointment. Nyquist either doesn't like the slop or wasn't in shape for this race. He will have to either win the pacific classic or the breeders cup to win three year old honors
  • Players Klub via Disqus · Nyquist's jockey is so dumb and so are his connections. He is being run by a bunch of clowns. How can you say he was injured?? Just like in the Preak they sent him out 22 and 46 IN THE MUD!! At the end of the race he had nothing@@! One of the most mismanaged horses I have seen in the last 20 years!! If he was trained by Baffert with Victor aboard we are talking about something completely different here. His connections are border line retarded!! · 5 hours ago
Forever Unbridled
Looking at this guy yesterday, you could tell he was going to run a big race. I've seen a lot of horses in my lifetime, but he looked most impressive. Looking forward to big things from this horse.
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · He ran to his training. He stepped way up yesterday to run the race he ran. This race should only move him forward · 25 days ago
  • Players Klub via Disqus · He was so impressive that exaggerator went 4 wide and ran by him as if he was standing still. · 5 hours ago
American Freedom speeds 5f in 58 3/5 today signaling he's ready for a big performance in the Travers.
  • Players Klub via Disqus · Exaggerator went 4 wide on him in the Haskell and ran by him like he was standing still. Had to be emasculating. · 5 hours ago
My Top 11 horses in order - California Chrome - Exagerrator - Beholder - Songbird - Nyquist - Dortmund - Melatonin - Cavorting - Runhappy - Hoppertunity -Frosted
Son of Africa
Tom's Ready / Summer Revolution / Fish Trappe Road n/o
If i am GM<'s connections I would have kicked Rosario off the horse after the JD. He keeps running into trouble with him with these rail rides trying to shove him through a bad spot. JR needs to do better or he will end up a bum like Mario Gutierrez is.
I have to choose CAVORTING over Curalina for the win. An eternal chasm back to Paid Up Subscriber, Forever Unbridled, and I'm A Chatterbox.
To WinStar Farms and the thousands upon thousands that cashed winning tickets. The following statement really makes no sense,and might be laughable. But i will put it out there,for the sake of not only conversation. But giving a potential outllok ,into the future. The speed figure came out,and it was a very slowly run Belmont Stakes. To me in regards to the future,when these guys have to go up against fast race horses. I give them chances of slim to none to only be competetive. This race now reaffirms,that when at their best at least. Nyquist and Exaggerator where by far the 2 superior Race Horses.
  • Pebbles via Disqus · You may be right. Destin and Creator certainly did not distinguish themselves in the Jim Dandy. But my understanding from Creator's connections was that they were looking for this as a true prep and not really expecting to win believing their horse wanted more distance. Lord knows there will definitely be more pace in the race if American Freedom joins Laoban in the gate. Will American Freedom be Point Given or Bayern? Though a nice horse, I think he may be closer to Bayern in this race. · 24 days ago
  • Players Klub via Disqus · It was slow no doubt about it. People called Gettysburg 'the rabbit' after the race and they even said that on NBC but he is was hardly a 'rabbit' he ran measured fractions. It was slow and unimpressive for all involved. I completely agree. · 6 hours ago
Here it is - two weeks out from the Haskell and Jim Dandy and no word on him and where he is pointed. I still think the Haskell is an ideal position for him with the track fast like he likes it. He has had 3 works since the Belmont: Saratoga 5 furlongs 1:02.43 11/17 Saratoga 4 furlongs 49.96 16/38 Belmont 4 furlongs 48.48 8/62 I hope he is ready for the Haskell because I think he could be a strong contender, but I understand that the Haskell/Travers double is not easy so if he stays at the spa that would make sense.
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  • Pitbull via Disqus · I dont think it matters. I look for Gov Malibu to take the dandy.In my opinion he would have won the Belmont.If you watch the video he was sent to go and he had a big head of steam but was blocked on both sides with no where to go.he would have skated on that rail like ice.He will be in the money.Ive always loved this horse and i hope he makes me proud. · 30 days ago
  • Players Klub via Disqus · You were big on him before the Belmont and i should have listened to you more. · 6 hours ago
Majesto has been scratched from tomorrow's Travers Stakes.
Gooooo Gift Box!!!!! 1. GiftBox 2.Arrogate 3.Creator
Does ANYONE know where EFFY is going next? This next race is his turn to kick some.. His "on" race is due next. lol
  • Iwasatthe78Belmont · I think he should take a shot at the JC Gold Cup. Big purse, and Frosted and Chrome will not be there. He has won the Suburban twice at the same distance in very good times. · 11 hours ago
1st- FISH TRAPPE ROAD 2nd- Summer Revolution 3rd- Mohaymen 4th- Bird Song 5th- Economic Model 6th- Tale of S'avall
This looks to be a very exciting Travers.

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