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What the Horse Racing Nation is talking about...

hoopertunity run a big one
Is he skipping the Derby now?
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  • https://www.facebook.com/paul.mcaleavey.1 · I gave odds on pletcher horses not being in the top ten and even 15 with favorites and went as far as to say what distance they would win a race at after the derby. Pletcher was not the only trainer and in some instances it was just the horse and I have not been wrong. If nothing major changes I would stand by it. · 9 minutes ago ·
  • https://www.facebook.com/paul.mcaleavey.1 · Sorry for the issues my comp is really acting up, slow typing and skipping to post with added letters and words. It is real slow. I type a sentence and it takes over a minute to complete and it is in banner form and I cant review it. · 5 minutes ago ·
rest in peace, my unbelievable girl..
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  • Northport · The spokesman of Oiwake Farm said that on February 15th Unbridled Belle gave birth to a stillborn foal (while in quarantine) and suffered from a perforated uterus. Since she was in quarantine she could not be moved in order to perform surgery and died on Feb. 17th · 1 hour ago ·
  • kay.robinett · So she spent two days in what was probable agony because they were unwilling to let her out of quarantine to be checked/operated on by a qualified veterinarian? I realize that there was probably no equine OR at the quarantine facility, but it seems to me that given the acute emergency they could have let her go to an equine hospital? Poor mare, I am heartbroken at what she probably suffered in those two days before her death. · 10 minutes ago ·
As hard as it was to be patient and for him to miss the TC races, still grateful his connections wasn't gripped by Derby fever and have him possibly suffer the fate of Bond Holder.
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  • shooker17 · Makes no sense... · 3 hours ago ·
  • slewcrew77781 · Mary & shooker - Am I a kid???...hmmm, now there's a relevant question. Can't imagine relevant to what, though. But anyway, we all know (well, most of us) where O'Neill & Reddam's main focus is. Qualifying for the Kentucky Derby was priority. Had this colt been taken to a layoff facility, he most likely would not have developed laminitis. Instead he was traumatized a 2nd time in an attempt to load him on a plane. Then he was taken back to the track and confined in a stall and from what O'Neil himself said, he had a bruise which the farrier covered with a shoe and they then tried to put him back in training. You call this simply "aiming toward the Derby"?? Bond Holder was injured on the 19th of February and scratched then from the race. He wasn't sent to a clinic until March 6. That certainly smells like Derby fever to me, with a stink of the worst kind. There's always sorrow after the fact so you can fall for that dribble from O'Neil & co. - if you think that is the 'grown up' thing to do. All I'm pointing out is the contrast between the care and concern given to Shared Belief by a true horseman and what could have happened in the hands of low-life connections thinking only of themselves. · 42 minutes ago ·
NBC has added fashion correspondants ..... really? I'll be amazing if they ever show the derby this year- hate to interupt the fluff -_-
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  • Exterminator · I never liked NBC, too Liberal for me. And now they're ruining the Derby by having figure skaters waste their time and ours. The only way I can see this turning put to be entertaining is if they stuck the morons on top of horses and had them try to hang on. · 1 hour ago ·
  • travel_vic · liberal????? · 45 minutes ago ·
Wednesday's 9th race (9:16pm CT) from Evangeline Downs is a $23,500 entry level Allowance event for 3-year-olds and up dashing five and one-half furlongs on the main track. #7 South Floyd (5-1) shows up in the sharp Broberg barn and gets pace to chase in the paper race. Quality new pilot Saenz ...Read More
  • travel_vic · contenders before scratches 1 D'cajun Cat 9 Sharp Kane 6 Declan 7 South Floyd pacesetters? maybe 5 9 6 then this group of pressers makes their presence know late · 15 hours ago ·
  • travel_vic · 9th race - Evangeline Downs - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Pgm Horse Win Place Show 9 Sharp Kane 9.00 5.60 3.20 7 South Floyd 4.00 3.00 5 Stormin Encore 6.60 $2 Daily Double 1-9 48.60 $2 Exacta 9-7 29.40 · 1 hour ago ·
The Golden State could send as many as six 3-year-olds to America's most famous race, next weekend's Kentucky Derby.Read More
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  • Exterminator · Sorry for the double post. If the track ends up being really wet, the top 2 might be reversed, depending on how Chrome's last work goes. Also Medal Count may move up. · 1 hour ago ·
  • Exterminator · There's just too many horses I like in this Derby! I think I'm sentimentally rooting for half the field. · 1 hour ago ·
Entries came out today. Unless anything stupid happens in the race. How can this horse lose this race.
Chitu had been confirmed to run in the KY Derby. Bob Baffert did it again. He is really the "master of publicity". Now, everybody are tweeting about Chitu. He planned it all along that Chitu might not run in the derby, but he knows Chitu's connections won't let it happen. Last year, they were disappointed that Super Ninety Nine did not make it to the derby gate, but this time Chitu deserves to run in the derby. Go get them Chitu!!!!
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  • Mary Z. · He is a really nice colot, Chitufan. Lewis was a nice race for his first stakes try. How did he look at Churchill Downs? Anyone see him there? · 1 hour ago ·
  • Mary Z. · *colt, sorry · 1 hour ago ·
Which horse was better Conduit or Point of Entry
Spot, winner of the Swale Stakes, and the Bob Baffert-trained Bayern headline a field of 10 horses entered for the Derby Trial on Saturday’s Opening Night at Churchill Downs.Read More
Im starting to get anxious now ... been sat on 'STS offspring to win a 2014 Classic' bet for nearly 5 yrs now, my hopes are all on My Titania to bag the Guineas or Oaks .... HERES HOPING ...
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  • EP Taylor · I hope to have further dicussions with you about the upcoming flat season in Europe. Cheers. · 2 hours ago ·
  • EP Taylor · That King George there was inquiry wasnt there?. Conduit herding Tarten Bearer? · 2 hours ago ·
Was sad to learn of her passing due to imfirmities of old age. Who could forget her game win over Dayjur and Black Tie Affair. And Dayjur's odd jump whilst driving for the finish...
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  • AnnaK · For someone from a family with more male relatives than you can shake the meat cleaver at, this is so familar and comforting, gosh, like home for Christmas! · 3 hours ago ·
  • yukichan · I think Safely Kept is rolling over in her grave..... · 2 hours ago ·
She will be bred to Candy Ride.
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  • yukichan · When I was there visiting Zenyatta with the Lane's End Team Z, I asked about her next "date". I shared my opinion that Coolmore would treat her like a Queen if she visited the G-man. They said the Mosses would never send her oversees. Though they don't know for sure of course, they thought going back to Tapit might happen. · 2 hours ago ·
  • yukichan · *overseas (long day) · 2 hours ago ·
Race Clue #1 - A full field of current and future stakes winners made this one of the most interesting races the first half of the year. Race Clue #2 - While the winner was respected going in, he was not sent off as one of the top few choices.Read More
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  • https://www.facebook.com/chrismiskell · The moment I realized it was probably an international race I immediately gravitated to either Sea The Stars or Giants Causeway and I remembered GC didn't win the 2000 Guineas so it had to be one of my all-time favorites, Sea The Stars. · 3 hours ago ·
  • zatt · You are amazing at this, Chris ... Truly the greatest champion of racing trivia I've seen. · 2 hours ago ·
Chitu will scratch from the Derby Trial, work on Sunday at CD, be entered into the K. Derby with Martin Garcia to ride. Per DRF Privman via Baffert
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  • CierraJanay · Thats a breath of fresh air. Chitus owner Tanma Corp is so deserving of having their horse in the KD, he has excellent chances with his Pedigree, his Conformation, his Speed. He cruises like a jet once he finds his pace. Looking forward to this KD. Sad Cairo Prince wont be running. · 3 hours ago ·
  • AnnaK · Huge Chitu fan, however it goes for him. · 3 hours ago ·
Zayats have palced all there 2 year olds with there new trainers and Lukas was sent the most 7 of them dale 6 baffert 5. The whole list can be seen here-- http://www.zayatstables.com/Domains/www.zayatstables.com/CMSFiles/Docs/Zayat%20Trainer%20Allocation%202014.pdf
Travers now $1.25 million, Whitney $1.5 million, and Woodward is 600K.
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  • chitu77 · really mr exterminator??? really??? hahahahaha · 3 hours ago ·
  • AnnaK · I'm with you Exterminator on Calidoscopio. His longevity and distance abilities are the rarest things. · 3 hours ago ·
His 2014 2 year old filly half sister is being trained by John Terranova
Her 2014 2 year old will be trained by Dale Romans



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