• Even Thunder (5-2) holds on to win the King's Swan.Posted 20 hours ago
  • Effinex, earner of more than $3.3 million, has been retired to stud in New York.Posted 3 days ago
  • Back on dirt, Midnight Storm (8-5) rolls home in the Native Diver.Posted 5 days ago
  • Kitasan Black, the favorite, scores victory in the Japan Cup.Posted 6 days ago
  • Farrell (10-1) easily wires the field in the Grade 2 Golden Rod.Posted 6 days ago
  • Connect (3-2) nips Divining Rod in an excellent Cigar Mile stretch duel.Posted 6 days ago
  • Mo Town (4-1) much the best in the Grade 2 Remsen at Aqueduct.Posted 6 days ago
  • Miss Sky Warrior (5-1) holds off Jamyson 'n Ginger in the Demoiselle.Posted 6 days ago
  • Verve's Tale (20-1) powers by Lewis Bay late to win the Comely.Posted 6 days ago
  • Texas Ryano (2-1) much the best in the Hollywood Turf Cup.Posted 7 days ago

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miss you every day Shared Belief.
Songbird will turn out to be even better than Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra. I think Songbird is the best filly America has EVER seen!!!!! :-)
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  • Pebbles via Disqus · You must not have seen too many filly's. Right now her 3 year old campaign pales in comparison to Rachel Alexandra's. Her only chance to make her presence felt is to At this point, she could not hold a candle to Ruffian speed wise. Rufian you may recall either broke or set a stakes/track record in every start she made as a 2 and 3 year old filly save her last. Songbird has yet too carry weight against other distaff horses. That will tell what a competitor she is. Zenyatta carried 129 pounds twice. I know of no horse male or female that carried that much weight in North American racing. And these are recent horses, look back at Busher, Gallorette, Azeri, Regret, Twilight Tear, etc. Songbird has a chance to be one of the best ever. There is no doubt about that. But let's keep the plaudits reasonable. She has yet to step up in class and win. Let us see her accomplish that first. · 66 days ago
  • Meydan Rocks via Disqus · Songbird. The best filly America has EVER seen? Since you were alive or since before? · 2 hours ago
You are still alive and kicking in my heart, beautiful one. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ec87c900308460a3d0eed045c0c6e72b8f0d33b2fc0891710340bce4fb620930.jpg Remembering you on the day you left us.....
This guy has really impressed me in his works. Really well bred. Several top sires and the last female Kentucky Derby winner in his pedigree.
Buck and Laz, if you're out there -- just read online that Mr. Sanford passed away, owner of Take Charge Indy. Was he any relation to the Sanford this stakes was named after? I can't remember anything about the family but it would make sense if they were counterparts of the Whitneys, Woodwards,..
https://www.facebook.com/darleystallionsofficial/videos/1713129055683513/ Ny says: I'm still fast!!
Found it...less difference than I thought... Arrogate ran 17 more ft than CC
Has been retired
How did Canterbury not get any stakes upgrades? I am seriously angry by this. The Mystic Lake Derby should be Grade 3, but no. What is wrong with us? Anyone have any thoughts? I'm interested in hearing your ideas.
Can't get enough of the BCC 2016, I was at SA and saw the stretch run unfold before my eyes...very curious, has anyone seen the beeakdown of how many more feet than CC that Arrogate ran...he was outside of CC the entire race...my pt is...he was much the best that day...
Now the question for this horse is do they keep him on the main track, or do they try to get him on the turf.
But let us not forget the things that Unbridled's Song passes on to his kids aside from speed. Highly prone to foot injuries. I just hope he comes through with no mishaps.
They did not demote any other male dirt races. Also the Arlington-Washington Futurity was ungraded. This committee's contempt for the sports history and eagerness to dismantle the structure of historical racing is horrifying. Guess what the last G1 race demoted had been before this massacre? The Pimlico Special a race won by 4 TC winners and the ONLY G1 race at 9.5 for older horses!
With all of the retirements, Hoppertunjity could have his pick of races in 2017.
Retired and will stand at Gainsway for $10,000
  • Pebbles via Disqus · The older horse field is being depleted beyond recognition. · 17 hours ago
Cathryn Sophia will he bred to Pioneerof the Nile for a 2018 foal.
I'm so mad that this race wasn't graded for next year. This was a race deserving of a grading. Anyone care to share thier thoughts on this decision?
Im saddened and enraged to report that the Wood Memorial has been downgraded to G2 along with the Blue Grass Stakes. This is an outrage, there were far better choices for demotion!
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  • slewcrew7778 · The Wood was a G2 from 1995-2001 when horses like Unbridled's Song, Empire Maker and Tapit won it. Not to mention that Bellamy Road's stakes record was also set during that time. It doesn't mean as much as you think it does. Grades don't make races great. Horses do. · 1 day ago
  • Buckpasser via Disqus · This shouldn't be too surprising. While a Derby prep race, it hasn't had the top fields that other preps have had and hasn't produced a Derby winner in awhile. Also the graded stakes races were done to conform American stakes races to their European counterparts. And is really a system for breeders. · 20 hours ago
Worked a strong 6f in 1:12 4/5 as he prepares for the Los Al Futurity. Very excited to see him roll this field going 2 turns
  • ChessChamp · I have a feeling we may see something special, similar to when Shared Belief won the Cash Call back when he was a 2-year old. Mastery wasn't asked at all in his last race, and rolled a sub 12 final fraction and beat a very good sprinter in California Diamond. · 21 hours ago
I do like Frank Conversation, Blackjackcat and Free Rose. I'll add Camelot Kitten to the mix in the exotics.

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