• Nyquist has spiked a fever, delaying his trip to Belmont, via DRF's Dave Grening.Posted 2 days ago
  • Second Summer holds off Hard Aces to win the Grade 2 Californian.Posted 3 days ago
  • Exaggerator turns the tables and is victorious in the Preakness (G1).Posted 4 days ago
  • Takeover Target flies home late to win from last in the Grade 2 Dixie.Posted 4 days ago
  • American Freedom fights back for Sir Barton victory.Posted 4 days ago
  • Mizz Money holds on to take the Gallorette (G3) by a nose.Posted 4 days ago
  • Justin Squared was too fast to catch in the Chick Lang.Posted 4 days ago
  • Lady Shipman does not disappoint with a victory in The Very One.Posted 4 days ago
  • Marengo Road gets ahead to take the James W. Murphy.Posted 4 days ago
  • Awtaad upsets Galileo Gold to win the Irish 2000 Guineas.Posted 4 days ago

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how much is his stud fee?
His race 2 years ago,riden by N Yokoyama,Ireland Trophy(Open)10/19/2014 Tokyo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLyeibluloQ&index=11&list=PLhTOXejooF5bjlmY8aBZLw1GEl6vJiTlP
Seeing some reports that some people said he looked very thin going into the Preakness. Hard to see on tv but if it's true I feel bad for the horse. Poor thing might have been sick and starting to feel under the weather then and still ran his guts out the best he could. Thank god exaggerator is a nice horse and won the Preakness so there isn't the same blow of missing out on a possible TC like the connections had to do with I'll have another in 2012. I hope this isn't similar to uncle mo's liver infection he got and that he is back this late summer for some of the big races. I also hope he takes on chrome and beholder this year. He's a special horse and one 3rd place loss takes nothing away from his incredible courage and heart.
  • illhaveanothertriplecrown · Exactly. I don't know why horses aren't allowed to lose a race anymore. So he's not American Pharoah? So what? Doesn't mean he can't still be an amazing horse. I simply hope he's not whisked away to stud so soon thought. · 14 hours ago
Wow!!!!!!!! To the big time on the world stage she(Tepin) goes!!!!! All the best of luck and love to you my sweet, dear lady!!!! Horse lovers across the pond show her some love!!!!
Just for kicks, I'll bet an all gray superfecta: Lani, Creator, Destin, Cherry Wine.
This horse had run faster than all of his competitions in the final 2 furlongs of his races. He will likely do it again in the Belmont stakes and come up a few lengths behind the winner again.
A clip of the Racing Post talking with Coolmore's UK representative, Kevin Buckley, about the upcoming G1 Investec Derby at Espom. According to Buckley in this clip, likely Coolmore starters at Epsom are: US Army Ranger, Port Douglas, Deauville, & Idaho. The Gurkha, who was a recent very impressive winner of French 2000 Guineas at Deauville, is said by Buckley to now being pointed at Royal-Ascot for the G1 St James's Palace Stakes instead of to the Derby at Epsom.
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The purse agreement with Suffolk Downs has been signed we are confirmed to race the 6 day festival in July, August and September
Pletch is going to send Strad to the front in the belmont and instruct Johnny V to run measured fractions. That is the way Pletch has always felt was the best way to win the Belmont. It is the way he ran Dunkirk a few years back and he tried the same with Materiality last year but Materiality just was not the horse. His daddy, M D'or had a big race here in the Belmont and I would not count out Strad here.
I love SBN there will be no real pace to run into and he is just going to have to be better than those in closer position and chase them down. Right now I do not see him better than Exaggerator. He will be well rested though and ready for a big run.
I Think if he broke better from the gate he would have had a great Chance to Win the Derby
  • Players Klub via Disqus · I don't because his best race would be like a mile and an 8th. Anything further is outside of his range. He will prove that again in the Belmont. Even with a soft pace. · 8 hours ago
I was wrong about Destin in the Kentucky Derby. With 5 weeks layoff (instead of 8), I'm picking him again to win the 2016 Belmont Stakes. Destin/Exaggerator/Suddenbreakingnews/Brody's Cause.
  • hoof_hearted666 · Have you ever seen a Belmont field jam packed with closers/deep closers?? Destin could definitely be the pace horse in the race, and if he sets fast but sensible fractions, he could steal the Belmont. But does he have the ability to hold off the late charges of Exaggerator, Suddenbreakingnews and Brody's Cause??? It's doubtful, but not impossible. · 1 day ago
  • Players Klub via Disqus · Yes you were and you said I was crazy for saying that this horse will not get the distance. I am telling you once again he did not get a mile and a quarter and he is not going to get this mile and a half. A full brother to Creative Cause he doe snot want to go this far. Exaggerator is taking this one. · 8 hours ago
Suddenbreakingnews. Even with Nyquist...but now his price will crash. :'(
No way Nyquist runs in the Belmont. They should enter Stradivari in it. Lani will take the blanket of carnations in the Belmont.
  • Players Klub via Disqus · It will be Exaggerator. Exag has more tactical speed and will be positioned better. You called the preak dead on and you will regret jumping the Exag ship in this one if you do not put him on top. · 9 hours ago
Pletcher is going to send Stradavri to the front the same way he did with Dunkirk and had Materiality last year up front as well. Measured fractions from the front.
While I love Beholder and thought she had a great chance to beat Pharoah in the Classic last year, the Vanity points out what I think is one of the problems with American racing. That is the shortening of these races. The Vanity used to be 9 furlongs and has now been shortened to a mile. Other major races in California that have been recently shortened or canceled entirely are the Yellow Ribbon, Matriarch, and the entire Strub series, just to name a few. There is considerably less motivation to breed horses for stamina while this seemingly is the trend in American racing. I believe this trend contributed to the 37 year span between Triple Crown winners.
Current best odds in the UK for the Belmont: Exaggerator 11/8, Suddenbreakingnews 6/1, Cherry Wine 8/1, Stradivari 8/1, Destin 10/1, Lani 14/1, Mo Tom 14/1, Brody's Cause 16/1, Creator 20/1, Mor Spirit 25/1
The moment he made his move in his great sprint to pass Nyquist in the Kentucky Derby I pointed to the screen and shouted to my father "Look! (as if he was looking somewhere else) If he moved one second earlier he would have passed him!" Forever Exaggerator should be known as the horse that should have won the Kentucky Derby. I wanna say the Triple, but we are not there yet. I think he has it in him to do it. I hope he turns out to be a better horse than Nyquist and I hope this great team of French brothers are not using Lasix. Keep this guy healthy and do the right thing. Secretariat never used it and look what he did. It was so refreshing to see a trainer and jockey of French descent win at the Preakness again. (As you might have guessed, I am of French descent too!)
  • myjumper21 · So far exaggerator is the only horse that I have grown attached to this year, no other horse.. I am so glad he won the preakness and hope that he gets the belmont. Unfortunately there are so many horses that should've could've would've won the triple crown but just didn't. However, that is what makes the triple crown so very special especially in recent years. The derby is simply to blame, it's gotten so tough that it makes it impossible for even the best horses in the race to win.. there is so much that can go wrong in that race. That is why American Pharoah absolutely deserves to be considered one of the best of all time, he has accomplished something that so far no other horse has. · 14 hours ago
A second score in as many days for Japanese based horses in France, as A Shin Erwin follows up on A Shin Hikari's impressive G1 Prix d'Ispahan victory yesterday at Chantilly with a win of his own in the listed Prix de Montretout at Maisons-Laffitte. He's also being pointed toward Royal-Ascot with an entry in the G1 Queen Anne Stakes on opening day of the royal meeting.

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