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  • It's all Stellar Wind in Del Mar's Torrey Pines.Posted 5 days ago
  • Lady Shipman both Smart and Fancy in winning another one at the Spa.Posted 5 days ago
  • Keen Ice shocks American Pharoah in the Travers.Posted 6 days ago
  • Flintshire flaunts his class in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer.Posted 6 days ago
  • Nothing but a walk in the park for Private Zone in the Grade 1 Forego.Posted 6 days ago
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Well in his return, i learned one thing. Jose Ortiz does not know how to ride him for some reason. This horse does NOT belong 2 lengths off the lead. I hope Jose Lezcano gets back on him.
Some of the horses haven't even run and I know one might not run at all before the Kentucky Derby and just because of his dame who he might not even be good
Yeah!!Very impressive maiden win for this guy!So happy and really excited to see where he goes next!
Love Honor Code!
  • staythirtsty · I think Honor Code is the best horse in the world . But now it's time for other amazing horses (Liam's Map , Coach Inge , Protonico , Bay of Plenty ) to shine in a very high quality G1 race . · 2 hours ago
Going to throw a c-note on that superfecta just for fun (7-2-6-1)..........see you guys at the window after the race ;-)
This race is a do-over for those who missed out on the Travers payouts.........7-2-6-1 will hit again, in this order, just as it did in the Travers.......Why? Kismit, that's why, and the horses fit perfectly into this scenario.........the 2 and the 6 battling it out, and the 7 coming down the stretch closing on both of them, with the 1 bringing up the rear for 4th place......will be sweet! ;-)
Entered in the Bernard Baruch.. woahhhhh
Del Mar r6, 9/4/15, aoc, 5f T: 2 Serbian Syclone, 7 K38, 4 Rocket Heat, 8 Inkling.
According to the equibase entries for this race Magna Light and Uncle Vinny will be having their Sanford rematch in the Hopeful. Other notables are Gradation runner up Ralis and McLaughlin trained Salisaw. I think Uncle Vinny is the best horse among this group and he'll give Uncle Mo another a grades stakes winner!
Shug is sticking to what he feels the horse knows. Whilst I'm dissapointed he's not going to take on the very best, I'm sure he'll take care of business this route. And business is business.
Shared Belief, the champion 2-year-old male of 2013, has started a light exercise program of walking at the Pegasus Training and Equine Rehabilitation Center in Redmond, Wash., the first stage in a planned comeback after injuring his hip in the Charles Town Classic in West Virginia in April. This program will go on for the next few weeks and then they will focus on getting him back to a light jog. If all goes well, Shared Belief could return to Jerry Hollendorfer's barn in time for the 2016 racing season. Article on DRF
I don't put a lot of credence in workouts, but the notification I received today from equibase said he went 4F in 53.80, that just seems incredibly slow for a horse of his caliber
I decided to wait a few days to let everyone cool down before posting about the Travers. All I can say is I am ashamed at how many bandwagon fans jumped ship after one loss from the great Pharoah. I am disappointed that Zayat let emotions cloud his judgement and that he even remotely thought about retirement. They talk about how this is America's horse- yet one loss and you are already a sore loser? And it was hardly an embarassment- he lost by half a length to a GOOD horse that I said had been improving with every race and could eventually close the gap. AP had Frosted take it to him and didn't get a single breather, while Keen Ice had everything his way. Add that plus Keen Ice's talent- and that is all that happened ladies and gentleman. Nothing less, nothing more. AP put away Frosted- a horse that everyone was all over to perform highly- and just barely got beat by a fast closing Keen Ice. The horse should NOT be retired, (he shouldn't even have raced in this race in my opinion) and should point to the Awesome Again and then the Breeder's Cup. I think he got a lot out of this race, as he had two relatively easy wins in the Belmont and Haskell. He had to run hard in the Derby and look what he need the next three times out. I think this sets him up PERFECTLY for his toughest race yet in the BCC. He will not have it easy against Beholder and Honor Code, and Liam's Map will most certainly not be giving him any breathers. I think he got stronger from this race, and he showed us all that he has so much heart. He is STILL a great horse, he should STILL be praised for winning the TC, people already act like that didn't even happen! It's so ridiculous. Zipse- thanks for writing such a great article about his mile time, and how he in fact did NOT have an easy race in the Travers. Shame on the flip flop fans, and shame on America for not standing by their horse- win or lose.
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  • K.D. via Disqus · Agree and disagree. It was a good idea to wait out the cooling period and I really didn’t notice the band wagon jumping but that’s only because I’m so used to seeing it. I probably don’t notice it anymore, but you still bring up a good point about that. I’m not disappointed in Zayat because being completely deflated after a defeat like that on a national stage is normal especially towards the end of a chapter, campaign, or career and it’s not just a horse racing phenomenon. I’m actually glad Zayat is that over boiling emotional type. If he had that silent, reserved, and calculating persona that some owners have, this horse would have been moved one hoof at a time onto a van after the Belmont Stakes and driven down the highway with a police escort at about 20 miles per hour until he got to Coolmore. We got to see this horse race after the Triple because Zayat floats around on cloud 9 after an AP victory, he loves that more than the money but we don’t usually get to deal with people in layers and slices. We have to take the whole emotionally outspoken pie and to me this whole thing has been a real treat. · 1 day ago
  • tonyzag · RL you're right on! One big mistake that was made that I have heard no one mention.......Victor never got up on A&P since the Haskell. Victor never rode a race that Traver's Day on the Saratoga Track till A&P's race. Got :24 for the first quarter so Victor goes to the lead? A&P had never went to the lead that early. If Victor rode in a prior race he would have figured that out. So who's great idea was it to use an exercise rider rather than his jock....you mean to tell me Victor did not make enough money on the horse to afford to do that? · 7 hours ago
Mr Singh, winner of the G3 Bahrain Trophy and 2nd in the G2 King Edward VII Stakes has been ruled out of next Saturday's G1 English St Leger after trainer John Gosden reported the son of High Chaparral returned a dirty scope. Gosden went on to say he won't be able to work Mr Singh over the next couple of days, so there's no point in pointing him toward the St Leger now. The defection of Mr Singh now leaves 11 other 3YO entered for the final classic of the 2015 flat season.
1st - STRICT COMPLIANCE 2nd - Isabella Sings 3rd - Pine Needles 4th - Bishop's Pond
Mojica! One of my fave jocks!
abscessed tooth in one loss, fever in one loss, diarrhea in one loss, a green jockey in one loss. Trainer and owner knew all this and ran him anyway. Secretariat's main problem in his racing career was to many cases of stupidity.
Take Over Target – has the hot Irad Ortiz riding, and trained by Bill Mott, high speed ratings, coming off a win (at Saratoga), has gone the distance before 3-1-0 record on turf in 5 starts. Go Around – also has a win at Saratoga, soprts a 2-0-2 record in 4 starts, has the speed to be there, he will be good for the distance Nonna’s Boy – A slight edge over World Approval, trained by Pletcher, has the speed, coming off a win 2-1-1 in 4 starts this year
Rachel’s Valentina – Pletcher / Velazquez combo is hard to beat at Saratoga, maiden winner, out of Rachel Alexandra, will be heavily bet Tonash – second Pletcher entry, two race experience, huge speed fig last time out in second place finish, will compete well with Rachel Tap to It – talented Rosario on top, I like her over Constellation, bullet workout Just Missed – Banree; second in the Schuylerville, working bullets, could be great betting value in an upset (knocks are low % jockey and trainer)
Goldy Espony – winner of last 3, including Waya at Saratoga, fast, won last two at 1.5 mi, so shorter distance shouldn’t hurt Ceisteach – out of Ireland, won last 2 at this distance, hope she likes the track Regardez – tough call between Eastern Belle and Regardez, I go with the Ortiz / Brown combination and their slightly higher win percentages, coming off a win by 5 Just Missed – Eastern Belle, I may pick 4 this race, Johnny V / Graham Motion filly hard to rule out

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