• California Chrome covers 4F in :49.00 at Los Al (2/2)Posted 4 hours ago
  • There will be a Pick Six carryover of $18,465 when racing resumes Friday at Los Alamitos.Posted 19 hours ago
  • Bayerd gets the job done in the Springboard Mile! Posted 4 days ago
  • Acceptance remains unbeaten in winning the King Glorious! Posted 4 days ago
  • Good Luck Gus best in the Damon Runyon! Posted 5 days ago
  • Mr. Z works 5F in 1:00.00 (2/24) at Los Al on Dec. 14Posted 5 days ago
  • Liam's Map gamely gets his first stakes win in the Harlan's Holiday! Posted 6 days ago
  • Micromanage over Vyjack in the Queens County! Posted 6 days ago
  • Sunbean does it again in the Louisana Champions Day Classic! Posted 6 days ago
  •  Merry Meadow gets up for the win in the Grade 3 Sugar Swirl!Posted 6 days ago

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If you get to see the winner at Los Alamitos Race 6 on 12/18/14, he is bay(I think) with a black mane and a cream tail. Beautiful!
" I will get you to help me wash the mirror on the turf course finishing line" LOL
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  • amino998 · A lower-case Derby/Oaks double for the Janneys, I guess · 1 hour ago
  • chitu77 · Big, big, difference. 5 horses running for a $500K purse money in the West. 14 horses (full field, with top trainers, Pletchers, Mott, Casse, C. Brown, Maker, McGaughey) competing for $75,000 purse money in the East. LOL · 56 minutes ago
I was listening to an interview today with someone who has a HOTY vote,he shared with the interviewer who and why he would be voting for. He said his selection is California Chrome. He spoke of why Main Sequence in his mind is not a serious contender. He said that in all respects to The BC Turf Classic, The Joe HirschTurf Classic, The Sword Dancer and The United Nations. They are not The KY. Derby nor The Preakness . So in 1 fell swoop,this pin head has labeled The BC Classic irrelevant, as well as The Belmont Stakes-The Haskell- The Travers to name a few . He mentioned that running only 4 times ,hurt his chances. Then this pin head really made me laugh. He closed out the interview by stating that if Wise Dan had run and won the BC Mile,he would of been his selection as HOTY. In other years,the opinions of knucleheads like this guy would go in one ear and out the other to most. But if i am not mistaken ,this year they have Parimutual wagering on the award. Vegas has got to love it.
Buckpasser >> He’s in Gulfstream’s $75K Tropical Park Derby Saturday 10-1ML
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  • amino998 · Party Now is favored in the companion Oaks... just need to figure out the intervening winner of the 9th for a sweet Pick 3??? · 3 hours ago
  • Buckpasser via Disqus · Thanks for the info Amino. I also like Party Now. I saw that one at Keeneland in a maiden · 1 hour ago
Red did a fast work today!I think he'll be ready for the Sunshine Millions Classic! Date: December 19, 2014 Track: GULFSTREAM PARK Distance: Five Furlongs Time: 1.00:20 Breezing Track Condition: Fast Surface: Dirt Rank: 1/8
Churchill Downs Inc. has announced that Travis Stone will replace Larry Collmus as lead track announcer, he will become the 8th Track announcer in the tracks history, Stone will call his first Kentucky Derby in 2015, according to DRF
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  • Sullivan · Fat chance Collmus goes anywhere near Canada · 3 hours ago
  • travel_vic · QUOTE: Fat chance Collmus goes anywhere near Canada...THAT is a lot of places!!!!! · 2 hours ago
Another Lemon Drop, who was third behind Dortmund on November 28th at Churchill Downs, crushes a maiden field by many length s, marking at least the 6th horse beaten by Dortmund to come back and win his next start
Shackleford is absolutely beautiful. He is mt favorite racehorse and I hope he passes on his heart and talent to his foals.
To the Birthday Boys (Men) :) and of course, giggles
Mr.Jordan suffers injured check ligament pulling up after recent work out, will be sidelined indefinitely, via Eddie Plesa Jr. , according to DRF
Just saw Wildcat Red, got his bullet work this morning. East Hall will do his next weekend, both preparing for Millions Classic, should be interesting...
Cannot wait to see this boy run! Thank you Sullivan!
ROC had another work today going 5 in 100.6. Goooooooo ROC.
Relocated to Bridlewood farm for 2015
Euthanized After Laminitis Battle
Honor Code will workout tomorrow at Payson Park, however McGaughey says that HC will skip the Hal's Hope and instead point for the Gulfstream Park Handicap for his four year old debut, according to DRF
  • tmallios via Disqus · Absolutely not a good sign when a 3yo runs 1 race in the Spring and then is laid up for 8 months. Upon his return, they have already altered his Racing Schedule before he even got going. · 7 hours ago
She's entered in a $50k stake tomorrow at Fair Grounds!! She should win!
Jess's Dream will either starter in the Second race at Gulfstream 12/26 or 12/27 depending on which race fills
  • Jbyrnes1 · Sully, you are my hero for keeping us updated thank you, I'm sure one of us will be updating his first start, thank you Sullivan · 20 hours ago
  • jockey2be. · Thanks SO much for posting!You are my hero too!:) · 18 hours ago
After more than a year off, I'm happy to see that she has posted a couple of workouts. If anyone knows when she might make a start, please post.
It's too bad what happened to Shared Belief in B.C.Classic, considering the trip he had he should not have been in the top 5, now with that being said, Shared Belief is IMO the best horse in the country. The good thing is he will return as a 3yr. old and even better than he was at 2. Look for continued improvement and shades of Spectacular Bid will be in the making for 2015. Dismiss this talented hombre if you will, if he can stay healthy in 2015 we will be in for a treat in regards to the exceptional individual he is and how special a runner he is and will be talked about for years to come as being one of the best to ever look through a bridle. Grade 1 Malibu is a preview as to what is to come from this gifted and super talented hombre and will be the talk of 2015 as to just how good he is and he will rank right up there with the best to ever set foot on a race track........... <\_~
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  • Mary Z. · Chitu the person, sorry to attempt math, but one win means 7f is Chitu's preferred distance? Not that he can't win if nothing bothers him on the lead, but that Midnight Hawk that might have run with him had a bad start in the Damascus. Here is what is in Chitu's favor, the SA track will be lightning fast for opening day, unless weather changes history. Who knows how small the field will be, but everyone knows Chitu's game, so hopefully someone goes with him. I won't be going against Shared Belief. GL, btw. · 21 hours ago
  • chitu77 · Mary Z, I apologize if I confuse you when I said 7F is Chitu's preferred distance. What I meant is that Chitu preferred a much shorter distance like 6F, 7F or 1 mile, so he can use his speed to his advantage. We all know he was beaten badly in the Kentucky Derby, which was run in 10F. Also, I won't be betting against Shared Belief, I will bet Chitu to win no matter who the competition are. I will always have faith that he will run his hearts out, win or lose. GL to you too!! · 20 hours ago



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