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In todays race Bayer set a track record and his time at the mile split was 134.71, Bebbie ran the mile in 134.2, My piont is she can run at this level. This was the boys !!!! jlp
Who would be a good match for her? Hard Spun is doing well, maybe even Super Saver, or Distorted Humor
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  • AmbitiousD · Very nice analysis, Sullivan. What are your thoughts on Gio Ponti or Animal Kingdom? · 4 hours ago
  • Sullivan · In considering matches for her I would tend to lean to faster horses with Mr. Prospector's influence. Speightstown is one who I am sure would be good with her, but I did not try due to his stud fee. · 4 minutes ago
Emerald Downs website said she reached Santa Anita safely Wed., Sept 17. Now we just wait and see.
watch the race yourself. Rider kept himself in almost a blind switch NO ONE ELSE. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9YW_IeEKYk
Nathan at least it is good to know that Boots confidence and how good this guy was early in his career came true. But to all the HOTY experts that said if SB beat CC ,he was worthy of The HOTY Honor. What happens if this guy wins his next BC race and The Classic is won by an upset. Using your logic then, Bayern is HOTY.
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  • tmallios via Disqus · Southern Humor ,the one thing you said that is right. This game is all about dancing dollar signs. If not about that,do you honestly think i would waste my time rooting for a race horse to win for the sake of winning. Unless a friend owns and trains them,i could be doing alot of better things with my time. To those that enjoy the rooting aspect,all the power to them. Do exactly what you enjoy and gives you pleasure. To me it is a waste of my time. Someone asked me that if i were not allowed to partake in the pari mutual side of the sport. How much less would i follow it. About 95%. As far as boots is concerned.He may be my made up friend,but only the shadow will know. Glad to see you are still miserable and jealous. · 1 hour ago
  • triple_double · "Boots" also picked Noble Moon to win the Penn Derby. Unfortunately he finished in a DEAD HEAT for 4th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ps Mallios, I can still keep my HRN account. hahaha · 35 minutes ago
Good race big girl, you looked very good in the sloppe. Another stakes winner for Curlin. jlp
B S when a horse is boxed they climb and/or the rider steadies. NO where did that happen. The narrative fallacy yet again.
Rider STALKED The pace in an ideal position tracking the pace of race like any journeyman would do. When he pressed the gas there was no one home. NOTHAING about his trip took away his chances NOT A THING.
YOOO!!!! If Shared Belief and CC lose there remaining races, and this gal wins her next two, she could steal the HOTY title, she has three G1's and if she wins the Spinster and the BC Distaff, she will have 5 G1's this year, now that deserves HOTY
  • ruffianlover · Most certainly. And opposite- if she loses and Untapable wins the Distaff- HOTY could go to her as well. So many options · 2 hours ago
  • jockey2be. · True! · 48 minutes ago
what happens if VE Day wins the JCGC and the Classic, hhhhhhmmmmmm!!!!
i too think souper colossel can be a good 3 yr old
Dumbass stables got greedy and did not prep Chrome + Jock kept him in a box until the top of the lane = no Horse of the Year. But how can you keep saying he has done more than Shared Belief ? SB already has BEAT older horses in a Grade 1 race. Bayern will not go 1 1/4 against top older horses. We will see next week.
Full brother to Twirling Candy breaks his maiden 2nd out
His one other start on a surface other than dirt was a 5th place finish on the turf.
This is not meant to be facetious but did anyone hear/read any post race comments from Steve Coburn or any of the Chrome team?
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  • Goblin · In addition to the original Sherman quote that they were going on to the BC, BH has Espinoza and Baffert (yes, Baffert) saying that Chrome was contained/bottled by other riders while Bayern never looked back. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/87492/bayern-cruises-to-pennsylvania-derby-win · 1 hour ago
  • Guest via Disqus · On Saturday, Espinoza said he was bottled up throughout after breaking fron post one. "The other riders, they worried about me, they didn't worry about the one in the front [winner Bayern], and I knew I was in trouble in the first turn," Espinoza said. "They were like blocking in front of me, and it was hard to catch the other horse. Sometimes the other ones don't ride to win, they ride to beat horses. But, I really didn't abuse him too much today. I just let him run his race. I didn't want to override him. He had a long time off. This race, it set it up for the next one." Read more on BloodHorse.com: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/87492/bayern-cruises-to-pennsylvania-derby-win#ixzz3DtvG2uKS · 1 hour ago
This guy might just be my pick inn the Awesome Again. He gets back on dirt after trying and failing on poly and there will be no Dude to mess with early. Mystery Train has shown in Argentina that he is capable of 1:58s. I do not know much about the tracks down there but 1:58 is fast no matter where you are.
Tapiture looks great I think he is going to run Huge.
What are the connections gonna do? A terrible performance. Do they have a plan B on how to get him ready?
  • ruffianlover · I just don't think he is going to be ready for the Classic. He does not have that same closing kick like he did earlier in the year. I think they should look to something like the Clark Handicap instead of possibly risking a possibly embarrassing performance in the Classic. That way he could get one prep in before the Clark. If he isn't ready- they need to not be greedy and pass on the Classic. Obviously I love the horse- and don't want his name tarnished because they mismanaged him. He is a special horse and I know he is better than this. · 2 hours ago
  • Goblin · hannah, There'll be lots of further discussion on this for sure, but Art Sherman did say, "we'll see them in the Breeders' Cup," after the race per DRF. https://twitter.com/DRFGrening · 2 hours ago
here she is! the first foal by Animal Kingdom. (Animal Kingdom x Tumble Turn by Redoute's Choice)!!! https://twitter.com/kaitlinefree/status/497262743804604417
  • cedar · Thank you for posting the picture! AK always meant a lot to me, and I will never forget seeing him in the saddling paddock before he broke his maiden. Even as a two year old he was absolutely stunning. Wishing him so much success in his stud career. Really hope he has some successful babies I think his more diverse bloodline could be good for the industry. · 44 days ago
  • ruffianlover · Kait thanks for this awesomeness! · 2 hours ago
AK sure had some great wins, but i think his best race came in defeat to Wise Dan. Imagine if AK wasn't boxed in during the BC Mile, he might've beat Wise Dan. Just the fact that AK somehow made second impresses me.
  • cedar · That race will remain one of my favorites of all time. Even if AK hadn't been boxed in, I still think I would put Dan ahead of him but only because in my time watching racing, I have not seen a horse in recent years dig as deep and will himself to win like he can. His 2nd was really something, though, and if Dan wasn't in there, I'd say he ran too well to lose that one. · 2 hours ago
  • ruffianlover · JP that was my favorite race of his too. He came closing like a bat out of hell. He was like a rocket. It really was a shame that he didn't win. · 2 hours ago



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