• Bowies Hero (3-1) much the best in the Oceanside Stakes on opening day at Del Mar.Posted 1 day ago
  • Irap (7-5) romps home a big winner of the Indiana Derby.Posted 5 days ago
  • Eagle (5-2) rides the rail to victory in the Schaefer Memorial.Posted 5 days ago
  • West Coast (2-5) powers home nicely in the Los Alamitos Derby.Posted 5 days ago
  • Songbird (1-9) wins the Delaware Handicap by only a length.Posted 5 days ago
  • Disco Partner (7-5) runs away from his Forbidden Apple competition.Posted 5 days ago
  • Frostmourne (1-2) turns the Kent Stakes into his own private party.Posted 5 days ago
  • Harry Angel defeats Limato and Caravaggio in the Group 1 July Cup.Posted 6 days ago
  • European champion filly Minding has been retired from racing.Posted 8 days ago
  • Hawkbill (Kitten's Joy) scores in the Group 2 Princess of Wales's at Newmarket.Posted 8 days ago
Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

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Does anyone know when post time is for this race?
Frankel was a great racehorse, but I believe that he is one of the most overrated horses of all time.
I'm not sure if I was the only one who noticed this, but Arrogate was walking very strangely before the Pegasus World Cup in January. He appeared to be favoring his right hind leg, and he looked very uncomfortable in the post parade. The fact that he won the race in 1:46.83 makes me question what I had seen in the post parade.
The more and more I re-watch this race, the more impressive Arrogate looks. Arrogate had to overcome so much trouble in this race, and he won this race so easily. Arrogate is an amazing horse and I don't see any reasons why he would lose the San Diego, other than injury.
Any updates on his condition?
I like this horse a lot.
I'm excited to watch him run next week. I hope he's the same horse that he was last year.
1st: Dickinson 2nd: Lady Eli 3rd: Antonoe 4th: Harmonize
Battle Of Midway looks like the horse to beat.
Arrogate is the only horse in this field coming off a win.
I'm liking this field so far.
Victor Espinoza will be aboard Accelerate in the San Diego Handicap, and he will also be wearing blinkers.
Initially I thought Antonoe would probably have to change tactics in the Diana because of a lack of pace but I've changed my thoughts on that since the race was carded. I think everyone knows there's a lack of true speed but Quidora and My Impression should at least keep themselves occupied for a bit. With her inside draw, Antonoe can save ground and hopefully get a seem up the inside that has won her both American starts impressively. If this race turns to a sprint for home she has the best turn of foot in the field and I expect her to win even against the mighty Lady Eli. The only worry is the trip but I doubt Javier will get her into trouble. Brown seems very confident in the stretch out to 1 1/8. I hope she's 2/1..
So where does he go next, the Woodward or the JCGC?
If this horse wins tomorrow (which she will), all the rednecks are gonna be singing: "Ol McDonald had a farm, Eli Eli Oh". ha ha
'Practical Joke' and 'Mor Spirit' look like the two standout contenders for glory in the BC Dirt Mile this year. UNLESS connections of 'Gun Runner' decide to enter him in the Dirt Mile instead of the Classic, it that happens, then 'Gun Runner' has the Dirt Mile at his mercy! :-)
Sidelined with shin issues. He'll be back in a couple of months per A. Sherman.
Classic coolmore stallion making. They are buying up well bred sons of potn. They will race this one and attempt to get him the 2 yr eclipse award maybe race him at 3. Classic Empire is their backup if this one doesn't do anything on the track. They need CE to win another grade 1 this year.
1st- Dickinson 2nd- Antonoe 3rd- Lady Eli
Any news on why she skipped the CCA?

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