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President of our Hall of Fame sent me this recent Paulick report about Seabiscuit and his all Canadian jockeys. http://www.paulickreport.com/news/people/the-cougar-and-the-iceman-seabiscuits-two-canadian-jockeys/
  • Mary Z. · He did have other jockeys, but the one(s)from Canada did ride him to the big scores. · 4 minutes ago
sir fever is a great hore i dont if is like invasor. ..invasor here in uruguay won the triple crown and the only lost was in dubai...sir fever has stamina and speed i believehe will win this saturday :)
  • Mary Z. · Good luck to Sir Fever. Yes, he has speed, stamina, and is unfazed by crowds. Hopefully he has adapted well to his new home. · 8 minutes ago
I have to admit, I am a bit surprised by the lack of respect for Ocho. But that's ok I'll happily pick up the extra cash when he wins and proves ya'll wrong. ;)
  • Mary Z. · Oh, good! I do have the super-human power of invisibility! I will use this to my advantage. · 14 minutes ago
Not surprised SB is running once again in California. He is an average California horse, hasnt proven anything outside of Cali. NOT the best horse in the country. I have my bets on Hoppertunity, he is a nice horse.
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  • Sullivan · Tonalist is the best horse in the country unless Wicked Strong comes back better than ever (hard to tell as a Hard Spun but seems like a late developer) · 1 hour ago
  • slewcrew7778 · An 'average' horse who effortlessly beat the HOY on his home track and best surface...interesting. If he's average, what exactly does that make Chrome?... · 1 hour ago
Shared Belief should win this with ease. So I guess the only real debate among the rest of the field is who will come in 2nd.
Going with Pain and Misery as a long shoot; he was 2nd in his last outing at SA. Not really a fan of any of the entries.
Just how good is this nag ..has never broke from the gate in order..first race never left the gate ..why Kent ..he has his bro nag...put a jock up that cares about the horse and lets see what this monster geliding can do ..and say what you want about Ria ..made $1.6 mill and sold for more then that ...Ron and Chris & Tom are on the top of their game..Get on the train or get out of the way..they are on a mission..
  • Mike Relva via Disqus · He's not a nag. Regarding Ria her entire career was mismanaged by a narcissistic owner. The horse suffered. · 3 hours ago
Well, lets do this ! ! !
Like I mention before my Horse for the Kentucky Derby will be American Pharoah, is the real thing and is working great, we all know is a front runner, and Bob Baffert will show how to relax the horse and it will be great to see him winning off the pace, but is to strong and to fast to handle will see what happened
  • Mike Relva via Disqus · American Pharoah has little chance to prevail in the Derby, · 3 hours ago
SB wins with a hand ride. I doubt he even sees the whip.
wow 9 out of 10 only loss he got mugged not once but twice and just beat cc by 2 2.ur tough to impress. c.j.
I just can wait for the first race, a Monster on the making all the blood lines at work we can't expect nothing else, COZMIC ONE, will make some history in California or New York is going to be the same result okay
I like Dontbetwithbruno in this. Should give Pletcher another Derby Contender.
Well I guess Mike is now correct. Ocean Knight has defected to the TB Derby and Far From Over is waiting for the Wood. The San Felipe is now a lot more exciting. Without those leading horses I would not be going out on a limb to predict 1st Tencendur, 2nd Classy Class, 3rd El Kabeir. I see Classy Class and El Kabeir recreating their Withers contest and Tencendur finishing strongly slightly ahead of two tiring battling horses.
Who's going to win the Tampa Bay Derby: A) Ocean Knight B) Carpe Diem C) Divining Rod or D) Other
Hootenanny worked 4f today, March 3rd, in 49 seconds flat. It was the fourth fastest of 23 works at that distance.
Undrafted worked 4f today, March 3rd, in 48 seconds flat. It was the fastest of 23 works at that distance.
Bourbon Courage worked 4f today, March 3rd, in 48:60. It was the fourth fastest of 26 other works at that distance.
Lady Eli worked 4f today, March 3rd, in 48:75 (b). It was the eighth fastest of 42 other works at that distance.



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