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Accelerate worked 4f, April 25th, in 47.60 (H) finishing 3/23.
BREAKING: Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr has informed owners and trainers that he will not be available to ride for either the Kentucky Oaks or the Kentucky Derby this year, as he plans to ride at Belmont Park during that week. This is a stunning announcement becuase Irad had been expecting to get a top mount in the Kentucky Derby but one never cleared up for him.
Kasaqui worked 5f, April 25th, in 59.80 (b) finishing 1/8.
Why aren't they breeding her this year? I'm a chatterbox just retired and they lined up a date for her with MDO
The Pizza Man worked 4f, April 25th, in 48.60 (b) finishing 4/11.
Elate worked 5f, April 25th, in 59.20 (b) finishing 2/25.
Mo Tom worked 5f, April 25th, in 1:00.80 (b) finishing 4/6.
Harmonize worked 5f, April 25th, in 1:00.60 (B) finishing 1/6.
Realm worked 5f, April 25th, in 1:02.81 (b) finishing 2/4.
This one, I'm sure to no one's real surprise, is being pointed at the G2 Queen Mary Stakes at this year's royal meeting. A race Wesley Ward's had a bit of success in over the years, along with the Norfolk Stakes.
BREAKING: Multiple G1 winner I'm a Chatterbox has been retired from racing with a leg injury, she will be bred to Medaglia D'Oro for a 2018 foal.
She was retired today and has a date with medalio d oro
As the discussion/argument continues between the mostly usual suspects I'll keep it short. Horses can't run against ghosts from the past and should be viewed in the context of the races they run in, not the races they don't.
Boy, how good is Private Zone, another easy win, he is without a doubt a great Sprinter.
Since I woke up on the wrong side of the bed and I'm in a bad mood....Can we all please call the FOY for what it was-a HORRIBLE ride from Joel Rosario!! I understand horses bounce but IWC has raced 5 times with speed figures of 99 and above for 4 races and then the FOY debacle. A horse that consistent does not just "get tired". A similar instance happened with Terra Promessa with Irad almost choking her around the oval. The FOY is not a mystery race as most want to believe-it was Rosario continuing to pull back on IWC and IWC being completely confused. When IWC wanted to go after BR in the Wood, Motion thought that Rajiv went too early but Rajiv said that IWC was doing it easily and on his own and he felt like he had so much horse....THAT was the so called mystery. One jockey let IWC run his race and the other choked her back. No mystery. Just a bad ride from a very very good jockey. It happens.
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  • Realz Elite via Disqus · I like your take and it makes a lot of sense. But i now watched this replay 3x and i just don't see an overkill of holding them reins. It's the only excuse i can find for this clunker. But don't see it. · 1 day ago
  • Kincsem · My theory, personally, was the after effect of First Time Lasix. With the kind of performance he put on in the Holy Bull, on FTL, I was expecting him to regress and not do as well second time out. Did not expect him to do that badly though, but some horses are definitely more sensitive to Lasix and I think that affected both the jock's perception of how much horse he had, and perhaps as well the horse's own overestimation of his energy. His performance in the Wood confirmed this for me, as it seemed to have levelled him out. · 3 hours ago
Anybody have any idea who would ride this horse in the derby. Hey Todd, how about Edgar Zayas?
For my trifecta it will be patch, hence and gunnevera. box them. What a pay out. have a good day everyone...
Pletcher said he’s “on the fence” on what direction he will take with Rebel Stakes (G2) winner Malagacy, who finished fifth April 15 in the Arkansas Derby (G1) and that's a quote
I wish people would stop labeling this horse as a miler. He's only had 4 races. Let's wait and see. Unless he draws a monstrous post he will give a good account of himself in the derby. Any trip handicapper will draw a line through that last race.
Did anyone else think that Classic Empire looked extremely tired this morning in his gallop?
  • ChessChamp · I didn't see it. I heard a few people say he galloped, but they didn't have many words for it. Apparently it was extremely early. · 1 day ago
  • GPCMISSESTURULLURE · Go on over to DRF.com and watch the free Mike Welch clocker report. He does them everyday up til Derby day. I watched the 23rd and the 24th reports and he mentioned CE on the 23rd with actually little to say positive or negative about him. Mike doesn't pull any punches so he'll tell you what he thinks. I am a CE fan and would have rather seen a better run up to the Derby than the one he's had, but he is bred for the distance and was picking it up at an mile and an eighth not fading. That being said, Lookin at Lee was "bringing it" with no where to go so depending on LAL's odds, that might be worth a win bet also. · 4 hours ago

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