• Long On Value (7-2) cuts back and rolls in the Lucky Coin Stakes.Posted 23 hours ago
  • Songbird repels the challenge of Carina Mia, and romps home in the CCA Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Up With the Birds swings to victory in Woodbine's Nijinsky Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Tin Type Gal rides the rail to victory in Monmouth's Boiling Springs.Posted 1 day ago
  • California Chrome edges Dortmund in a San Diego Handicap showdown.Posted 2 days ago
  • Mokat (7-1) turns the San Clemente into a one-filly show.Posted 2 days ago
  • Dacita just gets up in the Grade 1 Diana in a four-horse photo.Posted 2 days ago
  • Front Pocket Money grinds to victory in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore.Posted 2 days ago
  • Hit It Once More romps home a big winner of the New York Derby.Posted 3 days ago
  • Bitumen (4-5) powers home to win the Grade 3 Sanford at Saratoga.Posted 3 days ago

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RIP, Futural
The blow hearts on TVG never once mentioned that Mike Smith was at Del Mar on Saturday night trying to beat California Chrome and had to fly to Saratoga to be ready to board Songbird on Sunday....
Where is Pebbles at?....Waiting for her to chime in on Songbird...She was at the Spa this weekend....Pebbles where are you????
Based on what we've seen over the past 3 years, it's safe to say that the Tapits love running 12f. In route races where the early paces were moderate or slow, their turn of foot in the stretch are strong comparing to other dirt horses.
War Decree bounces back from his narrow defeat in the G2 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket to win the G2 Vintage Stakes at Goodwood for Ryan Moore and Aidan O'Brien.
Dutch Connection gets home ahead of Home Of The Brave & Gifted Master to get a much deserved win in the G2 Lennox Stakes at Goodwood.
Maybe a few of the West Coast fillies will need to go to Saratoga so they can have a field to face her in the Alabama. Mokat? Land Over Sea? But just remember East Coast honks who always demand that California based horses prove their greatness by racing at "magical" Saratoga , we are not laughing at you, we are laughing with you.
Star Black will try to right the ship this Friday at Laurel, Race 9, Post 1
The big question with Dortmund if he's racing in the Pacific Classic is: Will he be able to keep or improve on his San Diego Handicap form when carrying 124 pounds (and going 10f)? Based on his form of the 2015 KD, the answer is NO (the Preakness is a toss so it doesn't count, and he was probably carrying 140 pounds in that race). Based on his 2015 Native Diver's form, then the answer is YES (he was still going strong in the final furlong of that race under hand ride). Also he also looked stronger as a stalker than a pace-setter.
I truly believe that Dortmund is the best male horse in training. To run the race he did after an eight month layoff and nearly beat an older, more mature champion like California Chrome is an exceptional feat. California Chrome, in his three year old campaign, came off a much shorter layoff, and one that no structural injury caused, in the Pennsylvania Derby and got demolished. As long as he stays healthy I genuinely think, and hope (because I love Dortmund) that he will boss the rest of the boys for the remainder of this year. And I really hope he comes back for one more year just as California Chrome did because, like Chrome, Dortmund never got to show what he can do over a full year. Vituperate me all you want for saying and thinking this, and if I'm wrong I'll eat my words, but I believe that Dortmund is the best male horse in training, regardless of age. I would say Dortmund, Songbird, Beholder are the three best horses currently racing, not necessarily in that order, though. I was never a Chrome fan, but will finally admit that he is a significantly better horse than I thought. At the moment, however, I still don't think he's as good as Dortmund is. Between now and the Breeder's Cup will be a very intriguing time, providing all horses stay healthy, and the Pacific Classic will likely answer a lot of questions. If Dortmund wins that and his subsequent race, because I don't think he'll train straight up to the BC from there, he deserves to be the favorite at the Classic. And I really do hope to see a five-year old campaign in which he stays injury free, takes on all comers and dominates every race he enters. I truly believe Dortmund has Hall of Fame ability. Apologies for sounding like a Dortmund fanboy, but I have always loved Bob Baffert's big guns. I believe Pharoah and Point Given are the two best three year olds of this century, and Dortmund's talent may not be all that far behind those two.
She has to do something about her math skills.
Good looking colt that I have been waiting to see start, finally does so on the 28th. Gets the services of Johnny V too. I'd like to see him do well.
Who's the bigger Horse Dortmund or The Rock? I think Ten is the tallest and Dortmund is heavier
She is one of my favorite jockey. Would like to see her more success. I am Freelance Web Designer but still i like this game. Keep it up !!!
While I'm a little disappointed that she's retiring, I am excited to see her success as a broodmare. I hope she doesn't have any complications like her mother. Best of luck to all of her connections!
What is with everyone saying she ran a slow time? The stakes record is 1.49.15 and songbird ran 1.49.56 in a gallop at the wire. She was just off the stakes record and probably could have made it had Mike kept her in a drive instead of easing her. She ran faster than the previous four winners which included Curalina, Stopchargingmaria, questing, princess of sylmar- all quality top notch fillies. She won against the track bias of speed not winning and the rail being dead. She put away the second best filly in training easily. She literally does everything right and people still try to find a reason to bash her. It's unbelievable.
Don't know who is running in the Alabama. Maybe Off the Tracks? Weep no More? The Cotillion will at least have Cathryn Sophia and I would think at least one more top tier filly. I don't think the BC Distaff is a walk in the park by any stretch. Curaline, Stellar Wind, Cavorting, Forever Unbridled........tough field and I do not see why Songbird would be significantly favored. And who knows if Beholder does not beat Chrome/Dortmund/Melatonin in the Pacific Classic, her connections may think to go to the distaff as well. Sadly for Beholder I think the Pegasus World Cup comes a year late (unless Pharoah would have stuck around for it).
Is Samraat going to this race?
Curalina worked 1/2 mile 47 and change.
American Freedom outworked his stablemate Drefong in a 6f drill a few days ago. I'm not expecting that AF can win the Haskell but he's definitely training forwardly for this race and handily outworking a really good horse in the process.
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