• Party Boat (7-2) takes the Memories of Silver on the Aqueduct turf.Posted 3 days ago
  • Dolphus (6-5), Rachel Alexandra's half-brother, wins AQU allowance; Shagaf lastPosted 3 days ago
  • Multiplier (4-1) kicks it in late to get past Hedge Fund in the Illinois Derby.Posted 4 days ago
  • Collected (3-5) rolls home much the best in the Californian.Posted 4 days ago
  • Imperative (5-1) surges past Matt King Coal for his second win in the Charles Town Classic.Posted 4 days ago
  • Itsinthepost (5-2) proves best in Keeneland's Elkhorn.Posted 4 days ago
  • Inordinate (5-2) surges to victory in the San Juan Capistrano.Posted 4 days ago
  • Twisted Tom (5-1) is a game winner of a sloppy Federico Tesio Stakes.Posted 4 days ago
  • Classic Rock (6-5) rolls in the Roar, the Preakness could be next.Posted 5 days ago
  • Unbridled Mo (2-5) holds on to win the Doubledogdare at Keeneland.Posted 5 days ago
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War Admiral struck his right forefoot at the start of the Belmont, injuring it so badly that he bled the entire mile and a half around the big oval. All the little Admiral did was clock a time of 2:28 3/5 for a new stakes, track and equalling of the American record. The previous track record had been set 17 years earlier in the 1920 Jockey Club Gold Cup by sire Man o' War at 2:28 4/5. Seventeen year old future equine artist Richard Stone Reeves was impressed by the diminutive thoroughbred showing his literal “red badge of courage” to win the Triple Crown. His thoughts - “A little brown colt raced through the stretch at Belmont Park one June afternoon more than a half-century ago... From a personal point of view, he was racing solidly into my life as well, and the image he left with me that afternoon has never waned.” Three legs and a heart - http://horsenetwork.com/2016/06/three-legs-heart/
Move along folks. Nothing to see here. I don't think this horse would beat a quality field in a restricted allowance race.
Is there a reason for the dramatic fall in ranking for Unique Bella? Is it really because she sustained a slight injury? I realize this is just a popularity contest, but it is still very odd to me.
His full brother... LOOK at those legs! :O https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/86cd0bf6b70080642b873d3290acbca0e6e67ebf21291620bdbad4f1df6dc785.png
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  • cedar · holy..... i always think of Tapits being a bit compact or on the smaller side. Maybe this one will end up looking more like Tonalist. · 2 days ago
  • triplechrome · How old do you think he is in this photo · 1 hour ago
reversecowboy - Are you referring to Round Table's 1:58 3/5 time in the 1957 Hollywood Gold Cup? A nice time, but not the Best in the West. Spectacular Bid still holds the national record for his 1980 Strub Stakes time of 1:57 4/5, once again over Flying Paster. http://www.horsehats.com/horse-racing-records.html Who was the best on grass, Round Table or John Henry?
  • SCZEN50 · Good question as John Henry at 9 took quite a few fast track records! His 1:58 & 3....not too shabby! Not many have surpassed that~ · 2 hours ago
He was unreal on the turf!! Won a Huge majority~!
Did anyone see his debut at Keeneland today. He absolutely DESTROYED the field. An impressive two year old to watch.
  • plosives · Looked like a good one. It's hard to get excited this early due to how most early progressing 2 yr olds end up, but I'll keep an eye on him. · 3 hours ago
Trainer Bob Baffert announces that American Cleopatra, full sister to triple crown winner American Pharoah, will make her 2017 debut in the listed Angels Flight Stakes on May 14th at Santa Anita.
His progeny continues to tear up the track. 2 yr old Salmanazar just wired Keeneland's 4th. Love Shack!
Any word on her?
  • ILuvTurfRacing · @anthonyd73648, Minding & Alice Springs will both stay in training to race as 4YO in 2017, but Ballydoyle has been retired to broodmare status, which is not uncommon for Ballydoyle, They actually retire a large % of their racing fillies after their 3YO season is over. Which is why it surprised me a little they decided to keep Minding & Alice Springs both in training given how successful both were as 3YO in 2016. · 5 hours ago
Trainer Dale Romans announces that Luis Saez will ride J Boys Echo in the Kentucky Derby, taking over for Robby Albarado who was injured last week.
The sagas of Girvin continue to take some odd twists. It was now see that Girvin was training with Z bar shoes, indicative of some sort of hoof issue. When reached for comment, Joe Sharp basically didn't answer the question and hung up. Maybe the full story isn't being divulged by either side, but at this point I feel bad for anyone backing this horse. This type of shady, dishonest, and lack of forthcoming nature just make Joe Sharp come off as a classless trainer.
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · I like this horse. I like him a lot. He's shown potential. He has an upside, he tries every time he's raced. *But* this is beyond odd. It started with the delayed work, and has just escalated it seems.. No comment yet from Mike Smiths camp yet. If he jumps mounts (I'd love to see him on Patch if he switches), it will leave no doubt that there is something serious going on here. I hope not (unlikely at this point) because I think healthy, he has a shot. · 5 hours ago
Some here are expecting Always Dreaming to bounce and some are thinking the Florida Derby performance was good enough to win the 2017 Kentucky Derby. I think AD's FD performance was a normal progression for him when comparing to his previous race (and in the FD, AD only beat the stamina challenged Three Rules by 7 lengths). To win the Kentucky Derby, AD will have to improve from his FD performance by at least 5 lengths to be on par with the average KD winning performances over the past 5 years.
Chad Brown seems to be considering using blinkers on Practical Joke for the Kentucky Derby. Considering breezing him with them on. "He seemed to hang a bit at the end of his races. Making an equipment change for the Derby carries a risk but there's a lot on the line. It's worth exploring"
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · how did that work out for Palice Malice? The derby isnt the place to try blinkers for the first time · 5 hours ago
Bolo worked 3f, April 26th, in 36.40 (b) finishing 4/16.
Airoforce worked 5f, April 26th, in 1:02.40 (b) finishing 15/19.
Farrell worked 6f, April 26th, in 1:13.00 (b) finishing 1/3.
The field for the 2017 renewal of the G1 English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 6th was cut to 19 today, with a lot of talented horses still remaining among the 19 still engaged. The likes of Churchill, Caravaggio, Lancaster Bomber, Barney Roy, Dream Castle, Thunder Snow, & Eminent are still in the mix at present, as well as trainer Andre Fabre's unbeaten to date Al Wukair for Al Shaqab Racing who will likely make the trek over to Newmarket from France for the race. The fillies classic currently has 27 entries that remain engaged for the G1 English 1000 Guineas the following day.
Why is he rated all the way down here? Because he's still a maiden? He's got the goods, it looks like he just needs the real estate. I really hope he gets in.
Weighted in at 1,102 yesterday. Haskin's says that it is a good weight...

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A native of upstate New York and a graduate of Ithaca College, Andrew Champagne fell in love with horse racing at a very early age on summer trips to Saratoga. His turf writing credits include time spent as a sportswriter, weekly columnist, and handicapper at The Saratogian, a summer working for The Saratoga Special, and "field research" at OTB facilities in Saratoga Springs and his hometown of Kingston. He also spent two years in the athletic communications office at Siena College, and interned with NBC Olympics at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

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