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Checking all the G1 races won by the 2012 crop, many of them have the fastest winning times over the past 10 years. Frosted is extending this trend into 2016 with a record setting Met Mile!
The Queen is ready. You'll be surprise what the mother goose field will look like with her on it......
This list is a complete joke. Not taking anything away from the "grey ghost" Native Dancer who was a fantastic race horse, but doesn't deserve to be rated ahead of Man O'War, Secretariat, or "Big Ci", Citation. When Citation doesn't even make the top 10 you know the list is bogus.
  • pathfinder · This list really is complete bogus as it is a fan rating and not an expert rating, like I said below. Also, I would have to disagree with you about Native Dancer and Citation, but each to his own. ;D · 7 days ago
  • travel_vic · True, few people know how damaged he was when he took a year off and then came back for those great efforts against Noor. · 6 hours ago
The more I research and read comparisons by people who were old enough to have seen them both run, almost to a person, they rank Exterminator as good as, and most BETTER, than Man O'War. The great geldings run though history as the best: Forego, Kelso, John Henry, Phar Lap, Wise Dan, etc. Maybe it is because they had so many EXTRA chances to show us their quality, intestinal fortitude and shear strength of purpose.
And now above Frosted is targeting the Pegasus World Cup as a goal rather than the BC Classic? Huh? Does Shadwell really want to do that? It is one thing for Nyquist given his connections bought a place, but I would think that Shadwell would want to continue to protect the DWC with the horses they own outright.
He went 5f in :59 4/5 today
And here we have another Cigar.
Back in 2014 Madeira Mist, the dam of Joshua Tree, gave birth to twin fillies. The now 2yo pair are named Magic Mist and Madeira Moon were sired by Invincible Spirit and both have gone through pre-training. It looks like both fillies may race for their owner Lady O' Reilly! When asked by the Racing Post if the twins will run against each other in a race, Lady O'Reilly responded: "I hadn't thought that far ahead but that would be quite funny! We might try to do it just to make history. One looks more of a sprinting type but you never know, they're only two-year-olds, so it could happen." I hope it happens~
Will be aimed at the G1 Phoenix Stakes on August 7th according to trainer Aidan O'Brien. He is currently unbeaten in 3 starts, including a win in the G2 Coventry Stakes.
Has been retired due to suffering a knee fracture supposedly in the Albany Stakes.
Nominated to the G1 Delaware Handicap??
  • buckeye630 · She's nominated to both the Delaware Handicap and the CCAO. Porter posted this on Facebook just a little bit ago: "We have nominated to The Delaware Handicap in addition to the Coaching Club American Oaks. The Delaware race is a grade 1 against older fillies and mares for 750K. We will have the option of going to the race depending on who is running. We understand that Stellar Wind is not going to the Delaware Handicap on July 16th. Jerry Hollendorfer told me this morning how happy he is with our two year olds." It sounds like they are still keeping their options open. · 3 days ago
  • pathfinder · Oooh, wouldn't that be fun if she went? · 8 hours ago
Wishing the best for this horse.
If you want your favorite horse to be at the top of the list, just make multiple new accounts and keep voting! By looking at the profiles of some commenters here, it has already happened.
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · ya think? · 7 days ago
  • jrem1 · I know. Right? Look at the scores of the first three horses. For the longest time they had high scores of 9.31...now they all are at the 9.38 to 9.41 mark just in the past few days....lols · 9 hours ago
6/26/2016 Dirt 4F 48.38 Breezing 6/41
Saratoga: make sure you walk all around the track, over by the backstretch, near the gate and don't miss the US Racing Museum across the street (it is a treat unto itself). When I was last there a year ago, they were building a smaller exhibit near the main grandstand entrance as a display of what the Hall of Fame is all about to entice more participation. There is a smaller version of the great Secretariat statute in the paddock at Belmont, in a quiet garden area in the Hall of Fame. A must see. Look for the jockey silks room too: very colorful as far as you can see. The place exudes HISTORY in spades.
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Make certain to take the backstretch tours - the Oklahoma walking tour you can find out information about at the Racing Museum. It requires a donation, but the donation gets you admission to the museum. The main track tours are every morning I believe except Tuesday when the track is closed and Travers day. They start at 7:30/8:00 AM. · 9 hours ago
People on here are arguing whether this horse can beat American turf horses, when this horse (in my opinion) could very well win the Arc in October if he runs (I sure hope he does).
Here then is the Classic dream field that potentially could be assembled at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. With almost every major contender having the same or similar running style, which is speed or stalking, it could make for some interesting riding strategies. 2—FROSTED – The question everyone is asking after the Met Mile is where did that performance come from? Although he’s always been a classy horse, he has never given even the slightest indication he was capable of such a Herculean effort. This wasn’t one of the better fields assembled for the Met Mile, but his 14 1/4-length devastation in a spectacular 1:32 2/5 and final quarter in :23 1/5 was other worldly and still defies explanation. He did beat up on a decent field in the grade II Maktoum Challenge (Round Two) as a prep for the World Cup, but could do no better than fifth, beaten five lengths by California Chrome, in the big race. He showed in last year’s Belmont Stakes he loves Belmont Park and no doubt was happy to be home. Some have wondered if he will now switch his objective to the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, but that would be ludicrous to even consider. Despite his poor effort in last year’s BC Classic following a long hard campaign, he showed in the Belmont Stakes that 1 1/4 miles certainly is well within his scope, finishing second in one of the fastest Belmonts ever run. In fact, of those who ran a faster Belmont than American Pharoah – Secretariat, Easy Goer, A.P. Indy. Point Given, and Risen Star – only Risen Star came home his final quarter faster than Frosted, in finishing second. He also closed fastest of all to finish fourth, beaten 3 1/4 lengths, in the Kentucky Derby. Also, let’s remember that a mile at Santa Anita is run around two turns and is not a true mile that tests a horse’s speed, toughness, and stamina, and can be decided by post position. If Frosted shows in the Whitney that the Met Mile was no aberration, then we’re talking serious contender in the Classic. http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/horse-racing-steve-haskin/archive/2016/06/26/mid-year-look-at-the-bc-classic.aspx
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  • Holy Curlin via Disqus · Why would you repost this nonsense??? · 16 hours ago
  • Holy Curlin via Disqus · Try to formulate your own opinion and analysis for a change. · 16 hours ago
A lovely performance from Destin in the Belmont. He can make some big waves later this year, he might pick up a G1 somewhere along the line.
  • Holy Curlin via Disqus · You must of had no money on him it was sickening · 12 hours ago
This whole situation reminds me of Rex Ellsworth and the 100 plus horses on his property many of whom starved to death, most notably the dam of Swaps, Iron Reward.
  • Goblin · Hey, BP, did you see that the comments have already been shut down at the BH site? Paulick has an even more distressing account of this situation today. I sincerely hope the state of Kentucky takes definitive action for the horses after this "meeting". Can you give any legal insight? Thanks. · 1 day ago
  • Lomita Momcat via Disqus · Buckpasser, I have to correct you on the dam of Swaps thing. I was attending college in Pomona at the time Ellsworth's ranch in Chino was closed down and the horses seized. An Equine Management class I was attending at Cal Poly visited the Ellsworth ranch several weeks before it was closed down, and what we saw was pretty awful and indespensible. However, Iron Reward was dead long before the problems that closed the ranch down. She was a foal of 1946. The Ellsworth ranch was closed down in 1975. Iron Reward had died of old age some years before that. The LA Times ran the story that said "Iron Reward, dam of Swaps, found dead on Ellsworth ranch." Everyone picked up on that. ...But the LA Times posted a correction a day or so later, stating that Iron Reward was NOT found dead, as in starved to death and recently deceased. What had happened was when the Sheriffs announced the raid on the farm, someone had asked the rep at the press conference what had happened to Swaps' dam. The rep said they had found that she was dead, having looked through Ellsworth's records at the ranch. And indeed she was dead, some years earlier, but not of starvation. The condition of the Ellsworth horses was awful, I saw them with my own eyes; the situation was even worse because there were horses Ellsworth had at Santa Anita that were being cared for and fed, so it was selective, controlled neglect; and there were vets, shores, and other people who knew about the problems on the ranch but didn't report conditions earlier. But truth be told: Iron Reward, dam of Swaps, did NOT die of starvation on the ranch. · 1 day ago
This should be Mo toms next race, its near Ohio and its a grade 2 with a decent purse!

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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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