• Shore Runner turns it on late to win the Lucky Coin.Posted 1 day ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox DQ'd giving Curalina the win in the Grade 1 CCA Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • In defense of her Royal North win of last year, Ageless sets a new course record at Woodbine.Posted 2 days ago
  • Catch A Flight gets up in the final stride to win the San Diego.Posted 2 days ago
  • Hard Not to Like gets up in the final jump to win the Grade 1 Diana.Posted 3 days ago
  • Big Book remains undefeated with a score in the Fleet Treat.Posted 3 days ago
  • Uncle Vinny gets the win after Magna Light DQ'd for erratic stretch in the Sanford.Posted 3 days ago
  • Postponed wins the Group 1 King George at Ascot in a thrilling finish.Posted 3 days ago
  • Big John B loves Del Mar, and is your Cougar II winner.Posted 3 days ago
  • Mrs McDougal proves best in the Lake George on the Saratoga lawn.Posted 4 days ago

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1st - STANFORD ! ! I can't wait to see him race Pharoah . 2nd - Iron Fist 3rd - Madefromlucky 4th - Souper Colossal 5th - Tommy Macho
I'm liking tommy macho here. He ran on belmont day in a separate race from stanford. Tommy macho went 1 1/16 in 1:40.86 handily beating tiz shea d, who recently beat a field including divining rod and Mr z, on the dame day at belmont, stanford went the 1 1/16 in 1:42+. was a strong 3rd to speightster and texas red in the dwyer in his next outing. I see a lot of weak chalk in this field.
Thanks to that ------ ------- ------ horrible bone chip from Carpe Diem , I now want 1st - Frosted 2nd - Japan 3rd - Materiality 4th - Upstart
I can't wait to see Ziconic run! Zenyatta ' s breeders are great , first Bernardini, then Tapit, Two of the top 10 best sires ever. I Also like Liscullan , Uncle Vinny, Cocked and Loaded, Shoot Craps, Found Money, Manipulated, Mayor Mac, Outwork. It's so great to see my Discreetly Mine, Uncle Mo, Colonel John , and Trappe Shot, Super Saver , and Freisan Fire , some of my classic favorites as sires.
I had expected a strong closing kick from "Hard Not to Like", but a new track record! Wow! She outdid my greatest expectations.
Dortmund, who finished third in the Kentucky Derby and fourth in the Preakness, is starting to put together a series of works after being knocked out from his spring campaign. Bob Baffert tells DRF's Jay Privman that Dortmund will keep working to get his legs going again and doesn't have a timetable as to when he will race again, but says he hopes to have him ready in time for the end of the Del Mar meet, Article on DRF
American Pharoah's connections know his first start since winning the Triple Crown will be the Aug. 2 Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I). They plan for his final start to be the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). But the schedule between those races has not been set, which is just fine with Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. So for his summer and fall campaign, Baffert will relish allowing the Zayat Stables' homebred dictate any plans between the Sunday, Aug. 2 Haskell at Monmouth Park and the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland. "American Pharoah will let us know what he can handle," Baffert said on the July 28 National Thoroughbred Racing Association media teleconference. "Right now, we're thinking Haskell. It's all about the Haskell first." The Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course and the Pacific Classic Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 22 at Del Mar would seem like contenders for a post-Haskell run, but there are plenty of options that could even include training up to the Classic. Baffert did say plans call for American Pharoah to return to Southern California to train at Del Mar once his jaunt to the Jersey shore is complete. Article on Bloodhorse
Curlin's 20% sale (due to the dispersal of Midnight Cry's assets, see below) has been completed, with Hill 'n' Dale Farm offering the winning bid of $6,218,160. Stonestreet (Barbara Banke) retains the 80% majority of the stallion.
BREAKING NEWS: Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings Inc. and Elevage II purchased a 20% share in successful sire Curlin for more than $6 million at a U.S. Justice Department auction in May. The U.S. Marshals Service, which administers the Justice Department's Asset Forfeiture Program, reports Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings Inc. and Elevage II purchased the 20% interest in Curlin for a final sale price of $6,218,160. The sale included four breeding rights to the two-time Horse of the Year and leading third-crop sire of 2014. Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Stables owns the other 80% in Curlin and under the sale terms had the right of first refusal. In the sale information provided by the U.S. Marshals, there is no indication Stonestreet opposed the purchase by Hill 'n' Dale and Elevage II. Citing the confidentiality agreement, Sikura declined comment. A call to bloodstock agent John Moynihan, who frequently represents Stonestreet in sales, was not returned Tuesday, July 28. Article on Bloodhorse
On July 28, Lea worked 5f on fast dirt at Saratoga in 1:03:66 (b) finishing 2/5.
On July 28, Twilight Eclipse worked 4f on fast dirt at Saratoga in 51:43 (b) finishing 29/33.
On July 28, Stallwalkin' Dude worked 3f on fast dirt at Saratoga in 38:77 (b) finishing 3/4.
On July 28, Avanzare worked 4f on firm turf at Fair Hill in 48:80 (b) finishing 1/5.
On July 28, Imperative worked 7f on fast dirt at Del Mar in 1:27:00 (h) finishing 1/1.
On July 28, Stellar Wind worked 5f on fast dirt at Del Mar in 1:02:20 (h) finishing 22/38.
On July 28, Hard Aces worked 5f on fast dirt at Del Mar in 1:01:00 (h) finishing 7/38.
On July 28, Beholder worked 4f on fast dirt at Del Mar in 47:80 (b) finishing 4/44
On July 28, American Pharoah worked 4f on fast dirt at Del Mar in 48:80 (b) finishing 15/44.
1st - Ostrolenka 2nd - Noble Cornerstone 3rd - Weekend Hideaway I love Saratoga racing.
Awesome Slew. Great trip in the Sanford. This horse shows some "Awesome" promise. Can't wait to see this horse running a mile or more. Love this Florida Horse!
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Mary Cage, a 19-year-old avid fan of horse racing, has been around horses all her life, having owned, shown, and judged them for as long as she can remember. She began writing her own horse racing blog, Past the Grandstand, in August 2011 and has since been published with the BloodHorse's website, the American Quarter Horse Association's magazine America's Horse, and Southern Racehorse Magazine. Blogging about the sport of horse racing combines her love for horse racing and writing. In her personal horse experience, she has won several Appaloosa National Champion titles in the show ring. 


Mary has always aspired to have a career with horses and since her love for horse racing began, she has dreamed of pursuing a career in the Thoroughbred racing industry, possibly as a writer and marketing/communications specialist. She is currently attending Tarleton State University, where she is studying Agricultural Communications. With this blog, she hopes to show readers horse racing through the eyes of a young fan as she writes about assorted horse racing topics.

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