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  • Button Down soars to victory in the Cardinal.Posted 3 days ago
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  • In his second work back, California Chrome went 4f in :50.20 this morning at Los Alamitos.Posted 3 days ago

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This novel im about to type probably should have been an article but since I have no access to that- it's going here. During this week every year, I like to reflect on what I am thankful for the past year. In doing this today, I started to think about what my most thankful moment of 2015 was. This led me to want to share my personal opinion of 'hose racing's 2015 moment of the year with you all. You would think it would be a tough feat, with the incredible year the racing gods blessed us with. From what was titled the showdown of the year: California Chrome versus Shared Belief in the San Antonio and impressive Derby preps including Dortmund's hard fought battles, all the way to Beholder destroying the boys in the Pacific Classic, Honor Code uncommonly winning both the Met and the Whitney in heart stopping fashion, and ending the year with the first time grand slam winner and two undefeated fantastic juveniles successfully earning their championship honors in the Breeders Cup. It's been one year of amazing races, hard fought battles on and off the track (Lady Eli) and heartwarming stories. I'm not sure what we did to deserve such a year of racing, but I am thankful and this year will be one for the memory books. When I look back and try to pin point a single 'moment' that stood by itself, and outshines the others- it is an immediate decisions for me. As impressive as American Pharoah's BC Classic win was, or how easy his Haskell win was- nothing looked more impressive or easier than his Belmont win. Everything about this race- from what he did, to the crowd, to the celebrations- cement this as the moment of the year. His amazing early speed, ability to relax once he grabbed the lead, his ease at running the sweeping Belmont turns, and his acceleration at the end of a 1.5 mile race when other horses were backing up, and his ears pricked majority of the way- stood on a pedestal of its own. I'll never forget Larry's announcement as he came to the finish line: 'finally the one', the stunned silence of the announcers during the roar of the crowd, and will never forget the feeling this moment gave me. A feeling that took 37 years to instill in most of us. A feeling that will last a lifetime. Thank you racing gods for this amazing year of thrills and talented horses. Thank you for this sport and all of the joy it brings us. Thank you American Pharoah for being the super star we hoped for, the super star we needed.
be back in 2 to 3 weeks
BREAKING NEWS: WinStar Farm has announced that Commissioner will be retired to stud for 2016, his stud fee will be $7,500. Commissioner will make the final start of his career in the G2 Hawthorne Gold Cup on Saturday. According to DRF
Well, you know, it is way easier with Dortmund out, but I did say Hoppy earlier.
I know where Private Zone will be, so.
Dortmund this year!
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Unfortunately he did not make the flight with his hoof issues and looks pointed to the Native Diver. · 3 hours ago
Trainer Dale Romans said "there's a strong possibility" that Donegal Racing's Keen Ice, who famously snapped American Pharoah 's eight-race win streak with a upset win in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) could make another start this year in the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) Nov. 27 at Churchill Downs. "I think he could've had a better performance in the Breeders' Cup," Romans said. "I just don't think that things set up for him from track conditions to everything else. What I think you'll see at this time next year is a horse that will be talked about as Horse of the Year or champion older male. He's doing that well and moves forward so much every time he runs that at the end of his 4-year-old year, you'll see an even better Keen Ice and a special horse that goes down in history. So with this statement, it looks like Keen Ice will return to racing in 2016 with big targets in his future. Article on Bloodhorse
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · Great news jay. Also today another two yr old filly by curlin Terra Promessa wins at Churchill race 9 · 9 days ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Some bold predictions. What if the track conditions in half of his races next year do not set up for him like the Breeders Cup Classic? I expect him to be very good, but he certainly needs to be able to close into a pace that is faster than a 26.5 second final quarter as he did in the Travers Stakes. · 3 hours ago
Torn between tonalist and private zone. Falling sky is a fun horse to back but not worth the wager.
BREAKING NEWS: Three Chimneys Farm has announced that their stallion Yes It's True, a multiple stakes winner and sire of horses The Big Beast and La Verdad, was euthanized yesterday after a bout of colic and a perforated intestine. Yes It's True was buried at Three Chimneys Farm. According to DRF
Nice video on AP from Coolmore : http://coolmore.com/america/coolmore-tv/?video-id=12423&autoplay=true
Standing at Oak Creek Farm for 2016
Retired and will stand at Ranch San Miguel
Union Jackson has been entered in a 6 1/2 furlong allowance race this Friday at Churchill, race 3, Ricardo Santana Jr. will ride. If h wins this one, I think a stakes race will be next.
BREAKING NEWS : Trainer Bob Baffert tells DRF'S Jay Privman that Dortmund dud not travel to Kentucky this morning and says he will not run in the Clark Handicap on Friday. Baffert said Dortmund needs extra day to patch quarter crack. But it's better this morning. However, owner and trainer decided to not send him to Kentucky. However, Dortmund instead could run this Saturday in the Grade 3 Native Diver at Del Mar depending on his status. More information will be available later today, as thus story is just breaking. According to DRF
In the BC turf, it is fun to watch Shining Copper's Tour de France style breakaway in the first 6 furlongs of the race.
Mates mineshaft ride on curlin exacta box. And a solo ticket
I know some people knock American Pharoah for not running big speed figures or being lucky or beating weak fields, but in this Thanksgiving season I believe all racing fans should be thankful for American Pharoah and his connection for two big reasons. First by winning the Triple Crown he has hopefully ended the calls to change the triple crown series by either shortening the races or increasing the time between the races. The Triple Crown is one of the few things that is working in racing today, as a believer in the "If its not broke don't fix it" idea, any change in the Triple Crown would be a huge mistake in my opinion. And second, many people believed that if there was a Triple Crown winner than they would have immediately been retired. How many times today have we heard either "He has done enough" or "He has nothing more to prove"? But by keeping him in training and running in the biggest race of the year, the Breeders Cup Classic, his connections has set the example that others hopefully will follow. In my opinion American Pharoah and his connections have helped save racing as a sport.
  • Jeremy via Disqus · Those who refuse to give Pharoah his due make me so, utterly perturbed. Are they really that jaded? Before he came along a horse like him was all any and every racing enthusiast wanted. And he did more than just win the Crown, he did more than any of us asked for or thought he would. But this vocal minority, who should be celebrating AP and shouting his name and accomplishments from the rooftops obdurately has responded to it all with a collective yawn and eye roll. Far too many people don't or refuse to recognize greatness until it's passed them by, and these aforementioned "fans" will realize that soon enough. You, I and all AP's fans should consider ourselves lucky for having had the perspicacity to realize his greatness while it was on display and for witnessing every bit of it. Who knows? It's entirely possible we may never see another Triple Crown in our lifetimes. · 22 hours ago
dortmund out
I half own a mare who is a 3/4 sibling to Ivanavinalot. Solid family.
  • BeastBob via Disqus · Nice. Are you going to send her to Medaglia d'oro? · 8 hours ago
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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 websites of The BloodHorse and The Equine Chronicle, 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 and Reserve World 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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