• Madam Dancealot (21-1) rolls from last to win the San Clemente going away.Posted 8 hours ago
  • Abel Tasman (4-5) edges Elate in the Coaching Club American Oaks.Posted 10 hours ago
  • Accelerate (7-1) wins in a romp as Arrogate finishes way back in the San Diego Handicap. Posted 1 day ago
  • Hunt (3-1) waits and then blows by in the Grade 2 Eddie Read.Posted 1 day ago
  • Lady Eli (9-10), giving eight pounds, edges Quidura on the wire of the Grade 1 Diana.Posted 1 day ago
  • Firenze Fire (12-1) holds off Free Drop Billy in the Sanford Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Twisted Tom (7-10) scores a hard-earned win in the New York Derby.Posted 1 day ago
  • Proctor's Ledge (6-1), with first-time Lasix, rolls on the turf in the Lake George.Posted 2 days ago
  • Dream It Is (4-1) romps in the Grade 3 Schuylerville at Saratoga.Posted 2 days ago
  • Indycott (7-5) wins the opener, as they're off at Saratoga!Posted 2 days ago
Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

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Sally had a lot of heart, coming in third with a fracture! God bless her and hope she enjoys her next career and full recovery. She's really a very nice filly and was on the rise. Condolences to all her connections 馃挃馃弴
With this win, Bob Baffert just registered another eclipse winner with Abel Tasman. Great ride by Mike Smith, no harm no foul. The best horse won this race. Whenever this kind of rail pinning/boot bumping ride happened, I've always seen the best horse came out ahead. Take the 2015 Travers for example, American Pharoah and Frosted dueled each other on the rail (with similar separation or no separation as this race) for a stretch of about 4 furlongs in the middle of the race and American Pharoah eventually came out ahead of Frosted.
Update! Per Equibase, Eragon has new connections. He is owned by a Mallory Greiner and is trained by Chris Richard. He finished fourth in a race at Indiana Grand last month, and is entered in an AOC on the 27th, also at Indiana. Glad he's OK.
Is he OK?
Of the "name" horses that have been injured and put to the shelf......almost all come from the West Coast: Mastery, Sircat Sally, Iliad, Champagne Room, and Royal Mo. Only Not This Time did not train out West.
She has already won a stake, but hopefully she'll get a graded win soon.
Well done.
Sustained a fracture in her leg during the running of the San Clemente and was vanned off. She will have it surgically repaired & she will be retired per owner Joe Turner.
Ran huge today and interesting again moving forward. She was still coming which makes me think she will handle the distance. However I think sitting her until the Cotillion may be the right play, where if she wins, she would have a right to be in the starting gate for the Distaff. Just think she could use that time in between and Tasman does not figure to be at Parx (although Unique Bella does). I'll take my chances with against the horse that has not shipped and will be coming off a long lay-off (maybe she gets a race before).
That should pretty much win the 3 year old Filly Eclipse Award. Never say never. I bet that Baffert brings her to the Alabama to get 10F into her. And then sits her until the Distaff. And what a potential race that could be. Stellar Wind. Songbird. Vale Dori. Forever Unbridled. Terra Promessa. Abel Tasman. Unique Bella. Would say all of those are "likely starters".
Finally broke the maiden.
Ran well today.
  • Mary Y.had I been able to keep track of him during the whole race, he would have won, aided by scream. Why? Because really, do you--i don't--enjoy a 3 times raced, 5 year old, that gets more press, or he did, than horses with careers and hard-earned graded stakes wins. And, I'd like for the poor big rich kid to get a nice retirement. I think after one win, he will get to go out. 路 7 hours ago
Finished 3rd in her trial run. Form reads well. She looked good!
I think Arrogate will bounce back and win his next race easily (while going off as a 1-5 favorite). But there is one disturbing pattern from watching Arrogate's last 5 races. He broke well from the outside post or PP1 when there weren't much traffic next to him (the travers, he had the AF's shield. And the PWC, the #2 horse dropped back immediately leaving a lot of space from him to settle in). In the DWC and the SD Handicap, he broke from a middle post and was pushed back. It seemed that he's afraid going in between horses when they were all rushing out of the gate.
Three win bets in a row! Thank you Abel Tasman! $$$$$$$$$$$
Another photo of Chrome in Chile. This one is from Martin Racing's Facebook page. Looks as though everything went well! https://www.facebook.com/MartinRacingUS/photos/pb.195726933779277.-2207520000.1500853408./1597977016887588/?type=3&theater
Won race 8 at Gulfstream Park today, 7/23/17, breaking her maiden in her second start. Paid $32.20.
Barely held on but a win is a win! That move on the backstretch was great. Mike rode her beautifully, and she showed another dimension by not just having to deep close. Congrats to Mike, Bob and the connections on three year old filly of the year!
I wonder if today is 'it'? The test to decide his future. If he shows interest, they keep him on the track. If not, it's time to retire him. Coz really doesn't seem as though he likes track life. It's not the end of the world, most racehorses aren't superstars.
Career best numbers for Accelerate in the San Diego Handicap, 109 BSF and 118 RPR. Based on Arrogate's progressing (or regressing) numbers over his last 4 races (Travers-136RPR, BCC-136RPR, PWC-131 RPR, DWC-130RPR) and the face that Accelerate was given 9 pound allowance, it would have been a very close race. If Arrogate had fired and run up to his recent winning form, he might have won by about 1 to 1.5 lengths.
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Mary Cage, a 21-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 in America's Horse, American Racehorse and the Appaloosa Journal, as well as with the websites of The Blood-Horse and The Equine Chronicle. She has also had photos published with Paulick Report and Thoroughbred Daily News. In addition, she works as one of the social media coordinators for the Texas Thoroughbred Association and is currently interning at WinStar Farm with a marketing focus - with projects involving photography, videography, giving tours, data entry, etc. 

In her personal horse experience, Mary has been around horses all her life and has won several Appaloosa National Champion and Reserve World Champion titles in the show ring. She has also worked as a hotwalker and groom.

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/photographer and marketing/communications specialist. She is currently attending the University of North Texas, where she is a journalism major with a concentration in advertising and a minor in marketing. With this blog, she hopes to show readers horse racing through the eyes of a young fan and transport you to some of racing's biggest events through her photos and words.

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