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Looks like we may get to see the past 2 winners of the G1 English St Leger, Encke in 2012 and Leading Light in 2013 go head to head with each other for the 1st time in the G1 Irish St Leger next month. Godolphin says that Encke remains firmly on course for the race after a promising 2nd in the G3 Coutts Glorious Stakes after being off the track for 23 months, and Leading Light won the G3 Irish St Leger Trial over the weekend and has always had this race in his sights. You know Coolmore would love nothing better than for Leading Light to beat Encke in Ireland after he played spoiler to Camelot's 2012 English Triple Crown bid.
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Donn Handicap winner Lea will not run in Woodward. Could enter Bernard Baruch as MTO. Likely ends up in Ack Ack at Churchill on Sept. 6., according to DRF
After failing to make an impact in this year's G1 English 2000 Guineas or G1 St James's Palace Stakes, trainer Richard Hannon, Jr. has decided to go a tried and tested route next with Toormore next in the International Topkapi Trophy at Veliefendi Racecourse in Turkey on Sunday week. The Hannon's won last year's renewal of the International Topkapi Trophy with Producer.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey plan to offer multiple grade I winner Stephanie's Kitten at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale. Article on Bloodhorse.com
Last year's G1 Epsom Oaks winner and G1 English St Leger 2nd, Talent, has been retired after finishing a well beaten 5th in the G1 Yorkshire Oaks in her last race. Trainer Ralph Beckett said: "she gave us some of our best days last season when she won the Oaks and ran right up to her best in the English St Leger, but it has become clear she's just not the same filly this year." Talent will return to Ashbrittle Stud where she was bred and she will be covered next spring.
What happened to him!!! Hasn't been seen or heard from since the Queen's Plate, is he ok?
  • travel_vic · That one reared in the gate and lugged out badly down the lane: suggests that something got smacked in that interaction. · 2 hours ago
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Question. Lets just say that a horse or two from California decided to fly into your state for a little million dollar race - and that race happened to be scheduled for the same day as your cousins wedding... When you inevitably miss that wedding, how big of a gift would you send? Ya know, hypothetically.
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  • ktw321 · I'm sorta kinda half way kidding. It's an evening wedding and Parx is only about a half hour ride from the reception. So Ill be a little late. No one will even notice. My thoughts on the silliness of weddings aside, Ive seen plenty of em. Never had a chance to watch a Kentucky Derby winner tho · 11 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · I'd go to the race. Would chip in on whatever Jessie bought. Giggles! Nephew was married on Preakness Day 'o8, niece on Super Derby day '09, daughter on BC Day 2, '11. Pitas, ha,ha. · 10 hours ago
Who the best 3yo or horse in America is or will be is very subjective. What i find amusing is the jumping bean effect by many of the HRN so called "faithful" and visitors. All of a sudden S.B. is the modern day Julius Ceaser . He is being hailed as the greatest thing since slice bread. How is it that a vote has not been taken to have a parase in his honor. Mind you that this post has nothing to do with his talents. It is all about you,the bandwagon jumpers and you know who you are. Yes you will come back and throw your barbs at me .and say not me. Not one of you ever thought anything of California Chrome. He was mocked as winning on juiced up tracks.He could not get the distance. Then after the S.A. Derby and the Kent. Derby. He was everyones favorite. He was the springtime Julius Ceaser with the accolades and the bandwagon hoppers. Prior to the Belmont he was awesome. Now i guess it is true. Out of sight and out of mind. Now we have a new Boob tube idol to look at. S.B. is the greatest thing,you always thought that. C.C. was never as good. Absolutely hilarious. I can't wait to see if S.B. stubs his toe in his next race. I just enjoy seeing people who haven't a clue as to what is a top horse or not ,jump off the bandwagon. You wan't proof,look how you abandoned PLACE MALICE.Absolutely hilarious. Now take your shots at me.
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  • jockey2be. · I agree.Waaaaaaay to much jumping on and of bandwagons going on. · 11 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · Thank you Jockey for understanding my post. It has nothing to do with who is the better horse. You are such a fan of horses and the racing game,it is refreshing to read your positive posts. This Saturday in The Forego Stakes, one of my best friends horse will be racing. His name is VYJACK, he is probably the only horse that i have a personal attachment to. Regardless how he runs,he will be my favorite. It would be an honor to have you adopt him as one of your favorites and root him on with that positive energy. Good luck to you. · 11 hours ago
We all have a right to say what we think. I didn't say anyone was wrong or right. I didn't say I knew more then anyone els. I was talking about both bandwagen jumping and that i liked both horses but felt that SB was a better horse. I liked SB before he got hurt and I like him more now and if he wins the BC it will prove that he was the best in that race. I don't feel that I know more than anyone about horse racing or horses even. I will say this. I have spent more time on a horse than most people. Training for all things , even racing but that don't make me smarter then anyone els. I do know a good horse when I see one and I don't care what he runs on, he is a very good horse and when he runs on dirt we will see that. No tmallios1, I'm not disputing anything that you said, I'm just making my own statment just like you. I might not know as much as you and I don't claim too but I am not clueless
  • tmallios via Disqus · Michael i am sorry that again you misinterpeted my post. I was not talking about your post regarding my post. The clueless comment was directed at those that tried to get away by saying that the Travers field this year was not strong at all. The field included the runnerup in the Derby,the Belmont Winner,The Wood/Jim Dandy winner/ The Curlin Stakes winner and lets not forget the Haskell/Woody Stephens winner. Those are the ones the comment was directed to. My apologies if you misunderstood. · 11 hours ago
Awesome run Shred Belief!!!! Stay undeafted!!!
Looking forward to seeing you return Wise Dan!!!
Awesome run Goldencents!!!!! Great job!!!
Excited for his return saturday in the bernaud baruch agasint wise dan.
too bad that a horse cannot choose its owner. Case here AGAIN, as it has been often, has TONS more class than his crude mouth goon of an owner.
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  • 5timeHOTY via Disqus · If only Chris Everett grew a set...and became Jim Everett, Rome would be eating through a straw to this day. · 17 hours ago
  • amino998 · “The second Shared Belief crossed that finish line and survived that inquiry, the discussion started,” Rome said on his show Monday. “‘Can you beat California Chrome for Horse of the Year?’ I don’t know. But that’s the good thing about it. "Assuming everything is right and both horses stay healthy, they’ll settle it on the track, not on Twitter, not in chat rooms, not in boards. The horses will do the talking and they’ll do it on the dirt. That’s the way it should be.” · 15 hours ago
Obviously, beaten favorite in Del Mar Mile, came out of race fine, will train straight into BC Mile, per trainer Phil D'Amato
  • Mary Z. · Good. · 20 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · Yes he did lose the race and finished off the board. But did people see the start of the race,he broke bad and came out last in the field. Just was not his day,it happens. I have liked this horse in the past but never thought he was as good as Dan the past 2 years. This year ,barring any Euro Killers coming over and running . With a clean break, i seriously doubt that there is a Turfer in America that will beat him.Wise Dan has been amazing in his career. But based on his first 2 races of the year, i think he has lost a couple of steps. That is not a criticism,just Father time calling. It happened to the Dude. Dan in my opinion and i have stated before.He was the fastest Turf Miler in the past 20 years. · 16 hours ago
Mary, cugel, here's my opinion: Obviously is fast, unfortunately for him Dan is faster. Both are awesome milers and so much fun to watch. Obviously is second only to Wise Dan IMO.
  • Mary Z. · Dan has closed faster in the BC Mile. If Talamo can budget out Obviously's speed just a tad,Obviously can win that race. And there is something to not giving all at Del Mar or in September at SA. You really need to get that this is some personal bias against Obviously by the thread opener cugel. If one checks what the gelding can do and has done, one would not dismiss him as a contender, obviously. · 16 days ago
  • Acewinsagain via Disqus · Did any of you see "Rock me Baby" he was so much better than obviously and the winner toms tribute, hope he goes in breeders cup · 17 hours ago
The earliest important race in Doncaster's history was the Doncaster Gold Cup, first run over Cantley Common in 1766. St Leger was 1776.
Go Honor Code! <3
Nice post Michael, but why the "It's to bad SB is a gelding,that means they will run him until he drops and that my friend is bad for horse racing" supposition?

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Mary Cage, an 18-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 horse judging contests at major stock shows and, in the show ring, is a Texas 4-H State Champion and Appaloosa Youth World Championship Show Top Ten finalist. 

 

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. 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.