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Clearly Now getting 60 days off and will be re-assessed in December for a potential return to races next year.
From this morning's Racing Post web-site: 4-time G1 winner Kingman has been retired due to having to undergo treatment for a sore throat, which rules him out of any Autumn targets.
Go Red!Reunited with the jockey he won his first three on,I think the Oklahoma is His!!!!!!
they would be tom wenzel and mr paxon
Why are you selling Princess of Sylmar at action? Why not retire her to your farm? Or find a PA stud far for her to go to.
  • Anne Shaw · I was shocked at this news. If they have the means seems this one deserves a lifetime home. · 3 hours ago
  • cedar · I get this decision. Kind of like Groupie Doll last year. I'm sure this was a very tough choice for the Stanco's, but there is no way she won't end up at a world class farm owned by someone who will breed her to world class stallions. They will get a very nice sum of money for her which can go right back into their racing operation. No one will be worse off except for some initial sadness of letting her go. Just hope she stays on this side of the Atlantic. · 1 hour ago
Trainer Mark Casse said Conquest Tsunami would be pointed to the Grade 1, $500,000 Breeders’ Futurity on dirt on Oct. 4 or the Grade 3, $250,000 Bourbon Stakes on turf on Oct. 5, both at Keeneland, considering his first dirt work went well, he might go for the Breeders' Futurity, article on DRF
Despite having an unfavorable trip, the Tapit filly came through. Undoubtedly this best 3 yo filly and a member of the Top 10 3 y/o horses list.
Does anyone know when Cozmic one will be racing again?
Why would one of the best dirt milers in the country experiment with grass on the final BC prep? This really make zero sense. (and Im all for experimenting with grass!!! but not now)
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  • buds · understandable, but 2 dirt victories and then go to grass makes more sense · 3 days ago
  • arazi via Disqus · Right on buds. ZERO SENSE..at this time..Now he is being asked to run at a distance he really doesn't like. All of those seconds at 6 furs is all class. Not because he is a 6 furlong horse. What's wrong with these guys...And didn't co owner Josh Kaplan say he won't be running in a 6 furlong race.. · 1 hour ago
Doug O'Neill says turf experiment with Goldencents on hold for now, will point for SA Sprint Championship then either BC Dirt Mile or Sprint
  • Mary Z. · He shied from the cones. Probably didn't get over the turf too well either. Oh, well, have to enjoy him repeating in the Dirt Mile. · 3 hours ago
Its Official. Next Start will be LA Woman on Oct. 4 at Santa Anita
they now have her listed as possible in THE L>A> WOMAN
  • ekindy · Who is "they"? L.A. Woman and Zenyatta were the two possibilities mentioned about a month ago. · 4 hours ago
  • Goblin · BloodHorse is reporting that Debbie is going to the LA Woman on October 4; according to Wenzel (trainer) that is their choice, rather than the Zenyatta. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/87520/stopshoppingdebbie-to-start-in-la-woman · 3 hours ago
Funny, everybody's claiming shared belief to be so good but this guy never got mentioned.
  • Robert Lee via Disqus · You are right on with toast of New York /2 so-so efforts on turf/distance not an issue/ his numbers line up/fairly well rested/switch from synthetic to santa anita is the bet/it's not that far-fetched/I'm leaning towards shared belief-wicked strong-toast of New York top 3 bc classic!!!thanks for info the way this year is going he could win it! · 4 hours ago
In first dirt workout, Conquest Tsunami worked 5F in 1.00.40, (1/36) fastest work out of 36 to take the distance, guess he likes dirt
Duel G1 winning miler Toronado, who has been a flagbearer for his owner Sheikh Joaan's Al Shaqab Racing, will take up stallion duties at the National Stud in Newmarket next year.
i hope she proves the naysayers wrong and makes a great showing of herself I think you have the right stuff DEBBIE the numbers are there as well as the heart Best of Luck
VE Day, working by himself, a good-looking 5-8ths in 1:.00.69, out 3-4s in 1:14.28 double out 1:28.36 over BEL training track
Will run the 8th race from the 7th spot in her last ever start at Suffolk Downs. Ill be headed there for my last ever trip to the old local track.
Bob Baffert said if Bayern shows him he's holding his form, he'll run in the BC Classic. "He could have run a mile and a quarter yesterday". From Baffert
  • michael via Disqus · i keep going back to the travers,is the dirt mile a 2 million race or a million??? · 1 day ago
  • ekindy · I'd imagine he'll be double entered and they'll make a last minute decision based on posts drawn, competition, how Bayern is looking going into the race, and of course how the track is playing. · 8 hours ago
i wish they would bring him home so he can live out his days here. i'd like to see him.



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