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Robert Geller has been hired as Woodbine’s new race caller, replacing the popular Dan Loiselle, who is retiring May 31. Geller, 55, has been the announcer at Emerald Downs since it opened in 1996. He has also called races at Sunland Park, in Hong Kong and in Australia, where he grew up. Geller is set to assume his new position June 13, the day before the Woodbine Oaks. Greg Blanchard and Dawn Lupul will be the interim announcers. According to DRF
Depending on turf condition, going with Alexis Tangier in this Friday stake at SA.
I think Palace Malice is pretty much ruled out of the Met Mile now as Johnny V has accepted the ride on Tonalist according to DRF.
Christophe Clement tells DRF'S David Grening that John Velazquez will ride Tonalist in the Met Mile. Velazquez, who chose Tonalist over his original choice Palace Malice, said he was very happy with how Tonalist breezed Friday morning and trainer Christophe Clement said owner Ralph Evans felt "more comfortable" with Velazquez riding the colt on the Met Mile. As of now, this leaves Palace Malice without a rider. According to DRF
really want this guy to finally get that gr.1
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  • ssinn96 · Stephen Foster??? · 2 days ago
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · They'll probably retire him to stud after winning a G1. He could be back, though, if he's infertile. · 4 hours ago
Has the bloodlines and heart of a champion.Thought he would carry the torch of A P Indy in the Derby.The racing gods had other plans.After the Alysheba at CD perhaps fate knew what we didn't.His Maiden win at Spa and Durkin's voice etched in my brain.No doubt we will see something special in the 2015 Met Mile.May he be well and go on to keep the bloodlines of the great Secretariat and Seattle Slew alive.
His dad star crossed as well.7 from window with fistfuls of cash the moment Drysdale scratched the great A P Indy...
This guy will be this year's heartbreaker. American Pharoah will fare better than California Chrome did last year, but only in that he will have the 4th place money all for himself.
Big overlay in the Belmont. Not using.
  • Jay Harrison via Disqus · Because he'll be under bet? · 15 hours ago
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · Overlays are good bets. · 5 hours ago
tmallios•25 days ago If one takes a closer look at Frosted, one may think that they are looking at a mirror image of Wicked Strong. Both horses ran big races as 2 yos' in the Remsen. From there,both set off for Florida and the sunshine State. Both either had trouble with the surface or the heat. Upon their return to N.Y. , their training picked up noticebly. They both won the Wood Memorial with eye-popping performances and speed figures. Unfortunately for Wicked Strong, the effort was so draining of his power. He had nothing to offer on Derby Day,but a workmanlike performance.Something tells me that the comparisons just may continue with these 2. .................. Just prior to the Wood Memorial,i posted the above about Frosted. If i must say so myself,i was on target. In the last sentence i noted that the similarities just may continue. Lo and behold another coincidence in the Derby. Both ran 4t in their respective races , with a fabricated excuse sprinkled in. Both sat out the Preakness in lieu of the much awaited Belmont Stakes. Ladies and Gentlemen and Children of all ages. If you are of legal age to wager ,and decide to do so. Keep your well earned money in your pockets if you are considering Frosted for the MAJOR AWARD. Just like his "TWIN" ,he will have absolutely no shot in winning this race. Regardless of how good the race might have looked to the naked eye. On paper it was not worth as much as it was written about.
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  • Doctor No via Disqus · BTW he has a race under his belt on the track which for Belmont is huge since it is a tricky track with looping turns. · 16 hours ago
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · Handicapping a race by drawing parallels between two colts is very bad science. I could argue that Frosted is also a mirror image of Empire Maker, or even Jazil, who took very similar paths to Frosted's, with similar results, and ended up winning the Belmont. · 6 hours ago
Any fellow racing fans wanna hang out at the Belmont Stakes? PM me
Frosted should be in the Super somewhere. He and AP. The other two aren't as clear.
  • imisswilltakecharge · Frosted will for sure; we do need to see Carpe Diem and Materiality's works; post not so much. Both had clunkers in the Derby, but had trouble too. War Story now a possible for the race too? Don't think he could win, but his ability to navigate between horses and not burn up while doing it could throw him in a super box for me too. Keen Ice, Conquest Curlinate real factors? hard to tell; these are the ones my patience has to get a better read on and see if late "wiseguy" money comes in...I'm still a little amateur at the betting windows, but getting better! · 3 days ago
  • icyhotboo · I really hate being on the "wise guy horse." · 9 hours ago
Wonder if the connections regret not running in the Preakness. Looking at his breeding Tapit and Deputy Minister he would have relished the slop.....Oh well
I read Sullivans rant below regarding the Zayats and how they conduct buisiness. My first thought is,why are you holding back. Tell us exactly how you feel about them. I will only comment on 1 of the topics mentioned. You are attacking Zayat for not caring about the fans. Hopefully 1 day you and many of the fans that blog on this site will get through their heads. It is not the direct responsibility of Zayat nor any other owner to worry about the fans. It is not their responsibility to develop larger than life Equine heros,so that you and others can love until they do something wrong like lose a race. Zayat, American Pharoah, Wise Dan or any other horse, owner, trainer are bigger than the game . You say that Zayat only cares about himself and is more than likely greedy in his decisions. To those that feel the same about the Zayats. I was lucky enough to be there with the Zayats when they started the stable everyone knows, about 10 years ago. Unfortunately you only look at the final product and the successes. Do you have any clue as to the Millions and Millions of Dollars that he has spent to get to this point. What about all the breeding farms he has supported at the sales. The trainers he has kept going along with their staffs. Yet when the few times he or anyone else finally hits the Home Run. They are not allowed to be "sellfish" for lack of a better word. Zayat and others like him enjoy the game from all aspects. I can attest to this first hand. But make no mistake about it,the main reason that they all get into this game is as an INVESTMENT. Because they enjoy the game,and yes have egos like everyone of us. They know that they will more than likely lose money in this game. Sometimes BIG BIG BIG money. They will lose money that most will never earn in a lifetime. So to repeat myself....When they finally knock it out of the BallPark and decide to cash in a few chips.Who are you and the fan base to trash them that they are greedy.
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  • tmallios via Disqus · The day that the 2 of you or anyone else is in a position to make a decision regarding North of 30 Million Dollars. Then you can fling the Arrows. Til then , please remain in your Fantasy Racing World. · 1 day ago
  • Douglas Rutherford via Disqus · thumbs up - well said · 10 hours ago
Okay, Douglas Rutherford.....You do that toss. He will be 1st or 2nd in this race. You are a fool. A few may tout, but still will be 5-1 at least and he will win it. An Afleet Alex....2 races at 1 1-8 where he closed down lone leaders, 1 at 1 1-4 where he broke from worst post iaaginable and had a horrific trip and managed to close nicely into a slow pace. Every ticket of yours will be a losing one if you toss Materiality.
  • Douglas Rutherford via Disqus · Materiality will be the right TOSS to not be in the Exacta : 90% sure If you like him that well - best of luck : · 10 hours ago
Holy Cow! What did I miss with the 50 deleted responses! I will be pissed if Doug is jumping off AP right when the darn horse is starting to make me believe after toasting two straight betting budgets haha! Honestly, Materiality's speed helps not hurts. Belmont will be representative of history AND this years crops. Don't Laugh, but War Story should give us a good showing too.
  • amino998 · No worries... Lumpy isn't going anywhere. Believe it was 'ol blue eyes who got a little' husky'. Hope he's Dealing with it well :) · 1 day ago
  • Douglas Rutherford via Disqus · I already have AP in all of my FUTURE wagers from last year at the WYNN CASINO in Vegas ( DERBY ) ( TRIPLE CROWN ) : I have stayed with AP since his 5th place finish in his Debut ! Belmont Stakes : Im waiting for Baffert to give the THUMBS UP . . . · 10 hours ago
My sources tell me Doug thinks he is the only one that bets on A.P. and everyone is against his horse, A.P. My other sources tell me V.E. didn't bring a whip and will not use one at the Belmont. Instead my sources confirm he will use a wet noodle to guide A.P. to an assured victory.
  • Douglas Rutherford via Disqus · AP and VE did a fabulous job huh : Not too shabby . . . Dortmund and Garcia ran the beginning of the race like I said ( from my sources ) that he would - by leaving AP plenty of room along the rail , and try drifting out abit to make sure FL didn't get to the inside fast : Cant help it that FL just was not really alert n ready ! Why do you think ( my sources said ) to completely toss FL and MR Z from the Superfecta . . . Hey : it is what it is - the results are what they are : Live with what ever excuse you want to come up with ! I would take ( my sources ) of people - horseman over your opinion each and every time : · 10 hours ago
Michael De Kock announces via twitter that Christophe Sumillion will not be available to ride Mubtaahij in the Belmont and nows says that Irad Ortiz Jr. will ride Mubtaahij in the Belmont Stakes.
AP is a really nice horse but the battle of attrition and low betting value along with dealing with a tough crop of rested 3yr olds waiting since the derby calls for a bet against in the Belmont!
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · And that's the smart bet. Most often it's a Kentucky Derby loser who wins the Belmont, while it's very rare that a Kentucky Derby winner wins the Belmont too. Even rarer if they also won the Preakness. It can happen, sure, but it's a very bad bet. · 15 hours ago
I don't see one horse on the board beating him unless he gets a horrible trip or gets wiped out!! yea its mile and a hald but the other horses have the same distance,if he controls the pace he should have plenty left heading home.A.P.wins by 5
  • cugel the clever · Dream on. Frosted, Materiality, Mubtaahij are all legitimate threats to win; even if AP has a perfect trip. · 3 days ago
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · It's hard to see when you have blinders on. · 15 hours ago

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