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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??? · 18 hours 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. · 2 hours ago
i wish they would bring him home so he can live out his days here. i'd like to see him.
And who's the joker who added Close Hatches as a possible to the BCC? She's never gone over 9f, and she's iffy even at that distance.
  • Northport · If you go on the page for the race itself (Breeder's Cup Classic), rather than the page for the specific year (like this one) it tells you which member added a horse as a probable · 8 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · In the realm of that subject, but veering off-subject , I just added three possibles to the BC turf sprint. Why do apostrophe s(es) come out as a bunch of symbols and 39? These races are sometimes added many months in advance, so someone could have thought those fillies were possibles when they added them. They can be edited from the possibles. No idea how to add races to stakes tracker. · 7 hours ago
How the heck did Dreaming of Julia make this list?
  • The Doctor · Wishful thinking I guess. Hasn't had a published work in 4 or 5 months. I wouldn't be surprised if there is a retirement announcement soon. · 8 hours ago
Will be offered for sale at the upcoming November sale at Fasig-Tipton through the Taylor Made Sales Agency consignment. Mandy Pope?
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  • SSilence86 via Disqus · What about Stonestreet? · 9 hours ago
  • Sullivan · Stonestreet seems to favor them when they can race them, although they did purchase Sassy Image. Thinking Mr. Rutherford picks her up. · 9 hours ago
Duel G1 winning mare Samaready has been retired after a disappointing 9th in Saturday's Sportingbet Sprint. She will be bred to All Too Hard.
Is anyone aware of the next race for this colt?
I think if she wins the Beldame she gets 3YO Filly Honors, because Untapable has been great against other 3YOs but Stopcharingmaria would have a win against older.
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  • Northport · If 2013 is any indicator, the result in the Distaff is everything for the 3 year old filly division. As jockey2be stated, whoever has the higher finish in the Distaff will get the honours (assuming that Maria wins the Beldame). · 13 hours ago
  • Ruffianlover · Disagree. Untapable has beaten better quality in her wins. The Beldame is coming up weak and a win there isn't saying much. If sweet reason wins the sprint- it will make untapables cotillion win all that much more favorable for the voters. Also she took on the boys and beat social Inclusion and medal count who hit the board in the preakness and Belmont. Did Maria try the boys? No · 12 hours ago
I currently own Comox Bluff out of Pine bluff and Lil orphan Julie. Would be interested in breeding. Need info.
I am currently the owner of Comox Bluff out of Pine Bluff- Lil orphan Julie. I would be interested in breeding her but am new to this and need info.
The Classic horses are disappearing fast.
Hotwalked this one a bit over the Summer and he finally broke his maiden! Was always a bit cheeky but very sweet, always tried hard every time out - so thrilled that he finally won!
From DRF on Mike Repole's claim yesterday of 9 yr. old Be Bullish: Repole claimed Be Bullish cause he always liked him -- once claimed him for $75K. Will evaluate his condition before deciding to race/retire. Good to know his new connections will do right by him.
From Churchill: "Happy birthday to trainer Charlie LoPresti, who celebrated No. 57 on Sunday."
From Churchill: "Body soreness caused jockey Francisco Torresto take off of all mounts on Sunday’s Churchill Downs card due to an incident that occurred Saturday at Indiana Grand."
From Churchill: "Ken and Sarah Ramsey tied Maggi Moss in the race for leading owner when their Thank You Marylou took the $100,000-added Dogwood (GIII) Saturday. Both owners have tallied five wins with four days remaining in the September meet."
From Churchill: "Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Departing worked a half-mile in :48.80 Sunday morning at Churchill Downs, his final workout ahead of Saturday’s$125,000-added Homecoming Classic."
From Churchill Downs: "After suffering a broken right hand in the final race at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day, jockey Jon Court is awaiting medical clearance Tuesday and hopes to return to race riding as early as Friday. “The hand’s been feeling a lot better,” Court said. “I’ve been galloping a few horses and it’s been just a little sore, but hopefully I can get back on some mounts next weekend.” Court, 53, said he is taking calls for next weekend, although he still is awaiting clearance from a medical examiner on Tuesday. “I have to take calls since next weekend is the last one here,” Court said. “I talked to my doctor (Saturday) and asked him if I’d be good to go; he answered ‘I’ll see youTuesday.’” Court is the 15th-ranked jockey in career wins at Churchill Downs with 448."
Jose Sea View is my just in case I'm right pick. Ami's Holiday would be no surprise. Torturous Coltimus Prime after that.
i just dont see him going that fast that far,not to mention s.b.and we saw how he zoomed by g.o.d. idk?



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