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He may be headed to the Haskell. Whoa. That is certainly an audible called by Shadwell. "Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is leaning toward sending Mohaymen, who was favored over Nyquist in the Florida Derby in what was a battle of unbeaten at Gulfstream Park. It would certainly add a level of intrigue if Mohayman were to make his first start since finishing fourth in the Kentucky Derby." http://www.app.com/story/sports/horses/2016/07/14/haskell-nyquist-giants-killers/87033832/ 5 furlongs 1:00.79 4/24 4 furlongs 48.87 6/22 4 furlongs 47.60 1/6 It seems like he is rounding into form.
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  • triplechrome · Late foal so maybe showing great improvement. I also remember seeing a post several weeks leading into the KD that Mohaymen looked like he had lost weight down in Fla. · 1 day ago
  • Ferrisjso26 · This doesn't make sense to me. Horse is unbeaten against horses in races with horses not named Nyquist. Why send him to face off against Nyquist and Gun Runner when they could rack up a more likely win in the Jim Dandy? Maybe things have changed in the last five days because he's listed as probable for the Jim Dandy. · 12 minutes ago
Dortmund got a 119 equibase figure, 110 beyer figure and a 133 timeformus figure, all career highs in his first race off an 8 month layoff and his first race as a 4yo. That's insane.
Entered in R8 at Woodbine post time 2 minutes... very short field. He looked great in PP. Kaigun / Halo Nation
Personally I hope they target the Woodward Stakes followed by the Awesome Again Stakes as a prep for the BC Classic. Don't like the idea of throwing Dortmund into the lion's den again going 10F in only his 2nd race of the year. Hope they bring him back slower and build him up for his best in the Classic. Baffert is taking Arrogate to the Travers so he could take Dortmund too for the Woodward on the same card. It's still a prestigious G1 but at a shorter distance plus gives him an extra week or so to fully recover from his huge effect.
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  • MaryZinke via Disqus · Energia Fribby, under the "goes this far" idea. · 52 minutes ago
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Songbird easy. I don't even know if it's worth watching the race. I love this horse and hate her at the same time. An amazing talent, but I like the sport for competition, and there is none when she races.
This race could be an excellent race if it gets a field of 10. The Jim Dandy has always been my 2nd favorite Grade 2 race (Suburban Handicap) but this could be the finest edition. Here's a mind blower : how about GOVERNOR MALIBU for the win?? Creator not this time even though he paid huge for me in the Belmont. Destin and Mohaymen are certainly wonderful horses and My Man Sam could hit the board as well.
According to Baffert, Dortmund was only 95%. This and the fact Dortmund surged back and passed CC after the wire(they switched leads several times) IMO implies two things. Dortmund probably would have won if he was 100%(it still would have been incredibly close) and that Dortmund wasn't tired(which seeing that time is a very positive sign especially seeing his distance concerns which are real but not completely validated) Both horses impressed(they obliterated the rest of the tiny field) and the margin between the two is close at 8.5. The Pacific will come down to whether Dortmund really has distance issues. Either way if Beholder proves the Pacific Classic was a fluke both will probably be defeated from what they've demonstrated at 10(CC should be the second choice)
For the love of God will some admin on this site please fix chrome's page? So comments will show up on the main page? Also I saw Dortmund got a 110 beyer anyone know what Chrome got?
The only way Songbird has anyone within 2 lengths is if she turns out to be a very poor shipper. I doubt this will be the case. And your crazy if you pick an upset winner at 6-5 or 2-1. Give me 4-1, 5-1 on Carina and then you might get my money
Woodville just won a Msw. What a nice filly by ghost zapper. She may be one to keep an eye out for
If Carina Mia goes out with Songbird and pressures her throughout with a hot pace, it could set up Weep No More & JC for the perfect upset. Most likely though, Songbird will win, showing her class yet again. Is it too much to hope to see another great race, like the one we saw yesterday?
Chad Brown officially announces that Lady Eli's likely return race will be the G2 Ballston Spa at Saratoga on August 27th, Brown said this morning.
Gift Box Worked 5f in 1:00.21 Rank 1/12 over Belmont He's getting ready!
How about WEEP NO MORE to win!!! By a neck. Carina Mia finishes a nose ahead of Songbird with Mo d'Amour not too far back. Weep No More is a Keen Ice in this race. Just for fun I'll toss a couple on Mo d'Amour to place. Any one of those 4 can win but I think Weep No More has the slight advantage because she can play into the pace battle.
Only way she can lose is if there is plenty of pace and horses bother her throughout but I don't see any in this race. Should be another workout race for her.
  • staythirtsty · Songbird has never faced this type of competition. This race is 20% better than BC Juv. Fillies and 200% better than all the California races she has been in. Carina Mia is just as good or almost as good as Songbird- each with one championship victory. Carina Mia will definitely pressure Songbird or vice versa. Rachel's Valentina and maybe Dothraki Queen are the only horses Songbird has faced that are in the same level as Weep No More and Carina Mia. · 3 hours ago
weep no more songbird carina mia mo'd amour
he's shining as a sire
BREAKING NEWS: Barbra Banke, CEO of Stonestreet Farm, has announced that G1 winner Rachel's Valentina has been retired from racing. She has released the following statement on her condition. "Saratoga is a very special to us, the location of some of out very best racing days and the upcoming Hall of Fame induction of Rachel Alexandra. One of our best memories from 2015 was when her only daughter, Rachel's Valentina, won the G1 Spinaway. We want to announce that Rachel's Valentina will now retire from racing, sound and injury free. We look forward to sharing her babies with you, carrying on the legacy of Rachel the Great." Interesting decision, no word yet who will be her first date.

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Long story short, I took the long road getting involved in the industry. I did not get into horse racing until 2008 when I came to Louisville for college.

I'm originally from outside of Philadelphia and attend college at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. Since I was 15 I was involved with working in radio and TV. I first covered horse racing at the 2011 Kentucky Derby and my passion just continues to grow. Let the early mornings begin and the Derby fever heat up as we hit the backside to get the exclusive stories leading up to the first Saturday in May.  

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