• Collected (3-5) wins the Precisionist by a pole.Posted 3 days ago
  • Irap (5-2) edges Girvin by a nose in the $500,000 Ohio Derby.Posted 3 days ago
  • Battle of Midway (1-9) cruises in a 4-horse field in the Affirmed.Posted 3 days ago
  • Highland Reel wins another big one, this time in the Prince of Wales's at Royal Ascot.Posted 7 days ago
  • Highland Reel (2-1) powers to victory in the Prince of Wales's Stakes (G1) at Royal AscotPosted 7 days ago
  • Lady Aurelia (2-1) easily wins at Royal Ascot again in the King's Stand (G1).Posted 8 days ago
  • Timeline (1-10) cruises in Monmouth's Pegasus Stakes to remain perfect..Posted 9 days ago
  • Sweeping Paddy (7-2) pounces and scores in the Regret Stakes.Posted 10 days ago
  • Gun Runner (1-2) romps home much the best in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster.Posted 10 days ago
  • Forever Unbridled (1-1) way too much for her Fleur de Lis foes.Posted 10 days ago
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Has been back in Eurton's barn for a few weeks, and has started back with light training.
St. Patrick's Day worked 3F in more reasonable 38.0 today
He worked today at Belmont FYI - so think he's better now? thank god!
Has he been injured or retired?
He passed away ?
The debate will go on forever,regarding who the best all time American thoroughbred is.Citation would be my top choice.His losses were better than most of the great's wins were ! So,I'll merely let his numbers speak for themselves.
I rarely get excited about 2yo colts this time of year. However, I liked everything about this colt's dominating first out win. It wasn't the 6.5 length win or the final time that impressed me the most. I liked HOW the colt ran fast and still accelerated at the end of the race. He put away the horse he was on the pace with and finished strong. The 2nd and 3rd place finishers closed to get their placing. Typically speaking, the closers normally look good towards the finish line as they gallop out past and or close to the winner. Not in this case...this colt was all alone and looking great with his ears pricked all the way to the turn in his gallop out. He looked full of energy as he galloped back to the winners circle. This colt has the same sire as his stablemate Gun Runner. He looks like a darker version of Gun Runner. His jockey will wear the same Winchell silks as GR as W is the breeder and owner of Reride. I believe he was shipped to Saratoga with Gun Runner earlier this week. I have a feeling the connections decided to skip the Bashford Manor with him as they have bigger and better plans for this colt. Again, I rarely get excited about 2yo this time of year. Heres to hoping Reride continues to develop and lives up to the talent I believe he has.
I like the way this colt won his last race. It looks as if Winchell has another nice 2yo colt. However, I must say I believe his stablemate (Reride...also owned by Winchell) will be the 2yo to watch going forward. Reride has the same sire and connections as Gun Runner. Reride looks like a darker Gun Runner. Looking forward to see how both of these colts develop.
Nice filly. I hope she gets a little rest and shows up later on at Saratoga. If this filly can stretch out her speed...she will be a good one. I have my doubts. I'm wondering if she simply developed faster than the colts and fillies she beat in the Kentucky Juvenile. Time will tell...looking forward to her next race.
Think he'll be running in the Coral-Eclipse on the 8th?? He's up for two races possible in the next couple of weeks.
This is a very precocious 2YO colt. But running too fast too early among graded stakes company will cost him next year as a 3YO. 2 of the last 3YO male champions (Chrome in 2014 and Arrogate in 2016) didn't win any graded stakes race when they were 2.
Here's an article that caught my eye. Thought it was pretty interesting. If it's been posted somewhere way down on the comments, my apologies. Here it is: https://www.twinspires.com/blog/2017/3/28/seasons-arrogate-how-do-you-measure-great
I had not heard of this horse before (even though he occasionally raced nearby at Parx), but I love horses like this -- gallant geldings who just soldier on. Horses like this do the yeoman's work in thoroughbred racing. Enjoy your retirement Ben. I am sure the grizzled, cranky old railbirds at Laurel will miss you a lot.
  • Anne Shaw · I think we all will miss Ben. He is amazing----I'm glad he is retired now because the years were starting to show. Ben, I hope you still get to see Mr. Leatherbury lots. (He loved and cared for you a very long time) and I hope you have the happiest retirement ever. So much fun rooting for you! · 2 hours ago
Happy retirement, Ben's Cat!
Glad to hear he's being retired. Best wishes.
Here's an update on Chrome! Sounds as though his life is ideal and everything is being done to ensure his safety while in Chile! https://www.thoroughbredracing.com/articles/why-california-chrome-getting-top-marks-his-work-breeding-shed/
  • nu-fan via Disqus · Thank you, Bandit. I haven't received my email notification from that website yet, today. But, I just finished reading it -- very long and thorough story! -- and it has a mountain of information about Chrome. He really has changed the lives of those at Taylor Made, hasn't he? What a truly amazing horse! And, does he look good or what??!! Wow. · 1 day ago
In 1741, James Hoskins of King and Queen County in Virginia’s Middle Pennisula imported Dabster, foaled in 1736. Dabster’s grandsire was the brown horse Hobgoblin from the Godolphin stud. Hobgoblin was a contemporary of the Godolphin Arabian, and he was also a grandson of the Darley Arabian. Dabster is considered the second blooded horse brought to Virginia, the first being Bulle Rock. - Virginia Horse Racing: Triumphs of the Turf By Virginia C. Johnson, Barbara Crookshanks Bet Baffert could bring him back off the Long layoff better than ever :)
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · he was having foot issues so hopefully he will come back and race a little later in the summer · 1 day ago
As Winx has not been retired I wonder why she is not listed in these rankings. Some horses that have not started in the US are listed and surely she is considered to be somewhere in the top horses currently in training. Thoughts?
Greatest Gelding since John Henry
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · He did well but greatest since JOHN HENRY is a stretch. Several geldings better than him during that time · 1 day ago

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