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Wheres she going?
It's official, both Kingman and Toronado are entered to run in the G1 Sussex Stakes on Wednesday at Goodwood. A small but select field of 5 will go to post. Godolphin will send out BC Juvenile Turf winner Outstrip and Aidan O'Brien sends out both War Command and Darwin for Coolmore. Between 2009 and 2013, only Frankel has won the Sussex Stakes as a 3yo and been able to come back and defend his crown the next season as a 4yo. Rip Van Winkle won the Sussex Stakes as a 3yo in 2009 but was beaten as 4yo in 2010 by Canford Cliffs. In 2011 Canford Cliffs returned as a 4yo and was mauled by the then 3yo Frankel. Toronado won the race in 2013 as a 3yo, but will he be able to defend his crown this year as a 4yo against the majestic Kingman? We'll find out on Wednesday!!
  • Northport · I'm all about Kingman in this one, but it looks like it will be a thrilling race! Interesting to see War Command in here but hopefully he can get back to his 2 year old form and hit the board · 34 minutes ago
What do people think on his loss?
  • Geretina · I think he ran good he just tired at the end. He's a nice horse, always tries hard. · 1 hour ago
  • buds · or he cant run outside of Gulfstream. · 35 minutes ago
First of all let me say that i do not know the story first hand. I have read and heard from many accounts that Rosie is being accused of being a sore loser after the Haskell. I believe the main point is that she refused to talk after the race. If that is the case,then a very big thumbs down to you Rosie. Through the recent years you have shown to be a capable and competent rider. Nowhere near what your press clippings call for. Be it you ,your agent or if you have a P.R. team working for you. You have attracted National interest not only from the Racing Community ,but also the National audience . As a team,you guys have played and maximized the female jockey to tremendous proportions. It has landed you mounts you could never get based on the talents you have shown to date. On your behalf,you are entitled to an off day. You are entitled to be pissed off when you lose a big race. But not on the biggest platform your sport and livelihood demands. Forget the common racing fan for a second. Your massive fan base wanted to hear from you and get an explnation as to what happened. You let them all down by now playing the regular Jockey card. Who knows,when you get over the pouting ,that cute and lovable smile will return to your face. When it is time for your agent to seek mounts. I am sure you will become the good ole lovable Rosie,
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  • Sullivan · "The horse next to us (Social Inclusion) acted up in the gate a little bit, so she got a little fussy and she didn't get away well," said Napravnik, who made her second Haskell mount after finishing second aboard Power Broker to Verrazano's track-record 9 ¾-length victory last year. "We had the widest of everybody's trip; she ran a hell of a race and she ran as hard as she could. That's the most I ever ask of her; she's extremely big-hearted." - NewJersey.com Doesn't sound like a sore loser to me. · 1 hour ago
  • buds · A good PR agent would tell her to stay in the jockey room until she cools down, otherwise you will say something in rage and regret it later. Sometimes its hard to say the right thing when a microphone is shoved in your face immediately after a tough loss. Its funny how she gets chastised for not talking and for being pouty. · 36 minutes ago
Debbie worked today, going 4 furlongs in 50.sec. at Emerald Downs. jlp
It is funny just how the Public interpets various races as to how they are run. 2 weeks ago in the Delaware Handicap, Rudy Rodriguez filly won as impressive as you can ask a horse to do so. She put up a huge Beyer and speed figure. Yet all most could talk about is how she stole the race on the front end. Yesterday at Monmouth Park,Bayern did the same thing. He told all that wanted to listen. "Come get me if you can. He to ran a spectacular speed figure. Yet he just like the filly are given no real credit. It was the fact they were alone on the lead that did the trick. Yet a horse like Palace Malice can go to The Fair Grounds. Meet up against a 6 horse field loaded with substandard talent. He sat half a length off of a crawling pace,then in the final quarter ran away and hid. Then he came to Belmont Park. Here he faced 3 other substandard horses. He SURPRISINGLY "wink-wink-wink) won off and hid by 15 lengths. Yet immediately after. Not only to the Palace Mites,but to many more. This was reason to call him the best dirt horse in America. I guess it all comes down to who the public likes and dislikes.
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  • Mary Z. · First thing out of my mouth about that Goldencents comment was w t h(you can figure that out but I don't want this to be censored). First off, Goldie was good before the Bing Crosby, period. Second, that 1, Indexical, the longshot, bashed into Goldencents at the start. 6f blazing fast track--you cannot afford any kind of a bad start, not usually. And as for the crappy claimer, the winner Big Macher,since moving up from $40k maiden claiming, and he ran very well in that last claiming race, he has won or placed in every start, and in 2014 he has only run in stakes or graded stakes, having only lost to one horse, Sahara Sky going 7f. So how crappy is that? Now, about opinions, here's mine: Even if Rafi became engaged to Palice Malice and they registered their china pattern and bought His and His towels, Palace Malice is still a very good colt and having a spectacular year so far and the Met Mile win was legit. Saw it with my own crappy eyes. · 1 hour ago
  • buds · Tom- it shouldn't come across "funny" or surprise you, or anyone, that a blog and chat site is loaded with bias opinions. Whats funny is how people state their opinion as fact, and disregard others ideas. As far as Bayern, he ran one of the best races ive seen this year. He easily handled a pretty solid field. No longer sure what his best distance is, but hes looking versatile, and there aren't many that can accomplish what he has this season. I for one didn't think he could pull it off yesterday, I was wrong, AGAIN. · 47 minutes ago
Any link to free video for this race? A key Arlington Million race.
The second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown is this week and it looks to be a tough one but I love East Side and Coltimus Prime!
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Just didn't fire- and no excuses for her. She still ran down the stretch with her ears pricked- didn't seem to be full out at all. Really stinks because she could have really finished well if she actually ran hard. But I also don't think any horse was beating Bayern today once he had the lead. I hardly think she disgraced herself though- it's not like she finished dead last like Ria Antonia. She still finished well for not putting in any run whatsoever
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  • Northport · I'm with the others saying she absolutely did put in a run, as Rosie going to the whip multiple times would suggest. No one was beating Bayern today, but if you can honestly say that she didnt run hard you may need a bigger tv · 15 hours ago
  • Ruffianlover · First of all this is insanely annoying that you can't comment from the home page. Second of all, I completely disagree. The filly had her ears clearly pricked around the turn and down the stretch, Rosie had the whip out because she was trying to urge her to run harder, do you really think Rosie would have been such a poor sport and been so angry after the race if she ran hard but just lost to a horse she has already ridden and knows is insanely fast when things go his way? No. She was angry because she knows the filly is better than what she displayed today. Like I said- she didn't run her race. No excuses as to why though because she checked hard in the mother goose and still won easily and she has been wide in a lot of her races (kentucky oaks) and still won easily. This horse has run with lightning fast paces and won before so It wasn't the pace. No excuse because she just didn't show up today for whatever reason. Say what you want but that was not her absolute best effort for sure · 4 hours ago
I looked at past winners of the Haskell, and noticed that only one horse has went on to win the BC Classic(Skip Away). Since they have dubbed this race as a 'Win And You're In' race, I don't seem to understand the reasoning. Seems that horses that win this race are pretty close to finality. This race seems to be a stepping stone to nowhere. So, if the case seems to be this, then, good bye, Bayern.
I love this fiily. wish she never would've gone in the belmont.
Returned to the work tab yesterday for Linda Rice @ DEL MAR.
New's?
Is there a link to a free video replay of the Sky Bet York Stakes? A few of those may go in the Arlington Million.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y28S6jlZCB4 at about 1:40 into this watch the winner just about take out the 6 at the top of the lane: created a hole where there wasn't one.
  • mikebalaz · Watch the head on @hrn-0fb7b94859270979acba00a01fdbf08e:disqus the grey was laying into horses the whole way around. He did it to dynamic sky the whole way down the backstretch. It just looks a little different because the winner won the battle haha. if you think that a bumping really changed the outcome of the race i would seriously question your judgement in the racing world. · 10 hours ago
Bayern just destroyed them today. We found out many things in this race.The 2 most important points. Number 1,anyone that can but refuses to race without Lasix has to seriously reconsider their mindset. I liked SI before i heard he was running without it. He easily became a toss. The other is that i seriously hope that once and for all that these ridiculous notions to run fillies with the boys are put to rest. That includes your Closed Hatches and Beholder. Today THE FILLY SAW WHAT IT TAKES TO BEAT RACEHORSES.
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  • Mary Z. · Now, about the Lasix and Social Inclusion, when was he ever all that hot outside of the speed-favoring GP wins? How about it being one of those blinkers off-on-off type moves? A bit of desperation. Would have to ask the trainer, if one had his confidence. Just not good enough. Until someone pointed it out the other day, I hadn't even noticed the L or not for Social Inclusion and would not have considered him for the Haskell with or without it. And as far as someone bringing up the Royal Delta team as an example of running a horse(mare) without the L and winning, first off, they don't need it. Want to ask me, what about bleeders? Well, they still bleed straight through it, so you tell me. And I wonder if maybe it was best to have her off of the unnecessary diuretic for most of her last season because they wanted to send her overseas to be bred, and have the foal or foals respected?? I doubt it was an anti-Lasix activist move since that barn still runs their horses on it. Hope this makes the front page. Don't know how that is decided , what makes the cut. · 19 hours ago
  • supercool666 · This race was a step too far for her, that's for sure!!! Some defenders are saying it's because she had a "wide trip" and got unsettled in the stalls because of Social Inclusion, but that is all B.S, she was just not good enough! · 10 hours ago
Once I saw Bayern get the lead I knew it was over. He ran a nice race today. He reminds me a lot of game on dude- pure speed and can dominate any horse if he gets alone on the lead. Dangerous horse! Congrats to Baffert he's a good guy and I like him as a trainer
  • triple_double · Is Martin Garcia a better rider than Hall of Famer Mike Smith? I think so, especially on a frontrunner horse like Bayern & Game On Dude. I hope martin gets the nod this time on G.O.D. · 18 hours ago
  • supercool666 · It was a really great performance, I knew he would lead, because of his amazing speed, but I thought he would tire in that final furlong, but the beast just keep going!!! This is a special horse, I wonder where he will go next?? He has to turn up at the Breeders Cup, I would say the Dirt Mile would be the ideal race. · 10 hours ago
He may come here for the BC I have a feeling the BC will be going to a foreign horse this year
December foal. Get it? 2014 Haskell winner's dam

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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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