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  • Illuminant stalks and pounces to win the Grade 1 Gamely at Santa Anita.Posted 1 day ago
  • Cyrus Alexander puts away Shotgun Kowboy to win the Lone Star Handicap.Posted 1 day ago
  • Tapitation rolls late to score in the Kingston Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Bust Another runs away with Belmont's Mike Lee at odds of 19-1.Posted 1 day ago
  • Weekend Hideaway rolls home an easy winner of the Commentator Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • There's no catching Si Sage in the Grade 2 Charles Whittingham Stakes at Santa Anita.Posted 2 days ago
  • Lexie Lou returns to her winning ways in today's Grade 2 Nassau Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Enola Gray takes the Melair gate to wire.Posted 3 days ago
  • Surgical Strike charges on the outside to win the Arlington Classic (G3).Posted 3 days ago
  • Diva Express and I'm a Looker make a dead heat run in the Winning Colors (G3).Posted 3 days ago

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Will be running at Royal Ascot for Godolphin. He will target the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes.
Very sorry to hear of his death after suffering from laminitis. R.I.P.
In the last 17 years or so, the only horses to have won the Belmont after having run the 1st two legs of the Triple Crown were Point Given, Afleet Alex, and American Pharoah. So there is definitely a case for taking a close look at the fresh horses who either raced just one leg of the series or sat out both legs. I know it seems a bit obvious, but I, myself, sometimes forget or ignore this particular factor.
  • Players Klub via Disqus · That is true but I think that Exaggerator is the best horse in the race and if you go back to the last 20 years or so Thunder Gulch and Tabasco cat did it too. And this 'fresh horses' thing is very overrated. I think you are either the horse for the course or you are not. Let's not forget that California Chrome's owner in his drunken rant in 2014 went on about fresh horses and how there would never be another Triple crown winner because of it and AP shoved that stupidity right down his throat the very next year. You make a point here but I am throwing it out for me. It will play no significance in my betting of Lani or Exaggerator. · 2 days ago
  • slewof damascus via Disqus · I didn't care for the way Exaggerator ran the final eighth even though Kent was all over him. However, he's got the kind of racing style well-suited to the race. An excellent turn of foot. And rain is 50-50 at this point. I think he'll be an underlay for sure, and I'm not going to stop betting against him now, lol. · 2 hours ago
A little bummed that Aidan O'Brien and the Coolmore syndicate decided to leave Found in as Coolmore/Ballydoyle's only Coronation Cup entry instead of Highland Reel. After he won the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin back in December, the Coronation Cup was one of the very first races that came to mind for me that I felt like would really suit Highland Reel. His running style, with that high head carriage, reminds me a little of the late St Nicholas Abbey's, though admittedly with not quite the same explosive turn of foot that Abbey had, and Abbey was sired by Montjeu while Highland Reel is by Galileo. Even still, I thought the downhill finish at Epsom would've suited Highland Reel right down to the ground, IMO.
My pick is still Exaggerator, but I think it's going to be very close. Brody's Cause, Creator and Lani (if he wants to run) seem to be his major opponents.
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · Good choices, but I have a bit more faith in Lani. If Stradivari is entered, I think he could do better than Creator. · 4 hours ago
No question about this... without any horses like Gun Runner , Nyquist , or Laoban, I'm sure Destin is going to be enjoying 49 flat and 1 13 and 3 for the dreadful pace in this Belmont. I think Destin will act as the Commissioner , being ran down by a long shot out of Tapit- CREATOR!!! Exaggerator is the Orb or Dullahan of this race.
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · With those fractions, Suddenbreakingnews will be on the lead. Didn't Exaggerator just show how close he can be to fast fractions? I doubt he'll be sent to the lead, but he could easily sit just behind. You're right about one thing, though, it'll be a Tapit colt that wins, just not Creator. · 4 hours ago
I have so much riding on this horse right now. I bred my Malibu Moon mare to Big Brown and she is due February. I also picked up an Elusive Quality mare and bred her to Brown as well. She is due in March. I'm thrilled to see Dortmund back but where is Coach Inge?
  • Goblin · Coach Inge has apparently been retired. On CI's HRN page, another poster says the Pletcher Stable responded to an e-mail with that info. · 1 day ago
RIP big fella. You were a magnificent animal.
I'm hearing Baffert is targeting the Whitey or Woodward Handicap for Dortmund, not sure if he'll have a prep race beforehand.
  • Sullivan · From whom exactly did you hear that one? If the horse is ready to go in late July then he could hit a prep and the latter, not a bad idea to dodge Cali Chrome and Beholder either · 3 days ago
  • Aubrey via Disqus · Those are great choices. I would like to see this big fella target all the big races this year as long as he stays healthy he should do very well · 5 hours ago
Beholder followed up her scintillating bullet work last week of 5 furlongs in 59.40 with a 4 furlong in 48.60
RIP
I know the reason Chad Brown and Javier traveled to the wrong Coast yesterday. But i will still ask, WHY? Do these guys know how to read a Racing Form, and judge the dynamics of the race. Or are they that arrogant to believe,that the rest of the field will lay down and let them blow them away. In this race,there was 1 legitimate pace horse,along with a secondary speed that really wasn't. Those 2 horses were placed 1/2 for most of the race. Javier with by far the fastest horse in the race,ignored all logic with this. After breaking sharply,he allowed his filly to drop back towards the rear, without a trace of urgency. I can accept the fact if someone brought it up, thatWekeela does not have any early speed. That argument does not hold with me,as to what happened as they turned towards the backstretch. The Alarm clock that Javier was equipped with went off. In a matter of 30 yards or so,he rushed up and put his filly within a length of the leaders. If she had the speed to do that. Why did he just not put her in the race from the get go,and sit close to a crawling pace. After the big move,she flattened and looked as though she would be off the board. Her class and talent allowed her to catch a second wind,and rally for the Place spot. These top jocks get alot of credit for winning alot. I look at them ,and see that rather than ride horses,they allow a horse to ride them. They become high paid passengers. Is it possible that Vic is right
Seeing some reports that some people said he looked very thin going into the Preakness. Hard to see on tv but if it's true I feel bad for the horse. Poor thing might have been sick and starting to feel under the weather then and still ran his guts out the best he could. Thank god exaggerator is a nice horse and won the Preakness so there isn't the same blow of missing out on a possible TC like the connections had to do with I'll have another in 2012. I hope this isn't similar to uncle mo's liver infection he got and that he is back this late summer for some of the big races. I also hope he takes on chrome and beholder this year. He's a special horse and one 3rd place loss takes nothing away from his incredible courage and heart.
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  • Dee via Disqus · Amen to that. · 5 days ago
  • OklaHandicapper via Disqus · He could've been coming down with something before the race, that's true. Horses can't come out and say, "Mr. Trainer, my head hurts", "my throat's sore", and things like that so it's pretty much guesswork until the vet looks at them. · 7 hours ago
Standing at Pleasant Acres Stud
Still no recorded works, but I thought I read somewhere that he was galloping on the Belmont track.
This is too bad and really is another indication how difficult it is too maintain a healthy top class thoroughbred in this day and age. What American Pharoah did last year was amazing. And what Nyquist and Exaggerator did making it through as 2 year olds to race through the Preakness shows great durability. Hopefully, Nyquist is back training soon and Exaggerator stays healthy.
rekon this horse will run big at Belmont ,I'm on him and strad and reverse forcast the pair
Holler is expected to arrive in Britain on Thursday. According to James Clarke: "He'll be stabled at Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket and John O'Shea will be coming over to supervise him when he's settled in." He has entries for both the King's Stand Stakes and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, but is more likely to run in the latter.
Wait. Wat. Just got notification from Equibase that CD worked Four Furlongs in 51:01 at Saratoga today. Error... right?
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  • Ross via Disqus · He'll be too fat to run :) · 4 days ago
  • Goblin · astiar, I e-mailed WinStar on Saturday and received this reply today---"Hi, Karen, This was in fact an error on Equibase. Carpe Diem is currently doing his "workouts" in a paddock here at WinStar. Best, WinStar Farm." · 10 hours ago
The highly anticipated younger half-brother to Ihtimal and First Victory has broken his maiden on debut! He looks to be a promising colt.

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