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According to the DRF, his turf tomilson figure is a lowly 191 (I can't remember the last time I saw one lower than 200), his wet T-figure is 315, which suggests he's far closer to being a dirt horse than he is a turf horse. He should be able to handle the dirt without worry.
As ambitious D said, his race in the Pacific Classic was rather noteworthy. Shared Belief's Mike Smith is lucky he didn't get taken down for crossing into TONY's path as they turned for home. Now, DMR is a track that has a peculiar way of forcing horses to make a left turn at the head of the stretch. It's a cluster you know what. That said, TONY finished with great alacrity after having to steady. I would argue that he was coming back on at the finish. That makes me believe he can finish better than that race already indicates, which is a scary prop. So, the big ? is the surface. 2 things. The odds are with you. That is a huge factor. I, also, find it noteworthy that TONY has bombed on turf. He's NOT a turf horse. His PPs in Europe scream that. His only opportunities over there were on synthetic. So then we are to believe that he's strictly a synthetic horse? The odds say no. What if he's a dirt horse - like a lot of dirt horses - who handle synthetic well enough but are exposed on turf? I would argue that is more likely than being a synthetic specialist. He does have a high stride, although it's not as high as some. That could be why he handles the synthetic as well as he does. But it's done nothing for him turf-wise. Imo, TONY's last race is the 2nd best effort by a 3yo this year (behind SB). Yet, SB had a tough last race while this colt recovered from his best race. TONY has better tactical speed, if the PC is any indication. If he can get first run at the speed, the PC suggests that he can hold off SB in the stretch. The value should be there.
There are a myriad of reasons why any horse performs less than other efforts and MOST of those PROVABLE reasons are random OR in the realm of those who work with the horse not some observer hundreds of feet away, or worst yet on television. IF an animal has two failures in a row, that suggests a trend to be aware of, but an isolated sub par performance? Who knows?
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  • Mary Z. · amino, There is no way I would take up a fund to buy this "boots" a laptop. That is what is known as sarcasm. What was meant by that comment was that the readers are told about him or her, but he or she does not comment here. It was over with , but as is known to be customary for you, here is the keeping this up. There was more in the original post, such as my not being offended in the slightest about the "the closest you will ever get to boots is through me", meaning the person replying, talking about his tips. I thought that was odd at the time. No idea why anyone would think I wanted to meet this person. · 1 hour ago
  • amino998 · Sarcasm I understood, do you? Nevertheless, the bottom line is we haven't heard even the 20% since... · 48 minutes ago
After two surprise losses this season, Champion Lankan Rupee finds his way back to the winner's circle in the G1 Manikato Stakes.
Mr. Besilu has been retired and will stand at Eureka Thoroughbred Farm near Fredericksburg, Texas for $2,000
The Meadowlands Racetrack has cancelled its six-race Thoroughbred program for Friday, Oct. 24. Heavy rains have plagued coastal New Jersey and New England the last couple days forcing the cancelation of the all-turf card. A nor'easter brought heavy rains, hail, and winds up to 50 mph through Oct. 23. Flooding in places was so bad that people had to be rescued from their cars, according to several news reports. The Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet will continue in East Rutherford on Saturday, October 25, first post 7 p.m.
From Racing Post.com: 2013 Epsom Derby winner, Ruler of the World, has been retired and will stand at Coolmore Stud next season. Can't say I didn't see this coming after back to back sub-par performances in the G1 Prix De l'Arc de Triomphe & G1 Champion Stakes.
Baffert says Midnight Lucky OUT of BC F&M Sprint per Marty Magee DRF.
  • Goblin · Not only out of the BC, but now retired per DRF. http://live.drf.com/ · 1 hour ago
  • ekindy · Why has this filly been so lightly raced? Injury? They never really get into the specifics. · 1 hour ago
Diversy Harbor is running Sat.at Santa Anita race 8, we'll she if the short break helped her ??? I hope so, I really like her. jlp
Raced today for the first time since the Dubai World Cup, raced mid back and moved up to finish a fine 3rd, not back considering there was apparently a speed bias. Replay (he is #1) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYHKiHbAEOs&feature=youtu.be&list=UU4xAL1Lid7vrrm-xtxyyvwA
Candy boy hmmmm????when it was derby time I omitted him in my wagers.i am starting to think he could make some serious noise in the bc classic and go unnoticed at 12-1!!! Maybe the other candy ride pulls a shocker!!!
  • amino998 · Yes John, only need 1 BIG race to get the Stud deal signed and you're 0-31 @ The Breeders' Cup... give Candy all the 'vitamins+' you got. · 2 hours ago
Salutos Amigos is out of the BC Sprint per DRF.
The regulators are always playing catchup >> http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86568/racing-regulators-examine-cobalt-studies
  • amino998 · From above: "The California Horse Racing Board will begin testing for levels of cobalt in post-race urine and blood samples from racehorses in an attempt to determine whether rumors surrounding the administration of the naturally occurring element are true." Today: http://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray-s-paddock/indiana-commission-says-vets-ethical-compass-is-broken-urges-20-year-ban/ · 3 hours ago
grrrrr all mineshafts good racers die.
Wish Gary Stevens all the success. Sivoliere is an extremly well bred filly. Only a victory would be just for both.
Nathan about a week ago you asked about the figs for this race and if they confirmed my looking to beat him. The answer is an ASTOUNDING YES. Based on his 2 dirt races,he is far from being the fastest horse in the race. He is coming off a major effort and doing something that he has never done before. People will say that i do not like this horse and that is why i am not picking him. Furthest from the truth,this guy will have to substantially run a lifetime best to win this. Is it possible for this to happen. Absolutely yes,but in my opinion it is not very probable. In looking at the field,there are many horses coming in off lifetime best efforts. Chrome like i said before,he is away from an effort. But he has already run races that will bury this field. Candy Boy has a great pattern,he is getting better at the right time. So for me it is those 2 by themselves.Any other Scnozolla hits the teletimer first,I LOSE.
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  • tmallios via Disqus · I would never try and talk anyone off of a longshot play. I wish him all the luck. But HUGE is an understatement . Personally i would not bet him if they spotted him 10 yards before the field even broke. I saw wheras Karnack predicted the post time odds. · 20 hours ago
  • slewcrew7778 · The race of his lifetime is what we're looking for here, Tom. Never thought for a minute this would be a walk in the park for him. Funny thing about Candy Boy, 99% of references made to him always had to do with the insignificant nag that Chrome and Shared Belief has beaten up on. But he always runs a good race, just never good enough. Would love to see him get him get a piece of the pie and some long due respect. He's built and looks more like Candy Ride than Shared Belief does, and I'm wondering if Stevens will get back on him in the Classic. With a little more experience behind him now, this mile and a quarter will be right up his alley!... · 4 hours ago
This is one is a classic example to demonstrate how foolish it is to predict winners before track conditions and post positions are known. Bayern should win by open lengths if we get another day like last year's BC Friday. But if he gets an outside post even in those conditions Moreno could hold him off. And if we get a "fairer" track then CC, SB, or Tonalist could all realistically win it depending on their posts. And I see at least four others who can realistically pull an upset if the others I mentioned all pull unfavorable posts and others do their best to make it hard for them to get loose. All in all it should be an exciting race both for pure fans and handicappers, because even though SB and CC will be over-bet this will be a competitive race.
  • Sullivan · Or if one has been paying attention all year they will recognize that Bayern has absolutely no shot due to the fact that he cannot get 10f against horses who can, he cannot provide strong back to back efforts, and he is facing several other speed horses as well as pressers. · 2 days ago
  • Williemicky via Disqus · Great to see the analytical interest in the race and the chances of the various contenders. The importance of the "trip" a horse gets and how his style fits the shape of the race cannot be overstated. Bayern's loss at Saratoga is concerning more because of his failure to fight back when challenged than for the loss itself though Saratogas's reputation as the "Graveyard of Champions" is well deserved (think Man O' War and Secretariat). Many horses run brilliantly when unchallenged but falter under pressure. My assessment is that Bayern will be challenged and his weakness exposed and that Shared Belief's underrated brilliance will be on display as the horses thunder down the stretch at "The Great Race Place". · 5 hours ago
I love California Chrome still yet, but if Shared Belief recovered nicely from that wide ride in the Awesome Again and he's as sharp as he was that day, it's his race to lose. He's just too scrappy. If I were a betting woman ( and I know nothing about betting so I'd not be able to do so if I was ) I'd bet Shared Belief will win then Bayern, Tonalist, Chrome and Moreno will be in the top mix somewhere. I really don't know that much about V.E. Day. Need to go watch all of his races.
Love the way they are managing this filly. She will be back next year and be the Queen of the turf! Very excited about her, I believe she is going to be as good if not better than her sister was on dirt on the turf.
Get Christ's Exotic tickets DVD and that is just about all you need IF you have any idea of this MYTHICAL crushing...What a laugh

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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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