• In a pouring rain, Harmonize rolls on by to a big win in the With AnticipationPosted 18 hours ago
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  • Lady Shipman both Smart and Fancy in winning another one at the Spa.Posted 4 days ago
  • Keen Ice shocks American Pharoah in the Travers.Posted 5 days ago
  • Flintshire flaunts his class in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer.Posted 5 days ago
  • Nothing but a walk in the park for Private Zone in the Grade 1 Forego.Posted 5 days ago
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Beholder had a great race. She'll probably be the biggest challenge to Pharoah if she runs in the Classic. I believe he can handle her. If anyone beats him it will be her.
man he really faded away after his 2 year old year. if you watch him closely, you can see his left front leg kicks up and out while he runs, not like most horses
Does anyone know how Pullin G's is after being pulled up yesterday?
I like Coach Inge, Protonico and Effinex. Coach Inge has been a different horse since running on dirt. Ran a solid third in his last while contributing to early fractions and coming of a hard fought 1 1/2 win in the Brooklyn. Pletcher gave a him a breather and like his steady works since then. J. Velasquez sticking with him is a plus. Protonico is also an improving horse. Showed some promise as a 3 yr old but seems to be coming into his own as a 4 yr old. Whatever was no right with him seems to be in the past as his last few works indicate. He shows grit and at decent odds, I think he'll make his presence felt. Effinex has become a different horse as a 4 yr old. Besides his odd run in the Brooklyn, he's been unbeaten in three other races including his last win the Suburban over solid company. Liam's Map is the deserving ML favorite off his last against the best handicap field for 2015 but I'm with Jbyrnes, I'm looking for him to bounce a little off that race especially at low odds. I feel that he is an underlay.
Red Hot Warrior, Cajun Schill and Good Intent
I like this horse, it has a certain i don't know what....
Banree & Rachel's Valentina to fill the top 2 spots. I am not crazy about any one else here.
1st - Gomo (UNCLE MO with a sensational performance in the Breeders Cup Juvenile ) 2nd - Land Over Sea 3rd - Mitzi Winks 4th - My Dynamo 5th - Songbird
Effinex....sounds like something for psoriasis. Nice horse, rotten name. Had him in the Surburban. I don't like him in this race. Coach Inge at a price.
Someone's got to add Noble Bird and Hard Aces assuming both stay healthy they're guaranteed spots in the field due to winning "win and you're in" races. I know both horses are coming off awful performances in the Whitney and PC but still. Same goes for the winner of the Woodward on Saturday.
Does anyone know what is going on with Rachel's future breeding career.?
  • creativecause · According to an article I read back in April her breeding career is over. · 51 days ago
  • Mouse via Disqus · Barbara Banke stated in an interview that Rachel is too special a horse to risk her life again. So sad to hear, but it is for the best. She had problems with both foals. She will spend the rest of her life being a horse in one of the most beautiful farm in Kentucky! · 10 hours ago
BREAKING NEWS: Secret Circle, winner of the 2013 Breeders Cup Sprint and the 2015 Dubai Golden Shaheen, has been retired from racing and will stand stud in 2016. Bob Baffert tells DRF's Steve Andersen that there were plans for him to return to racing later this year but he was slow to get back into training and the owners feel he has done enough and will send him off to stud. Baffert praised Secret Circle calling him a great horse and very special to train. Article on DRF
I wish that they would bring Solow to America for the breeders cup I mean he's the best in France so why not come to the U.S. to compete I mean that's what racing is about but the trainer said the he would not bring Solow to the breeders cup what does he fear Americans would love to see him compete here I mean why say he's the best when he only competes in France why not here & why not he's the best IN the world instead he's going tO RACE IN Europe you can'r say he's the best when he's only in one place what has racing come to we can't see the champions race that is not good for racing is the same we will only see American Ph race only once or twice then we will no longer see him how can that be good for racing.
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  • slewcrew7778 · From what I've heard, I don't believe any of the European contingent will be coming this year. Has something to do with the Keenland turf course. Will try to get more info. · 73 days ago
  • MaiyaDay via Disqus · Americans say their horses are the best and they don't ship anywhere to prove it. Solow has won in Europe and shipped to Dubai and won there. If American turf horses want to take him on they can go to Europe - why is the onus on the Europeans to bring their horses here to compete? Nobody laments that the Americans don't compete in Europe. · 11 hours ago
He's got a really nice stride. Even after a mile, he was still stretching those legs beautifully!
  • SnidgetAsphodel via Disqus · I actually don't prefer his stride. It's interesting to watch, though, and seems to get him where he needs to be! He really works those legs. · 12 hours ago
Must repair ego..BCC will be by far the toughest race of his career. AP better bring his A+ game to even have a chance of winning..As for me I like Honor Code to win the Classic
Naval Command ready to run in the Uanme, Sunday at GP.
My $$$$ is on Beholder, she will circle the field and AP will come 4th. As for AP last race we know the best horse won that day.(Keen Ice)
Stonetastic absolutely demolished a field of 8 at Parx two days ago. Won by 15 3/4 lengths.
I'm glad to see they got her out of New York, she did not seem to take to the sandy conditions very well.

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