• Kitten's Point gets there late to win Keeneland's Bewitch.Posted 16 hours ago
  • Keen Ice is now in at #20 for the Kentucky Derby following the defection of Madefromlucky.Posted 19 hours ago
  • Get Happy Mister rides the rails to victory in the San Simeon.Posted 5 days ago
  • El Kabeir breezed 5F in 1:00.18 (3/16) Sunday at BelmontPosted 5 days ago
  • Whiskey Ticket just holds off Conquest Curlinate in the Illinois Derby.Posted 6 days ago
  • Moreno wins the Charles Town Classic, as Shared Belief is eased.Posted 6 days ago
  • Dramedy just holds on to win Keeneland's Elkhorn at 30-1.Posted 6 days ago
  • It's all Hootenanny in his first race back since winning the BC Juvenile Turf.Posted 6 days ago
  • La Verdad best in the Grade 2 Distaff.Posted 6 days ago
  • Carpe Diem covers 4F in :48.00 (5/76) Saturday at Keeneland Posted 6 days ago

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goodness, is this horse cursed or something? he always gets in injury when he finally gets a chance to show us what he's got.
  • travel_vic · My vet friends have always said that chronic and repetitively injured animals usually have a biomechanical fault in their stride. See the same thing in human athletes and have read many articles in sports medicine literature that backs up that assertion in humans. · 10 minutes ago
Dortmund's looking great!
I saw a statement supposedly from DRF that Shared Belief will be pointed for the Pacific Classic at Del Mar. I haven't been able to get confirmation of this story. Has anybody else heard or seen anything about this?
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  • amdaman via Disqus · Maybe it was an article from last year. · 5 hours ago
  • Sullivan · Melann, good to see you have not changed your ways. Where did you see anything of the sort about his not racing for the rest of the year? · 1 hour ago
Hopefully, Ocho, Mr. Z, Stanford, etc. set a mean set of fractions at the 1st/2nd, then Firing Line really doesn't press quite as much as usual. Trying to beat the first three faves is going to be tough, though! Dortmund WILL need the most perfect trip however, and Firing Line has proven to be his stiffest competition. Real X-factors are Mubtaahij, Frosted, and the recent bloomers. Getting fun to handicap now! GOOD LUCK!
Just a note, Harry Rosenblum owner of Far Right sold War Story privately to Loooch Racing after his 1st race. Rosenblum said he wanted a horse he could later breed and War Story had been gelded.
Yep. Kinda sad and absurd because his "horrible" work was still quicker than Far Right's & Noble Moon's-and their camps are beaming with praise.
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  • tmallios via Disqus · Surprise-Surprise-Surprise, maybe now people will start looking at Pletcher as someone who is not so greedy,that he would run a horse in the Derby for the sake of running ahorse in the Derby. · 15 hours ago
  • Deano · Had a few bucks MFL in the future book to win the Derby, but I'm not sure he would have fared very well if he had run. I know a lot of people are happy Keen Ice is now in, but I don't see him hitting the board in the Derby either. This is a very tough group of formful horses for this year's Derby. Not saying a longshot can't sneak in but it will take some doing to crack the top 5 horses. · 7 hours ago
We are 13 days from the Derby and we have 2 of the very best jocks in America without a commited mount. The 2 are Castellano and Smith, for that matter 3 top Jocks. The other is John Velasquez. Logic tells us that they are already slotted for the 3 Pletcher horses,just a matter of who rides who. Johnny gets 1rst choice in the selection process. Javier is on Materiality and Smith gets Stanford.
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  • smokinloudveryproud via Disqus · Dont Forget Joel Rosario · 10 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · On second thought, I have a "hankering" to visit Texas. · 8 hours ago
his races are terribly slow ...and has beaten nobodies
Retired to Keane Stud NY.
It's been really bad here. A large portion of the Texas Mile card has been cancelled, the Texas Mile has been rescheduled for next week. I really hope they don't cancel tomorrow's card, there's a two year old maiden race with some intriguing babies.
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  • travel_vic · good friend Lyn, I introduced to the game in Louisiana. loves to take clients to Sam Houston. he tells me that it is empty all the time and getting quieter over the years. Facts don't lie · 10 hours ago
  • Goblin · Exterminator, You're speaking of the thunderstorms wreaking havoc this afternoon, are you not? Saying the card was cancelled for that reason? The field for the Texas Mile was supposed to be large this year. Maybe they can get the track dried out enough for tomorrow. Did you have high wind where you live? Northeast of LSP? We had heavy rain in east Fort Worth, but not the 60 mph wind others were having. · 10 hours ago
Mike Shutty : remember back in November when I mentioned how much I was looking so forward to this years 141st Derby : Because of AMERICAN PHAROAH Because of my Deep Closer in KEEN ICE : my friend , I sure hope you give KEEN ICE a chance to make your CRUSH THE DERBY ( EX TRI SUP PLAYS ) . . . Your one of the very best when it comes to narrowing down the selections . My main concern about DANZIG MOON is the jockey J L ! For some odd reason , he just doesn't ride smart in the Derby . And that's a big concern : Mike Shutty : its always a pleasure comparing your awesome racing analysis selections with what I have come up with : I am looking forward to hear what you have to say about KEEN ICE : I have already played him strong in Pool 3 Pool 4 even harder ! This is my COMMANDING CURVE runner from last year - im hoping . . . Hope he hits the SUPERFECTA : don't care if he is 15 back from the winner , as long as keen ice shows up in the SUPER : I do though - have a very good feeling You will have this colt HIGH in your DEEP CLOSER LONGSHOT . . . I am already sold on AMERICAN PHAROAH all the way . . .
Looks like no alysheba for him
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  • Exterminator · Shug also has Imagining and some others working at Belmont, they will probably ship to Churchill this week if they're going to run. Who knows. · 12 hours ago
  • Sullivan · Shug doesn't keep a string at Churchill. I would imagine they'll go for the Westchester or Alysheba, depends on if they are more afraid of Palace Malice or Race Day · 10 hours ago
It seems some people are still more concerned about the money and don't care about the welfare of the horse. Fortunately Mike Smith was riding Shared Belief and not them. Quite a few of these people didn't belief the horse was actually hurt and there was a conspiracy to defraud the bettors. It seems some people involved in racing have much more integrity than some that only bet on it.
  • Mike Relva via Disqus · Absurd not to think the horse wasn't hurt. · 10 hours ago
I conquer AP ran texas red off the track,c.d 4th
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I wont be using him at all in the Derby. You have a situation where the jockey (Mike Smith) and the trainer (Carla Gaines) are telling the owner that this horse belongs on the grass and the owner insisting on running in the Derby. I don't need a house to fall on me to throw this horse out. A Hall of Fame Jockey and a very competent trainer are making the decision for me. Smith's choice of mounts has taken him to Far Right.
nah AP IS a like roger ferderer smooth and full of grace! Dortmund is like nadal powerful but not as gracefull.AP will out run Dortmund AP, FIREING LINE ,DORTMUND
Hi all. Newbie here. Very grateful for this site - have learned so much over the past few months. Question about analyzing workouts - does anyone have any advice/science that they like to use? Keying off Danzig Moon - is it a slamdunk that his blazing fast workouts are a good thing? Is there any possibility that his workout was TOO fast and that could hurt him down the road? Thanks in advance for any comments!
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  • amdaman via Disqus · As I expected, his last workout was good, but not too fast. 4F in 48.80, breezing. 31st out of 78. He looks primed for a big effort. · 13 hours ago
  • travel_vic · Timed workouts are ONLY a creation of North American training. In Europe they take out almost the entire group of horses in a barn and gallop them at good distances to create good stamina. so a FAST work in North America usually represents almost NOTHING as compared to the ultimate distance a horse is going to be asked to run. If an animal goes 4f in 47 2/5 how is that an indicator of abilty at 10 panels? It simple doesn't. · 13 hours ago
For all those playing the Gulfstream Park card Saturday, it is now confirmed the massive 20-cent Rainbow 6 will carryover into tomorrow. The carryover is $1,453,762. This means no matter what happens, there will a mandatory payout and we could be possibly looking at a payout of $6 million dollars or even more. Whether all 6 races are hit or not, the money will be disbursed to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners in the six-race sequence that will span Races 6-11. Tomorrow will be a life changing day for one or more handicappers. Last year the day before the mandatory payout, it was hit for $6.6 million. So expect possibly a bigger payout. To everyone playing the Rainbow 6, good luck and do pick wisely, tomorrow will be a crazy day at Gulfstream Park.



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