• Galileo Gold, under Frankie Dettori, rolls in the 2000 Guineas.Posted 4 hours ago
  • Olorda takes them all the way in the Bewitch Stakes on closing day at Keeneland.Posted 21 hours ago
  • Nyquist will get in his final Kentucky Derby workout Friday afternoon at Keeneland.Posted 4 days ago
  • Time and Motion wins the Memories of Silver for Jimmy Toner.Posted 5 days ago
  • Finest City sets new track record in Great Lady M.Posted 6 days ago
  • Stanford finds his way back to the winner's circle in the Charles Town Classic.Posted 6 days ago
  • Rose Brier sets new course record in the Henry S. Clark.Posted 6 days ago
  • Da Big Hoss lives up to his name with the Dixiana Elkhorn win.Posted 6 days ago
  • Raging Smoke leads all the way in the Sugar Maple.Posted 6 days ago
  • Highland Sky flies home to Woodhaven victory.Posted 6 days ago

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Salutos Amigos to skip the Weschester in favor of Churchill Downs Handicap.
Lexie Lou is entered in Woodbine race 8 today, 4/30/16. 4:53 post time. Aoc, none up for claim. F&M, 8.5f on the tapeta. Faces Strut The Course and only three others
Has arrived at Churchill Downs just before 2 pm today. He traveled great and was greeted by a large crowd despite the rain. He is expected to train over the Churchill track up to the K Derby starting tomorrow at 8:30 am. He couldn't come out of his final work at Keeneland yesterday any better than he did. He had a new pair of shoes put on him just this morning.
People CONSTANTLY look at the WRONG END of a horse race in developing an idea whether it was a good effort or not. ONCE a horse is beaten, the rider does not persist and the final fraction has little to do with the early pace effort.
1) Sunny Ridge 2) Nyquist 3) Hint of Roses 4) Whitmore
Thanks to someone for updating!
From the Irish Field News: "The odds-on favourite Air Force Blue was never a threat and finished well down the field." ..... "Aidan O'Brien's commented: "Ryan said he just didn't feel like the same horse as last year." ... http://www.theirishfield.ie/galileo-gold-claims-2000-guineas-as-air-force-blue-disappoints-207509/#.VyTl9xMsn9U.twitter
Horse racing fans of America and around the World. THIS is "Air Force Blue". He's already a superstar, and will be making his 2016 debut on Saturday by winning the G1 2000 Guineas. You will see and hear a lot more about this horse this year, I'm sure he will go unbeaten all year, and knowing Aiden 'O' Brien, he will aim him at one of the races at the Breeders Cup. Probably the Breeders Cup Mile, BUT it's not totally out of the question that he could go for the BC Classic. Depending on how impressive he wins his races this year, the BC Classic is a definite possibility, he could turn out to be an unstoppable force this year. :-)
  • ILuvTurfRacing · Don't think you'll ever see this horse come stateside to race on conventional dirt or on turf, and I'll be surprised if he ever races beyond a mile on turf in Europe. Aidan O'Brien has already likened him to Excelebration, saying he thinks Air Force Blue has the potential to become that level of turf miler. I think he'll roll through the usual list of top European mile and/or 7f races, I.E., English 2000 Guineas, Irish 2000 Guineas, & St James's Palace Stakes to begin. Then provided he comes out of those 3 races in good order possibly on to the Sussex Stakes or Prix Jacques le Marois, followed by an October run in either the Prix de la Foret over 7f or more likely in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, hopefully by then in a showdown against Solow. But this is just my personal opinion. · 18 hours ago
What a crazy result when the G1 Dewhurst Stakes winner & G1 Racing Post Trophy winner finish 12th & 13th respectively in a 13 horse field, but that's why they run the race.
Won the listed Newmarket Stakes to Abdon in 2nd and Sky Kingdom in 3rd!
Before anyone takes this the wrong way,and takes this post as a criticism of a Jockey i think has legendary status. I have watched him ride Keeneland for the past 2 weeks. Granted the quality of mounts has been far from top shelf,but that never stopped him before. Sad to say , but this is hardly the Stevens of last year,let alone the Hall of Famer that he is. Maybe what gets all of us,has crept up on him. That would be Father time himself. About a month ago,i commented about Mor Spirit and how he was ridden from a visual point of view. I questioned if maybe the horse was not up to par,and that they were eing careful with him. But after watching Gary the past 2 weeks at Keeneland. Maybe just maybe he is part of the problem with Spirit. For his sake and Bafferts, i do hope that i am wrong.
Big congrats to the sire of Galileo Gold on his first G1 winner! A very promising start to the year for Paco Boy.
Won the 2,000 Guineas very nicely indeed! :D
Short priced favorite, Jack Hobbs, finishes a well beaten last after being pulled up by William Buick in the G2 Jockey Club Stakes in at Newmarket on his seasonal debut.
Corey Lanerie must realize he's no Calvin Borel. If you watch the Louisiana Derby, he hesitated at the top of the stretch while his horse had great momentum then decided to take the inside route which proved to be a fatal mistake. I believe of the two Uncle Mo colts, Tom will be the one better placed at the 1 1/4 distance. I didn't like the way Nyquist bore out in the stretch even though he won impressively. Amoss is a good trainer and if he says this is the best 3 year old he has ever trained then i'm onboard. I'm just hoping for a hot pace and hopefully we'll see the devastating close that Amoss has talked about.
Very impressive winner to the G2 Jockey Club Stakes! I'm very much looking forward to his future runs. :)
Charismatic did not show much until the 8.5f Lexington (which is missing from the HRN background on him)...lack luster 4th in the SA Derby..........LEXINGTON effort put him over the top, not a 9 panel affair.
  • Pebbles via Disqus · And Charismatic did not finish too far back despite the 4 th place finish. At least not the 8 1/4 lengths Mohaymen finished in the Florida Derby. But I am very glad to be wrong on this. I believe Charismatic did finish 8 3/4 lengths back. But it was his 2nd to last Derby prep. So Mohaymen does have a bit of a struggle. · 6 hours ago
True. But Charismatic did have at least 2 routes. After all, didn't a lot of Derby winners of the past win the Derby trial before the Derby, but most that I know of had multiple routes beforehand.
What do you think I'll get on this guy when he wins in May? 30-1?
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  • Pebbles via Disqus · How do you feel about the 8 week layoff? · 19 days ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Maybe at the Preakness. Not the Derby. :-) · 6 hours ago
Best of luck to Buratino in the Guineas! If I were actually betting, I might've bet on this one to win or place. He's such a tempting price.
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