• Kobe's Back goes from last to first down the stretch to win the Palos Verdes.Posted 17 hours ago
  • Storied Lady (4-1) up the rail to nip Saythreehailmary's in the Biogio's Rose.Posted 19 hours ago
  • Hoppertunity nips Imperative by a San Antonio head-bob.Posted 1 day ago
  • In her seasonal debut, Songbird is a dominant winner of the Las Virgenes at Santa Anita.Posted 1 day ago
  • Lukes Alley kicks it in late to win the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.Posted 1 day ago
  • Mor Spirit cruises late to win the Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita.Posted 1 day ago
  • Aussie-bred Power Alert gets there first in the GP Turf Sprint.Posted 1 day ago
  • Tommy Macho runs away with the Fred Hooper at Gulfsrtream Park.Posted 1 day ago
  • No catching Tammy the Torpedo in the turfy Suwannee River.Posted 1 day ago
  • Lady Shipman (1-5) is an easy winner in the Lady's Turf Sprint at Gulfstream.Posted 1 day ago

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KI is a good closer but this race makes it even more clear that he's not going to win unless the situation is tailor fit for him. Just right off the pace, a distance of least 10 furlongs and a really fast pace that burns out the leaders. If one of these things isn't there he doesn't win it's that simple. This was a relatively weak field to what KI has faced (I know some people like Msawish but cmon) and on class alone he should have won or at the very least hit the board. Truth of the matter is KI hasn't been in the trifecta the last three races. After the Travers KI was put on the same level as Frosted and Dortmund because he actually beat AP. This race reveals that the reason for his win was the perfect conditions and that of the big four AP rivals (Frosted, Dortmund, FL and KI) KI is probably the worst horse by far. Don't get me wrong KI is the best son of Curlin yet but in the end he hasn't been in the trifecta his last three starts (as impressive as the Clark was and as tough as the BCC field was)
WIth a very sad heart I announce that Pride of Dubai has been retired.
I love Medaglia d'Oro's ability to pass on broken blazes and super fillies.
Lost in all the shuffle on super Saturday, Hope's Love, California Chrome's full sister, will try to break her madien in race 8 going one mile. Two turns for the first time in her career.
Does anyone know where Royal Delta is? how she is? She was to go to Ireland but there are no babies listed for her? A horse like that could not just fall off the face of the earth. Where is she.. please post!
I am old and never thought I would see another Ruffian. But now I have.
Some lovely recent photos,she looks great
Shoot for Kentucky. Come on. It'd be one heck of a derby.
Samantha Nicole has been retired and will be bred to Bernardini.
  • Mary Z. · I hope that the foal isn't born at a huge-normous weight. · 2 days ago
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · This foal will be a full sibling (in blood) to Rachel's Valentina · 11 hours ago
Worked out on Saturday, first posted since his breeders cup race oct 31... Dale says few more works and then alw race and long range goal of Arkansas Derby.
Donworth, 3rd place finisher in San Antonio yesterday, will make his next start in the Dubai World Cup at the end of March.
I like fillies that win at 1 1/16 miles at CD as a two year old and then come back the next year to win impressively at other tracks. It's scary to think that her race on 2/5 was only her third lifetime race. I can't wait to see if she continue to progress. As of today, Terra Promessa is my projection pick to win the Kentucky Oaks. It doesn't hurt that she is a beautiful Curlin filly.
The third year old filly division is smoking this year. I am more excited about this division than the boys!
  • chasingmytale via Disqus · I agree. I've have stated for weeks that I believe this is the year of the fillies. · 15 hours ago
Shiffman and Zipse what did you guys think?
  • Ruffianlover · ?? · 1 day ago
  • Mary Z. · Me? I think my pal deserves to have a nice filly, Songbird, in his care. And I hope that she continues her success. · 15 hours ago
La nueva Zenyatta
Wee wee cho ching ding a long wong wing long pee pee dong from hong kong.
Of the three entered so far I like Kasseopia. Likes synthetic and GGF is synthetic. Also ran second to Riker in the Gr.3 Grey Stakes at Woodbine.
Top 2015 3 year olds heading into their 4 year old season (route races): 1) Keen Ice 2) Firing Line (assuming he's coming back with his 2015 KD form) 3) Dortmund (can't tell how much he had improved since coming back because he beat up on scrubs in those 2 races) 4) Frosted California Chrome and Effinex are right now slightly better than the 4 listed above. But in 3 or 4 months, they probably won't be.
  • jrem1 · Texas Red might be one of those darkhorses(no pun intended) to keep an eye on for the older division this yr, if he can stay healthy that is. Dortmund, Keen Ice, and Frosted have a lot of upside. I wonder if horses like Calculator and Upstart are going to give it a go or are there better days behind them? · 23 days ago
  • cugel the clever · After his pathetic attempt in the Donn, keen Ice drops to the bottom of your list and Frosted is easily on top. · 19 hours ago
singled him in the pick-6. C'mon Donworth!
Been a fan of this horse since the first time I saw him race on turf in France back in 2012 when he was still being trained by Mikel Delzangles. Mshawish rarely ever runs a bad race. He's got some quality form on turf in Europe, Dubai, and in America, but for all the good work he's done on turf throughout his career, I think he may be even better racing on conventional dirt. He currently holds entries for 3 different races on world cup night at Meydan in the G2 Godolphin Mile, G1 Duba Turf, & G1 Dubai World Cup. I'd really like to see them go for one of the races on dirt with him this year because the Dubai Turf is likely to have a really loaded field with the likes of Solow & Maurice both headed to Dubai. Mshawish stayed 9f easy enough in the Donn, and didn't at all look like a horse that would have problems staying 10f, IMO, if they decide to take a crack at the Dubai World Cup with him.
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