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If ever a statement rang true. Oh what a difference a year makes. In last years rendition,the Oaks was a more anticipated race than its more Famous Kentucky Derby. In this years race,Untapable stands head and shoulders over her rivals. Not saying she is as good,but her dominance is on par with Rachels when she ran in the Oaks. The sad part is that likely 2nd choice in the wagering My Sophia holds a similar advantage on the filly or fillies ranked 3rd. Lets hope for great racing from the undercard Stakes. The Oaks promises to be a possible walkover.
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  • wallace69 · I expect a very competitive race, and a big effort from Sugar Shock · 15 hours ago ·
  • EP Taylor · Euro- I am sure they are hoping to get some good dirt runners out of Ashford from stallions like Stay Thirsty, Fu Peg, Dunkirk, Thunder Gulch. · 3 seconds ago ·
Constitution off the Derby trail with a hairline fracture. Uncle Sigh now in the top 20.
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  • Northport · Although I suppose Vinceremos still has a chance. · 1 minutes ago ·
  • tmallios · Ex funny that you mention Social Inclusion. I figured he had no shot of getting in. In looking at the race with him in it. He is now my 2nd choice behind Chrome. Like i said,his race in the Wood running into that strong headwind ,comes up about 5 lengths better than it looks. That puts him into my Derby profile. In reggards to pace. He is by far the Speed of the Speed. · 1 minutes ago ·
Owner of CC guarantees a win in the Kentucky Derby. His trainer won't go as far as to predict such a thing. Per a Fox Sports article.
Today's Q : who was the most in fluential sire of sires of the past 50 years? Raise a Native, Northern Dancer, A.P. Indy, Bold Ruler, or Storm Cat?
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  • Sullivan · I was told Bold Ruler's get were written off as sprinters because the Phippses had burned them out by the time they got to the age they could go long. As far as Secretariat being a disappointment, he was originally given distance mares because it was thought he was a speed sire. All of these foals were plodders, and rarely had the chance to eprform due to the lack of long prestigious races. Those who did accomplished theit deeds going long, like Risen Star. When Secretariat's distance ladden daughters were crossed with speed stallions, the traditional form was finally fit. This is how Secretariat came to be the leading broodmare sire. Some of his plodder foals did turn out good though, like Lady's Secret. This is due to the old racing theory of August Belmont. Lady's Secret's dam, an Icecapade mare, was all stamina. August Belmont believed in crossing two stamina horses. When you got a horse with speed, he had great stamina foundation. Lady's Secret is one of those who randomly happened upon speed. · 2 hours ago ·
  • buckpasser · Cocoa. Yes the Phipps family burned many of the BRs out at a young age, but the ones outside of their control fared far better, like Gamely, Lamb Chop, Dewan for Perry. Or Bold Bidder after he was sold by the Phipps family. Lamb Chop and Gamely were champions as was Bold Bidder. Also it was only after Mrs. Phipps died that any BRs were offered for sale. The first one, or one of the first was Wajima who had leg problems in his early career, but later managed to beat Forego in the Marlboro Cup.. As to Secretariat, he had distance mares, but he also had mares by Intentionally, a champion sprinter, and one of his best daughters Terlingua came from Crimson Saint who was from Crimson Satan. When Buckpasser retired, the mares bred to him had progeny earnings of $69 million which was unheard of in 1960's. When Secretariat retired, the mares bred to him, their get earnings totaled 300+ million, which frankly he was going to have a hard time regardless to live up to those expectations. · 4 minutes ago ·
This was interesting....upon reading 'Frankel's' bio they had this to say...."Since 1900, of British-bred racehorses only Ribot has won more races and finished his career unbeaten (racing largely in Italy).[6] Frankel's record of nine consecutive Group 1 wins is unsurpassed and has been equalled only by the U.S.A. filly Zenyatta".
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  • buckpasser · While Frankel was extremely impressive, Ribit was in a class by himself with two Arc victories. · 13 hours ago ·
  • EP Taylor · Buck- Doing this while having an undiagnosed Brain tumour. Of Course we don't know how long he had it, but they blamed his behaviour on that after the fact. · 20 minutes ago ·
Grade 2 winner Santiva has been moved from Gerry and Dana Aschinger's War Horse Place near Lexington to Dana Myer's Swifty Farms near Seymour, Indiana. He will stand for $3,000 after previously standing for $7,500.
Tomorrow's Craven Stakes is always a sign for me that the European flat season is off an running. Interested to see if Toormore is the real deal at 3.
Sad to hear about her. Died after delivering her Bernardini foal. RIP
Is there any interest in doing an auction competition? Everyone gets $5,000,000 and at the end of the horses's 2yo year, we see who made the most money?
It appears pretty definite now the connections of Cirrus Des Aigles have chosen to ship to Hong Kong to run in the G1 Audemars Piguet QE II Cup on April 27th at Sha Tin, bypassing a potential clash with unbeaten Arc winner Treve in the G1 Prix Ganay at Longchamp on the same day.
  • ILuvTurfRacing · The Mike De Kock trained duo of Vercingetorix & Sanshaawes fresh off of success in Dubai willl also ship to Sha Tin for the AP QE II Cup along with the Japanese duo of Uncoiled & Epiphaneia · 2 hours ago ·
  • EP Taylor · So much for the Ganay. Was looking forward to that match up. · 30 minutes ago ·
I'm curious to see how this colt does in the derby.
what will be his m/l in the derby? I say 3-1
  • buds · im going with 4-1. unles terrible post then 5-1 · 10 hours ago ·
  • ghelguera · with constitution out he's now probably 2-1 m/l and will go off at 8/5 · 31 minutes ago ·
Our Mims Retirement Haven (Paris, KY) welcomed a new “Lady” to the sanctuary on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Exciting Bucket, a 1989 mare by Grey Bucket out of That’s Exciting, was donated to the Haven by Helen Fariello and her family.Read More
Italy is set to have no internationally-recognised Group races from next year after a meeting of the European Pattern Committee resulted in the nation being axed from the sport's top table. - http://www.racingpost.com/news/horse-racing/italy-axed-from-european-pattern/1638458/#newsArchiveTabs=last7DaysNews
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  • buckpasser · I know harness racing in Italy has had some tracks closing or possibly closing. Reports were that racing has lost a lot of popularity and also because of budget cuts too. Italy had several top harness races. · 39 minutes ago ·
  • EP Taylor · If you knew the Politics in Italy, this is no suprise at all. The country runs itself more like independent republics then it does a country as a whole. The north trying to seperate from the rest of the country, and many other regions looking to become independent republics. Their entire sports sector is a mess. All the governing bodies are corrupt. The state of their racing is really no suprise. · 37 minutes ago ·
Q of the Day. who is the most impressive horse thusfar since 2000?
Constitution is OUT of the Derby due to a hairline fracture of the right front cannon bone. He had a work on Sunday, breezing a half in :50 3/5, and it was discovered he was off his right foreleg Monday. Per WinStar.
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  • tmallios · Martin has Chitu · 1 hour ago ·
  • rhg1217 · Hope he doesn't go too crazy with him on the front end - if chitu can sit and save something for the stretch, he may be dangerous - this guy has a lot of natural speed · 46 minutes ago ·
I have only one concern, he has done all of his races & training in cal.
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  • tmallios · I see him sitting 5th or 6th going into the 1rst turn.Anywhere from 3 to 6 lengths off the pace. His natural speed will come in to play at the start. Being that the first quarter mile is a straightaway, Victor will be able to secure a ground saving trip behind the wack jobs that get involved on the pace. · 1 hour ago ·
  • rhg1217 · He doesn't need to be more than 4 off of it - in fact, i'd be concerned if he was more than 4 off of it - you have to think they probably go ~1:10 so him being 4 off puts him ~1:11 - he should have plenty left to hold off the closers · 1 hour ago ·
Talk about your so called forgotten , not known to the majority of the fans. Prior to his race on march 1, i posted that this guy was probably considered Todds 2nd best 3yo behind Constitution and excluding fillies. Unfortunately he has not been able to get back to the track. Evidence that being fast and taleneted,takes a back seat to sheer Racing Luck. Now that we have seen the horses he beat o that day. Look who he spanked around in the race that finished 3rd by 7 lengths. None other than new bandwagon sensaion "DANZA" . Here is hoping that this guy does have his issues corrected and comes back at 100 %. Looking forward to seeing him run.
Just kind of venting here. I am a big fan of the "old school" sports, obviously horse racing, boxing, and baseball. It really bothers me that the general public or even casual sports fan think and will say that horse racing or boxing are"dead". It bothers me that people don't realize there are different divisions in each sport, horse racing has their divisions based on age, gender, race distance, and surface.Boxing's divisions are based on weight class. I think a large part of the "dead" perception is that there hasn't been a notable American heaveyweight champion in over 20 years just has there hasn't been a TC winner in horse racing in almost 40. People just look to the "glamour divisions" without realizing that the respective divisions in each sport have been producing some of the best talent in recent years then we have ever seen ie Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacman, Bernard Hopkins Roy Jones Jr..and Wise Dan, Rachel,Zenyatta,Groupie Doll,Mizdirection,Royal Delta,Beholder,Game on Dude etc etc
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  • tmallios · Keep thinking that Sullivan Exactly what they want you to think. All about the racing!!! So tell me,why have parimutual racing then. Do not ever think that the better the product,the more from the core will show up. That applies in any field that needs money to fund it. You mentioned tracks that are in trouble and possible victims of being shut down. Personally when i hear that,all i care about are the people losing their jobs. In the context of Gambling. Who cares,i will still have a full enu of tracks to wager on from home. Might sound as a cruel and selfish point of view. This is the system the Racing game has adopted.90 % Of wagering sites on line,are owned and operated by the tracks. On the sites they do not have direct ownership to. They receive a fee for the use of their product. Like i said,other than people losing their jobs. Track closings mean nothing to someone like me. Is it harsh and cruel thinking.Absolutely,but all i and millions of other people are doing. We ae playing by the rules the racing game has set in motion. · 1 hour ago ·
  • Sullivan · Saratoga isn't all about the racing, people just think it is. Since the same people are the customers, it works. · 1 hour ago ·



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I've been around horses for most of my life, working in racing stables as a hot walker and exercise rider in my teenage years, and later as a volunteer with rescued and retired racehorses. I became interested in pedigree when the sons and daughters of my favorite horses started their racing careers.   


For more than a decade, I've passionately studied pedigree, how it applies to handicapping and breeding theories. In 2010, I joined Horse Racing Nation as their Pedigree Analyst, focusing on juvenile stakes winners, Triple Crown contenders and first crop sires from a handicapping perspective.   


In 2011, I accepted the role of South Florida Coordinator and Advisory Board Member for the national non-profit Thoroughbred Racing Fan Association (ThoroFan). Working closely with Gulfstream Park management and other race fans, we created a ThoroFan Chapter at Gulfstream Race Track. Our main project is assisting Thoroughbred rescue and re-training groups.


I continue to maintain my website Iron Maidens Thoroughbreds and blog of the same name. As a pedigree consultant, I specialize in assisting small to mid-size breeding/training operations with broodmare breeding reports, sales catalog analysis and recommendations on claims and private sales. 10 - 20% of all proceeds are donated to Thoroughbred rescue and retraining groups.
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