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He is up for a 40K tag in R6 at Fair Grounds today
Buckpasser >> He’s in Gulfstream’s $75K Tropical Park Derby Saturday 10-1ML
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  • Buckpasser via Disqus · Thanks for the info Amino. I also like Party Now. I saw that one at Keeneland in a maiden · 18 hours ago
  • amino998 · ... has been scratched · 10 minutes ago
Good news !
Retired and off to the Shed :)
HRTV will be doing a profile on Ocean Knight tomorrow, on their show about two year olds, "The Horizon", hear his story about his beginnings from yearling to his blowout victory last week, we should also hear his future plans in this profile, very excited to hear his story and where he will race next
I was listening to an interview today with someone who has a HOTY vote,he shared with the interviewer who and why he would be voting for. He said his selection is California Chrome. He spoke of why Main Sequence in his mind is not a serious contender. He said that in all respects to The BC Turf Classic, The Joe HirschTurf Classic, The Sword Dancer and The United Nations. They are not The KY. Derby nor The Preakness . So in 1 fell swoop,this pin head has labeled The BC Classic irrelevant, as well as The Belmont Stakes-The Haskell- The Travers to name a few . He mentioned that running only 4 times ,hurt his chances. Then this pin head really made me laugh. He closed out the interview by stating that if Wise Dan had run and won the BC Mile,he would of been his selection as HOTY. In other years,the opinions of knucleheads like this guy would go in one ear and out the other to most. But if i am not mistaken ,this year they have Parimutual wagering on the award. Vegas has got to love it.
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  • tmallios via Disqus · Mike that is my point to the entire argument. There is and always will be a criteria ,when human element is involved. The issue is that it does not remain constant. Sometimes what is good for 1 horse may not be accepted for another,just because how the horse or connections are perceived. You mentioned Zennyata and not getting the award,for right or wrong a criteria was then established by the voters. Why then was SB arguably a strong front runner for the Award if he would of won the Classic. He would of had 2 strikes against him based on criteria. #1- he never left the State and #2- he only raced 5 times. Yet criterias are not established by accomplishments,they are established by favoritism. Being that mainly the media vote this awatf,my belief is that they cop out. They always try to vote in the best story or go as far as feel good story. This makes their jobs easier in going after the grouping of fans that actually read or care about what they say. Everything aside this year. If you go by simple accomplishments on the Racetrack and blot out every other nonsense. The overwhelming winner should be Bayern. But unfortunately that can only happen in a world without criteria. So the eventual winner will be Chrome , only because he won TThe Derby/Preakness and that Bayern/Main Sequence attract no love or interest from Todays Media. · 1 hour ago
  • amino998 · You can get a bet down on the Eclipses, Oscars, elections, anything... but it's not parimutuel, who are "they"? So, with only 273? total votes, there's not a lot of data to track down and score a coup if you were in and amongst the "knuckleheads" :) · 51 minutes ago
Kizuna will retire after a 2015 campaign which will include: 4 G1s, Tenno Sho Haru, Takarazuka, Arc, & Arima Kinen as finale
Wicked Strong has arrived at Palm Meadows in Florida, looks like he will be back training at some point in the next week or so, either way, Wicked is officially back on the comeback trail, via Centennial Farms twitter
Somebody please give "Artie the Smarty" a 2015 Calender for X-Mas. I read that CC drilled a bullet work today at Los Ala, in preperation of the San Antonio. That race falls on Feb. 7th 2015. That is 50 days away, at an average of 1 work per 7 days or so. Does Artie really think that C.C is in need of 6 or 7 works to get him ready for that race. Maybe ease up on him a bit now ,just let him feel his oats. Get serious in his last 3 works. After all he is only 3 weeks removed from a race and one that included 2 workouts in 1 week. If Artie is putting the knuckles to CC in the mornings this early in the Season. I would say that CC just might be making his last start of his career around June or July.
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  • Sullivan · Thought it was bizarre he was doing more than galloping at the moment. Horse might make it to the Breeder's Cup - After the San Antonio/Big Cap double, he should end up in the Oaklawn Handicap or Charlestown Classic which gives him at least a two month break between the Gold Cup @ SA or a little less for the Stephen Foster at the site of his greatest win. Then he gets another two months off depending on if they decide to go to the Arlington Million or Pacific Classic, and by that time it's Awesome Again>BCC or the more likely Joe Hirsch Invitational for $350,000 more · 12 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · My point,why are they even working him right now. Funny ,just like the 2nd workout on the Turf. They try to downplay them. He is being exerted in the process. Are they going to keep doing this for 2 months now. You can't pull back mid stream. This horse should be razor sharp now. Look at SB and his prep for the Malibu. They didn't work him immediately after the BC. · 3 hours ago
Noosa Beach was a good one in the Pacific Northwest. ran against Winning Machine several times
Any hints on when his next race might be?
If any of yall are going to be at the Fair Grounds tomorrow, could you take lots of pictures of Silver? Please? :)
  • chitu77 · Sure! There is another 2 year-old colt, Promise Me Freedom running in race #10. Are they related at all?? :) · 13 hours ago
Honor Code will workout tomorrow at Payson Park, however McGaughey says that HC will skip the Hal's Hope and instead point for the Gulfstream Park Handicap for his four year old debut, according to DRF
  • tmallios via Disqus · Absolutely not a good sign when a 3yo runs 1 race in the Spring and then is laid up for 8 months. Upon his return, they have already altered his Racing Schedule before he even got going. · 1 day ago
  • Sullivan · I agree - real question is not his next start, but if Farish thinks hes commercial enough to stand at home · 15 hours ago
This question will take a bit of thought process. For the obvious,i will disqualify Secreteriat from the equation. Here goes............Who is the most talented Race Horse that you have seen race LIVE. By that i mean in person and not on any media feed. I know many may be younger and have not seen them all. But keep in mind,there is no right or wrong answer. Again the stipulation is the most TALENTED HORSE you have seen LIVE. Mine is Ruffian in the slimmest of margins over Seattle Slew.
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  • tmallios via Disqus · Jockey seems like the Graded winner you saw live ,is running at GP tommorrow in Race9.Enjoy · 16 hours ago
  • SnidgetAsphodel via Disqus · I don't get trackside to the big races all that often, unfortunately, but the one that stays with me the most is seeing Awesome Gem who I've probably seen race more times than I have other horses. I don't consider him one of the greats by any means, but he was no slouch and damn it that horse was as tough as nails and I enjoyed watching run a few times. I have much affection and appreciation in my heart for horses made of iron that try, try, TRY. Seriously unappreciated horse. I also quite enjoyed seeing Pioneerof the Nile and little known Noosa Beach (wish he could have strutted his stuff at the Breeders Cup). If I could go back and see them run, I'd have taken the opportunity to see Zenyatta, Barbaro, Afleet Alex, Blind Luck, Ruffian, Sunday Silence, Cigar, Skip Away, Risen Star, Kinscem and many more. Those would have been such highlights. · 16 hours ago
If Zenyatta ever met the Janey horse she would be at a severe disadvantage but then again she was a freak of nature. NO horse in the last 50-60 years closed as fast as she did NONE. PACE of Race determines if beaten lenghts are significant or not, and NO HORSE could close like the Z girl...... NO Matter the pace in front of her. AND she made her own luck running through those big fields. NOW the track in 2009 helped a bit.
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  • travel_vic · Silky and Rumbo get honorable mention in final fractions · 2 days ago
  • Jbyrnes1 · Havre De Grace and Royal Delta, 2011 Beldame stakes, was there to see it, saw two great mares, a HOY and a future 2x BC Distaff winner, not a bad way to go · 16 hours ago
If you get to see the winner at Los Alamitos Race 6 on 12/18/14, he is bay(I think) with a black mane and a cream tail. Beautiful!
" I will get you to help me wash the mirror on the turf course finishing line" LOL
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  • amino998 · A lower-case Derby/Oaks double for the Janneys, I guess · 19 hours ago
  • chitu77 · Big, big, difference. 5 horses running for a $500K purse money in the West. 14 horses (full field, with top trainers, Pletchers, Mott, Casse, C. Brown, Maker, McGaughey) competing for $75,000 purse money in the East. LOL · 18 hours ago
Red did a fast work today!I think he'll be ready for the Sunshine Millions Classic! Date: December 19, 2014 Track: GULFSTREAM PARK Distance: Five Furlongs Time: 1.00:20 Breezing Track Condition: Fast Surface: Dirt Rank: 1/8
Churchill Downs Inc. has announced that Travis Stone will replace Larry Collmus as lead track announcer, he will become the 8th Track announcer in the tracks history, Stone will call his first Kentucky Derby in 2015, according to DRF
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  • Sullivan · Fat chance Collmus goes anywhere near Canada · 21 hours ago
  • travel_vic · QUOTE: Fat chance Collmus goes anywhere near Canada...THAT is a lot of places!!!!! · 20 hours ago
Another Lemon Drop, who was third behind Dortmund on November 28th at Churchill Downs, crushes a maiden field by many length s, marking at least the 6th horse beaten by Dortmund to come back and win his next start

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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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