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After today's win in an AOC trainer K. McPeek stated that he may send him to the Belmont. Interesting.
Caracortado, the old stakes winner is still around. “He’s still has the same old quarter crack BS (on his right front foot),” trainer Mike Machowsky said of the California-bred son of Cat Dreams, now eight. “I hope to get him back to the races at some point, but I have to do right by him. No time table. You know how horses are.” Caracortado last raced on Aug. 13, 2014, finishing fifth in the Green Flash at Del Mar. In 20 career starts, he has seven wins including the Robert B Lewis Stakes in 2013 when it was a Grade II race, and the Grade II Del Mar Handicap in 2011.
As of right now I'm going to bet on Madefromlucky, Tale Of Verve, and Frammento.
While Affirmed may not be ranked highest of the Triple Crown winners on the overall list of great horses, Secretariat and Seattle Slew being ranked higher, in my opinion Affirmed was the greatest to achieve the Triple Crown. The reason for this opinion can be summed up in one word. Alydar. None of the other Triple Crown champions had to defeat a challenger of this caliber in all three races.
  • baynut · No horse could run fast enough to get anywhere near Secretariat numnuts. Have you ever looked at Secretariats times in his T C races? In case you didn't know after 141 runnings of the Derby, 140 runnings of the Preakness, and 146 runnings of the Belmont, he still holds the record for each of them.... · 1 hour ago
A really nice looking son of War Front out of an Unbridled's Song mare, War Disaptach has compiled quite a creditable of record of 5-4-1-0 with stakes wins on turf and polytrack in France, and given his pedigree I wouldn't be at all surprised to find out he could kick some butt on conventional dirt also. His only loss to date was a 1/2 length defeat to the still unbeaten Full Mast who was the controversial winner of the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere on Arc day when Gleneagles was DQ'd. Nearly all of the race replays for War Dispatch can be seen on his profile page on this web-site, so check him out. I like his chances to run big at a tempting price in the upcoming G1 Prix Du Jockey Club.
I'm going with the peter pan stakes winner usually proves well here. Made from lucky is a good horse, putting him with AP and materiality. I do not think we will have a triple crown winner once again.
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Liam’s Map, unraced since winning the Harlan’s Holiday last December, worked a solid half-mile in 48.63 seconds over the Belmont Park training track Friday in company with the graded stakes winner Blofeld. It was the second work at Belmont for Liam’s Map, who had worked four previous times at Jimmy Crupi’s farm in Ocala, Fla. Pletcher says he isn't sure when Liam's Map will race, but it will be sooner than later. Article on DRF
Ride On Curlin, runner-up in the 2014 Preakness, is on another break after coming out of his last start “a little banged up,” according to trainer Billy Gowan. Ride On Curlin finished last of nine, beaten 22 lengths, in the Grade 2 Alysheba on the May 1 Kentucky Oaks program. “He’s just got some wear and tear,” said Gowan. “We’re giving him 60 days on the farm and will evaluate him from there.” Article on DRF
I think Palace Malice is pretty much ruled out of the Met Mile now as Johnny V has accepted the ride on Tonalist according to DRF.
  • Jbyrnes1 · No, he just needs a new rider. Edgar Prado was supposed to ride him in the Westchester, I'm sure Pletcher will find someone to ride PM. · 11 hours ago
  • Goblin · According to the Dogwood site (unless something has changed in the past 10 min.) he is going to the Met. Problem is, they have the "update" as Friday, May 21, 2015; and today is actually the 22nd. They show he will work on the "22nd" and 29th. Velazquez on Tonalist is not good news for PM regardless. I'm pretending to smile. :) · 6 hours ago
I an extremely heartfelt manner, I cannot help but be disappointed should American Pharoah win the Triple Crown. I love the horse. I love how he is perfectly set up to sweep the Triple Crown. I love how he's done nothing wrong. I love how he's built, I love how he's bred, I love how he runs. But I hate his owner. On HRN we have had multiple discussions of what it might mean should he really win, how people are looking not for the next triple crown winner, but the next super horse, and how it is unlikely that horse would continue to race. I have never been a supporter of Zayat Stables. They are extremely profit focused, have no regard for the history of the sport, border on abusing their horses, and even more apparent is their desire to be blameless. Lest we forget, these are the people who ran Nehro so much his hooves were stubs. These are the people who threw so much at Paynter, he almost died, and then rather than retire him, they ran him to boost his stud fee, and he didn't win another stakes. These are also the people who cheated the insurance company off the fake death of Thorn Song, the people who ran from Steve Asmussen without even stopping to think. Some loyalty, some humanity... Let me ask, is it coincidence how much trouble they've had? How many horses they've lost, or come close to losing, such as Z Fortune, Paynter, and Nehro? Zayat was quoted by the Daily Racing Form as saying the following, Zayat said the stable’s policy is to race them as long as they are sound, willing, and happy, which he said was the case with Paynter upon his recovery. “Obviously, if a horse is running off the charts and winning numerous graded stakes, every single farm in Kentucky will be calling on that horse,” he said. “We try not to get carried away by the farms. They can always wait another year, and that’s our perspective. If they want our horse, they’ll have to wait until he’s retired.” Perhaps there's something I don't understand, but that doesn't sound like people who care about the fans, who care about anyone other than themselves. These are the people who retired Bodemeister, Pioneerof the Nile, Eskendereya, and others though their injuries were not severe (and by some accounts not existent). And today we learn that Zayat retracts his former statement as easily as American Pharoah won the Preakness with a tidbit about insurance costing a lot of money, and let's not forget, this guy only owns one of the largest soda distributors in all of Egypt, let alone the Middle East. Instead, he could not even sell the horse to an American interest. I am sure Lane's End would have gone to what Coolmore did, or WinStar, or possibly even a syndicate of several American farms, not an uncommon occurrence with horses with bloodlines like these. So, I say to the same racing gods who Zayat claims to be guided by, please stop the Zayat train. I don't want my first triple crown winner to stop racing after the Belmont Stakes because he has a soft tissue injury. I don't want him to be euthanized one day for insurance money because Zayat read the first few chapters of JT Lundy's book and never bothered to finish it. And most of all, because I don't want my first Triple Crown winning horse to be the only winner I fall in love with. I want to fall in love with his trainer, not one who has killed 7 horses experimenting with rat poison, and I want to fall in love with his owners. See you in three weeks.
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  • hannahwtc1 · Oh, come on. American Pharoah did not pick his owner, nor his trainer. Lucien Lauren (trainer of Secretariat) had his jockey license pulled for using an electrical device. Penny Chenery was cheating on her husband with Lucien Lauren Billy Turner was a drunk Sir Barton's trainer was banned from multiple tracks for drugging horses to the point of physical harm All of the past winners of the Triple Crown had connections with skeletons in their closet. Rooting against American Pharoah has no merit. He didn't pick his connections. He is a special horse. If you don't like the connections, ignore the connections. Just look at the beautiful, smooth striding colt who could be the next Super Horse. Root for that. I know the Zayats aren't great, but no owner is. So try and get passed the connections. Because the horse is worth it · 1 day ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Hate? You hate this owner. For me, I can only hate something or someone who I am well acquainted with. I can dislike a stranger, but hate rises to an all consuming extreme level that is only available to an object I have a personal connection with. None of us have a personal connection with Ahmed Zayat so to hate him seem peculiar. At least you are honest. You admit that you have never liked the Zayats. There is really no need to read further than that. It is interesting that you condemn them for running Nehro, but you also condemn them for leaving Steve Asmussen. Regarding Paynter, did you see his return. One of my favorite race calls by Vic Stauffer. He smoked the field and certainly looked happy. When I saw him in the Woodward he looked happy as well. Funny you also condemn him for what he owes to the fans when he has actually been quite open to sharing the struggles with Paynter with the fans giving us more access than we have had to those challenges than other connections have provided. His website allowed someone to name American Pharoah. Team Zayat is fan friendly. So before your start condemning them further why not see where we are left after the Belmont Stakes. Let us see if he wins it first. Then let us see if he is retired. I think he will continue racing until the end of the year if healthy, but I have been wrong before. · 6 hours ago
Can someone explain to me (nicely) why Baffert is keeping Pharoah ar Churchill instead of bringing him to bekmont? Isn't it smarter to get him used to the belmont track? Especially when they said he didn't take to or like Churchill? Also can someone explain to me why jockeys don't wear mikes anymore?
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  • icyhotboo · "(nicely)" lmao · 1 day ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · The simplest reason is because this is where he has trained his other Triple Crown, Belmont Stakes bound horses....Silver Charm, Real Quiet, Point Given and War Emblem. Team Baffert is comfortable there. The horse they know is comfortable there. And after seeing I'll Have Another possibly pick up an injury training at Belmont, it probably suggested to them that there was no hurry to get to Belmont. Keeping the horse happy and training well is the best choice. Returning to a place where the horse has already been makes sense given that horses are such creatures of habit. · 6 hours ago
When all was said and done and the Epsom Derby field was cut to 17 horses today, neither John F Kennedy or Ol' Man River, who both tanked badly recently in the G2 Dante Stakes at York, were left in the mix for trainer Aidan O'Brien. Ballydoyle have 4 horses left entered for Epsom at present which are Lingfield Derby Trial winner Kilimanjaro, Chester Vase winner Hans Holbein, Giovanni Canaletto who trials on Sunday in the G3 Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh on the Irish 1000 Guineas & Tattersalls Gold Cup under-card, and English 2000 Guineas winner Gleneagles, who O'Brien already said post- English Guineas was more likely to stay at a mile for the Irish 2000 Guineas and/or the St James's Palace Stakes.
From everything I've heard or read from experts to locals, this horse has looked great in preparing for Belmont. As my official Kentucky Derby pick, I will be rooting for him to eliminate AP from the winners circle. I am hoping to get him at 20-1 in a couple weeks.

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