• Favorite Tale is long gone in the Smile Sprint.Posted 2 days ago
  • Big Blue Kitten powers home for his 2nd win in the United Nations.Posted 2 days ago
  • Shaman Ghost flies home to win the Queen's Plate.Posted 2 days ago
  • Bradester a strong winner of the Salvator Mile.Posted 2 days ago
  • Aldous Snow just holds off Dynamic Sky in the Singspiel.Posted 2 days ago
  • Dogwood Trail cannot be caught in the Grade 3 Azalea.Posted 2 days ago
  • Gimme Da Lute just holds off Prospect Park in the Los Alamitos Derby.Posted 3 days ago
  • Private Zone dominates the Belmont Sprint from start to finish.Posted 3 days ago
  • Lady Eli magnificent in Belmont Oaks victory.Posted 3 days ago
  • Force The Pass wins the $1.25 Belmont Derby in a laugher.Posted 3 days ago

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Article on BH regarding this filly -http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/92868/white-passionforfashion-already-turning-heads
I hope he does well tomorrow. He sure looks good.
Her lack of showing up this past Saturday,is not a reflection of her ability. This weekend the West Coast horses found out what the East Coast horses have known for a while. It is tough to travel cross country and race over a foreign surface,and get acclimated to the new surroundings. So to all the Wrong Coasters. Next time an East Coast horse ships over and loses. Do not for one second think that the locals are more superior. There are alot of hurdles when you ship cross country.
I sure hope Bob Kulina has the horse-power to put a nice group of 3 yr olds together to make this race become at least a 9 to 10 horse field . As much hype - talk that has been preached about this year being one of our finest group of 3 yr olds in decades - this race should be able to draw in a good amount of contenders : Prime Time even on NBC - as an extra bonus draw attention . It would be ashame if this race draws only 6 contenders ! IF YOU BUILD IT - they will come : well , lets see
Ok, what is up with Lady Eli making her patented blast to the front and then mugging it up for the crowd. It's like she rears her head toward the grandstand and Irad has to re focus her. She does it just about every time, and it costs her a little momentum( not that it's mattered). It like she's saying "ya all see that?".
Not that she was going to beat Lady Eli on Saturday but I will not give up on this filly. Inside trip was ok until the front runners stopped in front of her as she was being put into her drive. She took up sharply and that was it. Still like this one in future races against anybody including Lady Eli.
Very glad to hear Shaman Ghost is pointed toward the PWS! Really was hoping he would try for the Canadian Triple Crown! Certainly will be making trip down to Fort Erie July 28! Can't wait!
Count Fleet, was retired following the Belmont. Of the other ten, their records after winning the TC: 1919-Sir Barton, was 24-12-5-5, and his record against other ages 16-7-4-3; (hereafter, the first record will be overall, the second record against other ages)1930-Gallant Fox, 6-5-1-0, 2-2-0-0; 1935-Omaha, 7-4-2-1, 5-2-2-1(it should be noted that his last four races were in England, where he won twice, and ran second twice. Pretty neat that a TC winner went to Europe); 1937-War Admiral, 15-13-1-0, 14-12-1-0); 1941-Whirlaway, 41-22-12-5, 35-17-11-5; 1943-Count Fleet, Retired); 1946-Assault, 27-11-4-6, 22-10-2-5; 1948-Citation, 25-14-8-2, 24-13-8-2; 1973-Secretariat, 6-4-2-0, 5-3-2-0; 1977-Seattle Slew, 8-5-2-0, 7-5-2-0; 1978-Affirmed-13-8-2-1, 9-6-1-0(NOTE: I noticed that Seattle Slew defeated Affirmed. Possibly the only race involving two TC winners. Also, I noted a horse named Exceller beat both of them. Is this the only horse to defeat two TC winners?).
G1 winner Honor Code, last seen winning the G1 Metropolitan Handicap on Belmont day, returned to the work tab for the first time in two weeks at Belmont Park, going 3F in 36.81. Trainer Shug McGaughey tells DRF's David Grening that he gave Honor Code a few weeks off because he wanted him to be fresh and because he says he's earned it. Also, he said that he did not feel it was necessary to do too much too soon before his next start in the G1 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga. McGaughey says his small vacation is over and he will crank up Honor Code for his next start in what McGaughey called possibly "the toughest test of his career", as this race could be determined to see if Honor Code is a true one turn horse or two turn horse. Article on DRF
Ocean Knight is back on the work tab going 48:34 at Saratoga, ranking it 1/20 at the distance. Nice to see him back.
Spendthrift Farm announces that GSW Medal Court has been retired on the heels of his lackluster effort in G2 Firecracker. Medal Count will stand at Spendthrift for an advertised fee of $5,000 with his Share The Upside fee being $6,500. According to DRF
Someone still isn't trying very hard during their morning works. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kcFpT6HC5Y
Someone still isn't trying very hard when they work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kcFpT6HC5Y
Timeform has seen fit to bestow on Golden Horn a rating of 130, becoming the first British trained 3YO since Frankel to reach the mark. Now don't get me wrong, I really like Golden Horn and I think he's a very talented horse, but Frankel was a freak of nature. In my humble opinion, if those 2 met over 2000/2100 meters Golden Horn would be nothing more than a good tow into the race for Frankel. I still remember watching Frankel completely annihilate Farhh & St Nicholas Abbey at York the first time he ever stepped up in trip beyond a mile to 2100 meters and those were both proven G1 winning horses with a pretty good turn of foot in their own right. Just sayin', Golden Horn's talented but not in Frankel's league, IMO.
I made an inquiry to Darley America and was told 2014 winner of the Comely (defeating Dame Dorothy) has been retired to their broodmare band.
what is PWS?
This comment posted on facebook 3 hours ago - "Shared Belief on stall rest since April, cleared for hand walking a week ago per co-owner Kevin Nish. "he doesn't owe us a nickel" he said."
  • slewfan1977 · Thanks for the news! The updates have been few and far between, (I've never been one for Facebook). Will America's best older horse race this year? If he resumes training this month, he could have time to make the Classic? I'm hoping, if he is back to %100, and him and AP face off, what a race! · 14 hours ago
AP is an exceptional horse, but if they're going to run him in the BCC I doubt they would run him at such a demanding track as Saratoga at 10F in the Travers. There's nothing to prove there as he's already devastated the rest of the 3yos. Running against older horses is a win, win, situation for AP. It didn't hurt the legacy of horse who lost to older horses like affirmed, Spectacular Bid, and even Secretariat. It won't hurt him either. He might, IMO, have a very good chance of winning against any of the older group. He's probably near maturity as was Damascus, Secretariat, Seattle Slew, etc. He'll get a little better, but I believe he's good enough now to more than hold his own. He runs his race at any track, in any weather, and does it as he pleases. I don't believe this is an inferior crop of 3yos, but a good one he just ran into the ground. Dortmund, Firing Line, and Frosted would be considered good grade1 horses in many other years, so why not now. I probably left someone out but that's just off the top.
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  • Pebbles via Disqus · History. Point Given became the 5th horse to win the Preakness, Belmont, Travers triple. There is only one horse that has done the four race sweep of a TC and the Travers and that is Whirlaway. The races AP is running in now are legacy races. The Haskell could prep him well for the Travers - but remember what Baffert said. He enters no race unless he is training lights out beforehand. To me this means better than he has ever trained in his career. And I believe your assessment of this crop of three year olds is dead on. · 18 hours ago
  • amino998 · You're sorely mistaken, your 'superior pattern recognition' is a delusion. What username said "wait until about 3 minutes to bet"? amino998 | 7/3/2015 10:12 AM | Re: Eatontown (2015) - Results · 14 hours ago
Lea worked 4f, July 7th, in 50:22 (b) finishing 10/26.
Imperative worked 3f, July 7th, in 35:80 (h) finishing 3/6.

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