• Party Boat (7-2) takes the Memories of Silver on the Aqueduct turf.Posted 2 days ago
  • Dolphus (6-5), Rachel Alexandra's half-brother, wins AQU allowance; Shagaf lastPosted 2 days ago
  • Multiplier (4-1) kicks it in late to get past Hedge Fund in the Illinois Derby.Posted 3 days ago
  • Collected (3-5) rolls home much the best in the Californian.Posted 3 days ago
  • Imperative (5-1) surges past Matt King Coal for his second win in the Charles Town Classic.Posted 3 days ago
  • Itsinthepost (5-2) proves best in Keeneland's Elkhorn.Posted 3 days ago
  • Inordinate (5-2) surges to victory in the San Juan Capistrano.Posted 3 days ago
  • Twisted Tom (5-1) is a game winner of a sloppy Federico Tesio Stakes.Posted 3 days ago
  • Classic Rock (6-5) rolls in the Roar, the Preakness could be next.Posted 4 days ago
  • Unbridled Mo (2-5) holds on to win the Doubledogdare at Keeneland.Posted 4 days ago
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Chad Brown seems to be considering using blinkers on Practical Joke for the Kentucky Derby. Considering breezing him with them on. "He seemed to hang a bit at the end of his races. Making an equipment change for the Derby carries a risk but there's a lot on the line. It's worth exploring"
Weighted in at 1,102 yesterday. Haskin's says that it is a good weight...
Via Graham Motion- Irish War Cry weighed in at 1,114 Lbs this morning
Cracksman, the highly regarded son of Frankel, gets up in literally the last dying stride to nose out the Mark Johnston trained Permian and win the Investec Derby Trial at Epsom and keeps his unbeaten record in tact for the potent combo of John Gosden and Frankie Dettori.
Last race reminds me of Real Quiet chasing in Santa Aneta Derby.Fast track that never was gonna catch that Indian Charlie that day.The 1 1/4 made it more fair for him.See this horse moving up alot,also frame was real light.Saw him yesterday looks too have put on alot too the frame.Just saying.
That was a performance that can win the KY Derby.
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Unlikely. Bounce very likely. Ideal for the Preakness Stakes. To me this looks like Destin's Tampa Bay Derby. But AD can prove me wrong on the track. :-) · 1 hour ago
In looking at the sheets only and taking into consideration of the best patterns going into the race. Three Horses seem to have the best. Mind you that this in no way takes into consideration breeding or dynamics of the race. It is just the 3 that look to be coming into a big race. They are Classic Empire , Practical Joke and McCraken.
Frank Dettori should ride him or Buick
I will keep him in the 3rd and 4th spots of my super but that's as good as he'll get. I think he may finish out of the money.
Lovely photos of Al Wukair in the Prix Djebel! https://twitter.com/Jour_de_Galop/status/851435514028752897
First winner for Style Vendome! https://twitter.com/AlShaqabRacing/status/856856172737036290
How can he run 6 seconds faster than the previous race? Something weird about that. I think he will not finish in the top 5. Gunny will be flying by them in the stretch and battle IWC for the win. PJ will hold third. There, you have a winning pick.
How can you not take her in the Oaks?
sure you do if you know u have no chance on the horses thats left, u have horses like connect at belmont who will be in met mile ,whitney,gold cup and breeders cup down the road.
Time to be worried that he is not getting in? Looks like only Malagacy is on the fence at this point. Anyone know which way that is trending? I guess he would go the Peter Pan or Preakness to the Belmont which is not the end of the world. Something is wrong with the scoring system when you have this situation.......he danced a lot of dances and for the most part ran well. But those 10 point preps are just useless in the grand scheme. Heck even the Juve champ (20 pts) WITH another win still needed some pts on the final prep day.
Pace was slow, don't know if he'll get that in the Derby. But congraats to him, he won his prep. More than you can say for McCraken, Mo Town, Tapwrit etc,
  • Steve Gibson via Disqus · Pace may have been slow, but if you compare his actual SA Derby pace figs with Irish War Cry's Wood they are nearly identical all the way around their respective tracks. Yet people are claiming IWC's Wood was somehow amazing and he's a top 3 contender, and also claiming the SA Derby stunk and Gormley is a toss out. That is exactly the type of Kentucky Derby hype and and irrational "sentimental" handicapping that one should be looking to take advantage of. :-) · 15 hours ago
Will this turn out to be the career high point for Gormley? https://www.thoroughbredracing.com/articles/will-turn-out-be-high-point-super-game-gormley/ He is a multiple G1 winner. Nothing to sneeze at.
  • BeastBob via Disqus · The SA derby displayed a new running style for him. With that and his already proven frontrunning style, I think we haven't seen the high point for Gormley yet. In fact, if he draws PP1 in the Kentucky Derby, he may be running the best race of his career IMO. Fast break, possible wiring of the field; slow break and he may be coming on strong in the stretch. · 12 days ago
  • Steve Gibson via Disqus · He's a horse that will be ignored on Derby day, yet he is dangerous. The new running style will be a huge help. He'll be one of the very few multiple G1 winners routing in the race, and will probably go off somewhere near 15-1. The funniest thing of all is that if you read the comments in here and on a lot of other sites you'll find a large contingent of punters, who will hype up a horse like Irish War Cry endlessly and babble about how fantastic his Wood win was. Then the same "experts" will dismiss Gormley and the Santa Anita Derby results. Yet, if you compare their pace figs from their last races, Santa Anita Derby versus the Wood, what you find is they ran nearly identical pace figs all the way around their respective tracks. Gormley is exactly the type of non hyped horse to look for on Derby day. And IWC I'm guessing will be bet down far below where he truly should be based upon the hypsters. :-) · 15 hours ago
You heard it here first...Battle of Midway will be in the trifecta with odds over 20-1.
  • Chicken Dinner via Disqus · Chicken Dinner P.O. Box 12345 Houston, TX You can send your money there, I'll take all your action :) · 16 hours ago

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