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  • Accelerate (1-1) rallies to win the Los Alamitos Derby (G2).Posted 50 minutes ago
  • Connect (10-1) upsets the Pennsylvania Derby.Posted 4 hours ago
  • Songbird (1-5) gets win number 11 in the Cotillion (G1) at Parx Racing.Posted 5 hours ago
  • Noholdingback Bear (3-1) wins the Gallant Bob (G3) at Parx Racing.Posted 5 hours ago
  • 2015 Turf Champion Big Blue Kitten has been retired from racing, via the Chad Brown barn.Posted 3 days ago
  • No catching Sarah Sis (10-1) in the Presque Isle Downs Masters.Posted 5 days ago
  • Victory to Victory  7-1) pulls clear in the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes.Posted 6 days ago
  • Good Samaritan (3-1) rolls to a Breeders' Cup birth with a Summer Stakes win.Posted 6 days ago
  • Daddys Lil Darling (7-2) runs up to take the Grade 2 Pocahontas.Posted 7 days ago
  • Tepin (2-5) gets her eighth consecutive win in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile.Posted 7 days ago

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Honestly, if Songbird doesn't race in the Distaff, I would be beyond disappointed. Especially if her connections don't race her simply to save her "undefeated" record, and dodge Beholder/Steller Wind/Cavorting. And if she retires this year then I will never hold her to the same standard as Rachel Alexandra and Zeneytta. Not because she isn't fantastic, but because both of the previously mentioned mares went on to accomplish so much more, undefeated or not. It's the same logic as to why I'll never be able to hold Shared Belief (RIP) to the same standard as California Chrome, despite being a spectacular horse. No matter how brilliant Songbird has been, as of right now, I believe she still has more to prove.
This three year old division is a mess. I figured Nyquist would not be totally in shape for this race. He ran decently until late in the stretch where he was tired. Exaggerator finished exactly as I thought he would. He's a slop specialist and his record looks a lot better than it really is. Please give him a break and point to a campaign next year. Nyquist should gain something from this but I think he doesn't have a shot to win the classic against horses like chrome or arrogate. Maybe dirt mile? Gun runner would have won this race if he wasn't so wide. He's been pretty consistent this year and proved me wrong. Even though arrogate may be the best three year old- do you give him the eclipse based on one stakes race if he loses the classic? Geeze I don't even know- this eclipse is wide open!
Just like Exaggerator, I think Nyquist should rest up until next year too. He is not the same racehorse as he once was, and he would not stand a chance against Chrome or Arrogate in the BCC. Nyquist is a good horse, but not a great horse.
Connect Cupid Nyquist Awesome Slew
Who is guaranteed to run? 1. Chrome 2. Dortmund 3. Hoppertunity Anyone else? win the space and hard aces? Five horse field?
11 for 11. What is your favorite race of hers that she has won? Mine is the breeders cup juvenile fillies. The way she dominated that stellar field, with the ease that she did it in a time that beat Nyquist the future Kentucky derby winner- it was a look into the future if her brilliance. I'm interested to hear your picks!
She was not even trying!!!!!
I dont care what haters say he made history
Connect got a dream run on the rail. Gun Runner went too wide. Thought he had it, but it was not to be. That hurt, because I would've had the win and a 1300-1 trifecta. Didn't have Connect in my picks, and didn't think he measured up, but ended up including him in my exotics because of Castellano. Just not on top :(
Though I was cheering for Gun Runner, I was expecting Nyquist to win and I'm surprised by his performance. Hope he improves off this race. Honest question, who's the leader for 3 year old male?
One interesting note about Nyquist. Based on Racing Post Rating, except for the Kentucky Derby (124), all of Nyquist's other races were around 115.
Needed the race, he was in it until the final 1/8 mile. If they do go onto the Breeders' Cup, the Dirt Mile looks like a better fit for him at this point, the Classic may be too much too soon coming off that small freshening.
Anyone playing the Oklahoma Derby?, I'm thinking about it.
His bloodline is absolute royalty; I hope he does well!
I think this is the perfect race for Nyquist.
If Frosted enters this race, he will win by daylight, leaving the BCC to Chrome to win by 4 lengths at least over Effinex, Nyquist, and Creator or Exaggerator.
  • anthonyd73648 · What about Arrogate? I know, he's somewhat inexperienced, but he ran his Travers faster than Secretariat's Kentucky Derby. Arrogate is a monster! · 3 hours ago
1st: Frosted 2nd: Dortmund 3rd: American Freedom 4th: Runhappy
This horse should not run in the BCC. I think he should rest up until next year, and maybe he could run on the turf.
I always thought the connections were delusional when they said Nyquist was better than I'll Have Another. Beating a monster like Bodemeister twice in a row really said a lot about the horse, especially the way he did it in the Preakness.
Gotta be a record for a star horse to run against this many slow horses 11 times in a row but there won't be a 12th. Beholder and Stellar Wind coming up.

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. 

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