• Stopchargingmaria out-duels Untapable to win the G3 Shuvee.Posted 2 hours ago
  • American Pharoah wins the Haskell completely in hand!Posted 3 hours ago
  • Heart to Heart takes them wire to wire in the G3 Oceanport.Posted 3 hours ago
  • Casual Smile closes from second last to win the G3 Matchmaker Stakes.Posted 4 hours ago
  • Bradester snags the G2 Monmouth Cup in front-running fashion.Posted 4 hours ago
  • Rachel's Valentina, daughter of champion Rachel Alexandra, wins her debut at the Spa!Posted 4 hours ago
  • Beholder wins the G1 Clement L. Hirsch for fun!Posted 1 day ago
  • Texas Red returns to the winner's circle with a Jim Dandy victory over Frosted!Posted 1 day ago
  • Red Rifle squeezes through rivals to win the Bowling Green.Posted 1 day ago
  • Madefromlucky takes the G2 West Virginia Derby.Posted 1 day ago

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unbelievable line up. Effinex sure doesn't get any respect
Please scroll down to my predictions from 2 days ago.....I said a $20 trifecta 4/1,2,6 would pay between $300-$400.......not only did I hit this...but I had a $20 superfecta that paid over $700! Has anybody seen Cugel the Clever...I need some props here!
Mr. Jordan messed up my Tri. I had Keen Ice to Place and Show. Had Mr. Jordan to Place and Show too. lol
idk but I cant see one horse that has a prayer to beat him in the classic... maybe honor code>>>NOT
Naval Command did an easy 5/8th this am in 58.2 She'll be ready for her next start Aug. 8th..Good luck to all the connections...
  • Kennethnero via Disqus · I wonder is she gonna be facing take charge Brandi · 1 hour ago
Any chance this horse gets into the Breeder Cup ?
With his Haskell win AP jumps from 54 to 32 on the all time earnings list. If you take away international horses who've raced here he's 21st.
Very exciting finish to the Shuvee! Stopchargingmaria prevailed by a length over Untapable
Once again another spectacular performance. How unfortunate that the only horse likely to be the equal of American Pharoah is injured and will not make it to the Breeders Cup Classic. We can only imagine what a race between Pharoah and Shared Belief would hold in store. Fortunately we will have Shared Belief next year to enjoy, but we will be left to wonder what might have been.
The whip is never even seen!!! https://youtu.be/teqfIIMQNJQ
It's better to be lucky than good. Once again, Upstart had trouble at the start giving AP an easy pace. Hopefully, his connections finishing a second off the track record will show them they still have a lot to prove. The graveyard of champions, Saratoga, and the Travers with Texas Red awaits. Go Texas Red!
Who is left to even remotely challenge him? He has to run in the jockey club against offers or even the pacific classic. The travers is a joke at this point with how easily he won today. He makes it look so easy I wonder if they would consider Dubai next year if he keeps destroying these fields so easily
Believe me when I say, Keen Ice was at the top of his game today. He was very impressive when finishing 2nd. I think he can win a stakes in the future.
WOW!!!!!!!! What a performance. Have never seen a horse completely ease up for practically the entire final 1/8th like that and still keep his distance from the field. Keen Ice only looked like he was closing ground. Unreal.
Anyone know if Mr. Jordan is alright? Seemed like something happened to him for him to drop out if it suddenly like he did.
gezz he makes money easier then bill gates and warren buffet and even the Donald..... well maybe not the Donald.
This horse could have won by 20. What a sensational specimen.
Paid workout! Travers time!
  • Ruffianlover · I hope they skip it. What is the point of going there? No three year old can run with him at this point · 2 hours ago
Like Mr. Zayat I am almost speechless after this victory. I too was so nervous before this race. I grew up watching Secretariat. I got goosebumps the size of golf balls watching Secretariat. I can't imagine loving a horse more, until American Pharaoh came along. When it is all said and done I believe we will be saying that American Pharaoh was the greatest Thoroughbred who ever raced. He was held back by Victor in smart fashion so as not to take too much out of him, but It didn't matter. Mr. Zayat and the entire American Pharaoh connections are not so much about breaking time records as they are about winning while keeping the horse happy. I believe without question that AP could have broken Secretariat's time record for the Belmont had Espinoza ALLOWED AP to run full out the way AP has always wanted to...and again in this race he could have had a much faster time had he been ALLOWED to run full out from start to finish. Kudos to Espinoza for being such a tactical and smart jockey. And congratulations to American Pharaoh for being breathtakingly beautiful. He will create winners for generations to come who are gentle and sweet. He is the PERFECT horse.
Sorry Egypt, we spell it Pharoah now!!!!

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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. 

Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 
As Managing Editor of Horse Racing Nation, Brian authors a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and adds his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Brian also consults for Derby Wars, is on the the Board of Directors of ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption and is a Vox Populi committee member. 
A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.  

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