• Materiality turns away the challenge of Upstart to win the Florida Derby.Posted 2 days ago
  • International Star reels in Stanford late to win the Louisiana Derby.Posted 2 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox sweeps the 3yo filly stakes at Fair Grounds with today's win in the Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox sweeps the 3yo filly stakes at Fair Grounds with today's win in the Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • Pants On Fire guts out a win in the Sir Shackleton.Posted 2 days ago
  • War Correspondent rolls late to win the Appleton.Posted 2 days ago
  • Prince Bishop wins the world's richest race; California Chrome 2nd.Posted 2 days ago
  • Dolniya dominates the boys in the Dubai Sheema ClassicPosted 2 days ago
  • Solow defeats The Grey Gatsby in the $6,000,000 Dubai TurfPosted 2 days ago
  • Secret Circle wins Golden Shaheen Sprint in Dubai.Posted 2 days ago

What the Horse Racing Nation is talking about...

Staying grounded at one racetrack is increasing the number of hat tracks scored prior to the Kentucky Derby.Read More
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  • Judy in Disguise via Disqus · It is my understanding that Orb and Chrome were also the points leader. · 1 hour ago
  • jockey2be. · Love the Upstart analysis.He's a serious contender. · 33 minutes ago
QUOTE: Either way, I totally agree. Time is not unimportant in this endeavor, but when it comes to the FD, for ex, it is so far out-of-whack that the times are essentially irrelevant to any kind of future event, like the KD. Pssst Don't tell the connections of Northern Dancer, Alydar, Bid, Needles, Empire Maker, Barbaro, Orb, Big Brown, Nashua, Honest Pleasure, Forward Pass, Swale, Unbridled, Carry Back, Candy Spots, Tim Tam, Thunder Gulch, Monarchos...who all did well that first Saturday in May and IN the FLA Derby!
  • DavidBenning · No doubt, my point in that particular quote was in response to what I have been seeing all over the internet which is that the FD was so slow that its runners can be tossed from consideration. I don't agree with that. When I later knocked the FD as a "glib surface" historically, I was 100% wrong, which I acknowledged in a later post below. One of the reasons speed figures changed the whole nature of understanding handicapping principles is because it put final time, etc. in a context that went beyond the actual times, creating a conduit from one surface to another, which was always a handicapping barrier. The FD came back "fast" even though it was the "slowest" in 40 years or something. · 11 minutes ago
As good as Mubtaahij, International Star, and Materiality were in their Kentucky Derby preps on Saturday, questions remain.Read More
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  • Joseph Weil via Disqus · To hit huge tickets you have to have a open mind like when War Emblem won the derby from a non typical prep(Illinois derby)! Of the 3 preps Mubtaahij was so impressive stalking patiently and with a push button move flying by the competition! He will be on all my derby tickets no doubt! · 32 minutes ago
  • amino998 · Baffert KNEW War Emblem was a LOCK after the Ill Derby, that's why they stole 90% of him for a cool million. Didn't have to wait till the 1/2 mile pole that year :D · 12 minutes ago
From Lane's End: Curlin looking good. Love this guy to death. Happy be-lated birthday Curlin.
  • Sullivan · Looking REALLY good! · 1 hour ago
  • Goblin · Jb, Is that a photo of Curlin? Curlin's blaze isn't that wide or long, he has two rear white stockings, and is just much larger overall. Here's his Lane's End profile photo. http://www.lanesend.com/stallion/curlin · 39 minutes ago
Some of Mott's people thought Meydon's surface was similar to Churchill's. The transition isn't nearly as much of a stretch as it was. Hard to gauge the quality of what he beat, but it was visually impressive. Bred to love 10 furlongs. De Kock usually gives a genuine read on his horses......price could be juicy.
This colt may be the best foreign entry ever. Certainly not one to ignore May 3.
How can anyone not be impressed by this horse and how he ran this past Saturday. They refer to the slow final time for the distance,and compare it to the times run in the Preakness. If you do not believe that the track was playing to extremely slow times on this day. Please refer to Bafferts ace sprinter Secret Circle. He basically covered the 6F distance in. 1.11 . This horse at Santa Anita walks the distance faster than he ran it in here. This horse has a World Class Trainer. Going into the Derby,he will have run and won at a distance much longer than any of the other entrants.If you look at the race, he was striding out with authority as he was crossing the wire. Oh yes,and he did this winning by Daylight under a stranglehold. A potentially big plus for him might be that he will add Lasix for the race. Like i have said,other than The Pharoah, no other horse drew my attention. I think in Mubtaahij, i have a horse that i will use in the wagering. Just remember how good last years winner of this race.......Toast of New York turned out to be. He was nowhere near as impressive as this horse.
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  • DerekFisher · Mallios, I'm impressed. Outside of American Pharaoh, we have agreed on Derby horses pretty much spot on. There are so many positives about this horse, not to mention the guaranteed 10/1 (or better) odds on Derby day. To me, his biggest hurdle is surviving the ship over, quarantine, and adapting to Churchill. In Dubai, Mott did say (when talking about Lea) that Dubai's new dirt surface most closely resembled Churchill Down's dirt, so Mubtaahij has that going for him as well. · 1 hour ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · I look at over all talent on horses. I have no idea if they will love or hate a distance. Just because a horse is bred to run a certain distance,that does not mean that they can do it in a fast enough time. That is why i loe A.P. so much.To steal a line from T.V.VIC,i have no clue as to what will occur in the Derby,in regards to pace scenerio or trip. That is why i want to go in with the best horse. He has a better chance of over coming hurdles. Same reason i loved Chrome so much last year. I had no idea if he could get the distance or not. I just thought he was so much the fastest horse. I feel the same wy about A.P. . But since watching Mubtaahij run in his last,and a tape of his previous race. He has impressed me to no end. What you mention is true,about the transport to the U.S. . Does anyone know if he will be racing with Lasix or not. Has an announcement been made. After watching C.C run without it, this guy might be scary good with it. · 1 hour ago
I had bet on UAE Derby horses in the past, with nothing to show for it. Visibly, this one looked good, but, who did he run against that would make him look so good? I have seen at chef-de-race.com that the UAE Derby is 9.44 furlongs. If that would be the case, his projected time would be 2:05.37. Which would put him behind Secretariat about the same margin as Secretariat's Belmont margin. Will he be shipping for the first time? Guess we'll see once he works under the spires.
  • Euro Trash via Disqus · He has shipped before, but I do not know when de Kock is planning on shipping him. Just remember Meydan is a new dirt course and is slow. You cannot use the raw time to extrapolate a time at Churchill Downs. You can only see how he may or may not be handling the dirt track at Churchill. · 2 hours ago
  • DerekFisher · He said he was planning on shipping him 2 weeks after the UAE Derby, assuming all goes well. · 1 hour ago
Lost just a bit in all the weekend’s hoopla of the Dubai World Cup, and Kentucky Derby preps in Florida and Louisiana, was the performance of Secret Circle. Read More
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  • https://www.facebook.com/richa · Most accomplished american sprinter... · 2 hours ago
  • DANCERS1FAN · Congratulations to the connections! Love Secret Circle! He always tries hard and I always bet on him!!! He should be getting lots of glory as the only American winner on the new dirt track! · 1 hour ago
Does anyone know if the Shiek is commiting to this years Derby with this horse. The 40 pts he earned by running 2nd should be enough to get him into the starting gate. As impressive as Mubtaahig was this past Saturday, Maftool after a lazy start was running on in the late stages. He has already shown his talents by defeating Mubtaahij in his previous start. He deserves a shot at the Roses.
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  • Euro Trash via Disqus · I would speculate that he will be the Sheikh's 2000 Guineas horse, not his Derby horse. He may have a shot at getting 1m2f but I think he is a much better 1m horse personally. · 2 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · After watching his race were he defeated Mubtaahig,and knowing how good he is. I was very impressed with Maftool. I always try to rate horses by talent and ability,rather than how better they are at a certain distance. But Maftool is one very talented colt. · 1 hour ago
International Star won the Louisiana Derby to sweep all three stops on the Fair Grounds Race Course Kentucky Derby Trail.Read More
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  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · i dont think you will see one horse from the LA Downs series to even hit the board in the DERBY An outside chance to Keen Ice only because of the distance · 11 hours ago
  • https://www.facebook.com/richa · Amdaman where are you. ? · 2 hours ago
Reading all of the comments about Firing Line is quite interesting. I think hell do well in Kentucky depending on the draw for post position. I would like to see him in the 5 to 10 slot and then Dortmund and he can go eyeball to eyeball again!!!!! Derby fever here!!!!
the kentucky derby is won Firing Line, time of 1: 47.39 in the Sunland Derby is your best presentation, in addition to their lost races against Dortmund could haver been victories,the fight is in my opinion between two horses Firing Line against Dortmund and background are like surprises American Pharoah, Carpe Diem and Dubai Sky.
Will it rain enough to declare martial law Saturday, Roker?
Carpe Diem strictly one to beat but taking a long look at Tiz Shea D
Any horse that can finish like that has a legit shot on derby day. Needs the same type of trip. Take the short way around the track, stay outa trouble, dont get boxed in, keep the leaders with in 2-3 lengths, and fire home! Still a tough task with 19 others flyin around in all directions.
Monday's 7th race (4:09pm MT) from Turf Paradise is a $13,800 Allowance event for claiming event for fillies and mares which have never won two rces. They will be traveling one mile on the turf course.  #6 Bea's Bench (5-1) and #2 Weekend Winger (5-2) took turns beating each other in their last...Read More
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  • travel_vic · This is the accumulated effort of a study and input form literally dozens and dozens of players (as well as feedback from a previous seminar that garnered the greatest number of hits of any one produced the entire season) who ALL agree that the weakest link in the game is NOT spending the time on the wagering side of the coin and continually going back to the handicapping side to split more hairs and self confusing the outcome in paralysis by analysis. The capping side and the wagering side REQUIRE different skills that are akin to NIGHT and DAY......One will never ever get good at this game playing one side of it....That is where these irrelevant contests produce: one sided players with no value consciousness. · 7 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · 2Weekend Winger could get an uncontested lead and last, 4 Ski's Copper Penny had three turf races at SA. The mile race would make her competitive here, but this is an admitted like and hunch, 3 Kitten de Pere has done well in her allowances this track and distance. Again the heat today is a concern. Temps went way up lately. · 3 hours ago
Just won recently at fairgrounds on saturday
Carpe Diem strictly one to beat but taking a long look at Tiz Shea D
giving outside shot to Bolo if he improves off his first start on dirt in San Felipe last out. Like M. Smith riding him back.

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