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2013 Juddmonte International (G1)

8/21/2013, York-GB
1 5/16 m (Turf)
3+ M

What the Nation is saying about the 2013 Juddmonte International (G1)...

From Oct. 23 until Nov. 1, we'll be counting down the Top 10 Breeders' Cup Buzz horses. Today's horse: Declaration of WarRead More
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  • Buckpasser · I really like this guy. I'm not sure he will win, but I think he will give a good account of himself and may surprise a lot of people. · 176 days ago ·
  • ILuvTurfRacing · @Buckpasser, Agreed. I really like DOW a whole lot because he's about as honest a horse as you'll find. You may be right, he may not be quite good enough to beat top American dirt horses like Game On Dude or Mucho Macho Man, but I sure wouldn't be surprised if he ends up getting a piece of the Classic provided he's ridden the way he needs to be by young Joseph O'Brien. · 176 days ago ·
A basic unknown to the casual American race fan, other than possibly as the horse who won Animal Kindgdom’s final career start, Declaration of War is coming to Santa Anita to run the final race of his own career in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. So just who is this horse that has given his connections r...Read More
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  • travel_vic · want a frame of reference for unbelievable consitituion: just look at the great gedlings · 182 days ago ·
  • ILuvTurfRacing · Declaration of War is a very classy horse that's all business once he's out on the track. This will obviously be his first time ever racing on conventional dirt, but War Front offspring has burning up all 3 surfaces in America and abroad. Plus, last season Declaration of War won the G3 Diamond Stakes over 10-1/2f on Dundalk's synthetic track in Ireland, which I've been told probably plays as close to being like conventional dirt as any synthetic track in Europe. The distance or the class isn't an issue at all with this horse. The only question that has to be answered is how he'll handle the switch to dirt? I don't know if Declaration of War will prove good enough to win the BC Classic or not? But I do think he gives Coolmore the best chance they've had of winning the race since Giant's Causeway in 2000 where the race has been held on conventional dirt and not synthetics. · 182 days ago ·
Declaration of War came, he saw and he conquered in accounting for his five rivals with the utmost ease to win going away in the Group 1 Juddmonte International at York. Read More
  • ILuvTurfRacing · If Coolmore run Declaration of War in the BC Classic I think it gives them the best chance of winning the race they've had when the venue has been held on conventional dirt since Giant's Causeway in 2000. DOW's pedigree suggest he should go well on dirt, and I'm convinced 10f suits this horse even better than a mile does. I would like DOW chances of beating the horses lining up for the BC Classic over trying to beat Wise Dan in the BC Mile. JMO. · 243 days ago ·
Dan Munn is not the only one geeked up for Wednesday’s Juddmonte International. The showdown at York looks to be one of the races of the year, and with my favorite international horse, Toronado, testing uncharted territories, the English race has my full attention. I must say it’s nice to have this ...Read More
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  • jonquil · Eh, I dunno that Toronado will do *that* poorly here. And I think Declaration of War might struggle a bit - too soon after his last big race in Deauville. · 246 days ago ·
  • jonquil · That's what I get for actually listening to a jockey for once. Ah well, what a shocker. Declaration of War won, Trading Leather got 2nd, and Al Kazeem was 3rd. Toronado was at the very back. I think Hughes was just too besotted with this horse this time to really know its limits, but what a shocker that DoW could run so well having been run so much this season and so soon after that last race! · 245 days ago ·
One year removed from Frankel winning the Juddmonte International, York is spoiled once more with an embarrassment of equine riches.Read More
  • ILuvTurfRacing · Anyone believing this a 2-horse race between only Al Kazeem & Toronado is really fooling themselves, IMO. The 10-1/2f trip is completely uncharted territory for Toronado. Frankly, I'll be hard pressed to use him in my tri-fecta with horses like Trading Leather who's won the Irish Derby and was 2nd in the King George in his last 2 starts, Hillstar who's won the King Edward VII Stakes & 3rd in the King George in his last 2 starts, and Declaration of War who I've always suspected might be a better horse over this trip than he is at a mile who already has a 2nd behind Al Kazeem in the Coral-Eclipse at 10f. I'm not suggesting Toronado won't get the distance. He may even thrive for the step up in trip from a mile? But I am suggesting this is way more than a 2-horse race. · 246 days ago ·
Big fan of both and having to choose one, at this distance, I give the edge to Al Kazeem.

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