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Here's a full replay of the Native Diver from the start of the race to the winner's circle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dwQVpAa9FA
His eclipse award just got closer
I have loved this horse for the longest time. I pointed him out when he was still running in Allowance races. His victory in the BC Dirt Mile, although won in a style not expected from him. That effort was just short of spectacular. That being said,there are 2 things about Liam. He is the Eclipse Award winner as the top Older Male. His top competition Honor Code,finished off the year running 2 poor thirds. The only time they met,and at a distance more suitable for Honor Code. Liam ran the best race of his life,and maybe any other horse this year to lose by a nose. Most importantly after watching yesterdays Classic. I sure hope that the Monday Morning qbS' go home,and stop second guessing the decision to bypass the Classic. Pharoah was more than a Monster yesterday. He was amazing in every sense of the word. He did all this on Cruise Control. As good as Liam was on Friday,he was not beating Pharoah on Saturday. He would of run a nice 2nd.
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  • Anne Shaw · Great post, Tom. I just wish they weren't both retiring. If Liam doesn't get best older horse it would be a travesty. · 28 days ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Liam's Map an Eclipse Award winner? OK. Let us see if you can answer these questions and reach the same conclusion. 1. Is the Champion Older Male Eclipse Award presented to the top older horse who performs best over an entire year? A: Yes. Honor Code raced 6 times starting in early March and finishing in late October in only graded stakes races. Liam's Map had his first race in June. He did not race in graded stakes company until the 2nd week in August and ended in late October. So he raced for basically 3 months. 3 races in 3 months. Honor Code at least raced at 5 different tracks. He did not win every time. But he competed. And in the best races he was at his best. 2. Other than the BC Classic, what was the top older male field in the country in 2015? A: The Whitney Handicap where Liam's Map finished 2nd to Honor Code losing by a neck - not a nose or a head. 3. Is the BC Dirt Mile a championship race? A: No. The BC Dirt Mile is commonly made up of horses that are not good enough to compete in either the BC Classic or the BC Sprint. Liam's Map opted to avoid the championship race for an easier start. His connections deserve accolades for placing him in the race that they felt was best at his level. However, in doing so, they basically forfeited any final Eclipse Award consideration. 4. How many times has the Champion Older Male Eclipse Award been given to the winner of the BC Dirt Mile? A: Never. 5. Is losing ones final two races a reason to exclude a horse from winning the Eclipse Award? A:. Yes if all things are considered equal. However, the irony here is that you suggested that Liam's Map ran well in the Whitney Stakes at a distance that was supposedly not his best. However, he ran back in the Woodward Stakes and won by 4 3/4 lengths. Now, either the field was so weak that they could not contend with Liam's Map or Liam's Map is better at the 9 furlong distance than you seem willing to accept. The other irony is that you suggested that Honor Code was not a two turn horse, but above you suggest that he was better suited to the distance than Liam's Map. Which is it? 6. Does losing your last two races disqualify you from winning an Eclipse Award? A: No. California Chrome lost 2 of his last 3 races and still won the Eclipse Award. Zenyatta lost her final race and still won Horse of the Year. In fact, Lawyer Ron in 2007 had lost the JCGC finishing 2nd and the BC Classic finishing 7th and he still took home the award. Finally, the notion that Liam's Map would have run a strong 2nd to American Pharoah in the BC Classic seems a huge stretch particularly given your assertion that 9 furlongs is not LM's best distance. · 1 hour ago
BREAKING NEWS: Stonestreet Farm has post via Instagram that Jess's Dream is feeling alot better and has enjoyed his time off, Jess is back to full health and clear to resume light training, he will go back under tack and is expected to rejoin Kiaran McLaughlin's barn sometime in December.
Effinex- one G3 win, a G2 win and a G1 win and a head to head win over Honor Code not at his best, Beat horses: Tonalist, Coach Inge, Frosted, Keen Ice, Hoppertunity, etc. Liam's Map- two G1 wins (hard to believe that's it) a head to head win over Effinex not at his best, and beat horses such as Tonalist, Noble Bird, Lea, Wicked Strong, etc. Last but not least- Honor Code- one G2 win and two G1s, a head to head win a game Liam's Map at his best, beat horses such as Private Zone, Tonalist (3x), Lea, Noble Bird, Moreno, Bayern, Wicked Strong, Keen Ice, Frosted, etc. In my opinion- finishing anyting other than first place doesn't and shouldn't matter, unless it was a DQ (or should have been a DQ as in a la BC 2014) so I didn't mention non win performances. There it is ladies and gents- it's up to the voters and not us but for fun- who is your pick?
  • Pebbles via Disqus · You forgot Tonalist - 2 G1 wins and a G3 win and a head to head win over Effinex by 11 1/2 lengths in the JCGC. He beat: G1 winners Constitution, Effinex, Private Zone, and Wicked Strong. You also forgot that Effinex has no head to head win over: Frosted, Honor Code or Keen Ice. He finished ahead of them in a race. In order to have a head to head win, you need to actually win. He finished in front of Honor Code, Frosted, Keen Ice, Noble Bird, Moreno. He also finished 11th in the Brooklyn Handicap losing to a slew of horses on Belmont Stakes day. · 2 hours ago
He's sticking around for 2016, right?
Could be champion older male
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  • cugel the clever · I think it's between Liams Map and Effinex. I would give it to Effinex if it were my vote because of his solid record at classic distances and his run in the BCC where he proved he was clearly second best to AP, but I think the voters will give a lot of weight to a Breeders Cup Day victory and give it to Liams Map. · 19 hours ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Really? I will grant you that Effinex's win in the Clark was more impressive than Tonalist's in the Cigar Mile (though Tonalist's win looked very good and was quite impressive in its own right) given that the best horses in the field performed better than the best horses in the Cigar Mile. However, the notion that a horse with a 2nd in the BC Classic by widening lengths, and a win in the G2 Suburban and G3 Excelsior has had a better performance than either Honor Code or Tonalist is misplaced. · 7 hours ago
I would love to see him run against Nyquist.
  • chasingfiringline via Disqus · Agree · 1 day ago
  • bronzeprincess33 · I realize that many things can happen in the meantime, but I'm looking forward to a meeting between this two colts. · 2 hours ago
hey jbrynes I knew American pharoah was gonna be special and win the triple crown before he even raced, ohh wait no I didnt.
  • Jbyrnes1 · Is this an insult, because if it is, read the facts, I didn't say he was gonna win the Triple Crown, I said he was special, get you facts right pal. · 10 hours ago
Announced last week that NEXT season (2016) we are going to have about 25 turf races run CLOCKWISE. Will have to reverse the sweep on the cameras to capture it correctly. I see where Emma Jayne Wilson posted on You Tube a reverse angle video during the testing (on Twitter). Also hinting that in 2017 there will be 2 separate turf courses after the standardbreds vacate the place.
Reigning leading sire Tapit, who stands at Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Ky., has broken his own single-season progeny earnings record for a North American stallion. Through Nov. 29, Tapit's 2015 earnings stand at $17,853,584, leading Medaglia d'Oro by more than $5 million on the general sire list. Tapit finished his record-setting 2014 season with $16,813,536 in earnings, shattering the previous single-season mark of $14,358,570 established by Smart Strike in 2007. Tapit will stand for $300,000 in 2016, the highest fee in North America and the same fee as he had this year. Article on DRF
WOW!! Conquest Big E dominates!!! Another good horse to watch in 2016. Loved his maiden win and thought he had a troubled trip in the Juvenile. Good horse and he looked great today.
  • HideousZippleback via Disqus · Yes yes yes! Super happy he won! And won nicely too! He sure likes those off tracks that is for sure! · 1 day ago
  • blueyedhusky · Didn't see any trouble for him in the BCJ,. · 11 hours ago
Red Vine, a stakes winner who has placed in three graded stakes, including the grade I Pacific Classic this summer, will be offered at the Fasig Tipton November Sale as a racing / stallion prospect. The son of Candy Ride is to be consigned by Brookdale Sales, agent for Jon and Sarah Kelly and Don and Joan Cimpl. Article on Bloodhorse
He finished 3rd in the Native Diver (race results ^^)? Preliminary BSF of 103
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  • Mary Z. · Somebody else please correct this. It is such a pain. · 1 day ago
  • Johnsmith24 · I wonder how long it's going to take for it to be fixed. =/ · 13 hours ago
Definitely looking the derby fav at this point
  • Ferrisjso26 · I would say it's between him and Swipe but seeing as Swipe hasn't actually won anything yet I'd have to go with this colt. · 14 hours ago
Nice ride Mike Smith!
Now that I've seen what horse choking looks like with Martin Pedroza and Private Zone, was Victor Espinoza choking American Pharoah a little bit during the middle stretch of the Belmont Stakes (watching the video, it looked as if he was being held a lot tighter than the other horses and his head was arching more than others too during that stretch)?
Curlin's Fox was terrible. She can win in 1:33 but gets a bit of pressure and folds to come last in 1:35. She's not classy enough.
  • SnidgetAsphodel via Disqus · Or, ya know, she bled as she is prone to do. Calling a horse terrible... you are so classy. SMH · 17 hours ago
I harbor extremely strong doubts that Nyquist will ever come close to staying 10 furlongs. Uncle Mo never won past 8 and a half. Even 9 could be a bit too much to ask of Nyquist. And you can forget about a Triple Crown for him. He's never powering through 12. I think Songbird has the best chance of winning the Kentucky Derby of any 2 year old at the moment, and I really don't think it's all that close, either. I'd put Swipe 2nd behind her. If Songbird keeps dominating in the lead up to the Triple Crown series, I very much hope her connections reconsider and run her against the boys. As of now, she's better than any of them.
  • jrem1 · I'd like to see her go for the Derby too. Swipe seems to have some potential. Do you think that Exaggerator can be a factor in the Triple Crown races for 2016? · 21 hours ago
  • syddiggers via Disqus · Songbird won't be getting any soft runs in the lead in the Derby though. · 17 hours ago
Anytime I see a curlin on turf go to the front I know the result. Horrific
  • Goblin · I'm wondering if she had another bleeding episode. It didn't appear that the jockey was urging her much, if at all, after she began to fall back. I re-watched the race and looked for commentary on DRF twitter, but couldn't find anything specific. (She had a published history of bleeding after the China Doll.) · 19 hours ago
  • Jay Harrison via Disqus · Not necessarily horrific. Earlier in the summer she went right to the front and aired in 133 flat at Del Mar. Mind you that was against 3 year olds, so maybe these simply outclassed her or she could have bled because she hit the wall at right about 3/4's. She dropped out to quickly. · 18 hours ago

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