• La Coronel (5-1) leads them all the way in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup.Posted 1 day ago
  • Rubilinda (6-5) finds the wire just in time to take the Pebbles Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Engage (1-2) rolls home from last to win the Grade 3 Futurity Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Bolt d'Oro is the 12-1 favorite in the current Las Vegas line for Kentucky Derby 2018.Posted 5 days ago
  • Romantic Vision (6-1) takes the sloppy Spinster (G1) at Keeneland.Posted 8 days ago
  • Unique Bella (1-5) returns with a clear victory in the L. A. Woman (G3) at Santa Anita.Posted 8 days ago
  • Flameaway (5-1) wins a three-horse photo finish in the Dixiana Bourbon (G3) at a wet Keeneland.Posted 8 days ago
  • War Flag (9-1) wins the stretch battle in Belmont's Flower Bowl (G1).Posted 8 days ago
  • Separationofpowers (9-5) impresses in the Frizette at Belmont Park.Posted 8 days ago
  • Roy H (4-5) lives up to favoritism in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship.Posted 9 days ago

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Always be aware of BC horses who were well bet in their last race, and beaten. Mind Your Biscuits was coming into the Grade I Forego at Saratoga a winner of 3 of 4, losing that one by only a neck in the Grade III Gulfstream Park Sprint with a 101 Beyer. At Saratoga, if you are not on or near the lead, it can be a tiring track and hard to get a hold of. Check his works, but if "Buscuits" is working well, look for a return to form at a price too.
One of a few of the BEST named horses ever to race. Good one too
BREAKING: WinStar Farm, in a press release, has announced that Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming WILL race in 2018 as a four year old. According to WinStar, the horse had been suffering from ulcers and is recovering at the farm, race plans for Always Dreaming will be announced sometime after the Breeders Cup.
BREAKING: In a press release, Claiborne Farm has announced that 1995 Breeders Cup Distaff winner Inside Information passed away on October 14th from natural causes. She was 26 years old.
  • Goblin · Her 1995 BC Distaff was one of those performances that you know you may never see again. Sad for her passing; fortunate to have seen her in person. RIP. Video of that tour de force in honor of her memory. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD6HHzB1aJ0 · 1 hour ago
Right now, Harry Angel is all the rage in the ante-post betting in the UK for the G1 British Champions Sprint Stakes, but I really like Caravaggio's chances a lot in this race! He came back to near his best on his last outing at the Curragh in the G2 Flying Five Stakes, with Aidan O'Brien saying that day he thought they had solved the problem with his foot issue. He loves Ascot, and he's 2 for 2 there over the same course and distance as the British Champion Sprint Stakes. He won the G2 Coventry Stakes in 2016 and defeated Harry Angel at level weights there in the G1 Commonwealth Cup in 2017, and if I'm not mistaken, he be gets a little bit of weight from Harry Angel on Saturday.
another positive work today. 2 more they say!
Movin' right along!...Beautiful!!... https://twitter.com/TVG/status/919984749006999554
Per DRF Privman--Hoppertunity worked 6f. in 1:13 this A.M. (10/16/17) at SA. Current plan is to run in the Comma to the Top Stakes on 10/28 as a prep for a start in the Clark at CD later.
  • Mary Y. via Disqus · Well, GL to Hoppy. What a waste; shudda been the Classic. · 58 minutes ago
Much better work today
with INTO Mischief rolling up the STALLION all sires list and Curlin already being there. I'm thinking it may be worth taking a chance and breeding a mare to CURLIN into Mischief What a pedigree and his stud fee is 5000
After his final race of this season, Al Wukair will be retired and move on to his next job - standing at Haras de Bouquetot for 2018! Hiss fee has yet to be announced. Fingers crossed that everything goes well and he can retire safely!
Will stand at Al Shaqab's Haras de Bouquetot for 2018 once he retires at the end of this year. Fee and other information has yet to be announced.
Will stand at Elwick Stud for the 2018 season. His fee is set at £6,000.
Has surprisingly enough been retired intact and will stand at Haras du Thenney for 2018.
Our Ivanhowe has been retired and will stand at Haras du Thenney for 2018.
Will stand at Haras de Montaigu in association with Coolmore for the 2018 season. His fee is set at €12,000.
For those who are wondering why Arrogate is the #1 dirt horse, Arrogate's records against the 2 second best dirt horses over the last 2 years: Arrogate 2 - California Chrome 0 (BCC and PWC) Arrogate 2 - Gun Runner 0 (Travers and DWC)
  • cugel the clever · Thank you for these shocking, surprising, previously unknown facts. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b35c821a8d2cb5a8df35808f058ca480b55f44ffce9a46d45d25e9cb58ff231a.jpg Don't you think that American Pharoah qualifies in this elite group of "best dirt horses over the last 2 years"? · 3 hours ago
Practical Joke ain't NO JOKE. He could be good as West Coast and is coming into this race in tip top form. Will be 1st or 2nd in here, and if he really takes to the egg shaped oval it could be a run away.
That Beldame win was as impressive a win I've seen all year. She'll get a slight weight break as a 3 year old, and I'd like to see an official 5 furlong Del Mar work. Her sire 2002 Travers winner Medaglia d'Oro has a way with distaffers like Rachel Alexandra and others, my pick.

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