Race of the Week 2017

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The 1st running of the La Verdad Stakes will be held on January 13th, named in honor of champion sprinter La Verdad.
The New York Racing Association has announced that the Gotham Stakes, on March 10, will be back to a one-turn mile in 2018, one of 17 winter stakes that will have a distance change as a result of all the dirt races now being run on main track. Winter Stakes schedule will be released later today.
Trainer Mick Ruis has announced that Bolt D'Oro will return to his barn a little earlier than planned, as now Ruis is planning a three race schedule to the multiple Grade one winner. Ruis is planning for runs in the San Vicente or Robert B Lewis for his 2018 debut, then the San Felipe, and then the Santa Anita Derby for his road to the Kentucky Derby.
It’s crazy that this will be his 4th Clark Handicap. Who was the last dirt horse to run in the same race four years in a row?
What a weak edition of a G1. If Diversify can run outside of NY 1. Diversity 2. The Player 3. Good Samaritan 4. Hoppertunity
Okay I know I just posted two pictures of Chrome but I came across one more that I think you'll enjoy as much as I did. This was also posted by Haras Sumaya on their twitter account, giving credit to Juan Ignacio Bozzello for the wonderful photo. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DLNvv7qX0AE4U7i.jpg
Breeders Cup Turf Sprint winner, Stormy Liberal, was 1 of 14 selected by the HKJC on November 22nd to line up in this year's G1 Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin on December 10th. Others selected for the Sprint were Sings Of Blessing, The Tin Man, & The Right Man. There were 14 selections for the G1 Hong Kong Vase which included Breeders Cup Turf 1st & 3rd, Talismanic & Highland Reel, Melbourne Cup 3rd Max Dynamite, along with Chemical Charge, Danehill Kodiac, Smart Call,and Idaho who will first contest the G1 Japan Cup. 13 horses were selected for the G1 Hong Kong Cup including Deauville, War Decree, Poet's Word, Blond Me, Robin of Navan, & Garlingari, and there were 14 selected for the G1 Hong Kong Mile, including 2017 Breeders Cup Mile participants Lancaster Bomber, Roly Poly, & Karar along with British runner Lightning Spear.
Happy day after Thanksgiving everyone! Found a few more photos of our boy Chrome. A big thank you to Haras Sumaya for posting these on their twitter account. I'm so thankful they have kept us up to date on Chrome and, boy, he sure does look phenomenal! I hope I'm fortunate enough to make another journey to Taylor Made this spring so I can see all those little Chromies running around. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DPHpruMVoAAi1GW.jpg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DPMy9KvVoAAaLso.jpg
great name and I always admire the globetrotters, Must have a great temperament to do that and still be competitive
Arrival wins❗️
Has to be the only horse actively racing at the moment who's a millionaire with only one career win to his name to date, and that win only a Leopardstown maiden. But picking up paydays for 2nd place finishes in the G1 Dewhurst Stakes, G1 Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf, G1 St James's Palace Stakes, G1 Woodbine Mile, & G1 Breeders Cup Mile have made Lancaster Bomber a pretty wealthy horse when you factor in having only that one maiden win on his career resume'.
Givemeamimit & Lone Sailor
Destin Diversify Good Samaritan Mo Tom
https://twitter.com/IFARnews/status/930889308751482880 Shubaat with friends! He was rehomed through Godolphin and now he has a super cool new job.
Only place I knew that this would show. The FCC unveiled a new plan to abandon internet neutrality and possible allow ISP's to markedly increase access fees. Writhe the FCC and tell them to leave it alone, free and open....Write the director responsible at Ajit.Pai@FCC.gov
Full sister to Rhododendron and Magical will be covered by Almanzor for 2018!
Congrats to stalwalkindude on his W today❤️🏇
1st- Enticed 2nd- Peppered 3rd- Arrival

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