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  • La Coronel (5-1) leads them all the way in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup.Posted 4 days ago
  • Rubilinda (6-5) finds the wire just in time to take the Pebbles Stakes.Posted 4 days ago
  • Engage (1-2) rolls home from last to win the Grade 3 Futurity Stakes.Posted 4 days ago
  • Bolt d'Oro is the 12-1 favorite in the current Las Vegas line for Kentucky Derby 2018.Posted 7 days ago
  • Romantic Vision (6-1) takes the sloppy Spinster (G1) at Keeneland.Posted 10 days ago
  • Unique Bella (1-5) returns with a clear victory in the L. A. Woman (G3) at Santa Anita.Posted 10 days ago
  • Flameaway (5-1) wins a three-horse photo finish in the Dixiana Bourbon (G3) at a wet Keeneland.Posted 10 days ago
  • War Flag (9-1) wins the stretch battle in Belmont's Flower Bowl (G1).Posted 10 days ago
  • Separationofpowers (9-5) impresses in the Frizette at Belmont Park.Posted 10 days ago
  • Roy H (4-5) lives up to favoritism in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship.Posted 11 days ago
Breeders' Cup 2017

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Personally, I'm glad that Aidan O'Brien decided to drop Churchill back down in trip to a mile for the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes instead of running him at 10f again in the G1 Champion Stakes. I'm not suggesting that Churchill will win the QE II Stakes, but I do think he's a more effective miler than he is a middle distance horse, IMO. This year's renewal of the QE II looks a pretty loaded field with the likes of Ribchester, Churchill, Al Wukair, Lancaster Bomber, Thunder Snow, and the steadily improving Beat The Bank, who continues to look more progressive with every race.
It's crazy how many great fillies he has produced. Not just good, but great.
I don't know why some folks keep saying GR this and GR that like he is a super horse. I agree that he is a good horse and showing excellent form. But this is a Classic race and different from any race that GR ran in before. There will be faster horses than him going for the lead and faster stalking horses, not to mention the closers coming if there is a melt down coming into the stretch. therefore, I will not be one to be surprise to see him run off the board cause he has no room to go when they turn for home. Good luck and hope he runs well.
never singled a pick 4 with a juvenile. I think only this guy can give bolt d'oro a run for his money.
Ide is at Old Friends in Georgetown, KY.
I'm going to share a prediction that way I have it on the record so people knew I felt this way beforehand. Regardless of what happens at the BCC, most of the older horses in the field will not be running in 2018. Gun Runner will not be retiring and seeing as he's a rare non gelded talent to run as a fully developed five year old, I expect him to put up great times and run a similar campaign to CC in 2016 maybe even better. I'm fearful we're going to have the whole CC/Arrogate bandwagon with people comparing him to Secretariat and the other great's for putting up great times at 4 or even 5(which fully developed blue chip horses should be able to do). I think him getting sub 1.47 and sub 2.00 are real possibilities next year and I just want to make it clear to any future people putting him in the same class as AP that I could see this coming a mile away(and you should be able to as well) and that GR is not in the same class as AP.
Battle of Midway worked 6f, Oct 18th,in 1:14.60 (h) finishing 2/5
It Tiz Well worked 5f, Oct 18th, in 1:01.20 (h) finishing 8/26.
Unique Bella worked 4f, Oct 18th, in 47.20 (Hg) finishing 1/34.
Forever Unbridled worked 6f, Oct 18th, in 1:12.00(b) finishing 1/1.
Mo Tom worked 5f, Oct 18th, in 59.60 (b) finishing 1/21.
Joking worked 3f, Oct 18th, in 37.55 (b) finishing 3/6.
Hill N Dale Farms has announced that Curlin's stud fee will remain at $150,000 for the 2018 Breeding Season.
Full sister to Dabster makes career debut on Saturday at Keeneland, race 7.
working good for the master mr baffert should be an easy winner
Works outs are NOTHING like a race. NO pressure, NO kickback, NO traffic. A move without any "push" or to catch up or press cannot be comparable to a race. Exercise riders tend to be heavier too, they can, and do ride out in the 2nd and 3rd path and NOT closer to the rail, AND most importantly, THERE ARE NO DRUG TEST in a workout. Therapeutic medication (not nefarious ones) to aid breathing or joint discomfort can make a so so workout much easier on the animal and MASK what really happened, ALL in the realm of making the animal comfortable enough to make the mover WITHOUT consequences. WORKS do not relate to races. They only tell you that the animal is exercising regularly.
arrogate is the bet. Gun runner has beaten nothing. Arrogate has beaten everything. The whole summer has been a set up scam to increase bets on horses other than arrogate. Why halfway through the pacific classic did arrogate just somehow fall 5 lengths back of a moderate pace? None of it makes sense. When the fish swim one way, swim the the opposite direction. Arrogate is the bet.
After reading an assortment of comments on Arrogate's breezes, I've determined that you need to watch a workout by a horse that loves to run(and makes it look effortless). Watch American Pharoah's final breeze at Santa Anita before shipping to Keeneland for the Breeders Cup. Arrogate just doesn't have it, no comparison. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=kQr4fNm5tv8
Is hip #130 in the Fasig-Tipton
The F-T November Sale catalog is online now. Songbird is Hip # 120. http://www.fasigtipton.com/ec/TheNovemberSale/2017/Hip/120
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I've been around horses for most of my life, working in racing stables as a hot walker and exercise rider in my teenage years, and later as a volunteer with rescued and retired racehorses. I became interested in pedigree when the sons and daughters of my favorite horses started their racing careers.   

 

For more than a decade, I've passionately studied pedigree, how it applies to handicapping and breeding theories. In 2010, I joined Horse Racing Nation as their Pedigree Analyst, focusing on juvenile stakes winners, Triple Crown contenders and first crop sires from a handicapping perspective.   

 

In 2011, I accepted the role of South Florida Coordinator and Advisory Board Member for the national non-profit Thoroughbred Racing Fan Association (ThoroFan). Working closely with Gulfstream Park management and other race fans, we created a ThoroFan Chapter at Gulfstream Race Track. Our main project is assisting Thoroughbred rescue and re-training groups.

 

I continue to maintain my website Iron Maidens Thoroughbreds and blog of the same name. As a pedigree consultant, I specialize in assisting small to mid-size breeding/training operations with broodmare breeding reports, sales catalog analysis and recommendations on claims and private sales. 10 - 20% of all proceeds are donated to Thoroughbred rescue and retraining groups.
 
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