• La Coronel (5-1) leads them all the way in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup.Posted 6 days ago
  • Rubilinda (6-5) finds the wire just in time to take the Pebbles Stakes.Posted 6 days ago
  • Engage (1-2) rolls home from last to win the Grade 3 Futurity Stakes.Posted 6 days ago
  • Bolt d'Oro is the 12-1 favorite in the current Las Vegas line for Kentucky Derby 2018.Posted 9 days ago
  • Romantic Vision (6-1) takes the sloppy Spinster (G1) at Keeneland.Posted 12 days ago
  • Unique Bella (1-5) returns with a clear victory in the L. A. Woman (G3) at Santa Anita.Posted 12 days ago
  • Flameaway (5-1) wins a three-horse photo finish in the Dixiana Bourbon (G3) at a wet Keeneland.Posted 12 days ago
  • War Flag (9-1) wins the stretch battle in Belmont's Flower Bowl (G1).Posted 12 days ago
  • Separationofpowers (9-5) impresses in the Frizette at Belmont Park.Posted 12 days ago
  • Roy H (4-5) lives up to favoritism in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship.Posted 13 days ago
Breeders' Cup 2017

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Zipse At The Track

ZATT on the Oaks

1. Dancinginherdreams (Tapit) John Ward - An unlikely #1 for many, but I saw her first two races … and I believe.
2. Awesome Feather (Awesome of Course) Chad Brown - Deserving champion in 2010 will probably need to continue to improve to repeat in 2011.
3. Turbulent Descent (Congrats) Mike Puype - The first time David Flores needs to ask this filly should be a telltale. Distance is a bit of a concern.
4. Kathmanblu (Bluegrass Cat) Ken McPeek - She looks good on any surface, but her performance on Churchill dirt was an eye-opener.
5. Royal Delta (Empire Maker) Bill Mott - Great looks, regal breading, and a smashing debut … can’t wait to see her in a stakes race.
6. R Heat Lightning (Trippi) Todd Pletcher - I’m not sure this one wants 9 furlongs, but she has run well every start, and kept top company in the process.
7. Dixie City (Dixie Union) Anthony Dutrow - Demoiselle romp proved she can handle the trip, question is whether she can handle better fillies.
8. Rigoletta (Concerto) Dan Hendricks - It’s a shame this one had to be put on the shelf, she may have been a real threat at the Breeders’ Cup.
9. Tell a Kelly (Tapit) John Sadler - After a dull BC, she returned to California and looked full of run down the lane. I still think there is more potential here.
10. Flash Mash (Smarty Jones) Michael Stidham- Maiden sprint at Keeneland and allowance sprint at Fair Grounds point this one out as a real talent.
11. Delightful Mary (Limehouse) Mark Casse - My longshot in the BC Juvenile Fillies ran well enough, but improvement is needed to be ranked higher.
12. A Z Warrior (Bernardini) Bob Baffert - Frizette win was sharp, but then Churchill was a disaster. I’ll wait and see how she returns.
13. Believe in A.P. (A.P. Indy) Rick Dutrow - Not good enough yet, but she has every right to be a late developer who puts it all together at three.
14. Big Tiz (Tiznow) Mark Glatt - Two straight losses in Southern California, but the Starlet was an improvement. Distance should not be an issue.
15. Sarah’s Secret (Leroidesanimaux) Kathy Walsh - I love the way she runs them down late. I’ll be eagerly awaiting her first stakes try.
16. Alexandra Rylee (Afleet Alex) Robert Reid - There is a new uprising in Philadelphia, and it has nothing to do with the Eagles.
17. Bouquet Booth (Flower Alley) Steve Margolis - Late rush at Delta Downs has put her on the map. She looks the part of a nice one.
18. Joyful Victory (Tapit) Anthony Dutrow - 5th in Breeders‘ Cup and 3rd in Frizette gets her on the list, but I wonder if she can do any better.
19. Seans Silverdancer (Najran) Lisa Merritt - Illinois bred miss is way too good for her competition at Hawthorne, for whatever that‘s worth.
20. May Day Rose (Rockport Harbor) Bob Baffert - Speedy filly had every chance in the Starlet, but was not quite good enough.


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Haven't heard anything lately. She has not been on the worktab since the win.
Does anyone have any news on Royal Delta the Bill Mott Trained filly who looked so promising late in 2010?
Very disappointing news.
Illinois just screwed themselves without passing this racing bill. Can the tracks survive? Hello Indiana!!
Like this sean Silverdancer watched her train yesterday.....
Sanchez deserves it, can you talk to Chad Brown? I have heard different things on Position Limit, but my guess is we should not expect her back anytime soon.
Terrific list. Lots of fun fillies to follow. Don't know the status of Position Limit, but she would belong IF she were to return to competition in her best form. I hope Sanchez retains the mount on the Feather.
Point taken Tim. She has done things so easily to this point, but I also wonder about that last sixteenth of the Oaks.
Without looking at the race again and pulling up the charts, if my memory serves my concern was more distance. It seems the last quarter was kind of slow and her stride to me seemed to be tiring at the end. I tried to pull up the replay but my work computer won't allow it, to make sure I'm thinking of the right race. I know I watched it live, just can't remember if I'm recalling the right race off the top of my head. I think I am though.
No Turbulent Descent ... are you worried about dirt for her?
great minds continue to think alike...now we have to cross our fingers that on Oaks day we look like geniuses. You're number 1 is my number 1 at this point followed by Kathmanblu, Royal Delta and Awesome Feather.
Nice list, some top end fillies on this year's list. Kathmanblu was very impressive in the last at CD. Delightful Mary is intriguing as well.
I hope so and I think so, Travis ... who are you liking?
Wow! Very comprehensive list... the question is... is the winner on there?!

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