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Leading Juveniles Vie for Eclipse Title Next year’s three year olds will remain juveniles for another 43 days and that division also has inspired some debate. In our view, this divisional is a lot more vexatious. It’s the age old Eclipse question and it rears its presence again: Which is more righteous? Is it the head to head matchup, or is it the body of work that has greater merit? And that’s what makes Bolt d’Oro vs. Good Magic. Of course, Good Magic won their only meeting when he won the Breeders’ Cup in which Bolt d’Oro was a trip-compromised third. As an aside, we personally do not consider trips as either a qualifier or disqualifier of championship status. As they say in court, “let the record show.” The question is this category is this: Is a placing in the G1 Champagne and Juvenile victory more or less impressive than Bolt d’Oro’s two Grade 1 score and his Juvenile third? Personally, we’re still mulling this over. One of my first Eclipse litmus tests is to count Grade 1 wins ad go from there. In that context, this would be a relatively open and shut case. Now, even considering future breeding rights is a second in the Champagne the equal to a win in the 7-furlongs Del Mar Futurity? Sorry, we believe there’s no comparison, especially if prestige and history are the measure. But ‘Bolt’ also win the G1 FrontRunner and that’s a serious two year old victory making him 3-for-3 into the Juvenile. Good Magic went into the Juvenile a maiden after two starts. In a championship frame, then, it’s two G1s vs. one and a G1 placing, but the one was a big one. I’m a huge believer in the Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies as championship defining events. Choosing the “best horse” on talent is often subjective in horse racing and it matters not that, thus far, I believe Good Magic will be the better three year old. But what we’ve got plenty of time for that. It is likely both camps will sit and await the results of the balloting, but there is a clear tie-breaking next month that still gives these two plenty of time to freshen for a Derby campaign, especially if they are taking the two-prop tack. Grade 1 CashCall Futurity, anyone? Written by John Pricci Horse Race Insider
Buckpasser the human. I recently came across a program from the 1966 Washington DC International at Laurel Park. I am not really familiar with the race and was surprised to see the quality of the foreign horses, there were 10 horses but only 2 from the US. Of the foreign horses one was from the Soviet Union and he was a very good horse having finished 5th in the previous years Arc. Since you are regarded as the historian for this site I was hoping you could give me a little more information about the history of the Washing DC International. The top American horses in this running were Tom Rolfe and the 2-1 favorite Assagai. The Soviet horse was Aniline who had finished third behind Kelso and Gun Bow in a previous running. I guess the Breeders Cup Turf is the closest we have to an international race today, but this race had horses from France, Britain, Brazil, Canada, Venezuela and the Soviet Union.
I'm looking forward to following Nelson during next year's campaign
the distaff winner will win or place in the pegasus
You know, people get so taken with the horses that win the first two legs of the TC and lose the third (understandably), that they overlook the fact that the list of horses that lost the first leg of the TC then won the Preakness and Belmont is actually a more impressive list: Native Dancer Damascus Nashua Bimelech Capot Point Given Risen Star Hansel Afleet Alex and the one really mediocre one: LIttle Current.
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  • Buckpasser via Disqus · Two points: one is that in certain cases between the time of Sir Barton and Gallant Fox winning the TC, the Preakness and Derby were run on the same day. Which I believe affected Pillory in 1921 who won the second two races. This was remedied in 1932 when the order of the races was settled. It should be noted Gallant Fox won the Preakness before the Derby in 1930. The second point is that geldings were prohibited from running in the other two jewels in the TC which discounted Exterminator from competing in both the Preakness and Belmont. I believe the gelding restriction was lifted for the Preakness in the 1930’s and the Belmont’s wasnt lifted until I believe the 1950’s. On your list needless to say MOW didn’t win the TC because he didn’t start in the Derby. · 4 hours ago
  • joe rifkin via Disqus · Cant believe it has already been 25 years since Hansel...Always makes me think of one of the most beautiful horses to ever race, The old speedball "Hansen" · 2 hours ago
I seriously don't know why Aidan O'Brien is considering this horse for the Kentucky Derby, he's got NO CHANCE, and he won't even like the dirt!!! This horse is a 1 miler (on turf), he won a very weak Juvenile Turf at the Breeder's Cup, and the time before that, he got EASILY beaten by "US Navy Flag", yep that's right folks, the SAME "US Navy Flag" who got beat by about 30 lengths in the BC Juvenile!!! Aidan O'Brien has made some 'idiotic' decisions as a trainer in the past (for example when he decided to run the ultra talented "George Washington" in the Breeder's Cup Classic on a terrible muddy track, the conditions were awful and it cost the horse his life). I'm sure Aidan has got MANY 2 yr olds in his barn who are FAR more talented than this one!
  • US Army Ranger via Disqus · I agree Flag of Honour , Coat of arms , Declarationofpeace, are better choices · 9 hours ago
  • DS Williamson via Disqus · Aidan does have better two-year-olds in his barn. That's not the point. He must save those two-year-olds for huge turf races. They're better bred for turf than Mendelssohn. Pointing Mendelssohn to the Derby makes all the sense in the world. · 3 hours ago
He's got a good chance to win the Clark Handicap. It's between him and "Diversify" I think, and the super consistent "Hoppertunity" should again hit the board.
Yeah well guess what I talmasic and $60 to win and had $20 the the DD with gun runner. Now as far as the Pegasus , the handicap division has been chit for a few years now. This thing won't last unless they move it to turf, don't care how much money they throw at it.
Talented colt but an injury forced him to retire quickly just like Mastery and Danzig and hoist the flag
This colt.. stumbled out the gate in the Belmont Stakes but I think even if he didn’t he wouldn’t have got the distance and still would have ran out of gas
last of the "free picks" was Jul 22nd?? Won't matter much anyway as the cold is messing up logic these days there.
2yo RAMESES BARROWS by CURLIN breaks his maiden in JAPAN 11/14/2017 A $350,000 OBS purchase, RAMESES BARROWS broke his maiden in Tokyo, He was bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings and is owned by Hirotsugu Ino and trained by T.Kimura. He was second first out won his second start. "The dirt should suit him," said pilot Christophe Lemaire. "He broke quickly and found a good position. He also has staying power and showed an impressive late kick." https://youtu.be/js0qmOT-fOc
Kitten's Roar worked 4f, Nov 18th, in 49.80 (b), finishing 10/23
J Boys Echo worked 5f, Nov 18th, in 1:02.00(b) finishing 14/37.
Senior Investment worked 5f,Nov 18th, in 1:02.55 (B) finishing 2/6.
Practical Joke worked 4f, Nov 18th, in 48.07 (b) finishing 1/55.
New Money Honey worked 4f, Nov 18th, in 49.02 (b) finishing 9/55.
Elysea's World worked 4f, Nov 18th, in 49.45 (b) finishing 16/55.
Celestine worked 4f, Nov 18th, in 51.12 (b) finishing 50/55.
Green Gratto worked 4f, Nov 18th, in 50.01 (b) finishing 4/13

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