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  • Hence (10-1) rallies to win the Sunland Park Derby going away.Posted 1 day ago
  • Ghalia (2-1) edges a game Kell Paso in the Sunland Park Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Itsinthepost (6-1) drives home the win in the Grade 2 San Luis Rey.Posted 2 days ago
  • Fear the Cowboy (7-2) comes running late to capture the Grade 3 Skip Away.Posted 2 days ago
  • Fast and Accurate (24-1) bursts through to upset the Grade 3 Spiral.Posted 2 days ago
  • Purely a Dream (12-1) pulls ahead in the stretch to take the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • Arrogate, despite a dreadful break, wins the Dubai World Cup easily.Posted 2 days ago
  • Jack Hobbs is much the best in the Sheema Classic.Posted 2 days ago
  • Vivlos flies late to get up for the win in the $6 million Dubai Turf.Posted 2 days ago
  • Mind Your Biscuits rallies widest of all to win the Golden Shaheen going away.Posted 2 days ago
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He'd already have 9 races when the TC races begin. Still a speculation but one of the biggest reasons AP won the TC was he was so lightly raced that when Belmont came, he still only had 7 races. If IWC can bounce back, I think he and McC have the best chance to win the TC with only a few races so far. Mastery was on a good pace, but alas.
Lost in the shuffle from the weekends big race, Bobby on Fleek returned a winner at Aqueduct. Very interested to see where he goes next, he seems to have the talent to stick with open company. Obviously won't be a factor on the Triple Crown trail but I'm hopeful Chad can develop this one into a nice stakes winner. Will be interesting to see if he can stretch out and if the dirt will be his future given his trainers prowess for turf horses.
I imagine that there will be endless comments and speculation as to where Arrogate will/should be pointed and at some point just about every Grade 1 race in the US if not the World will be mentioned. While this is fun and leads to interesting conversation (hopefully civil) it is meaningless as there are only two opinions that matter. Baffert''s and Juddmonte's. While numerous comments and sometimes criticism have been made about Arrogate''s limited schedule, the fact is he made his racing debut on April 17, 2016. That is less than 1 year ago, in which time he has made 8 starts, which is more than some allowance horses make in the same time frame let alone a stakes caliber horse. While likely only 2 or 3 more for this season speaking for myself, I will take quality over quantity.
BREAKING NEWS: Classic Empire works 5F in 59.3 from the gate this morning at Winding Oaks Training Center in Ocala, Florida. All indications are that the work was sensational. On track for a start in either the Blue Grass or the Arkansas Derby next.
OK, time for another debate question: If Arrogate wins his (probable) two remaining starts, it is a safe bet he wins horse of the year - unless some miracle three year old develops and beats him. So, this is my debate question: In what years, in your opinion, did the racing writers get it wrong and select the wrong horse as horse of the year? I will name 3: 2013 - I think Game on Dude should have gotten it over Wise Dan. 1993 - I think Sky Beauty should have gotten it over Kotashaan. 1975 - It pains me some to type this, as the horse that won it is my all-time favorite athlete, let alone horse, but -- both in spite of, and because of, the tragedy that befell her -- it should have gone to Ruffian over Forego. Your thoughts on these, and what years do you pick?
he has enough point for the derby. I just wanted him to run good race in the BLUEGRASS.MM
From this morning's Racing Post web-site: The former Wesley Ward trained winner of the G2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal-Ascot in 2015 is now with trainer Aidan O'Brien in Ireland. She will return to the royal meeting again in 2017 to contest the G1 King's Stand Stakes.
Frustrating to not hear a peep about Dabster. A million dollar purchase and basically two first place finishes and.....nothing. Foot issue? Haven't heard Baffert confirm it.
Garwol was a determined runner who rarely won but was always in the mix. He was a NY based horse who made all the'dances' and posed a threat to many superior opponents who could never relax with him in the race. Garwol epitomized the battle tested and battle hardened racehorses of the NYC tracks in the late 1950's and early 60's.
I love this horse. Mike Smith is one of the greatest jockeys.
who is next best in BB barn after Arrogate? (active runners) Collected, American Freedom, Cupid, Mor Spirit, (Danzig Candy), anybody else? Also BB out of Classics this year? I hope Bronze age and Noted & Quoted are OK. Both eased which as expected led to trainer being hammered. I wonder if he ever reads these articles.
In an ongoing poll that currently has almost 1400 votes asking do you think Arrogate will lose a race this year, almost 40% of votes say yes. I find that odd since he was 1-20 odds in the DWC so the only conclusion is that those saying yes are huge fans of another horse and do not wager.
What is now amusing, is to read the opinions two months ago, of Arrogate, against California Chrome, especially one named "Liam". ,He responded to my comparison of Arrogate to Secretariat("Oh, PLEASE"). He was really trying to stick it to Arrogate, saying that he couldn't manage to get in the Derby starting gate. Now, what say you????? That race Saturday was a pleasure to see. Arrogate rolling like a freight train, in the DWC. Too bad ESPN couldn't give any credence to this once-in-a-lifetime performance. They barely mentioned this spectacle. Thank you Bob Baffert, and definitely thank you, Arrogate!!!!!
Don't get me wrong, I love my mom, but I can't believe she was visiting the weekend of the Dubai meet and I couldn't watch this live!! I was stuck sneaking peeks at the phone and only being able to post one comment and it wasn't even on Arrogate! As a die hard Chromie, let me express my intense excitement and thrill with Arrogate's amazing win! I thought for sure he'd break Chrome's time record and he sure came close in that mud which is pretty awesome. I'm one of those people who finds it hard to compare current super stars to previous ones because of the different ways the sport runs nowadays. However, on pure talent alone, Arrogate is pretty darn impressive! I'm excited to see him run again and I so hope we get to enjoy him for more than two more races. Just such an impressive victory from a very, very talented athlete. Also, many on here are very aware I love me some Chrome and I have to admit, each time Arrogate has won, and will continue to, I feel like it flatters Chrome a bit. Maybe Chrome will be the horse who managed to get the closest to beating this beast of a horse. Keep up the dominating ways, Arrogate! P.S. Gun Runner ran one heck of a good race too! Very proud of our American runners :)
Has Arrogate improved much since Travers, BCC?? slightly? Would his run in BCC be better today.
Great works for his La. Derby start. I look for him to win in this spot.
Worked today. 4F in :50.40.
Jack Hobbs bolts up an impressive winner of the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic for trainer John Gosden and Godolphin with Irish & Yorkshire Oaks winner Seventh Heaven, finishing 2nd for Aidan O'Brien and Postponed in 3rd for trainer Roger Varian.
  • jonquil · Aww, so good to see him winning a big race again. It's been too long! · 2 days ago
  • WorldClass · Liked the way he finished, but have to question the jockey's ride on Seventh Heaven for trying to duck her to the inside avoided by others. · 11 hours ago
I'll preface this by saying after this is read, don't say I'm picking on Curlin and this and that. Come up with a decent counter argument against what I've said. I'm still waiting on this misperception that Curlin runners get better as they get older to turn into reality, especially his top males. Palace Malice was good until June of his 4 year old year, then got hurt and never regained it. Ride on Curlin never recovered from his Triple Crown campaign and bombed as an older horse. Keen Ice certainly hasn't done anything as an older horse (hindsight says he's been badly mismanaged, even with Pletcher) and Exaggerator was retired after he burned out. Connect has a chance to show something but they are treating him with kid gloves. As females go, Stellar Wind? Curalina was really inconsistent and Terra Promessa, even though she's won at 4, it's been at Oaklawn against inferior competition.
To you Mastery, I watched you advance to victory that day. What an accomplishment. Thankfully your Jockey caught on as soon as he did. I'm so relieved to hear you came through surgery like the trooper you are. Keep healing and stay healthy. Your future will be secure with the team that has you. Even if you never race again and bring in a new generation of Mastery's, you will always be looked at as a hero. You can be proof and encouragement To even humans who might give up until a new path in life comes their way. Heal, get well and strong you are going to be OKAY!
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Meet Jasen Mangrum

My interest in the Sport of Kings goes back over 25 years with my father taking me with his friends to the old Ak-Sar-Ben Race Course in Omaha, NE.  From those early experiences I was able to read the Daily Racing Form before the age of 10.  Once The Woodlands opened in Kansas City in 1988, I became totally hooked on the sport studying racing charts after homework and tennis practice.  In recent years, with the explosion of handicapping tournaments, my love for handicapping the races has risen to a new level.  Primarily focused on New York, Chicago and Louisiana racing, I have now been forced to study races far and wide in attempt to find “cap horses” in the tournaments I play.  I have also dabbled in horse ownership within syndicates and on my own.

 

My fondest memories in racing include Silver Charm’s 1997 Kentucky Derby victory.  Both my father and I selected him, which made for a memorable day.  The best race I’ve seen was Tiznow’s first Breeders Cup Classic win in 2000 when he outdueled Giant’s Causeway down the length of the Churchill Downs stretch.   My biggest windfall as a gambler was a pool-scooping pick-4 win, paying over $6,600 at The Woodlands in 2005.

 

The point of this blog is to get everyone out there a few winners, but also to go in depth at how I come to the conclusions that I do.  From week to week, I’ll explain angles I think are important to locate winners.  I encourage others to post picks they like too, but please explain how you come to your conclusions.  That way everyone can learn a little more about this great game, and add another weapon to their handicapping arsenal.-Best of luck, Jasen Mangrum

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