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  • Classic Empire and Champagne Room are Champion Juveniles.Posted 2 days ago
  • Arrogate and Songbird were America's Best 3yo's in 2016.Posted 2 days ago
  • California Chrome and Beholder are the Champion Older Dirt Horses.Posted 2 days ago
  • Tepin and Flintshire are the Champions of the Turf.Posted 2 days ago
  • Drefong and Finest City are the Eclipse Award winning Sprinters.Posted 2 days ago
  • Guest Suite (5-2) powers home best in the Lecomte Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Hy Riverside (3-1) gets the bob to win the Sunshine Millions Classic.Posted 2 days ago
  • Finest City (2-5) easily scoots away in the Grade 2 Santa Monica.Posted 2 days ago
  • Farrell (4-5) rolls to victory in the Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds.Posted 2 days ago
  • Hawaakom (7-2) rolls home late to win the Louisiana Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
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Lock it up for Arrogate.
To bad Melanie. I call it as I see it. Both of RA foals were winners at first asking and neither of Zenyatta's appear to be any good. She was a great race horse but neither Cozmic One or Ziconic seem to have what it takes. Hope her next foal is better than these two.
Very under the radar horse. shhh. Want some long odds in future pool 2. Think this one is for real.
The talent wintering in Florida is incredible. Those are going to be some tough races. While the NY horses again are as weak as can be. Gotta start to wonder how much longer the Aqueduct prep season is still worth derby pts. very sad.
kinda like this set up - Mott been around along time with 2 year olds
nice times for 2 year old
Nice win in Springboard but really slow time. Has a chance to improve though. Skipping the Lecomt. Like Equator from the same race. Had no pace to run at.
I do hope they Bring Arrogate out of stud duty when the time comes for the next monster to get put in his place - bong bong bong i hear the drums playng
Was a Champion and could've been Great!!~
As an exercise rider over 60 years ago, Art Sherman came to Gulfstream Park in a train with Swaps. The California Comet set a track and world record for the mile and 70 in the Broward Handicap. Now the 79 year old trainer is back at the same track, with a chance to see the finest horse he has trained, and one of the two best he has worked with, go out in style. Arrogate may win by daylight. Keen Ice may pull off the impossible and do it again. I'd like to see the two favorites blazing down the stretch, nose to nose, with the elder winning by inches. It would be another Beholder moment for the sport, and earn the two time Horse of the Year a colossal win in his last race. Most of all, I would like to see a victory for Art, who's biggest thrill as a jockey was when he beat his idol Eddie Arcaro. Alan Sherman, Raul Rodriguez and Dihigi Gladney have done nice work in keeping this six year old in good form. Hoping to see a safe trip for all, and a big smile from Victor Espinoza at the end.
For those concerned about California Chrome's PP12 in the Pegasus, just look at the horses between him and Noble Bird. Chrome can just walk up into the perfect stalking position behind Noble Bird and Neolithic (and closed the windows on Arrogate while doing so). I don't think Arrogate can beat Neolithic to the first turn unless Mike Smith empty the tank early and run the half in 45 and change under heavy dueling pressure from the 2 outside speed horses who will likely pin him to the rail.
Drew the 12 hole. Not concerned as Chrome is almost always the fastest horse out of the gate. I am concerned for arrogate being in the one hole and am upset as he might get boxed in as he's a bigger horse and if he breakers a step or two behind he may need to swing out wide or may get shuffled back. I just hope both horses get a clean and fair trip- I want to see a slug fest down the stretch to the wire and no excuses for either horse!
Anybody miss Steve Coburn? Perry Martin is a piece of work.
post draw #1. will be interesting from there
I have re-watched the BCC 2016 over and over again trying to figure out how Arrogate was able to run down California Chrome. When I saw it live, I could't believe it. I think I figured it out. Mike Smith was going to work on Arrogate much earlier than when Victor started to get after Chrome. Arrogate is a big colt with a long stride and Victor was trying to see what Mike was doing. Mike kept Arrogate hidden, all the while Arrogate was still rolling, while Victor still had Chrome in Hand waiting to kick away. Now if you go back and watch the 2016 Preakness and Dubai WC 2016, even the Winter Classic at Los Al, you will see Victor is outside of horses able to get Chrome rolling. Now since Arrogate will be potentially be on the inside(who knows how long), that works in Victor's and Chrome's favor. He didn't have that luxury in the BCC to allow chrome a target. Chrome was the target, but it looks like he will have targets this time. Chrome LOVES being on the outside and running horses down on the turn to kick away at the top of the stretch. Of course, Arrogate is no ordinary horse, and he also needs a target as well. It will be interesting how this race lays out, but I think Victor learned from his last race and Chrome will take this race by 3/4 of a length over Arrogate.
You can always tell if a horse is going to be a great one from their 1st or 2nd race. They'll win for win or make this unbelievable move. Can give many examples...Zenyatta, Big Brown, Bernardini...to name a few. Go check out Runhappy's msw at Turfway...one of the best. If you watched the Banford Stakes at CD, Classic Empire looked like he wouldn't get there chasing a 1/2 after a 56 half. To catch that horse in 109.3 with an explosive gallop out was pretty impresssive.
Chrome/Neolithic exacta in the Pegasus. The connections of Neolithic and Noble Bird must be really happy with their respective draws. If they beat Arrogate to the first turn, they will have a good chance of finishing in the exacta.
Great post position draw for him. Could be a sleeper
I think Noble Bird may pose a problem for Arrogate, as Bird will be sent right from the get go. I think Arrogate may have to use more early to stay clear of Noble Bird and CC will easily pick his own spot from the 12 hole.
won this race any day?Gun-runner would have mowed em down? Gun Runer could haveo

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