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  • Strike Charmer (27-1) runs by Lady Eli late in the Ballston Spa.Posted 1 day ago
  • Masochistic (1-5) sprints to an easy victory in the Pat O'Brien at Del Mar.Posted 1 day ago
  • Arrogate (11-1) wins the Travers for fun in stakes record time!Posted 1 day ago
  • Flintshire (1-5) rolls up the rail to win the Grade 1 Sword Dancer.Posted 1 day ago
  • A.P. Indian (1-1) easily wins the Grade 1 Forego in stakes record time of 1:20.99.Posted 1 day ago
  • Drefong (3-1) dominates the Grade 1 King's Bishop every step of the way.Posted 1 day ago
  • Haveyougoneaway (10-1) gets there with a strong late in the Grade 1 Ballerina.Posted 1 day ago
  • Cavorting (2-1) rolls late to get up in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign.Posted 1 day ago
  • Hit It Once More makes every pole a winning one in the Albany Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Syndergaard makes short work of the Funny Cide to remain perfect in two starts.Posted 2 days ago
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Reading the chart it appears something may have spooked Exaggerator. It said that he was squeezed at the start between Destin and Anaximandros due to pressure from Connect and then appeared to shy either from a rival or a shadow! So, maybe the track surface had nothing whatsoever to do with Exaggerator's performance today.
Arrogate was lucky to find himself on the lead with those easy fractions..especially mid fractions on that speed track especially at long distances..any one of a handful of horses in there if they got lucky and found themself as the ones on the lead they would have been the winner and track record holder..sometimes it pays to be in right spot at right time..regardless who won the travers today..they wont do much of anything in the BCC vs the top horses and where the track bias wont able them to run same kind of race
Is he considered the top sprinter in North America? It's not a group that I follow closely.
  • https://www.facebook.com/john. · Certainly one of them now with back to back Gr.1 wins. Lord Nelson on the West Coast, X Y Jet who has been out of action since Dubai and reigning BC Sprint Champ Runhappy who is returning from a long layoff are also among the top. · 18 hours ago
Where the $%#! did this horse come from?
  • sully · Same place the best 3 YOs have been coming from for the past 7 years...Cali · 19 hours ago
Majestic Pride wins the Brooks Fields and Prado's Sweet Ride wins the Minnesota H.B.P.A Distaff.
Got a signed pare of boots from him at Canterbury today.
One Mean Man noses out Whatawonderflworld in the Mystic Lake Derby ins one of the most exciting races in Canterbury history.
This race was just exuding with class. They all showed their talent with that blanket finish. Very nice win from cavorting in a very exciting race. I wish this was a 10f race
where is Arrogate heading next? to the BBC or is he going to run another race before the BCC?
  • KatieK101 · I would think that they would try to get another race underneath him, but I've not heard anything definite. · 1 day ago
  • Players Klub via Disqus · I think they will skip the AA and wait for one big swing at the BCC. · 20 hours ago
Incredible run. Amazing time. Finishing the last quarter in 23 as a three year old is rare. Breaking the stakes and track record in 1.59 and two on a tiring track like Saratoga is serious business and he's a great contender for the breeders cup. I'm sad he missed the triple crown as he could have made a lot of noise. Chrome will have his weight cut out for him since arrogate will be getting a weight allowance as a three year old if he goes in the awesome again or breeders cup classic
  • Mr. Lonely via Disqus · Hey ruffian remember i told you like two weeks ago that arrogate will be a threat in the BCC well i was right · 1 day ago
  • anthonyd73648 · Great comment, I can't wait for the BCC this year. · 1 day ago
Exaggerator's Eclipse dream just died.
  • Players Klub via Disqus · Still time. Who would get the 3 year old crown if the year ended tomorrow?? Can't give it to Arrogate off this one race if he bombed the rest of the year. · 20 hours ago
This colt proved me wrong. I thought he would fold in the derby Haskell and travers and he tries his best each time. He's a lot better than I thought he was.
the winner of this race , his name begins with an a and his trainers name begins with a b
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · There's more than one that fits. · 5 days ago
  • Players Klub via Disqus · Good call!! Hope you bet it!! · 20 hours ago
Run Runner. Exaggerator. American Freedom.
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  • FunnyCide2016 · GunRunner will run a half mile in 23:43 and have no power to win the race, and that is when # 4 will come from behind and win the race · 4 days ago
  • Players Klub via Disqus · Not bad picks at all. · 20 hours ago
1st: Exaggerator 2nd: American Freedom 3rd: Governor Malibu 4th: Connect
  • Stay Thirsty via Disqus · I guess you're not looking for a good price on the super. Creator and Destin have such great odds along with Governor Malibu. I don't see how anyone can't have at least 2 of those 3 in their super. 4th is a toss up, I had Connect but I'm really liking Gift Box too. I think this field is too great and too wide open to bet on the 3 favorites. · 2 days ago
  • Players Klub via Disqus · You got AF right the rest were not good. · 20 hours ago
Gooooo Gift Box!!!!! 1. GiftBox 2.Arrogate 3.Creator
  • Players Klub via Disqus · Not bad picks. GB was 4th and Arrogate won it. · 20 hours ago
This sucks, I really hate to say it, as much as I loved this guy, I've just about had enough of defending him. He hasn't performed at all. Such a damn shame.
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  • bronzeprincess33 · Well, it is what it is. I'm starting to think that I'm doomed to do the same thing with Nyquist very soon. I just hope I'm wrong. · 1 day ago
  • Mr. Lonely via Disqus · ''loved'' · 21 hours ago
Very impressive! First Stakes race and it's a winner! I think I will add him to my list of horses I follow!
Anyone know the next big race coming up on the schedule?.
Which horse held the track record before Arrogate?

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