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Yo new Private Deet on the Beat Bob ... so you just happened to stumble upon this page?
Lets all make this VERY simple!!..Arrogate..10 starts..Only 4 Grade 1 Wins..1 of them by desperately winning at the "wire"..2 of them by about 2 lengths..and only "1" of them in blow out fashion..And losing his last 2 races..Finishing 4th and Finishing 2nd..if someone told you this horse was an "All Time Great" you would probably ask them what drugs are they on..And if they told you this horse was the "GOAT" you would probably just slap them in the face!
According to some of the quotes (particularly from Bob Baffert) from the BH's article on his debut, the signal is stay away from betting him on the first race: "He has Pharoah's and his sister's kind, sweet disposition," Baffert said. "But Pioneerof the Nile was that way, too." "What St Patrick's Day doesn't share, at least so far, is American Pharoah's on-track attitude." "The 2015 Horse of the Year was notoriously difficult early on in his career and showed it before and during his fifth-place debut at Del Mar in 2014. St Patrick's Day is quite different. Where American Pharoah wanted to bolt at all times, his brother is content with inquisitively taking in his surroundings during gallops around Del Mar." "He's just made differently. Pharoah was a leaner-type horse," Baffert said. "And Pharoah was a run-off. He wanted to bolt and run. He was a handful. This guy is a pretty smart colt. He does everything right." "When he came in, he was carrying a little extra weight in the belly," Baffert said. "He's not quite tight yet, but he's doing well. I think he's ready to run. I don't want to do any more with him. Racing will help him..."
Easy Goer - 20 starts - 14 Wins..5 places..1 3rd..Never out of the money..9 Grade 1 Wins - Still only horse to ever win the Belmont/Whitney/Travers/Woodward/JockeyGC - And the only 3-year-old to win the Whitney, Woodward and Jockey Club Gold Cup while defeating older horses - Still owns the fasted beyer speed figure ever run by a 2 year old when winning the Champagne - Owns the highest speed figure by any horse during a classic race - Constantly ran beyers in the 120s - Holds record for fasted mile ever in a dirt stakes race crushing secretariats old record by a full second (Missing Dr Fagers WORLD record by 1/5th of a second) - Ran the fasted 7f at the gulfstream meet - Won Grade 1s at 7f, 8f, 9f, 10f and 12f! - 2nd fasted Belmont Stakes of all time, only behind Secretariat - With a jockey on his back that was too spoiled by this great horse that as everyone seen and is well documented gave him some ATROCIOUS rides as well - Easy Goers Stakes Wins are the following..Cowdin/Champagne/Swale/Gotham/Woodward M/Belmont/Whitney/Travers/Woodward H/JockeyGC/Gold Stage/Suburban H...Easy Goer never lost by more than 2 lengths including 2 losses by a nose and a head -"This" is the resume/career of what you would call an "All Time Great"...Arrogate?..Give me a break
Arrogate beat Chrome at the Wire..and this after Chrome has had a long career and close to retirement - Chromes last win in the Dubai was faster than Arrogates..Ran faster than Arrogate at the 1 1/6th distance same track - Chrome put together a 6 race winning streak twice - Chromes average margin of victory was 8 lengths in his 7 wins in 2016 - Chrome has the MUCH better resume/Career.. And everyone knows Chrome wasnt himself in last race of his career in the Pegasus..Based on all of this plus Arrogates career, you cant say Arrogate was better than Chrome based on ONE race where he just caught him at the wire - ill take Chrome as the better horse any day of the week and take his career/resume..And im not even a "Chromie"
Todays mentality - Horse is 4 for 15 lifetime..All of sudden wins a BIG race and the "whispers" of an all time GREAT are being heard..Than he loses 2 out of his next 3 starts and finishes his career at 6 for 19..And is ranked in the top 50 of all time horses on some racing sites, and even ahead of horses whom had a near impeccable record and a mountain of Grade 1 wins, in very FAST times to boot..Arrogate only ran 10 times..lost 3 of them.only 4 grade 1 wins..lost his last 2..and He will probably be ranked high on the list..Todays racing rankings are "Prisoner of the moment" rankings..and it is ridiculous..Atleast American Pharoahs resume has a legit arguement
IArrogate has been following Chrome's schedule of 2016 by racing in Dubai, then running the same Del Mar races leading up to the BCC. Let's see, Chrome shipped early to Dubai and ran a prep race at Meydan before the 2016 Dubai World Cup. Arrogage in 2017 and Chrome in 2015 both shipped late to Dubai with no prep race for the World Cup. The Dubai World Cup was Chrome's last race of 2015 and Arrogate's Dubai World Cup is his last win of 2017. Hmmm . . .
"So are all the horses pointing to the BC training up to it now? Sure seems that way if you listen to the trainers." Said Craig Milkowski (TimeformUS) To answer this question, in order to beat Arrogate, Collected earned the following figures and ratings for the PC: 115 BSF, 133-135 TimeformUS and 127 RPR. Besides Gun Runner, none of the other potential 2017 BCC contenders have ever reached these figures/ratings in their careers.
Unfortunate that these new drug testing protocols weren't in place when the 'GOAT's' ran. Horses today are subject to more scrutiny and testing than any other time in the glorified past when steroids, cocaine, testosterone, and whatever came out of Dr. Harthill's lab was in rampant use. But by all means let's keep them on their pedestals with selective if not totally blind acceptance and boast about how objective we are. https://psmag.com/social-justice/derby-win-horse-racings-doping-addiction-80640#.ix2jbzekp
Ran another great race today.
I knew he could do it, great job Collected! He kind of reminds of Game on Dude.
I think he'll find himself center stage of the division again after the Travers.
115 BSF and 127 RPR for Collected in the 2017 Pacific Classic. Looking at these numbers and comparing the pace pressure to that of the 2016 PC when Chrome won, I'm here to admit that I was wrong about Collected. This horse is definitely a real contender (along with Arrogate and Gun Runner) in the 2017 BCC. In this PC, Arrogate ran his race (maybe a couple of lengths slower than his DWC) but Collected was simply better yesterday.
Trainer Karl Burke saddles the first two home in the G1 Prix Morny with G2 Prix Robert Papin winner, Unfortunately, in 1st and G3 Molecomb Stakes winner, Grey Britain in 2nd. Previously unbeaten Different League, winner of the G3 Albany Stakes at Royal-Ascot finished 3rd.
Official Beyer figure for Collected is 115, meaning Arrogate gets a 114...that's still pretty strong. Looking at the race again, I think next time out, Mike Smith will try to get Arrogate to the front much earlier, possibly before the far turn...he still closes well, but he can't be too far behind into the stretch on that track.
Magical takes them gate to wire in the G2 Debutante Stakes for Donnacha & Aidan O'Brien, as more fancied stablemates Happily & September both seemed to struggle a bit with the yielding ground conditions at the Curragh today.
Ajman Princess holds off Left Hand, Smart Call, & Siyoushake, all thundering to the line together, to win the G1 Prix Jean-Romanet at Deauville for jockey Andrea Atzeni and trainer Roger Varian.
The son of Frankel gets up by a whisker in the final stride and wins the G2 Futurity Stakes at the Curragh for Ryan Moore and Aidan O'Brien.
Everyone, Do yourselves a favour and watch her 18 wins in a row compilation on YouTube. The frightening thing you will notice is that she's getting better... She won her first ever barrier trial just prior to her win yesterday and both trainer and jockey have said words to the effect that, she definitely hadn't gone backwards. We are witnessing one of the greatest racehorses of all time and I just wish the rest of the world could see her in the flesh. She is just phenomenal.
It won't happen, but I would like to see TOBA impose a new rule, so that horses are not held out for so long between races. Apart from 2-year-olds and the turf Eclipses, if you want to win an Eclipse Award, you must race at least 6x IN NORTH AMERICA! The minimum should be three for a 2-year-old, and four for turf, to allow early summer "invasion" by European horses (See "Main Sequence" 2014). That is not asking a lot of dirt horses. If you want to go to Dubai, (and such a trip might cost you a shot at an Eclipse Award) well, then you have to make decision. It is not TOBA's job to strengthen racing in the Persian Gulf, it it their job to strengthen it here.

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