• Hence (10-1) rallies to win the Sunland Park Derby going away.Posted 1 day ago
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  • 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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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?
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.
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.
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. · 9 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!
1- Gunnevera 2- Always dreaming 3-Three Rules 4- Practical Joke
WOW!!... Timeform has given Arrogate a 141 rating for his Dubai win. The 5th highest ever!!!...
STOP reporting REAMS of work out data and completely monopolizing the entire forum where logical and comparative points of view SHOULD reign, is negating this entire platform. This stuff is about as relevant as a bus schedule from the outskirts to down town Chicago. ENOUGH ALREADY!!
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Gormley worked 5f, March 27th, in 1:02.00 (h) finishing 32/53.....why is he working out so frequently?
Cupid worked 5f, March 27th, in 1:01.20 (h) finishing 22/53.
Pretty N Cool worked 4f, March 27th, in 47.80 (h) finishing 1/38.

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