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Great Race!! On to the Travers now let's get this next one
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · Don't think he has a shot at winning the travers he had the perfect set up to roll on by connect putting his head in front but just couldn't do it. Think he's in to deep in my opinion · 28 days ago
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · He's facing classier horses here. He's in the same boat as Connect, My Man Sam, Forever d'Oro, Anaximandros, Majesto, and Laoban. They are all in over their heads. The top four will be amongst American Freedom, Exaggerator, Creator, Destin, Gun Runner, Governor Malibu, and Arrogate. Try to picture four of the latter seven losing to anyone of the seven on top (including Gift Box). Not going to happen. · 35 minutes ago
wide open race i,l take a punt on arrogate, american freedom gift box , ex, be a great race
1st- MARKING 2nd- ANCHOR DOWN 3rd- Ready For Rye 4th- Tamarkuz. Pride of Frosted's dazzling Metropolitan Mile.
1st: Marking 2nd: Stallwalkin' Dude 3rd: Tamarkuz
It will be interesting if he can stay at the pace he went at with Connect for the last furlong in the Travers tomorrow. If those two can then look out!!
A lot of people have really been ignoring the fact that Frosted now has a G1 stakes record. I am actually trying to develop a stat that accounts for different tracks(mainly subtracting a time from the current stakes/track record) I am still ironing out some kinks(how to account for good/muddy tracks, a horses age and whether to count loss times or not. If anyone want to help they are welcome! Anyway I'm going to present a list of all the current G1 dirt male stakes holders to not only give a glimpse of the club Frosted(and Melatonin albeit with an asterisk) entered but for future reference as well. Also yes I was to lazy to do distances shorter than 7. 12 Belmont Stakes. Secretariat 2.24.00 10 Kentucky Derby. Secretariat 1.59.40 Travers Stakes 2.00.00 General Assembly Breeders Cup Classic. Ghostzapper 1.59.02 Jockey Club Gold Cup.Skip Away. 1.58.89 Hollywood Gold Cup. Quack 1.58.20* Melatonin 1.59.79(best time at Santa Anita the races current location) Pacific Classic. 1.59.11 Candy Ride Santa Anita Handicap. 1.58.17 Game On Dude 9.5 Preakness Stakes 1.53.00 Secretariat 9.0 Arkansas Derby. Althea 146.80 Blue Grass Stakes.Skip Away 1.47.20 Florida Derby. General Duke 1.46.80 Santa Anita Derby. Sham, Indian Charlie, Lucky Debonair 1.47.00 Wood Memorial. Bellamy Road 1.47.16 Haskell. Bet Twice, Majestic Light.1.47.00 Woodward Stakes. Forego 1.45.80 Whitney Handicap. Laywer Ron. 1.46.40 AA. Bertando. 1.46.72 Clark Handicap. Premium Tap. 1.47.39 Stephen Foster Handicap. Victory Gallop. 1.47.28 Donn Handicap. Jumping Hill. 1.46.40(will this become the new Pegasus record?) 8.5 Breeders Cup Juvenille. Midshipman.1.40.94 Breeders Futurity. Polar Expedition. 1.42.20 FrontRunner Stakes. Ruler's Court. 1.41.27 Los Alamitos Futurity. Afternoon Deelites. 1.40.74 8.0 Champagne Stakes. Devil's Bag 1.34.20 Breeders Cup Dirt Mile. Albertus Maximus.133.41 Met Mile. Frosted. 1.32.73 Cigar Mile. Discreet Cat.1.32.46 7.0 Del Mar Futurity. Drill.122.16(over the current polytrack surface) Hopeful Stakes. Came Home.1.21.94 Malibu Stakes. Twirling Candy. 1.19.70 King's Bishop Stakes. Runhappy. 1.20.54(congrats buddy) Carter Handicap. Artax. 1.20.04 Now I feel a weakness of the current G1 system is that it rates many races G2 that attract G1 horses year in and year out. Look at the winter races for example, there are no G1's over that time so the best horses will inherently go to G2's. So I'm going to treat these races as G1's because IMO there's no reason not to. I will explain why any other race is up there. Also don't worry with these new stat I will account for important historical races as well. 12.0 Brooklyn Handicap. Nasty and Bold, Hechizado.2.26.00(former Handicap TC race it deserves to be G1) 10.0 Suburban Handicap.In Excess. 1.58.33(former Handicap TC race it deserves to be G1) 9.0 Jim Dandy Stakes. Louis Quatorze. 1.47.26(gets all the good horses who don't go to the Haskell) Louisiana Derby. Clev er Tell. 1.48.80(thinking of changing my mind, that stakes record is horrible) Pennsylvania Derby. Bayern.1.46.96 (same logic applies to this and the Travers that applies to the Jim Dandy and Haskell) 8.5 San Felipe Stakes. Consolidator. 1.40.11 Holy Bull Stakes.Go for Gin. 1.41.62 FOY. Sensitive Prince. 1.41.00 Rebel Stakes. Betemight. 1.40.80 (I'm not putting the Risen Star, that actually should be a G2 and the Louisiana should be to as even though this year it was G1 quality most years it just isn't) So there it is. I wanted to let people know about the project I was working on to create a better statistic for comparing time, cross track, era and condition. Also thought this was useful information to have out regardless. If you want to help or have suggestions let me know!
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  • StopStop via Disqus · you mentioned Skip Away...now he was a legit GREAT horse...legit grade 1 horse..so its hard to distinguish real grade 1 horses..the eye test always can tell..Skip Away was just a BEAST on the track..he was a "real" talent · 1 day ago
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · I'm not sure I understand what you're trying to accomplish. You're listing a bunch of stakes records, and it seems you want to use that to compare racing times between different tracks, era and track conditions. If that's the case, what kind of conclusions do you think you can draw from such a tiny sample? · 3 hours ago
My Top 11 horses in order - California Chrome - Exagerrator - Beholder - Songbird - Nyquist - Dortmund - Melatonin - Cavorting - Runhappy - Hoppertunity -Frosted
Forever Unbridled
Even though Swipe may not be the horse that he used to be, we can still hope that Nyquist and Swipe will meet again.
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · Hate to rain on your parade but that won't happen unless they go to the same stallion farm Swipe just dint mature into a top three yr old · 14 days ago
  • Players Klub via Disqus · Why? Makes ZERO sense what you just said. · 5 hours ago
Like to see Spelling Again get her G1
Sensational effort in a very good time on a demanding surface.
  • Players Klub via Disqus · It was. And measured fractions all the way around. He showed outstanding maturity in his last race. There will be so many more horses tomorrow. He will have double the opponents in the Curlin. That is my worry. · 6 hours ago
Please take not that there are 14 horses in this race and Mario Gutirrez does not have a mount. And the reason why? He is a stone cold BUM. And I thank all of you who keep betting for this BUM to win on Nyquist in his last two races when this jock has no clue how to ride. He has no mount because he is a fool and a bum sending Nyquist out the last two races 22 and 46 in the mud!! The owner should be ashamed of himself that he has ruined this horse by handing him over to a second rate trainer and jock combo that blows!!
Nice run by exaggerator to take advantage of the rain and sloppy track. No surprise there. Nice to see him come back from his horrible Belmont. Gun runner was a huge disappointment. Nyquist either doesn't like the slop or wasn't in shape for this race. He will have to either win the pacific classic or the breeders cup to win three year old honors
  • Players Klub via Disqus · Nyquist's jockey is so dumb and so are his connections. He is being run by a bunch of clowns. How can you say he was injured?? Just like in the Preak they sent him out 22 and 46 IN THE MUD!! At the end of the race he had nothing@@! One of the most mismanaged horses I have seen in the last 20 years!! If he was trained by Baffert with Victor aboard we are talking about something completely different here. His connections are border line retarded!! · 6 hours ago
Looking at this guy yesterday, you could tell he was going to run a big race. I've seen a lot of horses in my lifetime, but he looked most impressive. Looking forward to big things from this horse.
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · He ran to his training. He stepped way up yesterday to run the race he ran. This race should only move him forward · 25 days ago
  • Players Klub via Disqus · He was so impressive that exaggerator went 4 wide and ran by him as if he was standing still. · 6 hours ago
American Freedom speeds 5f in 58 3/5 today signaling he's ready for a big performance in the Travers.
  • Players Klub via Disqus · Exaggerator went 4 wide on him in the Haskell and ran by him like he was standing still. Had to be emasculating. · 6 hours ago
Son of Africa
Tom's Ready / Summer Revolution / Fish Trappe Road n/o
If i am GM<'s connections I would have kicked Rosario off the horse after the JD. He keeps running into trouble with him with these rail rides trying to shove him through a bad spot. JR needs to do better or he will end up a bum like Mario Gutierrez is.
I have to choose CAVORTING over Curalina for the win. An eternal chasm back to Paid Up Subscriber, Forever Unbridled, and I'm A Chatterbox.
To WinStar Farms and the thousands upon thousands that cashed winning tickets. The following statement really makes no sense,and might be laughable. But i will put it out there,for the sake of not only conversation. But giving a potential outllok ,into the future. The speed figure came out,and it was a very slowly run Belmont Stakes. To me in regards to the future,when these guys have to go up against fast race horses. I give them chances of slim to none to only be competetive. This race now reaffirms,that when at their best at least. Nyquist and Exaggerator where by far the 2 superior Race Horses.
  • Pebbles via Disqus · You may be right. Destin and Creator certainly did not distinguish themselves in the Jim Dandy. But my understanding from Creator's connections was that they were looking for this as a true prep and not really expecting to win believing their horse wanted more distance. Lord knows there will definitely be more pace in the race if American Freedom joins Laoban in the gate. Will American Freedom be Point Given or Bayern? Though a nice horse, I think he may be closer to Bayern in this race. · 24 days ago
  • Players Klub via Disqus · It was slow no doubt about it. People called Gettysburg 'the rabbit' after the race and they even said that on NBC but he is was hardly a 'rabbit' he ran measured fractions. It was slow and unimpressive for all involved. I completely agree. · 7 hours ago

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