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Breeders Cup 2015

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His owners have confirmed which Breeder's Cup race he'll be entered in. The Turf Sprint was ruled out, so they'll enter him in the Mile where he'll have to face Tepin once more. According to Paul Jacobs they discussed which race to put Limato in at length and the overall feeling was that they should go for broke and put him in the BC Mile. Henry Candy admits he's been itching to give Limato another go at a mile and thinks that the difference in track should suit Limato better.
Darley has announced that Territories will be retired to stand at Dalham Hall Stud for 2017. He will be available to view at the stud, but his fee has yet to be announced. A limited number of lifetime breeding rights to Territories will eventually be sold as well. Link: https://www.darleyeurope.com/news/g1-winning-miler-territories-stand-dalham-hall-stud-2017
Aga Khan Studs has announced that Harzand will be retired to stand at Gilltown Stud in 2017 where he will stand alongside his sire Sea The Stars as well as Born To Sea. He is viewable on appointment, but his fee has yet to be announced.
Rewatching the 2015 Travers, I think Lezcano did a very good job riding Frosted, but his timing was slightly off. He started the duel at the 6/8 pole. If he had started the duel at the 5/8 pole, Frosted might have won that race by a nose. Fast forward to the 2016 BCC, in order for Frosted to have a chance at the top 3, Joel Rosario will probably have to be aggressive with Frosted early (especially on the SA dirt track).
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  • Mr. Sandman via Disqus · Stop making excuses for Frosted and his rider. It is what it is and that's not saying much. Good horse at mile, maybe mile and 1/8 but, after that, he loses interest and gives up. The horse doesn't like the whip, the only reason you use the whip is to let the horse know I need you to go faster which he seems to do the opposite. · 1 day ago
  • sczen50 · No chance... he faded very quickly there in that stretch by the call.. he came in 3rd & wasn't that close. He would've won had he laid back...had a better chance anyway~ · 2 hours ago
BC Distaff = Songbird = 12-0 baby!!!!! Woo Hoo. :-)
You guys are wrapped up in a 1/8 mile distance difference?. It's not about the equal distance. Arrogate ran a hard 1 1/4 mile his last race and California Chrome ran a comfortable 1 1/8 mile and his splits were faster up to a mile after which CC was galloping. In fact California Chrome's 1 1/8 mile Awesome Again split at 6 furlongs was 1:09.24 almost as fast as Arrogate ran in a 6 furlong race (1:09.14). You wanna compare equal distances only? Arrogate's best 1 1/16 time is 1:41.1 and California Chrome's best time this year at that distance is a quater of a second faster at 1:40.84 and a life time best of 1:40.56. Like I said before Arrogate is a nice horse. Apparently he is a fragile horse that Baffert needed to train up to the Breeder's Cup Classic before he could face the "Big Horse" after ducking him twice this summer. Arrogate won't even hit the board, he'll get beat by the philly Found if she runs in the classic. Her trainier Aidan O'Brien apparently is not too worried about Arrogate and in the words of Art Sherman who trains California Chrome "Well, I think I've got the best horse in the country...they better be tied on because we'll be rolling.”
This horse is lightning fast and he's in great form in 2016. My Top pick for the BC Sprint is definitely Lord Nelson, Drefong is the biggest danger to him, but this guy is definitely in the mix too!!! :-)
I remember the first time I seen her race, I was just messing around playing Australia the one night and had no idea who she was, she blew me away( I believe it was the Queensland oaks) and hasn't lost since. It doesn't matter the distance, doesn't matter the conditions, just a superior animal. I can only dream we get to see her at Royal Ascot next season. I don't know if racing could get any better than a Tepin/Winx/Solow battle.
what track record has chrome beaten what track????
And still the Champion 17 months going strong. Wonder why she's not competing in this year's Breeder's Cup Filly & Mare Turf? Would have been nice to see her go up against Lady Eli, Catch A Glimpse, Avenge, and MTC.
I would love to see him win the Juvenile. He looks similar to Gemologist but he looks like an exact replica of Verrazano.
Most trainers would have raced Arrogate again I think. Why didn't Baffert? Baffert is the best when he has a good one. I think he didn't race him again because he knows how good the colt is and doesn't have to race him. And that should worry the CC camp. I could be wrong just an opinion. Just watch the Travers again try to talk yourself out of it. I love CC but I think he will not be able to hang with the colt in the stretch. Remember too prep race or not the 3 yo can only get stronger month by month. Oh by the way who thinks Found will actually run in the Classic? OBrian is having fun with yanks I think.
To many, history has already been written, the Breeders’ Cup Classic is a foregone conclusion. The best horses in the country will line up to race on November 5th but one chestnut hero seemingly shines above the rest. While California Chrome tries to remain perfect, another horse waits in the wings still trying to prove his worth. He is no supervillain trying to foil the hero’s plans but rather he is the battered anti-hero, a far cry from perfection, racing for glory. “The night is darkest before the dawn” and so might be the case with Frosted. After his three-year-old campaign, Frosted began the year with a record-breaking performance in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2. He broke alertly and tracked the pace before powering home in the 9.5 furlong race. After spending fifty-one days training in Dubai he followed up with a lackluster performance in the Dubai World Cup finishing fifth. Frosted returned to his city and the sight of his Belmont Stakes defeat to run a historic performance in the Metropolitan Handicap. When Joel Rosario asked Frosted for his run, he exploded in the stretch to win by 14 lengths in a final time of 1:32.73. Still basking in the glory of a career defining performance, Frosted won the Whitney in commanding fashion. He set blistering fractions and won wrapped up. But after scaling new heights, setbacks were almost inevitable in remaining true to the story of an anti-hero. In the Woodward, Frosted was sent to post as the overwhelming favorite. After break, Frosted was taken back to track the pace and failed to show the same aggression he had in his previous race. At the head of the stretch, Frosted loomed large but was defeated in a blanket finish at the Graveyard of Champions. This loss seemingly casted Frosted into in his darkest hour as his ability and reputation have now been pulled into question. A life spent in the shadows of racing’s elites have caused many to overlook “Gotham’s” hero. He is a stark contrast to the consistent, upbeat hero seen in a traditional narrative. He is at times frustrating to watch but he also has the brilliance to leave his audience speechless. Frosted has had his “back broken” by his competitors however, the dawn might be drawing near as Frosted preps for his second attempt at the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Given the time he needs between races, Frosted may be able to rise to the occasion. As Frosted puts his “mask” on, he confronts the daunting fear of the challenge that lies ahead, a foe that seems insurmountable. Despite the critics, the stalwart gray once again emerges from the shadows, equipped for another fight. By accepting this challenge, Frosted reprises his role as the Dark Knight to restore the hope that was lost and the faith in him that was broken.
Arrogate Very Much Respected by me More than any horse -- i pick 15 horse's a year ,,,already have my 2 year old's picked
Like I said before Arrogate looks like a nice horse but he's not California Chrome. Here are the splits in each of their last races. CC's splits in the Awesome Again: (1/4) 22.76 (1/2) 46.08 (3/4) 1:09.48 (Mile) 1:34.45 Arrogate's splits in the Travers: (1/4) 23.23 (1/2) 46.84 (3/4) 1:10.85 (Mile) 1:35.52 California chrome has much faster splits and even after Victor Espinosa began holding him back after 6 furlongs California Chrome still ran a mile split one full second faster than Arrogates's mile split. Bob Baffert knows arrogate can't run with the best horse in the world.
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  • myjumper21 · It is difficult to compare performances on completely different race tracks. Let alone races on the same race track! Although Santa Anita has always been very consistent... probably due to the extremely dry climate. Plus it is hard to say if Chrome could even win a race at Saratoga. it is the graveyard of champions.. but for some reason wonderful for a few underdogs. Arrogate has won just fine at Santa Anita... but I don't know.. Chrome is an older male horse with extreme talent and tons of experience and has the same jockey. He is the most dangerous by far... Arrogate might be just as talented.. but he has little experience. We know Chrome, but we can't say we know Arrogate. · 1 day ago
  • Malcolm · please post the next new Arrogate splits what record has chrome beaten what track???? · 10 hours ago
Wow, what a filly Winx is. Wouldn't it be great to see her and California Chorme face off on turf in Australia and Dirt in the U.S.? Or to have babies together, one in each country? Amazing! My apologies to Shaman Ghost (one of my favorite horse names EVER). He also won the at 1 1/4 miles in the Queen's plate (for 3-year-olds) at Woodbine in 2015. Lexie Lou was the 2014 winner of that race and the Wonder Where about 5 weeks later. Sir Dudley Digges, who hasn't raced in the U.S. apparently, won the race this year. If Keen Ice indeed runs in the BCC, that would make a 2nd 4-year-old win a win at the distance. WOW!!
I don't know why folks are so shocked. On paper she has held her own at the highest level If you look at the classic field in reality other than Chrome no one has had a stellar consistent year. Really if you look at chrome without prejudice he won Dubai against a fairly weak field and has run only in California and other than Beholder really hasn't beaten anyone there either. If Found Transforms to dirt which that will be the million dollar question , but if she does I think she has a huge shot
According to Elliott Walden, Good Samaritan will be cross-entered in the Juvenile Turf and Juvenile.
I had been saying this all year- many times Taylor made has said they were enjoying racing with a horse so much that they wanted to target Pegasus Dubai and BCC next year for the big purses IF he was still training so well. When you have the best horse in the world- why would you not? Some people may call it greed but Chrome'/ connections have been most generous with sharing him with everyone and even chasing races that have hardly any purse (San Diego, awesome again etc) and With the early retirement of injury free three year olds being a constant trend- it would do wonders for the sport to see Chrome run a full year next year. We would maybe get to see him on the east coast in the Whitney and Woodward which would be amazing additions to a Pegasus, another Dubai win and capping the year off in the BCC. They are chasing the opportunity to have a horse that could have one of the best career campaigns ever. If he raced next year and won out he could be -Santa Anita Derby winner G1 -Kentucky Derby winner G1 -Preakness winner G1 -Hollywood Derby winner (turf) G1 -Dubai World Cup winner G1 -Pacific CLassic winner G1 -Awesome Again winner G1 -Breeders cup classic winner G1 -inaugural Pegasus World Cup winner G1 -Dubai World Cup Winner G1 -Whitney winner G1 -Woodward winner G1 -Breeders cup classic winner G1 Would have run in three straight DWC's, three BCC's, and been the only KD winner in recent memory to run a full six year old campaign. That's minimum thirteen grade one stakes, on turf and dirt, overseas and at home, against top competition that they would be going after. And he could even have the same rest again after Dubai. The money just makes it worthwhile. It doesn't make them greedy. Martin has shown that he wants Chrome to be called the best- he wants him to break records. He will keep him in training as long as possible because he knows he will never get another horse or ride like this again.
Winx improved by about 4 pounds. Will likely jump up to 2nd or 3rd in the next Longines ranking.

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