• 2001 Kentucky Derby winner, Monarchos has passed away at the age of 18.Posted 42 minutes ago
  • Winx absolutely dominant in winning a second Cox Plate.Posted 7 hours ago
  • Quidura (7-2) scores another graded stakes win at Keeneland for Graham Motion.Posted 20 hours ago
  • Frosted is pointing to the Breeders' Cup Classic, per his connections.Posted 3 days ago
  • Erupt (IRE) at 12-1 closes to win the $1,000,000 Pattison Canadian International (G1)Posted 5 days ago
  • Al's Gal (6-1) wins the head bob and the E. P. Taylor (G1) at WoodbinePosted 5 days ago
  • Blanket finish in the Nearctic (G2) at Woodbine goes to Calgary Cat (15-1)Posted 5 days ago
  • Arella Rockstar (12-1) upsets the Matron (G3) at Belmont Park.Posted 5 days ago
  • Time and Motion (3-1) wins a three-filly photo in the QE II Challenge Cup.Posted 6 days ago
  • Undefeated Theory (3-10) kicks away to a Futurity scorePosted 7 days ago
Breeders Cup 2015

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Id usually take this as as an opportunity to smash on people who disrespect a great horse for no good reason. But think of it like this. Its not the exactly the same as military service members for those who do put their bodies and well being on the line to protect our country, but it is in similar context to be classy and dignified in ones attitude to respect the participants of any thing that people love and participate in. It is so easy from an armchair perspective to issue arrogant, blind, and myopic criticisms, or even to take statistical angles to decipher what horse "Has no chance" versus a horse that is "Dominant". As a fan, or a bettor, or both, it is the parity of differences of horse that make equine competition such a neat thing to love or participate in. Anything can happen in horse racing. Tepin getting beat. Laoban breaking Maiden at graded stakes. Arrogate not being mentioned by ANYONE besides those who follow SoCal Racing, and destroying the Travers. The Breeders Cup races have always been known for things happening that people don't see that goes against what they know of assessing a race. Funny seeing so many who doubted the CALBRED in his three year old campaign swinging on his un-gelded future babies at this moment. Hey, Im happy that the respect finally came after calling him a wash-up after DWC of two years ago. When you have a Championship series of races, you respect ALL participants. And if someone wants to support a horse, it is no ones right to tarnish a horse or a fan, it is an honor that these horses give us such a fun and amazing sport to witness. Whether it is a horse that never wins a Maiden 20, or a horse that has a up and down record at graded stakes, or whether it is the most Dominant of Equine athletes, show respect. When you have the Pinnacle Event where the best of the best are assembled for OUR participation in you respect every and all of these Noble Participants. Because in the end, these Horses don't need us or our opinions. We are lucky to see them in such a way. We are lucky to see these horses, whether YOU think a horse deserves to race in the company of others or not. Thank God this industry is not run by peoples opinions. And thank goodness that despite what people think we get to see such races with such intrigue of talent and dedication. I love Frosted. But in the end. I am happy that ALL of these athletes will be there and only hope to see great races and a safe trip back to their feed buckets after entertaining us. We are getting to see a AWESOME time in thoroughbred racing. Appreciate all of the horses that bless us.
Ok Runaway, back home, lets get back on track.
1st- Ironicus 2nd- Tourist 3rd- Photo Call 4th- Ring Weekend 5th- Karar 6th- Mondialiste 7th- Tepin
BREAKING NEWS: 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos passed away the morning of Oct. 22, after displaying signs of internal discomfort Oct. 21 and undergoing emergency surgery to repair a ruptured intestine. He was 18 years old. Monarchos is best known for running the 2nd fastest Kentucky Derby in history only behind Secretariat.
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).
I was analyzing, and came to the conclusion that there is no way CALIFORNIA SUPREME WINNER IS CHROME the Breeders Cup Classic. Please practice for next year to all other horses. California chrome asked who wants to be in the picture in the winner's circle.
Did I hear they are supplementing him to the BCC correctly? Yikes I hope not- the poor horse may finish dead last- the Santa Anita track does not play kindly to closers or plodders/grinders. Just ask Tonalist and Hoppertunity
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  • BeastBob via Disqus · I'm not sure what Todd Pletcher did with him but in his last race he was at least 1 tick below 24 for 4 consecutive splits (23 4/5, 22 4/5, 23 3/5, 23 3/5 with a strong gallop out). The slow 23 4/5 opening quarter mile was the reason he lost that 8f race. I thought he would have easily romped the JCGC if they had entered him there. If he bring the same performance to Santa Anita, he has a good chance of finishing in the top 3 (or top 2 if the winning time is slower than 1:59 4/5). · 2 hours ago
  • cugel the clever · Agree. He needs to be brought back more gradually and sensibly with a start in a graded stake soon, and then a late-season route like the Clark. The BCC is a hopeless and futile goal. · 1 hour ago
Just one word.............................. "WOW".
  • elhubbo · Wow is right, she was just starting to roll, one of the greatest performances I've ever seen period. · 2 hours ago
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.
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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  • Ross via Disqus · Love it when people compare race splits for different distances, race tracks and competition. And the difference is not even much!! · 4 hours ago
  • cugel the clever · You are spouting utter nonsense. You cannot compare split times for races run at different distances. The only valid comparison of fractional times between Chrome and Arrogate which is relevant to the Classic is to compare the Travers versus the Pacific Classic. In that comparison, Arrogate comes out significantly on top. Here are the fractional times for each horse from Trakus: Chrome (Pacific Classic): 23.20 47.29 1:11.22 1:35.69 2:00.13 Arrogate (Travers): 23.09 46.84 1:10.74 1:35.56 1:59.25 Arrogate's time was faster than Chrome's at every fraction of the race and he finished almost a second faster (about 5 lengths) on a track which historically has been slower than Del Mar. People who say that Chrome is "faster" than Arrogate are basing their opinion on nothing. That being said, I still pick Chrome to win the Classic because it's probable that Arrogate's Travers was an anomaly (as was Frosted's Met) and that he's unlikely to repeat that effort, especially if pressed early by Chrome or Melatonin. But to say that Chrome is "faster" than Arrogate is completely false. · 2 hours ago
Dual G3-winner Goken has been retired and will stand at Haras de la Huderie alongside Sandwaki for 2017. His fee is set at €5,000.
The Last Lion has been retired and will stand at Kildangan Stud. I guess he'll be standing there for 2017? No fee has been announced.
The dual G1-winning Speedy Boarding is planned to visit Dubawi for 2017.
Pioneerof the Nile will stand for $110,000 for the 2017 Breeding season.
Preakness winner Exaggerator will stand for $30,000 in first season at stud at WinStar Farm.
I don't like this race. I don't get it, I think it's incredibly unnecessary, and there is no reason for there to be a HUGE money race in between the Classic and DWC. Horses can't possibly hope to compete in all three, or at least they shouldn't, because it doesn't give them a break from their previous year's campaign and or their upcoming year's campaign. Please somebody let me know if I'm missing an angle on this, because I just don't understand why this race needs to exist. Plus, I liked the Donn. :/
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  • hoof_hearted2016 · It's a stupid 'novelty' act, just a bunch of silly Yanks who got together and decided "Hey let's do the World Richest Horse Race right here in the States", just a lame attempt to 'out-do' the Arabs in Dubai, but it won't work because next years Dubai World Cup will probably be a $15 Million race! This Pegasus thing will be a 'one off' I'm sure, it will go back to being the Donn Handicap in 2018. · 2 days ago
  • Ruffianlover · Dubai is halfway across the world and almost no American horses go. This was a great idea and I can't wait to see the first edition · 3 hours ago
They should at least make it 1 1/4 . Like why 1 1/8 that putting American distance races to shame
  • Ruffianlover · So that it can attract as many top level horses as possible such as frosted, Runhappy, Dortmund, etc. who will be a lot more competitive at this distance than at 10f. Not every good horse can compete at 10f. Plus this opens the doors for females like stellar wind or songbird to contest against males in a big race at a distance they are more likely to beat them at. · 3 hours ago
Rivet, who won the G2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster over St Leger weekend pulls the upset in defeating heavy favorite, the Aidan O'Brien trained Yucatan to win the G1 Racing Post Trophy.
  • jonquil · If not for his bad showing at the Dewhurst, Rivet would be the favorite instead of Yucatan. I was pretty glad that happened, actually, because I was convinced Rivet at his best could take this, especially when paired with Atzeni. · 3 hours ago
Won the G1 Racing Post Trophy, giving Andrea Atzeni his 4th win in this race!
stop dreaming folks , it's Three Rules in a gallop

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