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  • California Chrome and Beholder are the Champion Older Dirt Horses.Posted 11 hours ago
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  • Drefong and Finest City are the Eclipse Award winning Sprinters.Posted 12 hours ago
  • Guest Suite (5-2) powers home best in the Lecomte Stakes.Posted 14 hours ago
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Can anyone explain why a nine old non-gelding is running? Does he have that low a potential as far as stud prospects? I'm not believing the lack of professional behind racing him. Majestic Harbour is out. Prayer for Relief should be too.
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So Conflated won the California Derby today, his victory absolutely flatters Dabster's first start where he won but was DQ'd. That race is looking good for Dabster.
I'm a big fan of Arrogate, and if the race were being run at the classic distance of 10f my money would be on him to win the Pegasus too. But, since they've opted to run this race at 9f instead of 10f, I'm afraid that favors Chrome more than it favors Arrogate, because he clearly has more speed on the front end. If you look back at the replay of this year's BC Classic, it was a monster effort by Arrogate to defeat Chrome that day at Santa Anita. But Arrogate also needed every inch of that 10f distance to do it. Hypothetically speaking, if the BC Classic were ran at 9f instead of 10f, Chrome romps home the clear winner that day. I'm afraid the shorter trip is in Chrome's favor in my very humble opinion.
Congratulations to the horse that stole my heart nearly four years ago, and helped me to fall in love with a sport that has completely enthralled me. A champion every step of the way, whose earned every honor, title, and reward.
  • KatieK101 · Congratulations to his connections as well, for putting Chrome's health and safety above everything else, and believed in him enough to keep him in training amid all the haters and their doubts. · 1 hour ago
California Chrome ran away with 202 of the votes. Arrogate received 40. Songbird 5. And Highland Reel 1???
This horse was robbed plain and simple he came out with record or near record breaking performances every time and Drefong wins 2 stakes total and has a 1-0 head to head and he gets it. Chromies you should be scared (not as much because CC is popular whereas AP Indian isn't) that the same thing happens to CC because it seems that these voters have no problem giving awards to horses with 2 stakes wins over one with a better year because horse A beat horse B in the BCC. The whole "four months isn't a year" sadly doesn't seem to resonate with these voters.
Ladies and Gentlemen: Your 2016 United States Horse of the Year is California Chrome!
2016 Horse of the Year- California Chrome baby!!!!!!!
2016 2 year old Male- Classic Empire
2016 2 year old Filly- Champagne Room!
2016 3 year old Colt- Arrogate
2016 3 year old Filly- Songbird
2016 Older Female - Beholder!!! Her eclipse awards collection is complete. Next stop HOF.
Looks like Chrome has his sights set on another Dubai and Breeders Cup Classic. After winning the Pegasus of course. :) http://www.horseracingnation.com/news/California_Chrome_may_not_be_done_racing_after_Pegasus_World_Cup_123
BREAKING NEWS: In the final workout of his career, California Chrome works 5F in 58.91, on cruise control. Watching the video, it looks like California Chrome is gonna roll in the PWC. Good luck to everyone else.
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · My gawd, this horse exudes confidence & class. That was a easy powerhouse work. Little sad that it is his last work of his career, but way to do it spectacularly. I second your statement, if this is any indication of next Saturday, good luck to everyone else. Splits- 5F in 23.66 35.12 58.81 out 1:12.41 · 16 hours ago
  • Ruffianlover · Apparently it's not confirmed he will retire · 4 hours ago
2016 Trainer- Chad Brown
2016 Owner- Juddmonte Farms
She was robbed. She put in work beating Beholder twice out of three times in fair duels including 2-0 at 8.5, has a bad start in the BCC that takes her out of the running before the race even starts and now Beholder gets it. I guess BCC/fan love really does conquer logic, what a sham. I knew it would happen but it being official just really bothers me. Beholder was on a three race losing streak going into the BCC where she barely beat the overrated Songbird. Still despite having a pretty bad year she ends up an Eclipse winner! This was a career tribute award nothing else, sorry to the connections of SW for this embarrassment, your horse did what was necessary!
2016 Older Male- California Chrome!

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