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  • Purely a Dream (12-1) pulls ahead in the stretch to take the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks.Posted 7 hours ago
  • Arrogate, despite a dreadful break, wins the Dubai World Cup easily.Posted 11 hours ago
  • Jack Hobbs is much the best in the Sheema Classic.Posted 12 hours ago
  • Vivlos flies late to get up for the win in the $6 million Dubai Turf.Posted 12 hours ago
  • Mind Your Biscuits rallies widest of all to win the Golden Shaheen going away.Posted 13 hours ago
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Hollie Hughes, not Henny--that's Beholder's dad. 'night.
Henny Hughes saw BOTH MOW and Secretariat and he chose the latter hands down. Ask some one who REALLY KNOWS the game and they can tell you what quality is like.
Can't tell if it was the turf or if Dortmund doesn't want to be a race horse anymore. He did look uncomfortable on the turf and looked awkward on it so perhaps that was the case. We'll see on his next start on dirt.
Rafi, your writing style gives your most recent prevarication gives us a reason to stick out as FICTION as it always does.
I never saw a horse recover a bad start and win a race like Arrogate did today. I keep watching the replays of the race, fun to watch !
Good old Zippy, 1.35 out of 10.
He has won against top competition before and now through adversity and he seemed like he can still run after the race. This is as much as we know. It does not bother me if anyone will think he's not one of the top to race ever, but I'll surely regret it if I don't enjoy every time he races.
Congratulations to Arrogate and his connections! He did what he to do to win, and I was not necessarily giving him the benefit of the doubt that he would still be at his peak today. However, you have to realize that this where California Chrome was last year at this time (on top of the world). But, he eventually did fall to someone who was totally unknown at this time last year. What goes around comes around, and the invincible Arrogate will probably fall to a 3 year old later this year that comes setting records out of the blue. That is, unless he really does have that 20 pound heart like Secretariat. And if he does, why was not in the Triple Crown last year even once? Or was that totally Bob Baffert's error in not properly assessing who needed to be aimed toward the Triple Crown?
While everyone is busy fawning over Arrogate (and for good reason, of course) I can't help but express my admiration for this tough, gritty star. He ran good enough to win any other year and had lengths on the 3rd place horse. What a wonderful run he put in today.
Hopper didn't score well on this years Dubai Workd Cup, overall his career is pretty consistent to say the least but I'm thinking his connections should consider running him on the east coast the remainder of this year so he doesn't encounter Arrogate and also definitely retirement should be in the discussion for Hoppertunity
While Arrogate didn't meet expectations this horse did.
Baffert said Arrogate is the best horse he's seen since Secretariat........Smith said he's the best he's ever ridden. Enough said.
The winning form of the 2017 DWC is arguably the strongest over the past 5 years as the 2nd and 3rd place finishers of this race will likely win their next respective graded stakes.
I understand the instinct of those wishing to defend past greats against the onslaught of comparison and aggrandizement, especially when the horse in question has only 4 stakes races. The problem is you sometimes miss the enjoyment of something great staring you in the face. People did it with AP and I'm sure there were those that did it with past greats as well. My advice would be to try and enjoy the ride and we'll see where it takes us.
Superb ride by Mike Smith and a devastating run by Arrogate. It was incredible the way Mike handled Arrogate patiently after not breaking too alertly...instead of forcing his way in to early position and contention, Mike moved the remarkable beast inch by inch foot by foot on the outside of the field picking them off one at a time!! Then at the turn for home, It was most exhilarating and triumphant to see Arrogate accelerating down the stretch with his powerful turn of speed !! Moreover, the gratification in the final moment on deciding to add Mubtaahij in the 3rd and 4th slot of my betting choices because he likes the race track or I would never had celebrated in the way I did winning the Trefecta and Superfecta !! Congratulations to the connections and everyone who won something in that fantastic race. This Arrogate is a true eminence of a great Thoroughbred and it was fantastic been part of the Fun !!
By the way, the accolades for him, while generally well deserved, have been a bit hyperbolic. We don't even know for sure if he is the best horse in the world right now, let alone of the 21st century. Of course, it looks like Juddmonte and Baffert will wimp out and not prepare him on the turf for a match race with Winx. I hate to sound like a broken record, but given the generally meager purses between now and the BCC, why not prep for a $15 million match race against the Australian?
A lot of you on here are just youngsters and I say that because I turned 103 years old this past February... I have arthritis so I can't write this stuff myself so my great great great grandson is writing for me everything I say out my mouth ok... Now let me tell all you horse racing fans a few things or two from experience from what I saw myself throughout my life... My father was also a horse racing man do I was introduced to it very young... I went with my father to see Man O'War run in the Jockey club Gold cup and the Travers stakes both were in 1920, I was only about 6 years old at the time now my memory is still the one good thing I have... I will never forget I didn't know this at the time cause I was just a kid but my Dad had my shake hands with the Manassa Mauler that's boxer Jack Dempsey and so many others like actor Edward G. Robinson back than all the stars of that time would just mingle with us regular folks those were good times I tell you, good times... But anyway I remember getting right next to Man O'War after he won the Travers and I tell you I'll never forget the fire that penetrated in his eyes he was a magnificent brute of a horse unbeatable I tell you.... I remember home with my father listening to the radio when Man O' War best first TC winner Sir Barton in a match race beat him good around 15 or more lengths see Man O'War didn't run in the Kentucky Derby only the last two races because back than the KD wasn't a big deal and they had yet to call those 3 races a TC so his owner Mr. Sam Riddle didn't care to send his horse to Kentucky because he was an east coast horse and back than traveling horses took a lot more than today... Whrn I turned 20 back in 1934 I went with my Dad to see Man O'War by than he'd been retired for many years but we went to see him at his stud farm and that same year we went in 1934 he had just had a foal like a few months prior we'll that was who we got to know as War Admiral and I got to see him run after he won the TC in 1937 but I saw him run live in 1938 now he hated to come out the gates they always had to force him out but when he did he would fly he was not as quick as his Sire but he was great horse saw him run in 1938 at Pimlico against SeaBiscuit I always said about that race if they had run it twice sea biscuit would've lost but I was there to see it great race... Moving ahead i got to see Citation run in 1950 in the Hollywood gold cup great horse yes I saw Swaps run and saw Nashua... I never got to see Ruffian run live but I saw foolish pleasure win the KD and I saw secretariat run many times including his Belmont win spectacular!!!! Yes yes indeed spectacular.... I watched Seattle slew and Affirmed run live and so so so many afterwards I'm a life long fan and seeing American Pharoah win it after 37 years brought tears of joy to my eyes, I did like that California Chrome horse he ran with a lot of heart lot of heart... And I saw Arrogate at Breeders last year I don't get out much these days with my health and all but my kids surprised me and took me and I got to see him in the paddock and let me tell you kids something he has that same fire in his eyes that I saw in Man O'War... I didn't see that fire in no other horse eyes in all these years until now in Arrogate and let me tell you all something he is a horse with an ability similar to only the greats despite he didn't run in any TC forget about that I'm telling you he is a horse that puts fear in other horses he won't be beaten as long as he is healthy ever take the advice of this old 103 year old man who has seen it all just about he is a horse of a lifetime even greater than AP..... And that's a promise
Jockey on gun runner blew the race he should've continued to press gun runner through out the race he slacked up after assuming it was no way Arrogate could catch up... He literally started to attempt to pick up the pace once he realized Arrogate was approaching rapidly from the outside post... Had he stayed on the gas throughout the race gun runner would've likely won it, I need to see him run again against gun runner this year.. And although I'm quite impressed with Arrogate after all he is a great race horse but I still need to see a fully healthy Melatonin challenge him again, in the breeders cup Melatonin rode Chrome's tail in a close second place pace until he tired out in the last stretch but keep in mind he hadn't run since June since winning the Gold cup so he gave out of juice but I do think a healthy Melatonin can be a formidable challenger against Arrogate and if Classic Empire or Mastery wins the TC, I see either of them challenging Arrogate in the Breeders Cup... I'm patiently awaiting Melatonin to get healthy.... Nonetheless congrats to Arrogate connections
Wow. I love this horse. He ran so well. He would've won any other year. This is the wrong year for this guy, unfortunately.
Without question this is the most talented race horse I've seen grace a track. The only other horse I've seen do what Arrogate did today is Zenyatta and she need a perfect trip to do it. Arrogate had the exact opposite. He is the best race horse in the world right now. Every other animal is battling for 2nd.

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