• Texas Chrome (2-1) bravely squeezed through on the rail for an Oklahoma Derby win.Posted 1 day ago
  • Unbridled Mo (4-1) rides the rail to victory in the Remington Park Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Accelerate (1-1) rallies to win the Los Alamitos Derby (G2).Posted 2 days ago
  • Connect (10-1) upsets the Pennsylvania Derby.Posted 2 days ago
  • Songbird (1-5) gets win number 11 in the Cotillion (G1) at Parx Racing.Posted 2 days ago
  • Noholdingback Bear (3-1) wins the Gallant Bob (G3) at Parx Racing.Posted 2 days ago
  • 2015 Turf Champion Big Blue Kitten has been retired from racing, via the Chad Brown barn.Posted 6 days ago
  • No catching Sarah Sis (10-1) in the Presque Isle Downs Masters.Posted 7 days ago
  • Victory to Victory  7-1) pulls clear in the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes.Posted 8 days ago
  • Good Samaritan (3-1) rolls to a Breeders' Cup birth with a Summer Stakes win.Posted 8 days ago

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Baffert will enter both Dortmund and Hoppertunity in the Awesome Again tomorrow, but it is not definite that both will actually start. (Per DRF Privman)
Back on the work tab today. 48 1/5 with a "breezing" designation, not usually given in Cali. I've been very pleased with his works post Travers. That 4f drill last week was a thing of beauty
Could he be running in the Awesome Again this weekend? He is on the nominations and im mainly curious because he didn't work this past weekend.
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  • By The Numbers via Disqus · I was a little curious myself on what Baffert's plan is. Watching Arrogate work and gallop, he by all appearances is a loaded horse. He dragged his exercise rider through that 1/2 in :46 3/5. To me, it seems like Baffert will have a hard time keeping him on the ground for 5 more weeks. Maybe he'll change his mind and put Arrogate in the AA · 23 hours ago
  • Goblin · As you may know, he worked this A.M. at SA; went 4f. in 48.20, 3/13. Video is on xbtv; I'll try to link it; additional info concerning he and other Baffert horses can be found at Privman's twitter site. http://www.xbtv.com/video/recent/arrogate-works-4-furlongs-in-48-20-at-santa-anita-park-on-september-27th-2016/ · 22 minutes ago
This is my opinion, and feel free to disagree. I don't think that either Nyquist or Exaggerator belong in the BCC, at least not this year. They seem to be tired horses, and if I owned them, they would be turned out for the remainder of the year and start training again early next spring for a four year old campaign. And the same could be said about Gun Runner. Start over next year, after a long rest.
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  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · Nyquist needs to run. He should be entered in the JCGC, and then the BCC,.Quite the mile workouts, five or six furlongs max. He's leaving everything on the morning exercises! And put a real jockey on top. Someone who has a sense of pace. · 3 hours ago
  • bronzeprincess33 · I definitely think Nyquist should skip the Classic. Exaggerator should probably do the same, but he has an automatic berth for the race, so he'll most likely go. · 58 minutes ago
Now that the latest Longines' ratings are out, here are a few notes heading into the 2016 BCC. California Chrome (133) will keep his #1 ranking over Arrogate (129) even if he finishes second to Arrogate. If they run 1-2, Arrogate will need to beat Chrome by at least 2 lengths to take over the #1 spot.
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  • BobHayes22 · Surprised Chrome received a 133 for beating Beholder who just got beat buy Stellar Wind and Baffert's horse who i thought before the race that he would bounce. · 23 hours ago
  • BobHayes22 · So Chrome gets 113 Beyer and 133 Longines rating from same race and Arrogate gets a 122 Beyer and a 129 Longines rating from the same race. Let's see who's right. i think Arrogate will stuff Chrome and i think Chrome is top notch. · 1 hour ago
A good list when compared to some past fields of Awesome Again. Dortmund and Win The Space are good enough horses and Hard Aces is not below the G2 status, but this will be a display of pure dominion. Win The Space picks off of the hot pace and finishes 11 back in 2nd.
Sylvain Vidal, racing manager for part owner Gerard Augustin-Normand, said Almanzor is still unlikely to run in the Arc, but is being left in as a precaution. He also said Almanzor will remain in training next year: http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/article/465/10595261/almanzor-among-arc-nineteen
This could be a short field when all the dust is settled from the preps. I see 7 or 8 with Shaman Ghost not listed on here. Maybe Comfort joins the fray, that could make 9? I could see Gun Runner & Connect running. Exaggerator has a free ride so maybe they keep plugging away?LOL Destin- no works since Travers Creator- announced he was done for year. Firing Line- Heard they were targeting Dirt Mile if they make it at all. Nyquist could be retired Beholder seems likely for the Distaff, contingent on this weeks race. Dortmund- Will Bob really run him against Arrogate or Chrome a 4th time?
I think Nyquist took a bit of a confidence knock. You see it happen in show jumping all the time. Distance isn't the problem, he won the Florida Derby at 9f and the Kentucky Derby in excellent time, and the undefeated Nyquist would not allow a horse to go past him in the stretch, but in Penn Derby it looks like he stopped trying. I think the Preakness and Haskell took more out of him than anyone realized.
If Stellar Wind shows up in the Zenyatta like she did in the Clement Hirsch, she will win again!
It's going to be an upset with Talismanic!!! 2nd- Found 3rd- Highland Reel 4th- Order Of St. George 5th- New Bay
Harzand had a good work this morning, but I don't think he's going to get the cut in the ground that he wants, as no rain is predicted between now and the Arc. To me, a longshot would be Order of St George, who will be a decent price (10/1?), and has a good turn of foot. I have ALOT riding on Postponed, so I'm heavily rooting for him though.
19 remain in the Arc picture at the moment after the latest forfeit stage on Tuesday morning, though I would expect that number to dwindle quite a bit by the time the final declaration stage rolls around on Friday afternoon or early Saturday morning.
France's version of the Ascot Gold Cup, the G1 Prix du Cadran, which usually runs on the same day as the Arc de Triomphe, Prix de la Foret, Prix De l'Opera, etc...will this year run a day earlier instead on the same card with the Prix Dollar, Prix Daniel Wildenstein, Prix Chaudenay, etc.....
All the UK Bookmakers have drastically shortened the odds for Almanzor in the Arc, I think they must have some inside information. As soon as "La Cressionneire" was pulled out of the Arc with an injury I knew they would put Almanzor in the Arc instead of the Champion Stakes. I can almost 100% guarantee Almanzor will be running in the Arc on Sunday. :-)
Is the post position draw tomorrow?
I have a general question about the Breeder's Cup; it would mostly pertain to the Classic, but in a year like this, might pertain to the Distaff as well. Did the BC kill match races? Did the DWC further kill them? Or was that already dead from the Ruffian tragedy (and from the Chris Evert rout over Miss Musket the prior year?) The obvious case of the great match race that never was would be Rachel Alexandra vs. Zenyatta. The dynamics of a match race are different, and while RA's team avoided Zenyatta in the BCC, if $3 million or $5 million had been put up in a match race, winner take all, would it have come to pass?
  • Kimberly Beth via Disqus · I would hope after Ruffian - RIP you amazing girl - they would never have another match race. There may have been one, I don't know, but I hope they never have one again. · 3 hours ago
Why does Nyquist jockey continue to run him so far outside, even when he can move closer to the rail, he doesn't. If Nyquist wins its because the horse runs a great ( and not easy) race. I think Calvin BoRAIL should race Nyquist, he would get much better results.
1st: California Chrome 2nd: Dortmund 3rd: Hard Aces 4th: Win The Space

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