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This is not really related to the Pegasus, but since there is no "Potpourri" thread, I thought I would put this here. What great horses, do you think, detracted from their greatness by not racing a certain rival of their era? a) Man O'War is considered the greatest ever, but avoided Exterminator. Is that a legitimate knock against him? Could Exterminator have beaten him, perhaps if Man O'War even spotted him weight? Remember that he spotted a decent but not great 3-year-old 26 lbs. in the Dwyer, and won, but it took some effort. b) How about Native Dancer avoiding Tom Fool? ND is considered the greater horse, yet Tom Fool was horse of the year in '53, and had the second greatest 4-yo campaign of all time (first being Spectacular Bid in 1980). c) What about Zenyatta not facing Rachel Alexandra? Would RA have beaten her on a non-synthetic track? Do any other examples come to your mind?
  • Neigh Sayer via Disqus · I won't get into all your examples but one is clearly not correct. You make is sound like Zenyatta ducked Rachel. That is directly opposite. Zenyatta was set to face Rachel in the Apple Blossom in 2009. The connections of Rachel decided to pull her from that race. We of course don't know if Rachel would have beaten her, but clearly her connections didn't think she would and opted not to face Zenyatta. · 21 minutes ago
Breeders Cup Turf winner, Highland Reel, draws PP #10 of 14 in Sunday's G1 Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin. A wide draw is probably not as big a deal in the Vase as it would be in the other shorter races though, because Highland Reel was drawn even wider at Santa Anita in the Breeders Cup Turf, PP #12 if memory serves.
Rest in peace, Stradi :'(
Why in the world do Runhappy's people keep putting him in longer distance races? I think it's pretty clear that he's happy at 3/4 or 7/8. :-(
  • beckbel13 · No kidding! They have ruined Runhappy by making the ridiculous choice to taking him out of sprint races. What are they thinking?? · 1 hour ago
Are these the only 2 contenders that kind of committed to this race so far?. Hate to say it but it looks like it's going to be a 2 horse race, rematch of the BCC.
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  • Ferrisjso26 · With Frosted gone and AF probably being on lay off all I can really see is Gun Runner and KI. Melatonin, Hoppy and Effinex are probably going to be retired as two of those three are five year olds. Dortmund's coming back but after last year, I can see them wanting a CC/Arrogate free zone for his races. Gun Runner's connections should also be looking for easier spots for him after last years season of impressive losses. So who does that leave? Connect? If FL does come back I doubt it will be that early. · 25 days ago
  • beckbel13 · I hope so! That's what we want! · 1 hour ago
Ray Paulick will have a story on Stradivari's death "today or tomorrow". I sent an e-mail to his "Ask Ray" contact box last evening, and he answered within the past hour, replying, "He did not make it, sadly. I will have a story sometime today or tomorrow."
And yes, one more debating post.... There have been no match races since the Ruffian tragedy of '75. Are there any you would like to have seen, just the two horses? You could argue between two horses that avoided each other (RA vs. Zenyatta), or a pair that faced each other frequently and had a great rivalry - Alydar vs. Affirmed, Sunday Silence vs. Easy Goer. My choice for the great match race that never was? It would have been fall 2012 at Ascot - Frankel (undefeated, mile specialist) vs. Black Caviar (undefeated, 6 furlong specialist) at 7 furlongs on the turf. Two undefeated champions, male vs. female. In the era of online pay-per-view, this match race, even at $10+ million purse, could have paid for itself.
  • ILuvTurfRacing · At 7f or a mile, Black Caviar would've been little more than a good tow into the race for Frankel. She was a fantastic race-mare, but Frankel was like watching one of the old American muscle cars from the 1960's with nitrous boosters. Once Queally ask him for run it was blast off. · 1 hour ago
The winner of the Pegasus Cup is The Pizza Man. You heard it here first.
  • RealDynastyPicks · I would be sooooo happy if this came true! · 1 day ago
  • ILuvTurfRacing · Love The Pizza Man, but he doesn't handle conventional dirt well enough to beat a horse like Chrome or Arrogate, if Baffert sends him? · 1 hour ago
A horse basically needs to finish on the board for the connections to break even...Not sure if we will get a full gate for this one.
  • DarthKoalaBear via Disqus · If that is true (and it might be) then there are going to be several unhappy millionaires holding a gate that they thought was going to be a golden ticket, and turned out to be only the tinfoil around the chocolate bar. You know, this would make a good movie adult version of Willie Wonka. "Frank Stonach and the Magic Golden Horse Race." Which owner turns into a giant carrot, and which owner gets stretched to ten feet tall, and which owner falls into a giant pile of horse manure..... and the jockeys could take the place of the Oompa Loompas. Someone should pay me for coming up with this idea! LOL · 1 day ago
Connections announce that Texas Red, winner of the 2014 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile, has been retired from racing, it was announced Dec. 8. Stud plans are pending.
Another breeze, this one in 4f in 48 flat. Just happy he's on the track!
Maybe it's just my perception, but it doesn't really seem like the connections of top international horses anywhere are falling all over themselves to line up for this race, outside of the obvious ones in the states that you'd expect to be seen pointed at the Pegasus. This race may end up being little more than a watered down version of the Breeders Cup Classic, only not even at the classic trip of 10f and with a payday on steroids. When it's all said and done, it'll probably end up not really drawing the level of competition expected and end up being easy pickings for one horse, IMO.
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · True. With its January date its not really that attractive to Europe where most of the horses get the winter off-besides the one's maybe pointing to Dubai. · 1 day ago
  • beckbel13 · I hadn't thought of that, but you are right, there has been no buzz about international horses wanting to enter the Pegasus. I really hope the purse money will lure some European or South American stars. · 2 hours ago
Before we all settle on him as our Derby horse, we ought to notice that the horses he has been beating have not been coming back all that well...
I see it listed here deceased...Has this been verified????
So it appears that you were a little premature on the Stradivari news...
This is a very promising and well-bred colt. Look for this one down the road.
You can tell a horseman from a fan when they start guranteing the BC winner as the KY DERBY Winner. So many things change from 2 yrs to three. I have a bunch ill list to watch as potential KY DERBY winners but never would gurrantee a winner in NOV or December. Only a fan would do that
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  • Ross via Disqus · You made it sound like predicting Classic Empire who looks really good and won the BC Juvenile so "Naive and ignorant" with your fan and horseman analogy. Now if people predicted some 2 yr old who haven't to a race yet (Like BeastBob pointed out) and crowned that horse to win the Derby, now you would have been more logical since they do not have any basis for their prediction. But predicting Classic Empire certainly have some merits!! · 23 hours ago
  • jawsforthewyn · agreed, and history has proven this only street sense and nyquist have won the bcj and kyd mine that bird won the derby but was out of the money in the 2008 bcj · 16 hours ago
American Gal / Union Strike / Berned / Go on Mary
He didn't make it, he has a death report on file with the Jockey Club.
  • rubs23 via Disqus · Is it stradivarius? She died after an accident at saratoga this past summer. · 16 hours ago
His name means cemetery in Arabic.

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