• Blackjackcat (8-1) holds off Vyjack to win the Del Mar Mile.Posted 5 hours ago
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  • Channel Maker (8-5) wins the photo and survives multiple objections to win the Breeders' Stakes.Posted 9 hours ago
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  • Dream Dancing (6-1) nips Beau Recall in the Del Mar Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Collected (3-1) holds off Arrogate in the TVG Pacific Classic.Posted 1 day ago
  • Hunt (3-1) scores his second graded stakes win of the meet, this time in the Del Mar Handicap.Posted 1 day ago
  • Elate (4-1) rolls home a big winner in the Alabama.Posted 1 day ago
  • Money'soncharlotte (5-2) holds off Martini Glass in the Lady Jacqueline.Posted 1 day ago
  • Proctor's Ledge (2-1) kicks home a winner in the Lake Placid.Posted 1 day ago

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Since this is the debate here's my list. The most difficult thing for me was placing the horses who ran great campaigns up to there Belmonts and never raced again. So if you think I underrated Smarty, IHA, Big Brown etc, part of me agrees with you and doubts my list. Also want people to know this list is pretty close the whole way through and after the top 10 I become less and less sure about my picks. I am far more confident that these are the 25 best horses to run on dirt this millennium. 1)AP 2)PG 3)Zapper 4)RA 5)Arrogate 6)Invasor 7) Curlin 8)Game on Dude 9)Frosted 10) California Chrome 11) Empire Maker 12) Smarty Jones 13)IHA 14) Summer Bird 15) Gun Runner 16) Honor Code 17) Bernardini 18) Tonalist 19) Tiznow 20) Awesome Feather 21) Zenyatta 22) Afleet Alex 23) Beholder 24) Animal Kingdom 25) Big Brown 26) Street Sense 27) Mineshaft 28) Azeri 29) Giant's Causeway 30) Dortmund/KI/Bodemeister/Creative Cause/Uncle Mo/Birdstone/Bayern/Liam's Map/Shaman's Ghost/ Gio Ponti/Looking at Lucky/To Honor and Serve/Nyquist/War Emblem/Barbaro/Rags to Riches(made the thirtieth spot a place for people to see all the horses I was thinking about/didn't put on the list so you know what horses were close or weren't close to getting on my list. Possible I forgot one or two horses. Just wanted to make a list that didn't have Mine that Bird 17th.
Arrogate won a few big races and the horse racing Media started to hype him up as the next Secretariat - As racing always needs a BIG STAR to keep the sport popular and relevant - its a Business - The horse racing media talking heads went along with the hype and charade cause that is their "Job" - So they too went into a Disingenous "Arrogate Frenzy", and was practically drooling on air when they spoke of him ( They have no shame, They sell-out at any cost for the "brass") - Now the smoke has cleared - Now These talking heads are in "Panic Mode" - They are trapped and it is now time for plan "B"..Time to make Excuses.."He dont like the track".."He needs rest".."He is disinterested".."He didnt run his race".."He mustve ate a bad batch of hay" - How quickly/prematurely a horse is labeled the GREATEST these days - Another one bites the Dust!
Does anyone know how much taller Arrogate has grown since the DWC?
Oh, the angst here is palpable ... all those big talking fans, who thought they were seeing "history". Such a let down ....
My top 25-30 Horses of the 21 century are 1.) American Pharoah 2.) Point Given 3.) Zenyatta 4.) Smarty Jones 5.) California Chrome 6.) Rachel Alexandria 7.) Curlin 8.) Barbaro 9.) Honor Code 10.) Shared Belief 11.) Nyquist 12.) Will Take Charge 13.) Beholder 14.) Tonalist 15.) Funny Cide 16.) Rags to Riches 17.) Mine that bird 18.) Game on dude 19.) Big Brown 20.) Frosted 21.) War Emblem 22.) Birdstone 23.) Animal Kingdom 24.) Monarchos 25.) Fusaichi Pegasus 26.) Declaration of War 27.) Orb 28.) I'll have another 29.) Blame 20.) Wicked Strong
Kingofthewholewideworld, a question for you. The Mystic Lake Derby is the same day as the Mayweather/McGregor fight, so should Canterbury use a walkout theme for the horses entered in the race?
BCC could shape up to be a real "CLASSIC"..Gun Runner - Connected - Arrogate (if he runs) - Keen ice (Who is always looking for an upset from back of pack) - Shaman Ghost - Classic Empire - Always Dreaming - Tapwrit - Cupid - Gunnervera - Irish War Cry...What a field!..What is everyones top 3 finish projection if this race happens?..Hope Most of them enter
Is Bashing Arrogate Day over yet? Arrogate showed up in the Pacific Classic and was short. Looks like he has an issue with the track. Unfortunately for him the BCC is at Del Mar. It's possible he will overcome his issue and has a shot to win the Classic but will have Gun Runner and likely Connected running their best. Looks like an exciting race coming. Looking forward to it and hope the competition stays healthy and shows up willing to run their best.
Very good start
Nice debut by him to get 2nd contesting a hot pace. Expecting him and Zatter to come out more fit and ready to roll next out.
Arrogate fan just posted this quote.."What it doesn't do is change the results. Arrogate never lost a race California Chrome was in. Can Chrome say the same?...Accelerate beat Arrogate 2 out of their 3 meetings including 1 by 15 lengths..Can Arrogate say the same?..According to this "Bottom line" logic, Accelerate is better than Arrogate..Some fans really need to "think" before they type..i.e "Put foot in mouth"
While I realize that the HRN ratings are no more than a popularity contest that have no bearing on reality, I wonder where Winx would rate if she were allowed to be included. During last seasons races many people on this site were questioning whether she was as good as advertised. It seems that many of them have come to the realization that she is the real deal. I don't believe any American-based turf horse could beat her up to 12 furlongs. People on this site who live in Australia and have followed the racing over there for a long period of time are now starting to call the the best to ever run there. As always, while comparing horses that do not actually run against each other is not an easy task a third C O X Plate would elevate Winx near the top of the list no matter what country we are considering.
Nice win by Zatter, St Patricks Day 2nd. Nice exacta for the Baffert stable.
What people don't see is that Baffert now has two to saddle in the Classic!
Happy to see that Unique Bella worked 3F in 36:40 today for the first time since March. Looking forward to when she races again.
Come on people, Its not always the horse that loses a race. 10 more feet then what? Jocks can't be perfect all the time. Also the time was very good and Collected was at the top of his game thanks to Baffert and crew and he ran a great race. I can't believe that anyone would say he id done.
Come on Storm
Yo new Private Deet on the Beat Bob ... so you just happened to stumble upon this page?
Lets all make this VERY simple!!..Arrogate..10 starts..Only 4 Grade 1 Wins..1 of them by desperately winning at the "wire"..2 of them by about 2 lengths..and only "1" of them in blow out fashion..And losing his last 2 races..Finishing 4th and Finishing 2nd..if someone told you this horse was an "All Time Great" you would probably ask them what drugs are they on..And if they told you this horse was the "GOAT" you would probably just slap them in the face!
According to some of the quotes (particularly from Bob Baffert) from the BH's article on his debut, the signal is stay away from betting him on the first race: "He has Pharoah's and his sister's kind, sweet disposition," Baffert said. "But Pioneerof the Nile was that way, too." "What St Patrick's Day doesn't share, at least so far, is American Pharoah's on-track attitude." "The 2015 Horse of the Year was notoriously difficult early on in his career and showed it before and during his fifth-place debut at Del Mar in 2014. St Patrick's Day is quite different. Where American Pharoah wanted to bolt at all times, his brother is content with inquisitively taking in his surroundings during gallops around Del Mar." "He's just made differently. Pharoah was a leaner-type horse," Baffert said. "And Pharoah was a run-off. He wanted to bolt and run. He was a handful. This guy is a pretty smart colt. He does everything right." "When he came in, he was carrying a little extra weight in the belly," Baffert said. "He's not quite tight yet, but he's doing well. I think he's ready to run. I don't want to do any more with him. Racing will help him..."

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