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Breeders Cup 2015

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*Unpopular opinion alert* Nyquist doesn't have a prayer in the Classic. They should skip and go to the Cigar Mile. Retiring him would be foolish (as long as he's healthy) and he should continue on through a 4 year old campaign where he doesn't race further than a mile. I want to see this horse do well again, and I truly think that success will come at shorter distances.
I think it's a poor decision for Found to run in this race. Not that she doesn't have potential- she has a good chance of breaking 4th- but no better than that. She should run in her comfort zone in a worthy enough purse to go after.
I watched Sunday work a month or two ago. She was a bit off. The impression I got during and after her last race was that she looked body sore. I was hoping that Surprise would do well. She had wonderful temperament and crew at Harris Farms really thought she was special.
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  • BeastBob via Disqus · In all her starts, she seemed to be reluctant to go between horses out of the gate which probably led to her being a little slow early in the race. · 5 days ago
  • SarahAieden via Disqus · Perhaps a different environment might suit this filly better. Par Antonsen had high hopes for this girl. Perhaps she's just missing her good friends at Harris and a visit home may perk her up. · 1 hour ago
Chrome's work today was phenomenal, he's raring to go! Rider never asked for a single step!
Very weird workout. Jockeys had no clue what they were doing. Some people are saying Nyquist doesn't want to play the game anymore. If that is the case, it's his connections fault.
American Pharoah’s final fraction in last year’s BCC was 24.60. California Chrome's was 24.44 2016 Pacific Classic. There is an excellent chance that he will be able to duplicate that, maybe even beat it with Arrogate and him closing for home. We might finally see Chrome fully cranked...scary. It is going to be something else if Arrogate shows up to the party with his dancing shoes.
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  • Stay Thirsty via Disqus · And Chrome did it against a decent field and Pharoah rocked it against one of the best fields in history. · 15 hours ago
  • BobHayes22 · Keenland is slower than Del Mar. · 4 hours ago
Is the Pegasus World Cup off the tables now for Frosted?
Is there weight limits, If so what are they and does( Found (being a Filly) get a break
I don't know about a complete pace meltdown in the Classic, but with Frosted possibly re-challenging Chrome in the last quarter like he did to Pharaoh at the Spa, Arrogate trying his hand at press/pace against top company, etc, he does have a chance to hit the board. I want this horse to show me some of his 3-year-old promise, but he just seems to be a good horse up here and a great horse in lesser company. He is my emotional pick that stays in the mix, in combination with great horses. Once again, Frosted would be an Eclipse award top pick in any year other than Pharaohs, but he's run well but hard this summer, so the up-and-comers may prove him tired. May leave an opening for War Story's tactical abilities? We shall see in a week!
  • imisswilltakecharge · Side Note: If you happen to venture into Fred's Inn in Norwich, NY, the bartender Robert STILL, after many a lost dollar, will stand by this horse like a blind love. I think I can't leave him off my tickets in case he is ever finally right; I may be drinking somewhere else!!! · 6 hours ago
2 for 2. Looks like a good horse for the future.
Are there weight limits, If so what are they and does( Found (being a Filly) get a break
Not that it won't still be a very good renewal, but I'm personally a little bummed that Pleascach & So Mi Dar aren't both making the trip over from Europe for this year's Breeders Cup F&M Turf, particularly Pleascach. I thought she had the chance to be a real force in this year's renewal after the race that trainer Jim Bolger got out of her in the G1 Prix De l'Opera at Chantilly on Arc day. If she ran that well first time out this season coming off a layoff of more than year, I felt like Bolger would've really had her loaded for bear for the F&M Turf, IMO.
1-Innovative Idea 2-Lewis Bay 3-Eskenformoney 4-Smartly Agree
tomorrow nyquist does his last workout
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Hopefully last until next race. I hope he runs well in the Classic and then hits the Malibu. If he does not, then it is likely Exaggerator wins the champion 3 year old Eclipse. · 11 hours ago
  • elhubbo · I got a good feeling about this Mr. Lonely. · 6 hours ago
RIP Sad to here news like this especially at such a young age
My favorite all time horse and even today I follow his bloodlines
Google 'Arrogate Horse workout' for more info and youtube video
From Paulick Report...
Travers winner Arrogate impressed onlookers once again Tuesday morning when he worked in company with stablemate and fellow G1-winner Mor Spirit at Santa Anita. The Daily Racing Form timed Arrogate's workout in 1:10.95 for six furlongs. Equibase has the time officially as 1:11.20. As he did last week, Arrogate continued to gallop past six furlongs; Mike Welsch of the DRF timed him completing seven furlongs in 1:24 and galloping out a mile in 1:37.10. Rafael Bejarano was aboard for the work. Arrogate continued to gallop around the track to the sixteenth pole before being pulled up. “He's got some serious lungs,” trainer Bob Baffert told the Form afterwards. “His heart, the way it must pump out blood, must be something.” “He went off a little quick today,” Baffert said, “but I wanted him closer to the other horse. “He can turn it on and shut it off whenever you want, which is a big plus.”
Below clip from Bloodhorse...

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