• Farrell (4-5) rolls to victory in the Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds.Posted 17 minutes ago
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  • Lockdown (2-1), full sister to Close Hatches, wins the Busanda at Aqueduct.Posted 6 days ago
  • Back at Oaklawn Park, Terra Promessa (6-5) rolls in the Pippin.Posted 6 days ago
  • Vale Dori (1-5) is too much for her La Canada competition.Posted 6 days ago
  • Tommy Macho (5-2) tons the best in the Hal's Hope at Gulfstream Park.Posted 7 days ago

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Apparently he is OUT of the PWC (per TVG)
No Gun Runner. Asmussen would not agree to additional protocols.
Jess's Dream has been retired. He's standing at Ocala Stud in Florida. Neither of Zenyatta's boys look to be worth a damn on the track. Hope one of them races soon and gets a win. She's expecting a Medaglia D'Oro foal this time round. Hope she gets a winner this time.
  • BeastBob via Disqus · Ziconic was also royally bred. · 3 days ago
  • Melann Johnston via Disqus · This is about Ziconic not Jess's Dream. No need to be rude to our boys!! · 1 hour ago
What do you think the odds of Arrogate racing past this year are? I would guess slim to none. I fully expect to hear a stud deal after the Pegasus and/or DWC (especially if he does well) , and then he will probably run 1-2 more California races before the BCC after which he will be retired.
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  • Blue Larkspur via Disqus · If he makes it that far · 20 hours ago
  • barrmorr · Juddmonte has already said that Arrogate is going to stud next year. Things can always change but as of now that is the plan. · 12 hours ago
Let's put things into perspective for a moment shall we? At the age Arrogate is now CC had already won 8 stakes/graded stakes races. That is more races than arrogate has run total
Here we go- final work before next Sa on a sealed track.... 24.4 Q, 48.4 1/2. 5/8 1:01 flat, 6f 1:12 flat. Easy. The 2 big horses are now set for next week.
One thing to keep in mind.... Chrome has destroyed all of American Pharaoh's adversaries... some multiple times. Would American Pharaoh have won facing Shared Belief, Bayern , Arrogate, Beholder or even Tonalist on any given day? My point is that Chrome has faced the absolute toughest competition throughout his career possible... and he is still on top. How many horses does Baffert have to throw at him? Cheers to Chrome winning the Pegasus... for if he does the title will be well earned!
  • barrmorr · As to who Pharoah would have beaten is pure speculation here is another question. If California Chrome had been in the 2015 Breeders Cup Classic at Keeneland who would have Espinoza chosen to ride. I doubt he would have given up the mount on a Triple Crown winner. · 10 hours ago
  • Lisa111 · Yes, Chrome is great, but I wouldnt use Shared Belief as an example here. He proved himself against Chrome in the San Antonio after his unfair break in the Classic. Unfortunate we lost him before he had his chance against AP. · 7 hours ago
Is this horse retired?
This horse is so cute! I wonder when he will get named.
Let us be very clear here...all this talk about Chrome been great is just media hype! California Chrome is not a great horse, he is very good and running well but not a great horse or legend. When it comes to winning excellent G1 races he fails against the big guns...for example he got beat in G1 races by Tamarando, Tonalist, Bayern, Prince Bishop, and Arrogate ...not to mention Shared Belief in G2. Has far as I am concern the only great G1 horse he beat was the female Beholder. The other horses that he beat was mediocre, such as Mubtaahij and Opportunity. Now when it comes to Arrogate...well it took him some time to develop into the great horse he is and he has clearly demonstrated it when he step up to run against excellent G1 caliber thoroughbreds. He not only beat quality G1 horses...he did it in extraordinary time with exceptional beyer speed figure! So who do you say is great now ...surly you are not looking at the amount of races a horse wins...Good luck in your wagering !!
  • Lkb via Disqus · I actually laughed so hard at this post I cried. "Excellent Gr 1 caliber TB's" ?? Did he face a different Travers field than the one I saw? That is some serious serious creative writing . · 7 hours ago
First foal. A chestnut colt out of the unraced mare Hailee's Act (Silver Train)
If she likes the turf, Chatterbox rolls here. Cambodia & Include Betty or Dynazar for the tri.
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · Weather plays a factor. It's heavily stormed. Turf expected to be soft. Race 2/4off the turf. This could change the dynamics. · 6 hours ago
With my guy Saint's Fan scratched- Arklow to crack the top 3 & Running Mate to step back up
BREAKING NEWS: In the final workout of his career, California Chrome works 5F in 58.91, on cruise control. Watching the video, it looks like California Chrome is gonna roll in the PWC. Good luck to everyone else.
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · My gawd, this horse exudes confidence & class. That was a easy powerhouse work. Little sad that it is his last work of his career, but way to do it spectacularly. I second your statement, if this is any indication of next Saturday, good luck to everyone else. Splits- 5F in 23.66 35.12 58.81 out 1:12.41 · 7 hours ago
BREAKING NEWS: Spendthrift Farm’s Lord Nelson, the three-time Grade 1 winner and 2016 Eclipse finalist for Champion Sprinter, has contracted Laminitis which will cause him to miss the 2017 breeding season, the farm announced late Friday.“Lord Nelson has developed Laminitis, secondary to the infection in his right foreleg that caused him to scratch out of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint,” said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift General Manager. “It’s a new setback, but we are cautiously optimistic about his prognosis. With that said, we understand the seriousness of this disease.“Mr. Hughes is committed to always doing what’s best for the horse, and that means Lord Nelson will be withheld from breeding mares this season. Our team has notified all of the breeders from his full book, and our focus is now 100% on bringing him back to good health. We very much appreciate the breeders for their understanding."
Arrogate will dig in just like A.P. Indy did -- Arrogate has the same running style --Beware Determination at it's Finest --- good Luck Keen Ice
  • DDAmasa via Disqus · With these two monsters running, everyone else is running for third. But I do wish all the horses luck. If some longshot wins, it will go in the racing history books as one of the great upsets of the sport. I hope every horse gets to take their best shot at winning. · 8 hours ago
  • Bmaster33 · Welcome back Malcolm, I think Arrogate steals the show again on the 28th · 8 hours ago
NEWSFLASH: California Chrome is going to win the Pegasus World Cup by 5+ lengths with effortless ease! Track = perfect, 9f = perfect, track will be riding fast = perfect, and my prediction = perfect. Enjoy watching California Chrome COAST to glory on Jan 28th. ENJOY!!!! :-)
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  • ChessChamp · Can't wait to see you eat your words. Who knows, you may even have to create a 7th username after Arrogate beats Chrome again. · 1 day ago
  • marcos via Disqus · Well I hope he wins but I dont think art and ve are talking effort LESS · 13 hours ago
Art Sherman's new song... (Don't Take My) California Chrome (Away) When I think back On all the stuff I know bout horse racing It's a wonder I can think at all I have a Grade 1 racing education That has helped me To read the writing on the wall California Chrome First dressed in nice bright colors Now he wears just red and gray Makes you think all the track's a stage I remember when DAP gave me a nice colt I love to work him every day So Taylor Made don't you take my California Chrome away If you took all the horses I've known Since I was a young trainer And brought them all together for one night I know they'd never match My Chrome sensatiton Everything looks next to his red and white California Chrome First dressed in nice bright colors They gave us silks of green and purple Makes you think all the world's a stage I remember when DAP gave me a nice colt I still love to work him every day So Taylor Made don't you take my California Chrome away Taylor Made don't you take my Chrome away Taylor Made don't you take my Chrome away Taylor Made don't you take my Chrome away Taylor Made don't take my Chrome Taylor Made don't take my Chrome Taylor Made don't take my Chrome away Taylor Made don't take my Chrome Don't take this horse so far from home Taylor Made don't take my Chrome away Taylor Made don't take my Chrome Taylor Made don't take my Chrome away
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  • DarthKoalaBear via Disqus · If Arrogate doesn't go to the DWC, then maybe Taylor Made will reconsider his retirement. The list of horses listed (so far, anyway) as a possibility in the Dubai World Cup looks very beatable by either Chrome or Arrogate. · 1 day ago
  • marcos via Disqus · Great now do,,,me and Julio. · 14 hours ago
Really nice debut from this guy. A Cal-Bred but ran like a future stake horse. 1/2 brother was a good one, looks like he will be too

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