• Hence (10-1) rallies to win the Sunland Park Derby going away.Posted 21 hours ago
  • Ghalia (2-1) edges a game Kell Paso in the Sunland Park Oaks.Posted 22 hours ago
  • Itsinthepost (6-1) drives home the win in the Grade 2 San Luis Rey.Posted 1 day ago
  • Fear the Cowboy (7-2) comes running late to capture the Grade 3 Skip Away.Posted 1 day ago
  • Fast and Accurate (24-1) bursts through to upset the Grade 3 Spiral.Posted 1 day ago
  • Purely a Dream (12-1) pulls ahead in the stretch to take the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Arrogate, despite a dreadful break, wins the Dubai World Cup easily.Posted 2 days ago
  • Jack Hobbs is much the best in the Sheema Classic.Posted 2 days ago
  • Vivlos flies late to get up for the win in the $6 million Dubai Turf.Posted 2 days ago
  • Mind Your Biscuits rallies widest of all to win the Golden Shaheen going away.Posted 2 days ago

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Our New Champion GUNNEVERA.
Arrogate: 26.61, 23.06, 23.90, 24.76, 23.839. Gun Runner: 24.93, 23.41, 24.59, 24.93, 24.727. (Trakus info at: http://www.dubairacingclub.com/race/racing-info/trakus-chart )
  • slewcrew7778 via Disqus · Smith said he backed off him on the 2nd turn since he runs better at a target. He didn't want him to get to the front too soon. If we ever do get to see this horse at his all out best it will truly be jaw dropping. · 1 day ago
  • By The Numbers via Disqus · That is stunning acceleration in the final 1/4! I wish the JCGC was still 12f because he would be something to behold at that distance · 11 minutes ago
WOW!!... Timeform has given Arrogate a 141 rating for his Dubai win. The 5th highest ever!!!...
Getting pumped for April 8. Can't wait to see how Motion/Rosario have strategized for the race. I know I'm in the minority here but I would really like for Rosario to let him go. Sounds illogical but as Assmusen said after Irad's battle with Terra Promessa-you can't fight the horse into doing something it doesn't want to do. If IWC does not or can not rate-let him run his race and the chips will fall as they may....
Trainer Todd Pletcher says Tapwrit has been confirmed for the Blue Grass Stakes, last prep before the Kentucky Derby.
With Ghalia's victory in the Sunland Park Oaks, Medaglia D'Oro has now sired 100 stakes winners in his breeding career. Congrats MDO!
Anyone know where Smart Mission is? Not raced since 8/16/16.
What is now amusing, is to read the opinions two months ago, of Arrogate, against California Chrome, especially one named "Liam". ,He responded to my comparison of Arrogate to Secretariat("Oh, PLEASE"). He was really trying to stick it to Arrogate, saying that he couldn't manage to get in the Derby starting gate. Now, what say you????? That race Saturday was a pleasure to see. Arrogate rolling like a freight train, in the DWC. Too bad ESPN couldn't give any credence to this once-in-a-lifetime performance. They barely mentioned this spectacle. Thank you Bob Baffert, and definitely thank you, Arrogate!!!!!
Trainer Graham Motion officially confirms Irish War Cry for the Wood Memorial. Here he is working in company with G1 winner Dancing Rags. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/99506680488e862759ce7aee79bb6f4bcfbaf623f02560012d11fd317df2a9b2.jpg
  • amino998 · http://www.xbtv.com/video/workout/irish-war-cry-outside-dancing-rags-worked-5-furlongs-in-100-10-at-palm-meadows-on-march-25th-2017/ · 2 days ago
  • Carla Parrillo via Disqus · We get so excited over the Kentucky Derby. We in this country love tradition and historical events. If champion horses weren't retired at such young ages and everything after three years did not need to strive towards this more horses could continue to run and breed. With so many other categories to run in. More horses could run. I havevI watched this recently in the older horses races. I love that and it makes me happy to see a horse we have loved still out there. I bet if these horses were studied itvwoyld be observed that they are extremely happy horses to be getting chances to run at paces they can handle. Why can't we learn from this example that speed and pace are better for the younger horses too. · 1 hour ago
MANY a successful Derby colt gets GOOD only n the latter weeks of April never to get that good again. Many others are very lucky. THAT race is like NO other more than 80% will ever see again...
Gunnevera going away by a mile
  • Animal Kingdom via Disqus · I agree..... no one else will be w/in 3. · 2 hours ago
"Mind Your Biscuits", Yeahhhhhhhhh, you beauty!!! I celebrated your win on Saturday by having a lovely cup of tea, and loads of biscuits!!! I dunked my Digestives and Rich Tea biscuits into my cup of Tea, whilst thinking about you!!! Well done "M.Y.B", Well done!!! I'm so happy for you. :-)
Conrats team Arrogate. Great race. Similar to Secretariat's Ky Derby win. Was amazing to watch.
1st- Senior Investment 2nd- Girvin 3rd- Monaco
Her race at Royal Ascot last year was one of the great performances in a year that was filled with them. With the emergence of Arrogate tending to overshadow all else Tepin's win in the Queen Anne while overcoming several new conditions showed all the hallmarks of a true champion. If she is retired without racing again, like many, I will miss her and won't soon forget that marvelous victory.
PLEASE connections, don't be IDIOTS all your lives, drop this horse back to 1 mile and he will win you some VERY nice races later on this year, including the "Breeders Cup Dirt Mile". He was a gallant 2nd to "Arrogate" in the Dubai World Cup, but even with "Arrogate's" horrible start, giving "Gun Runner" a 15 to 20 length head start on the 'superfast' and 'front runner favouring' Meydan track, he STILL had no answers for "Arrogate" entering the final furlong. PLEASE do the right thing and stop racing him over a trip 2 furlongs further than his best, thank you very much! :-)
BREAKING NEWS: Tepin refused to work this morning at Palm Meadows in Flordia. Mark Casse said Tepin is in heat and didn't want to go. "We're not going to make her do something she doesn't want to do," he said. Giving that she is coming off of colic and now this problem, Casse said he will talk to owner Robert Masterson about Tepin's future and if she will race again.
Gun Runner proved that he is the next best horse behind Arrogate. Any other year he wins the Dubai World Cup, just got unlucky that Arrogate is a once in a lifetime type of horse. He will improve off his second place finish.
Yeah baby!!!
Very interested to see how he does in the SA Derby. Would think he goes off favored? Outworked One Liner a few days ago, and the fact that One Liner goes to the Wood now can't inspire too much about that one's chances? Unless Todd is just keeping all his contenders separate and doesn't want him butting heads with Malagacy.

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