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You know what it really aggravates me when people think a horse being better than AP is no big deal and Arrogate is better in just three races so wanted to show you just how much better AP and his historical peers are. AP I get the sense is seen as overrated by alot of people and not really as good as his peers. So I'm going to compare him to the consensus 4 other best horses of the past half century or so(Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed and Bid) AP ran twice at 2, once at 7 and once at 8.5 7 AP 1.21.48 at Del Mar 7 Bid 1.20.80 at Atlantic City 7 Affirmed 1.21.60 at Belmont(comparable track to Del Mar) 7 Seattle Slew 1.22.00 at Belmont 8.5 AP 1.41.95 at SA 8.5 Bid 1.41.60 at Laurel, 1.42.00 at Keystone and 1.43.20 at Meadowlands 8.5 Affirmed 1.44.20 I don't know about you but AP looks competitive at 2 to me. Now on to three. AP ran 9 twice, 10 three times and 12 once. We are throwing out his runs at 8.5 and 9.5 because they were on the slop. Also going to compare by peer race(what time of the year race is) Major Derby Prep 9 AP 1.48.52 Arkansas Derby 9 Spectacular Bid 1.48.40 Flamingo 1.48.80 Florida Derby 1.50.00 Blue Grass Stakes(yes this was a fast track) 9 Affirmed 1.48.00 Santa Anita Derby(and that's a faster track than Oaklawn) 1.48.20 in the Hollywood Derby another faster track than Oaklawn. 9 Seattle Slew 1.47.40 Flamingo Stakes1.49.80 Wood Memorial 9 Secretariat lost the Wood Memorial to Angle Light in about 1.50.60. Derby 10 AP 2.03.02 10 Bid 2.02.40 10 Affirmed 2.01.20 10 Seattle Slew 2.02.20 10 Secretariat 1.59.40 Belmont(Slew doesn't count because he won on slop not fair to him) 12 AP 2.26.65 12 Bid lost to Coastal with the winning time being 2.28.60(using HRN's numbers don't have the lengths so I'm not giving you Bid's time). 12 Affirmed 2.26.80 12 Secretariat 2.24.00(world record) Post TC 9 furlong race 9 AP Haskell 1.47.95(Monmouth isn't exactly a speedway) 9 Bid Marlboro Cup 1.46. 60(keep in mind this was a month later) 9 Affirmed Jim Dandy 1.47.80(stakes record) loss in the Marlboro to SS in 1.46.60 exact same time as Bid's win. 9 Secretariat Arlington Invitational 1.47.00, loss in the Whitney in 1.49.40, Marlboro Cup 1.45.40(world record) Post Derby 10 furlong race/championship race 10 Arrogate Travers 1.59.36 at Saratoga 10 Arrogate BCC 2.00.11 at Santa Anita 10 AP BCC 2.00.07 at Keeneland! 10 Bid Meadowlands 2.01.20 12 Bid JCGC lost to Affirmed in about 2.27.55. 10 Affirmed Travers 2.02.00 at Saratoga 12 Affirmed JCGC lost by almost 20 lentghs to a winning time of 2.27.20. 12 Seattle Slew lost the Swaps in 2.01.80. Is it just me or does AP stack up pretty darn good to the all time greats and at the very least deserve to be considered the definitive best since Bid? You guys see what I mean now about Arrogate's lack of a three year old year hurting him?
Royal Mo worked 6f, February 24th, in 1:15.40 (h) finishing 12/18.
Stellar Wind worked 5f, February 24th, in 1:01.80 (h) finishing 30/72.
Mubtaahij ran second in the Curlin Stakes at Meydan on Thursday. He spotted the winner, Eltijah, 15 pounds and was beaten about 3 lengths. The time for the 10f was 2:03 and change. I'm sure this was just a prep for the DWC but he'll have to improve quite a bit to challenge Arrogate.
Iliad worked 4f, February 24th, in 50.20 (h) finishing 41/58.
Danzing Candy worked 4f, February 24th, in 48.60 (h) finishing 11/58.
Harmonize worked 4f, February 24th, in 48.60 (b) finishing 2/14.
Carina Mia worked 3f, February 24th, in 38.40 (b) finishing 7/8.
Pretty City Dancer worked 4f, February 24th, in 48.00 (b) finishing 6/49.
Oscar Performance worked 4f, February 24th, in 47.40 (b) finishing 2/49.
Noholdinback Bear worked 4f, February 24th, in 49.40 (b) finishing 26/49.
The horses that ran behind American Pharoah Derby: Firing Line Dortmund Frosted Danzig Moon Preakness: Tale of Verve Divining Rod Dortmund Mr Z Belmont: Frosted Keen Ice Mubtaahij Breeders Cup Effinex Honor Code Keen Ice. Not a fan of the horses who ran behind him and Equibase gave him a best of only 119. Also he got some candy leads. What I did like was he won three of the races big.
Noble Bird worked 4f, February 24th, in 50:00 (b) finishing 34/49.
Amis Gizmo worked 4f, February 24th, in 48.50 (b) finishing 12/49.
Clipthecouponannie worked 4f, February 24th, in 47.40 (b) finishing 1/12.
Three Rules worked 5f, February 24th, in 58.91 (b) finishing 1/15.
Da Big Hoss worked 5f, February 24th, in 1:02.69 finishing 10/15.
Well if Practical Joke is going to the FOY Who will Joel Rosario choose to ride?
This is a little older, February 10th, but I thought it was a cute picture of Chrome with little visitors: https://www.facebook.com/taylormadeadvantage/photos/a.600042903364834.1073741830.105549292814200/1257715364264248/?type=3&theater
  • nu-fan via Disqus · With his cap pulled down over much of his face, I wasn't certain but think that is Frank Taylor. No doubt that it takes a lot of the farm's time to accommodate all of the fans of Chrome but, at the same time, it must give them a real connection between their breeding operation and the ones that support racing: the fans! Plus, it must be a lot of fun! · 4 hours ago
One very interesting trakus fact from the 2017 Pegasus World Cup, all 12 horses reached peak speed of 40 MPH or faster. California Chrome led the way with 43.9 MPH. Arrogate and Shaman Ghost were in the middle of the pack at 42.6 MPH. Keen Ice was at 42.3 MPH. Eragon was at the bottom at 40.1 MPH.

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