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  • Purely a Dream (12-1) pulls ahead in the stretch to take the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks.Posted 20 hours ago
  • Arrogate, despite a dreadful break, wins the Dubai World Cup easily.Posted 1 day ago
  • Jack Hobbs is much the best in the Sheema Classic.Posted 1 day ago
  • Vivlos flies late to get up for the win in the $6 million Dubai Turf.Posted 1 day ago
  • Mind Your Biscuits rallies widest of all to win the Golden Shaheen going away.Posted 1 day ago
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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 )
From his biggest fans to his biggest critics . There is one thing that can be said about him. That he is arguably one of the top 2 dirt Trainers in todays modern era. But seriously now and although he had a lot to do with it. I think Arrogate and American Pharoah would of been as good with many other top conditioners. My amazement is that how is one man blessed with having arguably the 2 best Thorobreds of our Modern times. Either the bullit sold his soul to the Devil, or someone up there really likes him alot. In Pharoah he had a once in a lifetime horse. Can you believe that 2 years later,he just may of gotten a better one.
DRF Privman is reporting a 115 BSF for Arrogate in the DWC. (Sorry if Shifman or someone else has already posted it. I don't see it posted after a quick look.) https://twitter.com/drfprivman?lang=en
Shows a little greenness and ends up finishing 3rd on his racecourse debut. Then breaks his maiden on his second career start, followed by a pair of Allowance Optional Claiming wins, then he rolls up consecutive wins in the G1 Travers Stakes, G1 Breeders Cup Classic, G1 Pegasus World Cup, & G1 Dubai World Cup. I mean seriously, what kind of horse rolls up 4 straight G1 wins like that coming off of a pair of Allowance Optional Claiming wins if not a freak?
I wonder if someone with better historical knowledge than I, maybe Buckpasser, could identify other top horses, or not even top horses, but horses that missed the break, and were pinched and still won top races. I know Secretariat had problems breaking, but still won the race.
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  • Lkb via Disqus · I Want Revenge in the Wood Memorial. · 3 hours ago
  • Salvo · Arazi in the Breeders Cup Juvenile in 1991. Never set foot on dirt before, never run in a US-style race. Mind you he was unbeaten in Europe and had won (easily) what was then unofficially known as a Quadruple Crown of French Group 1 two-year-old races, from 5 furlongs to one mile, one of only three 2 year olds in history to win all four of those races (and the last to do so, as one of the races doesn't exist any more). Anyway we Euros had been told that the only way Arazi had a chance to win on dirt in the Juvenile was not to miss the break and not to be pushed out wide. He drew the outside stall and then missed the break completely, and a few strides after the start he was already last and drifting further behind. Watching it live on TV in London my partner and I groaned and said, oh well, that's his chances completely gone. What he did then remains the greatest 2-year-old race ever run. Pity that his small size and his knee surgery put paid to the 3-year-old career he promised to have, but his performance in that Juvenile is uncannily similar to what Arrogate did on Saturday. · 1 hour ago
This horse is way above any other Dirt horse in the world right now, Id go try the Japan circut, or the turf in Europe. Just to boost the world demand for stud fees. If he went to Ascot, Lepordstown, or the Arc, and won, he would go down as the greatest. IDK, but remember you heard that crazy idea here first.
  • WorldClass · Totally agree. He will need to be shipped outside the US again to prove that he is the best. But I don't think that's a problem for Juddmonte, but Baffert is not known as a turf trainer so he may be the biggest hurdle. · 1 hour ago
Takeaways for Gun Runner after the DWC: Yes, he has improved and can run the Classic distance. He ships well and looks like the #2 dirt horse Gun Runner fans thought he was. Questions going forward: Will he continue to improve off the Classic distance performance? There is plenty of racing season to go and have we seen the best of Gun Runner?
  • cugel the clever · I'm not ready to cede the title of #2 to Gun Runner yet. In my opinion, both GR and Shaman Ghost have had equally impressive campaigns so far this year. Both have finished a strong second in a prestigious G1 route to the clear #1, and both have very impressive route victories in a graded stake in their other race of the year. If anything, I would give SG the edge for "#2" at this point because he has a clearly better record at the classic distances .... three wins in four 10F and 12F stakes, including a G1; versus zero wins in three 10F stakes for GR. And he's also performed very well at 9F with a G1 win in the Woodward and and great 2nd in very fast time in the Pegasus. I think it's very possible that they won't meet until the BCC in November because I would expect SG after Oaklawn to follow a 10/12F path to the BCC which would include either the SA Gold Cup or Brooklyn, the Suburban or Pacific Classic, and the JCGC. I would expect GR is more likely to follow the 8-9F path with the Met, the Whitney, and the Woodward. The only place where I see them possibly meeting is in the Pacific Classic or JCGC, but it's also possible that one will choose the PC and the other the JCGC. If they follow different paths and do well, and then give strong but losing efforts in the BCC (which I think is the most likely scenario), the debate about who is 2nd best may not be settled at all by year-end. · 2 hours ago
  • Mike in SB · Personally I still believe Gun Runner, like most horses today, is best at 1 mile to 1 1/8 mile, fortunately all the big races in the east are at these distances so he could have a big year if he comes back strong. Unless an unknown 3 year old comes along at this point I think Shaman Ghost will be Arrogates biggest competition if both make it to the Breeders Cup Classic. · 1 hour ago
I expect Arrogate's rest of the year to look like this: Pacific Classic, Aug; Awesome Again Stakes, Sept; Breeders Cup Classic, Nov.
  • WorldClass · Would love to Juddmonte and Baffert skip the Awesome Again for a more ambitious race - like the Arc!!!!! · 1 hour ago
ON ARROGATE: " If anybody wasn't (like) super impressed with that (Arrogate winning the DWC), they just don't like horse racing" Bob Baffert - at the post DWC press conference. ON ARROGATE: Sometimes a circumstance presents itself to allow a horse to show how really brilliant he is, and he got that opportunity today. It wouldn't have been our choice but I'm delighted now with the way it worked out. He got to show how brilliant he... because he had to be brilliant to win today. " Garret O'Rourke (Juddmonte Manager @ post race conference) ON ARROGATE: There have been twenty-two Dubai world cups, and that I think, will rate equally as the most spectacular perhaps (with dime) Dubai Millenium’s,.. all the way in 2000. Last out of the machine,.. still 10 lengths off them... turning out of the back, he swept home and won it running away". Terry Spargo (Dubai World Cup track announcer since 2001) ON ARROGATE "I THOUGHT I'D SEEN IT ALL" - Steve Haskin cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/horse-racing-steve-haskin/archive/2017/03/25/i-thought-i-had-seen-it-all.aspx
  • WorldClass · I normally skip reading the long posts on this site, but this one was worth reading. Thanks for sharing. · 1 hour ago
We are six weeks out from the Derby, and I'm at a unique point. I have no favorite yet. In prior years (for better or worse), I had latched onto horses at this point (California Chrome, Mubtaahij, Destin) and this year, there are plenty of horses I like, but not many that I'm confident in saying they could win the Derby. Looking at the final preps, I don't see a winner out of the Louisiana Derby, Arkansas Derby, or the Santa Anita Derby. One exception is BATTALION RUNNER, who is 1 of the 2 wild cards yet that we need to see how he does. The other wild card is Pletcher's other horse, ALWAYS DREAMING, who runs in the Florida Derby. The Florida Derby and Bluegrass look like the most likely to contain the Ky Derby winner at this point. As for the Wood Memorial, the only horse I'm interested in seeing is if IRISH WAR CRY can rebound and have a shot in the Ky Derby too. What do you guys think? Top 5 1. McCraken 2. Tapwrit 3. Battalion Runner 4. Always Dreaming 5. Malagacy On the Radar: Irish War Cry
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All those that think he's better than AP because he won the DWC by a few lengths over Gun Runner in a mediocre time are freaking nuts. The announcers "MOW of the twenty first century" BS literally made me almost throw up. The horse has had 4 stakes races and this was his worst one out of the four, seriously this is getting to be worse than the Chromie BS. Time to do battle again with those determined to **** on our sports rich history. Bob's comments were also disgraceful, I'm no hypocrite I called out Art Sherman for that nonsense and as much as I respect BB, come on dude saying your horse is the best since Secretariat is just empirically untrue.
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  • kstott524 · I am a huge fan of AP and think he was one of the best 3 year olds I have seen in my lifetime. However, I think Arrogate beats AP 9 out of 10 times at 10 furlongs. The only way AP may beat him is if Arrogate has an equally bad trip as the one he had today. Gun Runner is a nice horse but Arrogate is 10 or more lengths better than GR at 10 furlongs. Arrogate beat GR in the Travers by 15. Today he spotted GR 15, GR had a perfect trip with easy fractions on a speed favoring track and Arrogate still inhaled him down the stretch. If Arrogate was ready to run in last years Belmont Stakes or if the Travers was a 12 furlong race I believe Secretariat's world record of 2:24 flat may have fallen. Arrogate was actually younger than AP on the day he won the Travers verses the day AP won the Belmont Stakes. I don't think Arrogate not being ready for the TC series should be held against him. Arrogate will never get the chance to prove he can win big races on short rest as AP did and does have a significant weakness where AP may not have had any, that being his break. However in a single race, with both at their best, AP could not withstand the legendary power of Arrogate's stride. Arrogate over AP by 4 at 9 furlongs, 6 at 10 furlongs and 10 at 12 furlongs. · 21 hours ago
  • Lkb via Disqus · I think Arrogate ran a brilliant race. I do however agree his Travers was more impressive ( IMO) . I also agree BB got caught up in the emotion. AP deserved more respect considering what he accomplished . Not to mention Seattle Slew , Spectacular Bid , Cigar, Ruffian etc... · 2 hours ago
Congratulations to Arrogate and his connections! He did what he to do to win, and I was not necessarily giving him the benefit of the doubt that he would still be at his peak today. However, you have to realize that this where California Chrome was last year at this time (on top of the world). But, he eventually did fall to someone who was totally unknown at this time last year. What goes around comes around, and the invincible Arrogate will probably fall to a 3 year old later this year that comes setting records out of the blue. That is, unless he really does have that 20 pound heart like Secretariat. And if he does, why was not in the Triple Crown last year even once? Or was that totally Bob Baffert's error in not properly assessing who needed to be aimed toward the Triple Crown?
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  • DawnPatroller1 · He had a tendon injury early in his career that delayed his presence on the track. Using your "reason to logic", why didn't CC run a better race in the PWC? · 3 hours ago
  • Goblin · According to articles in DRF, Paulick, ABR, and TRC, he was training as a 2 y/o in the summer of 2015 with Baffert, and developed both "sore shins" and a dental problem. He was sent back to the farm in July and did not return to Baffert until the "winter". This can be seen in his work history at Equibase as well. He stopped training in July and did not return until January, 2016. He then began racing within ~12 weeks after that. I don't see how he could have been ready for the TC. I'll link the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary (TRC) article, and it is not difficult to find the others. The "sore shins" and dental problem can be found in the section, "Patient handling". https://www.thoroughbredracing.com/articles/when-arrogates-prodigious-talent-was-best-kept-secret-racing/ · 2 hours ago
He did not look good in his latest workout. Hope he has something left in him.
  • john via Disqus · Is their a video, you seen to prove this opinion? · 2 hours ago
What happened to Arrogate yesterday was a fond memory for me with Vyjack as a 3yo in the Gotham Stakes. Now before people go crazy,i am far from comparing these horses talents,but just what Baffert felt at the start. At the time Vyjack was an undefeated 3yo. All of his races were won on or near the lead. At post time we were standing in the winners circle to watch the race,We were all very confidant, especially since the track was playing strong to speed that day. It was also the first time he was being ridden by Joel Rosario . That year Joel was the #1 Jock in America. As the gates swung open, there was no sight of Vyjack near the front. Our hearts dropped to our stomachs when we saw he was squeezed at the start and dropped back to last. The expletives that came out of my mouth were worthy of the Hall of Shame. As he made up ground in the backstretch, we were hoping for him to hit the board at least. On the far turn he swung about 5 wide and started to come. By the end of the race.Vyjack was drawing off under a hand ride. Although we had no clue who he was back then. Vyjack was our Arrogate for the day.
  • Kim via Disqus · I get it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkAif-xi0kY · 2 hours ago
Without question this is the most talented race horse I've seen grace a track. The only other horse I've seen do what Arrogate did today is Zenyatta and she need a perfect trip to do it. Arrogate had the exact opposite. He is the best race horse in the world right now. Every other animal is battling for 2nd.
  • Lkb via Disqus · She didn't have a perfect trip in her BCC win though. · 3 hours ago
The Hall Of Fame Is A lonely Place and The Sheets. While the Triple Crown is the Holy Grail of horse racing and one of the most difficult achievements in all of sport, it is not the only stamp of greatness. If it were, there would only be 12 horses in the Hall Of Fame at Saratoga. Some of the notables that would have their plaques removed: Man O' War, Buckpasser, Damascus, Dr. Fager, Exterminator, Native Dancer and Spectacular Bid just to name a few. There is no need to mention any females as none of them has won the Triple Crown and under this reasoning would not qualify for induction. We all realize this is a ridiculous statement but sometimes exaggeration is needed to make a point. Many horses that are considered 'great' never even ran in a Triple Crown race let alone won it. Some are knocking Arrogate because he didn't compete in the Triple Crown and thereby can never be considered a great horse. That is their opinion and they are entitled to it but certainly the facts so far do not support it. Some comments here and on other sites are downgrading Arrogate's performance because he was 'supposed' to win. The Ragozin Sheets which are used by trainers and owners (in other words professionals) to spot their horses use trips as a major component of their numbers. There is even a school of handicapping known as 'Trip Handicapping'. It is hard to visualize a worse trip than what Arrogate overcame in the DWC to win. Was it the worst trip in the history of horse racing probably not, but it was likely bad enough to have kept most horses from winning. The reality in my opinion is that Arrogate has the potential to be one of the great horses of all time if he continues on the trajectory he is currently on. Only after his career is over can his place in equine history be accurately assessed. In the mean time we should alll enjoy the ride.
  • Buckpasser via Disqus · If they were removing plaques based on the TC, they would have started removing them for horses after 1932 when they formalized the race order. Previously there were many running where the Preakness and Kentucky Derby were on the same day. It should be noted that Gallant Fox won the Preakness before the Derby in 1930. Also no geldings would have removed from the Hall of Fame until after 1956 as there was a gelding prohibition until that point for the Belmont Stakes. The Preakness also had a gelding restriction but it was removed earlier. So MOW and Exterminator from your list would not have been removed. · 4 hours ago
Hats off to Gun Runner. It was well worth his while to make the trip to Dubai with that stellar performance. Listening to his jockey, I wonder if he could have won had he moved a bit earlier instead of waiting since Victor Espinoza indicated that it was waiting for Arrogate in the BC Classic which compromised him with that huge stride that Arrogate has. Either way, though, Arrogate has proven himself the definite number two horse in the division. Shaman Ghost watch out.
  • Iwasatthe78Belmont · I think that GR and SG can both do well on separate paths to the BCC. Shaman Ghost seems to be a better fit for longer races - I think 1-1/4 miles and up are more suited for him (which makes me wonder about the 9f Oaklawn Handicap - I guess his owners and trainer see a weak field). After all, he did win the 12f Brooklyn last year. As he showed he can win at 10f at SA, I suspect that the GC at SA is in their plans unless Arrogate makes an unexpected appearance. That would however, eliminate repeating in the Brooklyn, but he could ship in for the Suburban. (This assumes that Arrogate runs in the Pacific Classic). For Gun Runner, I would think 8.5-9f is a better fit, so he can do nicely by going to the Stephen Foster, Whitney, and Woodward. · 4 hours ago
Do the 1st 6 horses bring home a check?
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Sort of since their costs are paid, but no purse money beyond 5th. $6 Million for 1st place $2 Million for 2nd place $1 Million for 3rd place $1 Million divided between 4th and 5th place. · 4 hours ago

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