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  • Arrogate draws post position #9 for Saturday's Dubai World Cup.Posted 1 day ago
  • Vale Dori (6-5) wins a virtual match race over Finest City in the G1 Santa Margarita.Posted 5 days ago
  • Malagacy (3-1) remains unbeaten with an impressive Rebel win.Posted 5 days ago
  • Enola Gray (2-5) much the best down the hill in the Irish O'Brien.Posted 5 days ago
  • Jenda's Agenda (2-5) stays unbeaten with a facile win in the Caeser's Wish.Posted 5 days ago
  • Mor Spirit (1-2) too good in the Essex at Oaklawn Park.Posted 5 days ago
  • Distinta (11-1) gets up on the shadow of the wire in the Inside Information.Posted 5 days ago
  • Twisted Tom (4-1) gets up in the final jump to win the Private Terms.Posted 5 days ago
  • Streamline (12-1) upsets the Azeri; rough trip for favorite Terra Promessa.Posted 5 days ago
  • Clothes Fall Off (6-5) undresses the competition in the Correction.Posted 5 days ago
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A series of recent articles featuring La Cressonnière and Almanzor suggests that both will be most likely to start in the latter half of the year. In a recent interview Sylvain Vidal, racing manager for Gerard Augustin-Normand, said: "Everything is fine with Almanzor, but the last time I spoke to Jean-Claude, he said he wants to take his time. La Cressonnière is fine and back on track. She's been working well, but Jean-Claude also wants to take his time with her. It is still too early to say when either will be running. They are two very good horses and there is no rush. There are plenty of races for both of them later in the year." Seperate articles interviewing Eyquem and Demuro respectively offers their insights and hopes for 2017. Cristian Demuro is La Cressonnière's jockey and he said he hopes to find her the same as last year and that while the plan for this year has not yet been mapped out, he thinks La Cressonnière could ideally participate in the Prix Vermeille before taking a stab at the Arc. Of course, he cautions that it is not up to him where La Cressonnière will go for 2017. Aside from that, he seems to have high hopes for Brametot and La Cochère and both of which he's looking forward to. Brametot has possible entries in both the Poule D'Essai Des Poulains and the Prix Du Jockey Club this year while the lightly raced La Cochère has possible entries in the Poule D'Essai Des Pouliches, Prix Saint-Alary and Prix de Diane and is perhaps on course to follow the same path as La Cressonnière before her. Sylvain Vidal article @ ATR: http://www.attheraces.com/news/2017/March/23/jean-claude-rouget-stars-almanzor-and-la-cressonniere-set-for-big-2017 Cristian Demuro article @ L'Equipe (in French): http://www.lequipe.fr/Hippisme/Actualites/cristian-demuro-son-annee-2016-ses-espoirs-en-2017/787330
Baffert: Dubai World Cup favourite Arrogate is the dirt version of Frankel https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/22/dubai-world-cup-favourite-arrogate-dirt-version-of-frankel-bob-baffert DWC Preview https://www.racing.com/news/2017-03-23/dubai-world-cup-preview
  • Lkb via Disqus · But that's inherently not true . Frankel never lost on turf . Arrogate has lost on dirt . Doesn't matter it was his maiden race . Frankel won his . · 11 hours ago
  • be083 · I would tend to agree with bafferts assessment. Fastest horse ive seen with my two eyes ever. Frankel also didnt contest the derby or the arc, the two strongest races in europe. No disparaging the greatness of frankel. Its my opinion that there are holes is frankel's resume, namely the derby and the arc, both of which could have been contested. They opted for easier spots · 9 hours ago
There is an article on France Galop that highlights her win in the Prix du Début Kendargent, a maiden for 2yos sponsored by Guy Pariente's Haras de Colleville to advertise French sire Kendargent. Evabienchope is also owned by the sponsors - a nice first win! This race was the first of four planned sponsorships by Haras de Colleville to advertise their stallion Kendargent. The following races will also be part of the sponsorship agreement: the G3 Prix de la Grotte Étalon Kendargent on Sunday April 16th, the Listed Prix de la Vallée d'Auge Étalon Kendargent on Tuesday August 15th, and the G3 Prix des Réservoirs Étalon Kendargent on Wednesday October 18th.
Anyone playing the other undercard races, are they worth playing?
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  • ChessChamp · Yes. Alot of races with some good odds out there. UAE Derby, Golden Shaheen, all of the Turf races. · 18 hours ago
  • sczen50 · Oh Yes!!!! Postponed going against Highland Reel in that Sheema Turf. The Dubai Turf will be very good,too--as will the Sprint. Also a 2-miler you might want to try. · 1 hour ago
iS THE WORLD CUP STILL ABOUT 11.00 AM sAT?
  • dna0571 · I think post time is 12:45pm EST · 16 hours ago
  • sczen50 · Yes 12:45 Eastern- and the Turf Classic(Sheema) is 12:05 Eastern. I go by Central myself. · 1 hour ago
Maybe it was the movie Hidalgo, or 9-11 that concerns me with the security of our horses there. These sand monkeys are beyond evil, and I hope all supplies are scrutinized to the max. Yep, I'm a racist, but with good reason. I've supported Arrogate, before his fame and touted him the best in the world, but racing luck, or bad luck, is always present. A bad start, stumble, boxed in, constipation, and all the other things that can go wrong during a race, makes Arrogate a bad betting choice at 1-5, except for the promo bets at 5-1. I remember writing about the last time he was going to pay even money. GunRunner at 8-1 or more, is a sound choice to win, and he is peaking in his development, as his last race testifies too. He just missed a track record and may improve, with a little GOOD luck.
I tell you folks will say whatever they want...maybe this maybe that...what about this what about that...It all doesn't matter because this is a reckoning for Arrogate for what they did... not giving him horse of the year !! He already destroyed the so call selected horse of the year and now he comes to collect !! They will NOT see his dust so don't blink !!! I should have this $2 Superfecta locked up...see some of you at the cashier's window !!
Fox Hill Farm announces that Songbird has returned to the track today and is now at 100%. She finished last year's racing season with some bone bruising. There was a spot that was stubborn to heal, and then she apparently kicked her stall wall which set her return further back. Her return race is still a few months away, and is undetermined at this time.
  • RealDynastyPicks · I have a feeling she will have a similar schedule that Stellar Wind had last year. Only 4-5 races. · 1 day ago
  • Sun · They are just plum scared to run this horse for some reason. Still a few months away? Common, just put her in the breeding barn and call it a day and drop her down in the rankings HRN. Second without running a race this year makes no sence. · 4 hours ago
Hollendorfer a coward and a bad guy? I have followed the guy since his early days at GGF and Bay Meadows. THOSE words would NEVER be associated with a truly great horseman like this one. He is a realist when it comes to his training.
Before the YEAR off, it was osselets that acted up badly at Tanforan that put him on the shelf. He never was quite the same when Wright brought him back to attempt to be the fist turf millionaire.
Ihave read that it might be raining on Saturday. I thought that this was a polytrack type surface. If anything,that would be the only so called Elephant in the room. Personally i think this guy can run on rocks or broken glass,but he is not asked to. The synthetic surface for him or anyone else is always a question mark,until they answer it.
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  • Patricia King via Disqus · There is a thunderstorm predicted for @ 3 pm, and then cloudy with winds from the NE at 10 to 11 mph. First race is 3:45, and from 4 pm on the chance of rain remains @ 20%. The first two races on the card are dirt so they might see the biggest impact. At least races 7 and 8 are on turf so the dirt track can be reconditioned as best as possible for the DWC. · 14 hours ago
  • Captain Obvious via Disqus · C'monTom. Your racing knowledge is lacking. Didn't you notice your horse Chrome was running on dirt the past few years in the DWC unless you're still watching races on a black and white Zenith. Lol · 6 hours ago
Returns friday in an Allowance Event at Aqueduct friday. Thought he was one of the most impressive winners on the NYRA circuit last summer. Ran into Syndergaard at the Spa and was no match. I think Chad can turn him into a solid stake horse..
  • amino998 · Hope owner, breeder and longtime Frankel friend Louis Lazzinnaro takes full advantage of the Fleek's NY Bred status and Dominates the Statebred Stakes for years and years · 6 hours ago
Was looking for.derb notes and a thought flashed by. I know we didn''t forget: HOE IS MAZTERY DOING? WhY news is out there regarding his healing and recovering going. ...has anyone heard?
In the 24 years that Mike Smith's been going to Dubai he's never won a race there. I'd say he's overdue! http://awaan.ae/video/26801943/The-Winning-Line:-23-03-2017
1st: Mind Your Biscuits 2nd: St. Joe Bay 3rd: Cool Cowboy 4th: My Catch
Assuming that Baffert doesn't sit on Arrogate for 7 months after the DWC until the Breeders Cup, 'working backwards' from there the Pacific Classic also at Del Mar will be the likeliest prep. But assuming further that Arrogate may once again be kicking down his stall in the 4 1/2 months from the DWC to the PC, I believe the Gold Cup on May 27th could be the race to take that edge off or maybe the Stephen Foster on June 17th. Although I believe Baffert will stay home with him, I'll still hold out a sliver of hope that if he ships it will be to NY for the Met on June 10th instead. Whatever the case, it's hard to believe the end is only 2, maybe 3 races away.
  • Barrmorr · i mentioned earlier that I think the Met Mile would be perfect for two reasons. The timing fits what Baffert likes between his races and the wide sweeping turns at Belmont would be ideal for his lengthy stride. Some have mentioned the Met for Gun Runner also and 1 mile that may his best opportunity beat Arrogate. I agree that it seems hard to imagine Arrogate being inactive for 7 months. · 8 hours ago
For those who may want to avoid TVG and see the whole card from Dubai here are some alternatives. elahmad.com/tv/dubairacing.htm their coverage begins at 7 AM EST and covers the entire card. When it comes up click on Dubai Racing 1 XBTV starts its coverage at 9 AM EST. Enjoy the races and hopefully another a great performance by Arrogate.
The fact this horse has 0 comments and is ranked something like 130th on the all time list is disgraceful. We all talk about the sub 2.00 mile and a quarter like it's the most incredible thing ever, this horse broke 1.59 in 1950 after breaking the 2.00.00 barrier previously. He played lets break the record with Citation several times. Yeh apparenty the incredible racing exploits of Msahwish(ranked 56th) and Will Take Charge are more impressive. Also to all the AP Indy lovers out there apparently AP Indy is the 112th best horse ever. At least his son HC is apparently considerably better!!! Guess I was wrong the people on here who were HC fans liked HC primarily because he was an AP Indy.
  • marcos via Disqus · Stupid people, among us,, noor is a top ten horse for sure · 9 hours ago
  • BeastBob via Disqus · Look below. He has multiple comments 1000-2000 days ago. · 8 hours ago
1st: Gunnevera 2nd: Practical Joke 3rd: Three Rules 4th: Always Dreaming
Ami's Flatter worked 4f, March 23rd, in 49.75 (b) finishing 12/18.

Meet Andrew Champagne

 

A native of upstate New York and a graduate of Ithaca College, Andrew Champagne fell in love with horse racing at a very early age on summer trips to Saratoga. His turf writing credits include time spent as a sportswriter, weekly columnist, and handicapper at The Saratogian, a summer working for The Saratoga Special, and "field research" at OTB facilities in Saratoga Springs and his hometown of Kingston. He also spent two years in the athletic communications office at Siena College, and interned with NBC Olympics at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.


Andrew moved to Pasadena, Calif., in October of 2013, and now serves as an Associate Producer in HRTV's Digital Media department and Horse Racing Nation's Southern California writer. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewChampagne, and email him at andrewdchampagne@gmail.com.

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