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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.
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?
On a different note, what would you do if you handled Neolithic? Third in the last two super races behind the top three older horses, so if it were me, I would want to chart a course where you avoid Arrogate, SG and GR and pick up some money in high purse G2s even G3s. I don't know how they feel about racing just four weeks after Dubai, but he'd almost certainly be the favorite if he ran in the $1.25 million Charlestown Classic. After that, they might consider the following, all of which are at least $300K in purses - Alysheba, Pimlico Special, Cornhusker, Dwyer or Suburban (the last two are on the same day). If he improves, he can always come back to G1s, maybe at the Whitney or Woodward.
Absolute Super horse and should have been "Horse of the Year" ! The way he runs reminds me of Secretariat...after losing his maiden race, he moved on to Dominate his competition both on the lead and off the Lead. I think a recent horse such as American Pharoah (AP) performed similar...I am not an AP fan but I respect the horse and his performance so give him great credit. There are two things that I will say stand out in my mind about AP and that is ...he broke his maiden in a G1 race and brought back the elusive Triple Crown in to focus for racing fans !! Nonetheless, I tell you, I have seen some Outstanding top Notch horses run, but the way this Arrogate accelerate when he runs and the Beyer speed figure that backs up his devastating winning performance is most incredible and remarkable !! I will continue to bask in the excitement until the next Super Star arrives !!!
IF YOU or ANYONE here actually WORKED with Trakus, you wouldn't be silly to believe any of it. The chartman and I laugh over the horrible times (REALLY INACCURATE) as well as the beaten lenghts that get FARTHER wrong the further back a horse finishes...and this comes not JUST from out track (worse on the grass than main track) but is COMMON PLACE at Gulfstream. The "idea " of Trakus is a good one problem is it NEVER delivers. You are going to see a wholesale exodus from it in the very near future. They have YET to figure out that VELOCITY at a single point in a race does NOT mean fractional time. Teletimer is from a static beam, their thing is moving, moving at differing rates of speed throughout.
Field https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9d174648eb877a37993c789709ccebadf9e271b13a54d892b334e29be1a0b8c7.jpg
1st: Girvin 2nd: Guest Suite 3rd: Local Hero 4th: Senior Investment
When will the field be set and post position drawn
Has a good shot at winning the Kentucky Derby If, he stays sound and healthy and if, the connections feel the need to go to the Derby this year 2017. He's worthy - currently at his form level and training. I know that I'm a little ahead of things but he's got what I believe is the talent to compete at that Level currently and should do well. J Boys Echo is a competitive spirit!
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
I understand why they did it. But management should be embarrased by their greed. The 6th race is the beginning of the Rainbow 6. Horses came on the track at about 3 pm for a 3:06 post. To get extra money in the pool,they changed the post to 3:15. Horses are just walking around.
You/Carson Hollow in the Test, Afleet Alex's Preakness, "The one and only BEST race of all time in North America", the 1973 Belmont Stakes, Easy Goer Sunday SIlence in Baltimore, Alydar/Affirmed take your pick and literally HUNDREDS of claimers that showed tenacity, spirit, overcoming adversity, weight carrying, Stamina when all else failed (Olden Times in the San Juan Capistrano), Anyone of several Dr Fager triumphs, or Buckpasser, or any of the great geldings of the 20th century....All had bountiful aspects of all that matters in a great horse race.
Hence Irap Hedge Fund Bronze Age
Knew Arrogate would be special when he beat the super horse Ziconic
Arrogate completed the remarkable comeback in the 2017 DWC after missing the break by running the final 1600 meters in 1:35.55 seconds or the final 8 furlongs in 1:36.10 seconds.
Pletcher has a lot of good horses being pointed towards the Derby
Fitting tribute by Barbara Livingston to the Big Red horse. http://www.drf.com/manowar
  • sczen50 · Yes Very!!!! Thank you! · 1 day ago
  • airedale2008 · Barbara Livingston is an award winning photographer, and exceptional at describing the horse she has adored since childhood. I had never seen as many pictures and videos of Man o' War as those in the funeral piece. Sam Riddle said "We never lifted a jockey to his back that we didn't tell to hold the horse down, so as not to win by too wide a margin." The horse set five American records, seven track records and equalled another track record, while being held back in his races. The chart footnotes read “restrained at end,” “restrained in stretch,” “won under pull,” “eased final 1/8,” “under a pull,” “never extended,” “easing late,” “taken up final 1/16th,” “won easing up,” “speed in reserve”. . . It's easy for some to compare Man o' War with their favorite, with maybe 50 or more years between them. Their favorite might not have run under heavy restraint in nearly every race. Or carried 130 six times at two. Or carried 138 at three, spotting as much as 32 pounds to his rivals in some contests. Slower tracks, heavier shoes and different nutrition were all factors in 1920. Interesting that trainer Louis Feustel galloped Man o' War's grandsire Hastings. · 2 hours ago
Arrogate was very impressive in Dubai. I hope Winx can do the same on April 8 in the Queen Elizabeth.
OMG some of you people are Crazy
I hope he takes home a check for the home team:)

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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