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Breeders Cup 2015

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This year BCC will be fast, very fast!!! Here are some G1 winning split times at 10f on the Santa Anita dirt track over the past few years: Bayern: 23, 23 1/5, 23 3/5, 23 4/5, 25 3/5. Game On Dude: 22 4/5, 22 2/5, 24, 23, 25 3/5.
Most trainers would have raced Arrogate again I think. Why didn't Baffert? Baffert is the best when he has a good one. I think he didn't race him again because he knows how good the colt is and doesn't have to race him. And that should worry the CC camp. I could be wrong just an opinion. Just watch the Travers again try to talk yourself out of it. I love CC but I think he will not be able to hang with the colt in the stretch. Remember too prep race or not the 3 yo can only get stronger month by month. Oh by the way who thinks Found will actually run in the Classic? OBrian is having fun with yanks I think.
She reminds me a bit of Beholder in the way she runs. Nice race by her, I'm looking forward to seeing her again. There was one comment on the YT video of the Anoakia though, and that was, 'she looks big for a two year old filly.' She actually does, at least to me. Anybody else see that?
Retired and will stand at Spendthrift farm
Article http://www.paulickreport.com/news/thoroughbred-racing/lani-finishes-late-closing-third-first-start-since-belmont/
To many, history has already been written, the Breeders’ Cup Classic is a foregone conclusion. The best horses in the country will line up to race on November 5th but one chestnut hero seemingly shines above the rest. While California Chrome tries to remain perfect, another horse waits in the wings still trying to prove his worth. He is no supervillain trying to foil the hero’s plans but rather he is the battered anti-hero, a far cry from perfection, racing for glory. “The night is darkest before the dawn” and so might be the case with Frosted. After his three-year-old campaign, Frosted began the year with a record-breaking performance in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2. He broke alertly and tracked the pace before powering home in the 9.5 furlong race. After spending fifty-one days training in Dubai he followed up with a lackluster performance in the Dubai World Cup finishing fifth. Frosted returned to his city and the sight of his Belmont Stakes defeat to run a historic performance in the Metropolitan Handicap. When Joel Rosario asked Frosted for his run, he exploded in the stretch to win by 14 lengths in a final time of 1:32.73. Still basking in the glory of a career defining performance, Frosted won the Whitney in commanding fashion. He set blistering fractions and won wrapped up. But after scaling new heights, setbacks were almost inevitable in remaining true to the story of an anti-hero. In the Woodward, Frosted was sent to post as the overwhelming favorite. After break, Frosted was taken back to track the pace and failed to show the same aggression he had in his previous race. At the head of the stretch, Frosted loomed large but was defeated in a blanket finish at the Graveyard of Champions. This loss seemingly casted Frosted into in his darkest hour as his ability and reputation have now been pulled into question. A life spent in the shadows of racing’s elites have caused many to overlook “Gotham’s” hero. He is a stark contrast to the consistent, upbeat hero seen in a traditional narrative. He is at times frustrating to watch but he also has the brilliance to leave his audience speechless. Frosted has had his “back broken” by his competitors however, the dawn might be drawing near as Frosted preps for his second attempt at the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Given the time he needs between races, Frosted may be able to rise to the occasion. As Frosted puts his “mask” on, he confronts the daunting fear of the challenge that lies ahead, a foe that seems insurmountable. Despite the critics, the stalwart gray once again emerges from the shadows, equipped for another fight. By accepting this challenge, Frosted reprises his role as the Dark Knight to restore the hope that was lost and the faith in him that was broken.
I've already got 2 headlines written up for Frosted's performance in the BC Classic. Which one do you thinks best folks, give me your thoughts: "Frosted gets Smoked in the Classic" OR "Frosted gets iced in the Classic". :-)
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  • saratogaken · How About - Cool Performance By Frosted Leaves Breeders Cup Classic Field In The Cold. · 3 days ago
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · Frosted gets crushed in the elections...wait! that's not Frosted, it's that other loser with the funny hair. · 5 hours ago
Monarchos' Greatness Was Cut Way Too Short http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/horse-racing-steve-haskin/archive/2016/10/22/monarchos-greatness-was-cut-way-too-short.aspx
The Traver's record stood for many years ,and now Arrogate owns the record at that distance at Saratoga, Many Champion's have tried, many more will try,Arrogate may not be going into the BCC to beat chrome,,he may be going to crush Spectacular Bid's record,and that my friends is why I favor Arrogate,,, is chrome dodge-n the record at Saratoga--- it is only a mile an quarter hmmm Baffert ssays he may not want Arrogate to get speed crazy welllllll ,,,that has already Happen----Go Get-emmmmmm Malcolm.
  • Stay Thirsty via Disqus · Mike Smith should play this race like Mucho Macho Man, Frosted, or Itsmyluckyday. Make California Chrome have to work! Pressure him!! Force California Chrome into those wicked Travers fractions! · 1 day ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · What are you on about? Arrogate is going into the race to win it. It will not be easy. Duplicating that performance would likely not be enough to get the record that Spectacular Bid set. So you are suggesting he would surpass that performance. Quite unlikely, but if he does it he is indeed the superstar you suggest. · 3 hours ago
BC Distaff = Songbird = 12-0 baby!!!!! Woo Hoo. :-)
Does anyone know if she had any excuses in her last race? Soft track? She was great at Santa Anita earlier this year. Does she have a chance? Is she even pointing the to the race. There was no way I thought she would get through.
Forego was one of the most exceptional athletes of the 20th century. Right there with Exterminator...
He was my all-time favorite athlete, and I include humans when I say that. The last great true handicap horse. By the time you got to John Henry, it was mostly weight-for-age already. But his performance in 1974, when he was Sprint champion and won the 2-mile Gold Cup showed that he was probably the most versatile dirt horse of all time.
now we just need The Pizza Man to enter, and we will have a full field!
  • sczen50 · LOL!! Exactly!!~ lol Hey we can bring back 'Pharoah...put in a couple of works..hmm I'll bet that would be interesting. But he probably put on a little too much fat..living the easy life! lol 'Course he deserves it. As Penny Chenery said...he reminded her of Affirmed. Gave Maybe a slight nod to Affirmed if any. I'll bet Baffert if were at all possible would Love to have Pharoah in there-had he been training in the least. · 1 day ago
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · I'm still waiting for the connections to announce Tepin is running! · 6 hours ago
There is a very high probability that Found will remain in the U.S. for the 2017 breeding season regardless of her performance in the 2016 Breeders Cup.
Scheduled to work tomm, should be another good one!
Songbird is looking awfully good and finishing strong. She's the opposite of Zenyatta. Songbird likes to take the lead every time...don't know it that is going to help or hurt her when she goes up against the likes of faster starters.
I don't know why folks are so shocked. On paper she has held her own at the highest level If you look at the classic field in reality other than Chrome no one has had a stellar consistent year. Really if you look at chrome without prejudice he won Dubai against a fairly weak field and has run only in California and other than Beholder really hasn't beaten anyone there either. If Found Transforms to dirt which that will be the million dollar question , but if she does I think she has a huge shot
In what I'd imagine is his last bit of strenuous work before the Sprint, Drefong worked a strong 6f in 1:11 flat today. Going to be an exciting Sprint this year
10/28/16 back on the entry list 4th @ Belmont

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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