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The comments by Baffert are disappointing. "AP didn't feel right today..." Really?? I guess all the other horses beaten by AP "didn't feel right" those days. This was the first and ONLY time that AP was pushed near the top of the stretch. I've been saying for months that AP was able to run his race during the TC season. Look, although it's obvious I'm a KI fan, ap is the best 3 year old...but he is far from a historic thoroughbred. The 3 yr old crop is slow-and that includes keen ice. AP would have never won the crown vs hard spun n steet sense-just an example. He benefitted from an extremely weak n slow 3 year old crop. But, he won the TC-no one handed that to him my point from the beginning has been that although a great horse-not a comparable horse to the true greats because of the lack of competition.
  • sully · I guarantee if Rosario hadn't got hurt, AP would've cruised to the mile in 1:36 and change, and KI wouldn't have caught him. · 6 hours ago
American Pharoah is a great horse and besides PG I can't see an argument for him not being horse of the young century. This result doesn't change that. Regardless of what happens next AP will win the Eclipse Award for Champion Three Year Old and Horse of the Year. American Pharoah has also wrapped up the single season earnings record. Is he the greatest ever or even in the conversation? No. Citation, Secretariat, Count Fleet, War Admiral, Affirmed and probably Man O War are better than him. We need to put this loss in context. Affirmed like AP came back from the TC and won his return race at 9 in very similar time to AP ( 1.47.80 to 1.47.95) Also like Affirmed, AP went to the Travers against the best of his crop. Affirmed lost via DQ in 2.02 whereas AP lost by 1 in 2.01.57. How does this tarnish AP? He ran the 10 faster than Affirmed did at the same point in his three year old year. Today's Travers was a fast Travers historically the 12th fastest I've said it before and I'll say it again Frosted is far, far better than his record indicates and the fact AP managed to beat him in a speed duel at 10 says a lot. Remember at the 10 furlong KD AP was empty at the end of that race along with FL and Dortmund and the only thing that kept Frosted from the winners circle was a terrible trip. The Travers played out almost exactly the same way except this time the closer Keen Ice did not have a horrible trip and had room to catch the empty early speed in this case Frosted and eventually AP. There's nothing to be ashamed of in this race it was a tough field and unlike in the Belmont and Haskell he was put in a bad situation. I still feel AP is better than anything in the older horses division.
He's going to be eatin up by Honor Code next.
In the past month alone, Curlin's horses have won the G1 Acorn, Travers, CCA Oaks, G2 Saratoga Special, G3 Schuylerville, and his daughter G1 winner Stellar Wind runs tomorrow, through August, only four stallions have more than 2 G1 winners in 2015. They are Tapit (4) War Front (3) Scat Daddy (3), and now Curlin (3). Safe to say, Curlin is really making his mark as a stallion.
So he loses 1 race like all the other greats did and all of a sudden everyone is throwing him to the curb? He lost, all the great horses lose some. He'll be back for more just like they did.
For those of you who know more about it than I do, why were the last two races of his career on turf?
American Pharoah will prove that he is the greatest horse in history when he wins the Breeders Cup. Victor Espinoza's signed painting of American Pharoah http://huntstudio.com/limited-editions/american-pharoah
Double-digit odds in the Belmont. Double-digit odds in the Haskell. Double-digit odds in the Travers. I think his "long shot" days are finally over.
I bet Kent is kicking himself for choosing Texas Red over Keen Ice.
105 beyer for Private Zone in the Forego.
Great horse but has anyone else noticed she has never won outside of California?
  • barrmorr · A great horse is a great horse no matter where they win. The accomplishments matter more than location Just my opinion. · 5 hours ago
She disappointed us today too; started out strong but faded to finish 8th.
Congrats to Keen Ice. American Pharoah you are still #1 to me. GREAT JOB
KEEN ICE!!!! Amazing job coming from off the pace!! Another G1 winner for Curlin!!! He was due for a breakthrough and he came through today. Let's give credit to where credit is due.
  • Goblin · Yes, great job by Keen Ice, and I actually had thought the jockey change to Castellano might work to his advantage. Where is Jay? He must be so happy! All wins by offspring of Curlin are very satisfying to me personally, as most of you know. :) · 8 hours ago
  • Tammy Keyes via Disqus · He is also becomes Curlin's second Millionaire! So happy! · 4 hours ago
Rewatched the race over-and-over and noticed that Texas Red really did smash the gate and had problems in general.
Look, American Pharoah is a nice horse and I respect his TC win but he should not be considered a "great". He hasn't done anything to have his name in the same breath as Man 'O War, Secretariat, Cigar, Phar Lap, Citation, Seattle Slew et al. He needs to show his mettle against older horses whilst being pressed instead of having not a challenge on his side. He needs to do so much more than race against horses he has run against in his entire career. Stop being scared and challenge your horse Zayat and Baffert.
I told y'll
Zayat wouldn't let it go. Romans, Desormeaux and even Baffert knew it. LA Times. Friday, August 28,2015 Dale Romans, trainer of Keen Ice, said "it is "very possible"that American Pharoah will finally show wear and tear in the late stages of the mile-and-one-quarter Travers, which drew a 10-horse field. "That's why you have so many horses lined up against him," Romans said. "If it happens, we all want to be there to pick up the pieces and the added purse he brought along." Trainer Keith Desormeaux won the traditional Travers prep when Texas Red took the Jim Dandy on Aug. 1. He would not be shocked if American Pharoah, winner of eight consecutive races since he faltered in his debut last August, should finally be running on empty. "Trying to run back in another race across the country in a four-week period is tough," he said. Desormeaux, also based in California, has been with Texas Red in New York since the start of July in an attempt to gain an advantage. "We've had a race over the track. We've basically been based here," he said. "We're not shipping in from out of town, trying to take the money and run." Zayat, in his desire to showcase racing's needed superstar, emphasized soon after the Haskell that he wanted to aim at the Travers if American Pharoah continued to do well. He delighted generations of fans that descend on this bucolic town to see world-class racing every August by committing to the Travers on Sunday after American Pharoah blazed seven furlongs in 1:23 1/5 seconds. Baffert said during a conference call that he viewed the timing as "preferable" if the son of Pioneerof The Nile WAITED for the Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 19 after competing in the Haskell. Thank you Mr. Zayat.
Had a poor start and a poor race in general. Hope that is just Saratoga affecting him and not him being unable to run a mile and a quarter. Hope he is ok and that he is able to show himself at the Classic (if he goes).
Great job today Unbridled Forever, you did your parents proud today!

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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