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  • Arrogate draws post position #9 for Saturday's Dubai World Cup.Posted 15 hours ago
  • Vale Dori (6-5) wins a virtual match race over Finest City in the G1 Santa Margarita.Posted 4 days ago
  • Malagacy (3-1) remains unbeaten with an impressive Rebel win.Posted 4 days ago
  • Enola Gray (2-5) much the best down the hill in the Irish O'Brien.Posted 4 days ago
  • Jenda's Agenda (2-5) stays unbeaten with a facile win in the Caeser's Wish.Posted 4 days ago
  • Mor Spirit (1-2) too good in the Essex at Oaklawn Park.Posted 4 days ago
  • Distinta (11-1) gets up on the shadow of the wire in the Inside Information.Posted 4 days ago
  • Twisted Tom (4-1) gets up in the final jump to win the Private Terms.Posted 4 days ago
  • Streamline (12-1) upsets the Azeri; rough trip for favorite Terra Promessa.Posted 4 days ago
  • Clothes Fall Off (6-5) undresses the competition in the Correction.Posted 4 days ago
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Anyone playing the other undercard races, are they worth playing?
Get Lauren Hillenbrand's good book on Seabiscuit and count how many concessions the camp had to make to the War Admiral ..took a long time
I will throw this out there. If Arrogate wins the Dubai Cup easily, he will have accomplished all he can on the dirt. I would like to see him switch to the turf, try a Grade 1 turf race in America, and if he wins comfortably, well -- bring on the match race. $15 million. Winner take all. Yes, it would be on the turf, but as a concession to Arrogate, run it in the counterclockwise direction. It is time to get over the Ruffian curse on match races.
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  • cedar · Winning two BCC's is a much more important accomplishment than a match race against a turf horse. He still has plenty to show on the dirt. Just my opinion. · 4 days ago
  • RedSoxMamma via Disqus · When was the last time ANY 2 horses had a Match Race? 1975? · 2 hours ago
Greinton/Precisionist, essentially match races within a race and the SPEED usually wins. The former was more a turf horse....Alydar/Affirmed/ Easy, Goer/SS, Noor/Citation, Zev/Papyrus, Convenience/Typecast, Bayakoa/ and the poor filly who broke down trying to catch her, Seabiscuit/War Admiral , Alsab/Whirlaway, examples go on and on.
D'Amato shoots for the moon in the San Luis Rey Saturday ... in Phil we trust :)
2015 Mystic Lake Derby favorite is now in the Phillip D'Amato barn and is nominated to the Frank E. Kilroe Mile :)
  • tmallios via Disqus · How far is the Golf Tourney from you. · 19 days ago
  • andthey'reoff · Was there that evening when he ran. The wagering between him, Barbados, and Gallery for favoritism was staggering. Fans couldn't make heads or tails between the three. · 2 hours ago
1st: McCraken 2nd: Tapwrit 3rd: Classic Empire 4th: J Boys Echo
Greinton versus Precisionist was an epic rivalry.. and forum to some of the best thoroughbred races in American thoroughbred horse racing history. I was in attendance for all of their races local to Los Angeles CA.. held at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park race tracks, respectively. Precisionist won three of their five encounters.. and favored Hollywood Park's dirt track.. while Greinton won their matches at Santa Anita.. and favored Santa Anita's turf and dirt courses. My favorite of those.. was Greinton's come from behind victory in the 1985 (Big Cap) Santa Anita Handicap. That June, however, Precisionist turned the tables by winning the 1985 Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park. A few years later.. we racing fans had the privilege of witnessing 1989's Sunday Silence / Easy Goer epic battles in that year's triple crown races.. with Sunday Silence winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes before Easy Goer finally bested him in the Belmont Stakes. Those races were reminiscent of the legendary Affirmed versus Alydar triple crown matches of 1978.
I not sure I like the idea. He has been pointing Florida Derby since February. TAP has said all along BR benefits with more time between races. Florida Derby would mean 5 weeks not 4 that Santa Anita derby will be. Also he has to ship there and back. And he has 2 wins over GP already. Always Dreaming staying in Florida to me says he may be the top TAP.
Trainer Todd Pletcher announces that Battalion Runner is most likely to make his next start in the G1 Santa Anita Derby on April 8th. He wants to keep him and Always Dreaming separated, who is pointing to the Florida Derby.
  • ChessChamp · Yes. DEMOLISH the field at Santa Anita. · 6 hours ago
  • RealDynastyPicks · Pletcher is in a position to have 7 horses with enough points to get into the Kentucky Derby...just unreal. Battalion Runner for sure is a serious contender in the SA Derby if they do ship him. · 6 hours ago
Stevens and Lucas, no dilettantes they, reunite in New Mexico for the Sunland Derby Sunday .................. which one brings the buzzer??? :D
Grade 1 winner Tamarando has been retired and will stand at Harris Farm, Ca for $2500
Is she coming back?
  • Byrnzzz · Was pointing for Apple Blossom, got hurt in February, getting 90 days off, about halfway through the recovery, so unless plans change, she should be back by the summer. · 6 hours ago
Mark you have any updates?
A photo of Take Charge Brandi's Curlin colt. Posted by Hill'n' Dale Farms!! https://www.facebook.com/hillndalefarms/photos/a.195128280516390.52351.193595097336375/1580164645346073/?type=3&theater
BREAKING NEWS: Norman Casse reports that Classic Empire worked 5F in 1.01.4 at the Winding Oaks Training Center in Ocala. Florida. Will determine later if CE will be ready in time for the Bluegrass.
  • RealDynastyPicks · I heard the Arkansas Derby is also being considered. · 9 hours ago
  • Mike in SB · Like most races the odds will determine the bets for me in the Derby. I think Classic Empire has as much talent as any 3 year old, you just can't trust him mentally. If he is 10-1 or better I will bet him less than that probably not. Everything could change after the last preps of course, but right now I think he has as good a shot to win as any of the other probable starters, he just needs to run his race. Like others I also think the Arkansas Derby would be a great last prep for the Derby. · 7 hours ago
I find it hard to believe we are discussing the possibility of a sloppy track in Dubai, but has Arrogate ever competed on one?
  • ChessChamp · He worked in the slop a few times. Great horses run in anything. · 8 hours ago
  • Ferrisjso26 · No and apparently they don't think he could handle it because he was entered the San Pasqual and was scratched when it started raining with no injury nor issues whatsover coming off great works. · 7 hours ago
Anyone know the post time Saturday for this race?
  • Brian Hayes via Disqus · I think 1st race on the card is at 7:45am EST, I think there's an 8 hour time difference from EST to Dubai time · 9 hours ago
  • Paladin · 12:45 PM EST · 8 hours ago
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.
If it's raining and the track is sloppy on raceday, forget what I said about Gun Runner in the other comment below. Arrogate will romp on the Dubai slop even if he's breaking from the parking lot.

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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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