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  • Blackjackcat (8-1) holds off Vyjack to win the Del Mar Mile.Posted 9 hours ago
  • Dak Attack (2-1) is an impressive winner of the Ellis Park Juvenile.Posted 13 hours ago
  • Channel Maker (8-5) wins the photo and survives multiple objections to win the Breeders' Stakes.Posted 13 hours ago
  • Kelly's Humor (11-1) rolls late to win Ellis Park Debutante.Posted 13 hours ago
  • Dream Dancing (6-1) nips Beau Recall in the Del Mar Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Collected (3-1) holds off Arrogate in the TVG Pacific Classic.Posted 1 day ago
  • Hunt (3-1) scores his second graded stakes win of the meet, this time in the Del Mar Handicap.Posted 1 day ago
  • Elate (4-1) rolls home a big winner in the Alabama.Posted 1 day ago
  • Money'soncharlotte (5-2) holds off Martini Glass in the Lady Jacqueline.Posted 1 day ago
  • Proctor's Ledge (2-1) kicks home a winner in the Lake Placid.Posted 1 day ago

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Great win for Collected. Controlled the pace and ran to his works at this track!
Really encouraging debut! Zatter sat the better trip and was just better. That was a strong duel from the top 3 there
From this morning's Racing Post web-site: Almanzor has been retired after a disappointing reappearance at Deauville in the G3 Prix Gontaut-Biron.
Well I just read he's gone now....meaning retired! Best to him!!! sheesh~ Too bad!
OK, how about a worldwide 21st century greatest list? 1) Frankel 2) Winx 3) American Pharoah 4) Black Caviar 5) Zenyatta 6) Zarkava 7) Sea the Stars 8) California Chrome 9) Rachel Alexandra 10) Treve Nobody call me sexist - 6 of those 10 are female.
My top 10 all time list of horses i SEEN run #1 Easy Goer #2 Zenyatta #3 Point Given #4 Skip Away #5 Go for Wand #6 Sunday Silence #7 Formal Gold #8 Rachel Alexandra #9 American Pharoah #10 Curlin #11 Afleet Alex (Honorable Mention) if you are wondering how Easy Goer is #1 and Sunday Silence is #6 with, Well head to head doesnt always tell who is better..Easy Goer was the better horse overall..Belmont stakes and overall resume shows it significantly..Easy Goer had the most raw talent in a horse i ever seen period...if you are wondering why Zenyatta is #2..it is out of pure respect for her winning streak..Not that she would have beat most on this list..But her 19-0 record i have so much respect for that i landed her at #2..Formal gold had a short career..but his last 2 last wins of his career vs Skip Away were monsterous..holds highest consecutive speed figures in history for those 2 races..Skip away is ranked ahead of him cause skip away had the much much better resume and career and did beat Formal gold also..Go for Wand was my favorite filly and she was extremely talented...Rachel Alexandra makes my list for having the courage (unlike songbird) to face the boys and beat them..in the preakness also..and her Kentucky oaks victory is one of the most eye popping wins i have ever seen by any horse male or female..Curlin was a pure powerhouse..American Pharoah makes my list cause he had such a beautiful powerful yet easy stride..And of course his resume speaks for itself..Afleet Alex makes my list off his incredible preakness and following it up with one of only a handful of Belmont stakes wins in history..completely exploded away from field in stretch..He had a short career but most of his wins were blow out powerhouse wins..i base horses on a lot of different things
Seeing some of the horses ranked ahead of Easy Goer on this list should be against the law
Since this is the debate here's my list. The most difficult thing for me was placing the horses who ran great campaigns up to there Belmonts and never raced again. So if you think I underrated Smarty, IHA, Big Brown etc, part of me agrees with you and doubts my list. Also want people to know this list is pretty close the whole way through and after the top 10 I become less and less sure about my picks. I am far more confident that these are the 25 best horses to run on dirt this millennium. 1)AP 2)PG 3)Zapper 4)RA 5)Arrogate 6)Invasor 7) Curlin 8)Game on Dude 9)Frosted 10) California Chrome 11) Empire Maker 12) Smarty Jones 13)IHA 14) Summer Bird 15) Gun Runner 16) Honor Code 17) Bernardini 18) Tonalist 19) Tiznow 20) Awesome Feather 21) Zenyatta 22) Afleet Alex 23) Beholder 24) Animal Kingdom 25) Big Brown 26) Street Sense 27) Mineshaft 28) Azeri 29) Giant's Causeway 30) Dortmund/KI/Bodemeister/Creative Cause/Uncle Mo/Birdstone/Bayern/Liam's Map/Shaman's Ghost/ Gio Ponti/Looking at Lucky/To Honor and Serve/Nyquist/War Emblem/Barbaro/Rags to Riches(made the thirtieth spot a place for people to see all the horses I was thinking about/didn't put on the list so you know what horses were close or weren't close to getting on my list. Possible I forgot one or two horses. Just wanted to make a list that didn't have Mine that Bird 17th.
Arrogate won a few big races and the horse racing Media started to hype him up as the next Secretariat - As racing always needs a BIG STAR to keep the sport popular and relevant - its a Business - The horse racing media talking heads went along with the hype and charade cause that is their "Job" - So they too went into a Disingenous "Arrogate Frenzy", and was practically drooling on air when they spoke of him ( They have no shame, They sell-out at any cost for the "brass") - Now the smoke has cleared - Now These talking heads are in "Panic Mode" - They are trapped and it is now time for plan "B"..Time to make Excuses.."He dont like the track".."He needs rest".."He is disinterested".."He didnt run his race".."He mustve ate a bad batch of hay" - How quickly/prematurely a horse is labeled the GREATEST these days - Another one bites the Dust!
Does anyone know how much taller Arrogate has grown since the DWC?
Oh, the angst here is palpable ... all those big talking fans, who thought they were seeing "history". Such a let down ....
My top 25-30 Horses of the 21 century are 1.) American Pharoah 2.) Point Given 3.) Zenyatta 4.) Smarty Jones 5.) California Chrome 6.) Rachel Alexandria 7.) Curlin 8.) Barbaro 9.) Honor Code 10.) Shared Belief 11.) Nyquist 12.) Will Take Charge 13.) Beholder 14.) Tonalist 15.) Funny Cide 16.) Rags to Riches 17.) Mine that bird 18.) Game on dude 19.) Big Brown 20.) Frosted 21.) War Emblem 22.) Birdstone 23.) Animal Kingdom 24.) Monarchos 25.) Fusaichi Pegasus 26.) Declaration of War 27.) Orb 28.) I'll have another 29.) Blame 20.) Wicked Strong
Kingofthewholewideworld, a question for you. The Mystic Lake Derby is the same day as the Mayweather/McGregor fight, so should Canterbury use a walkout theme for the horses entered in the race?
BCC could shape up to be a real "CLASSIC"..Gun Runner - Connected - Arrogate (if he runs) - Keen ice (Who is always looking for an upset from back of pack) - Shaman Ghost - Classic Empire - Always Dreaming - Tapwrit - Cupid - Gunnervera - Irish War Cry...What a field!..What is everyones top 3 finish projection if this race happens?..Hope Most of them enter
Is Bashing Arrogate Day over yet? Arrogate showed up in the Pacific Classic and was short. Looks like he has an issue with the track. Unfortunately for him the BCC is at Del Mar. It's possible he will overcome his issue and has a shot to win the Classic but will have Gun Runner and likely Connected running their best. Looks like an exciting race coming. Looking forward to it and hope the competition stays healthy and shows up willing to run their best.
Very good start
Nice debut by him to get 2nd contesting a hot pace. Expecting him and Zatter to come out more fit and ready to roll next out.
Arrogate fan just posted this quote.."What it doesn't do is change the results. Arrogate never lost a race California Chrome was in. Can Chrome say the same?...Accelerate beat Arrogate 2 out of their 3 meetings including 1 by 15 lengths..Can Arrogate say the same?..According to this "Bottom line" logic, Accelerate is better than Arrogate..Some fans really need to "think" before they type..i.e "Put foot in mouth"
While I realize that the HRN ratings are no more than a popularity contest that have no bearing on reality, I wonder where Winx would rate if she were allowed to be included. During last seasons races many people on this site were questioning whether she was as good as advertised. It seems that many of them have come to the realization that she is the real deal. I don't believe any American-based turf horse could beat her up to 12 furlongs. People on this site who live in Australia and have followed the racing over there for a long period of time are now starting to call the the best to ever run there. As always, while comparing horses that do not actually run against each other is not an easy task a third C O X Plate would elevate Winx near the top of the list no matter what country we are considering.
Nice win by Zatter, St Patricks Day 2nd. Nice exacta for the Baffert stable.

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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