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  • Arrogate, despite a dreadful break, wins the Dubai World Cup easily.Posted 3 hours ago
  • Jack Hobbs is much the best in the Sheema Classic.Posted 3 hours ago
  • Vivlos flies late to get up for the win in the $6 million Dubai Turf.Posted 4 hours ago
  • Mind Your Biscuits rallies widest of all to win the Golden Shaheen going away.Posted 5 hours ago
  • Thunder Snow nips Epicharis in a UAE Derby thriller.Posted 6 hours ago
  • Second Summer rolls late to upset the Godolphin Mile.Posted 8 hours ago
  • Arrogate draws post position #9 for Saturday's Dubai World Cup.Posted 3 days ago
  • Vale Dori (6-5) wins a virtual match race over Finest City in the G1 Santa Margarita.Posted 6 days ago
  • Malagacy (3-1) remains unbeaten with an impressive Rebel win.Posted 6 days ago
  • Enola Gray (2-5) much the best down the hill in the Irish O'Brien.Posted 6 days ago
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It would have been an 8+ length victory and a new DWC track record if Arrogate didn't miss the break.
All those that think he's better than AP because he won the DWC by a few lengths over Gun Runner in a mediocre time are freaking nuts. The announcers "MOW of the twenty first century" BS literally made me almost throw up. The horse has had 4 stakes races and this was his worst one out of the four, seriously this is getting to be worse than the Chromie BS. Time to do battle again with those determined to **** on our sports rich history. Bob's comments were also disgraceful, I'm no hypocrite I called out Art Sherman for that nonsense and as much as I respect BB, come on dude saying your horse is the best since Secretariat is just empirically untrue.
Trainer Graham Motion officially confirms Irish War Cry for the Wood Memorial. Here he is working in company with G1 winner Dancing Rags. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/99506680488e862759ce7aee79bb6f4bcfbaf623f02560012d11fd317df2a9b2.jpg
Gun Runner is such a gutsy horse...he never quits....the winner is a monster, but gotta give kudos to the gutsy chestnut!!
While Arrogate didn't meet expectations this horse did.
Only Great horses overcome all obstacles. Traveling. Not a home track. Horrible break. So far back and last. Wide. Interference in the stretch. And yet, despite all of it- he was hand ridden to a daylight win. Great isn't even a good enough description of what or who he is.
You really need to do some reading on the history of horse racing folks if that was the BEST you ever saw..Would not even scratch the top 20. Buckpasser at top weight breaking the world's record June 1966 where he CLOSED on a sub 1:08 3/4's time to break the existing world's record for the mile. NOW that sis something,. NOT a race one was supposed to win for fun and did.
ANother better performance: almost ANY Dr. Fager race, pick one
If California Chrome or American Pharoah were faced with such a mountain to climb after the break, I doubt either would've won the race, let alone do it in the fashion Arrogate did.
What is there to say? This is the best horse to race in decades
There may be only one horse in recent years who one could argue was as good as Arrogate and he carried the same silks.
At the risk of being accused of extreme hyperbole, that was the single greatest performance I have ever seen. I know people will have their own memories of great races but for me that is now the top. One other comment on the coverage. I watched the race on the Dubai Racing Channel and TVG and NBC could learn a thing or two. While a broadcast without endless commercials is unlikely in the US there were no figure skaters, no celebrities with less than knowledgeable opinions, and a much better appreciation for the real reason they were there. The horses and the race itself. Not one of the commentators was promoting themselves and amazingly they actually knew the names of the horses rather than just the numbers. Overall very enjoyable coverage of a tremendous card of racing.
WOW, I loved the call..."AND HERE COMES THE BIG *A*"!
Congrats. What a wonderful horse. Also congrats USA had 4 of the top 6
A very respectable second, and with it, $2 million. In other words, he did exactly what his owners set out to do. Now, on to the Stephen Foster.
Arrogate's incredible performance today made me think of Secretariat's Preakness where he made a powerhouse move from last to first.
Along with the dreadful start he was also slammed into at the top of the stretch by Mubtaahij, but he shrugged him off like a rag doll . I've enjoyed watching the great horses over the years but this one is the greatest of all in my opinion. He's absolutely relentless.
TAPWRIT work today at Palm Beach down 4f :49.20
Watching this and he doesn't even look like he's sweating... Sick stamina, speed and awareness...
The wind, the break, wide wide through out, and still comes close to the track record. This has to be at least a 143 if not more on Time Form.

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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