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Here then is the Classic dream field that potentially could be assembled at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. With almost every major contender having the same or similar running style, which is speed or stalking, it could make for some interesting riding strategies. 2—FROSTED – The question everyone is asking after the Met Mile is where did that performance come from? Although he’s always been a classy horse, he has never given even the slightest indication he was capable of such a Herculean effort. This wasn’t one of the better fields assembled for the Met Mile, but his 14 1/4-length devastation in a spectacular 1:32 2/5 and final quarter in :23 1/5 was other worldly and still defies explanation. He did beat up on a decent field in the grade II Maktoum Challenge (Round Two) as a prep for the World Cup, but could do no better than fifth, beaten five lengths by California Chrome, in the big race. He showed in last year’s Belmont Stakes he loves Belmont Park and no doubt was happy to be home. Some have wondered if he will now switch his objective to the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, but that would be ludicrous to even consider. Despite his poor effort in last year’s BC Classic following a long hard campaign, he showed in the Belmont Stakes that 1 1/4 miles certainly is well within his scope, finishing second in one of the fastest Belmonts ever run. In fact, of those who ran a faster Belmont than American Pharoah – Secretariat, Easy Goer, A.P. Indy. Point Given, and Risen Star – only Risen Star came home his final quarter faster than Frosted, in finishing second. He also closed fastest of all to finish fourth, beaten 3 1/4 lengths, in the Kentucky Derby. Also, let’s remember that a mile at Santa Anita is run around two turns and is not a true mile that tests a horse’s speed, toughness, and stamina, and can be decided by post position. If Frosted shows in the Whitney that the Met Mile was no aberration, then we’re talking serious contender in the Classic. http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/horse-racing-steve-haskin/archive/2016/06/26/mid-year-look-at-the-bc-classic.aspx
This whole situation reminds me of Rex Ellsworth and the 100 plus horses on his property many of whom starved to death, most notably the dam of Swaps, Iron Reward.
Know a target date when he'll start training?
  • John B. via Disqus · Mid August I would think. Just some bone bruising that takes time off to heal nothing serious. · 2 hours ago
Can't freakin wait, making the cross continent trek for the Whitney and my first trip to Saratoga. Hope the field is loaded.
BREAKING NEWS: Trainer Bob Baffert announces that G1 winner Dortmund could make his 2016 debut in the G2 San Diego Handicap on July 23rd. Baffert says Dortmund is progressing very nicely and notices his stride has gotten longer. Baffert also said that if they choose to go in the San Diego that they could face California Chrome, but Baffert isn't worried about it.
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  • Ruffianlover · Not worried? Hah! · 2 days ago
  • Meydan Rocks via Disqus · No shame in loosing to Chrome in a come back race. Plus you get to see how good he is at this point and/or it's better to get your whippings early and get it over with in your comeback race. · 4 hours ago
I'm a big fan of this horse, I wonder where we can expect to see him later this year? Hope he turns up for some of the big races. Has anyone got some info on possible future races for this highly talented colt??
Quote:'I hope folks realize that running against the speed bias in the Derby ..." what speed bias? the track ran as it usually does with colts coming in with the proper pace balances doing well. There was no bias there.
  • andthey'reoff · i don't think bias played a role in his defeat. I think it was a case of not being good enough on a given day. · 12 days ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · No? Then explain why no horse was able to win a race on Oaks or Derby day on the main track that was not within 1 1/2 lengths of the leader at the 1/4 pole. · 4 hours ago
I still can't believe Honor Code got him in the Whitney. Liam's Map was "home and hosed", the race was done!!! Unbelievable finish.
Who is this creature?? Never heard of him before, cool name though, Ami is obviously a "Gremlins" fan!!!
It seems that many horse racing fans are not giving Nyquist any chance of winning against California Chrome and Beholder, particularly in weight for age races such as the BC Classic later this year. What these fans don't know is that Nyquist's KD winning form is better than Beholder's (her entire racing career, including the Pacific Classic). And it is only slightly behind California Chrome's best form (the 2016 DWC, which Chrome was never able to reach until he's 5 years old. A healthy Nyquist carrying 4 pounds less will beat both California Chrome and Beholder in the 2016 BC Classic! Remember this prediction 4 months before the race!!
  • Ruffianlover · He really does have a good shot. Seeing how easily he was won some of his races and in really good times, it makes me wonder just how could he could be by years end. I think the Preakness was a fluke- he was victim of a crazy fast early pace, and I think he was sick in that race. Scratch off that one race and this horse has been spectacular in his career · 1 day ago
Nyquist went a whole second faster in the San Vicente than they did yesterday in he triple bend. And he did it effortlessly against exaggerator, when he was a newly three year old. If Nyquist comes back as good or better than he was before, he is a real threat to win the classic. This horse is pure speed, incredible heart, ferocious fight, but has proven to carry his speed 10f comfortably. Beholder, effinex, frosted and chrome all have the same running style and will be tracking Nyquist and try to close on him around the turn. If Nyquist runs like he did in the Florida derby and Kentucky derby it will take a best ever performance to beat him on his favorite track. He's a real talent and could go down as an all time great if he wins out the rest of the year, and takes the classic over he likes of chrome, frosted, and beholder.
  • Pebbles via Disqus · He is good. But he did have a speed favoring track. Without it he likely gets passed by Exaggerator. · 5 hours ago
Haskiin Has Her Ranked 3rd on His BC Classic Wish List http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/horse-racing-steve-haskin/archive/2016/06/26/mid-year-look-at-the-bc-classic.aspx
What an incredible mare this is, she's one of the best of all time, I love the way she glides across the track with such elegance and pizazz. I put her right up there with Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra. I hope she beats a really strong field including "California Chrome" in the Pacific Classic, CC would be a very notable scalp for Beholder. Then I hope she goes on to the Breeders Cup Classic and gets the glory. If she can win these two races, it will truly cement her legacy as an "All-Time" Great, and she will soon become a "Hall Of Famer", a title that she very much deserves. :-)
  • Pebbles via Disqus · It certainly would. Last year's Pacific Classic had a decent field, but was not as strong as what many of the other horses faced. The California older males were not that strong last year. Actually, they have not been very strong for a couple of years, except for Chrome. One race at a time though. She has to make it through the Clement Hirsch. Unfortunately, without Stellar Wind she will not get the strong tune up I was hoping for before she faces these horses. Do not count out Firing Line or Dortmund. · 6 hours ago
Is this guy the second coming of Lava Man? He came from nowhere and has now captured 2 of the 3 biggest Classics in Cali. I may be rooting for him in the Pacific Classic where he may be completely overlooked.
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  • BeastBob via Disqus · Both him and Win the Space had tremendous turn of foot in the final quarter mile. That's scary since they both were up there pressing the pace. · 1 day ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Not headed to the PC. · 6 hours ago
108 Beyer winning Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Saturday
Saratoga: make sure you walk all around the track, over by the backstretch, near the gate and don't miss the US Racing Museum across the street (it is a treat unto itself). When I was last there a year ago, they were building a smaller exhibit near the main grandstand entrance as a display of what the Hall of Fame is all about to entice more participation. There is a smaller version of the great Secretariat statute in the paddock at Belmont, in a quiet garden area in the Hall of Fame. A must see. Look for the jockey silks room too: very colorful as far as you can see. The place exudes HISTORY in spades.
It looks like Frosted and Upstart are going at each other again in the Whitney. Maybe Far From Over will surprise everyone and beat both of them to remain undefeated!
  • Pebbles via Disqus · May be. We shall see. have always liked this son of Blame, but he has some catching up to do. · 8 hours ago
Investigators from the Kentucky state veterinarian's office and Kentucky Dept. of Justice have gathered information to demonstrate that ~40 horses located on land in Mercer County, Ky., have been abandoned per article on BH. A meeting today attended by Mercer County officials, the county attorney, and the sheriff's department is being held to determine culpability in the neglect/abandonment of these animals. The property in question is being leased by Chuck Borell, Maria Borell's father; ownership of the horses is apparently in question, but the owner appears to be either Chuck or Maria. Volunteers are being allowed onto the property to care for the horses in the interim, and some prominent thoroughbred owners are becoming involved; Rick Porter is one of these owners. This article is very detailed and informative, and I'll link it here. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/212803/kentucky-neglect-case-under-investigation
Frosted 💙Should have been the Triple crown winner that horse is absolutely amazing.
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  • Players Klub via Disqus · Yeah right. LOL And he put in a complete clunker in the BCC last year. Better luck in 16.---Without AP around. · 3 days ago
  • Ruffianlover · Uh no lol did you even watch the series! Maybe you forgot about a gross called American Pharoah, the GOAT · 8 hours ago
Got a response from Ramsey Farm. They haven't discussed future plans for him, but they'll pass along the suggestion of the Mystic Lake Derby.

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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