• Blackjackcat (8-1) holds off Vyjack to win the Del Mar Mile.Posted 14 hours ago
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  • Channel Maker (8-5) wins the photo and survives multiple objections to win the Breeders' Stakes.Posted 18 hours ago
  • Kelly's Humor (11-1) rolls late to win Ellis Park Debutante.Posted 18 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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This just posted by David Grening: Cloud Computing confirmed for Travers. Barring change to the field, Outplay will skip & point to Pennsylvania Derby. So ,expect field of 12. https://twitter.com/DRFGrening/status/899650036186796032
If the BCC is run at 9 furlongs, then Gun Runner is definitely the co-favorite with Arrogate and Collected!!!
"Gun Runner" is the clear favourite now for the Breeders Cup Classic with most UK bookmakers at odds of around 5/2, "Arrogate" is available at 3-1, but even at 3-1 "Arrogate" is bad value!! The last 100 yards or so in the Pacific Classic has saved "Arrogate's" racing career, he was closing on "Collected", but "Collected" still comfortably had "Arrogate" beaten. "Gun Runner" is looking like a very good bet to win the BC Classic, but "Collected" is definitely the biggest danger to him, and let's not forget about "Good Samaritan", he is currently 20-1, but those odds will drop massively after he wins the Travers. "Keen Ice" is also currently a 20-1 shot for the BC Classic, and he is over-priced too.
"Collected" STEALS THE SHOW!!!!!!!!
Cliffs of Moher with the win
Not a big field for this year's renewal, but a really good one. I'm happy to see Churchill finally going up in trip beyond a mile for the first time, but I have to wonder if maybe there's some doubt about whether or not he'll get the trip since O'Brien chose to leave in Investec Derby 2nd, Cliffs of Moher, with him.
All 18 wins https://youtu.be/MJGgJbTw_Oo Just phenomenal
Entered in the Juddmonte International
Good thing horses cannot understand what humans say about them. I'm beyond disappointed in the end result. A close defeat while not giving 100% of the effort we know we've seen many times before is no better then his puzzling no-show last month. But these are horses and perfection is such a rare thing to sustain. Hopefully Bob can find the reset button and get him training well going into the Classic. I can imagine a lot will go on to get him in peak form for that race!
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 ....

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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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