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  • Hence (10-1) rallies to win the Sunland Park Derby going away.Posted 11 hours ago
  • Ghalia (2-1) edges a game Kell Paso in the Sunland Park Oaks.Posted 12 hours ago
  • Itsinthepost (6-1) drives home the win in the Grade 2 San Luis Rey.Posted 1 day ago
  • Fear the Cowboy (7-2) comes running late to capture the Grade 3 Skip Away.Posted 1 day ago
  • Fast and Accurate (24-1) bursts through to upset the Grade 3 Spiral.Posted 1 day ago
  • Purely a Dream (12-1) pulls ahead in the stretch to take the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Arrogate, despite a dreadful break, wins the Dubai World Cup easily.Posted 1 day ago
  • Jack Hobbs is much the best in the Sheema Classic.Posted 1 day ago
  • Vivlos flies late to get up for the win in the $6 million Dubai Turf.Posted 1 day ago
  • Mind Your Biscuits rallies widest of all to win the Golden Shaheen going away.Posted 1 day ago

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They are bringing Cleo along slow this spring. A 5f work in 1:03 is not customary work for the Baffert barn. Visually, she still looks a bit keen and it makes you wonder if her racing career will be maximized going 1 turn. I had originally thought she would have no issue stretching out but so far I get the impression she's going to be different then her brother in every way. It would be interesting if she got enough seasoning to possibly get to the Acorn on Belmont day.
The Hall Of Fame Is A lonely Place and The Sheets. While the Triple Crown is the Holy Grail of horse racing and one of the most difficult achievements in all of sport, it is not the only stamp of greatness. If it were, there would only be 12 horses in the Hall Of Fame at Saratoga. Some of the notables that would have their plaques removed: Man O' War, Buckpasser, Damascus, Dr. Fager, Exterminator, Native Dancer and Spectacular Bid just to name a few. There is no need to mention any females as none of them has won the Triple Crown and under this reasoning would not qualify for induction. We all realize this is a ridiculous statement but sometimes exaggeration is needed to make a point. Many horses that are considered 'great' never even ran in a Triple Crown race let alone won it. Some are knocking Arrogate because he didn't compete in the Triple Crown and thereby can never be considered a great horse. That is their opinion and they are entitled to it but certainly the facts so far do not support it. Some comments here and on other sites are downgrading Arrogate's performance because he was 'supposed' to win. The Ragozin Sheets which are used by trainers and owners (in other words professionals) to spot their horses use trips as a major component of their numbers. There is even a school of handicapping known as 'Trip Handicapping'. It is hard to visualize a worse trip than what Arrogate overcame in the DWC to win. Was it the worst trip in the history of horse racing probably not, but it was likely bad enough to have kept most horses from winning. The reality in my opinion is that Arrogate has the potential to be one of the great horses of all time if he continues on the trajectory he is currently on. Only after his career is over can his place in equine history be accurately assessed. In the mean time we should alll enjoy the ride.
  • Buckpasser via Disqus · If they were removing plaques based on the TC, they would have started removing them for horses after 1932 when they formalized the race order. Previously there were many running where the Preakness and Kentucky Derby were on the same day. It should be noted that Gallant Fox won the Preakness before the Derby in 1930. Also no geldings would have removed from the Hall of Fame until after 1956 as there was a gelding prohibition until that point for the Belmont Stakes. The Preakness also had a gelding restriction but it was removed earlier. So MOW and Exterminator from your list would not have been removed. · 22 hours ago
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · Maybe your finest post.. · 1 hour ago
Anyone have the link of her win?
Arrogate 'the Great' may race 2 or 3 more times before retiring. Next up the Breeders Cup, then The Pegasus, and again back to Dubai. What do you think?
Good luck to Cloud Computing in the Wood Memorial. I think he will win the Wood which will set him up nicely for the KY Derby.
Good luck to Always Dreaming in the Florida Derby. He looks like a special horse to me.
Here's my top 8 with 6 weeks until KY Derby- #1 Always Dreaming. #2 Gunnevera. #3 Classic Empire. #4 McCracken. #5 Tapwrit. #6 J Boys Echo. #7 Cloud Computing # 8 Thunder Snow. In a wide open Derby year, I believe any of my top 8 could wear the roses 🌹. Looking for a Win or 2nd by Always Dreaming in the Florida Derby. Glad to get him at 42-1 in Kdfw3.
Learn about TIMING a horse race: http://www.drf.com/news/timing-everything-correctly-timing-race-more-complicated-it-looks
Does anyone know how to send a correction to HRN? Hence broke his maiden 1-16-17 at Oaklawn and it isn't listed.
Tired old fallacious argument. Can't appreciate near perfection? make up FICTION to knock him down. NO evidence of steroids in that monster's blood EVER.
For those who are trying to compare Arrogate to Secretariat, there is no comparison. Arrogate races in an era where steroids are banned. Secretariat did not!!
Correction Trakus data goes to 107 Audubon Road, Bldg 3-10, Wakefield, Mass 01880 according to our tech, D, you can call them there a 617 544 6070 x 324
Very beautiful horse. But of course I am a sucker for "black" horses.
  • Rideonruffian via Disqus · I know he's not actually black, just that he's one of the darker bays that sometimes appear to be. · 8 hours ago
Girvin / Local Hero / Guest Suite / Senior Investment
American Pharoah playing around in the grass at stud. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ae5fd7ff10de48f3d62d41a14b2c3d1fdd1053c7138e7b113119b5096e896005.jpg
  • Ayrafeneres via Disqus · How CUTE!!! He's such a beauty. But he's a sweetie and a cutie pie. · 2 days ago
  • ruffianlover · Love it! · 10 hours ago
Makes me scratch my head how people are jumping to think that arrogate is the fastest horse of all time. Do people not know their history? Fager, bid, slew, secretariat, ruffian. List goes on and on. Shoot arrogate may not have even been able to beat the dude in the 2014 big cap when he ran a 1:58. I understand the horse is special, I'm a huge fan and the sport is blessed to have him. But let's keep it realistic people. I was a huge fan of Barbaro, pharoah, honor code, chrome, etc. and never called them the fastest horses of all time. Reality check!
How did he sell AP out?
UAE Derby 2nd and Japan Road to The Kentucky Derby Winner. he go to america but pass Kentucky Derby for due to quarantine. goal to Preakness or Belmont. Source by (Japanese) https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20170325-01797106-nksports-horse
First it was the Rebel and now the Sunland Derby. It's safe to say that an eastcoast trained 3YO will win the KD this year (most likely a Pletcher trained 3 year old).
A. P. Indian worked 5f, March 26th, in 1:01.40 (b) finishing 5/22.

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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