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2nd time in 3 years that a Todd Pletcher trainee is the first to die after running in the Triple Crown. Intense Holiday all over again.
OK, this has nothing to do with the BC, but given that we are now into the slow part of the racing season, I wanted to throw this out there, as this is a part of the thoroughbred world about which I know little: On the subject of British racing.... When Frankel retired 4 years ago, he of course had to be among the greatest thoroughbreds in UK history, but was he THE greatest? He had the speed ratings, and he was 14 for 14, but he was basically a miler. Is he really greater than, for example, Nijinsky, Brigadier Gerard, Dubai Millenium or Sea the Stars? All horses who lost only once, but were more versatile in the distances they ran. Now, I am not including the steeplechasers in this so no discussion of Arkle or Red Rum. For those who have followed the sport for many years, including across the pond, who are the three greatest UK thoroughbreds ever, in your opinion?
  • Buckpasser via Disqus · That's such a hard question. Certainly out of the ones I saw in person, Brigadier Gerard, Nijinsky and Mill Reef are in the forefront. But of all time, I would need to look at a number like St. Simon, Gainsborough, Hyperion, Bahram, Brown Jack, Bayardo, Swynford and the great fillies like Pretty Polly, Sceptre, Signorinetta ( who won the Derby and a couple of days later won the Oaks), Mumtaz Mahal and Sun Chariot. Frankly there are so many great stars of British turf it's very hard to choose. · 21 days ago
  • eckythimble via Disqus · 10f Frankel and Brigadier Gerard - dead heat 12f Mill Reef and Dancing Brave - dead heat, just ahead of Nijinksy Incidentally best horses from Europe overall - Sea Bird II then Ribot Best horses in the word overall - Secretariat then Phar Lap. Man O War in the world top 5 along with SB and Ribot. · 3 hours ago
Dortmund returned to training recently. My guess is the San Pasqual as a prep for the San Antonio is the route he'll end up going.
Another breeze, this one in 4f in 48 flat. Just happy he's on the track!
12/8 - 4F work http://www.xbtv.com/video/workout/arrogate-worked-four-furlongs-in-48-00-at-santa-anita-park-on-december-8th-2016/
Stradivari was one of my favorites. Had so hoped that he would make it after his surgery.
Shared Belief wins the classic by 3 lengths
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  • Ruffianlover · Why are you posting about shared belief on Chrome'/ page? Get out of here with that trolling · 2 days ago
  • DarthKoalaBear via Disqus · Secretariat wins the Classic by 31 lengths. · 1 day ago
Maybe it's just my perception, but it doesn't really seem like the connections of top international horses anywhere are falling all over themselves to line up for this race, outside of the obvious ones in the states that you'd expect to be seen pointed at the Pegasus. This race may end up being little more than a watered down version of the Breeders Cup Classic, only not even at the classic trip of 10f and with a payday on steroids. When it's all said and done, it'll probably end up not really drawing the level of competition expected and end up being easy pickings for one horse, IMO.
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · True. With its January date its not really that attractive to Europe where most of the horses get the winter off-besides the one's maybe pointing to Dubai. · 1 day ago
  • beckbel13 · I hadn't thought of that, but you are right, there has been no buzz about international horses wanting to enter the Pegasus. I really hope the purse money will lure some European or South American stars. · 10 hours ago
This is not really related to the Pegasus, but since there is no "Potpourri" thread, I thought I would put this here. What great horses, do you think, detracted from their greatness by not racing a certain rival of their era? a) Man O'War is considered the greatest ever, but avoided Exterminator. Is that a legitimate knock against him? Could Exterminator have beaten him, perhaps if Man O'War even spotted him weight? Remember that he spotted a decent but not great 3-year-old 26 lbs. in the Dwyer, and won, but it took some effort. b) How about Native Dancer avoiding Tom Fool? ND is considered the greater horse, yet Tom Fool was horse of the year in '53, and had the second greatest 4-yo campaign of all time (first being Spectacular Bid in 1980). c) What about Zenyatta not facing Rachel Alexandra? Would RA have beaten her on a non-synthetic track? Do any other examples come to your mind?
  • Neigh Sayer via Disqus · I won't get into all your examples but one is clearly not correct. You make is sound like Zenyatta ducked Rachel. That is directly opposite. Zenyatta was set to face Rachel in the Apple Blossom in 2009. The connections of Rachel decided to pull her from that race. We of course don't know if Rachel would have beaten her, but clearly her connections didn't think she would and opted not to face Zenyatta. · 8 hours ago
They should have put AP back in training after his 2016 breeding season was complete.... AP in the Pegasus would have be awesome! Obviously just a pipe dream :-)
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  • Kimberly Beth via Disqus · Nice dream, but those stud fees are worth more to Coolmore. I love my American Pharoah though. · 1 day ago
  • Vernon France via Disqus · It would have been great to see him try some real competition! · 6 hours ago
Breeders Cup Turf winner, Highland Reel, draws PP #10 of 14 in Sunday's G1 Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin. A wide draw is probably not as big a deal in the Vase as it would be in the other shorter races though, because Highland Reel was drawn even wider at Santa Anita in the Breeders Cup Turf, PP #12 if memory serves.
Rest in peace, Stradi :'(
Why in the world do Runhappy's people keep putting him in longer distance races? I think it's pretty clear that he's happy at 3/4 or 7/8. :-(
  • beckbel13 · No kidding! They have ruined Runhappy by making the ridiculous choice to taking him out of sprint races. What are they thinking?? · 9 hours ago
Are these the only 2 contenders that kind of committed to this race so far?. Hate to say it but it looks like it's going to be a 2 horse race, rematch of the BCC.
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  • Ferrisjso26 · With Frosted gone and AF probably being on lay off all I can really see is Gun Runner and KI. Melatonin, Hoppy and Effinex are probably going to be retired as two of those three are five year olds. Dortmund's coming back but after last year, I can see them wanting a CC/Arrogate free zone for his races. Gun Runner's connections should also be looking for easier spots for him after last years season of impressive losses. So who does that leave? Connect? If FL does come back I doubt it will be that early. · 26 days ago
  • beckbel13 · I hope so! That's what we want! · 9 hours ago
Ray Paulick will have a story on Stradivari's death "today or tomorrow". I sent an e-mail to his "Ask Ray" contact box last evening, and he answered within the past hour, replying, "He did not make it, sadly. I will have a story sometime today or tomorrow."
And yes, one more debating post.... There have been no match races since the Ruffian tragedy of '75. Are there any you would like to have seen, just the two horses? You could argue between two horses that avoided each other (RA vs. Zenyatta), or a pair that faced each other frequently and had a great rivalry - Alydar vs. Affirmed, Sunday Silence vs. Easy Goer. My choice for the great match race that never was? It would have been fall 2012 at Ascot - Frankel (undefeated, mile specialist) vs. Black Caviar (undefeated, 6 furlong specialist) at 7 furlongs on the turf. Two undefeated champions, male vs. female. In the era of online pay-per-view, this match race, even at $10+ million purse, could have paid for itself.
  • ILuvTurfRacing · At 7f or a mile, Black Caviar would've been little more than a good tow into the race for Frankel. She was a fantastic race-mare, but Frankel was like watching one of the old American muscle cars from the 1960's with nitrous boosters. Once Queally ask him for run it was blast off. · 9 hours ago
The winner of the Pegasus Cup is The Pizza Man. You heard it here first.
  • RealDynastyPicks · I would be sooooo happy if this came true! · 2 days ago
  • ILuvTurfRacing · Love The Pizza Man, but he doesn't handle conventional dirt well enough to beat a horse like Chrome or Arrogate, if Baffert sends him? · 9 hours ago
A horse basically needs to finish on the board for the connections to break even...Not sure if we will get a full gate for this one.
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  • Ruffianlover · That is if you solely count placing money. The owners are making money off of handling, marketing, ticket sales, etc so trust me they won't walk away with empty pockets · 1 day ago
  • beckbel13 · Since the gate owners have already forked out $1 million its ridiculous to think they would fail to use it. Even if the owner puts a mid-level horse who runs dead last they will still recoup some of their money. Plus I think some gate-holders were lured by the prestige of having an entrant in the inaugural running of a big race. We'll see how it goes. · 9 hours ago
Connections announce that Texas Red, winner of the 2014 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile, has been retired from racing, it was announced Dec. 8. Stud plans are pending.
Before we all settle on him as our Derby horse, we ought to notice that the horses he has been beating have not been coming back all that well...

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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