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  • Conquest Farenheit (7-5) rolls down the hill to score in the Baffle Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • One Liner (3-1) powers home a strong winner in the Southwest Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Gun Runner (1-5) dismantles his competition in the $500,000 Razorback Handicap.Posted 1 day ago
  • Caledonian pulls the upset in the Jimmy Winkfield at odds of 10-1.Posted 1 day ago
  • The longest shot Zakaroff (45-1) rallies to upset the El Camino Real Derby (G3) at Golden Gate Fields.Posted 3 days ago
  • Stonestreet's Terra Promessa (1-2) blitzes the field in the Bayakoa (G3) at Oaklawn Park.Posted 3 days ago
  • Imperial Hint (5-2) takes the General George (G3) at Laurel. Posted 3 days ago
  • High Ridge Road (3-1) runs them down to take the Barbara Fritchie (G2) at Laurel.Posted 3 days ago
  • Curlin's Approval (4-5) dominates in the Royal Delta.Posted 3 days ago
  • Multiple graded stakes winner, Alsvid, has been retired from racing.Posted 6 days ago

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Interesting pedigree note here, the 2nd dam on the bottom, Chasethegold, is a half-sister to G1 winners Albertus Maximus and Daredevil. So this horse comes from a very nice family.
  • Theodore via Disqus · He's a direct descendant of the unraced full sister to Gallant Fox, Marguery. Which makes him closely related to that famous 'T' family cultivated by Nelson Bunker Hunt (Trillion, Triptych, Treve) and the terrific brother and sister racehorses Generous and Imagine, who won the English Derby and Oaks. · 47 minutes ago
I do think Mastery is the horse to watch,he is a little green the way he runs but it seems to me like M.Smith is trying to teach him how to rate a little,he is a powerful build horse with a solid pedigree to go ten furlongs and Baffert and M.Smith as a team are a great combination to have,he has beaten nobody but nobody has beaten him.
  • Stay Thirsty via Disqus · Oooh I don't think so. Gormley will blow him into the sea. · 1 hour ago
I don't like this whole system in which horses are voted as the "Best In The World", now listen here, "Arrogate" is the best 'dirt' horse in the World YES, but "Winx" is the best 'grass' horse in the World, and also "Almanzor" will also enter equations this year too!!! It's very unfair to those turf superstars to vote "Arrogate" as the BEST IN THE WORLD just because the 2 richest horse races in the World are run on dirt, and the fact that the US fans LOVE dirt racing so much more than the tuf racing!! In my opinion, it's total BS. NOW, here's my solution to this problem, what we can have is a NEW race, a NEW World Cup race, it can be the World's Richest Horse Race, $20 million, it can be called something like the "Best Of The World, World Cup", or the "Best Of The Best World Cup", and it can be a 10f race, (the venue can be decided at a later date) it will be 5f on turf and 5f on dirt, a combination of both surfaces, so it will be a 100% fair and honest race with no excuses for ANY horse. Then we can have a titanic showdown between the likes of "Arrogate", "Winx" and "Almanzor". Winners takes ALL the glory and will be instantly labelled as the "WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE". That is a fantastic idea, and I'm sure you will all agree with me. :-)
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  • craigsinfront · The white coats will be with you one day · 20 hours ago
  • BeastBob via Disqus · Arrogate is the best in the world in 2016 because the Longines' handicappers rated his 2016 BCC win as the year's best performance in the world by an individual horse (based on what California Chrome did in 2016 before losing in the BCC). Frankel got that title while dodging Wise Dan in the Breeders Cup because his connection couldn't get Bullet Train in the same race, were European fans complaining then? · 14 hours ago
When rating horses all time, people always talk about how horses run in different eras and are held to different standards. One big one is that different races had different prestige and there was no Graded Stakes system before the 1970s. However purse almost perfectly correlates with Graded stakes status and prestige because money usually =classy fields. So using TC winner PP's(probably will add MOW tommorow) I've decided to track what races were considered important in what eras. I make these cutoffs when there's a large dropoff in terms of purse money. This will also put G1 counts into historical perspective. All races up here gave out considerably more money than their peers and it is safe to assume that correlates with how prestigious they were at that time. Also while two year old races are now far lower than other G1's for most of history they weren't. Wanted to share my finding with you and hope it helps everyone compare greats! I'm going to make a historical G1 chart to! Sir Barton-3-2 G1 record.Juvenile racing is at least as important as three year old racing. Preakness is the most important three year old race. Kenilworth Gold Cup 75k(this was the match race with MOW so it shouldn't count) Hopeful Stakes 35k Saratoga 6 2YO Preakness Stakes 30k Pimlico 9 3YO Futurity Stakes 29k Belmont 6 2YO Kentucky Derby 24k Churchill 10 3YO Belmont Stakes 14k Belmont 11 3YO Gallant Fox-5-2 G1 record A decade later the Futurity is by far the most important race in the US(now it's a G3) and the Classic Stakes is at least as important as the TC at this time. Travers and Lawrence Realization are the fifth and sixth most important three year old races, they're much smaller than the rest but still twice as rich as everything else(including the Wood and JCGC) I guess with those two it's unclear if they are G1's Futurity Stakes 119k Belmont 7 2YO Classic Stakes 78k Arlington 10 3YO Belmont Stakes 77k Belmont 12 3YO Preakness Stakes 61k Pimlico 9.5 3YO Kentucky Derby 60k Churchill 10 3YO Travers Stakes 33k Saratoga 10 3YO Lawrence Realization 33k Belmont 13 3YO Omaha 4-2 G1 record Futurity Stakes 92k Belmont 6.5 2YO Kentucky Derby 49k Churchill 10 3YO Belmont Stakes 43k Belmont 12 3YO Classic Stakes 35k Arlington 10 3YO Preakness Stakes 29k Pimlico 9.5 3YO Hopeful Stakes 29k Saratoga 6.5 2YO War Admiral 4-1 G1 record-two races for olders at now obsolete tracks are at least as important as the still not official TC. Widener Handicap 63k Hialeih 10 Open Kentucky Derby 62k Churchill 62k 3YO Massachusetts Handicap 59k Suffolk 9 Open. Preakness Stakes 55k Pimlico 9.5 3YO Belmont Stakes 46k Belmont 12 3YO Whirlaway 7-5 G1 record-It seems like the American Derby by this point was basically the fifth three year old classic at this time. Also since Whirlaway ran in the Travers we know from the PP chart it was only at 21k, it was not as important as the races listed here. Blue Grass was only at 12k at this point, major Derby preps don't seem to yet be an institutionilized thing because the TC wasn't. At this point my arbitrary cutoff is 32k. Futurity Stakes 81k Belmont 6.5 2YO Kentucky Derby 73k Churchill 10 3YO Preakness Stakes 66k Pimlico 9.5 3YO Massachusetts Handicap 61k Suffolk 9 Open American Derby 59k Washington 10 3YO Classic Stakes 57k Arlington 10 3YO Belmont Stakes 48k Belmont 12 3YO Arlington Futurity 44K Arlington 6 3YO Hopeful Stakes 43 K Saratoga 6.5 2YO Suburban Handicap 38k Belmont 10 Open Pimlico Futurity 38K Pimlico 8.5 2YO Brooklyn Handicap 34k Aqueduct 10 Open Butler Handicap 33k Empire City 9.5 Open Count Fleet 4-2 G1 record-It is around this time that the Futurity passes the Derby as the most important race in racing. Two year old racing is still competitive with three year old racing in terms of importance. Cutoff is still 32k, Wood Memorial barely missed at this point it's at 28k. Kentucky Derby 72k Churchill 10 3YO Futurity Stakes 69 k Belmont 6.5 2YO Washington Park Futurity 68k Washington 6 2YO Preakness St
  • Blue Larkspur via Disqus · Zzzzzzzzzzz ... we already know this. We can look up the same info... · 1 day ago
  • marcos via Disqus · Good work I take you don't believe in sleeping. · 2 hours ago
Gormley looks like he is coming into his own this year. Nice work on Feb 20th in company. Really appears to relish his job and looks much more mature. Hope he continues to do well and keeps improving moving forward to the KD.
Anyone know where she's pointing? Is it still just 1 prep in the Santa Anita Oaks?
Baffert has Mastery ready to roll it seems like after today's work. 6f in 1:12. I am expecting nothing less then a win in the San Felipe.
Farrell / Valadorna / Shane's Girlfriend / Wicked Lick
Per DRF, Mastery to the San Felipe & American Anthem to the Rebel S.
Faithfully definitely has my interest peaked...I have watched a couple of her works in company with other horses and she has a very tenacious attitude. Looking to see her step up in class soon since breaking her maiden last time out. She beat Shazara who was seen recently (Feb. 20th) working in company with Gormley who really seems to be coming into his own this year.
I'd love to see "Winx" Vs "Almanzor" in a 10f race, that would be a MOUTH-WATERING clash, 2 turf SUPERSTARS going at it, in what would be a totally epic duel!!!! :-D
  • DonnysDeadBrainCells via Disqus · No, it wouldn't, Almanzor would destroy her. · 6 hours ago
Besides the 6 millions green reason to start Arrogate in the Dubai World Cup. I think the race itself will make it easy for his connections to map out the rest of his 2017 campaign. After the DWC, Arrogate can have a nice long freshening getting ready for repeating the BCC win. Also it will cement his legacy even if he wins nothing else after the DWC (particularly achieving the NA top earning record and breaking the track records for 3 consecutive races).
Midnight Storm worked 6f, February 21st, in 1:13.00 (h) finishing 6/10.
Enola Gray worked 4f, February 21st, in 48.60 (h) finishing 15/35.
Battle of Midway worked 4f, February 21st, in 49.80 (h) finishing 31/35.
Guest Suite worked 4f, February 21st, in 48:00 (b) finishing 1/12.
One major thing we found out about this Race. This years Derby winner will not be coming out of this Bunch. Unless Baffert ships in a Monster that has yet to of run. This years Derby winner will not be coming from the State of Arkansas
I would be shocked if Dubai is not the next stop.
After Arrogate's work this morning here is the comment from Juddmonte's racing manager. Garrett O'Rourke, manager of Juddmonte Farms, added that while all options are being weighed, a trip to Dubai is the front-runner so long as Arrogate continues to give off the right signals. "The horse is sound, he is in super form, and Bob said there is difficulty keeping him on the ground when he gets too high," O'Rourke said. "The easiest way to keep him on the ground is let him work and let him run. We don't want to be hard on him and (Juddmonte owner) Prince Khalid is very clear he wants (Arrogate) to be fresh come the end of the year. "If there was any doubt about that, we wouldn't even consider going. But the horse seems to be in an exceptionally good state physically and mentally. We'll discuss the case and if Prince Khalid agrees, I think we'll roll the dice."
Has been working well. If Baffert is going to add another Derby onto his resume I think Mastery is his best shot at it.
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · his last work was superb. I think he's got a great chance as long as we see further improvement in his 2 races.. They must make them both count. · 4 days ago
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · I like AA · 11 hours ago

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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