• Hence (10-1) rallies to win the Sunland Park Derby going away.Posted 23 hours ago
  • Ghalia (2-1) edges a game Kell Paso in the Sunland Park Oaks.Posted 1 day 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 2 days ago
  • Fast and Accurate (24-1) bursts through to upset the Grade 3 Spiral.Posted 2 days ago
  • Purely a Dream (12-1) pulls ahead in the stretch to take the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • Arrogate, despite a dreadful break, wins the Dubai World Cup easily.Posted 2 days ago
  • Jack Hobbs is much the best in the Sheema Classic.Posted 2 days ago
  • Vivlos flies late to get up for the win in the $6 million Dubai Turf.Posted 2 days ago
  • Mind Your Biscuits rallies widest of all to win the Golden Shaheen going away.Posted 2 days ago

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Al Shaqab Racing announces that Master Plan, 3rd in G2 UAE Derby will ship back to United States on Wednesday and head to WinStar Farm for brief R&R. He will then return to Todd Pletcher for a possibly start in the Kentucky Derby, all will depend on if he has the points to get in and how he's training.
PLEASE connections, don't be IDIOTS all your lives, drop this horse back to 1 mile and he will win you some VERY nice races later on this year, including the "Breeders Cup Dirt Mile". He was a gallant 2nd to "Arrogate" in the Dubai World Cup, but even with "Arrogate's" horrible start, giving "Gun Runner" a 15 to 20 length head start on the 'superfast' and 'front runner favouring' Meydan track, he STILL had no answers for "Arrogate" entering the final furlong. PLEASE do the right thing and stop racing him over a trip 2 furlongs further than his best, thank you very much! :-)
Gun Runner's splits in the DWC: 24.93, 23.41, 24.59, 24.93, 24.73. Maintained a very high cruising speed up to the wire, he certainly wasn't slowing down. What makes anyone think he's a miler? He was a late maturing 3yo and in 3 lifetime starts at 10f never finished out of the trifecta (twice behind Arrogate). Factoring depth of competition he ran no better at mile distances than at 1 1/4 mile distances last year. He's a proper G1 level 10f horse.
BREAKING NEWS: Norman Casse reports that Classic Empire worked 5F in 1.01.4 at the Winding Oaks Training Center in Ocala. Florida. Will determine later if CE will be ready in time for the Bluegrass.
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  • Mike in SB · Like most races the odds will determine the bets for me in the Derby. I think Classic Empire has as much talent as any 3 year old, you just can't trust him mentally. If he is 10-1 or better I will bet him less than that probably not. Everything could change after the last preps of course, but right now I think he has as good a shot to win as any of the other probable starters, he just needs to run his race. Like others I also think the Arkansas Derby would be a great last prep for the Derby. · 5 days ago
  • Carla Parrillo via Disqus · This is good to read. A little at the time. With all the talk regarding body language. Two things: what was different today that allowed himself to give the 5 furlongs. I wish someone would check his vision. Would this be why entering that gate becomes such a problem for him. Don't forget he is only 2years old! · 1 hour ago
Trainer Todd Pletcher says Tapwrit has been confirmed for the Blue Grass Stakes, last prep before the Kentucky Derby.
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?
WOW!!... Timeform has given Arrogate a 141 rating for his Dubai win. The 5th highest ever!!!...
Don't get me wrong, I love my mom, but I can't believe she was visiting the weekend of the Dubai meet and I couldn't watch this live!! I was stuck sneaking peeks at the phone and only being able to post one comment and it wasn't even on Arrogate! As a die hard Chromie, let me express my intense excitement and thrill with Arrogate's amazing win! I thought for sure he'd break Chrome's time record and he sure came close in that mud which is pretty awesome. I'm one of those people who finds it hard to compare current super stars to previous ones because of the different ways the sport runs nowadays. However, on pure talent alone, Arrogate is pretty darn impressive! I'm excited to see him run again and I so hope we get to enjoy him for more than two more races. Just such an impressive victory from a very, very talented athlete. Also, many on here are very aware I love me some Chrome and I have to admit, each time Arrogate has won, and will continue to, I feel like it flatters Chrome a bit. Maybe Chrome will be the horse who managed to get the closest to beating this beast of a horse. Keep up the dominating ways, Arrogate! P.S. Gun Runner ran one heck of a good race too! Very proud of our American runners :)
What is now amusing, is to read the opinions two months ago, of Arrogate, against California Chrome, especially one named "Liam". ,He responded to my comparison of Arrogate to Secretariat("Oh, PLEASE"). He was really trying to stick it to Arrogate, saying that he couldn't manage to get in the Derby starting gate. Now, what say you????? That race Saturday was a pleasure to see. Arrogate rolling like a freight train, in the DWC. Too bad ESPN couldn't give any credence to this once-in-a-lifetime performance. They barely mentioned this spectacle. Thank you Bob Baffert, and definitely thank you, Arrogate!!!!!
I wonder if someone with better historical knowledge than I, maybe Buckpasser, could identify other top horses, or not even top horses, but horses that missed the break, and were pinched and still won top races. I know Secretariat had problems breaking, but still won the race.
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  • Salvo · Arazi in the Breeders Cup Juvenile in 1991. Never set foot on dirt before, never run in a US-style race. Mind you he was unbeaten in Europe and had won (easily) what was then unofficially known as a Quadruple Crown of French Group 1 two-year-old races, from 5 furlongs to one mile, one of only three 2 year olds in history to win all four of those races (and the last to do so, as one of the races doesn't exist any more). Anyway we Euros had been told that the only way Arazi had a chance to win on dirt in the Juvenile was not to miss the break and not to be pushed out wide. He drew the outside stall and then missed the break completely, and a few strides after the start he was already last and drifting further behind. Watching it live on TV in London my partner and I groaned and said, oh well, that's his chances completely gone. What he did then remains the greatest 2-year-old race ever run. Pity that his small size and his knee surgery put paid to the 3-year-old career he promised to have, but his performance in that Juvenile is uncannily similar to what Arrogate did on Saturday. · 1 day ago
  • By The Numbers via Disqus · I'm not sure about problems at the break, but I know Whirlaway walked out of the gate in the '41 Preakness and spotted the field probably 20 lengths. Damascus liked to close, so it's not quite the same, but his Travers is still one of the greatest performances IMO - closed from 16 lengths behind to draw off by 22. · 2 hours ago
Our New Champion GUNNEVERA.
Arrogate: 26.61, 23.06, 23.90, 24.76, 23.839. Gun Runner: 24.93, 23.41, 24.59, 24.93, 24.727. (Trakus info at: http://www.dubairacingclub.com/race/racing-info/trakus-chart )
  • slewcrew7778 via Disqus · Smith said he backed off him on the 2nd turn since he runs better at a target. He didn't want him to get to the front too soon. If we ever do get to see this horse at his all out best it will truly be jaw dropping. · 1 day ago
  • By The Numbers via Disqus · That is stunning acceleration in the final 1/4! I wish the JCGC was still 12f because he would be something to behold at that distance · 2 hours ago
Getting pumped for April 8. Can't wait to see how Motion/Rosario have strategized for the race. I know I'm in the minority here but I would really like for Rosario to let him go. Sounds illogical but as Assmusen said after Irad's battle with Terra Promessa-you can't fight the horse into doing something it doesn't want to do. If IWC does not or can not rate-let him run his race and the chips will fall as they may....
With Ghalia's victory in the Sunland Park Oaks, Medaglia D'Oro has now sired 100 stakes winners in his breeding career. Congrats MDO!
Anyone know where Smart Mission is? Not raced since 8/16/16.
Trainer Graham Motion officially confirms Irish War Cry for the Wood Memorial. Here he is working in company with G1 winner Dancing Rags. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/99506680488e862759ce7aee79bb6f4bcfbaf623f02560012d11fd317df2a9b2.jpg
  • amino998 · http://www.xbtv.com/video/workout/irish-war-cry-outside-dancing-rags-worked-5-furlongs-in-100-10-at-palm-meadows-on-march-25th-2017/ · 2 days ago
  • Carla Parrillo via Disqus · We get so excited over the Kentucky Derby. We in this country love tradition and historical events. If champion horses weren't retired at such young ages and everything after three years did not need to strive towards this more horses could continue to run and breed. With so many other categories to run in. More horses could run. I havevI watched this recently in the older horses races. I love that and it makes me happy to see a horse we have loved still out there. I bet if these horses were studied itvwoyld be observed that they are extremely happy horses to be getting chances to run at paces they can handle. Why can't we learn from this example that speed and pace are better for the younger horses too. · 4 hours ago
MANY a successful Derby colt gets GOOD only n the latter weeks of April never to get that good again. Many others are very lucky. THAT race is like NO other more than 80% will ever see again...
Gunnevera going away by a mile
  • Animal Kingdom via Disqus · I agree..... no one else will be w/in 3. · 4 hours ago
"Mind Your Biscuits", Yeahhhhhhhhh, you beauty!!! I celebrated your win on Saturday by having a lovely cup of tea, and loads of biscuits!!! I dunked my Digestives and Rich Tea biscuits into my cup of Tea, whilst thinking about you!!! Well done "M.Y.B", Well done!!! I'm so happy for you. :-)
Conrats team Arrogate. Great race. Similar to Secretariat's Ky Derby win. Was amazing to watch.

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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.

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