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Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3. Ryan Moore on board http://news.netkeiba.com/?pid=news_view&no=118293&category=A
Haven't seen him in a while. Can he still have a shot? In the Swale maybe? Not sure.... He's a good and beautiful boy.
Can someone update a undefeated watch? Few horses to add and few to take off.
in chromes 1st 6 races who did he beat that actually won much ?
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  • RealDynastyPicks · Seeing as Chrome only won 2 of his first 6 races, no one with any importance sadly. · 16 hours ago
  • Blue Larkspur via Disqus · How small does one's self image have to be to keep making inane posts about one particular horse? How much disability or welfare does one receive to have the time to come up with as many disparaging comments? To answer your question, no one cares. · 7 hours ago
Can the Admins of the site please clear all of this nonsense off of Arrogate's page?It has nothing to do with the horse, and those of us that are fans, followers, and close to the connections find it rather annoying. These type of 'discussions', to put it nicely, can be done elsewhere.
  • Mr. Ed via Disqus · Absolutely true. There should be a rule, if it's not about horse racing it shouldn't be said here. Too much soap opera behind the back talking negatively about posters and people instead of debate about horse racing. Some almost always post about anything but, and it's not 90% of the time it's all the time. · 8 hours ago
  • Blue Larkspur via Disqus · As soon as they clear the arrogate drivel off of Chrome's page. · 7 hours ago
Every horse eventually stumbles. It's Arrogate's turn.
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  • BeastBob via Disqus · Sherman said he's a good mover. And the rumor from the farm is that he's precocious. · 1 day ago
  • Pamela Mac via Disqus · Yes, I heard that from the farms as well. Faversham just needs to grow a bit yet · 7 hours ago
Easy Big Shooter. No use getting personal. Just made a comment on a horse.
http://www.all-creatures.org/articles/ar-triple-crown-cruelty-2.html A very unsettling example is the incident of the mysterious “sudden deaths” due to cardiovascular / pulmonary failures of 7 racehorses over the course of several months (November 4, 2011 through March 14, 2013). [1], [2] The final necropsy report performed by none other than the corrupt California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) was inconclusive. Nothing surprizing there. Hell, it’s California’s racing sweetheart Teflon Bob who can do no wrong. Two of those deaths were linked to rat poisoning. Inexplicably the rodenticide found in the toxicology testing – diphacinone – was inconsistent with the rodenticide used in the barn yet considered insignificant and without suspicion by the CHRB report. Of course there were the usual myriad routine prescription medications and supplements dispensed by veterinarians in the Baffert barn (e.g. Clenbuterol, Adequan, Methocarbamol, Lasix, Phenylbutazone, Adjunct Bleeder medications, an assortment of vitamins etc.) however the single most perplexing medication that stands out is Baffert’s persistent use of Thyro-L (levothyroxine), a medication to treat hypothyroidism, in all of his horses. Repeat, all of his horses. Thyroxine is legal but a known performance enhancer and has the ability to alter the results of many laboratory tests. Baffert, in conflict with the policy of the American Association of Equine Practitioners ordered the veterinarians to prescribe it. But that’s okay. It’s the CHRB’s beloved Bob. And then to have the unmitigated presumptuousness to allege that he was using it to “build up” his horses. Who is this guy kidding? It is used for the exact opposite reason – to assist weight loss – a performance-enhancing tool. Pure and simple doping. Once Baffert discontinued its use miraculously there were no more “sudden deaths”. Verdict: Golden Boy Bob cleared of any wrong-doing. Again. There are lots of other examples as well including the morphine incident at Hollywood Park. This is the one in which Baffert coerced a groom to lie for him. The sad fact that Baffert hails from California and has close ties to all those instrumental in running the CHRB, all the important people such as Chuck Winner, Bo Derek (who reportedly has now moved on), Dr. Rick Arthur, and other prominent influencers such as Zayat Racing Stables to which American Pharoah belongs(ed), makes the entire spectacle that much more macabre. And what about the fact that Zayat was under investigation for placing large bets allegedly manipulating the outcome of races in conjunction with Baffert? What became of this? Yet people are fawning all over Baffert (and Zayat) these days because of the Triple Crown, stating what a superb trainer, how he’s mellowed, how responsible and accountable, how he loves his horses, how he brings greatness to the sport, what a god we have here in our midst. Hurl. Really, how on earth can anyone be so gullible to think that things have changed just because horse racing has a Triple Crown winner?
  • BeastBob via Disqus · Sig Bouncer • an hour ago "...Hell, it’s California’s racing sweetheart Teflon Bob who can do no wrong." It is interesting to note that, unlike Sherman, Baffert actually won races with different horses at other North American tracks outside California. · 8 hours ago
  • Neigh Sayer via Disqus · You misread and or misrepresented something although I'm sure not on purpose. Before you get irritated or a bruised ego, take a minute to listen. We all want the truth and facts. This is also not the place or time for this stuff, but if putting it out there, I just want to correct something. Two horses did not die of rat poisoning. Believe me, I paid attention to the vet reports and necropsies during and after the investigation. Rat poison was found in two horses, and you're correct in that it was not a type used around the barns. But it was a trace amount and not nearly enough to affect the horses health in a serious manner. Although most information regarding the connections of the horses was redacted, at least one was traced to the Baffert barn. The thing you need to learn is why would rat poison would be purposely given to a horse. The first thing to know is that rats don't die of "poison" they die from bleeding out. Rat poison has high levels of blood thinners. I'll stop there because as I said, this is not the time or place for this. You may have already figured it out, if not small amounts of rat poison has been used for a very long time, the information is out there. If you're unsure I'll fill you in at a later time where it's more appropriate. · 8 hours ago
BREAKING NEWS--quarantine may be lifted from Fairgrounds on Saturday making it possible for GUNRUNNER to get the heck out of dodge and head to Gulfstream
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  • Ruffianlover · Too late. All spots already filled and contacts and deals done · 9 hours ago
  • nu-fan via Disqus · I would find it difficult to believe that GP would chance having a horse that was anywhere so close to the Fairgrounds be exposing Chrome and Arrogate. Not worth it. Not when it is only 10 days away. · 8 hours ago
Very disappointed in the bottom third to half of this field. There just aren't enough quality handicap horses to support a race with entry fees of this magnitude. The back of the pack would be just as well to enter some of the racing mules from the California fair circuit.
  • Robert S. via Disqus · Its not different than the bottom third of the Dubai World Cup. It is hard to fill any race at this level with 12 or more horses especially with two very dominate horses running in it. · 8 hours ago
Buchiko would be retired from racing to become a broodmare.
I'm picking CC to barely hold on over Arrogate in about 1.47.50 flat(this is Gulfstream not Belmont or California). Sharman Ghost and KI will round out the superfecta maybe Eragon but he's to much of an unknown to pick him over these two established G1 winners. Everyone else is just running for the profit sharing.
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  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · I think arrogate is the real deal and wins again Cc and Keen ice. Just like the Clasic · 14 hours ago
  • Ruffianlover · Gulf Stream is blazing fast and a cement speedway · 9 hours ago
Sherman had a med violation in 2014. How many did Baffert have since 2014?
  • Liam via Disqus · Baffert just had another one the other day and got finedName: ROBERT A. BAFFERT Ruling Date: 1/15/2017 Jurisdiction: California Horse Racing Board Facility: Santa Anita Park Ruling Number: 2017-SA-30 Ruling Type: Medication/Drug Violation - Animal Breed: Thoroughbred Division: Horse Fine Amount: $ 250 Ruling Text: Trainer ROBERT BAFFERT, who started the horse AMERICAN GAL which finished first in the third race at Santa Anita Race Track on October 23, 2016 is fined TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS ($250.00)* pursuant to California Horse Racing Board rule #1887 (Trainer to Insure Condition of Horse) for violation of California Horse Racing Board rule #1843(a)(d) (Medication, Drugs and Other Substances) and rule #1844(c)(1) (Authorized Medication – Phenylbutazone – in excess of permitted level – 2.69 ug/ml – Class 4). · 10 hours ago
http://www.all-creatures.org/articles/ar-horse-racing-America-2.html To start, in 2013 Bob Baffert was number three on the list of top trainers by earnings with the most medication violations – a total of 20 violations resulting in 545 starts per medication violation. [5] This list itself changes from year-to-year however Baffert always manages to make it into one of the top positions. For example in 2010 Baffert (465 starts per violation) maintained that bronze medal position just edging out John Sadler (478 starts per violation) who had to settle for fourth that year. [6] Both consistent repeat offenders near the top of the list. The most recent scandal associated with Baffert is the rash of mysterious “sudden deaths” due to cardiovascular/pulmonary failures of seven race horses over the course of several months (November 4, 2011 through March 14, 2013). [7] What is particularly disturbing about these deaths is that by all accounts sudden death failures are a relatively rare occurrence, together with the fact that of the total number of “sudden deaths” over the same time period roughly 20% were stabled with Baffert. As expected, Baffert was cleared in the sudden deaths of the seven horses by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB). An extensive investigation concluded there was no evidence of wrongdoing yet the CHRB could find no specific reason for the abnormal number of deaths in one stable – inconclusive at best – Dr. Rick Arthur to the rescue of course. The question remains as to whether the results were inconclusive or intentionally covered up? One will never know, however it is well recognized that the CHRB and the members of the TOC (Thoroughbred Owners of California) are chronically corrupt – no one it seems has the power to enforce rules and disband the manipulators even after all these years of lies and deceit. There are several theories of what may have gone wrong in the sudden deaths of Baffert’s horses. One is linked to the finding of a rodenticide in one of the horses, an anti-coagulant that thins the blood. But why would anyone administer an anticoagulant to a horse, particularly since it is a highly toxic compound in EPA Toxicity Class I? EPO has been widely used as a performance-enhancing drug despite being an illicit drug in horse racing. EPO increases the number of red cells circulating in the blood which increases its viscosity but also increasing its oxygen carrying capacity and hence endurance. From a doping perspective the administration of an anticoagulant such as Diphacinone will counterbalance the effect of thicken blood. Conjecture, well yes but . . . . Then there is the administration of Thyro-L (levothyroxine) to “all” of his horses regardless of their thyroid function wherein Baffert was using it as a supplement rather than medication. Thyro-L is a thyroid hormone (T4) used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the body fails to produce a sufficient amount of thyroxine which revs up the metabolism. In doing so Baffert was clearly doping. The fact that a drug is administered when there is no apparent underlying condition present is simply seeking to achieve a surrogate benefit; in this case enhanced performance (speed) due to weight loss. Of course Baffert (and Asmussen) gave it to all of his horses. He was legally cheating to win. Don’t forget Baffert’s past either and the disappointing decision made by the CHRB. Initially the CHRB suspended Baffert for 60 days after the horse Nautical Look tested positive for morphine after finishing first in the 7th race at Hollywood Park on May 3, 2000. Baffert however appealed the decision using the pretext that the morphine positive was pharmacologically insignificant and likely resulted from environmental contamination – from poppy seed bagels consumed by stable employees (poppy seeds contain opium alkaloids one
  • BeastBob via Disqus · In 2008, Art Sherman had 197 starts with 16 wins and he was suspended and fined for milkshaking 2 of his horses. · 12 hours ago
  • Blue Larkspur via Disqus · No! Manipulating the outcome of races? How crazy is that notion? (snicker) · 11 hours ago
I see that Eragon is getting no love from anybody. I think he is a much stronger contender than the folks on this board seem to think.
It couldn't have been anything but beautiful. I am surprised by the coat color but look at that fantasstic face!
aside from arrogate whats the best horse that chrome has faced ?
  • RealDynastyPicks · Shared Belief and Tonalist...You could probably throw Bayern into that conversation too as he is the only one to beat Chrome Twice so far. · 18 hours ago
  • Anne Shaw · Frosted, Beholder, Dortmund, Shared Belief. Sorry, I don't put Bayern in that category at all. Should have been DQ and although its not his fault that the judges failed in their job,I continue to diminish his BC win. · 14 hours ago
Foaled a beautiful colt by Tapit last night https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ea7c52859d7b721fe5ba8df57e9e7703482e858b057e3060fd765fe2adf03097.png
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uX1hiPqsxEc

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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