• Elektrum (5-2) gets up in the final jump to win the Grade 3 Dowager at Keeneland.Posted 1 hour ago
  • Roca Rojo (4-1) storms home to romp in Belmont's Athenia.Posted 1 hour ago
  • Lightstream (2-1) rolls late to pass Malibu Stacy for the Raven Run win.Posted 1 day ago
  • Royal Posse (5-2) likes the off going and upsets Governor Malibu in the Empire Classic.Posted 1 day ago
  • Bar of Gold (4-5) wins the Empire Distaff by a country mile.Posted 1 day ago
  • Pat On The Back (20-1) puts them to sleep in a sloppy Sleepy Hollow.Posted 1 day ago
  • 2001 Kentucky Derby winner, Monarchos has passed away at the age of 18.Posted 1 day ago
  • Winx absolutely dominant in winning a second Cox Plate.Posted 1 day ago
  • Quidura (7-2) scores another graded stakes win at Keeneland for Graham Motion.Posted 2 days ago
  • Frosted is pointing to the Breeders' Cup Classic, per his connections.Posted 4 days ago
Breeders Cup 2015

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Half-sister to Goldencents breaks maiden at Santa Anita.
I sometimes wonder if Aidan uses a magic 8-ball when making key decisions
I don't think it's a given that Arrogate will be on the lead as many are concluding, although it's certainly possible. In his race prior to the Travers he stalked from 3rd in a 3-horse field through fractions of 24-48-112; a similar reflection of his last work. If he does run back even close to his Travers and Chrome was to press him on the lead, I don't see Chrome being in front at the wire. I know many assume that a wrapped up horse could run faster 'if he wanted to'. But a lot will depend on how the race unfolds. Consider this. Chrome's average speed in the PC was 37.2 mph with a final 1/4 in 24.44 secs. Most would agree that he ran well within himself for most if not all of the race. In the 2014 BCC however, his average speed was 38.2 mph and he ran an all out final 1/4 in 25.36 secs. Bayern won with a final time of 1:59.88. Chrome ran 41 ft or 4 3/4 lengths more than Bayern did. So theoretically, with a rail trip and generously giving him a 5 length/1 sec consideration, he finishes with about a 1:58.88 final time in the 2014 BCC. Interestingly enough, his 113 Beyer/112 Brisnet PC speed figure equaled what he received in the '14 Classic. His lifetime best. So are those saying that he is better now and can run faster than his theoretical fastest saying that he can break the 1:58 mark? I'd have to see that to believe it. Based on his previous figures it would take a freak performance above Arrogate's Travers to accomplish this as he would have to run fast throughout the entire race. If Arrogate does go early and Chrome tries to stay with him I believe he gets outrun in the last quarter. Arrogate has proven he can run fast, and then faster. For now I'll see the glass as half full and his Travers 'anomaly' more of a possibility than a probability. Again, a lot will depend on how the Classic unfolds.
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  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · It was interesting to see the comments that they were surprised of his speed in the Travers. He seems to be a horse that can show aggressive tactics if needed. Post position will dictate what Smith will do. At this point we have to let the horse speak for us. We know he is training well, we know his best race can win. For those that don't agree, good for them that's their own view. The biggest concern I have is the layoff, how much can you make a horse ready for this kind of challenge with so little racing. It's either going to be the smartest decision ever or poorest. Good thing the trainer has done it before and is known for having horses ready off a freshening. I really hope we get to see a performance from him that will put him in the winner's circle. · 21 hours ago
  • Steve Gibson via Disqus · So now you're comparing different races run on different tracks on different days and what, proposing that's an indicator of who the better horses is?? Who the faster horse is? Which horse can close faster?? LOL Skippy. · 58 minutes ago
Okay, lets get back to the positive comments. This is a California Chrome website, so most of us are CC fans. Wouldn't it be great to see CC and Winx face off on turf in Australia and dirt in the U.S.? Probably no chance, but hopefully they are BOTH running again in 2017 after the Pegasus. It would really be nice to see if CC can be the first to win the Dubai World Cup twice in a row and the Meydan track should be even faster next year. My apologies in missing that Shaman Ghost (one of the best names ever) won the 2015 Queen's Cup which is also a mile and a quarter race (Lexie Lou won in 2014 and then lost to Chrome in the Hollywood Derby). And now Keen Ice may be in the Classic. I'm really looking forward to all the Breeder's Cup races.
How man people here would like to see California Chrome come back and race in 2017
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  • Malcolm · in vid-he broke a bit awkwardly may be no concern sure would love to see him stay in for 2017 · 11 hours ago
  • DDAmasa via Disqus · I think I'd prefer he retire after the Pegasus. · 10 hours ago
now we just need The Pizza Man to enter, and we will have a full field!
I get a kick out of how many of the Frosted haters go on other horse's topics for the sole purpose of bashing Frosted, and sometimes even create new accounts just for that purpose. I guess the hatred is so prevalent that there isn't enough room on the Frosted topic to hold everybodys' invective. Not sure what the horse has ever done to deserve this level of scorn.
  • DDAmasa via Disqus · I haven't seen any Frosted hate. Just people expressing the opinion he's not a 10F horse. Considering he's lost every 10F race he's run, it's a legitimate discussion. · 10 hours ago
  • ChromeSecretariat · I certainly don't hate Frosted and if California Chrome gets beat in the BCC I certainly hope it is by Frosted. But, Frosted just doesn't seem to be a 10F horse at this point. It's like asking Usain Bolt to run the 400 meters against the best in the world. I was hoping Frosted and Dortmund would meet in the BCC mile and be neck at the stretch (Like CC and Shared Belief in the 2015 San Antonio Stakes), and see who comes out on top. I just feel that it a better distance for both horses. Certainly their owners are not afraid of running against the toughest competition. Maybe at they mature as 5-year-olds they will win at the longer distance as Melatonin and Hoopertunity did in winning their first mile and a quarter races this year. I certainly hope so. · 9 hours ago
KEEN ICE FOR THE WIN- Huge plot twist!!!!
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  • Mr. Sandman via Disqus · Is he in the race? · 22 hours ago
  • triplechrome · Looks like he is entered http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/216054/keen-ice-confirmed-for-breeders-cup-classic · 3 hours ago
Another Casse two year old gets it done.
Keen Ice Confirmed for Breeders' Cup Classic http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/216054/keen-ice-confirmed-for-breeders-cup-classic
Not surprising considering he sent Gleneagles last year. As we found out last year, Found will likely find the early pace of the BCC (particularly the first 6f) too much for her to maintain her elite turn of foot in the stretch. The only way Found will be a factor is the BCC is a slow early pace, which allows her to stay in contact with the pack early. String the race out and she's done.
Since a few days before last years juvenile this pic of a young Nyquist has been my home page on my phone. If this is his swan song, I say thanks for the memories🐴♥️ https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/672dc522dbf165b0f417c665560e62b5599100e7542a48889d74a27431ab50d9.jpg
under 2 minutes. this horse could have been a long distance beast
As expected at 1/5 this colt toyed with a maiden race winning easily in 1:09 2/5. Very exciting future for this one
American Pharoah was good very good, but he was no Fager, Buckpasser, Tom Fool, Kelso or Forego
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  • elhubbo · iPhones are good but they are no rotary wall phone with a twenty foot cord. · 1 day ago
  • SnidgetAsphodel via Disqus · Hint: He doesn't need to be them. · 3 hours ago
Poor thing, he's lost 3 in a row, getting steadily further and further behind. Maybe they should try him in a race that's less than 8 furlongs. Would be a good idea to build his self-esteem up again.
Well I'm a bit shocked at this..especially w/ her going in the Classic!? hmm..well remember Sakhee Almost got that race after winning the Arc..one less jump he had it. ] But remember Swain!?? I liked him with his past races on Turf..was always in there--in the BC And in Europe....That one-him entering the Classic- in '98 shocked me..He probably should have & would have won it had he not gone on a 45 degree angle in the stretch!! Awesome Again didn't beat him by much. & He definitely would've had 2nd...ahead of Silver Charm as he barely lost out to him. That was a strange race..by a Very good contingent!!
Alright Nyq, the bandwagon has emptied out, just the way we like it. I know what you're made of and will always have your back. No matter what happens in the classic you'll always be my boy. Whether you go out on your shield or in a blaze of glory, nobody can call you anything but a champion. If this is your swan song, thanks for the memories. You've shown them all before, I know you can do it again. Time to tarnish some chrome, Lets go Champ!
When are they going to announce the PPs for the race?
Very excited for Union Rags' first G1 winner, Union Strike! I was a fan of Rags and was rooting for him in the TC. Hopefully his other fouls will continue to represent :)

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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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