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  • Hence (10-1) rallies to win the Sunland Park Derby going away.Posted 15 hours ago
  • Ghalia (2-1) edges a game Kell Paso in the Sunland Park Oaks.Posted 16 hours 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 1 day ago
  • Fast and Accurate (24-1) bursts through to upset the Grade 3 Spiral.Posted 1 day ago
  • Purely a Dream (12-1) pulls ahead in the stretch to take the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Arrogate, despite a dreadful break, wins the Dubai World Cup easily.Posted 1 day ago
  • Jack Hobbs is much the best in the Sheema Classic.Posted 1 day ago
  • Vivlos flies late to get up for the win in the $6 million Dubai Turf.Posted 1 day ago
  • Mind Your Biscuits rallies widest of all to win the Golden Shaheen going away.Posted 2 days ago

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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...
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · BASED ON HIS PEDIGREE AND THE FACT THAT CURLINS GET BETTER AT THREE I HAVER NO DOUBT THIS COLT WILL WIN HIS FAIR SHARE OF GRADED STAKES · 12 minutes ago
Very interested to see how he does in the SA Derby. Would think he goes off favored? Outworked One Liner a few days ago, and the fact that One Liner goes to the Wood now can't inspire too much about that one's chances? Unless Todd is just keeping all his contenders separate and doesn't want him butting heads with Malagacy.
Gun Runner proved that he is the next best horse behind Arrogate. Any other year he wins the Dubai World Cup, just got unlucky that Arrogate is a once in a lifetime type of horse. He will improve off his second place finish.
BREAKING NEWS: Tepin refused to work this morning at Palm Meadows in Flordia. Mark Casse said Tepin is in heat and didn't want to go. "We're not going to make her do something she doesn't want to do," he said. Giving that she is coming off of colic and now this problem, Casse said he will talk to owner Robert Masterson about Tepin's future and if she will race again.
My favorites 1.) Thunder Snow 2.) Classic Empire 3.) Battalion Runner 4.) Tapwrit 5.) Gunnevera
Does anyone know if the Ragozin Sheets assigned a number for the DWC?
Still unsure on this one, maybe Honorable Duty / Noble Bird / Breaking Lucky / Eagle
WOW!!... Timeform has given Arrogate a 141 rating for his Dubai win. The 5th highest ever!!!...
Sheikh Mohammed has said the purse for the Dubai World Cup will be raised for 2018 to once again be the 'world's richest race.' No figure was mentioned but with the Pegasus at 12M I'm guessing it will be 15M. I wonder if it were to go to 20M would we see Arrogate again if he stays sound and competitive.
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  • Iwasatthe78Belmont · If the Pegasus is even run next year under the present financing model, which I doubt. You are not getting 12 owners again who will put up $1 million each. I have a feeling that it will revert back to being the Donn, with maybe a $2 million purse. · 15 hours ago
  • juan tamban via Disqus · california chrome will be coming out of retirement if the purse is raise. · 2 hours ago
They are bringing Cleo along slow this spring. A 5f work in 1:03 is not customary work for the Baffert barn. Visually, she still looks a bit keen and it makes you wonder if her racing career will be maximized going 1 turn. I had originally thought she would have no issue stretching out but so far I get the impression she's going to be different then her brother in every way. It would be interesting if she got enough seasoning to possibly get to the Acorn on Belmont day.
The Hall Of Fame Is A lonely Place and The Sheets. While the Triple Crown is the Holy Grail of horse racing and one of the most difficult achievements in all of sport, it is not the only stamp of greatness. If it were, there would only be 12 horses in the Hall Of Fame at Saratoga. Some of the notables that would have their plaques removed: Man O' War, Buckpasser, Damascus, Dr. Fager, Exterminator, Native Dancer and Spectacular Bid just to name a few. There is no need to mention any females as none of them has won the Triple Crown and under this reasoning would not qualify for induction. We all realize this is a ridiculous statement but sometimes exaggeration is needed to make a point. Many horses that are considered 'great' never even ran in a Triple Crown race let alone won it. Some are knocking Arrogate because he didn't compete in the Triple Crown and thereby can never be considered a great horse. That is their opinion and they are entitled to it but certainly the facts so far do not support it. Some comments here and on other sites are downgrading Arrogate's performance because he was 'supposed' to win. The Ragozin Sheets which are used by trainers and owners (in other words professionals) to spot their horses use trips as a major component of their numbers. There is even a school of handicapping known as 'Trip Handicapping'. It is hard to visualize a worse trip than what Arrogate overcame in the DWC to win. Was it the worst trip in the history of horse racing probably not, but it was likely bad enough to have kept most horses from winning. The reality in my opinion is that Arrogate has the potential to be one of the great horses of all time if he continues on the trajectory he is currently on. Only after his career is over can his place in equine history be accurately assessed. In the mean time we should alll enjoy the ride.
  • Buckpasser via Disqus · If they were removing plaques based on the TC, they would have started removing them for horses after 1932 when they formalized the race order. Previously there were many running where the Preakness and Kentucky Derby were on the same day. It should be noted that Gallant Fox won the Preakness before the Derby in 1930. Also no geldings would have removed from the Hall of Fame until after 1956 as there was a gelding prohibition until that point for the Belmont Stakes. The Preakness also had a gelding restriction but it was removed earlier. So MOW and Exterminator from your list would not have been removed. · 1 day ago
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · Maybe your finest post.. · 5 hours ago
Anyone have the link of her win?
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?
Good luck to Cloud Computing in the Wood Memorial. I think he will win the Wood which will set him up nicely for the KY Derby.
Good luck to Always Dreaming in the Florida Derby. He looks like a special horse to me.
Here's my top 8 with 6 weeks until KY Derby- #1 Always Dreaming. #2 Gunnevera. #3 Classic Empire. #4 McCracken. #5 Tapwrit. #6 J Boys Echo. #7 Cloud Computing # 8 Thunder Snow. In a wide open Derby year, I believe any of my top 8 could wear the roses 🌹. Looking for a Win or 2nd by Always Dreaming in the Florida Derby. Glad to get him at 42-1 in Kdfw3.
Learn about TIMING a horse race: http://www.drf.com/news/timing-everything-correctly-timing-race-more-complicated-it-looks
Does anyone know how to send a correction to HRN? Hence broke his maiden 1-16-17 at Oaklawn and it isn't listed.
Tired old fallacious argument. Can't appreciate near perfection? make up FICTION to knock him down. NO evidence of steroids in that monster's blood EVER.
For those who are trying to compare Arrogate to Secretariat, there is no comparison. Arrogate races in an era where steroids are banned. Secretariat did not!!

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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