• Classic Empire and Champagne Room are Champion Juveniles.Posted 2 days ago
  • Arrogate and Songbird were America's Best 3yo's in 2016.Posted 2 days ago
  • California Chrome and Beholder are the Champion Older Dirt Horses.Posted 2 days ago
  • Tepin and Flintshire are the Champions of the Turf.Posted 2 days ago
  • Drefong and Finest City are the Eclipse Award winning Sprinters.Posted 2 days ago
  • Guest Suite (5-2) powers home best in the Lecomte Stakes.Posted 3 days ago
  • Hy Riverside (3-1) gets the bob to win the Sunshine Millions Classic.Posted 3 days ago
  • Finest City (2-5) easily scoots away in the Grade 2 Santa Monica.Posted 3 days ago
  • Farrell (4-5) rolls to victory in the Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds.Posted 3 days ago
  • Hawaakom (7-2) rolls home late to win the Louisiana Stakes.Posted 3 days ago
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Good horse, not great.
I find myself focusing less on whether he wins or loses on Saturday than on the fact that his incredible journey ends in four days. One last time, Go Chrome!
At the Longines World's Best Racehorse ceremony in London today Teddy Grinthorpe, Juddmonte's racing manger, said that the main goal for Arrogate this year is a return to the Breeders Cup Classic but no schedule has been set as of yet. He said the Dubai World Cup is under consideration. The other interesting comment he made was that Arrogate may be kept in training for his 5 year old season in 2018. Surprising if it were to happen but good news for racing fans.
Chrome can break like a rabbit he has the "power step" remember the Classic no worse than 3 wide. Baffert always sends if his horse has a sniff of speed which Arrogate has. Arrogate still will not clear so he's right behind the speed needs a gap back to the rest advantage Chrome who may lock him in.
This horse should have an asterisk next to its name just like the creation of other anabolic steroid phonies: Barry Bonds, McGwire and others. Stanazol created goons all.
  • amino998 · Big Brown* _ The only horse to win from the 12 post @ 1 1/8th @ Gulfstream since the 2006 expansion of the track. · 3 hours ago
Anybody miss Steve Coburn? Perry Martin is a piece of work.
Saw today that connections nominated him to the Triple Crown. They must really like his recent development.
It would have been nice to see Chrome get a better post. But if he wins from the 12 hole there will be no doubt who the best horse in the world is. What a way to go out. Thank you for the memories Chrome. You will be greatly missed. You was great for the game. You did yourself proud. Heres to a great and healthy retirement. See ya at taylormade soon. Have a safe trip saturday.
It would have been nice to see Chrome get a better post. But if he can win this race from the 12 hole , no one will be able to argue who the best horse in the world is. Go Chrome. Thank you for the memories. You have been great for the sport. Heres to a long and healthy retirement. Will see you at Taylormade this spring. Have a safe trip this saturday.
According to the final 2016 Longines rating, California Chrome was the only horse in the world to be rated at 130+ for 2 different distances (I and M).
In the Pegasus, if Arrogate breaks faster than Neolithic and Noble Bird, Mike Smith will probably try to move him out to the 3-4 paths to prevent any potential speed duel with those 2 speed horses.
Arrogate just picked up another award for 2016. The Longines World's Best Racehorse trophy.
With yesterdays Post Position Draw,and as the saying goes in Tennis.. Game / Set / Match. Although Chrome will have what his fans want,that being an outside trip against Arrogate. I never understood that part. Either way it should be irrelevant. Arrogate has already overcome the outside draw in the BC Classic. This should be a replay of the Travers.
After an impressive victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and a 134 rating, Arrogate has been crowned the 2016 Longines World’s Best Racehorse.
Arrogate was just named the World's Best Racehorse for 2016.
The talent wintering in Florida is incredible. Those are going to be some tough races. While the NY horses again are as weak as can be. Gotta start to wonder how much longer the Aqueduct prep season is still worth derby pts. very sad.
I think Mastery will come through for Candy Ride come in May. It would be cool if the son of Deep Impact Akihiro make it the Derby. Spice things up!
BREAKING NEWS: The American Graded Stakes commission will announce that the Wood Memorial and the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes will be downgraded from Grade 1's to a Grade 2. The reason given is fields for the Wood and Blue Grass have not been very productive over the last five runnings, according the timeline examined by the American Graded Stakes Committee. Committee members look at several factors, including the number and level of graded stakes wins by a race's participants during their entire careers.
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  • Iwasatthe78Belmont · There are too many Grade 1s; frankly, I think some of the Grade 1s, especially in Kentucky, have been inflated to that level to make the local breeding industry happy. More breeders can claim to have a Grade 1 stakes winner whose service they can sell. But even in New York, I think some Grade 1s should not be (like the Fourstardave), while the Brooklyn and Suburban should be retained as Grade 1s, in part because of their long and prestigious history. · 23 days ago
  • Malcolm · down grade the Woods Memorial shocks me and i am in Arizona · 7 hours ago
For those concerned about California Chrome's PP12 in the Pegasus, just look at the horses between him and Noble Bird. Chrome can just walk up into the perfect stalking position behind Noble Bird and Neolithic (and closed the windows on Arrogate while doing so). I don't think Arrogate can beat Neolithic to the first turn unless Mike Smith empty the tank early and run the half in 45 and change under heavy dueling pressure from the 2 outside speed horses who will likely pin him to the rail.
Drew the 12 hole. Not concerned as Chrome is almost always the fastest horse out of the gate. I am concerned for arrogate being in the one hole and am upset as he might get boxed in as he's a bigger horse and if he breakers a step or two behind he may need to swing out wide or may get shuffled back. I just hope both horses get a clean and fair trip- I want to see a slug fest down the stretch to the wire and no excuses for either horse!

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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