• Miss Ella (5-2) wins the Caress Stakes at Saratoga for the second straight year.Posted 20 hours ago
  • Madam Dancealot (21-1) rolls from last to win the San Clemente going away.Posted 1 day ago
  • Abel Tasman (4-5) edges Elate in the Coaching Club American Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Accelerate (7-1) wins in a romp as Arrogate finishes way back in the San Diego Handicap. Posted 2 days ago
  • Hunt (3-1) waits and then blows by in the Grade 2 Eddie Read.Posted 2 days ago
  • Lady Eli (9-10), giving eight pounds, edges Quidura on the wire of the Grade 1 Diana.Posted 2 days ago
  • Firenze Fire (12-1) holds off Free Drop Billy in the Sanford Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Twisted Tom (7-10) scores a hard-earned win in the New York Derby.Posted 2 days ago
  • Proctor's Ledge (6-1), with first-time Lasix, rolls on the turf in the Lake George.Posted 3 days ago
  • Dream It Is (4-1) romps in the Grade 3 Schuylerville at Saratoga.Posted 3 days ago
Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

HRN Original Blog:
55,000 Furlongs to the Finish


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Has been euthanized due to chronic foot problems. RIP
How do you close the video after you have watched the race here? No option to close it (small screen vid that pops up for the race replay).
Where can i get good info on workouts besides the PPs? I am told Arrogate's workouts had not been great prior to SD HC. THe Ultimate PP says sharp workout and he is ranked first so i need more detailed info.
Does anyone know if the surface at Del Mar is deeper this year than last? Arrogate ran 141.76 last year and Accelerate just ran 142.15. If it is deeper then that was one hell of a time he ran. After watching the replay again, the track looked to be the same consistency all the way across the track to me, although looks can be deceiving. Also, what were the other times for route races on Saturday?
Race is shaping up like the year Wicked Strong/Tonalist headlined the Jim Dandy. I expect Good Samaritan to round out the top 3, but figuring we will see a close finish between the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Winners.
1st- Paulassilverlining 2nd- Clothes Fall Off 3rd- By The Moon
Great lineup....I'm, of course, going with Irish....I'm pretty sure many will agree that the last best overall performance of all the entries was Irish's Belmont....he was focused and showed how much he has matured ....
Mott has entered Good Samaritan in the Jim Dandy. A perfect spot to try his first dirt race IMO. Small field against 2 favorites who are coming off longer layoffs. I can see it.
Trainer Michael Bell spoke to the media this morning about star stayer Big Orange, and his attempt to win a 3rd straight Goodwood Cup, this year upgraded to G1 status. In the clip, Bell was asked whether Big Orange would return to Australia in November to run in the G1 Melbourne Cup again, to which Bell replied that he would not. Bell said that Big Orange was top weight in last year's renewal, but with the win in the G1 Ascot Gold Cup back in June he has for all intent and purpose weighted himself out of this year's renewal.
American Pharoah has landed safely in Australia! After 2 weeks of quarantine he will arrive @CoolmoreAus & returns to USA in late December https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DFkeKoUXoAAcnk0.jpg
He will like the longer distances.
Arrogate for the Woodward? Well, we know he likes the Spa. Loses two weeks of additional rest before the Classic. But it eliminates two 10 furlong races in a row. Interesting idea. Would mean 3rd ship East for him. But if he does not like Del Mar it would be a possibility. Field for Woodward last year pretty strong. This year unknown. Gun Runner I would think is possible depending upon the Whitney results. But he could prep in the Awesome Again too. He has been spacing his races pretty far apart so either could work for him.
Promising girl. Any rumours or ideas about next start?
Can someone explain me how it's made? Some maidens can run in best stakes (Kentucky Derby) and some cannot. Why? Soneteer brake his maiden after the both Derby.
It would be awesome to see Patch - sure hope he makes it . Would also love to see Gormley, Girvin, Battle of Midway.
Hope to see Patch in the starting gate august 26th at Saratoga
This comment might be controversial to many, but I think it's the truth: "Gun Runner" is the best 4 year old in America, 'Arrogate' is not 'top dog' anymore, and I say that for two reasons: 1. Obviously, because of his AWFUL flop in the San Diego, and 2. I think the trip to Dubai has really effected 'Arrogate' in a bad way, there are plenty of horses over the years who have returned from races overseas and they've never been the same again. I don't think 'Arrogate' will ever be the same again, infact, I'm only 50/50 that he even makes it to the BC Classic. For me, the BC Classic is "Gun Runner's" race for the taking. :-)
Coz did so good yesterday! (when compared to how he ran the first two times that is!) The big guy might make a racer yet.
In start 13, was it time to try something else? How about the turf and winning. And so far, the turf turf has been good to Sonneteer, and so maybe the son of Midnight Lute has finally found a home.
The time between August 19 and October 14 is just under two months. I bring up those two dates as Chris Waller as said Winx will run four times in that span in preparation for her attempt at a third plate. I am not making a comparison here between Winx and Arrogate but between the approach to how often horses compete, even at the top level. It seems now to be almost unheard of for a top class horse in the US to run more than four or five times at the most in a calendar year. I watch racing from England, Ireland, France and Australia almost every day and it is not unusual for horses to run back often within two weeks (sometimes within days) if not sooner. If they are in good form their trainers are not afraid to run them back quickly. Arrogate was given four months off since Dubai in which time he just stood in his stall. Unless something physical is found I believe this contributed to his poor performance. A slight break after Dubai was probably necessary but four months of inactivity may have dulled his form. He had been running every two months and obviously this schedule agreed with him. I know that Juddmonte and Baffert said the goal was to have a fresh horse for the Breeders Cup Classic but it appears that Arrogate may have gone stale in the meantime. I'm sure many here remember Conquistador Cielo winning the Met Mile on a Monday and running back and winning the Belmont five days later. Before that race Woody Stephens was called crazy for attempting this but the horse proved him right. I am well aware that the game has changed in many ways and like all sports training methods have changed along with it but unless physical issues are involved long periods of inactivity are likely not good. As an afterthought the sport needs it top performers to run regularly to attract new fans but that is a topic for another post.

Meet Matt Scott 

My horseracing journey began when I was 16 years old and my mom took me to Hollywood Park. Although I did not fully appreciate it at the time, the experience stuck with me forever. 10 years later, during one of my many international business trips to Hong Kong, I visited Sha Tin racetrack to watch the races. This is where my true passion began. 


Holding a masters degree in mechanical engineering, the puzzle of handicapping intrigued me. I have made a career of making decisions based on trends, patterns, and formulas, which is why I think I was initially drawn to the sport. However, I have truly learned to appreciate the horses and how magnificent they are as athletes. 


I currently live in San Jose, CA, and when not following racing, I like to spend time with my wife, mountain bike, and design high-speed bicycles that I build and race For reference, 55,000 furlongs is the distance from Hong Kong to my home in San Jose. Also, I have 1-year-old dachshund (aka wiener dog) that I am training to race in the annual Wiener Nationals held at Golden Gate Fields.   


The purpose of this blog is to help give people the viewpoint of a fan that is newer to the sport and eager to learn. I like to respectfully speak my mind, and often the ideas come out of left field, which could give a fresh perspective on a sport rich with tradition and history. hope to represent the many future fans that I wish to follow my footsteps into the Sport of Kings. 

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