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DRF Privman is reporting a 115 BSF for Arrogate in the DWC. (Sorry if Shifman or someone else has already posted it. I don't see it posted after a quick look.) https://twitter.com/drfprivman?lang=en
I understand why they did it. But management should be embarrased by their greed. The 6th race is the beginning of the Rainbow 6. Horses came on the track at about 3 pm for a 3:06 post. To get extra money in the pool,they changed the post to 3:15. Horses are just walking around.
IF YOU or ANYONE here actually WORKED with Trakus, you wouldn't be silly to believe any of it. The chartman and I laugh over the horrible times (REALLY INACCURATE) as well as the beaten lenghts that get FARTHER wrong the further back a horse finishes...and this comes not JUST from out track (worse on the grass than main track) but is COMMON PLACE at Gulfstream. The "idea " of Trakus is a good one problem is it NEVER delivers. You are going to see a wholesale exodus from it in the very near future. They have YET to figure out that VELOCITY at a single point in a race does NOT mean fractional time. Teletimer is from a static beam, their thing is moving, moving at differing rates of speed throughout.
You/Carson Hollow in the Test, Afleet Alex's Preakness, "The one and only BEST race of all time in North America", the 1973 Belmont Stakes, Easy Goer Sunday SIlence in Baltimore, Alydar/Affirmed take your pick and literally HUNDREDS of claimers that showed tenacity, spirit, overcoming adversity, weight carrying, Stamina when all else failed (Olden Times in the San Juan Capistrano), Anyone of several Dr Fager triumphs, or Buckpasser, or any of the great geldings of the 20th century....All had bountiful aspects of all that matters in a great horse race.
When will the field be set and post position drawn
Hence Irap Hedge Fund Bronze Age
From his biggest fans to his biggest critics . There is one thing that can be said about him. That he is arguably one of the top 2 dirt Trainers in todays modern era. But seriously now and although he had a lot to do with it. I think Arrogate and American Pharoah would of been as good with many other top conditioners. My amazement is that how is one man blessed with having arguably the 2 best Thorobreds of our Modern times. Either the bullit sold his soul to the Devil, or someone up there really likes him alot. In Pharoah he had a once in a lifetime horse. Can you believe that 2 years later,he just may of gotten a better one.
Knew Arrogate would be special when he beat the super horse Ziconic
Arrogate completed the remarkable comeback in the 2017 DWC after missing the break by running the final 1600 meters in 1:35.55 seconds or the final 8 furlongs in 1:36.10 seconds.
Absolute Super horse and should have been "Horse of the Year" ! The way he runs reminds me of Secretariat...after losing his maiden race, he moved on to Dominate his competition both on the lead and off the Lead. I think a recent horse such as American Pharoah (AP) performed similar...I am not an AP fan but I respect the horse and his performance so give him great credit. There are two things that I will say stand out in my mind about AP and that is ...he broke his maiden in a G1 race and brought back the elusive Triple Crown in to focus for racing fans !! Nonetheless, I tell you, I have seen some Outstanding top Notch horses run, but the way this Arrogate accelerate when he runs and the Beyer speed figure that backs up his devastating winning performance is most incredible and remarkable !! I will continue to bask in the excitement until the next Super Star arrives !!!
Pletcher has a lot of good horses being pointed towards the Derby
Fitting tribute by Barbara Livingston to the Big Red horse. http://www.drf.com/manowar
  • sczen50 · Yes Very!!!! Thank you! · 1 day ago
  • airedale2008 · Barbara Livingston is an award winning photographer, and exceptional at describing the horse she has adored since childhood. I had never seen as many pictures and videos of Man o' War as those in the funeral piece. Sam Riddle said "We never lifted a jockey to his back that we didn't tell to hold the horse down, so as not to win by too wide a margin." The horse set five American records, seven track records and equalled another track record, while being held back in his races. The chart footnotes read “restrained at end,” “restrained in stretch,” “won under pull,” “eased final 1/8,” “under a pull,” “never extended,” “easing late,” “taken up final 1/16th,” “won easing up,” “speed in reserve”. . . It's easy for some to compare Man o' War with their favorite, with maybe 50 or more years between them. Their favorite might not have run under heavy restraint in nearly every race. Or carried 130 six times at two. Or carried 138 at three, spotting as much as 32 pounds to his rivals in some contests. Slower tracks, heavier shoes and different nutrition were all factors in 1920. Interesting that trainer Louis Feustel galloped Man o' War's grandsire Hastings. · 1 hour ago
Arrogate was very impressive in Dubai. I hope Winx can do the same on April 8 in the Queen Elizabeth.
OMG some of you people are Crazy
I hope he takes home a check for the home team:)
Bronze Age is entered in the Sunland Derby. Garcia up. We'll see if he can back up his impressive maiden win in this event. Evenly matched on paper so this race is there for the taking.
  • chasingfiringline via Disqus · I'm betting Bronze Age takes it.....on paper he looks to be the best.......I like Garcia & how he rides..........Shareholder Value has raced against good company, much short of getting to the line first, but Javier got off of Hedge Fund to go aboard Shareholder Value, that is telling so he should be right there to take home a check here...I really like the other Mo colt to get up for a piece too...................but............You've got the sly fox Gary Stevens in there for Callumet farms on their colt Dilletante.......for DWayne....Should be a good race. So 3 w, 1 place, 12 Show, 6 rounding out the super. IMHO :) · 2 hours ago
3 Bronze Age 1 Shareholder Value 12 Conquest Mo Money 6 Dilletante
Arrogate: 26.61, 23.06, 23.90, 24.76, 23.839. Gun Runner: 24.93, 23.41, 24.59, 24.93, 24.727. (Trakus info at: http://www.dubairacingclub.com/race/racing-info/trakus-chart )
Shows a little greenness and ends up finishing 3rd on his racecourse debut. Then breaks his maiden on his second career start, followed by a pair of Allowance Optional Claiming wins, then he rolls up consecutive wins in the G1 Travers Stakes, G1 Breeders Cup Classic, G1 Pegasus World Cup, & G1 Dubai World Cup. I mean seriously, what kind of horse rolls up 4 straight G1 wins like that coming off of a pair of Allowance Optional Claiming wins if not a freak?
I wonder if someone with better historical knowledge than I, maybe Buckpasser, could identify other top horses, or not even top horses, but horses that missed the break, and were pinched and still won top races. I know Secretariat had problems breaking, but still won the race.
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  • Lkb via Disqus · I Want Revenge in the Wood Memorial. · 5 hours ago
  • Salvo · Arazi in the Breeders Cup Juvenile in 1991. Never set foot on dirt before, never run in a US-style race. Mind you he was unbeaten in Europe and had won (easily) what was then unofficially known as a Quadruple Crown of French Group 1 two-year-old races, from 5 furlongs to one mile, one of only three 2 year olds in history to win all four of those races (and the last to do so, as one of the races doesn't exist any more). Anyway we Euros had been told that the only way Arazi had a chance to win on dirt in the Juvenile was not to miss the break and not to be pushed out wide. He drew the outside stall and then missed the break completely, and a few strides after the start he was already last and drifting further behind. Watching it live on TV in London my partner and I groaned and said, oh well, that's his chances completely gone. What he did then remains the greatest 2-year-old race ever run. Pity that his small size and his knee surgery put paid to the 3-year-old career he promised to have, but his performance in that Juvenile is uncannily similar to what Arrogate did on Saturday. · 3 hours ago
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Unlike many, I did not grow up with horseracing. My first time at the races was the 2008 Kentucky Derby. I bet on Colonel John. That fall, I had the good fortune to go to England, where I visited Ascot and Kempton. When I returned to the U.S., I was hooked. I started reading handicapping books, studying historic sire lines, watching races and going to Portland Meadows regularly. While the purses there were small, I was able to be close to the action and see firsthand the day-to-day operations of an average American racetrack.


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