• Dream Dancing (6-1) nips Beau Recall in the Del Mar Oaks.Posted 38 minutes ago
  • Collected (3-1) holds off Arrogate in the TVG Pacific Classic.Posted 1 hour ago
  • Hunt (3-1) scores his second graded stakes win of the meet, this time in the Del Mar Handicap.Posted 2 hours ago
  • Elate (4-1) rolls home a big winner in the Alabama.Posted 4 hours ago
  • Money'soncharlotte (5-2) holds off Martini Glass in the Lady Jacqueline.Posted 5 hours ago
  • Proctor's Ledge (2-1) kicks home a winner in the Lake Placid.Posted 5 hours ago
  • Winx starts slow, but finishes fast to win the Warwick for her 18th straight!Posted 14 hours ago
  • March X Press (2-1) rallies to win the Bolton Landing.Posted 3 days ago
  • Gold Rush Dancer (3-1) scores big in the 82nd running of the Longacres Mile.Posted 6 days ago
  • Skye Diamonds (9-10) wins again, this time in the Rancho Bernardo.Posted 6 days ago

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Baffert looks like an apprentice trainer in these last two starts. Arrogate is begging for some farm time not track time farm time. 8 min
  • joe rifkin via Disqus · Thanks for the comment..you just won the lucky prize..you came up with the lucky #...#25...equaling the 25th excuse made on this site for Arrogate...Congrats · 5 minutes ago
Well, well ... NOT the " ManOWar of the 21st Century" ...
So. Do we think he races next year if he wins the Classic this year? (Or if he doesn't.)
I think this was an even bigger wake-up call than the San Deigo. The San Deigo proved that Arrogate was not immortal. The Pacific Classic proved that he isn't even be the best horse in his division anymore.
I got 25 dollars that says. Songbird or Stellarwind will take on the boys in the Classic
Won the Del Mar Oaks!
With the way the field is right now, I can't make any picks for this race. When the entries and morning line odds are finalized, that is when I'll make my picks. Too wide open right now.
Only 10 career races - Lost 3 out of those 10 - including his last 2 - And only 4 Grade 1 wins - Yea this is the resume of a GOAT...Someone wake me up when we are no longer in Fantasyland
Arrogate at his best ran 2 of his last 4 races where his last 1/32 was the fastest part of his race. Now, after watching his latest work where he's yelling to his connections in the stands "I want women"!!! He then loses to a horse that comes home his last 3/8 in 31 flat last out. Collected did it at a shorter distance then, but, today kudos to the son of City Zip.
From what I just saw today, Arrogate is turning into a plodder. He looked like he needed more distance to beat Collected. If Baffert can't find that missing 10 lengths soon, I don't think we will see Arrogate in the BC Classic!!!
Arrogate ran into 3 legit horses in his career - Won one of them at the wire - Won 1 of them by catching Gun Runner in the stretch by a few lengths - and lost this race by a half length to Collected - Arrogate has not dominated any of the 3 legit horses he ran against in his 3 meetings - Rest of his races he beat average horses - only time Arrogate dominated a race was the Travers - Arrogate is just a "prisoner of the moment" horse like Pharoah was and Chrome and any other horse who is the new sheriff in town - and now all his overhyped marginal wins have come back to him when he ran into a horse who can actually run...Bottom line
  • kstott524 via Disqus · I guess you missed Arrogate trouncing GR by 15 in the Travers. · 48 minutes ago
I want to see a REAL horse at the Breeder's Cup. How about we raise the purse of the BC Turf Mile to $5 million if Winx shows up?
I think Arrogate ran about 6-8 lengths slower than he has run in his other G1 races when taking the trips and tracks into account. Hopefully he is allowed to continue his career since he at least ran better today than in the SD. Arrogate's possible dislike of the Del Mar track can't fully explain his performance in the SD but I'm wondering how he would have done today had he run somewhere else. Maybe continue training him at Del Mar to get more comfortable with the surface but ship him for the Awesome Again at Santa Anita and see if he returns to his previous form.
Due to the BCC being run at Del Mar this year, do any of you think that Arrogate's owner could withdraw him from the BCC. He's already the world's richest racehorse. I don't think they can stand another loss by Arrogate at Del Mar?
Time you guys went and looked at Collecteds last 3 races - if Collected isnt in this race Arrogate wins by daylight and everyone would say "Arrogate is back yes!!"...Arrogate just ran into a slightly better horse - Arrogate didnt look like he was "Exploding" cause he couldnt catch Collected - So far i read exactly "19" excuses for Arrogate this race lol - never knew a horse can have 19 excuses - Waiting for some new ones - Dont forget Arrogate BARELY caught Chrome at the wire - obviously their next race Chrome didnt have it as many other horses Chrome usually blows away beat him too - enough excuses please...Collected is just better
There was a pattern shaping up from the travers 2016 too the present.. arrogates beyers where going south little by little take a look.
Dammit. I hope my comment doesn't get deleted for profanity but that's the only word I can come up with right now. Mid stretch I really thought he'd get there. Mike's comment of how he never thought Arrogate would win at any point during the race was disheartening. I know Bob said they're going to the Classic, anyone think that might not be the case?
Seems to me he's lost a step...that explosion isn't there. Mike Smith indicated he knew he didn't have it again today...but, credit to Arrogate for the effort. My guess is he either doesn't like the track, his growth since Dubai has slowed him down, or his handlers should've run him before the San Diego to keep him interested.
  • anthonyd73648 · I think he just needs a change in running style. From what I saw in today's race, assuming that Arrogate does not retire, he should run in the lead from now on. · 1 hour ago
Run him in the lead from now on? From what Baffert said it sounds like he'll continue to race.
So Arrogate came in 2nd, is this the end of Arrogate's dominance?

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