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This horse is going to be in the Derby, the 7f was training, from the outside took charge ran very fast openings and was hand ridden out, pulling away. Speed in pedigree but also has year older half sister winning stakes at 1m 1/16
I'm a big fan of Arrogate, and if the race were being run at the classic distance of 10f my money would be on him to win the Pegasus too. But, since they've opted to run this race at 9f instead of 10f, I'm afraid that favors Chrome more than it favors Arrogate, because he clearly has more speed on the front end. If you look back at the replay of this year's BC Classic, it was a monster effort by Arrogate to defeat Chrome that day at Santa Anita. But Arrogate also needed every inch of that 10f distance to do it. Hypothetically speaking, if the BC Classic were ran at 9f instead of 10f, Chrome romps home the clear winner that day. I'm afraid the shorter trip is in Chrome's favor in my very humble opinion.
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  • slewcrew7778 · This seems like a common misconception that many people have. I agree with a recent Brisnet article which stated - "No two races are necessarily run alike and the way the Pegasus World Cup unfolds could in part be determined by the post draw for both protagonists as well as the other 10 horses in the field. However, much of California Chrome’s appeal from the betting public’s perspective will obviously be based on what they witnessed through the first nine furlongs of the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The first 1 1/8 miles of the Classic saw California Chrome at the height of his powers, running freely and comparably to his displays in the Pacific Classic (G1) and Awesome Again (G1), both of which turned out to be emphatic victories. With a furlong to go in the 10-furlong test, California Chrome was still ahead of Arrogate by 1 1/2 lengths and appeared unlikely to be run down...there’s still enough reasons to believe Arrogate is the better horse and will prove so again on the opposite side of the country, even at the shorter distance." Neither Baffert of Smith is concerned about Arrogate's speed, and for good reason. He's shown plenty of early speed before. And he can catch Chrome at Chrome's top speed at any point in the race even if he gets off a step or two slower. · 19 hours ago
  • Christy Dolan via Disqus · For a betting perspective this is a race one would be better off not punting. Due to the draw, Arrogate had to travel more yards than CC and had a nice weight allowance for a 3 year old. Arrogate seems to be more of a galloper with stamina but a nice cruising pace. Not sure he has a turn of foot like CC. Think one might have to question the quality of the other three year olds this year ,even the Kentucky Derby winner who was a champion at 2. Chrome gassed out and maybe idled well before the line at the BC. Smith was canny,he never really asked Arrogate any hard question until he was right up with CC and change the whip to his right. By then CC 's jockey was already hard at work. What CC has in his advatage tactics wise is things will be done a little differently next time . Have to say 9 furlongs (or nine and a half) is pure idotic stuff for any global group 1 race that wants to be taken seriously.why 9? The track? If so ,go to San Antia with it · 14 hours ago
This horse is going to be in the Derby, the 7f was training, from the outside took charge ran very fast openings and was hand ridden out, pulling away. Speed in pedigree but also has year older half sister winning stakes at 1m 1/16
I do not understand why the 3 year old went to Arrogate instead of Nyquist. Nyquist had a better record.
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  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · now that is funny! i'm always amazed at comments like this · 3 hours ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · It is hard to figure out Eclipse voters. There is no doubt that Arrogate demonstrated himself as the best 3 year old of the class of 2016. Since there are no explicit criteria for the award, sometimes the voting goes for the best horse, and sometimes it goes for the horse with the best campaign. I thought Caleb's Posse made a good case for the award in 2011, but it went to Animal Kingdom based upon his Debry win, Spiral Stakes win, and runner-up performance in the Preakness Stakes. · 1 hour ago
why do they have gun runner on this list, I thought connections opted not to have him in the race
  • DarthKoalaBear via Disqus · They also still have Ralis on this list, and he's out, too. · 1 hour ago
Been saying it since day 1 that Arrogate and Chrome won't finish 1-2 in this race. Arrogate, Keen Ice, Chrome, Shaman Ghost
Congrats to Arrogate and the Arroheads on the their champion three year old Eclipse win!
Congrats to Chrome and his connections and fans for the win. 4 Eclispe Awards is some nice icing on the cake for the champion.
Looks like Chrome has his sights set on another Dubai and Breeders Cup Classic. After winning the Pegasus of course. :) http://www.horseracingnation.com/news/California_Chrome_may_not_be_done_racing_after_Pegasus_World_Cup_123
  • Ruffianlover · Fingers crossed · 1 day ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · I think Taylor may have been caught up in the moment because he had just said the day before that there was zero chance of him racing beyond the Pegasus and even Alan Shermna made two comments on consecutive days indicating that its time for him to start breeding. · 1 hour ago
oh heck lets have a 25 million dollar race winner take All and for get the stats and records and breeding fee's ---- i still take Arrogate Ha Ha
I post Arrogate's time for the Pegasus may hit 146.76 just a guess anyway
Let's put things into perspective for a moment shall we? At the age Arrogate is now CC had already won 8 stakes/graded stakes races. That is more races than arrogate has run total
  • Blue Larkspur via Disqus · Oh, haven't you heard? Arrogate is now, "Horse of the decade"... · 1 day ago
  • Ross via Disqus · That's smart, bash the horse who beat Chrome haha · 10 hours ago
Chrome-Shaman Ghost extacta is the play. Chrome-Shaman Ghost-Arrogate-Breaking Lucky Superfecta.
  • Brian Hayes via Disqus · I like Shaman Ghost too, but might put a few bets down and try different combos, I also like Eragon and Neolithic, either one can surprise and hit for 4th maybe. · 12 hours ago
omg poor prayer for relief, imagine if he hits on the superfecta, that's a nice pay day.
Let us be very clear here...all this talk about Chrome been great is just media hype! California Chrome is not a great horse, he is very good and running well but not a great horse or legend. When it comes to winning excellent G1 races he fails against the big guns...for example he got beat in G1 races by Tamarando, Tonalist, Bayern, Prince Bishop, and Arrogate ...not to mention Shared Belief in G2. Has far as I am concern the only great G1 horse he beat was the female Beholder. The other horses that he beat was mediocre, such as Mubtaahij and Opportunity. Now when it comes to Arrogate...well it took him some time to develop into the great horse he is and he has clearly demonstrated it when he step up to run against excellent G1 caliber thoroughbreds. He not only beat quality G1 horses...he did it in extraordinary time with exceptional beyer speed figure! So who do you say is great now ...surly you are not looking at the amount of races a horse wins...Good luck in your wagering !!
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  • sczen50 · I never have or ever will compare or look at earnings of a horse! That's just ridiculous..it's all relative!~ Beyers? I don't go by them either..never have proved anything. There's other better speed factors. They don't ever take into account how wide the horse went or how he won. Or track conditions;or which track itself. Who is Great now? Not Arrogate & not Chrome but he's closer. By the way you have your facts wrong..yes Chromie lost to SB but also beat him out,too. Lost to some of the horses you named at 2..bad 2 yr old year-quite a few have had that. And he lost to Bayern while still injured-after that injury-yes he was better but still. He didn't beat anybody good? Arro did,huh? LOL!!! You haven't kept up w/ his record huh...many consider Songbird pretty good and Beholder very very good! He smoked Beholder & some others. Anyway... no-neither are great! That's who's great now...but Both are very good! That's already been proven. · 1 day ago
  • Christy Dolan via Disqus · Not to mention the English horse Toast of New York fairing better than him in the Classic .Yikes ! His loss in Dubai 2015 against nothing horses damaged his reputation a bit. Prince Bishop? An ex turf horse ,oh lord. Last year ,for the first time in years the Dubai WC had credible American horses in it. Cc did revive his reputation in tje manner that he won,and being out for so long was impressive. Takes a brave man to state what you said. I agree the hype has been nauseating at times,especially claims from people who were not even born about comparisons to other horses. But his story has been good to follow · 13 hours ago
2017! Mastery is my Kentucky Derby pick. Baffert has a way; lightly raced, well placed usually a little late to bloom. Just has the touch especially with colts. And can we agree that the California colts have been outstanding past few years?
  • plosives · TO be honest, I think this is the first year in a while, that the mid/east coat colts are better than the Cali colts.I am not that impressed with any of the Cali crop this year - On the other hand, there are some really intriguing east coasters, and of course Classic empire. · 14 hours ago
BREAKING NEWS: Ralis is out of the Pegasus World Cup. Doug O'Neill announces that he wasn't happy with his last work and will run him instead in the Cal Cup Turf Classic next Saturday. Stablemate Semper Fortis will take over the spot.
First reported foal. A filly. Not sure who the mare is.
  • cedar · Has anyone even had a colt yet? lol. Seems like every foal reported has been a filly so far · 17 hours ago
  • Mary Y. via Disqus · Is it Lea? Oh wait; we already did this ;) · 14 hours ago
Is he the first Baffert's trained horse to sire 2 or more American juvenile champions?
As an exercise rider over 60 years ago, Art Sherman came to Gulfstream Park in a train with Swaps. The California Comet set a track and world record for the mile and 70 in the Broward Handicap. Now the 79 year old trainer is back at the same track, with a chance to see the finest horse he has trained, and one of the two best he has worked with, go out in style. Arrogate may win by daylight. Keen Ice may pull off the impossible and do it again. I'd like to see the two favorites blazing down the stretch, nose to nose, with the elder winning by inches. It would be another Beholder moment for the sport, and earn the two time Horse of the Year a colossal win in his last race. Most of all, I would like to see a victory for Art, who's biggest thrill as a jockey was when he beat his idol Eddie Arcaro. Alan Sherman, Raul Rodriguez and Dihigi Gladney have done nice work in keeping this six year old in good form. Hoping to see a safe trip for all, and a big smile from Victor Espinoza at the end.

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