• Arrogate draws post position #9 for Saturday's Dubai World Cup.Posted 2 days ago
  • Vale Dori (6-5) wins a virtual match race over Finest City in the G1 Santa Margarita.Posted 5 days ago
  • Malagacy (3-1) remains unbeaten with an impressive Rebel win.Posted 5 days ago
  • Enola Gray (2-5) much the best down the hill in the Irish O'Brien.Posted 5 days ago
  • Jenda's Agenda (2-5) stays unbeaten with a facile win in the Caeser's Wish.Posted 5 days ago
  • Mor Spirit (1-2) too good in the Essex at Oaklawn Park.Posted 5 days ago
  • Distinta (11-1) gets up on the shadow of the wire in the Inside Information.Posted 5 days ago
  • Twisted Tom (4-1) gets up in the final jump to win the Private Terms.Posted 5 days ago
  • Streamline (12-1) upsets the Azeri; rough trip for favorite Terra Promessa.Posted 5 days ago
  • Clothes Fall Off (6-5) undresses the competition in the Correction.Posted 5 days ago
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Baffert will get a horse to the Derby, it just won't be one with a great shot at winning. What he does have in his favor is potentially a murderers row at the older division: Arrogate, Hoppertunity, Mor Spirit, American Freedom, Collected. Would make sense for Arrogate to get a break........return in the Pacific Classic. Then Breeders Cup. Have to think Hoppy is going East after winning there last year. Don't think he good enough, but he will most likely show in the Woodward, Whitney, JCGC. Have the Gold Cup, San Diego, and Awesome Again to win. American Freedom being most likely of the 3 to get 10F in Gold Cup. And can send a Cupid and Collected to go after some of the minor stakes. He also has Vale Dori.......who with I'm a chatterbox (been awful), Forever Unbridled (hurt), and Songbird (trending south) struggling........is now a legit no. 2 to Stellar Wind. Has Drefong in the sprint division if he can get healthy. Down the road he may have a horse or two that are competing (and winning) the Haskell, Travers, Penn Derby races. Mastery might be able to return for the Travers. More likely Penn Derby if anything. Abel Tasman provides some help in the 3 year old Filly division. He has a few others. If Unique Bella took a step back.........the division is wide open. Point here is that at this point in time it looks like Pletchers derby to lose. If things break right I could see as many as 7 of his runners in the gate. Tapwrit, Malagacy are in. One Liner, Battalion Runner, Master Plan, Third Day, Always Dreaming, Bronson, Action Everyday, Patch, Hedge Fund, Sonic Mule, Fact Finding all will be getting a shot in a major prep (or this weekend). But it will be Bafferts year. I think he has to navigate Vale Dori to the Distaff with no losses or only one loss. Anything can happen at Del Mar. If Arrogate wins in Dubai, he is already Horse of the Year unless we get a triple crown or something equally dominant. Of course he would need to add something---want to bet against him? And if he can get ANY improvement from Abel Tasman........look out. Starts with Arrogate winning in Dubai.
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  • Mary Y. via Disqus · Vale Dori is romping and digging, for now. Easily taken out by under 1:12 pace. Hoppy is reliable and sans baby fat, has gotten better, plus he doesn't seem to mind the med-free situation in Dubai. He also hasn't been fast enough,early, to be ruined as a workmate. Yes, Hoppy is "good enough" to win in NY. Songbird trending South? Hadn't heard that. Still better than most horses trending up. Thanks for reminding us about Connected and Cupid, sharpening. · 2 days ago
  • Martin schiff · Arrogates gonna become a horse that's argued as to where in the tops of all time is he. · 1 hour ago
Been craving to see this horse more and more. Just the simple fact that they decided to send him to a more prestigious race like the UAE derby instead of the Florida derby. If you remember a couple years ago khazan was owned by the same connections but he was going stay in Florida. Maybe the see upside
Weather update for Saturday in Dubai, the thunderstorms are now expected around 1 pm versus between 3 and 4 pm. This is good news, gives the track even more time to dry for the DWC.
MOVE UP will win the dubaiworldcup.
Has been retired to join Karaktar and Free Port Lux to stand at Haras de Cercy. Fee tba at a later date.
Photos of Zarkava's new Siyouni filly - she's adorable! Zarkava's going to Sea The Stars for 2018. https://twitter.com/AgaKhanStuds/status/845181266727124992
Assuming that Baffert doesn't sit on Arrogate for 7 months after the DWC until the Breeders Cup, 'working backwards' from there the Pacific Classic also at Del Mar will be the likeliest prep. But assuming further that Arrogate may once again be kicking down his stall in the 4 1/2 months from the DWC to the PC, I believe the Gold Cup on May 27th could be the race to take that edge off or maybe the Stephen Foster on June 17th. Although I believe Baffert will stay home with him, I'll still hold out a sliver of hope that if he ships it will be to NY for the Met on June 10th instead. Whatever the case, it's hard to believe the end is only 2, maybe 3 races away.
  • Barrmorr · i mentioned earlier that I think the Met Mile would be perfect for two reasons. The timing fits what Baffert likes between his races and the wide sweeping turns at Belmont would be ideal for his lengthy stride. Some have mentioned the Met for Gun Runner also and 1 mile that may his best opportunity beat Arrogate. I agree that it seems hard to imagine Arrogate being inactive for 7 months. · 14 hours ago
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · I don't think the Gold Cup will be in his plans. Just seems too soon from Dubai. Had they kept it where it was before I thought that would be his most likely return spot. They have the quarantine coming back from Dubai and then its almost assured he'll get some down time. I don't think we see him race in June either, neither the Met Mile nor the Stephen Foster are very appealing (Distance and 1 turn of Met Mile), Stephen Foster (not the prestigious race it was years back). I believe they will consider both the Whitney & Pacific Classic with the PC having an edge for being at home and being at Delmar where the BC is later. I could see them prepping in the San Diego if Baffert was unable to keep him in the barn which could likely happen after the break he'll have post dubai. I don't see Arrogate racing more then 2-3 times before the BC Classic.. Honest opinion. · 3 hours ago
Sylvain Vidal, racing manager for Gerard Augustin Normand, had this to say in a recent article: "Everything is fine with Almanzor, but the last time I spoke to Jean-Claude, he said he wants to take his time. La Cressonnière is fine and back on track. She's been working well, but Jean-Claude also wants to take his time with her. It is still too early to say when either will be running. They are two very good horses and there is no rush. There are plenty of races for both of them later in the year." Meanwhile, an interview with Almanzor's jockey when he won the Prix du Jockey Club and Prix Guillaume d'Ornano, Jean-Bernard Eyquem, shows he is cautiously optimistic about Almanzor. He suggests Almanzor may be running in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe this year and he would be pleased to see Almanzor win it with or without him (Almanzor's other jockey is Christophe Soumillon). Sylvain Vidal article @ATR: http://www.attheraces.com/news/2017/March/23/jean-claude-rouget-stars-almanzor-and-la-cressonniere-set-for-big-2017 Jean-Bernard Eyquem article @ L'Equipe (in French): http://www.lequipe.fr/Hippisme/Actualites/jean-bernard-eyquem-laquo-j-ai-eu-l-impression-d-etre-moiseraquo/787689
A series of recent articles featuring La Cressonnière and Almanzor suggests that both will be most likely to start in the latter half of the year. In a recent interview Sylvain Vidal, racing manager for Gerard Augustin-Normand, said: "Everything is fine with Almanzor, but the last time I spoke to Jean-Claude, he said he wants to take his time. La Cressonnière is fine and back on track. She's been working well, but Jean-Claude also wants to take his time with her. It is still too early to say when either will be running. They are two very good horses and there is no rush. There are plenty of races for both of them later in the year." Seperate articles interviewing Eyquem and Demuro respectively offers their insights and hopes for 2017. Cristian Demuro is La Cressonnière's jockey and he said he hopes to find her the same as last year and that while the plan for this year has not yet been mapped out, he thinks La Cressonnière could ideally participate in the Prix Vermeille before taking a stab at the Arc. Of course, he cautions that it is not up to him where La Cressonnière will go for 2017. Aside from that, he seems to have high hopes for Brametot and La Cochère and both of which he's looking forward to. Brametot has possible entries in both the Poule D'Essai Des Poulains and the Prix Du Jockey Club this year while the lightly raced La Cochère has possible entries in the Poule D'Essai Des Pouliches, Prix Saint-Alary and Prix de Diane and is perhaps on course to follow the same path as La Cressonnière before her. Sylvain Vidal article @ ATR: http://www.attheraces.com/news/2017/March/23/jean-claude-rouget-stars-almanzor-and-la-cressonniere-set-for-big-2017 Cristian Demuro article @ L'Equipe (in French): http://www.lequipe.fr/Hippisme/Actualites/cristian-demuro-son-annee-2016-ses-espoirs-en-2017/787330
Baffert: Dubai World Cup favourite Arrogate is the dirt version of Frankel https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/22/dubai-world-cup-favourite-arrogate-dirt-version-of-frankel-bob-baffert DWC Preview https://www.racing.com/news/2017-03-23/dubai-world-cup-preview
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  • ruffianlover · Arrogate is nothing like frankel. Arrogate thrives with distance- he gets stronger the farther he runs. Arrogate also doesn't need a rabbit to set the pace and give him the perfect setup to win. Arrogate is more like winx not frankel- both are not undefeated but once they put everything together, they've been unstoppable. Both have won at multiple distances, against top competition, on different tracks- without perfect conditions or set ups. That's what the great horses do. Being undefeated doesn't make you a great horse. It takes a lot more · 13 hours ago
  • Mark hoad via Disqus · When someone like baffert talks about the legend frankel. Just means that little bit more · 6 hours ago
Anyone playing the other undercard races, are they worth playing?
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  • ChessChamp · Yes. Alot of races with some good odds out there. UAE Derby, Golden Shaheen, all of the Turf races. · 1 day ago
  • sczen50 · Oh Yes!!!! Postponed going against Highland Reel in that Sheema Turf. The Dubai Turf will be very good,too--as will the Sprint. Also a 2-miler you might want to try. · 7 hours ago
There is an article on France Galop that highlights her win in the Prix du Début Kendargent, a maiden for 2yos sponsored by Guy Pariente's Haras de Colleville to advertise French sire Kendargent. Evabienchope is also owned by the sponsors - a nice first win! This race was the first of four planned sponsorships by Haras de Colleville to advertise their stallion Kendargent. The following races will also be part of the sponsorship agreement: the G3 Prix de la Grotte Étalon Kendargent on Sunday April 16th, the Listed Prix de la Vallée d'Auge Étalon Kendargent on Tuesday August 15th, and the G3 Prix des Réservoirs Étalon Kendargent on Wednesday October 18th.
  • dna0571 · I think post time is 12:45pm EST · 21 hours ago
  • sczen50 · Yes 12:45 Eastern- and the Turf Classic(Sheema) is 12:05 Eastern. I go by Central myself. · 7 hours ago
Maybe it was the movie Hidalgo, or 9-11 that concerns me with the security of our horses there. These sand monkeys are beyond evil, and I hope all supplies are scrutinized to the max. Yep, I'm a racist, but with good reason. I've supported Arrogate, before his fame and touted him the best in the world, but racing luck, or bad luck, is always present. A bad start, stumble, boxed in, constipation, and all the other things that can go wrong during a race, makes Arrogate a bad betting choice at 1-5, except for the promo bets at 5-1. I remember writing about the last time he was going to pay even money. GunRunner at 8-1 or more, is a sound choice to win, and he is peaking in his development, as his last race testifies too. He just missed a track record and may improve, with a little GOOD luck.
  • slewcrew7778 · There is no "good reason" to be a racist. But then that makes as much sense as you supporting a horse that belongs to those 'evil sand monkeys'. You have more serious concerns than who wins a horse race, lady. GOOD luck to you. · 9 hours ago
  • sczen50 · Oh I'll take The Runner at 8-1 for sure~ ;) · 7 hours ago
I tell you folks will say whatever they want...maybe this maybe that...what about this what about that...It all doesn't matter because this is a reckoning for Arrogate for what they did... not giving him horse of the year !! He already destroyed the so call selected horse of the year and now he comes to collect !! They will NOT see his dust so don't blink !!! I should have this $2 Superfecta locked up...see some of you at the cashier's window !!
  • sczen50 · The last race he destroyed him yes-After Chrome got HOY...Not quite in that BCC beforehand... A Reckoning, hey? Okay..so you're absolutely POSITIVE that he'll destroy them, huh? You'd put $100 or more on him,without a second thought? Hey;TVG is offering 5-1 on him...you should check that out. lol Not see his dust, huh.. Okay~ You have the 'Super',too? Oh; I agree Arro may win this race. Which 4 do you have for your Super? Arro..'The Runner'-then who(m)? Oh I'll be seeing you at the cashier's window alright. ;) So--who do you like in that Turf race-the Sheema Classic? Postponed? Highland Reel?> btw--Who's your fav in the Derby? Hey...Question...You think Arrogate will smash Dubai Millenium's record for this race? Or get to Invasor's time? · 7 hours ago
Fox Hill Farm announces that Songbird has returned to the track today and is now at 100%. She finished last year's racing season with some bone bruising. There was a spot that was stubborn to heal, and then she apparently kicked her stall wall which set her return further back. Her return race is still a few months away, and is undetermined at this time.
  • RealDynastyPicks · I have a feeling she will have a similar schedule that Stellar Wind had last year. Only 4-5 races. · 1 day ago
  • Sun · They are just plum scared to run this horse for some reason. Still a few months away? Common, just put her in the breeding barn and call it a day and drop her down in the rankings HRN. Second without running a race this year makes no sence. · 10 hours ago
Hollendorfer a coward and a bad guy? I have followed the guy since his early days at GGF and Bay Meadows. THOSE words would NEVER be associated with a truly great horseman like this one. He is a realist when it comes to his training.
Before the YEAR off, it was osselets that acted up badly at Tanforan that put him on the shelf. He never was quite the same when Wright brought him back to attempt to be the fist turf millionaire.
Ihave read that it might be raining on Saturday. I thought that this was a polytrack type surface. If anything,that would be the only so called Elephant in the room. Personally i think this guy can run on rocks or broken glass,but he is not asked to. The synthetic surface for him or anyone else is always a question mark,until they answer it.
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  • Patricia King via Disqus · There is a thunderstorm predicted for @ 3 pm, and then cloudy with winds from the NE at 10 to 11 mph. First race is 3:45, and from 4 pm on the chance of rain remains @ 20%. The first two races on the card are dirt so they might see the biggest impact. At least races 7 and 8 are on turf so the dirt track can be reconditioned as best as possible for the DWC. · 20 hours ago
  • Captain Obvious via Disqus · C'monTom. Your racing knowledge is lacking. Didn't you notice your horse Chrome was running on dirt the past few years in the DWC unless you're still watching races on a black and white Zenith. Lol · 12 hours ago
Returns friday in an Allowance Event at Aqueduct friday. Thought he was one of the most impressive winners on the NYRA circuit last summer. Ran into Syndergaard at the Spa and was no match. I think Chad can turn him into a solid stake horse..
  • amino998 · Hope owner, breeder and longtime Frankel friend Louis Lazzinnaro takes full advantage of the Fleek's NY Bred status and Dominates the Statebred Stakes for years and years · 12 hours ago

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