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Does anyone know the origin of this horse's name???
1st: Frosted 2nd: Dortmund 3rd: American Freedom 4th: Runhappy
  • anthonyd73648 · Gun Pit is a wild card, · 3 days ago
  • Stay Thirsty via Disqus · As of the current list, 1st Frosted, 2nd Marking 3rd Anchor Down 4th American Freedom. Tamarkuz will likely be 4th because Frosted will target the Classic instead. · 6 minutes ago
I think the JCGC will be more exciting than the AA
Do you think CC will bounce in this race, I highly doubt it, but if he does, who do you think can upset, maybe Dortmund?
I agree with cugel. One race does not make a career. I understand it was record breaking but I don't understand how people are already handing the horse wins in the eclipse awards and breeders cup classic. Does every horse get automatic win status after a big performance? Pharoah demolished the Arkansas derby in a canter yet was all out to Win the derby in his next race. Chrome won the Dubai World Cup wrapped up with his saddle slipping yet Dortmund really gave him a challenge in his next race out and he only edged him out due to his class and heart. Arrogate may very well win the classic easily but history tells us that is very unlikely. Until he has been looked in the eye and tested, encountered a bad trip, had some type of bad racing luck happen to him, and still found a way to win- I won't be automatically handing anything over to him. He is talented but he will have to run the best race of his life and potentially overcome some obstacles to win the classic. Better horses have lost this racenfor the reasons mentioned above.
Kentucky Derby Field - Where Are They Now? Arrogate has become the buzz horse in the division with his record setting performance in the Travers. He has one start left this year and should he win the Classic over California Chrome would that be enough for him to win the Eclipse? In comparison to Tiznow, he does not have a long enough resume. History seems to point to the notion that this year’s Three-year-old Male Champion is likely to come from a horse that has competed in the Derby.
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  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · i have always felt that eclipse and HOY should be based on a full yrs body of work · 21 hours ago
  • BeastBob via Disqus · KD, Preakness winners Nyquist and Exaggerator are plodding into the Breeders Cup. The Belmont winner Creator, who got a couple of cheap wins with the wabbit Gettysburg leading the way, is now out for the rest of the year. · 17 hours ago
I don't think Chrome will bounce but he may lose because the Awesome Again has at least 2 factors that move Dortmund up. Many fake 10f horses moved up (particularly in speed figures and ratings) over the years on the Californian speedways when running at 9 furlongs.
When was the last time a Kentucky Derby winner couldn't win another race before winning the BC Classic in the same year?
Kentucky Derby 2016 - Where Are They Now? "At this point, it is a distinct possibility that Nyquist will join Orb, Super Saver, Mine That Bird, Barbaro, and Monarchos as a Kentucky Derby winner since the year 2000 that never won another race. Nyquist appears to be on his way to stud duty at the end of the year. As a historic note, none of the aforementioned horses ended up receiving the Eclipse Award as top Three-year-old Male."
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  • slewcrew7778 · Barbaro...Seriously???... You see racing fatalities as horses who never won another race? · 10 hours ago
  • Heldogtertjie · Orb was defeated in his first 3 starts and only had two G1 wins to his resume. Super Saver was defeated in his first start and his only Gr1 win was the Derby. Mine That Bird was defeated in his first start and his only Gr1 win was the Derby. Barbaro broke down in the Preakness. Monarchos was defeated in his first two starts and his only Gr1 wins were the Florida Derby and the Kentucky Derby Nyquist, on the other hand, was undefeated up until the Derby and already had 5 Gr1 wins. None of those horses belong in the same discussion. Nyquist lost the Preakness, not because he wasn't good enough and suddenly lost form, but because of a combination of track conditions, pace, and a horrible ride. Sadly, the Haskell was a Preakness number 2. I really think that broke his confidence. I've seen it happen with my show jumpers. One bad fall or refusal and it sticks in their head, makes them think "I can't do this", even though they are more than capable of doing it. I might be wrong, but I really don't believe that a horse who went undefeated in his first 8 starts, from 5f to 10f, and ran the Derby in the fastest time since 2003, suddenly regressed so badly that he is incapable of winning another race. Having said that, no matter what happens from here on out, he will always be only the second horse to win the BCJ and Derby, and only the 8th undefeated Derby winner. · 7 hours ago
Chrome had his final work this morning! He went a little slower than I thought he would but Art was very happy and basically said he's doing fantastic. I'm expecting a fight from Dortmund, but I'm also anticipating Chrome to keep his undefeated streak going into the Classic. Go Chrome!!
  • Mary via Disqus · I am a little worried about his slower work, too, but then, he had a slow work before the San Diego, and he ran the race just fine. *fingers crossed* · 3 days ago
  • mdreynolds1 · If Art's happy, I'm happy PLUS, Chrome seems to LOVE WHAT HE DOES! LOOK AT HIS PC...HE TRULY WAS ENJOYING HIMSELF! HE HAS BECOME SUCH A PRO!!!!! · 1 hour ago
Sorry for my english, but i have a question about BC Challenge. CC runs in the Pacific Classic and he won it, so he's now in BC Classic. But now he will run in Awesome Again and this is another race from BC Challenge (Classic), and what in this case if he win it? Another horse just lose the spot in Classic or when one horse win two races the second one in (for example) Awesome Again has the spot? Thanks for answer.
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · The Breeders Cup Challenge races just ensure that the winner will be included in the field if the field were to have more than 14 starters. I also believe expenses such as shipping + entry fee's etc are covered by winning. Chrome winning a 2nd Challenge race just takes away 1 guarantee + paid entry for another horse. With the field very unlikely to reach 14, I don't think anyone has to worry about missing out. · 1 day ago
  • mdreynolds1 · It's quite common for the same horse to win more than 1 "BREEDERS CUP, WIN AND YOU'RE IN RACES" because they're usually the top races in the country and that is are the races the top horses enter so this is quote common. I'm good with it as I want to see the top horses in the country compete in all the BC races. It's common for our very top thoroughbreds (in their different categories: older horses, fillies, mares, sprinters, juveniles) to win 2 to 3 of these BC Win and You're in. It just means they're having a consistent year which is true for several categories this year except our 3 yr old Colt division. CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!!! · 1 hour ago
There are a few articles being written about how the added weight will do Postponed in. That may have been the case when the 3-yo fillies were still in the race, or even other 3-yo's in general, but who is left to really benefit from the weight advantage? Harzand and Makahiki, I suppose. I just don't see the added weight for Postponed being much of an issue any longer at all. Harzand is the biggest threat to Postponed in my opinion, and he may get some rain on Friday too at Chantilly.
Don't even bother with the Classic unless you want to see Nyquist running in the back sucking wind as he crosses the wire. Put him in the Dirt Mile where he has a chance to win one more before he's whisked off to the breeding shed.
So much for hoof_hearted's 100% guarantee that Almanzor was going to run in the Arc LOL
OK - so we probably have 5 in the race then...well that is better than 2.
  • Mary via Disqus · I hope he holds top form for three more races! · 21 hours ago
  • myles burke via Disqus · If Beholder was serious about running in the Classic why not run in the Awesome Again?...... · 2 hours ago
One other question - any strong European invaders not on this list that may try this race?
I see that Frosted is being listed as possible for the Dirt Mile. Is that the general feeling about what they'll do with him? FWIW, I think he should go to the dirt mile.
Distaff here we go. At the final turn for home Songbird, Beholder, and Stellar Wind eye to eye...who will pull away?!
I rather see Frosted in the classic. Bring everything to the table and take on CC. CC is the horse to beat and you never know what Frosted could do. He's shown to run well at 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 distance.

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