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Then there was Eclipse award winning sprinter Chinook Pass (who held the world's record for 5 furlongs) that Pincay repeatedly described as the "fastest horse he ever rode."
Chrome is on the Taylor Made Stallion Roster for 2017, doesn't look like he will race next year past the Pegasus
1st- Economic Model 2nd- Cadeyrn 3rd- Ami's Flatter
Texas Chrome may not be related to @CalChrome, but he should be an honorary Chromie. Yo can be a Chromie too and let the world know about it! https://www.etsy.com/shop/DreamWrangle?ref=hdr_shop_menu https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/57d624a4ec8394a373e629c4cd65e4cb6e3f7430d276e585e60e8f174bc66514.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/12e2338fd8c23b0be979fe1cbc5853caa458dfb43aa8d81aa21f52da1c1965ec.jpg
It is highly IMPROBABLE if not impossible, to compare "pressed" segmental velocity times to "alone on the lead" times. Many a horse, all by itself, run like tigers only to falter when battling through those first 4 furlongs. Before you can support a horse that is a front runner (like Affirmed for example or Lady's Secret) is to watch and compare the fractions the animal OVERCAME to get that lead. Once they show that (i.e. War Emblem was an example who needed to be alone on the lead or he faltered) adaptability, you can project, but the need to lead animals have a large Achilles Heel.
What do you do on Breeder;s Cup day, parimutuelly that is? Find a corollary track to wager upon, and WATCH the closely competitive and/or UNKNOWN performances that are thrown together in those contests....UNLESS you have an enormous bankroll and can cover the multitude of combinations and permutations that will make up the winning combinations. LUCK has more to do with this day than almost any other day of races in the calendar year due to top to bottom competitiveness. Save yourself a major drop in your bankroll and watch the majority of the races. How does ANYONE know which 2 year olds will show up, which Euro can handle the short stretch there at Anita over that very fast hard surface? (my guess is not many). Looking at races from a parimutuel standpoint, MOST races have over 50% of the entrants as non-contenders (or only able to arrive UNDER in exotics) but here many contests have upward of 70% that you can make a logical case for. DUMB luck plays a hand........I prefer logic over dumb luck.
Since his BCC entry is already paid, any chance Exaggerator coming out of retirement? http://www.paulickreport.com/news/breeders-cup/calling-audible-rain-forecast-sherman-moves-chromes-work/
soon they will forget me - just a little new's
I don't think it's a given that Arrogate will be on the lead as many are concluding, although it's certainly possible. In his race prior to the Travers he stalked from 3rd in a 3-horse field through fractions of 24-48-112; a similar reflection of his last work. If he does run back even close to his Travers and Chrome was to press him on the lead, I don't see Chrome being in front at the wire. I know many assume that a wrapped up horse could run faster 'if he wanted to'. But a lot will depend on how the race unfolds. Consider this. Chrome's average speed in the PC was 37.2 mph with a final 1/4 in 24.44 secs. Most would agree that he ran well within himself for most if not all of the race. In the 2014 BCC however, his average speed was 38.2 mph and he ran an all out final 1/4 in 25.36 secs. Bayern won with a final time of 1:59.88. Chrome ran 41 ft or 4 3/4 lengths more than Bayern did. So theoretically, with a rail trip and generously giving him a 5 length/1 sec consideration, he finishes with about a 1:58.88 final time in the 2014 BCC. Interestingly enough, his 113 Beyer/112 Brisnet PC speed figure equaled what he received in the '14 Classic. His lifetime best. So are those saying that he is better now and can run faster than his theoretical fastest saying that he can break the 1:58 mark? I'd have to see that to believe it. Based on his previous figures it would take a freak performance above Arrogate's Travers to accomplish this as he would have to run fast throughout the entire race. If Arrogate does go early and Chrome tries to stay with him I believe he gets outrun in the last quarter. Arrogate has proven he can run fast, and then faster. For now I'll see the glass as half full and his Travers 'anomaly' more of a possibility than a probability. Again, a lot will depend on how the Classic unfolds.
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  • Kimberly Beth via Disqus · perfect! · 2 days ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · His career best performance was on the lead. He is mature beyond his years and very professional, but why would you take him out of the position which yielded him his career best performance and despite what you have indicated, that performance was light years ahead of his past performances? I think one would be foolish to do so. He was working in company I believe just in case he gets an outside post or breaks poorly. Arrogate is bouncing next out. I doubt he is there at the end which is a shame because with a prep like Monarchos hot after his monster move in the Florida Derby he was primed to win. Each race is different. Each track is different. I think that Arrogate goes to the lead and tires from the pressure. It is one thing to have the Travers set up that Arrogate had with American Freedom and another to be on your own in the race. How much faster can Chrome run? We shall see. I think he can run as fast as he needs to run. Will I be surprised if Arrogate wins by open lengths. No. He could be the superstar his fans are heralding. But with my 25 years of experience it tells me that it is highly unlikely. But then again, I doubted Nyquist in the Derby and thought Beholder would win the Lady Secret and that Arrogate had no chance in the Travers. Would you have said that Frosted could run a 123 BSF in the Met Mile? I would not have. What indicators were there that Frosted could do this? To me the notion that because a horse has not run a faster number he is limited is pretty silly at this point. Look at American Pharoah. He had been running around 105 BSFs and delivered a 120 BSF for the BC Classic. For me if Arrogate had run as a 2 year old, or had a couple more stakes races in him I would have no problem picking him to win. But it is the lack of experience that really make me doubt him. And the likelihood of a bounce next out. · 21 hours ago
Arrogate is very much not a pretender; he is the real deal. As a three year old, he will certain to be up in the firing line when the gates open in the 'Classic'. This horse is even better than American Pharaoh although Baffert would not admit it at this point of Arrogate's career. That's because Bob would want owners to send their mares to the 'Pharaoh', and not wait for Arrogate, should he retire late in his 4 y.o campaign. Good business sense by Baffert. Arrogate will win the classic by 4 lengths.
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  • Mr. Sandman via Disqus · Better than American Pharoah? Can I have what your taking. How can you go on record stating that after one freak performance in the Traver's? There is no guarantee he is going to duplicate that performance. You should really take a wait & see approach before placing a crown on his head. · 22 hours ago
  • timber28 · He defeated the winners of two Jockey Club Gold Cups, the Belmont Stakes, Metropolitan Handicap, Whitney, Travers, Santa Anita Gold Cup, English and Irish 2,000 Guineas, St. James’s Palace Stakes, Suburban Handicap, Wood Memorial, and Pennsylvania Derby. Sounds like a bunch of Grade 3 horses? This years field at this point looks stronger but have some respect. AP was just good at making other horses look inferior just like CC has been doing so far this year. · 20 hours ago
Fastest EVER? Fager was, is and will be considered the KING for many a year. None like him....
BREAKING NEWS: Trainer Richard Mandella has announced that the 2016 Breeders Cup Distaff will be the final race of Beholder's long and storybook career. Beholder will run in the Distaff and be transferred back to Spendthrift Farm where she will begin her career as a broodmare.
I am making a prediction - if Songbird wins the Distaff, her owners will make one of these three choices next year: American Pharoah, Tapit, or Uncle Mo
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Not a chance. · 6 days ago
  • Kimberly Beth via Disqus · Regardless of winning or losing, she is racing next year they have already stated that - and she will race against the boys · 3 hours ago
I'm going to go ahead and add my thoughts. I'm excited to see Arrogate run. I'm not jumping onto any kind of bandwagon, and I'm not saying he's going to win, but his maiden and two allowance wins were run in fairly consistent times, and are either within the times or even better than other three year olds like Nyquist, Gun Runner, and American Freedom. They could even be comparable to California Chrome, but I haven't seen replays so I don't know how much Arrogate was pushed in his maiden and allowance races. Of course, this is only over the 1 1/16 mile distance, and he hasn't faced crazy good competition other than the Travers, but I don't think that should count against him as much as it does. As I said before, his past times are within the other three year olds, and possibly some of the older horses. I do think that with as strong as Arrogate's been working he stands a good chance of placing high in the Classic, especially if he turns in a performance even close to what he did in the Travers. However, I will not go as far as to say he the best in the field. I would still expect Chrome to beat him. I do understand Arrogate is unproven, but I'm not ready to not give him a chance to prove he can be great.
one thing for sure you will never catch him at 11-1 again hehehe



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