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  • Conquest Farenheit (7-5) rolls down the hill to score in the Baffle Stakes.Posted 16 hours ago
  • One Liner (3-1) powers home a strong winner in the Southwest Stakes.Posted 17 hours ago
  • Gun Runner (1-5) dismantles his competition in the $500,000 Razorback Handicap.Posted 18 hours ago
  • Caledonian pulls the upset in the Jimmy Winkfield at odds of 10-1.Posted 19 hours ago
  • The longest shot Zakaroff (45-1) rallies to upset the El Camino Real Derby (G3) at Golden Gate Fields.Posted 2 days ago
  • Stonestreet's Terra Promessa (1-2) blitzes the field in the Bayakoa (G3) at Oaklawn Park.Posted 2 days ago
  • Imperial Hint (5-2) takes the General George (G3) at Laurel. Posted 2 days ago
  • High Ridge Road (3-1) runs them down to take the Barbara Fritchie (G2) at Laurel.Posted 2 days ago
  • Curlin's Approval (4-5) dominates in the Royal Delta.Posted 2 days ago
  • Multiple graded stakes winner, Alsvid, has been retired from racing.Posted 6 days ago

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I guess these are some of the final photos of Charismatic -- Rest in peace, Champ! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c0baa8f05f9552656087e5322c65b1ddeae08e713748be491ae480c4f067815c.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d20606740cca9c1a574a329ebf3f31f4b047dc514fb6e933016bfa72c9f68046.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/29dc606a1d347bd6661266250314502b735936b9300cf71ff5352d338e323923.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1843b49b05c8527a51d7eff0c61b5ba90a5175242d11f89d1d4db649c94f026e.jpg
One major thing we found out about this Race. This years Derby winner will not be coming out of this Bunch. Unless Baffert ships in a Monster that has yet to of run. This years Derby winner will not be coming from the State of Arkansas
I'm going to start this again before this goes down the wrong path. Congrats to Gun Runner and all of his Fans . Nice win today . Some observations -- Oaklawn Park has been running fast the last few days and SOMETIMES when a Grade 1 horse runs against weaker fields on a fast track it can appear to elevate their performance leading folks to believe it was bigger than what it was . I believe GunRunner is Top 3 all day long for older horses as of this moment. I'm looking forward to seeing him run again against horses more in his class. I will go delet all the other comments. Please in the future when u disagree with a comment don't use the Curlin Angle to discredit what I'm saying . I do knowhorse flesh from all sires.
I am going to be one of the few on here who hopes they do not ship him to Dubai. I want to see him go to the Big Cap and win. He is much improved and is ready for a big 2017
Winx has been posted at 1/10 for the Chipping Norton on Saturday. Looking forward to watching her extend her streak.
Updated my power rankings after Southwest. www.DerbyPowerRankings.com
I don't like this whole system in which horses are voted as the "Best In The World", now listen here, "Arrogate" is the best 'dirt' horse in the World YES, but "Winx" is the best 'grass' horse in the World, and also "Almanzor" will also enter equations this year too!!! It's very unfair to those turf superstars to vote "Arrogate" as the BEST IN THE WORLD just because the 2 richest horse races in the World are run on dirt, and the fact that the US fans LOVE dirt racing so much more than the tuf racing!! In my opinion, it's total BS. NOW, here's my solution to this problem, what we can have is a NEW race, a NEW World Cup race, it can be the World's Richest Horse Race, $20 million, it can be called something like the "Best Of The World, World Cup", or the "Best Of The Best World Cup", and it can be a 10f race, (the venue can be decided at a later date) it will be 5f on turf and 5f on dirt, a combination of both surfaces, so it will be a 100% fair and honest race with no excuses for ANY horse. Then we can have a titanic showdown between the likes of "Arrogate", "Winx" and "Almanzor". Winners takes ALL the glory and will be instantly labelled as the "WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE". That is a fantastic idea, and I'm sure you will all agree with me. :-)
My main horse pick was Silver Dust & at last minute, added Petrov...
Easy gallop this morning. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C5DQBscVMAQyPqu.jpg
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When rating horses all time, people always talk about how horses run in different eras and are held to different standards. One big one is that different races had different prestige and there was no Graded Stakes system before the 1970s. However purse almost perfectly correlates with Graded stakes status and prestige because money usually =classy fields. So using TC winner PP's(probably will add MOW tommorow) I've decided to track what races were considered important in what eras. I make these cutoffs when there's a large dropoff in terms of purse money. This will also put G1 counts into historical perspective. All races up here gave out considerably more money than their peers and it is safe to assume that correlates with how prestigious they were at that time. Also while two year old races are now far lower than other G1's for most of history they weren't. Wanted to share my finding with you and hope it helps everyone compare greats! I'm going to make a historical G1 chart to! Sir Barton-3-2 G1 record.Juvenile racing is at least as important as three year old racing. Preakness is the most important three year old race. Kenilworth Gold Cup 75k(this was the match race with MOW so it shouldn't count) Hopeful Stakes 35k Saratoga 6 2YO Preakness Stakes 30k Pimlico 9 3YO Futurity Stakes 29k Belmont 6 2YO Kentucky Derby 24k Churchill 10 3YO Belmont Stakes 14k Belmont 11 3YO Gallant Fox-5-2 G1 record A decade later the Futurity is by far the most important race in the US(now it's a G3) and the Classic Stakes is at least as important as the TC at this time. Travers and Lawrence Realization are the fifth and sixth most important three year old races, they're much smaller than the rest but still twice as rich as everything else(including the Wood and JCGC) I guess with those two it's unclear if they are G1's Futurity Stakes 119k Belmont 7 2YO Classic Stakes 78k Arlington 10 3YO Belmont Stakes 77k Belmont 12 3YO Preakness Stakes 61k Pimlico 9.5 3YO Kentucky Derby 60k Churchill 10 3YO Travers Stakes 33k Saratoga 10 3YO Lawrence Realization 33k Belmont 13 3YO Omaha 4-2 G1 record Futurity Stakes 92k Belmont 6.5 2YO Kentucky Derby 49k Churchill 10 3YO Belmont Stakes 43k Belmont 12 3YO Classic Stakes 35k Arlington 10 3YO Preakness Stakes 29k Pimlico 9.5 3YO Hopeful Stakes 29k Saratoga 6.5 2YO War Admiral 4-1 G1 record-two races for olders at now obsolete tracks are at least as important as the still not official TC. Widener Handicap 63k Hialeih 10 Open Kentucky Derby 62k Churchill 62k 3YO Massachusetts Handicap 59k Suffolk 9 Open. Preakness Stakes 55k Pimlico 9.5 3YO Belmont Stakes 46k Belmont 12 3YO Whirlaway 7-5 G1 record-It seems like the American Derby by this point was basically the fifth three year old classic at this time. Also since Whirlaway ran in the Travers we know from the PP chart it was only at 21k, it was not as important as the races listed here. Blue Grass was only at 12k at this point, major Derby preps don't seem to yet be an institutionilized thing because the TC wasn't. At this point my arbitrary cutoff is 32k. Futurity Stakes 81k Belmont 6.5 2YO Kentucky Derby 73k Churchill 10 3YO Preakness Stakes 66k Pimlico 9.5 3YO Massachusetts Handicap 61k Suffolk 9 Open American Derby 59k Washington 10 3YO Classic Stakes 57k Arlington 10 3YO Belmont Stakes 48k Belmont 12 3YO Arlington Futurity 44K Arlington 6 3YO Hopeful Stakes 43 K Saratoga 6.5 2YO Suburban Handicap 38k Belmont 10 Open Pimlico Futurity 38K Pimlico 8.5 2YO Brooklyn Handicap 34k Aqueduct 10 Open Butler Handicap 33k Empire City 9.5 Open Count Fleet 4-2 G1 record-It is around this time that the Futurity passes the Derby as the most important race in racing. Two year old racing is still competitive with three year old racing in terms of importance. Cutoff is still 32k, Wood Memorial barely missed at this point it's at 28k. Kentucky Derby 72k Churchill 10 3YO Futurity Stakes 69 k Belmont 6.5 2YO Washington Park Futurity 68k Washington 6 2YO Preakness St
Hey Look who's Back.......Kobe's Back worked 6f, February 20th, in 1:12.40 (h) finishing 2/12.
Illuminant worked 5f, February 20th, in 1:00.40 (h) finishing 4/18.
Gormley worked 4f, February 20th, in 47:80 (h) finishing 8/50.
Highland Sky worked 5f, February 20th, in 59:00 (b) finishing 1/5.
Holy Boss worked 5f, February 20th, in 1:01.00 (b) finishing 3/20.
Tom's Ready worked 4f, February 20th, in 50.40 (b) finishing 34/47.
Eagle worked 4f, February 20th, in 49.40 (b) finishing 22/47.
Green Gratto worked 4f, February 20th, in 47.44 (b) finishing 1/9.
Nice win against a nice field. Into Mischief is one of my favorite sires, so it's awesome that he has a few colts on the Derby trail.
I'm really excited to see American Freedom back at the track. He was a solid colt last year, even with his absence on the TC trail. I would love to see him more this year, and see what he's really made of.

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 

  
As Editor of Horse Racing Nation, Brian authors a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and adds his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves on the Board of Directors of The Exceller Fund. Brian also consults for leading contest site Derby Wars, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 
  
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