• Unique Bella is off the Kentucky Oaks trail with a sore shin, per Steve Anderson.Posted 1 day ago
  • Hence (10-1) rallies to win the Sunland Park Derby going away.Posted 2 days ago
  • Ghalia (2-1) edges a game Kell Paso in the Sunland Park Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • Itsinthepost (6-1) drives home the win in the Grade 2 San Luis Rey.Posted 3 days ago
  • Fear the Cowboy (7-2) comes running late to capture the Grade 3 Skip Away.Posted 3 days ago
  • Fast and Accurate (24-1) bursts through to upset the Grade 3 Spiral.Posted 3 days ago
  • Purely a Dream (12-1) pulls ahead in the stretch to take the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks.Posted 3 days ago
  • Arrogate, despite a dreadful break, wins the Dubai World Cup easily.Posted 4 days ago
  • Jack Hobbs is much the best in the Sheema Classic.Posted 4 days ago
  • Vivlos flies late to get up for the win in the $6 million Dubai Turf.Posted 4 days ago


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Many folks just don't give Arrogate the credit he deserve and many of these same folks have lost playing against him!! Even the trainer gave him exceptionally high praises and I respect that, because he has proven himself time and time again how well he can train top notch horse. I think some people don't understand that most times horse takes a while to develop and some times get setbacks for different reasons. Sometimes some horse never made it back from setbacks and we never found out what they could have been,such Danzig! Now we have some very talent young horses like Unique Bella and Mastery who recently had setbacks and will probably miss Triple crown races or never make it back to racing. So what determines that a horse is Great or what makes a horse Great ?...Is it wining all his races, is it wining a Triple Crown, is it beating older horses, is it wining the most purse money, Is it beating his peers, is it wining on multiple tracks, is it wining on all tracks, it is wining at every distance, is it setting records, is it wining on and of the lead, is it wining on any track condition, Is it wining on every continent, is it running a match race, is it coming back from a setback, is it wining by the widest margins or maybe is it wining at every distance ? What must a horse prove that he is truly Great ? One thing I know for sure, I have had the fortune of seeing and had the gratitude of enjoying some of the Greatest run and I have seen another in Arrogate, because he has come back from setbacks and proven he can be a devastating beast to reckon with !!!
Personality "backed into it" and KOTASHAN? woof that missed the boat
Repeatedly, this one has shown to be a hanger, a lot like Ferdinand
Bred to Honor Code
Hoping the big guy gets back to the winners circle. No excuses this time. Safe trip
Drew post 3 in a 7 horse field
Summer Luck will be a scratch per trainer Casse
OK, time for another debate question: If Arrogate wins his (probable) two remaining starts, it is a safe bet he wins horse of the year - unless some miracle three year old develops and beats him. So, this is my debate question: In what years, in your opinion, did the racing writers get it wrong and select the wrong horse as horse of the year? I will name 3: 2013 - I think Game on Dude should have gotten it over Wise Dan. 1993 - I think Sky Beauty should have gotten it over Kotashaan. 1975 - It pains me some to type this, as the horse that won it is my all-time favorite athlete, let alone horse, but -- both in spite of, and because of, the tragedy that befell her -- it should have gone to Ruffian over Forego. Your thoughts on these, and what years do you pick?
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  • Ferrisjso26 · 2013-agreed turf horses shouldn't be HOTY 1975-agreed Only one I would add is the highway robbery Zenyatta did to Blame. · 1 day ago
  • By The Numbers via Disqus · 2010 is a tough call, because it would have been a shame for Zenyatta to retire without winning HOY (and in no way do I believe she deserved it over Rachel in 2009) but Blame had an equally impressive campaign (frankly his was much better because it incorporated DIRT as the main surfaces and classic races) while also winning their one race head to head. Ruffian will always be my all-time favorite racehorse, but Forego more than earned HOY in 1975. Ruffian only won 5 races, only 4 being Stakes. She was unbelievably brilliant in all her starts, but never faced Older Horses or Males (except, of course, in the Match). Forego won the Woodward, Suburban, Widener, Brooklyn, Carter, and Seminole Handicap (Graded wins from 7f to 12f) while placing in the Marlboro Invitational. · 1 hour ago
British trainer John Gosden, one of the truly great trainers in the sport, had high praise for Arrogate's performance in the G1 Dubai World Cup after witnessing it in person at Meydan on Saturday. Gosden said: "It was extraordinary the way he overcame his difficulties. He's a beautiful horse with a lovely head on him. I've never seen a dirt horse with an action like that. He has an incredible stretch, and like all great athletes seems to have all the time in the world. Nothing is rushed about him. He's really like a long striding turf horse on dirt, which is most unusual. He does everything with such ease, which is quite unique, and he really topped off a great evening."
OK, he won't run again for four months; we can close this debate space now until July... :-)
From today's Racing Post web-site: After having been extremely pleased with his colt's performance in Dubai over the weekend, trainer John Gosden has earmarked the G1 Coronation Cup at Epsom on June 2nd, Royal-Ascot (either the G1 Prince of Wales's Stakes or G2 Hardwicke Stakes), and the G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes in July as the next group of early season targets for Jack Hobbs.
Looks like he'll insist on going with Three Rules early next Saturday :/ http://www.xbtv.com/video/workout/always-dreaming-inside-worked-4-furlongs-in-48-40-at-palm-beach-downs-on-march-25th-2017/
  • elhubbo · If he goes early with Three Rules, the earlier it shows he's just not in this class. · 2 hours ago
Random Question of the day, In today's "standards" for year end championships, if Secretariat, Riva Ridge, Typecast, and Key to the Mint all had their 1972 season in 2015, who would win Horse of the Year?
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  • Pebbles via Disqus · Silly question, American Pharoah. After all, you did not say that they were the only candidates for HOTY. :-) · 119 days ago
  • marcos via Disqus · Secretariat by two lenghts. · 3 hours ago
Is it just me, or do others seem to get the impression that over the years, the horses are getting frailer and frailer? More and more three year olds seem to be dropping out due to injury, even though compared to years ago, they typically race less today at this point in their careers than they did back then. I am no breeding or genetics expert, but I wonder if we are relying on too few sires these days. Secretariat's syndication was for 32 mares/year, and with those outside the syndication, he was typically bred to 50-55 a year. Top stallions now are bred to far more than that today. Every time you turn around, a top prospect is out with an injury. Sure, they have to be careful due to breeding potential, but that was true 40 years ago as well.
BREAKING NEWS: Unique Bella injured shin, out of Santa Anita and Kentucky Oaks, to miss a lot of time. Per Jerry Hollendorfer. What a shame.
Ziconic worked 4f, March 29th, in 50.00 (h) finishing 13/17.
Masochistic worked 4f, March 29th, in 48.20 (h) finishing 5/17.
Miss Sky Warrior worked 4f, March 29th, in 47.90 (b) finishing 3/19.
Shaman Ghost worked 3f, March 29th, in 37.00 (b) finishing 1/5.
Silvertoni worked 5f, March 29th, in 1:02.20 (b) finishing 21/30.

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