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American Pharoah is the only horse in this field who races on a different track every time out, and it doesn't bother him. If it weren't for Frosted challenging him in the Travers he would still be undefeated in 2015, and that challenge was from a jock that rode Frosted for the first time....a suicide mission, I believe it was called. If this happens in the BCC, Victor will not make the same mistake. Expect AP to win this race, after all, he is the best horse in the world, can run on any track, in any conditions, and he has won at this distance in the Kentucky Derby, with a crowded field. AP by 2 lengths, with Keen Ice, Frosted, and Tonalist in the Super.
After the deflection of Liam's Map: I will have to pick American Pharoah in this race, but my long shot would be Honor Code or Keen Ice. Although I do think Beholder is good enough, and is coming into the Classic fully loaded- I don't think any horse in the race can handle The beast- UNLESS someone pushes him to suicidal fractions. I don't see Frosted playing that role again, and Beholder's connections would not dare do that either. Pharoah will either run a Haskell type performance- sitting just off Beholder or whoever else goes to the lead and then pounce, or will get to the lead himself and if he gets away with 24/48- it's game over. If for some reason, there is a suicidal pace- I see Honor Code and Keen Ice picking up the pieces with Frosted not far behind. For some reason I just have a gut feeling Frosted is going to be 'worn out' and not going to put up a good performance enough to win. No specific reason for that- just a gut feeling I have. I'll never pick Tonalist outside of New York, I never pick the England invaders (just like I never pick American horses in Dubai), and no other horse in the race is talented enough even on their best day to beat Pharoah.
Imperia finally worked! Went three furlongs in 38 flat. Hope to see him back soon.
AP is the best horse in the world, and Keen Ice may be second best.......Beholder will be in over her head, and may opt for the Distaff when push comes to shove. As far as Honor Code goes, no way he can close from way back against this field.....not gonna happen, and you know how I feel about Wicked strong, just an average horse, my friend.
WS ran well in the JCGC, however, he was blown away by Tonalist, so, what would change in the BCC?
Do you expect WS to set the pace, or to win??
Wicked Strong??? What does that mean Blueyedhusky??
BREAKING NEWS: Work All Week, 2014 eclipse award winner for champion sprinter, has been retired from racing after his trainer found a stress fracture in his knee after a gallop. According to his trainer, the injury could have gotten worse as it was leading to a slab fracture, so they are lucky they caught it at the time they did. Article on DRF to be posted later today.
Tonalist was closing fast his last two races. This time it wasn't even close. Sure the time wasn't good but this is a pure distance horse so you shouldn't expect 10 f in 2 minutes from him. Tonalist is certainly staying in my superfecta with AP, Frosted and Beholder. IMO those 4 horses are the elite in this group. I was expecting Effinex to prove something to him and while he made the money and will l be a GREAT longshot bet for the BCC the Surburban is looking more like the exception not the rule for him. Not sure if Tonalist will win the BCC but barring injury he'll be a player mid stretch or later.
Looks like a 2yo Honor Code...monstrous stretch run!.. Stakes wins are definitely in his future! Race 6 https://www.nyra.com/saratoga/...
G1 winner Tepin will be offered at the Fasig Tipton November sale. She will go through the sale as a racing or broodmare prospect.
Spendthrift Farm announces that they have acquired the stallion rights to G2 winner Race Day, who will stand at the farm for a fee of $8,500, Race Day is being pointed to the G2 Fayette stakes at Keeneland and will retire at the end of the year. According to DRF
But the downside is higher than the upside on running in the classic. They don't think he can settle in at a good pace and take 2nd or 3rd or maybe win? Ridiculous, the mile is not even a lock as we've seen upsets. Appealing tale looked good in his last two and Protonico is still a probable. Now AP can take dictate the pace like he did at Belmont since I don't think Beholder will press early to avoid her getting gassed, some other horse like (Frosted) will have to bother him again for the closers to have a chance.
I think people are going to far with saying Beholder should be favored to win the BCC over AP and are just reacting to the horse of the week hype. Yes Beholder is special and IMO I think she's the best mare since RA and is better than Zenyatta. Despite this the competition she's faced is downright inferior to that that the three year olds or older males have.(Bayern and HA were far from their best at the PC) Now don't get me wrong she has looked appropriately brilliant in oblitering that competition but this years BCC is going to be the best in a very long time. To be frank the expected field is far better than the 2010 classic and Zenyatta would probably do a lot worse than a close second. Is it possible Beholder wins? Is she one of the favorites along with AP? Yes. Should anyone in conscience be saying Beholder will probably beat AP who has beaten elite competition and only lost to a horse he had beaten three times prior in a perfect storm? No way in hell. The chances Beholder does what she did yesterday or in the PC against the BCC is very slim and IMO it's more possible she finishes off the board than manages to win. Most likely she comes in second or third either behind a victorious AP or AP and the horse that manages to beat both of them. I do think she'll get LM though . After the Zenyatta I've got her still as my third choice after AP and Frosted. I think she's probably equal or better than Frosted it's just Frosted's style is better suited for this race.
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  • Williemicky via Disqus · Interesting that you use this platform to take a few shots at Zenyatta. For me the debate of "Rachel vs Zenyatta was rendered moot by the events of 2010. After dodging any direct confrontation with Zenyatta, Rachel completed a mediocre campaign of two wins in five races while "Lady Zen" won all her races until closing over twenty lengths on a track she did not handle to miss by a head for a second Breeder's Cup Classic victory against a full field of the best males in the world. Nineteen consecutive wins until that narrow loss; what more can I say except SCOREBOARD!! · 10 days ago
  • slewcrew7778 · Funny, I've felt all along that Pharoah's victories were the results of 'perfect storms'. Curious too about the "elite" that he has been beating. What makes them elite, other than having been beaten by Pharoah? Good horses put up strong numbers even when beating inferior com- petition, like Beholder and Liam's Map have been doing. And unlike anything Pharoah and his gallant band of 3yo playmates have posted so far. I'd say the jury was still out! · 18 hours ago
Told ya :) She couldn't be doing any better. My sources believe shes going to handle anything they ask of her with ease.
Still hoping to see her back in action. Rare to see insanely good turf fillies nowadays.
Big news and idiotic decision by Pletcher. Liam's Map had a real chance to win the BCC.... better chance than any other runner. No other horse would have gone with him on the lead and he could have wired the field. Cowardly decision to go after the lesser purse. This moves AP's chances way up and Honor Code's chances way down. AP now will probably have a good chance to settle into his "cruising mode" on the lead and it's doubtful that anyone will have enough closing kick to get past him at the wire.
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  • triple_double · Haha, now your calling Todd Pletcher & LM's connection IDIOTS. Wow, these people knows everything about Liam's Map than the traines & owners. Pletcher & owners want Liam's Map to secure & win the older male division & opted for BC Dirt Mile.They know that LM has no shot at the BCC. I believe this decision to run in the Dirt Mile rather than the Classic should be done to Game on Dude in 2013. If the Dude runs in the Mile & won, he would secure the Horse of the Year & Older male division in that year. · 1 day ago
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · So If Pharoah does win, we can expect the masses on here to complain about Liam's Map not running and possibly allowing him an easier pace scenario. That's what i gathered from the decision. · 9 hours ago
I Think it's a Great Move to Run in The Dirt Mile Instead of the BCC. I believe Liam can Get the 10 Furlongs. Looking at the Race With Castallano Committed To Honor Code & Johnny V. Committed To Tonalist, Pletcher probably Doesn't Want To take a Chance With some third String Jockey. Also Private Zone Has Committed To The BC Sprint which is huge. So now In the Dirt Mile They have their jockey Castallano and no Private Zone Running For the front with his amazing speed. It Sets up perfect For Liams Map. I support This Decision 100%
  • cugel the clever · If you believe that Liam can "get" the 10F of the BCC, then why do you think its a good idea to go to the $1 million Dirt Mile instead of the $5 million Classic? · 23 hours ago
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · I believe its a good idea to race him in the mile, especially after PZ opted for the sprint. Easier race, shorter distance & will have his pick of jockey. I do want to mention that his workout this week drew a lot of negative remarks. Some are saying he may have peaked already & his training is showing that progression. That could also be a reason added to others to avoid the big one. · 10 hours ago
Liams Map isn't running in the Classic. There will barring a horse going rouge like Frosted in the Travers no fast pace. This increases AP's chances of winning dramatically (and Beholder's a little too I guess) and makes this race a nightmare for the small army of closers that will probably be chasing them.
  • Pebbles via Disqus · American Pharoah, Beholder and Smooth Roller all like to be up front, so there could be more pace than you might think in the race. You have to factor in that Keen Ice and American Pharoah could be a little rank coming into the race training up to it. Smooth Roller also making his first trip outside California could be a little rank as well. · 10 hours ago
Watch out for this guy. 4th start wins Grade 1 race easy and Finally puts Bayern in the pasture. Most overrated horse on this site. He was never the next Game On Dude! Smooth Roller is one to follow.
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Bayern is a top quality horse. When he was on, he was unbeatable. His only issue was consistency. Unfortunately, as a 4 year old he never returned to his 3 year old form, but he was durable and fun to watch.I know I will miss him. · 10 hours ago

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