Post position should not make much of a difference for Chrome since he is great at breaking. I don't get why Baffert would not want the outside post for Arrogate? Inside could easily turn out to be far more challenging for him. Anyway not like anyone has control of that.... the best horses should be able to win from any position! If Chrome is to be considered an all time great he has got to overcome every obstacle this race puts in front of him just like every other great horse before him.. same for Arrogate.
It makes me sick to my stomach.. Shared Belief could have been around for a long time. It would take at least an equally brilliant horse to beat him fair and square.
Before he raced Chrome I thought that they were in the same league in talent.. maybe Shared Belief a tiny bit better. I thought Shared Belief would beat him but only by a tiny amount. He absolutely blew me away when I found out I was wrong.
Yes Arrogate caught Chrome but it was no where near the ease that Shared Belief did. Plus!!! It was at 1 1/8... if the BCC was that length Chrome would have beaten Arrogate. Shared Belief was an extremely tactical horse. I think it is pretty evident that he would have beaten Chrome at 1 1/8 or 1 1/4 that day. Not saying Arrogate is not going to turn out to be better than Shared Belief or be an all time great - after all he is alive and has an extremely impressive record so far. However, if all three raced each other right now Shared Belief hands down for me.
I'm glad that he didn't then! Still, they could have backed out of the breeders cup all together.
It must be at least a year and a half since I have really seen chrome "up close". Is he always that quiet before races these days? It just seems like he was way more quiet than usual. Not saying he was not feeling good... because obviously he ran very well.. he just seems a little different and I didn't know if it was because of how much he has matured or not.
Props to the connections that had the guts to try something completely different on a big day! That doesn't seem to happen often.
I've been waiting for chrome to win the breeders cup classic at Santa Anita for almost 3 years!!! So ready!
It is difficult to compare performances on completely different race tracks. Let alone races on the same race track! Although Santa Anita has always been very consistent... probably due to the extremely dry climate.
Plus it is hard to say if Chrome could even win a race at Saratoga. it is the graveyard of champions.. but for some reason wonderful for a few underdogs. Arrogate has won just fine at Santa Anita... but I don't know.. Chrome is an older male horse with extreme talent and tons of experience and has the same jockey. He is the most dangerous by far... Arrogate might be just as talented.. but he has little experience. We know Chrome, but we can't say we know Arrogate.
Who knows they might be, but keep in mind both Ruffian and Barbaro were bay which I believe is the most common horse color behind chestnut. Statistically you will see those two horse colors do.. well just about anything more than any other color.
I'm sure Arrogate is going to turn out to be a pretty special race horse.
Good! Why whip a horse for no reason? Plus some horses become even more resistant when whipped, maybe frosted is one of those horses? I didn't see a horse that needed to be whipped anyway. Even though he lost you can still see his huge bursts of energy down the stretch. In my opinion, going so wide was the real enemy here.
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