Race of the Week 2017

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Had to have surgery for a tumor near his intestine and sadly did not wake up from the anesthesia. R.I.P.
Solomini worked 5f, Nov 21st, in 1:00.80 (h) finishing 9/32
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Om worked 4f, Nov 21st, in 47.40 (h) finishing 1/30.
Mubtaahij worked 4f, Nov 21st, in 49.80 (h) finishing 19/30.
Mind Your Biscuits worked 5f, Nov 21st, in 1:00.19 (b) finishing 1/9.
BREAKING: Half-sister to Arrogate by Medaglia d'Oro starts her workouts from 4th of November. Bridlewood Farm 11/17/2017 Dirt 3F 38.20 Breezing 3/6 Bridlewood Farm 11/11/2017 Dirt 3F 39.40 Breezing 3/5 Bridlewood Farm 11/4/2017 Dirt 3F 39.40 Breezing 3/6
"(Validating Forms)..Chrome beat Mubtaahij and Hoppertunity...Mubtaahij went on to finish 2nd in the Woodward and win the Awesome Again Stakes..Hoppertunity went on to win the Jockey Club Gold Cup and the San Antonio..Arrogate beat Shaman Ghost..Mubtaahij and Shaman Ghost both went on to win stakes races over Midnight Storm..Shaman Ghost beat Mubtaahij..Mubtaahij and Hoppertunity beat Effinex..Shaman Ghost finished 5th to Effinex...
The half sister to Close Hatches and Lockdown debuts Friday at Aqueduct.
BREAKING: Bubbler, dam of champion Arrogate, will be bred to Curlin for a 2019 foal.
Does anybody have an update on how her leg is doing?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vkj3jtY-RPY
I see there are talks about Arrogate's size and his date with Songbird. There are a few discrepancies about his size, maybe somebody can clear this up. There were comments that Arrogate was 16.3 hands last year. Earlier this year, Baffert said Arrogate grew some more after that. But now Juddmonte farm lists Arrogate at 16.2 1/2 hands. Somebody here must be making up numbers...
I'VE liked this horse ever since his desperate lunge nipped Frosted in the Woodward. A Ghostzapper son from the Jenkins barn, I put him next to Collected, just behind Gunrunner. If he isn't gelded, though, I don't understand why they didn't retire him either. Maybe they're prepping him for Dubai, to get another MAJOR win in his portfolio before standing him at stud? He's a game horse who likes the distance.
Great win for Lad bravely racing in between horses to break his maiden on the Delmar turf. He stalked well before making a big stretch run.
I like Wyeth here, great price!
So, 3 more years and, I guarantee, American Pharoah will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Why would a Triple Crown winner NOT be inducted into the Hall of Fame as soon as he's qualified to?
G1 winner Time and Motion has been retired from racing, no breeding plans as of yet, according to the connections.
https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/224850/songbird-to-be-bred-to-arrogate-in-2018 Imo Arrogate was not the best choice for her first pairing. I understand Pope wants what is fashionable and exciting that she can brag about, but with how big Arrogate is, him being unproven as a sore, and their C rating, I would not have chosen him first. If something goes wrong like with royal delta or Rachel Alexandria- they may only be left with another cozmic one on their hands. I would not take that risk with a horse like songbird. Praying for a healthy and safe delivery and that Mom and baby will be sound. That foal will be trending on Twitter with that first photo!
Forgive my ignorance on this, but are there any tracks outside of North America (besides Meydan in Dubai) that have G1 dirt races?
"I won't retire until that baby runs!" - Mike Smith on the future mating of Songbird and Arrogate

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