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So, the Untouched Talent filly has been named Japanese Pharoahette and she won't be racing at all. She'll go straight to breeding in Japan. That's a waste, she looks like she'd be an excellent racehorse. She went for $1 million at the sales ring. Pretty impressive. But, an article from Coolmore said that, next season, AP will be bred to Stellar Wind. As she was 3 yo filly of the year in 2014, it ought to be a good match, particularly because she was a closer horse.
The Best to the Best and hope for...
Recency, the old idea that horses from a layoff are going to be inferior to battle tested horses running regularly. THAT USED TO BE TRUE , but now with racing 364 days a year, there are not enough animals to fill the cards as would historically so animals many times or over- raced and the freshening does many a world of good. At Woodbine you will see many a horse come from long layoffs in the fall for one last try before a long winter of rest. THEY usually don't do well however at this venue even with bid drop downs in class.
The sadness of ARROGATE is he ascended to the highest heights, and then, for reasons we'll never know, fell to earth. How good was he? Ask the most knowledgeable man, closest to him, BOB BAFFERT, top trainer of the best horses: "THE BEST HORSE I'VE SEEN SINCE SECRETARIAT" ask MIKE SMITH hall of fame jockey: "THE BEST HORSE I'VE EVER RIDDEN" With all due respect, they were there, they know more than any of us, I'll take their assessment over yours.
BREAKING: In a stunning announcement, Mandy Pope announces that champion Songbird will be bred to Arrogate for a 2019 foal.
The Truth or Else!
  • Rideonruffian via Disqus · This is his first race back from South Korea, I think. He ran well over there. · 2 hours ago
Thunder Snow will head back to Dubai and try for the World Cup then possibly the Breeders Cup Classic later on in the year @ Churchill Downs
Probably my most overrated race. I look forward to watching this race every year, one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving Day.
Going to start a series sharing the top 5 times for each G1(or race I think should be G1) or times within less than a second. First starting with the two year olds! Tomorrow or the day after I'll do three year old races and after that I'll do the open ones. Also wanted to use this as a chance to break down the current graded stakes schedule. Breeders Cup Juvenile 8.5 (2.0m) 2008 Midshipman 1.40.94 Santa Anita 1997 Favorite Trick 1.41.47 Hollywood 1995 Unbridled's Song 1.41.60 Belmont 2005 Stevie Wonderboy 1.41.64 Belmont 2014 Texas Red 1.41.94 Santa Anita Breeders Futurity 8.5 (500,000) 1993 Polar Exhibition 1.42.20 1999 Captain Steve 1.42.40 1992 Mountain Cat 1.42.40 2000 Arabian Light 1.43.00 2008 Square Eddie 1.43.04 2011 Dulluhan 1.43.12 2009 Noble's Promise 1.43.12 FrontRunner Stakes 8.5 (300,000) 2003 Ruler's Court 1.41.27 1982 Roving Boy 1.41.60 1979 The Carpenter 1.41.80 1971 MacArthur Park 1.41.80 2015 American Pharoah 1.41.95 1976 Habitony 1.42.00 Los Alamitos Futurity(has only been ran at Los Alamitos 3 times so far before that it was the CashCall at Hollywood) (500,000) 1994 Afternoon Deelites 1.40.94 1993 Valiant Nature 1.40.78 2007 Into Mischief 1.40.82 2014 Dortmund 1.40.86(current stakes, formerly track record) 2002 Toccet 1.41.26 Champagne Stakes(1 mile) (500,000) 1983 Devil's Bag 1.34.20 1976 Seattle Slew 1.34.40 2010 Uncle Mo 1.34.51 1967 Vithrolic 1.34.60 2016 Practical Joke 1.34.68 Del Mar Futurity (synthetic from 2007 to 2014)(7 furlongs) (300,000) 2004 Delcan's Moon 1.21.29 2014 American Pharoah 1.21.48 1999 Forest Camp 1.21.67 2016 Klimt 1.21.80 2000 Flame Thrower 1.22.00 Hopeful Stakes (7 furlongs) (350,000) 2001Came Home 1.21.94 2015 Ralis 1.22.30 2012 Shanghai Bobby 1.22.72 1999 High Yield 1.22.85 2006 Circular Quay 1.23.04 Now here's the Hopeful at it's more relevant historical distance of 6.5 1977 Affirmed 1.15.40 1964 Bold Lad 1.15.60 1917 Sun Briar 1.15.60(honestly for back then this is amazing) 1992 Great Navigator 1.15.71 1993 Dehere 1.15.80 1984 Chief's Crown 1.16.00 1974 Foolish Pleasure 1.16.00 1968 Top Knight 1.16.00 1965 Buckpasser 1.16.00 Hope you enjoy! Basically the breakdown of events for juvenille males on the dirt is 4 8.5 furlong events, 1 8 furlong event and 2 7 furlong events for a total of 6 events. Basically the G1 stakes season is 3 races long as shown below. 1)2 7 furlong G1 openers 1 on each coast 2)4 BC preps, 3 8.5, 1 8, 2 in California, 1 in Kentucky and 1 at Belmont in New Yokr 3)The Breeders Cup Juvenile wherever it happens to be held. I'll be back on tommorow with my three year old post!
Gelded and now owned by John P McManus. New trainer is Joseph P O'Brien
What was the year that produced the best group of top horses foaled (not just three year olds, but horses that went on to be great at any age). a) 1954 - Round Table, Bold Ruler, Gallant Man, General Duke, Iron Liege b) 1964 - Dr. Fager, Damascus, Fort Marcy, Gamely, In Realtiy c) 1970 - Secretariat, Forego, Sham, Desert Vixen. Ancient Title d) 1975 - Affirmed, Alydar, John Henry, Mac Diarmida e) Your own choice (Buckpasser should be able to fill us in on earlier years). Based on that list, it's a toughie, but I've got to go with 1970.
Guys, I'm a newbie here. Is Busta saying that the horse that finished 2nd in the Breeders Cup 2 year old championship in Del Mar is "green" ? Huh?
Arrogate was a flash in the pan..More you think about it the more it was probably not the Del Mar surface..if he entered the Pegasus he would have probably finished 4th-5th..He couldnt ever beat Collected..Gun Runner "right" now is better than Arrogate ever been..West Coast with the chance to "improve" would have likely beaten him..Retiring was the "smart" move..Too bad Chrome got hurt in the Pegasus and finished last..Prob would have beaten Arrogate by 3 or so lengths
Let's look at the validity (or "franking") of the the winning forms of some of the famous horses by looking at how well the horses finishing second to them did against other horses in their next 2-3 starts (preferably within a few months after facing these famous horses). 1) Arrogate in 2017: He beat Shaman Ghost in the Pegasus, and Shaman Ghost validated Arrogate's winning form by winning 2 of his next 3 stake races (including a G1). He beat Gun Runner in the 2017 DWC and GR has been undefeated since. 2) California Chrome in 2014 and 2016 (in 2015 Chrome was winless): In the 2014 TC races, he beat Commanding Curve in the Kentucky Derby and Ride On Curlin in the Preakness. Both of these horses never won again against stakes company after those TC races. In 2016, he beat Mubtaahij in the DWC and Mubtaahij went on to lose his next 3 races (and kept on losing until recently). He beat Dortmund in the San Diego Handicap and Awesome Again, and Dortmund never win again after that even when he's not racing against Chrome. He beat Beholder in the Pacific Classic and Beholder went back to the distaff.
Arrogate was a flash in the pan..More you think about it the more it was probably not the Del Mar surface..if he entered the Pegasus he would have probably finished 4th-5th..He couldnt beat Collected..Gun Runner "right" now is better than Arrogate ever been..West Coast with the chance to "improve" would have likely beaten him..Retiring was the "smart" move..Too bad Chrome got hurt in the Pegasus and finished last..Prob would have beaten Arrogate by 3-4 lengths
Has been retired to Haras de la Huderie in France where he will stand for €5,000 in 2018.
Point Given was really THAT horse!! A shame he couldn’t win the Kentucky Derby
Let's have a discussion about horses running second to famous horses during the 3 TC races!!! I'll start with Commanding Curve and Ride On Curlin (the 2 horses who ran second to California Chrome in the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness). Both were winless among stakes company for the rest of their respective careers after the TC races!!!!!
if Gun Runner wins the Pegasus who will be the best horse Asmussen has trained?..Gun Runner?..Curlin?..Rachel Alexandra?
Unique Bella worked 4f, Nov 19th, in 46.60 (h) finishing 1/60..

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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. 

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as co-hosting the popular racing show, HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves as the President of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars, is both a Hall of Fame and NTRA poll voter, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.


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