Arrogate, my horse-crush

I have to talk about Arrogate. He’s baaack! I can’t wait to see him run again. Have you heard of him? He’s the “Best Horse in the World!” Seriously!!!

I know you’ve heard of American Pharoah, and if you’re into horse racing at all, you’ve heard of Arrogate. However, he’s still not a household name, though he solidly deserves it.

His record is astounding. Let’s start with his purse winnings. WAY more than Chrome. Get this: $17,084,600. That’s 17 MILLION. Ok, Chrome won $14 million. But still. That $3 million is a lot of money! What I could do with…oh…ok…back to the races.

Out of ten starts, he has nine wins and one third. In one of those wins, the Dubai World Cup, he went last to first to beat California Chrome! He blew the start and it didn’t look like he’d win it, but he fought hard for every last step of that race and overcame his foe by a half-length or so. It was close, but he did it! This was his most recent, and I think most incredible, win.
Let’s work backwards. Before that, he won America’s richest race, the newly formed Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park. Amazing!
Before that, it was the Travers in Saratoga, the graveyard of champions. Not this one! In this race, he set a stakes AND track record. He ran a mile and a quarter in under two minutes. Very few horses can do this. Secretariat’s Derby win was just under two minutes, and his record still stands. I expect Arrogate’s record to stand for a long time, too.
Before these races he ran in allowance races and two maidens. In his first start, he came in third. We can toss that one. Even Secretariat lost his first race.

Back to present – Arrogate was on a short hiatus for a couple of months, but now he’s back in training. I cannot wait to see him run again. Bob Baffert, trainer of Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah (my other horse-crush), has him set for possibly three upcoming races. – “Arrogate’s pre-Breeders’ Cup agenda could include any or all of a trio of races in California, including the San Diego Handicap (G2), the TVG Pacific Classic (G1), and the Awesome Again Stakes (G1). Baffert, who won his third World Cup in March with the slate-gray runner, hasn’t made any concrete plans—but mentioned that he will know in the next few weeks if the San Diego is an option.” – Arrogate Reenters Racing’s Spotlight, Bloodhorse Magazine

To catch up on this outstanding horse, check out this Bloodhorse video. You have to see this one.

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Arrogate after winning the Pegasus World Cup. Photo: Horse Racing Nation, The Dubai Cup is a Good Decision for Arrogate

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Texas Red still out there

One of my favorite horses in recent years is Texas Red. He has had such potential, but it seemed like Murphy’s Law is following him closely. What can go wrong has gone wrong. His disappointing run in his last race was surprising to me, but I think he’s still got potential. As a 4-year-old this year, his trainer is taking his time and molding this horse into what is hopefully an older male champion.
Read more on the impressive and beautiful Texas Red.

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Texas Red | NYRA/Susie Raisher

Remember CA Chrome? He’s still going!

California Chrome came off his disappointing loss at the Belmont with a good run in the Breeder’s Cup Classic, then an impressive win on the turf. He tried running in Europe, but could not pull off a win. He then had an injury, so his owners decided to retired him to stud. Shortly thereafter, in a surprise decision, DAP Racing sold Chrome to Taylor Made Farm. The new owners decided instead of retiring him, they would let him heal up and continue racing. Fortunately, his original trainer, Art Sherman, was able to continue training him. He had been heartbroken when the champion was moved to Europe, and now his favorite horse was back in his barn. Once Chrome’s cannon bones healed, he went back into training and then impressively won a recent Grade I race in California. Read more on the continuing saga.

 

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California Chrome, under Victor Espinoza, wins the King Glorious Stakes, the final stakes race at Betfair Hollywood Park on Dec. 22, 2013.

Photo courtesy of DRF.com, taken by Barbara D. Livingston

Ziconic set to debut soon!

Remember Zenyatta from several years ago? Her amazing wins? She beat the boys in the ’09 Breeder’s Cup Classic, one of the hardest races to win in the world. She was Horse of the Year in 2010. Legendary horse. She’s been having babies the last few years, and Ziconic is her 2nd, and sired by Tapit, one of the world’s leading sires (and a GORGEOUS gray, btw). This horse is bred to win.

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Ziconic Gives Zenyatta Fans New Hope

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Secretariat’s Triple Crown

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Secretariat’s Triple Crown trophy in Saratoga, NY, at the Racing Hall of Fame.
Will we ever see another Triple Crown winner? Much has been said about breeding lately for speed, not endurance. People say horses are weaker and more fragile these days. Trainers are easier on the horses because they are very fragile animals despite their size. I am inclined to agree when I see the exhaustion at the end of the long Triple Crown races. Perhaps if they shorten the races and/or space them out more, we’d have another Triple winner. But, as it stands, I don’t think any horse on earth is strong enough to win all three races. Not even California Chrome. Sorry, folks. 🙂

EDIT: Wow, was I wrong!!! I’m really glad I was, though!