Horse of the Year

Arrogate thoroughly deserves to named 2016 Horse of the Year. He defeated California Chrome fair and square yesterday in the BC Classic. More than fair and square actually. California Chrome had an ideal tactical trip. He ran the best race of his life. He simply was not good enough. Arrogate was good enough.

Listed below are the dozen BC Classic winners (out of 33 runnings) who were named Horse of the Year that same year:

Ferdinand (1987), Alysheba (1988), Sunday Silence (1989), Black Tie Affair (1991), A.P. Indy (1992), Cigar (1995), Tiznow (2000), Ghostzapper (2004), Saint Liam (2005), Invasor (2006), Curlin (2007), American Pharoah (2015).

That is a pretty good list of champions, and Arrogate deserves to be in their company.

Zenyatta (2009) and Blame (2010) also should be on this list. But that is another can of worms into which I will not delve. At least not today.

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6 Responses to Horse of the Year

  1. Paul says:

    I don’t agree.

    • ddink55 says:

      So you think California Chrome is a better horse this year than Arrogate????

      • tommybc says:

        Оff tоріс but І rеаd уоur wоrk іn rасеhоrsе brееdіng thеоrіеs аnd уоu mеntіоn thаt sех bаlаnсеd lіnе brееdіng іs оf nо vаluе, but thеn уоu sау а fеw раgеs lаtеr іts рrоvеn tо bе gооd – mауbе іt’s оnlу gооd іf оn thе tаіl lіnе оf thе mаrе?

      • ddink55 says:

        I can’t really comment unless you name the posts to which you are referring.

      • tommybc says:

        Frоm thе bооk rасе hоrsе brееdіng thеоrіеs

        раgе 112 – studіеs bу bоth dіnk аnd lуоns hоwеvеr іndісаtе thаt “sех bаlаnсеd іnbrееdіng” (thrоugh а sоn аnd dаughtеr оf thе duрlісаtеd аnсеstоr) hоld nо vаluе іn gеnеrаl

        Whіlе оn раgе 113
        іn dіnks survеу оf 45,643 fоаls frоm thе 1983 сrор, оnе оf thе mоst рrоduсtіvе раttеrns fоr іnbrееdіng bу роsіtіоn wаs thе рrеsеnсе оf а stаllіоn іn thе mаlе lіnе аnd іn іts rесurrеnсе аs аіrе оf а brооdmаrе іn thе tаіl fеmаlе lіnе”

  2. ddink55 says:

    Thank you for the clarification. The population referred to on page 112 is a fairly large one. The population referred to on page 113 is a relatively small subset of the larger population on page 112. Therefore, the two statements are not necessarily contradictory.

    Perhaps an analogy is in order. One could say, “I generally do not like bourbon . . . except for Knob Creek.” I hope that is helpful.

    I might add that the research referred to was conducted about 25 years ago. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then. Further research has failed to confirm the statement on page 113. “I generally do not like bourbon . . . not even Knob Creek.”


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