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Top 100 Horses to Watch for in 2017

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With just a few days left in 2016, it’s time to focus on 2017. The dawn of a new year in horse racing always starts with the Kentucky Derby trail, and this year will be no different. However, the older male and female division could be strong this season.

Superstars Arrogate and Songbird are on target to return in 2017 which is the first bit of good news. These soon to be 4-year-olds could be the center piece of the racing season. It’s hard to imagine Arrogate having much competition considering the unbelievable performances we’ve seen from him, but Gun Runner and Connect will give it a shot. On the female side Songbird is definitely the stand out, but Stellar Wind will look to be a major rival for her this season.

With that being said, when January rolls around the newly turned 3-year-olds will take center stage. The Kentucky Derby trail at this time has two headliners in Classic Empire and Mastery. Classic Empire looks to be head and shoulders above everyone based on speed figures, but Mastery has Bob Baffert on his side and is a Grade 1 winner without showing us his best stuff yet. On the filly side, Shane’s Girlfriend looks to be the most established threat, but youngsters Unique Bella and Elate are maiden winners that have a big time future.

Hype is what the game is built on, and really what makes it great. You better believe we are ready for 2017! Today I’m hyping 100 horses for 2017. It’s never too early to look ahead! Whether you use this list for your fantasy horse racing drafts or just want to get excited and get a head start on the new year, here is a ranking of the Top 100 horses that I believe will make a big impact in 2017.

1. Arrogate

2. Songbird

3. Classic Empire

4. Mastery

5. Tepin

6. Stellar Wind

7. Lady Eli

8. Practical Joke

9. Shane’s Girlfriend

10. Beach Bum

11. Dortmund

12. Gun Runner

13. Unique Bella

14. Connect

15. McCracken

16. Drefong

17. Miss Temple City

18. Oscar Performance

19. Elate

20. Hoppertunity

21. Keen Ice

22. Forever Unbridled

23. Valadorna

24. Gunnevera

25. Mo Town

26. New Money Honey

27. Good Samaritan

28. Vale Dori

29. Lewis Bay

30. Time and Motion

31. I’m a Chatterbox

32. Shaman Ghost

33. American Anthem

34. Fact Finding

35. Lookin At Lee

36. Catch a Glimpse

37. Wild Shot

38. Three Rules

39. Totality

40. Takaful

41. Untapped

42. Syndergaard

43. Theory

44. Tom’s Ready

45. Abel Tasman

46. Ashleyluvssugar

47. Midnight Storm

48. Camelot Kitten

49. Gormley

50. American Gal

51. Divining Rod

52. Avenge

53. Champagne Room

54. Ticonderoga

55. No Dozing

56. Annals of Time

57. Ring Weekend

58. Obviously

59. Stanford

60. Beach Patrol

61. Mind Your Biscuits

62. Om

63. Miss Sky Warrior

64. Hot Sean

65. Vyjack

66. Klimt

67. Jamyson n’ Ginger

68. Constellation

69. Harmonize

70. Sharp Azteca

71. Royal Copy

72. Proforma

73. Uncontested

74. Hawksmoor

75. Finest City

76. La Coronel

77. Lull

78. Texas Ryno

79. Warrior’s Club

80. Coasted

81. Sticksstatelydude

82. Eskenformoney

83. Neolithic

84. Running Mate

85. Dabster

86. Royal Mo

87. Streamline

88. Economic Model

89. Threefiveindia

90. Texas Chrome

91. Ten Blessings

92. Awesome Banner

93. Enola Gray

94. Finely’sluckycharm

95. Frank Conversation

96. Curlin’s Approval

97. War Story

98. Dearest

99. Genre

100. Mor Spirit

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