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While no announcement has been made at this time, Zayat's comments after the Travers seem to indicate he is leaning towards retiring American Pharoah. If the horse should be beaten again it would negatively impact his stud fee. While conjecture on my part there are several signs that Pharoah has run his last race. He is to be paraded at Del Mar this weekend which is usually a farewell type appearance. More telling is that Coolmore is shipping Gleneagles for the Breeders Cup Classic. It seems strange they would risk beating American Pharoah with one of their own horses when they own his breeding rights. I just hope the welfare of the horse is the most important factor in the decision.
Six OLG, Ontario Lottery and Gaming, stakes tonight, 9/2, at Woodbine, starting with r 2. "Millions" night. Lots of old and new favorites, r2 Asserting Bear, Hampstead Heath, r3 Pender Harbour, r5 is the Algoma with a very nice field of fillies. Sprinters Bear No Joke and Spadina Road in r6. 2 yo Conquest Twister in r7.
  • Mary Z. · Good job with the photos, tv. Another close one with Brooklyn'sway over Galina Point. · 8 hours ago
Been a huge Honor Code fan since his maiden win. AP Indy - Storm Cat - Mr. P and Serena's Song, what a royal pedigree - you'd think he could certainly get the 1 1/4, but Shug worries me, Come on Shug, put him in the Gold Cup, if it doesn't work he's still fees paid for the BC Mile via his Met Mile win. They may be over thinking, since he's the last and maybe best of AP Indy and with the rest of that pedigree I'm sure his future as a stallion weighs on their decisions for race selection. Winning the BC Mile as the last great son of AP Indy would be no shame. There is a big market for milers, sprinters, and precocious two year olds. AP Indy's have always been viewed more for stamina and later development, and now as broodmares. Honor Code is a bit of an exception and Honor Code has the now highly fashionable double dose of Secretariat and with his pedigree should be able throw all kinds, so put him in the BC race he will win. If your worried about the 1 1/4, run him in the Gold Cup and find out. I would, before trying 1 1/4 for the first time in the Classic where he could be trying to come out of nowhere to nip Pharoah, Beholder, Tonalist, Liam's Map, and a slew of other very high quality horses! Also, I love the Pharoah, but when I see him referred to as AP I grind my teeth. AP is Honor Code's sire and will always will be AP to me. Plans made to go see him next summer.
Haven't seen a closing like that in a long time. A "Silky Sullivan" finish. For those of you too young to know about him, put his name in search on Youtube then watch and be amazed.
  • ruffianlover · Where have you been the last few years? You need to watch honor code's maiden win to see a true deep closer. Oh and also watch the gulfstream park handicap, met mile, and Whitney from 2015. Blind luck was also a phenomenal closer · 8 hours ago
I don't know how breeding farms work, but does Lanes End have to suck it up? Would they be angry and would the connections of Curlin have a hard time going back to Lanes End if they chose to at a later date?
  • Jbyrnes1 · No, IDK If they would be angry, but I think this is what will happen to Lane's End. In 2015, they lost Smart Strike (sadly) and now Curlin, they were there two biggest Stallions. Now, it looks like Candy Ride is going to be the leader of the stallion roster, but Lane's End needs to fill the two spots left by Smart Strike and Curlin. Here's the solution, Lane's End late last year acquired the stallion rights to Tonalist, so he will go there. But also, the 2nd slot will be filled by Honor Code, who is owned by Lane's End themselves. So I think they will be ok. · 8 hours ago
In Russia, Summer Bird's two year old colt, NELOCH becomes Summer Bird's first group one winner in a local group one at Moscow by 2 lengths easily. Neloch's official racing record is 4 starts, 3 wins and a second place finish. Neloch is by Palais Versailles, a unraced Pulpit mare, Neloch was born on the 2nd of May in 2013 at WinStar Farm. Neloch broke his maiden first time out by many lengths from the second place finisher (the margin was listed as Far Behind), Neloch continued his winning ways in his next race by 3 lengths, Neloch suffered his first loss by a neck 2 months ago, Neloch bounced back to win again and currently Russia's top two year old.
Curlin is a proven sire so it's just a matter of getting the right mares and I think they are genuinely committed to getting him the best mares, relative to Hill n Dale.
  • Jbyrnes1 · Best quote: "We will support him fully,” Sikura said. “Teeming and her daughters will be amongst the first group of mares to him. Teeming has been such a great producer and I believe her daughters will be equally effective. We are going to breed our best mares to the horse and seed the home team. We will continue to use outside horses like we have, but we will be heavy supporters of Curlin.” Best mares, enough said, Curlin is gonna have alot of fun at Hill N Dale. · 8 hours ago
BREAKING NEWS: Stonestreet Farm has announced that its two-time Horse of the Year Curlin , whose Keen Ice took down the colors of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the GI Travers S. last Saturday, will be relocated to John Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm for the 2016 breeding season. Earlier this year, Hill ‘n’ Dale was announced as the successful bidder of the 20% interest in the stallion previously owned by Shirley Cunningham and Midnight Cry Stables. Stonestreet’s Barbara Banke owns the other 80% of the sire. Curlin has stood at Lane’s End Farm since his retirement in 2008. “We believe that the owners of the horse are in the best position to direct his stallion career,” explained Banke. “John Sikura has assembled a unique world-class broodmare band and has pledged his best mares to the sire. This year we bred multiple graded stakes winner Dayatthespa and multiple graded stakes winner and producer Dream Rush to Curlin and will continue to support him with top-quality mares."Curlin becomes the 11th stallion on the Hill ‘n’ Dale roster, which is anchored by sprint champion Midnight Lute. Article on http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/curlin-relocating-to-hill-n-dale/
  • Busta · Not so sure that's a good thing, he was like royalty over at Lanes End Farm, Barbara Banke could have Vetoed the 20% owners, Who are these people anyways? Not liking this at all!!! · 9 hours ago
  • Goblin · I had forgotten that Hill 'n' Dale partnered with Stonestreet on MacLean's Music and Atreides prior to this announcement. I'm a bit surprised, but think that Barbara Banke's judgement has been exemplary in her management of Stonestreet since Jess Jackson's death. She probably had this plan in mind when not opposing the Hill 'n' Dale bid of $6.2 million for Curlin in the dispersal of Midnight Cry's assets. Hill 'n' Dale sounds committed to supporting and advancing Curlin's stud career as much as possible. I wish Curlin, Ms. Banke, and H 'n' D all the good fortune in the world as they go forward! (And as jimmy powell always says, "Go-o-o-o-o Curlin!") · 9 hours ago
Spendthrift farm announced Malibu Moon, currently 14th on the North American General Sire list, will stand for $95,000 live foal in 2016, the same fee he commanded this year.
Spendthrift Farm announces that G1 winner and sire Into Mischief's stud fee will increase from $35,000 to $45,000 for the 2016 Breeding season. Into Mischief covered 203 mares in 2015. He is a half to dual eclipse award winner Beholder. Article on Bloodhorse
The horses older than 3 have been dominated by Honor Code and Tonalist , but this field is still a very high quality G1 race. If Tonalist races , he wins, but if not, then 1st - PROTONICO 2ND - LIAM'S MAP 3rd - Coach Inge 4th - Bay of Plenty 5th - Effinex 6th - Mylute 7th - Wicked Strong 8th - Commanding Curve
  • Thomas Mullally via Disqus · Hmmm... Liam's Map should be favored, but is he really all of that? And Protonico, off the layoff? I don't know, but I am feeling this for Coach Inge... P.S. That would be to PLACE and the strange part is that these top three blaze the trail, so if they burn out in stretch run somebody could close. But at 9F, I'll take the same jet runners as you... less Protonico plus Bay of Plenty.... · 9 hours ago
Love Honor Code!
As per the article on TDN, Curlin is being relocated to Hill 'n' Dale
  • Jbyrnes1 · Reading the article, it sounds like Curlin is going to be treated like a king over there. · 9 hours ago
will take up stallion duty in 2016 at Daehling Ranch in Elk Grove, Calif.
i still think Pharoah is the horse to beat in the classic. I don't think Keen Ice will hit the board.
  • AllenJoyner · If you look over Keen Ice's past performances, you can see he has improved each start, each time getting closer to Pharoah. The Travers was no fluke. Ice will be a formidable foe the rest of the year and in the BC Classic. He's a closer who likes a fast pace, and he'll surely get it in the Classic. If Pharoah bounces back to win the Classic, he will go down as one of the best ever. Another loss will drop him down on that list. And just as a side note, the older horses like Honor Code should not be overlooked, as they have turned in faster Beyers than the 3 yr. olds this year. · 11 hours ago
  • Jay Harrison via Disqus · Coming from an American Pharoah fan, surely. Make sure to get that jab in there on Keen Ice. If keen Ice goes there, he'll get a great pace to make his run, just needs to stay out of traffic and he'll be coming. A horse with his running style is always a good thing and he can sustain his run, as shown in the Travers. No reason not to like Keen Ice. · 11 hours ago
Trainer Shug McGaughey tells DRF'S David Grening that Honor Code, the Metropolitan Handicap and Whitney Stakes winner, will “most likely” make his next start in the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap, a one-mile race at Belmont Park on Oct. 3, trainer Shug McGaughey said Tuesday. McGaughey says that they could go here instead of the Jockey Club Gold Cup because he feels the Kelso would give him a better chance at getting pace and feels the spacing is right for him going a mile than 1 1/4 before the Breeders Cup Classic. Article on DRF
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  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · wow what a terrible decision · 13 hours ago
  • BeastBob via Disqus · Why don't they run a BCC prep race for him in Kentucky instead of New York? · 11 hours ago
Keen Ice will be a real tough horse to beat the rest of the year. Just keeps getting better each start. big shot in the BC Classic. Should be rated second here.
The horse could run in the classic and maybe even win, with AP on the ropes, beholder not decided yet, and honor code, he could get in to the winners circle since the wood
So glad the opening day of the meet is this week even though this is one of most difficult tracks to handicap.
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · I don't care, right, wrong, not handicapping. I want the 1, Tourist, to win. He is one of the best babies, 3 yos, I ever saw run, ever. I can't hold the BC turf mile against him. · 13 hours ago
BREAKING NEWS: Ahmed Zayat announces via twitter that the Zayats and Bob Baffert had a four hour meeting yesterday going over every aspect of American Pharoah's future. Apparently yesterday's report by DRF's Jay Privman could be false, Zayat said they are thinking long and hard over AP's future in wether to continue racing him. Multiple media outlets have already reported AP is pointing to the Breeders Cup Classic with a possible prep in between, but Zayat may dismiss those reports. Zayats says that a decision over AP's future could come as early as tomorrow.
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  • reversecowboy77 · Well all I have to say is, they should rest him and wait til the classic. No need to race him anymore this summer. Apparently he was fatigued down the stretch. After the Haskell he should have been rested for the classic · 13 hours ago
  • QueenBlitzkrieg · Well, we will see how much of a coward Zayat is. Retiring his horse because of one loss (and an amazing fight that loss was) or letting him run some more. · 13 hours ago

Meet Andrew Champagne

 

A native of upstate New York and a graduate of Ithaca College, Andrew Champagne fell in love with horse racing at a very early age on summer trips to Saratoga. His turf writing credits include time spent as a sportswriter, weekly columnist, and handicapper at The Saratogian, a summer working for The Saratoga Special, and "field research" at OTB facilities in Saratoga Springs and his hometown of Kingston. He also spent two years in the athletic communications office at Siena College, and interned with NBC Olympics at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.


Andrew moved to Pasadena, Calif., in October of 2013, and now serves as an Associate Producer in HRTV's Digital Media department and Horse Racing Nation's Southern California writer. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewChampagne, and email him at andrewdchampagne@gmail.com.

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