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Nathan at least it is good to know that Boots confidence and how good this guy was early in his career came true. But to all the HOTY experts that said if SB beat CC ,he was worthy of The HOTY Honor. What happens if this guy wins his next BC race and The Classic is won by an upset. Using your logic then, Bayern is HOTY.
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  • Mary Z. · No disrespect intended, really not at all. But, in case "Boots" doesn't have enough money to purchase a laptop out of his winnings from all of his inside info, I would like to start a fund for a gift of a laptop for Boots to be able to chat here, because as far as I know he is NOT part of hrn. But we sure hear enough about him. · 27 minutes ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · Mary , the closest you will ever come to Boots is me. He has no intention of ever coming on. Also if it means anything,and you see how good he is. I probably let out 20 % of the scoop. I am not that stupid to let the entire litter out of the bag.But i am sure Boots thanks you for the kind words. In respect to a Lap Top. Believe me when i tell you. Boots has that and then some. The top babies that many write about now,Boots East Coast and West Coast have already given me names that many will hear and read about in November or later. I try to be nice and share ,but then my many detractors start with the arrogant and know it all remarks. So many times i say,why bother. · 4 minutes ago
Emerald Downs website said she reached Santa Anita safely Wed., Sept 17. Now we just wait and see.
what happens if VE Day wins the JCGC and the Classic, hhhhhhmmmmmm!!!!
Dumbass stables got greedy and did not prep Chrome + Jock kept him in a box until the top of the lane = no Horse of the Year. But how can you keep saying he has done more than Shared Belief ? SB already has BEAT older horses in a Grade 1 race. Bayern will not go 1 1/4 against top older horses. We will see next week.
YOOO!!!! If Shared Belief and CC lose there remaining races, and this gal wins her next two, she could steal the HOTY title, she has three G1's and if she wins the Spinster and the BC Distaff, she will have 5 G1's this year, now that deserves HOTY
  • ruffianlover · Most certainly. And opposite- if she loses and Untapable wins the Distaff- HOTY could go to her as well. So many options · 19 minutes ago
Tapiture looks great I think he is going to run Huge.
What are the connections gonna do? A terrible performance. Do they have a plan B on how to get him ready?
  • ruffianlover · I just don't think he is going to be ready for the Classic. He does not have that same closing kick like he did earlier in the year. I think they should look to something like the Clark Handicap instead of possibly risking a possibly embarrassing performance in the Classic. That way he could get one prep in before the Clark. If he isn't ready- they need to not be greedy and pass on the Classic. Obviously I love the horse- and don't want his name tarnished because they mismanaged him. He is a special horse and I know he is better than this. · 46 minutes ago
  • Goblin · hannah, There'll be lots of further discussion on this for sure, but Art Sherman did say, "we'll see them in the Breeders' Cup," after the race per DRF. https://twitter.com/DRFGrening · 31 minutes ago
here she is! the first foal by Animal Kingdom. (Animal Kingdom x Tumble Turn by Redoute's Choice)!!! https://twitter.com/kaitlinefree/status/497262743804604417
  • cedar · Thank you for posting the picture! AK always meant a lot to me, and I will never forget seeing him in the saddling paddock before he broke his maiden. Even as a two year old he was absolutely stunning. Wishing him so much success in his stud career. Really hope he has some successful babies I think his more diverse bloodline could be good for the industry. · 43 days ago
  • ruffianlover · Kait thanks for this awesomeness! · 37 minutes ago
AK sure had some great wins, but i think his best race came in defeat to Wise Dan. Imagine if AK wasn't boxed in during the BC Mile, he might've beat Wise Dan. Just the fact that AK somehow made second impresses me.
  • cedar · That race will remain one of my favorites of all time. Even if AK hadn't been boxed in, I still think I would put Dan ahead of him but only because in my time watching racing, I have not seen a horse in recent years dig as deep and will himself to win like he can. His 2nd was really something, though, and if Dan wasn't in there, I'd say he ran too well to lose that one. · 52 minutes ago
  • ruffianlover · JP that was my favorite race of his too. He came closing like a bat out of hell. He was like a rocket. It really was a shame that he didn't win. · 37 minutes ago
I'll tell you what, he better get a big beer number, wins by 7 lengths,in 1:46.4 that screams big beyer number
how do think souper colossal agaainst competitive edge or american phaoroas. I forget tony dutrow colt.
Bayern rules at 9 furlongs!Whats the complete order of finish,anyone?
  • ruffianlover · 1. Bayern 2. Tapiture 3. Candy Boy 4. Noble Moon 5. CJ's Awesome 6. California Chrome That's all that matters · 43 minutes ago
  • ruffianlover · Also Victor stopped asking Chrome halfway down the stretch- which is why he finished 6th instead of farther up. No winning for him today though · 42 minutes ago
Ladies and Gentlemen, your 2014 Dirt Mile Champion.
Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 20 will be streamed live at America’s Best Racing (www.americasbestracing.net). Beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET, the 90-minute telecast from Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa., outside Philadelphia, will be a feed of the regional broadcast produced by The Comcast Network. The $1-million Cotillion Stakes for elite 3-year-old fillies and the Gallant Bob for 3-year-old sprinters also will also be shown during the live stream. The free Pennsylvania Derby livestream can be accessed Sept. 20 at 4:30 p.m. on the America’s Best Racing homepage: www.americasbestracing.net
  • amino998 · Thanks Paladin, haven’t heard little Laffit for a long time. Race was illustrative not only of ‘Alone on the Lead’ but how the ‘trip’ a horse gets is a key element. · 45 minutes ago
I hate to say, no disrespect to Shared Belief, he's awesome, but with CC's loss today, this puts Shared Belief in the drivers seat to win champion three year old and HOTY, if he wins the Awesome Again and BCC, the awards are his, Jim Rome and connections saw the PA Derby and had a huge smile on there faces when they saw CC lose. Now this might be Shared Belief division to lose.
fast horse.please baffert dont run him in the b.c.c.has no shot at s.b.
Love TVG's description of Bayern- "if he ain't first- he's last" circa Ricky Bobby. So true for him- you never know which Bayern you are going to get! I say he goes to the dirt mile instead of the Classic.
  • cedar · I agree, a bit like the Dude in that way. He's stretched out further than I thought he could, but I just don't see him getting 1 1/4 especially with the pace that should show up for the classic. But who knows. Either way, he's become a very nice horse over the summer with a toss of the travers. I think he could beat Goldencents at SA, and I really hope we could see a match up with them soon! · 1 hour ago
In tommorrows Pennsylvania Derby, i think that this guy has a huge shot to get 2nd. Should Chrome not be at his best, Moon can light up the tote board. Lets be honest about the race. CC at his best is not only much the best in this race,but also much the best 3yo in the Country. Allow the dreamers their day in the sun. We can speculate all we want as to the fitness of CC,especially against a quality group of 3yos. But just ask yourself this question.Assuming you owned CC (arguably worth in the neighberhood of 15 Million and higher). Would you do something stupid and run a short race horse. I know i would not. So i have to go into the race with the mindset that he will be as good as good. Being that i am not in it for the rooting aspect,i need to come up with a horse who i not only feel confident will get the job done,but will add extreme value in the process. Noble Moon sticks out like a sore thumb. In his last race,coming off of an extended an extended layoff ,and still wearing the bar shoe. He ran avery impressive and buried race against everyones new found monster .....The Big Beast. Pace wise he flew home in his last furlong.It may not of looked it via the eye test,but he was running against fresh horses. In a race that was loaded with potential front ened speed, the leaders got away with 23/46. As they say,that is all she wrote for the deep closers. Moon is finally stringing up back to back races. This guy will be a major factor in the Pa. Derby.
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  • Sullivan · Candy Boy tomorrow in the Derby and House Rules will relish the the runway in the Cotillion. Should make for a good DD · 19 hours ago
  • triple_double · Breaking news: Noble Moon in a DEAD HEAT for 4th!!!!!!!!!!!!!! · 1 hour ago
Wins the Penn Derby in track record time!!!!



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.