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  • Texas Chrome (2-1) bravely squeezed through on the rail for an Oklahoma Derby win.Posted 3 days ago
  • Unbridled Mo (4-1) rides the rail to victory in the Remington Park Oaks.Posted 3 days ago
  • Accelerate (1-1) rallies to win the Los Alamitos Derby (G2).Posted 4 days ago
  • Connect (10-1) upsets the Pennsylvania Derby.Posted 4 days ago
  • Songbird (1-5) gets win number 11 in the Cotillion (G1) at Parx Racing.Posted 4 days ago
  • Noholdingback Bear (3-1) wins the Gallant Bob (G3) at Parx Racing.Posted 4 days ago
  • 2015 Turf Champion Big Blue Kitten has been retired from racing, via the Chad Brown barn.Posted 8 days ago
  • No catching Sarah Sis (10-1) in the Presque Isle Downs Masters.Posted 9 days ago
  • Victory to Victory  7-1) pulls clear in the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes.Posted 10 days ago
  • Good Samaritan (3-1) rolls to a Breeders' Cup birth with a Summer Stakes win.Posted 10 days ago

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IMO, you run at your best distance in the BC. Clearly, 1 mile is his best. He runs like a monster off lay-offs so hopefully they rest him. Plus, no one is touching CC or Arrogate in the BC Classic. It's all West Coast.
  • Pebbles via Disqus · If Chrome does not run his race and Arrogate bounces or otherwise cannot duplicate his top form, there is no reason to think that Frosted or Beholder might not win. · 18 minutes ago
I don't want to start WW3...but reviewing race by race...it seems to me that Rachel Alexandra was ducking Zenyatta...the 2009 Breeders Cup Classic would have been the perfect time for those 2 to meet...they were both in top form...
Beholder ranked 7th in this week's NTRA poll. Stellar Wind 11th.
how is this a G1 field?
if she runs to her training she could be tough and offer good value. not big on her pedigree stretching out but her patience sprinting may help her going a distance as a 2 year old
Christophe Lemaire gets the mount on Ervedya at Newmarket on Saturday in the G1 Sun Chariot Stakes. It's the first time I can remember Lemaire being back aboard one of the Aga Khan's horses since he gave up the position as their top retained rider a few seasons back to continue his riding career in Japan. Once Lemaire left, Christophe Soumillon filled the spot for a second time.
This one will likely be a plodder.
Forget what I said earlier about the Awesome Again being a close race. With their respective post positions, Chrome will break like a bullet and move out trapping Dortmund. Even with blinkers, expect a poor break by Rafael Bejarano on Dortmund. Locking in the Chrome/Hoppertunity exacta!
Texas Chrome yesterday showed to me what a race horse looks like. How he squeezed thru that hole with his ears pinned back looking at the other horse was probably for me the GUTSIEST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR Congrats to Texas Chrome Oklahoma Derby winner
  • chasingfiringline via Disqus · Agree 100% Mark! TC & this race is on my top 5 3 yr old races/3 yr old so far this year. He may not be a grade 1 horse yet or ever but I sure like the way he runs 🐎Gutsy move by the rider...glad to see a Texas bred horse do well. I was a Houston resident for a decade! The horse that won the big derby race at cantebury sure came up empty at top of stretch....Scott Stevens rode him well.... · 1 hour ago
Stopchargingmaria, winner of the 2015 BC Distaff, will be offered at the Fasig-Tipton November sale on Nov. 7. She will go through the sale as a broodmare prospect.
1st- Lady Shipman 2nd- Mrazek 3rd- War Envoy
1st- Jimmy Bouncer 2nd- Toowindytohaulrox
Barely a field for the Joe Hirsch.
How special is Songbird? http://www.drf.com/news/watchmaker-how-special-songbird-very-special Great ones make good on their less than best http://www.espn.com/horse-racing/story/_/id/16257880/great-ones-make-good-less-their-best Songbird repels stiff challenge in CCAO http://www.paulickreport.com/news/thoroughbred-racing/songbird-repels-stiff-challenge-win-coaching-club-american-oaks/ After Spring Fever, Songbird on track for spectacular season https://www.americasbestracing.net/the-sport/2016-after-spring-fever-songbird-track-spectacular-season Songbird Adds To Her Legend At Parx http://www.thespectrum.com/story/sports/mesquite/2016/09/28/songbird-adds-her-legend-parx/91193130/
Anyone playing this race?..any thoughts. Also is split race, what are your picks in the earlier race set for 3:30 pm?
Pebbles, you're still here bashing this amazing horse? Trying to cut her accomplishments down. Try giving her the benefit of the doubt, pun intended. Mike Smith has hit this horse exactly once and eases her at the finish of every race. So I don't want to hear about your slow race/fractions crap as compared to Beholder the choke artist who lost at 1-9. Songbird beats any three year old horse in the country, male or female, guaranteed as well as any other female horse of any age. She wins the Distaff, lock city, I'm hoping fools like you will bet Beholder or Stellar Wind so I get something better than even money back for my straight wager. The only horse on the planet that would beat Songbird right now is California Chrome. So next year if Chrome runs at 5 they will square off at sometime probably the Classic as Songbird goes for 20-0.
Can't wait for the Distaff. Songbird's last race over the SA track was laughably easy. She covered the 8.5 furlongs slightly faster than the previous 2 times beholder has run the same distance at SA. Someone on this board basically stated that Songbird has no chance against Beholder because she has not approached Beholder's personal best times. Not including the Adoration Stakes, Songbird's performances at SA are right on par with Beholder's. I do not know, but I believe Songbird will run much faster at SA this time due to the much better field that she will be running against. Songbird by 7 lengths in 147 flat. Beholder will be chasing shadows. Songbird is on the rise while Beholder is slowing down.
  • Pitbull via Disqus · Amen.. · 1 day ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · I never said she had no chance against Beholder. Please read my posts and stop making things up. Someone suggested that a stakes record might be set in the race and I responded that that was unlikely, and if a record was set, it would likely be done by a horse other than Songbird. There is nothing unreasonable about that statement. And I never have suggested that Songbird cannot or will not win the BC Distaff. I have only characterized the level of the challenge that she faces as a tall order. It is. Stellar Wind, Beholder, Cavorting and Curalina are top class horses who have the benefit of running against each other. Blind Luck and Havre De Grace were similarly top class three year old fillies when they entered the BC Distaff in 2010. In fact, both had earned multiple triple digit BSFs heading into the BC Distaff. I was cheering for both of them to win the race and felt that they had an excellent chance, and then Unrivaled Belle who was a good horse, but largely unheralded beat them - they finished 2nd and 3rd. I was there and I remember it very clearly. This was when Life At Ten had her issues pre-race. So when I suggest that the enthusiasm should be tempered I am speaking from experience. :-) · 3 hours ago
Hopefully Dortmund draws inside, looking forward to the race!
Chrome Mania Intensifies As Awesome Again Draws Closer http://www.horseracingnation.com/news/California_Chrome_mania_intensifies_as_Awesome_Again_2016_draws_closer_123
Chrome Preps For Breeders Cup http://www.forbes.com/sites/teresagenaro/2016/09/29/california-chrome-preps-for-the-breeders-cup-the-field-and-post-positions-for-the-awesome-again/#65d04ce44854 Chrome Draws The Rail https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/215404/california-chrome-draws-rail-in-awesome-again Chrome Heavily Favored http://www.paulickreport.com/news/breeders-cup/california-chrome-expected-polish-off-awesome-foes-final-breeders-cup-prep/

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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