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If he comes to the KD, he won't be a factor at all. Just taking a spot away from someone who could be a real contender, but needs horses to drop out in order to make it.
BREAKING NEWS: Active jockeys Javier Castellano and Victor Espinoza, the late jockey Garrett Gomez, and three-time Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Goldikova have been elected into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, the organization announced Monday. Castellano, Espinoza, Gomez, and Goldikova will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Aug. 4 at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., just around the corner from the Hall of Fame. Those four join previously announced steeplechase selections, the trainer Tom Voss and the horse Good Night Shirt, as this year’s inductees.
Did anyone else think that Classic Empire looked extremely tired this morning in his gallop?
I just don't know what to make of this horse. Won a 'ultra weak' allowance race in a very SLOW time, and then won the Florida Derby in a very good and respectable time, but his only danger in that race was 'Gunnevera' who broke slow from the outside gate and held up miles off the pace, and to be honest, it looked like the jockey on 'Gunnevera' wasn't even trying for a win, a top 3 was all he needed, and he got that. So going back to "Always Dreaming", what do we all think?? Should he really be the joint favourite for the Kentucky Derby??? I personally definitely don't think he should be, also will he handle the track, and will he handle the loud and buzzing atmosphere??? So many questions about this horse, I think he could run very well, but I don't see him as the winner, I think he will finish anywhere between 2nd and 6th. So there you go folks, that's my analysis about this horse.
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  • Ferrisjso26 · I think that the horses that AD beat in the Florida Derby are his biggest threats in the Kentucky Derby with the possible exception of LAL. I'm convinced State of Honour and Gunnevera win any of the other preps minus the Sunland. · 1 day ago
  • GoIrish89 via Disqus · The time AD ran in the Florida derby was more than respectable..I don't care how fast the track was running AD ran a time that was about six tenths a second slower than Arrogate in the Pegasus...He could bounce but without a doubt I think he deserves to be the favorite · 10 hours ago
Arrogate Is Great, Of That There Is No Question http://www.drf.com/news/watchmaker-arrogate-great-there-no-question
His full brother... LOOK at those legs! :O https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/86cd0bf6b70080642b873d3290acbca0e6e67ebf21291620bdbad4f1df6dc785.png
Worked 5f in 1:00 flat this morning. Galloped out 6f in 1:13 and 7f in 1:26.60. Continues to look great on the track. Only question left is who will ride him?
The War Front half-brother to Honor Code and Noble Tune makes his first start in the 1st race today @ Navan for trainer Aidan O'Brien!
Anyone have fractions for UAE and Thunder Snow?
If he gets in...with all of that speed up front, he could win the Derby.
What happened to the race
American Freedom worked 6f, April 22nd, in 1:11.00 (h) finishing 1/15.
  • kstott524 via Disqus · Thanks for posting all the works. Any news on when and where he will run again? · 12 hours ago
Broke her maiden on the 2nd try by a commanding 4 1/2 lengths. Nice!
If LAL can improve off the Arkansas derby he will be very very very dangerous... In the Arkansas derby his jockey gave him a truly terrible ride in the home stretch, and he still pulled out 3rd against good competition...if you are looking for a value play this horse is the one!
I gotta say. I've watched the Rebel and the Arkansas Derby several times. Sonneteer is one of those horses the rest are hoping doesn't make it. He was two strides from passing Lookin at Lee and Conquest Mo Money and he was bearing down on Classic Empire.
I'm afraid that everybody hoping for a longshot with Hence is out of luck. With IRAP's and Conquest Mo Money's recent excellent races, Hence's Sunland Derby now looks like one of the best prep wins of the season. Forget about the "G" labels. What matters is the quality of competition, proven speed, consistency/progression, and momentum going into the KD. On all of this counts, Hence is one of the top contenders. He'll be under 10-1 in the KD and I wouldn't be surprised to see him land as the 3rd or 4th choice by post time.
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  • Chicken Dinner via Disqus · He is a definite contender but there is no way he will be under 10-1 imo. The only horses under 10-1 will be AD, CE, IWC, maybe one other. · 7 days ago
  • Vernon France via Disqus · I like the big, powerful frame he has. He looks more like a four year old. He could hold his own in tight quarters as could his sire's son Danza and his aunt Zenyatta and uncle Street Sense, both by Street Cry. Yet he has some long distance influence from A P Indy on his dam's side as well. · 15 hours ago
One good race is far from a contender in KD. Not up on Sunland Derby stats but how many KD winners came out of Sunland Derby (G3 no lesss) to win or compete in the KD. Ok ran well in Ark Derby with a great trip but in a 23 horse stampede his poor chances get worst. We all have our favs, good luck with him. Want a long shot look to Lookin At Lee, stays out of trouble mid pack and if the jock doesn't jerk him around making three lane changes again that took away his momentum, the extra distance and a good trip is all he needs to take it.
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  • triplechrome · Girvin was most consistent in the prep races. So what your saying can be true for all these contenders except him. IMO any horse from any prep race could be the KD winner as long as they are the best that day · 7 days ago
  • Vernon France via Disqus · Mine That Bird finished fourth in the Sunland Derby before finishing first in the Derby, second in the Preakness and third in the Belmont. · 15 hours ago
Was 30-1 in the futures in the first few hours of round 4 of the futures. I like his tactical speed, and Smith is as good as it gets for big races.
earlier I have said that, am I looking at New AMERICAN PHAROH in TAPWRIT ? he is still my # 1 derby horse. good luck to everyone
Here she is https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6b544786772a732e01f7a2d8d1692f710bed4e302d7e03312c386559d16c6cfa.png

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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