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Older Comments...

Songbird is the obvious, and easy win pick here... But I'd like to see She's a Warrior get 2nd
Historically Keen Ice does stand out, best 2 lines ever here line up this way: 6 Keen Ice 4 Valid 5 Mexikoma 3 Mshawish
Doubtful anyone will remember this one if they don't recall Artful or Dark Star
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  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · Hold up you have him just winning the travers. The year is t over nor is next yr. with Curlins developing late he could very well have a 4 yrold season as good if not better than palace malice · 151 days ago
  • amino998 · https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aI4jxqGJX64 · 31 minutes ago
If the 7 does not press I WILL SCORE the race will be over. Only using 2 and 5 in double to SONGBIRD.
Does anyone know the full field?
Contenders 3 Mshawish 6 Keen Ice 4 Valid 5 Mexikoma ..lets see if Keen Ice ever developed enough speed to stay closed to the pace
Among the contenders 5 Mor Spirit 2 I Will Score 7 Uncle Lino 1 Let's Meet in Rio
There's a %99.9 chance Songbird will win, but if I had to pick a longshot it would be Land Over Sea or She's A Warrior.
Davona Dale with Rachels Valentina? It could be interesting.
I don't see anyone challenging Mor Spirit. I think he'll use this to build momentum and we'll see him in May
  • Deano · Dressed in Hemes may surprise in this spot. Collected winning the Sham validates this one on dirt. Hermes scratched from the Sham with a fever. · 6 hours ago
WOW!!! Terra Promessa eased up to win her allowance race at Oaklawn, very impressive!!! Looks like a prep for the G3 Honeybee next month. Very very impressive.
Samantha Nicole has been retired and will be bred to Bernardini.
The third year old filly division is smoking this year. I am more excited about this division than the boys!
Keen Ice will beat this 2016 Donn Handicap field by at least 3 lengths.
  • jrem1 · Very well could be, especially with Javier on board. And at the age of 4, he could be an even stronger closer than he was last year. · 2 days ago
  • cugel the clever · He wont get the pace scenario he needs to win. He wont finish on the board. · 14 hours ago
He a great horse but almost got beat in the 1M jackpot due to the tiring track. If he stays sound he'll have a great shot at the derby
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · He also had only three weeks to recover from the BC juevinile and to do that on the front end shows a lot of talent and heart · 15 hours ago
To stand in S. Korea for 2016
Headed to Korea
Happy birthday big guy!!
Standing at Irish Hill Century Farm
My pick for the My Derby

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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