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VERY impressive win from Vedouma. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10l3fYPo7b0
This horse won one of the most important pre Derby Grade 1 preps this year off the pace. Why on earth would he be dependant on the lead to win the race . This is not a confirmed front runner. That is not to say he won't take the lead if he is allowed to Walk the Dog on the front end. Unless a horse like Hoppertunity who will be sharp off of the 7F prep. This race looks as though it will be Constitution on the Engine in Pedestrian fractions.
  • triple_double · The 3rd posts that TMallios likes Constitution in the Clark Handicap will be posting in about.......25 minutes.... waiting....waiting.... · 8 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · Who cares, Legion. I may pick that Easter Gift just because. · 8 hours ago
The worst racetrack caller I heard is the one in Turf Paradise. His voice is very annoying and I have to turn off the volume in the end of every race he calls. I believe Trevor Denman is the best active caller in the business, but I love the voice of the caller in Golden Gate. He calls the race very clear and his voice is solid. I will never understand the calls of races in Australia & Japan, but their races are very exciting. Who is your favorite active race callers?
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  • Sullivan · Wrona is alright over at Golden Gate, sure. Denman is alright but TD Thorton is pretty good as well - has that sound of interest and passion that is devoid from Durkin and Denman who have seen so many races end that they are no longer interesting to them. Hannon wasn't bad - just smoked too much. Here's Thorton: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16U1KVeXOAk · 10 hours ago
  • https://www.facebook.com/fred. · I enjoy the races called by the guy at Woodbine his deep rumbling voice is unique as is the caller from Arlington and that guy can really build excitement as the horses are into the stretch and as they approach the finish line. Both of these guys are terrific race caller in my mind. · 9 hours ago
Jojo Warrior
Gotta love Constitution in this race.Just look at the work out patterns between his comeback race on Oct. 12 th and this one. Like Todd knew that this guy was nowhere near ready to fire a big one. Only really conditioned him with works. Look at his recent tab. Consise speed works. Friday this guy is ready to fire his best.
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  • travel_vic · Several times a year in Louisville the grounds crew there plays games with the track and either rolls it or tears it up making it a speed paradise of a pressers dream. You can ONLY tell what they are giving you as there are NO blanket statements about bias there. · 10 hours ago
  • amino998 · If the grounds crew allows it, Javier should have it his own way on the front end · 10 hours ago
i like itsmyluckyday
ts my lucky day is goin take it all
hi :)
Durkin devoid of passion? You still keep making it up as you go along Cocoa
Ready for his comeback at Gulfstream. Centennial's 4 yo. surprise!
11/2/14 winner's circle photo posted of "The Biter" Woodmans Luck.. He bit a rival's bridle during a stretch duel after he'd had a string of second place finishes, 8/11/2012.
If they do put Chrome into this Turf race, my only wish for the year would be that Shared Belief was entered and as well. Would love to see SB show up in the gate right next to Chrome. Because there is no question, turf or dirt, Shared Belief is in a league all his own and then he would own HOY without question. I know that is wishful thinking. The excuses would be rampant. So if I can't have that wish, my other would be that the HOY be scrapped entirely and instead of awarding it to simply "The Derby Winner who lost his last three"... this year, change the name of the award and give it to the three year old who had serious crazy potential and had it all cut away way too soon - Give it to Dance with Fate. Change it up a little and recognize a great one who left way too soon. I know, a bit sentimental, but If only wishes could come true!
  • James Corum via Disqus · lisa , agreed love to see belief line up w my boy chrome , needless to say chrome would show ur boy up ... #bring that #bayern fella to for good measure oh yea , HOY... dance w fate ... yes , see , we agree on sumthin .;.. thats a start · 14 hours ago
JoJo declared yesterday
Should a hypothetical scenerio exist going into the race on Saturday . One wheras every horse in the race will run their best race . Then the only horse that i would have concerns about will be Itsmyluckyday. Happy Gobble Day to all.
Tamarando and Blueskies :)
This is true, Atredies is out of the cigar mile because Marty Wolfson couldn't find a top level rider to ride him in the race, says the Hal's Hope will be the next race for him according to DRF
Leading Light has been retired to Coolmore's National Hunt division. Was hoping to see him stick around as a top class stayer but it sounded like he got pretty mangled in the Long Distance Cup
Honor code earned a 106 Beyer speed figure for his victory yesterday in the Aqueduct allowance race
I,for one feel that JJ is not a good fit for this Magnificent horse. I think Shug should use Johnny V. as JJ is a open and git type style jock where as Johnny relaxes at the start and feels the rhythm of the race, places his mount in a place he feels is close to where he wants to be, and then rides with authority using that natural rhythm saving every ounce of precious energy till it's required. Running up to that brick wall of 5 horses last Saturday has convinced me this horses style of racing would greatly improve if he were handled differently. Continued running full tilt boogie up to 5 horse brick wall, then slamming on the brakes, is what put this horse out of contention for the Classics in the first place. JJ's race riding style just does not fit this very powerful animal.
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  • ekindy · Good point TV, like I've always said, it's just pure coincidence that Calvin Borel's horses seem to always take the rail. Luck of the draw. The jockey is just there for weight. · 1 day ago
  • jockey2be. · I think Johnny would be a good fit but Javier has done a good job riding him too. · 19 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.