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Check out this field of 14 for Golden Gate race 8 on Saturday. Thank you, whoever posted the entries.
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  • MaryZinke via Disqus · Paladin, Thank you. · 2 hours ago
Thank You MaryZinke - My question is not a fake = I really wasn't sure which way to bet- as I mention I am first time to bet- I also trusted this site so thats why I posted here - I also was just looking to see who this horse was that folks were talking so much about- a person I know was a jockey and said he quit riding in 93 as the horse tripped- I actually deleted my comment but then i saw that my question got answered - Have a great evening and best wishes
Since she's supposed to debut this summer, could it be she could start at Del Mar? Oh, I hope so!!
Had an Awesome Again filly in 2016 and will be bred to Uptowncharlybrown for 2017.
A client tried to talk to me about horse racing today. She said 'I think I'm going to go with that good horse NyQuil' My face............. -_-
This horse beat horses who beat him in the Rebel in a bad time. Creator is just a typical mediocre major Derby prep winner IMO.
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  • Chicken Dinner via Disqus · As you know, 3 year olds improve in leaps and bounds. This one is headed in the right direction imo...whether or not he remains eligible for a win in the derby remains up to each handicapper to decide. I would not say he's going to win but he is a contender to hit the board for sure. · 9 days ago
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · Win lose or draw. As long as a three yr old continues to improve that's about all u can ask for · 6 hours ago
BREAKING NEWS : Jerry Hollendorfer announces that champion Songbird will return to training on Sunday, her fever is all better and she will be ready to go in a little while. No timetable when she will race again.
I'm trying to add his Woodhaven stakes win to his results, but the Woodhaven is not in the stakes list. Can someone add it?
I do believe he is feeling good. Hope he can make Nyquist earn those roses on Derby Day! Got a good feeling he is going to surprise some folks
Dortmund is back in training with baffert
Wishing Hope's Love all the best wishes for this coming Sunday's (May 1) Campanile Stakes race at GGF. Hope that she has recovered well from her injury and is 100%. By the way, the ownership needs to be updated here on HRN. Steve Coburn no longer has any ownership interest in her.
Has Creator's jockey ever raced in the derby?
Dortmund is back in training! He's at Los Alamitos and will possibly be ready to race by late Summer.
I have never bet before but on Kentucky Derby Day I would like to bet on Nyquist - I read a good way to bet is just to "Show" - then I read to bet "Win Place & Show across the board - May I ask what the difference is?
It is a strange year, but no horse has won the Kentucky Derby off a 10 week or more lay off except Regret who had no Derby prep at 3 and no horse that I can remember has won the Kentucky Derby without a 9 furlong prep race. So those of you backing Destin will be going against tradition. But with Nyquist doing the Derby sprint/route prep schedule which is the first time that has been done that I am aware since War Admiral, and with other novel approaches who knows? :-)
Art Sherman officially announces that California Chrome's return race will be the G2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar on July 23rd. They will target this race as a prep for the Pacific Classic. CC is expected to return to California on May 7th.
After looking at the sheets for this years Derby. Based on my interpetation of the race,the likeliest winner will come from one of the following 3 horses. Moyhaman , Mor Spirit or Exaggerator . Not that they are super fast,but just based on comparative numbers. They ran fast as 2yos and followed it up with pairing numbers as 3 year olds.
Charismatic did not show much until the 8.5f Lexington (which is missing from the HRN background on him)...lack luster 4th in the SA Derby..........LEXINGTON effort put him over the top, not a 9 panel affair.
I think many people are over rating Mohaymen!! That was no fluke for Majesto running 2nd to Nyquist in the Florida Derby and no punt intended, but I am glad I played that Trifecta. Reason is Majesto was improving and coming off a 97 speed figure winning a maiden race, he just ran into a great G1 horse in Nyquist. The same can be said about Danzing Candy and My Man Sam coming off Maiden wins speed figure of 101 and 97 respectively, but got beaten by very good G1 horses in Exaggerator and Brody's Cause. Moreover, some folks may think Nyquist was tiring in the Florida Derby when he drifted some in the stretch, but he was just looking around for competition and not paying attention. I don't think we have seen the best of Nyquist yet, so I am hoping to see another Triple Crown winner [but then again that's just me following my unorthodox handicapping]...
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  • Rat01 · I agree, we haven't seen the best of Nyquist. He will win the derby. · 12 hours ago
  • Pitbull via Disqus · I don't have much faith in Majesto i thought he did run a decent race but one more furlong fellowship would have caught him. I think if Moyhaymen runs his race he will be there. But my pick for the derby is Creator. I love closer's i think he will be there at the end. Beware of that little fellowship in the belmont hoping he races there. I don't think Mohaymen is done yet. · 11 hours ago
I hope he wins and Florent gets his first derby win. Florent has been winning everything in sight.

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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