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  • Belvoir Bay (7-1) takes them all the way in the Torrey Pines.Posted 1 day ago
  • Strike Charmer (27-1) runs by Lady Eli late in the Ballston Spa.Posted 2 days ago
  • Masochistic (1-5) sprints to an easy victory in the Pat O'Brien at Del Mar.Posted 2 days ago
  • Arrogate (11-1) wins the Travers for fun in stakes record time!Posted 2 days ago
  • Flintshire (1-5) rolls up the rail to win the Grade 1 Sword Dancer.Posted 2 days ago
  • A.P. Indian (1-1) easily wins the Grade 1 Forego in stakes record time of 1:20.99.Posted 2 days ago
  • Drefong (3-1) dominates the Grade 1 King's Bishop every step of the way.Posted 2 days ago
  • Haveyougoneaway (10-1) gets there with a strong late in the Grade 1 Ballerina.Posted 2 days ago
  • Cavorting (2-1) rolls late to get up in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign.Posted 2 days ago
  • Hit It Once More makes every pole a winning one in the Albany Stakes.Posted 3 days ago

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My picks - Comfort, Bradester, Samraat.
Is Upstart going to be in the race?
Will he run in the Futurity on Monday?
Sped 5f in 59 flat in prep for the Delmar Debutante. We will see if she can best her stablemates and others
Cleo worked in company with fellow Delmar Debutante starter Noted & Quoted yesteday getting 5f in 1:00 2/5. Along with another Stablemate American Gal who worked 5f in 59 flat, Baffert has a stranglehold on this race. All 3 super impressive maiden winners. Have to think Cleo might be the most talented of the bunch, we will find out Saturday
Food for thought.... Check out Money Multiplier's trip, exact opposite as Flintshire's. Swap their trips and I'm not sure Flintshire wins that race. Can't help but be a little annoyed by the best horse getting all the help from another runner, as if he needs it.
Very good horse this is, I hope they choose the BC Dirt Mile for him, I don't think he makes Top 3 in the Classic (well maybe a 3rd place finish at VERY BEST) but I think he wins the BC Dirt Mile, the only horse that could beat him in the BC Dirt Mile would be 'Frosted', IF 'Frosted' goes in the Dirt Mile instead of the Classic. If 'Frosted' puts in another monster performance on Saturday in the Woodward, then I think connections will definitely put him in the Classic, so therefore my friends....................... "American Freedom" is your BC Dirt Mile Winner. :-)
I don't think it's right for the Bakersfield paper to publish stories based on Coburns daughter. After all she brags about working for the paper. One sided perhaps? Really wrecked the experience for my children.
  • Mike via Disqus · If you actually have kids,I feel sorry for them. · 66 days ago
  • Carol McFadden via Disqus · Yes, seems a bit tacky. · 5 hours ago
As much as I love Chrome and the Dream I really did not see Sunday show anything in these first three races. Perhaps the next one will go more smoothly.
Probably the fastest horse EVER!!!! Supreme speed, he still holds the course record at York for the Nunthorpe Stakes, a record that has stood for 26 years! You can see here in the video that he had 'Safely Kept' beaten in the BC Sprint, he was on his way to winning by about half a length or so, before he jumped the shadow on the track, losing all his momentum, a very unlucky loser indeed. :-(
Go Cleo!!!!
He passed away July 23, 2016 at Saratoga. Ad Astra Per Aspera. :(
Sorry folks, I've gotta totally write off Exaggerator in the BC Classic! The ONLY chance he's got of winning is if the track is like a swimming pool, ha ha ha. But that's never gonna happen at Santa Anita. So sorry Exaggerator you mud lover, I'm scratching you buddy!!!!
im just kidding with you guys about Arrogate...he OBVIOUSLY looks like a great horse...besides california chrome..who are the other legit contenders also supposed to be running in the classic?...is Nyquist running in the classic? he put in a few disappointments in last few..but if he gets the right trip and runs a good Nyquist race...he genuinely could be dangerous...most people gave up on him kind of
Nyquist is overrated, and a sprinter, managed to appear as if he was more than an average colt who just barely won the Derby. Propaganda can only work so long as the results support the objective. His connections had a nice horse, but didn't know when to manage expectations. Great horses don't finish 3rd and 4th after being hailed as the second coming of Secretariat. I prefer to follow real talent, not flashes in the pan. Compare this colt with Arrogate. Nyquist is not in his league.
1st: California Chrome 2nd: Frosted 3rd: Beholder 4th: Nyquist 5th: Effinex 6th: Exaggerator 7th: Dortmund 8th: Firing Line 9th: Melatonin 10th: Destin 11th: Creator 12th: Mubtaahij 13th: Mohaymen 14th: Hoppertunity 15th: Arrogate
  • Mary via Disqus · after yesterday, I'd put Arrogate WAY higher up this list! My 'wish' list in order - 1. California Chrome 2. Exaggerator 3. Hoppertunity 4. Dortmund 5. Arrogate 6. Frosted 7. Mubtaahij 8. Nyquist 9. Melatonin 10. Firing Line 11. Destin' 12. Effinex 13. Mohayman (not sure he belongs in this field) 14. Creator (ditto) EDIT - the two horses I had on the bottom are now officially finished for the year. Hmmmm....... I hope Beholder goes in the Distaff. That would be a great race! Otherwise, it's probably Songbird's win without much drama, with Stellar Wind second. · 2 days ago
Arrogate will finish out of the money in the classic. and all this fantasy fairytale fan foolishness will fade like the sunset. California Chrome is the clear cut favorite because he is superior to Arrogate and rest of the field. Arrogate is a pretender not a contender. after Arrogate flops in the classic im sure this forum will be filled with desperate excuses. but the only legit excuse he will have is that he was just outrun by much better horses and a superior horse in california chrome. after the classic this forum will be heartbroken. cause Arrogate doesnt belong in the classic and it will be proven. but im looking forward to all the desperate lame excuses on this forum after the classic is over and Arrogate doesnt even finish in the money
  • ChessChamp · Still jealous that we made money on a horse you missed out on? How many accounts will you have by the time the BCC rolls around...874? · 14 hours ago
I love these competitive races and the prices you get in the betting wager. I mean if you could have done what I did and toss out Exaggerator cause he loves a wet track...then you would see there was gonna be a good pay out...not to mention, after circling all Exaggerator wind on the racing form you couldn't find a win on a dry track against top company. Just a little inside info--I won three 10c super fectators Saturday at both Saratoga and Gulfsteam Pk with the lowest been $572.00--you can box a 10c 5 horse super for $12 or box 6 for $36 because you should know it is not always the best horse that wins, so if the long shots coming first you may get a nice pay out...NOTE: Not showing out just had a good day... I can't wait for the Breeder's Cup ...because post position will play a big part on where your horse maybe strategically placed during the race and the other important aspect is can your horse handle the racing surface and distance... just sharing some thoughts and info good luck!!
i really really like this colt Two seconds in two big races validates his worth. I will never not like Exagerator but this colt moves right up the ladder and im on his band wagon
Honor Code looks spectacular at Lanes End. This was from back in July

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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