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  • Capla Temptress (5-1) rolls home in the Natalma, while making her North American debut.Posted 1 day ago
  • Untamed Domain (3-1) kicks it in late to win the Summer Stakes at Woodbine.Posted 1 day ago
  • World Approval (2-1) shows he is much the best in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile.Posted 2 days ago
  • Patrona Margarita (23-1) draws clear in the Grade 2 Pocahontas.Posted 2 days ago
  • Uni (6-5) runs down La Coronel in the Grade 2 Sands Point.Posted 2 days ago
  • Johnny Bear (9-1) noses out Hawkbill in the Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf.Posted 2 days ago
  • Chublicious (10-1) upsets the Grade 3 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash.Posted 2 days ago
  • The Tabulator (4-1) holds on in the Grade 3 Iroquois despite drifting out.Posted 2 days ago
  • Quidura (2-5) proves best in Grade 2 Canadian.Posted 2 days ago
  • Winx rolls late in the Colgate Optic White Stakes for her 20th straight victory!Posted 3 days ago

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From this morning's Racing Post web-site: Prix Morny & Prix Robert Papin winner, Unfortunately, has been bought by Cheveley Park Stud in private deal with previous owners Jeff Laughton and Elaine Burke, but will remain in the yard of trainer Karl Burke. The announcement was made on Tuesday evening by Cheveley Park Stud managing director, Chris Richardson.
To ruffianlover I'm totally new to these forum things but I have gone down through the comments for the last 12 months on this subject and I am totally intrigued by nearly all of your comments on how much common sense is in all of them. I'm from the bush in the land of oz and I don't have facebook or twitter or whatever else is supposed to be the in thing, I still don't even know how to work this thing properly but have a passion for horse racing and would love to get a few tips on how to have a chat with you through this site or some other way. I know that asking on here isn't probably the best way but I got no idea how to do it otherwise. Guarantee I know more about horse racing than how to do this stuff.
It is given that if a horse win the 3 boggest dirt races in a year ($12mil, $10mils and $6mils), the HOY is locked!! What about winning 2 out of 3?
I'd like to see to see Hollendorfer get Jungle Warfare in the FrontRunner if possible. His father Animal Kingdom won it.
Though numbers may be against him.....He is the horse to catch....you'll see.
Let's start by saying...OMG! Out of nowhere...thundering to finish ahead of the projected and much discussed field of proven winners....comes the 80/1 long shot! I'm not much of a betting man....small bets...love to play the field...long shot fun, etc.....but I couldn't believe my eyes when the race was Official and I saw the amount of the Win payoff...$180.60. The race itself, just another claimer....a large field...most not truly known unless you study track and numbers constantly, and then a star is born! Eastern Sky, 3 year old filly out of Invasor (Arg) and Gaily Field dam. 80/1 long shot....unbelievable! A big congrats to the Eastern Sky team and Joseph Martin owner and trainer...job well done!
Decisive from start to finish and up against 2 extremely strong females, Ami's Mesa and Bar Of Gold, Cavalia (a 12/1 long shot in the Presque Isle Masters) took a strong place out of the gate and never stopped coming. A true winner in my book and one of my new favorites!
Amazing Amazing Amazing! Third Stakes win in a row for Ami's Mesa and set a new Presque Isle Downs track record - 1:14:68!! Come from behind win against a very strong Bar of Gold!! Truly magnificent! What else can she win??
From today's Racing Post web-site: Trainer Aidan O'Brien tells the Racing Post today that star 3YO filly, Winter, who was turned over by stablemate Hydrangea for the first time in 5 starts at G1 level just over a week ago in the G1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown, is under "serious consideration" to be a 4th runner for Ballydoyle in this year's G1 Prix De l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly. Winter would join Highland Reel, Capri, & Order of St George who O'Brien confirmed are all being pointed at Europe's premier middle distance G1 race.
It Tiz Well/ Salty / Abel Tasman These are my top 3. Probably just going to box them, but would love if It Tiz Well could steal this one.
Dortmund?!?! This would be a comeback story of the ages.
Baffert was given instructions after Arrogate won the BCC last year, that they didn't care what he did throughout this year, but all they cared about was Arrogate winning the BCC again this year. Even with the track being a disadvantage, Arrogate should be the deserving favorite, and the only horse I can see beating him with Gun Runner. All due respect to Collected, but it took a perfect race out of Collected to beat a So-So Arrogate by a head last time out...I don't think they are in the same league.
With Bejarano after Mike García galore. Easy half a mile to get the big A back on the work tab. Does the trick.
It appears there has been a jock change for IWC. Going with Lynch.
Back on the worktab, 49 3/5 today. Should get 6 more works into him between now and BC day
Arrogate worked this morning, folks! Oh, boy! A dominating half in :49.60, the 38th of 52 at the distance... and not one of you fanatics is chirping and hooting like before ... where is the video, slew? ammino? Bueller? cricket cricket cricket Retirement announcement in a few days....
He is going to be very popular in the breeding shed. Those kittens are legit!
Here's the 60 Min segment on Winx: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=894&v=R0FZ6vqH8Y4
Currently pointed towards the Bourbon Stakes on 10/8. Hoping for a clean training run up to that race and then a big run there at Keeneland to move on out west to Del Mar.
He's looking good, but I don't see him beating "Ribchester" in the BC Mile, that's for sure! :-)

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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