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  • Ulysses (Galileo) powers by Churchill and Barney Roy in the Group 1 Juddmonte International.Posted 1 hour ago
  • Cracksman (Frankel) cruises to a big victory in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York.Posted 1 hour ago
  • Diversify (1-2) rolls home a big winner in the Evan Shipman.Posted 1 day ago
  • Blackjackcat (8-1) holds off Vyjack to win the Del Mar Mile.Posted 2 days ago
  • Dak Attack (2-1) is an impressive winner of the Ellis Park Juvenile.Posted 2 days ago
  • Channel Maker (8-5) wins the photo and survives multiple objections to win the Breeders' Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Kelly's Humor (11-1) rolls late to win Ellis Park Debutante.Posted 2 days ago
  • Dream Dancing (6-1) nips Beau Recall in the Del Mar Oaks.Posted 3 days ago
  • Collected (3-1) holds off Arrogate in the TVG Pacific Classic.Posted 3 days ago
  • Hunt (3-1) scores his second graded stakes win of the meet, this time in the Del Mar Handicap.Posted 3 days ago
Saratoga and Del Mar 2017
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Even though he had to settle for 2nd behind Ulysses today, who I would argue is the most improved older middle distance horse in Europe at the moment, I was still really pleased with the way Churchill bounced back to near his best today and put that disappointing run at Royal-Ascot in the St James's Palace Stakes behind him. There's no doubt he was on a retrieval mission today, and had some questions that needed answers, and I thought he did just that. He seemed to take the step up in trip from 1600m to 2100m for the first time ever in stride too. I also think his performance today should, for the time being at least, quiet his critics, many of which who've been insisting that he's not as good as Barney Roy, even though in 2 of the 3 races they've met now, Churchill has proven he's every bit Barney Roy's equal, if not more. Ulysses has turned into a cracking good middle distance horse this season, at 2000m & 2400m, so there's certainly no disgrace in being beaten by just under 2 lengths by a horse of Ulysses caliber. I'm saying this right now for the record, if Aidan O'Brien points him at the race, and I'm pretty certain he will now that the distance question has been answered, that Churchill will improve for this run at York over the longer trip and he'll be a major player next month at Leopardstown in the G1 Irish Champion Stakes, IMO.
Wow LAL has worse odds than Giuseppe
"Ulysees" wins the G1 Juddmonte International today at York in impressive fashion, boosting the form of "Enable". I want to tell everyone right now, LUMP on "Enable" right now to win the Arc, bet all the money you have on her, borrow money off all your friends and bet all their money too!!! She's currently around 11/8, 5/4, but after she wins the Yorkshire Oaks tomorrow in impressive and easy style, she will be around 4/7, or 1/2, this time tomorrow!!! So in summary, "Enable" is a racing CERTAINTY to win BOTH the Yorkshire Oaks and the Arc De Triomphe! :-)
Ulysses continues his upward progression winning the G1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York. Churchill, who bounces back from his disappointing run at Royal-Ascot to run a cracking good race for 2nd on his first career start beyond a mile with favorite Barney Roy a further 1/2 length behind Churchill in 3rd.
Ulysses! An easy winner of the Juddmonte International, always good to see the Flaxman Holdings colors win big races!
10-1......might have to put some money on him. This guy has been consistent. He may be the real deal.
Cracksman absolutely destroys the opposition to win the G2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York, as the field consisted of three sons of Frankel (Cracksman, Mirage Dancer, & Atty Persse) taking on three sons of Galileo (Venice Beach, Douglas Macarthur, & Spanish Steps) after Count Octave & Khalidi were late scratches.
Kinda sad to see the bashing of everyone out here on the Pretty Songbird's page. There's enough bashing in social media these days - let's enjoy the horses and stop bashing each other out here - please. That said - off to Saratoga Saturday - gonna see this pretty bird for the third time
Don't be surprised if there ends up being some last minute defections from the Juddmonte International Stakes field now after 15mm of rain fell on the track this morning at York, changing the going to good to soft, soft in places from what had been good to firm, good in places overnight.
Change the "I" to a "C" and you get his real name! ha ha ha ha, no sorry, I'm being rude to the horse, he's better than that, but he still got lucky in winning the Ohio Derby, the jockey on "Girvin" stopped riding him before the wire, "Girvin" was the REAL winner of the Ohio Derby. Neither of those two horses will finish on the board in the Travers, and that my friends, is true! :-)
Fun fact #1: Pletcher won his 2nd Travers 6 years after he won his 1st Travers. If Tapwrit or Always Dreaming wins than it will have been 6 more years since Stay Thirsty won. Fun fact #2: The last time the Kentucky Derby winner won the Travers was 10 years ago. And his silks were yellow and blue.
Who out there had a feeling he'd lose the San Diego, but didn't say anything because of the bombardment of very sure "Experts"?
McCracken/Looking at Lee/AD/Girvin/Tapwrit
Songbird arrives in NY for the Personal Ensign. She looked incredible.
On the Racing Post podcast discussion of the Juddmonte International at York the commentators were asked if Winx would fit in this race. Their opinion was she might actually be the favorite. Considering Barney Roy, Churchill and Ulysses are in the field that is high praise indeed.
I'm not entirely sold on Tapwrit just yet. As evidence of the Travers prep races, that was a really weak Belmont field and he was one of the few bred for the distance (ultimately why he won imo). In the case of West Coast, I'm not understanding the oddsmaker's choice. He beat a mediocre field in a G3 and gets 4-1 while Good Samaritan romps in the JD and gets 5-1. My picks for the race are as follows in no order: Good Samaritan, Irap, Girvin, McCraken
For all these comments on here..Do you even realize that Collected during his 4 race win streak now that his numbers are just as good or on par or even slighty better than Arrogates during Arrogates streak?..Everyone wants to refuse this fact and just treat Collected like some "BUM" cause the races he won (Destroyed) didnt have a Grade 1 "title"..you gonna tell me if Arrogate ran in the precisionist he would have won by "14" lengths? (without Collected in the race)...Collected dont know the title of races hes in..Collected looked like a legit Grade 1 horse to me during his 3 race win streak, and thats why i picked him over Arrogate in the Pacific..btw Del Mar racing surface is a mirror of SA track where Arrogate ate up for breakfast..Some slight moisture difference at times, But basically IDENTICAL racing surfaces..So i doubt its the track..The San diego didnt look like he didnt like the track..it looked like he just DID NOT want to run period!..Why didnt he run the same way in the pacific as he did in the san diego if he hates the track and cant run on it?..Arrogate is one of the obvious choices in the BCC if he runs..But its time we give other horses some respect..they earned it ( i know this is Arrogates page )
Had a colt by More Than Ready. Sold in foal to Winstar last year for $400,000.
If healthy, there is no question that Arrogate will be in the BC Classic. My initial reaction after the loss to Collected in the BC was that he was 10 lengths slower when comparing to his DWC's form. But after seeing the speed ratings and figures for the race, Collected actually ran a very good 10f race. In fact, Collected ran better than any of Gun Runner's 10f (or 2000 meter) races.
Can't believe Baffert is seriously thinking of running Arrogate in the B.C.Classic. He said Arrogate was running in spots and was proud off him that last 1/8 mile. This horse lost by 15 1/2 lengths before that. Baffert has destroyed his reputation in 2 races all at Del Mar now he is going for the trifecta.

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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