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  • Amis Gizmo romps home in the Prince of Wales at Fort Erie.Posted 3 hours ago
  • Long On Value (7-2) cuts back and rolls in the Lucky Coin Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Songbird repels the challenge of Carina Mia, and romps home in the CCA Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • Up With the Birds swings to victory in Woodbine's Nijinsky Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Tin Type Gal rides the rail to victory in Monmouth's Boiling Springs.Posted 2 days ago
  • California Chrome edges Dortmund in a San Diego Handicap showdown.Posted 3 days ago
  • Mokat (7-1) turns the San Clemente into a one-filly show.Posted 3 days ago
  • Dacita just gets up in the Grade 1 Diana in a four-horse photo.Posted 3 days ago
  • Front Pocket Money grinds to victory in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore.Posted 3 days ago
  • Hit It Once More romps home a big winner of the New York Derby.Posted 3 days ago

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In the Pacific Classic, it will be interesting to see which stalker will act as the sacrificial lamb pressing Melatonin early. If he's allowed to set 47 and change... 1:11 and change 4f and 6f pace, he will tick off the remaining splits in 24 and low change. And both California Chrome and Dortmund can kiss his tail good bye!! Poll: which one will likely be the sacrificial lamb moving up and press Melatonin, Chrome or Dortmund?
Has been retired from stud duties after suffering from an unspecified veterinary problem. He will join Linamix in retirement from stud duties at the Aga Khan's Stud in Normandy, France.
Here it is - two weeks out from the Haskell and Jim Dandy and no word on him and where he is pointed. I still think the Haskell is an ideal position for him with the track fast like he likes it. He has had 3 works since the Belmont: Saratoga 5 furlongs 1:02.43 11/17 Saratoga 4 furlongs 49.96 16/38 Belmont 4 furlongs 48.48 8/62 I hope he is ready for the Haskell because I think he could be a strong contender, but I understand that the Haskell/Travers double is not easy so if he stays at the spa that would make sense.
  • triplechrome · Destin ran well in the Belmont. I would like to see him win the Haskell. Stradivari's injury was heart breaking news. Donegal Moon should go to the Curlin · 4 hours ago
If we're lucky we'll see at least one Frankel offspring debut tomorrow. Senator is set for race 4 at Leicester where he'll face Godolphin's Winning Return as well as the previously raced Midaawi and Imperial City. Monarchs Glen is entered in race 3 at Sandown, but is looking unlikely to run. Also entered in that race is a Juddmonte-owned Spring At Last colt out of Empire Maker mare Make A Dance named Spring Jig and Elucidation, an Oasis Dream colt out of Mimalia.
I think the decision to keep Songbird at Saratoga to prepare for the Alabama is the correct one. Last year Bob Baffert shipped American Pharoah back to Southern California after every start. I was at Saratoga for the Travers and Pharoah looked like a tired horse. The fact he ran as well as he did is a credit to his talent and courage. While transporting horses has certainly gotten easier these days it still takes something out of them. Different climates, time zone changes and the like can affect a horse just like it does a human. Porter and Hollendorfer have made the right decision to allow Songbird more time to acclimate to the conditions.
Gotta love the logic I'm reading here that Dortmund's first race as a 4yo off 8 months coming back from hoof injuries and making his first start of the year was 'his best race'. First it's Chrome beats Dortmund easily by open lengths then when Dortmund almost wins it's because of 5lbs and because Chrome ran a path out from Dortmund and now it's 'that was Dortmund's best race' and that Baffert had him %100 while Chrome was only %80 even though Chrome has been in training far longer this year than Dortmund has. Let's ignore that Chrome ran the race of his life in the DWC and then was able to get back in training only 6 weeks later. No physical setbacks, hasn't missed a beat. The year has gone as well as it could for Chrome while Dortmund has had many set backs. Dortmund is clearly getting faster as he matures and gets older. His speed figures have been rising with each start since he came back later in his 3yo year. No reason he does not continue to improve with more starts and maturity as he's been doing.
1st- Ribchester 2nd- The Gurkha 3rd- Richard Pankhurst
I think Songbird should skip the Alabama...too soon...less than 4 weeks...I would run her only 1 more time prior to Breeders Cup...Cotillion on 9/24 is a better fit....Just my opinion
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  • Ruffianlover · I disagree. She'll be fine. She has hardly raced in the last few months. I vote Alabama then Beldame then distaff. Then I would target males next year · 1 day ago
  • barrmorr · I realize that comparing European racing to American racing can be like apples and oranges but in the analysis of races on GB1 you'll hear the commentators say things like 'this horse is running back in 4 days' quite often. While turf racing is easier on a horse than dirt racing this is a thing of the past here. Horses were entered much more often before trainers and owners had the options to pick and choose where to run like they do today. Some of the old-timers would run 15-20 times as 2 year olds. I'm not suggesting that this approach would work today but if a horse is healthy 3 races in 2 months should not be overly taxing. · 9 hours ago
Gun Runner!! He was my Derby pick, and I refuse to give up hoping he pulls off a giant win. :)
Still like this horse. Was impressed with his first attempt rating and the time of the race was pretty fast
The blow hearts on TVG never once mentioned that Mike Smith was at Del Mar on Saturday night trying to beat California Chrome and had to fly to Saratoga to be ready to board Songbird on Sunday....
Wonder who she going to be bred to? Orfevre?? :)
Here's hoping he can progress. Very impressive in his last.
Any news on his next race?
1st- La Madrina 2nd- Bar of Gold 3rd- Sarah Sis
RIP, Futural
Where is Pebbles at?....Waiting for her to chime in on Songbird...She was at the Spa this weekend....Pebbles where are you????
Based on what we've seen over the past 3 years, it's safe to say that the Tapits love running 12f. In route races where the early paces were moderate or slow, their turn of foot in the stretch are strong comparing to other dirt horses.
War Decree bounces back from his narrow defeat in the G2 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket to win the G2 Vintage Stakes at Goodwood for Ryan Moore and Aidan O'Brien.
Dutch Connection gets home ahead of Home Of The Brave & Gifted Master to get a much deserved win in the G2 Lennox Stakes at Goodwood.

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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