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Worked 4F in :48.60 today http://www.xbtv.com/video/workout/workout-american-cleopatra-outside-works-4-furlongs-in-48-60-at-santa-anita-park-for-bob-baffert-on-june-30th-2016/
Shackelford or exaggerator at a 1 3-16 at Pimlico ? match race
I'm glad the spelled this one right. American Cleapotra would've been too awkward.
Am I the only one who thinks songbird should run in the Delaware handicap? I mean its a grade 1, and she's barely been tested.
  • pathfinder · I am a huge fan of Songbird and a huge believer in her ability. That said, I think her owners dug a proverbial hole keeping her in California instead of sending her East. Now I do not question their decision to keep her out of the Oaks. They know better than we do her status and ability. However, her first workout back was blazing fast, and it should have been ovbious right off the bat that she was ready for top competition. It is keeping her just running workouts for two months that I do not like. I personally think she should have beeen sent East for the Acorn, and if her owners really wanted a Cali prep before that, she could have been placed in an allowance at Santa Anita in mid May about 3 weeks before the Acorn or something like that. I think the owners are just being cautious with her, but I would say overly so. It does lead some to think twice about her ability, even though she has never shown a reason to doubt it. Songbird has done nothing wrong, but her owner and trainer are in a tough spot now. This is why I think she should face the girls her age before older mares. I have no doubt she would win the Delaware Handicap. But I want her to prove beyond a doubt that she is the best three year old filly in the country (as ridiculous it is that some think she is not) · 4 hours ago
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · I was thinking that Chatterbox is headed to the only grade 1, 10f dirt race left, strictly for mares(f&m) in this country. I like Chatterbox very much. Songbird can beat her. · 3 hours ago
I think his next step should be the Indiana derby, nice g2 and purse!
  • Zafonic via Disqus · Or, they could give him a couple of extra weeks rest and shoot for the G2 West Virginia Derby $750k. Indiana is Amoss' stomping grounds. · 1 day ago
  • Thomas Marshall via Disqus · They are going to Saratoga with Mo Tom. Next race most likely the Jim Dandy GII to prep for the Travers. · 2 hours ago
Dalmore by 3.
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · Right off the bat, I'd say Danzing Candy. BUT, lemme check if he is now a workmate. Blueskies, Drill. Baffert uses stakes winners for workmates. · 3 hours ago
“What’s so great about her is the way she travels,” noted Porter. “She can do these types of fractions in just a gallop, and when Mike (Smith) knows she’s gonna win, he just gears her down.” According to Porter, she was so talented that Mike Smith, who was mulling retirement, told a couple of jockeys at Keeneland that he wouldn’t as long as she was running. CCA, Alabama, Cotillion, Breeders Cup Distaff here she comes. She will remain on easy coast until after the Alabama. Porter believe her biggest threat will be Carina Mia
  • buckeye630 · Really glad Mike isn't letting go of this one...and if he is holding off retirement for her, you KNOW she has to be a pretty special filly. · 18 hours ago
  • pathfinder · Mike is great for her. I am so glad he is holding off retirement for her. Mike has said many things about Songbird that give the impression that he wants everyone to know how great he thinks Songbird is, but he doesn't want to sound too crazy about her abilities. Mike has ridden so many great racehorses, including Beholder, and I love reading his comments about Songbird because I know he knows what he is talking about. · 3 hours ago
I saw the horse was related through albaugh's instagram page, I just hope he can run them to a frazzle like his half brother
Looks like she will have some good competitors in the Mother Goose - she's my pick!! Will be a good one
  • Pebbles via Disqus · I hope she loves the track as much as her mom and dad did. :-) · 6 hours ago
She is a very nice filly, but not her mother. Still a very good racing horse :D
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  • Erin J. via Disqus · I agree. She is good, but not great. I wish she would have done better today, but I guess she was up too close to the pace? · 54 days ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Her father did not mature until midway through his three year old season. She seemed precocious as a two year old with her maiden win and G1 Spinaway score. Give her a chance to be her own horse and not walk in the long shadows cast by her parents. :-) Remember, Rachel also did not have to contend with Songbird, and a ton of other quality fillies as a two and three year old. That said, Rachel really did not find her groove until Calvin got in the saddle and started her 8 race winning streak with the Golden Rod win. · 6 hours ago
I don't know if this pic of him has been posted yet or not because my phone is hating on me today- but even if it has its worth another look
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  • By The Numbers via Disqus · I don't know much about conformation, but boy does he look stunning! He really filled out as well. · 17 hours ago
  • BeastBob via Disqus · Comparing this conformation photo with those of his sire, grandsire and dam, he looks similar to Littleprincessemma (especially the hind end). · 16 hours ago
Boy, talk about a feel good story turning into a tragic, disgraceful nightmare. Maria Borell went from capturing the hearts of the American people to downright betrayal and humiliation. The crimes Borell has committed has no place in this world. These animals were neglected and abandoned. Maria and her father should pay for their crimes and I hope Maria never gets near another horse again.
  • Mary Z. · I wouldn't mind if she were made to clean up all of theirshite and her own. No use in her going on the same diet the horses were on. · 18 hours ago
Liam's Map's 1/2 bro debuts in the 3rd @ CD tomorrow 5/1 ML {saywhat?}
Check out the hypo matings of American Pharoah with Beholder and Songbird below. Songbird is an A+ according to TrueNicks.
  • Ruffianlover · Love that medag line, and with his ability to sire great fillies, if a female is born between these two/ watch out world for the super horse! · 18 hours ago
Saratoga: make sure you walk all around the track, over by the backstretch, near the gate and don't miss the US Racing Museum across the street (it is a treat unto itself). When I was last there a year ago, they were building a smaller exhibit near the main grandstand entrance as a display of what the Hall of Fame is all about to entice more participation. There is a smaller version of the great Secretariat statute in the paddock at Belmont, in a quiet garden area in the Hall of Fame. A must see. Look for the jockey silks room too: very colorful as far as you can see. The place exudes HISTORY in spades.
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Make certain to take the backstretch tours - the Oklahoma walking tour you can find out information about at the Racing Museum. It requires a donation, but the donation gets you admission to the museum. The main track tours are every morning I believe except Tuesday when the track is closed and Travers day. They start at 7:30/8:00 AM. · 2 days ago
  • amino998 · attn: Tom Durkin fans and Elhubbo. Tom's giving Museum tours this year @ the Spa. Twelve people a day @ 11 am, 1st come, 1st served. Tour reservations can be made in advance by calling the Museum's membership office at (518) 584-0400 ext. 109. There will be no Durkin-led tours on Tuesdays or the following dates: Aug. 10, 12, 17, 20 and 27. · 19 hours ago
Hoping for her first grade 1. Good luck Off the Tracks
Fox Hill Farms has shared a US Racing article revealing plans for Songbird: the Coaching Club American Oaks, then the Alabama, then the Cotillion, and then hopefully the Breeders Cup. She'll ship out a few days before the CCAO and remain on the east coast until after the Alabama, when she will ship home and then back again before the Cotillion. Go Songbird go!
For those of you following this Mercer County situation, BH is reporting that Chuck Borell has been arrested today in Kentucky, taken into custody, and charged with 43 counts of second degree cruelty to animals. I'm sure specific ramifications and details will be forthcoming. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/212868/chuck-borell-charged-with-animal-cruelty
  • Byrnzzz · There is also a warrant for the arrest of Maria Borell · 22 hours ago
  • Buckpasser via Disqus · Good. Hope they nail both of them. I see the entire comment thread was shut down on BH · 20 hours ago
6 of the horses have been taken to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation - including Z Camelot & Silver Cliff. They are posting photos and updates on their FB.
man o war also raced with 40 pound weights on, something most people don't know, and that's because he was so good, if triple crown was a thing then, he would have won it
  • boatandoar via Disqus · Triple crown was a thing then .man o war didn't race Kentucky Derby · 37 days ago
  • sczen50 · Yes I knew of this... also count how much he carried incl/ the shoes he wore..not like now going back to the 40's where they run on aluminum...he ran on cast iron or steel shoes. A bit heavier. And he ran Both ways! Left & right-handed. lol · 22 hours ago

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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