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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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Keith Desormeaux announces that Exaggerator came out of the Travers with lots of mucus and dirt in his lungs, Desormeaux says that the problem is being taken care of but it shouldn't effect him for long, Desormeaux says that Exaggerator could make his next start in the G2 Pennsylvania Derby on September 24th.
  • Ruffianlover · He looked like a tired horse. He's been running nonstop this year. They should bring a fresh horse to the classic · 1 day ago
Reading the chart it appears something may have spooked Exaggerator. It said that he was squeezed at the start between Destin and Anaximandros due to pressure from Connect and then appeared to shy either from a rival or a shadow! So, maybe the track surface had nothing whatsoever to do with Exaggerator's performance today.
we have positives which are a track record, a 13Lwin ,,,a great ride from mike smith ,, a superb training feat to condition this horse to win in such a manner from BB , then we have the negatives the put downs ,the statements that he wouldnt beat so n so , he wont do it again ,he wont beat chrome, what if this or that , a weak crop of 3 yr olds , he was lucky , offered an easy lead , ,the track track was souped up etc etc , if you wind the clock back a year or more it was the same negatives being touted about a horse called pharoah now we have a similarity here, give the horse the jockey the trainer credit and accept it was a serious display of dominance of which i have been waiting to see since pharoah ,lets all hope arrowgate can move onwards and upwards and we can enjoy more of the same , its horses like pharoah arrowgate that keep me glued to the sport
Intelligence Cross bolts up to win the G3 Round Tower Stakes easily at the Curragh in a manner very similar to how stablemate Somehow won the G3 Snow Fairy Fillies' Stakes about a half-hour earlier.
Will this be the complete field of contenders or any others possibly entering?. Frosted/Bradester/Comfort/Moob
As expected, Life's Blessing rolls to an easy win in her debut at 3/5. She broke last, rushed up behind horses, waited for running room and split rivals turning for home and turned on the jets. Now makes Baffert's 4th impressive 2 year old filly winner of the meet! His barn is loaded
OMG. We just bought the bank.
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · right there with you! had to wait until the races ended to cash out my tickets at the Spa. IRS is going to love me this year · 1 day ago
BAM.
A good weekend for jockey Oisin Murphy and for Qatar Racing at Goodwood. After winning the G2 Celebration Mile yesterday aboard Lightning Spear, Murphy comes back today and squeezes home just ahead of Jallota & Convey aboard Opal Tiara to win the G3 Supreme Stakes.
There is a similar comparison between Arrogate's Travers and California Chrome's Pacific Classic. Ignore their opening and closing quarter miles for a moment and only look at their combined times for the middle 3 splits: Arrogate (126 pounds, Travers, Saratoga) = 1:12 2/5 seconds California Chrome (124 pounds, Pacific Classic, Del Mar) = 1:12 3/5 seconds This was probably one of the contributing factors that led to their amazing stretch runs. In contrast, Exaggerator's middle 3 splits for the Travers = 1:11 4/5 seconds.
  • Elhubbo · Arrogate was really relaxed on the front end, American Freedom handed him the lead. The difference between being loose on the lead and being pushed like AP was always shows the last 1/16 regardless of what the clock says. Arrogate ran great, but it was a perfect storm. The fact American Freedom hung around for second says a lot about pace. · 1 day ago
Worth mentioning that Nyquist posted a work yesterday; the first since 7/23. He worked at San Luis Training Center on 8/27/16, 1 mile, on dirt, in 1:45.80; per Equibase.
SWEET LORETTA cruises over this very good group of fillies.
Good to see him finally land a G2 for himself! He'd looked very good on debut and then struggled just a little in races that probably came a bit too much too soon for him, but he seems to have finally found his stride and has done well to win the Grand Prix De Deauville.
Somehow much the best in the G3 Snow Fairy Fillies' Stakes at the Curragh, putting some 6 or 7 lengths between herself and Epsom Icon & Skiffle.
Predictably, here's another Richard Jaimungal troll account (HereWeGo) popping up to spew hatred at talented horses and their supporters. ADMINS: Please check the IP and email addresses and ban the person as well as the troll account. This is getting ridiculous.
Thanks Eddie for the pick on TV. I went with you and crushed it. This horse will win in November and horse of the year.
My Top 11 horses in order - California Chrome - Exagerrator - Beholder - Songbird - Nyquist - Dortmund - Melatonin - Cavorting - Runhappy - Hoppertunity -Frosted
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · Based on what? Runhappy hasn't even ran this year. Hoppertunity has won one G2 and Dortmund one G3 this year. Why Cavorting and not Stellar Wind, who beat Beholder? · 3 days ago
  • cugel the clever · You (and your other troll accounts) repeatedly say that Frosted is an "ordinary mediocre" horse. Yet you place him 11th out of all of the thousands of actively racing thoroughbreds? Even your troll hate comments are inconsistent and nonsensical. · 1 day ago
anyway after all this my top 11 bull lets get back on topic ,,,,,,, frosted 3 time group 1 winner where will he gain his next group 1 ? and the group 1 after that?
let the energy distribution tell you where a horse NORMALLY runs FROM THE CLOUDS..Got way back and could not over come the pace of race. Simple energy distribution like the Belmont
Wins the G3 Flame Of Tara Stakes after a brilliant battle with Eziyra up to the finish! Both were far too good for Butterflies who had to settle with 3rd.

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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