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Competitive Edge, the unbeaten winner of the Pat Day Mile in his most-recent start, is more likely to run in the Grade 2, $500,000 Woody Stephens Stakes for 3-year-olds on June 6 at Belmont Park rather than the Grade 1, $1.25 million Metropolitan Mile against older horses the same day, trainer Todd Pletcher said. If Competitive Edge does go in the Woody Stephens, Pletcher conceded he likely would not have a runner in the Met Mile. He trains the race’s defending champ, Palace Malice, but it was announced earlier this week Palace Malice would skip the race. “Competitive Edge is possible, but I’m leaning toward the Woody Stephens,” Pletcher said. Article on DRF to be posted later today.
I'm up in the air about Materiality and Made From Lucky. Divining Rod hard 3rd and AP 4th.
Would anyone know how late entries (paying a substantial supplemental entry fee), like Conquest Curlinate, have fared in the Belmont Stakes? And how often do these late entries occur? I'm guessing Sarava in 2002 was a late entry but I can't find much data on this angle.
Dallas Stewart is pointing Tale Of Verve to the Belmont.
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  • Sullivan · What a mistake! Horse ran great but I would hope Stewart had learned by now that it is too much to ask these horses to run big again on the big stage that quickly, specifically in the Belmont. Cool the horse down, bring him back to the barn, and then see. The Super Derby is a good target for the horse, perhaps with a minor stakes at Prairie Meadows in between or a shot on turf much later in the season during the Stars and Stripes at Big Sandy. · 10 days ago
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · Another one-trick pony (no pun intended). His Macho Again (2nd in Preakness, 5th in Belmont) did pretty good afterwards, but Commanding Curve and Golden Soul (both 2nd in the KD and 9th in the Belmont), haven't amounted to much. · 32 minutes ago
Was euthanized Friday after a paddock accident. He was just wrapping up his first season at stud at Saratoga Stud, LLC. RIP
American Pharoah will have to defeat the biggest field of any Triple Crown winner if he is to become the first since Affirmed in 1978. No horse has swept the series facing more than seven contenders in the Belmont.
Just got through watching stretch drive of Derby a zillion times.I have trouble picking up Materiality earlier,but if the trouble they say he had early is accurate,then this colt ran a brave and very good race.I'm going to take Pletcher,home track and posited improvement of this lightly raced guy..plus the 3 weeks rest and make him my Belmont pick.Unless it rains because(in my opinion)no one is going to beat AP on a muddy track.if the track comes up drying and therefore "tiring" from earlier rain I'll take a flier on Itsaknockout who has the pedigree package to make some noise at the distance and who is by several accounts "suddenly training markedly well".
American Pharoah wins the 2015 Belmont Stakes by 8 lengths. You heard it here!
  • amdaman via Disqus · Maybe... if Materiality, Frosted, Keen Ice, Carpe Diem, and Mubtaahij don't enter. · 10 days ago
  • Chicken Dinner via Disqus · No he won't...you heard it here! · 1 hour ago
American Pharoah, Carpe Diem, Frosted, Keen Ice. Ask me next week and I'll have a different line up. lol I do believe Pharoah is going to make history. Carpe Diem may be a better horse than his last race. He didn't use much energy that's for sure. Frosted reminds me of Wicked Strong and Keen Ice's odds, pedigree, etc., makes him appealing. Might toss Carpe for Materiality. I don't see the bottom 4 hitting the board so I've narrowed it down to 6 horse to choose my super from. 2 more horses to go.
Early 10 day forecast for the local area. Calls for 80% chance of afternoon/night thunderstorms for Friday June 5th. Here is hoping that they are isolated and do not carry over into Saturday. Maybe those rain dances that Pharoah is doing in between his gallops, are maybe working.
Coolmore has sold Cape Blanco to JBBA in northern Japan -- they they have enough Galileo representation, and Japan would like more...
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  • Northport · Apparently it is a two year lease, not a sale. I guess if his progeny start burning it up in North America he will return to Ashford at the end of his lease · 215 days ago
  • ILuvTurfRacing · When you're career resume' says you have wins in the G1 Irish Derby, G1 Irish Champion Stakes, G1 Man O'War Stakes, G1 Arlington Million, & G1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, any country with a quality breeding program is gonna want to breed with that stallion if possible. Because he had 5 major G1 wins for his career, something that often gets lost in the shuffle about Cape Blanco was his beating Epsom Derby & Arc winner Workforce to win the G2 Dante Stakes at York as 3YO and as a 2YO his winning the G2 Futurity Stakes & G3 Tyros Stakes in Ireland. · 11 hours ago
Moonlit Stroll, a narrow third in last month's G1 Humana Distaff, has been euthanized after breaking down during a workout on May 23rd
Right now I have to toss this horse. I just don't believe he can compete here in America. The change of feed, change of jockey, etc. I'll take my chances betting against him rather than with him.
Mylute, fifth in the 2013 Kentucky Derby and third in the Preakness when trained by Tom Amoss, will make his first start for Todd Pletcher on Friday in a $85,000 third-level allowance race going a one-turn mile at Belmont Park. It will be Mylute's first start since he ran in the Governor's Cup last August 2. According to DRF
  • tmallios via Disqus · As is the norm, they are giving Mylute a Cookie for his comeback race. This is done all over the country. As good as Mylute is, this is truly a public workout. For NYRA to do this, i am sure that the connections have un-officially commited to a Stakes Race at Belmont for his next out. Assuming of course he comes out in good order. · 19 hours ago
anyone know if this horse is in training?//
Far Right is nominated to a mile stake race at Prairie Meadows this Saturday. Not sure if they entered him yet, or if they will.
East Hall and My Point Exactly on there way to Penn National, should be a fun weekend.
My sources tell me Doug thinks he is the only one that bets on A.P. and everyone is against his horse, A.P. My other sources tell me V.E. didn't bring a whip and will not use one at the Belmont. Instead my sources confirm he will use a wet noodle to guide A.P. to an assured victory.
  • Douglas Rutherford via Disqus · AP and VE did a fabulous job huh : Not too shabby . . . Dortmund and Garcia ran the beginning of the race like I said ( from my sources ) that he would - by leaving AP plenty of room along the rail , and try drifting out abit to make sure FL didn't get to the inside fast : Cant help it that FL just was not really alert n ready ! Why do you think ( my sources said ) to completely toss FL and MR Z from the Superfecta . . . Hey : it is what it is - the results are what they are : Live with what ever excuse you want to come up with ! I would take ( my sources ) of people - horseman over your opinion each and every time : · 5 days ago
  • Douglas Rutherford via Disqus · If your in with the horseman - then you should have already been on the AP bandwagon : I don't know what side of the bed you wake up on : But you should break your normal routine · 18 hours ago
After breaking a shoe and finishing last of 4 in Sunday's G1 Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp, trainer Corine Barande-Barbe told the Racing media on Tuesday morning that Cirrus Des Aigles is likely to bypass a title defense of the G1 Coronation Cup at Epsom on June 6th in favor of staying home in France to run in the G1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on June 28th.
NYRA should kiss Bafferts,Zayats and American Pharoahs butts all the way to the bank. Not only has their success guaranteed them a packed house on Belmont Stakes Day. It has also saved them advertising money along the way. We are now 11 days away from the race. Unless you are a core horseplayer or follow events, You would hardly know that such a big event is on the horizon. You see,with NYRA capping the attendance at 90,000. There is no need for them to promote the day.Just because they cannot come to the track due to the restrictions. This is where the Racing game should be on overload as far as advertising their game. They have the potential to make history that has been missing for 37 years,yet except for a couple of obligatory promos,it is buisiness as usual.
  • tmallios via Disqus · Just read on another site that 20,000 Grandstand admission tickets remain. This add to the above regarding the promotion. I am sure that many of the fans are under the assumption that it will be buisiness as usual come Belmont Day. By that i mean you walk up and pay to get in. This now can be a recipe for dissaster regarding crowd control. Assume that if the seats are not sold in advance. That means that "X" amount of tickets will be available for sale on the date of the race.What happens if 5,000 tickets are left, and 25,000 fans show up for the event. That is why NYRA is going to have to hustle and sell off the remaining seats. Then make a city wide announcement via all outlets. That anyone without a ticket will not be allowed admittance. Oh well,at least the scalpers will now be back in buisiness. Can you imagine if the seats are sold out. Scalpers will be getting upwards of $50 for $15 grandstand tickets ,that only guarantee you admittance. · 19 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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