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  • Texas Chrome (2-1) bravely squeezed through on the rail for an Oklahoma Derby win.Posted 2 days ago
  • Unbridled Mo (4-1) rides the rail to victory in the Remington Park Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • Accelerate (1-1) rallies to win the Los Alamitos Derby (G2).Posted 3 days ago
  • Connect (10-1) upsets the Pennsylvania Derby.Posted 3 days ago
  • Songbird (1-5) gets win number 11 in the Cotillion (G1) at Parx Racing.Posted 4 days ago
  • Noholdingback Bear (3-1) wins the Gallant Bob (G3) at Parx Racing.Posted 4 days ago
  • 2015 Turf Champion Big Blue Kitten has been retired from racing, via the Chad Brown barn.Posted 7 days ago
  • No catching Sarah Sis (10-1) in the Presque Isle Downs Masters.Posted 8 days ago
  • Victory to Victory  7-1) pulls clear in the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes.Posted 10 days ago
  • Good Samaritan (3-1) rolls to a Breeders' Cup birth with a Summer Stakes win.Posted 10 days ago

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Stewart Elliot will be back aboard American Cleopatra in the G1 Chandelier.
Praise to the connections for not dodging the competition (chrome) in three straight races. Stellar wind too. Both horses could have gone elsewhere to win but I praise them for facing the very best.
  • Aubrey via Disqus · That is true although I wish dortmund was going to the jockey gold cup...either way hopefully it's a real thriller · 8 minutes ago
Hopefully Dortmund draws inside, looking forward to the race!
EL HUERFANO... UPSET??? HAHAH
Bob Baffert announces that Dortmund, who has been entered in the G1 Awesome Again, will race with blinkers for the first time. This means we should see a more aggressive Dortmund who should be challenging California Chrome early on.
10/1 for the classic 11/4 for the dirt mile
I wonder how the Pacific would have turned out if a 5 year old beholder raced a 5 year old chrome? The times make for an interesting thought.
http://d3v7caevx73rbm.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/Air-Force-Blue-conformation-web.jpg Standing at Coolmore America
When was the last time a Kentucky Derby winner couldn't win another race before winning the BC Classic in the same year?
I think Tom's Ready or Schivarelli. I am really pulling for Tom's Ready in this race for the simple reason that his great grandsire on the dam side is none other than Ack Ack. What a nice story if he wins.
If Stellar Wind shows up in the Zenyatta like she did in the Clement Hirsch, she will win again!
  • Pebbles via Disqus · So you believe Richard Mandela was lying when he said that Beholder was not fully cranked for the Clement Hirsch? Interesting. My take is that if Stellar Wind runs the same race she did in the Clement Hirsch she gets beat. This is a different Beholder coming to the race this time. She will be fully cranked and ready to go. · 2 hours ago
Why is Mr.Z in this race?
I think Nyquist took a bit of a confidence knock. You see it happen in show jumping all the time. Distance isn't the problem, he won the Florida Derby at 9f and the Kentucky Derby in excellent time, and the undefeated Nyquist would not allow a horse to go past him in the stretch, but in Penn Derby it looks like he stopped trying. I think the Preakness and Haskell took more out of him than anyone realized.
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  • Cugel the clever · This is exactly the reason I'm not yet on the Arrogate bandwagon. Everybody is gushing over the Travers and saying he's unbeatable. But most people said the same about nyquist after his outstanding campaign leading to the KD. Given the KD result he should have, on paper, won the Preakness, Haskell, and Penn Derby. What if an off track comes up? What if he's not fit after a 3month layoff? What if the pace scenario doesn't work and he gets shuffled back at the start? What if Chrome is good enough to battle him toe to toe... will he have the toughness to grind it out? A single overwhelming performance doesn't guarantee a similar future performance. · 1 day ago
  • Justkrispy · Agreed . He's lost his "try". Maybe quit working him solo. The need to teach him to pass horses again . · 20 hours ago
Anyone give her a chance against So Mi Dar in the Prix de Opera?
This expensive filly ($1.5 million) makes her 2nd start Friday after a so-so 3rd in her debut routing. The full sister to, To Honor & Serve should appreciate routing again. Faces California Chrome's full sister who has sprinted unsuccessfully 3 times and faces open company. She has looked like a horse who will appreciate more distance.
1st: California Chrome 2nd: Dortmund 3rd: Hard Aces 4th: Win The Space
  • Brian Hayes via Disqus · Race is not even worth wagering, absolutely no value in this race. I agree with your picks though, that's my order to, but it would be shocking if CC lost but I highly doubt it. I think I'll pass on this race and focus more on the other races on the card. · 1 day ago
  • Chiefs Crown via Disqus · Chromes BC Classic prep race, why waste him on this one, ....Dortmund, Chrome, Hard Aces. · 4 hours ago
I agree with cugel. One race does not make a career. I understand it was record breaking but I don't understand how people are already handing the horse wins in the eclipse awards and breeders cup classic. Does every horse get automatic win status after a big performance? Pharoah demolished the Arkansas derby in a canter yet was all out to Win the derby in his next race. Chrome won the Dubai World Cup wrapped up with his saddle slipping yet Dortmund really gave him a challenge in his next race out and he only edged him out due to his class and heart. Arrogate may very well win the classic easily but history tells us that is very unlikely. Until he has been looked in the eye and tested, encountered a bad trip, had some type of bad racing luck happen to him, and still found a way to win- I won't be automatically handing anything over to him. He is talented but he will have to run the best race of his life and potentially overcome some obstacles to win the classic. Better horses have lost this racenfor the reasons mentioned above.
Give the other guy the "Award". Give me the best horse!...
After watching the races at Parx this past weekend, I wonder what kind of freak Bayern was winning the 2014 Penn Derby like that.
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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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