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  • Beholder wins the G1 Clement L. Hirsch for fun!Posted 7 hours ago
  • Texas Red returns to the winner's circle with a Jim Dandy victory over Frosted!Posted 10 hours ago
  • Red Rifle squeezes through rivals to win the Bowling Green.Posted 10 hours ago
  • Madefromlucky takes the G2 West Virginia Derby.Posted 11 hours ago
  • Rock Fall makes it 6 in a row, out-finishing The Big Beast to win the G1 Vanderbilt.Posted 11 hours ago
  • Looks to Spare blows up the tote board at 70-1 in the West Virginia Governor's Cup.Posted 12 hours ago
  • Work All Week puts on a show in the Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial!Posted 12 hours ago
  • Holy Boss runs away with the Amsterdam!Posted 13 hours ago
  • Smart Transition wins the Curlin at Saratoga for trainer John Shirreffs.Posted 1 day ago
  • There's no catching Moonlight Song in the John Morrissey over Saratoga's slop.Posted 2 days ago

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I like this horse, I think he has good potential, but before I start to put him in the top tier of horse, I need to see some positive action outside of New York.
Frosted impressed me as much as a second possibly could. If the race was any longer Frosted would have caught Texas Red. Still believe 10 furlongs is Frosted's ideal distance and believe he's basically built to win races like the Travers and BCC.
Ok lets hold on, all you Beholder band wagon jumper. No one has liked this horse more than me, I seem to remember a hell of a lot of Princess fans telling me who was the best female in the country, and then came Close The Hatches was going to beat her. bla bla bla. She could win the Pac. Classic due to a lack luster field (although Hoopertunity is pretty good) but the BC Classic, thats a pretty tough task. With the class of older males out there, that would be unbelievable, aint gonna happen! How about she aims at retaking the BC Distaff, Untapables pretty good and is 3 for 3 at Churchill. She is, IMO at the top of the distaff division, a torch pasted from Royal Delta, and Zenyatta before that. Either way Im glad to see her healthy and at the top of her game.
Got to say congrats to Texas Red. He managed to hold off a really really good colt in Frosted and for that he deserves credit. Over the 10 or even 9.5 the outcome would have been different but this race still proves that Texas Red is a great colt I'm just doubting his ability over the classic distance.
Good Luck tomorrow Untapable. I'm saying prayers for you. You go girl. 馃弴
Really what else is left to conquer? Pacific classic then if all goes well, BC classic.
unbelievable line up. Effinex sure doesn't get any respect
And he looked so good in the post parade. Heartbreaking. Condolences to his connections. RIP big fella.
I like Yahilwa , the only horse here that really makes sense as a BC board hitter. 2nd - Honey Ride
1st - NATES MINESHAFT ! Great sprinter , even though he's getting old . 2nd - Bump Start
Political Justice/Loose On the Town/Pow Wow Pal
Full brother to Discreet Marq is scheduled to make his debut this coming Sunday in the opening race at Saratoga...
You had the heart of a Champion...RIP
I like Frosted the way I like Firing Line and Mr Z. Horses that fight to the end. Hard to bet against any of those 3.
Tomorrow will be a day to never forget, I will be at Monmouth to see a Triple Crown winner!!! I will do my best to post pictures!!! Also will post picks throughout the day. My excitement is through the roof!!!
I can't wait ! Stonestreet always produces great young horses . I will be routing for Rachel ' s Valentina , I love Rachel Alexandra and it's great to see her with Bernardini , from A . P . Indy the king of royal racing bloodlines .
I'll go with a $20 trifecta 4 with/1,2,6..should return between $300-$400 on the bet.
  • Andrew Price via DisqusSmart bet 路 1 day ago
  • rogerklotz via DisqusAnyone else on board with this? Seems solid. 路 5 hours ago
Hey everyone, I'm going to the track tomorrow but couldn't secure tickets. Does anyone know what time I should get to the line to GUARANTEE I'll get into the track? I know the gate opens at 9 and some get there at 5. I tried to call Monmouth but the employees weren't very helpful. Any info would be very greatly appreciated.
WOW! Breathtaking win! What a mare! Really hope they do consider the Pacific Classic with her. I wouldn't need a reason to attend the Pacific Classic, I go every year, but she would definitely add some panache to the race.
Possible for the Pacific Classic for her next start per trainer Richard Mandella. I like it!

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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