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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

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Best field this race has ever had
1st-Paulassilverlining 2nd-Highway Star 3rd-Curlin's Approval 4th-Carina Mia
only 5 running, eh think i'll pass on this race
Gunnevera McCraken Tapwrit Irap
Already two decent horses in the race. I'm guessing one more top 50 horse and the rest will be out of the 50.
Is on a break. Wasn't training well over the Del Mar track- so they've given him some time off.
Soloing him on top, maybe a ticket or two with Good Samaritan on top but I'm going Girvin all the way in the Travers. This race is incredibly wide open, so I'm making a betting angle statement...There WILL be pace, his form cycle is perfect, and a closer will take the Travers. It is going to be a Travers reminiscent of my favorite with Will Take Charge baby! Deep stretch all out battle of guts. Too many awesome horses for it not to be!
1st- Profitable 2nd- Lady Aurelia 3rd- Take Cover 4th- Cotai Glory
Good Magic going at the Spa on Travers Day. Btw, anyone else equate Pacific Wind's Del Mar Oaks to IWC Haskell/Kentucky Derby. Perfect placement at the top of the stretch and then....nothing. Neither fired.
They have a gorgeous 2 year old Pioneerof the Nile colt out of a Monarchos mare named Egyptian Prince. His most recent work is on xbtv and his gallop out was gorgeous. Looked like he was floating!
Horse racing: Not everyone is happy with Del Mar’s safer – but slower – track this year http://www.ocregister.com/2017/08/10/horse-racing-not-everyone-is-happy-with-del-mars-safer-but-slower-track/
According to the owners of Songbird, they currently have no plans of retiring her at the end of the year, meaning she is very likely to race at 5.
Mark Kennedy, Goblin, Jay, Mark Cone, Saturday marks the career debut of Good Magic. He is the $1,000,000 horse from last year's Keeneland September Yearling Sale, been training well, let's see how he does!
Wow, this guy is still racing. He's entered in the New York Turf Writers Cup tomorrow at Saratoga.
Up yeah SOP will not beat Pure Silver there is no way she will be the favorite in the Spinaway did you see what kind of Beast Pure Silver is? She beat a talented grade 2 field by 6 lengths now who will be the favorite not SOP
There is no way Separationofpowers is going to beat Pure Silver what is Brown thinking oh wait he isn't. Pure Silver ran away by 6 lengths last out SOP only won by maybe a length in a maiden race how is a maiden supposed to beat a grade 2 winner?
Declarationofpeace needs more distance and dirt
Waiting for his debut...
Practical Joke is going to make a laughing stock of this field. I don't even know who I would pick for second.

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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