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  • Princess of Sylmar has been retired. Posted 5 hours ago
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  • Untapable heads a field of nine in the $1 million Cotillion. Posted 4 days ago
  • California Chrome draws the rail for the Pennsylvania Derby. Posted 4 days ago
  • Sheikhzayedroad scoots up the rail for the Northern Dancer victory! Posted 5 days ago
  • Baltic Baroness wins the Prix Vermeille; Treve a disappointing 4th. Posted 6 days ago
  • Suntracer cashes in the Kentucky Turf Cup! Posted 6 days ago
  • Conquest Typhoon much the best in the Summer! Posted 6 days ago
  • Ball Dancing beats her stablemate to the wire in the Sands Point! Posted 6 days ago
  • 1st time Lasix and the U.S., Annecdote romps in the Noble Damsel! Posted 6 days ago

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After a run of 4 consecutive 2nd place finishes in the G3 Ormonde Stakes, G2 Hardwicke Stakes, G2 Princess of Wales Stakes, & G3 Rose of Lancaster Stakes, Hillstar finally breaks through and comes good in the G3 Arc Trial at Newbury, winning by 1-1/2 lengths over Godolphin's classy filly Tasaday.
Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 20 will be streamed live at America’s Best Racing (www.americasbestracing.net). Beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET, the 90-minute telecast from Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa., outside Philadelphia, will be a feed of the regional broadcast produced by The Comcast Network. The $1-million Cotillion Stakes for elite 3-year-old fillies and the Gallant Bob for 3-year-old sprinters also will also be shown during the live stream. The free Pennsylvania Derby livestream can be accessed Sept. 20 at 4:30 p.m. on the America’s Best Racing homepage: www.americasbestracing.net
Tune in and watch the races at PARX today. Through 3 races , speed is GOLDEN. If it keeps up that way, how can it be anything else but CC/Chrome or reversed. Absolutely no other pace horse in the race
if California Chrome is at 80%, he should still win this. The only other two that has showed any speed figures close to CC were Bayern and Tapiture. If Bayern's Haskell side shows up then he will be extremely tough to chase down but I see CC and possibly CJ's Awesome putting some pressure. Might take a shot with up and coming Protonico at 8-1 or higher since he has a win over the track and liked his late action with the addition of blinkers last time out.
Another G1 win for Sacred Falls today in the George Main Stakes at Randwick. Got the split late then pulled away nicely, much the best. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k1VuKZKkrU
How many more races would he have won if he raced under today's conditions where no horse is burdened with 130-140 lbs. like Kelso had to carry in so many of his races?
Highly progressive last season in France under trainer Andre Fabre, Sky Hunter scores his first win for Godolphin and trainer Saeed Bin Suroor in the UK with a win in the listed Dooneside Cup at Ayr.
  • Euro Trash via Disqus · At least he won something. What promise he showed · 3 hours ago
Sad to see her go.
I wish Andre Fabre had raced De Treville in a Listed race before trying for a G3 - Evasive's First was much the better with the benefit of plenty of experience on top of talent. There didn't seem to be too much between De Treville and Cherek, who were close for second and third and similarly raced before coming to Longchamp for their first big race. All in all, I think Dar Re Mi's son did pretty well. :) I wouldn't be surprised to see him improve, especially as a 3 year old. At the rate he's going hopefully he'll be able to win a listed race or G3 with one last race this year, and then next year he can really go for it. He's in the best hands you could hope for~
  • Euro Trash via Disqus · I think Andre wanted group experience for him. He did well · 4 hours ago
Dual G1 winner Palace works 5-8ths in 1:01.31, final 3-8ths in 35.77 over BEL training track in preparation for Vosburgh.
Won the G3 Prix Des Chenes by 1 1/2 lengths to De Treville!
Princess retired.
Now confirmed, Princess of Sylmar officially retired, per owner Ed Stanco. Now she will enter the next phase of her life." No decision yet on to whom she will be bred.
  • ekindy · I'll ditto what TV and tmallios and a few others have said on the GOD thread. She had a great run and is retiring in one piece. All smiles. · 17 hours ago
  • Northport · Sad to see her go as she was my favourite filly, but I don't think the connections had any plans to keep her going past this year. That, along with her sub par performances at four and the speed biased track at the Breeder's Cup didn't really set them up to end the year better than it started. I hope they retain her as a broodmare. · 12 hours ago
In tommorrows Pennsylvania Derby, i think that this guy has a huge shot to get 2nd. Should Chrome not be at his best, Moon can light up the tote board. Lets be honest about the race. CC at his best is not only much the best in this race,but also much the best 3yo in the Country. Allow the dreamers their day in the sun. We can speculate all we want as to the fitness of CC,especially against a quality group of 3yos. But just ask yourself this question.Assuming you owned CC (arguably worth in the neighberhood of 15 Million and higher). Would you do something stupid and run a short race horse. I know i would not. So i have to go into the race with the mindset that he will be as good as good. Being that i am not in it for the rooting aspect,i need to come up with a horse who i not only feel confident will get the job done,but will add extreme value in the process. Noble Moon sticks out like a sore thumb. In his last race,coming off of an extended an extended layoff ,and still wearing the bar shoe. He ran avery impressive and buried race against everyones new found monster .....The Big Beast. Pace wise he flew home in his last furlong.It may not of looked it via the eye test,but he was running against fresh horses. In a race that was loaded with potential front ened speed, the leaders got away with 23/46. As they say,that is all she wrote for the deep closers. Moon is finally stringing up back to back races. This guy will be a major factor in the Pa. Derby.
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  • tmallios via Disqus · Maybe you should clarify that statement and tell us exactly which account you would be deleting. So to be truthful,that statement means nothing to me. · 15 hours ago
  • Sullivan · Candy Boy tomorrow in the Derby and House Rules will relish the the runway in the Cotillion. Should make for a good DD · 14 hours ago
Princess of Sylmar is the perfect example of a horse dancing almost every dance.Why i always preach a conservative approach instead of the constant Running. I am not saying this had anything to do with the reasons she is being retired prematurely. Two examples of how the trainers get it are arguably the 2 best at their division. First i will take Lukas, with him it was more by necessity and almost needing a bad situation occur to get it. He was running WTC into the ground,he believed the nonsense that he was an iron horse and kept the foot to the peddle. He finally got it and spaced him towards his ultimate goal. The other os Close Hatches. Mott has been a master at spacing her. Look at last year,he gave her a break and came back for a Fall Campaign that just missed. This year he brought her out early and gave her 3 races. Then he gave her time off and ran at the Spa. Now he has her set up for the Fall Run. Why i always say,horses will never show the stress immediately,they will feel it down the line. You have to take care of them.Can't run them into the ground if you want them for the long run.
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  • ekindy · Another thing, it was not the plan to have Close Hatches sit out all of the summer of her 3YO campaign. They wanted her in the Alabama. But she spiked a fever after the Mother Goose and her training didn't get underway in time to be ready for the Alabama. So I don't think the spacing was planned, it just worked out that way. · 15 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · Rafi/Triple Double will you for once make sense with your posts.I have no clue as to what you are saying · 15 hours ago
From her Facebook page: "We also want to thank the connections of Beholder, Royal Delta and Close Hatches, because without them we wouldn’t have had the world class competition that made racing the Princess so much fun.” That was a classy thing to do.
It's been a great run,Princess!
Lava Man tweeted,saying he was looking for an assistant and would be happy to teach Dude!I hope Lava Man gets his assistant...
Love you Dude! VP award!
From Santa Anita: "Corey Nakatani would like nothing better than a repeat victory aboard Unbridled’s Note in the Grade III Eddie D. Stakes, opening day feature next Friday at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf. Nakatani hopes to capture the race named for the retired Hall of Fame jockey, arguably the most popular rider ever to compete in Southern California. “First and foremost, he’s a class act,” Nakatani said of Delahoussaye, who recently moved back to his home state of Louisiana. “He’s a great ambassador for the sport. Even though he’s retired, he’s got a love for the sport . . . He’s a great guy all the way around. “What more can you say? He’s a Hall of Famer. I won the Eddie D. last year and it was an honor because to me he’s one of the all-time greats.” Delahoussaye will be at Santa Anita next Friday to present the Eddie D. trophy to the winning connections."
  • amino998 · Artest, Big Bane Theory, Dimension, Enterprising, Marchman, No Silent, Schoolofhardrocks and comebacking Cali Surfcup all nominated. · 19 hours ago

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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.