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G3 winner Cassatt came out of the Santa Margarita with a displaced chip in one knee and a non-displaced chip in the other. She also has strained her hind suspensories. She will undergo chip removal surgery and 60 days of recuperation. Dr. Larry Bramlage will perform the surgery. According to Thoroughbreddailynews.com
"Perhaps Jacobson has another Salutos Amigos on his hands. Perhaps not. No matter how Room for Me turns out, racing fans will continue to marvel at Jacobson's "first after trainer switch" stats and speculate the reasons for the drastic improvement." -- Dan Illman
imperative won this race last year how the hell did he pull that off??
another easy win for the best horse in the world!!!
no chance bayern beat sb by 4 and he wiped him out twice...they wont pick a race with sb after a long layoff
Super-chalk roomies Fury and Summer Hit are due to return from since-June layoffs in a 6f main track allowance at Golden Gate Fields, race 4, Sunday, 3/ 29/15.
Quick Casablanca worked 7f over firm turf today, March 26th, in 1:27:90 (h). It was the fastest of 5 works at that distance.
Moulin de Mougin worked 7f over firm turf today, March 26th, in 1:28:20 (h). It was the third fastest of 5 works at that distance.
Wild Dude worked 5f today, March 26th, in 1:12:80 (h). It was the third fastest of 18 works at that distance.
Home Run Kitten worked 5f today, March 26th, in 1:02:20 (h). It was the 37th fastest of 48 works at that distance.
Sea Queen worked 5f today, March 26th, in 1:03:00 (b). It was the seventh fastest of 14 works at that distance.
Mutin worked 5f over firm turf today, March 26th, in 1:05:00 (b). It was the fastest of 5 works at that distance.
Tea Time worked 4f today, March 26th, in 48:70 (b). It was the third fastest of 22 works at that distance.
Ready for Rye worked 4f today, March 26th, in 49:65 (b). It was the ninth fastest of 22 works at that distance.
La Tia, winner of the G1 Matriarch at Del Mar last fall and winner of 10 out of 24 starts, has been retired from racing. Nothing is wrong with La Tia, but her owners have set her up to become a broodmare and felt it was the perfect time to become a mom. La Tia will be bred to Candy Ride for a 2016 foal. Article on Brisnet.com
Hopefully MPE can run his best race in the Florida Derby. It is tough to fire fist out. American Pharoah did it in a soft field in the Rebel Stakes. Good luck.
Charming Thought, the only Group 1 winner for Godolphin in Britain in 2014, has suffered a setback and will miss the 2,000 Guineas. His next possible targets could be the St James's Palace or Commonwealth Cup, both G1s at Royal Ascot
Morton Fink's two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan is progressing well since he returned to tack-walking at Keeneland at the beginning of March, but the chestnut gelding will require 30 more days in recovery before he can go to the track, trainer Charlie LoPresti said March 26. A March 24 check-up with Dr. Larry Bramlage at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington revealed that the non-displaced fracture at the bottom of the cannon bone in Wise Dan's right front fetlock, announced last Oct. 13, is healing well. Bloodflow to the area, which had diminished while the 8-year-old Wiseman's Ferry runner was turned out over the winter at LoPresti's Forest Lane Farm, has reactivated since Wise Dan began walking the shedrow at Keeneland with Amy LoPresti aboard. Article is Bloodhorse.com
Beholder, the two-time champion, is on schedule for a springtime comeback. She worked six furlongs in 1:12.40 on Thursday, continuing a steady pattern of workouts since mid-February. Trainer Richard Mandella said the $1 million Ogden Phipps Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6 is a long-range goal for Beholder, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2012 and champion 3-year-old filly of 2013. Beholder has not raced since winning the G1 Zenyatta Stakes last September. The G1 Madison at Keeneland could be her 2015 debut, but it's not 100%. According to DRF
  • cedar · Keeneland released the probables for their spring meet stakes and I didn't see Beholder's name listed. Other sources still say she's aiming for the Madison. Hopefully these other sources are true so I can finally see her in person! · 3 hours ago
The lack of competition for him in this race will negate the configuration of the track.
  • Lkb via Disqus · Unless Bayern shows up , that would make it interesting . · 5 hours ago
  • Lkb via Disqus · Unless Bayern shows up then it will be an interesting race . Isn't Pletcher pointing Race Day towards this as well ? · 4 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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