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What were your top three favorite races this year? Mine: 1. AP in the Belmont Stakes 2. Honor Code in the Met Mile 3. Shared Belief over California Chrome in the San Antonio
I was gone for his race,but WOW it was great to come back to a Red win!!!He is really something,I Love him and his never say die attitude!!!That was a great win!!I hear he's pointing to the Forego!!Go Red!!
Just like her mama. So excited to see what she does in the future.
Dortmund, the Santa Anita Derby winner who has not run since the Preakness, had a minor setback this past week when he was cast in his stall at Del Mar and wound up bruising some ribs, Baffert said. Baffert says he isn't sure how long the cast will be on for but say the ribs are getting better and he will return to work soon. Article on DRF
Charlie LoPresti liked what he saw in a five-furlong workout by Wise DanSunday, Aug. 2 on the Keeneland main track and the Kentucky-based trainer is pointing the two-time Horse of the Year toward an early September return. LoPresti is considering the Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) Sept. 7 at 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Saratoga Race Course and the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-I) Sept. 13 on the Woodbine turf for the Mort Fink homebred. After two half-mile moves for Wise Dan on the Keeneland turf in July, the 8-year-old Wiseman's Ferry gelding moved to the Keeneland main track for Sunday's breeze of five furlongs in 1:02 1/5. "We were really pleased with that work," said LoPresti, adding that Wise Dan ran out six furlongs in 1:15. The two races being considered for his first start back are both stakes Wise Dan has previously won, taking the 2012 and 2013 editions of the Woodbine Mile and last year's Bernard Baruch. The ultimate goal is this year's Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), which will be run on Wise Dan's home course Oct. 31 at Keeneland. Article on Bloodhorse
La Murette was racing very well in her debut when she took an awkward step entering the stretch of the 6th race at Delaware Park. Her current status is unknown.
107 and change! That was fast for 6 furlongs!
Jockey2be, I placed $10 to win on Wildcat Red and he came through!!!! Congraulations!! On a gutty win!!
Nice debut!
Honor Code is a one turn miler. New York bettors know that. He won't take as much money as you think in the mile and an eighth around two turns.
He's pointed to Saratoga as per Zayat today in his most direct statement yet regarding the Travers: https://twitter.com/Steve_Byk/status/628586131869835264 Hopefully he continues to train beautifully and makes it there - fingers crossed.
From AtTheRaces.com: Al Kazeem has been retired from racing, with trainer Roger Charlton saying "it's in the best interest of the horse." The popular 7YO has been struggling for awhile now to get back from an injury he sustained in the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup back in May. Al Kazeem retires a 4-time Group 1 winner of the Prince of Wales's Stakes, Coral-Eclipse Stakes, & Tattersalls Gold Cup twice.
With all the comparisons of Pharoah to the all time greats, I was curious about how far back one really needed to go to find a 3yo that would blow his doors off. I needed to go no further back than Easy Goer. A horse who consistently ran 120 speed figures. The fastest 121 in the Belmont and the fastest figure of any 2yo since their advent. His 2:26 was over a slow Belmont strip and his 1:32.2 Gotham blew away Secretariat's record. With all his deformities and imperfections, he was a true drug and medication free Champion from 6.5 to 12 furlongs. The more I remember horses like him the less I see grounds for comparison with today's horses.
Differ (4) edges out Clearly Cheating (5) in Delaware Park's 3rd race on August 4, 2015.
Exciting finish between Differ (1st) and Clearly Cheating (2nd), with barely a nose separating the two at the wire.
I think The Great War has a solid shot in this turf sprint. He scratched out of the weekend dirt sprint to run in this turf sprint. Solid form in Europe and looks like sprinting might be his best chance to get some stakes win to earn back that hefty price his owners paid for him. Like Rosario sticking with him and Ward knows how to get sprinters ready. I also like Cyclogenisis with J. Velasquez in the irons. if you throw his GB debacle out, he is perfect 2 for 2 at this distance/on turf.
What do you all think of Liams Maps chances?
Wow, if Bravo can replay what he did in the United Nations I think BBK will be tough to beat. Plus, he's one of the best turf jockeys on the east coast...
If Mr. Z can stay sane coming off the final turn, I like him...
This is going to be a DIFFICULT decision , nearly the whole field could be in the BC Classic . This is 4 times bigger than the Haskell , over twice as big as the Belmont , and nearly 6 times bigger than the Preakness . As of the current field , order of finish , 1st - Honor Code 2nd - Tonalist 3rd - Palace Malice 4th - Effinex 5th - Normandy Invasion 6th - Noble Bird 7th - Liam's Map 8th - Lea 9th - Moreno 10th - V. E. Day

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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