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tmallios•an hour ago The recent announcement that he will be bypassing The Woodward and pointing to the JCGC is music to my ears. Congrats to the coach for showing that one can never keep learning. To win the Classic you not only need a fit and fast racehorse,almost as important you need a FRESH RACEHORSE. DWayne is showing that the BC is his main goal. As far as PLACE MALICE is concerned.If they have any true aspirations of winning the Classic,they will follow the Lukas lead. They are making a mistake if they run in The Woodward. You see that their egos have been hurt by his poor showing in The Whitney. If ge runs in The Woodward,he will be cranked to the Max. They will need to re-establish his reputation. Personally because of this mentality. PLACE MALICE becomes an incredible betting opportunity in The Woodward. This will almost be his BC Classic. The only problem is that it will probably empty the tank. Just depends on what side of the fence Cot is standing on. Can he curb the ego to re-establish the reputation,or will he come out with guns ablazing next weekend. Either way it makes no difference to me. If he runs,he will most likely be the 2-1 betting favorite. I will be all over that. Then will be a great bet against when he goes against a rested and energized WTC.
  • travel_vic · THIS game is all about wagering: figuring out who will be competitive in TODAY'S match up. All this off the field theoretical melancholy has ZERO to do with that. What a waste of hollow speculation that has NOTHING to do with an actual race evaluation.....Reminds me of two old crones talking about the neighbors up the street. · 13 minutes ago
Slop today and likely slop tomorrow.
Does anyone know where is she and what happened to her? There is no news about her for a long time..
If Shared Belief beats Cal Chrome in the Breeders Cup Classic would he be a clinch for best 3yr old? HOY?
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  • Shanon · Probably, this year they've shown that they're the best 3yo colts this year. You probably know that the Breeder' Cup Classic is a complicated race, there will be the best horses of all ages. Shared Belief, also of be compared with California Chrome, must demonstrate his quality. · 30 days ago
  • cugel the clever · Gotta do a lot more than beat Candy Boy at 2nd level tracks in order to challenge for 3yo HOY. At the moment, CC is the undisputed 3yo leader with Tonalist and Wicked Smart both ahead of Shared Belief. Undefeated record is only important if you beat someone. SB hasn't proven anything yet. He would need to win both the Pacific Classic and the BCC to surpass CC. · 33 minutes ago
I would like to See the "Dude" win this :)
  • buds · if he fires one of his "good" races he certainly could win. I still think we might be seeing a changing of the guard in this race.... Shared Belief! · 3 hours ago
  • ollagua · Mystery Traing is going to ruin his race, MT it's a natural good speed horse and will go right to the lead and press Game on Dude all the way. He won't win because he just made it to the US but he'll take GOD out of the race. Shared Belief it's going to have a donation. · 1 hour ago
Tapestry's a very progressive filly right now. I suspected she might be sitting on a big race, but didn't think she'd beat Taghrooda. The result of this race makes me wonder just how good Bracelet actually is, having beaten Tapestry in the G1 Irish Oaks last month and Lustrous(4th in today's Yorkshire Oaks) in the G2 Ribblesdale Stakes back in June.
  • Euro Trash via Disqus · My dilemma is to define what Taghrooda's true form is. Was the King George her true form or a one time performance · 3 hours ago
  • jonquil · So, are you looking forward to JFK next year, too, ILuvTurf? Tapestry has been the only one of O'Brien's fillies I've really bothered to follow, and I feel like I'll probably be following JFK keenly throughout the years, too. · 2 hours ago
Jockey Jamie Spencer shocked the racing world by announcing he will retire from riding at the end of this season and will take up a role with Qatar Racing Ltd. management team, effective January, 2015.
  • travel_vic · shocked? In one career you starve, risk your neck as a private contractor in races that are very IFFY purse wise and as soon as you get hurt, AND YOU WILL if you ride long enough, you are OUT of all income for a contracted time: OR, you get to manage horses and take few physical risks and work for some of the richest people in the world...NOT a difficult decision. · 2 hours ago
These are Michael Tabor's post-race comments about Australia after today's win in the Juddmonte International. They were quote: "You go for a Derby because there's nothing like a Derby, but the truth of the matter is taking him back to 1-1/4 shows the speed he's got, and Joseph said you take him back to a mile and it would be perfect for him. In a perfect world he'll go to Leopardstown for the G1 Irish Champion Stakes next and then the English Champion Stakes. Maybe one more after that, I don't think so, but we'll have to play it one race at a time." End quote. No mention of the Arc anywhere in Tabor's comments, and should they decide to run Australia one more time after British Champions Day at Royal-Ascot, and since the Champion Stakes runs after the Arc De Triomphe, the only two logical targets would be if they came to the Breeders Cup or went after the $500,000 dollar bonus should they win the Japan Cup. Some writers are suggesting should Coolmore send Australia to Santa Anita in November that it would more likely be for the BC Classic instead of the BC Turf. They call the Classic a "no loose" race for Australia meaning that if even if he were to run sub-par in the Classic on conventional dirt it wouldn't effect his future stud fee in regard to breeding for turf.
  • amino998 · Given the Chinese connection, the Japan Cup may entice. Great colt to get off their 1st salvo on Nippon sod. · 4 hours ago
  • Euro Trash via Disqus · I really do not see them attempting the Classic, even with O'Brien's reputation of putting runners in. I think one of the top HK 1m2f races could fit the bill once he is done in the UK · 3 hours ago
2nd last time out in the G1 Irish Oaks, Aidan O'Brien's 3yo filly Tapestry deals Taghrooda the 1st loss of her career in the G1 Yorkshire Oaks.
  • Euro Trash via Disqus · The last race must have taken more out of her than they thought. Congratulations to the victor. · 3 hours ago
  • Exterminator · Sticking with Sea The Moon as STS's Arc hope. Very nice run by both Taghrooda and Tapestry. · 3 hours ago
going with Artemis Agrotera in a very competitive field. Trying the horse for course angle (2 for 2) at SAR.
Pennmarydel is training in Fair Hill now.
This guy is a good one!
  • Wajima · Agree. Has done nothing wrong so far. 4 races. 4 tracks. 4 distances. 2 stakes. Very impressive coming off 6 month layoff to go 7 furlongs on a track he hadn't even trained on. Full disclosure, I'm prejudiced as a part owner but I love this horse. · 10 hours ago
post draw: 1- Frac Daddy 2- Irish Surf 3-Imperative 4- Ice Cream Truck 5- Game On Dude 6- You Know I Know 7- Majestic Harbor 8- Toast Of New York 9-Clubhouse Ride 10- Mystery Train 11- Share Belief, per DRF
  • buds · Its gonna be tough for me to overlook 5-2 on Shared Belief. I think if it stays there that might be a good bet. Its good to see some new blood out west. I could only wish Chrome was in the line up...68 more days and maybe they will all be on the same track, cant wait. · 12 hours ago
has been retired to Haras La Quebrada. hoping for a successful stud career!
The more I look at this horse's pedigree, the more I like his chances.
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  • Sullivan · Since when are siblings exact genetic copies? Hollow-headed loose-chested tinkle · 20 hours ago
  • travel_vic · the pedigree buffs NEVER go any deeper than the sire/dam (and their heritage) that's why · 14 hours ago
Has an entry into Saturday's listed Hopeful Stakes over 6f on Newmarket's July Course, and will now race in Godolphin blue. If Reckless Abandon runs on Saturday it will be his first start since being returned to training after suffering fertility issues at stud.
Rightfully so on Saturday,The Travers along with the supporting stakes races are the focus. Keep an eye on Race 4 though,there are many highly thought of 3yos' that will be running. This will be a key race down the line. The headliner is Waging War. He came into his 1rst race with some serious workouts. Got left a bit at the start ,had to rush up and go 5 wide the entire turn. Tired late in the race. With a better break in this race.He will be a horse of the future. Tony Dutrows horse is not bad either.
  • amino998 · Nwx1 racing for $100K purses in the 5th, 6th and 7th. · 15 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · MSW in the 4th is $98K. Almost similar to a Stake in a small track · 15 hours ago
She drew post #1 today. Go Debbie!
I want Red to win for himself and for you. Red never stops trying, he's a wonderful horse to be for. Sometimes ray paulick (www.paulickreport ) has good aarticles on this boy
  • jockey2be. · Oh wow,I should look that up.I sometimes visit the Paulick report but not very often! It looks like Red has everyone on here cheering for him! · 17 hours ago
Here is a recent picture of the big girl posted by Besilu's manager on twitter: https://twitter.com/Fab_Buffolo/status/500740938969280512/photo/1



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.