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  • Holy Lute (10-1) pulls off the surprise in the second division of the Eddie D.Posted 1 hour ago
  • Ambitious Brew (5-1) rolls to victory in the first division of the Eddie D.Posted 2 hours ago
  • Texas Chrome (2-1) bravely squeezed through on the rail for an Oklahoma Derby win.Posted 5 days ago
  • Unbridled Mo (4-1) rides the rail to victory in the Remington Park Oaks.Posted 5 days ago
  • Accelerate (1-1) rallies to win the Los Alamitos Derby (G2).Posted 6 days ago
  • Connect (10-1) upsets the Pennsylvania Derby.Posted 6 days ago
  • Songbird (1-5) gets win number 11 in the Cotillion (G1) at Parx Racing.Posted 6 days ago
  • Noholdingback Bear (3-1) wins the Gallant Bob (G3) at Parx Racing.Posted 6 days ago
  • 2015 Turf Champion Big Blue Kitten has been retired from racing, via the Chad Brown barn.Posted 9 days ago
  • No catching Sarah Sis (10-1) in the Presque Isle Downs Masters.Posted 11 days ago

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"California Chrome has put together a career that in total is more impressive than American Pharoah’s..... A strong case can be made that he, not American Pharoah, is the horse of the decade so far...Because he came up short at the Belmont, California Chrome may never receive the adulation American Pharoah earned. But for close watchers of the thoroughbred game, his accomplishments are second to none." http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/01/sports/horse-racing/california-chrome-santa-anita-horse-of-the-year.html?_r=0
Shotgun Gulch's first foal to debut starts in race 3, an unraced maiden, at Mont De Marsan in France tomorrow.
Apparently he lost his battle with Laminitis in July. His owners posted about his loss on twitter after it happened.
Apparently there's this rumor floating around that he passed away. I doubt this is true, but just in case has anyone heard anything?
Here's the field for the 2014 BC Juvenile: 1: Calculator 2: Private Prospect 3: Blue Dancer 4: The Great War 5: American Pharaoh 6: Lucky Player 7: Texas Red 8: Souper Colossal 9: Carpe Diem 10: Mr. Z 11: One Lucky Dane 12: Daredevil 13: Upstart
  • Sullivan · 5 American Pharoah / 2 Private Prospect / 12 Daredevil / 4 The Great War · 704 days ago
  • sczen50 · Too bad 'Pharoah & Calculator had to pull out. · 1 hour ago
Maybe it was the heat, she didn't want to run at all today.
Melatonin missed over a year in 2014-2015. What was that from? Also, not having run since June, and being scratched from the Pacific Classic, is it likely we have seen the last of him on the track?
I looked on alto racing Web page and Facebook page and the last message about materiality is from September 2015 when they announced his retirement. Even if there is nothing negligent or dishonorable about the horse's death, it's shocking that the owners would not post the news and provide at least a brief eulogy for a horse who was one of the leading contenders for the derby. Googling the owners there is virtually nothing about their horse racing business... it's all about their drag racing and stock car racing businesses. They obviously care nothing about the traditions and dignity of the sport, or the fans.
Exaggerator being freshened at Win Star. Hopefully he isn't retired on the downside like Curlin's other Classic runners, Palace Malice, Ride on Curlin, maybe Keen Ice. Leaves a sour taste that his main runners have or are going out on the downswing.
Exaggerator has been sent to Winstar Farm for a freshening and might get the rest of the year off. Big Chief Racing announces that Winstar has full control over Exaggerator's future and will decide in the coming weeks on if he will race as a four year old or retire to stud.
Can someone find out where this horse is standing. I can't find him. Thanks
Does anybody know anything about the owner "alto racing"? Seems very odd that this happened so quietly. Maybe they have something to hide?
Dortmund looked really good schooling earlier: https://twitter.com/missmegandevine/status/781949087054647297
NTRA Top 3 Year Olds, September 26 1. Songbird (3) 2. Arrogate (6) 3. Catch A Glimpse (13) 4. Nyquist (14.) 5. Connect (18) 6. Drefong (19) 7. Exaggerator (26) 8. Gun Runner (27)
To hoof_hearted2016, are you being funny, or is that merely natural arrogance on your part?
Long Island Sound, last seen finishing a narrowly beaten 2nd in the G1 Secretariat Stakes back in August, holds off the William Haggas trained Battalion by a neck to win the G3 Diamond Stakes on the all-weather at Dundalk in Ireland.
This is not so much a comment on Beholder specifically as it is on racing in general -- she has run 24 times. She will run two more times this year. That is 26 races, and she is six years old. Just 26 races in 5 years of running. What happened to hardy horses? By the end of their 6-year old campaigns, Kelso and Forego had run 50+ times each, and I do not believe either ran as a two year old. Ever since the early 2000s, it seems as though owners have decided to limit the number of races these horses run to 5-6x/year. In one sense, that is great for owners, as more and more horses can get to be stakes winners since the better horses are not entered into so many stakes races. Some horses, such as Ghostzapper and Invasor, won HOTY titles with just four races in North America the year they won it. I realize that horses are big investments, but they were 30 years ago as well. And if they are so afraid of the horses breaking down and being destroyed, why race them at age 6? Something else must be at work here, and I am wondering if others can tell me what it is.
Read between the line drf article O'Neil is done with his horse. He mentioned the breeding deal.
Now this is an good field! 1st- PLUM DANDY 2nd- Straight Fire 3rd- Gormley
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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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