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Will break from post 4 in the West Virginia Derby
Mary,Havre De Grace was fast,but nothing spectacular. To give you a barometer on how fast they ran at their best. The lower the number the faster the horse. HDG was running 0's (comparable to what the top older ones are running today) Beholder in last years BC Distaff ran a (- 2.5) negative. The Queen Royal Delta at her best was running (-4 and -3'son many occassions) Negative numbers. I think the best Zennyatta ran was (-2). Rachel was running (-2 & -3). But it is not the final figure that is that important. Many of these got credited for ground loss. That is what made Royal Delta more impressive.Hers were speed numbers.She was rarely caught wide.
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  • tmallios via Disqus · Mary that is why along with you i was a huge supporter of her. Why i make the claim she was by far the best female horse of this century at her best. Winning is irrelevant ,unless you own or bet the horse. It is predicated mostly on the competition.As far as sheer talent ,speed and overall class. The rest could not hold a candle to her. · 1 hour ago
  • Sullivan · Can't wait to see Beholder run a -5 · 45 minutes ago
The Connections of Untapable rooled the dice and shot for the Moon. The result of all this,it earned them a trip to Parx and now point for The Cotillion Stakes. Not belittling this race,it has its history. But to a filly that was head and shoulders the best in her division. The Alabamas winners trophy should of had her name on it. Hopefully the so called new breed owner will come to their sanity and respect the value of divisional races that their predecesors valued so greatly. All of a sudden in todays game,these races are rendered meaningless. They listen to their speed figure gurus and to a fan base that has absolutely no clue about racing. They want the glory,they want the story and all the fame that comes from it. What they do not figure on is the bottom line affect to the filly. This stab at Fools Gold has basically cost her the season. The effort knocked her out so much,that they are pointing to a race 8 weeks down the line. What is their move after that,The BC Distaff. With 1 race under her belt,she will get eaten up by the likes of the leaders of the Female Older Division. Assmusen is getting better at this.With Rachel she was succesful at 3 against the Boys, but the strenuous schedule killed her career. With their decision to run in this years Haskell, they may of ruined another career at an earlier age. Yes i am sure someone will come out and say that Fillies always run against the Boys and win. Yes but that is on the Turf ,where it is not as strenuous an effort. Zennyatta was succesful the 2 times she did it. But Shirrefs did it when she was older and much more developed physically and mentally. He also took his shot at the last race of the year,not during the Peak. Even the Hall Of Famer Bill Mott. With the fastest female horse of all in this decade. That would be Royal Delta,he took his one shot in Dubai and learned his lesson. Enjoy Bensalem , Pa. Ihear it is gorgeous that time of the year. You earned this trip.
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  • tmallios via Disqus · Sorry posted in wrong spot.Every thing i said here was said before the fact. As a matter of fact. Ekindy and i were the only 2 against her running against the boys this early. · 1 hour ago
  • Sullivan · ahh, didn't see. · 47 minutes ago
another look has it this way: 2 Ami's Holiday 4 Matador 8 Lynx 10 Lions Bay
Matador would not be too big a surprise
hard to beat the chalk..NOW if it rains hard at the Fort often the first one out of the gate triumphs so watch for the bias on races underneath if it is wet. 2 Ami's Holiday 8 Lynx 10 Lions Bay 6 Coltimus Prime 6 and 8 go out and 2 10 come later......Poor old venue is on life support and is hemorrhaging money.
Rooting for Lynx,Matador.
He is a big favorite of mine. He always tries but Bayern very very tough in the Haskell
Very tough race but I hope La Verdad wins.
Crushed a decent bunch of KY breds at Ellis Park July 27 without breaking a sweat after two strong works at Churchill. Any Given Saturday has shown he can get a big horse at a distance of ground.
You lost the race...get over it Rosie! Gosh, it happens in every race...we can only have ONE winner and you and Asmussen didn't get this win. Sorry, you're not aboard Zenyatta or RA, or HDG.
Lost among all this banter is the now unavoidable fact that Bayern is an absolute monster.
Entered in the Governor's Stakes Saturday at Mountaineer
Entered in R3 (MSW) at Saratoga on Friday
Looking at the card for this weekend and all I can say is wow! This has to be the biggest night ever for the track because from top to bottom the races are flawless!
What do people think on his loss?
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  • buds · or he cant run outside of Gulfstream. · 8 hours ago
  • jockey2be. · He ran hard,and well.I still am waiting for him to get that Grade 1 victory!I know it'll happen someday!And he sure can run outside GP.Anyone who says he ran poorly must have watched a different race. · 6 hours ago
The second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown is this week and it looks to be a tough one but I love East Side and Coltimus Prime!
  • travel_vic · will be more than likely on OFF going as major thunderstorms are around and cancelled my trip there tomorrow. · 6 hours ago
Pretty decent renewal of the G2 Lennox Stakes, which is the highlight of day 1 of the Goodwood festival. I think Toormore will appreciate the drop to in class from G1 to G2 level and the drop in trip from a mile to 7f. It's significant that Richard Hughes chose Toormore over Professor who's in really good form right now. Professor's last 2 runs have produced a 2nd in the Workingham Stakes at Ascot and a conditions stakes win for 100+ rated horses at Haydock last time out over Trade Storm and Rerouted. My Lennox Stakes super-fecta: 1st-Toormore 2nd-Gregorian 3rd-Professor 4th-Garswood/Amarillo?
First of all let me say that i do not know the story first hand. I have read and heard from many accounts that Rosie is being accused of being a sore loser after the Haskell. I believe the main point is that she refused to talk after the race. If that is the case,then a very big thumbs down to you Rosie. Through the recent years you have shown to be a capable and competent rider. Nowhere near what your press clippings call for. Be it you ,your agent or if you have a P.R. team working for you. You have attracted National interest not only from the Racing Community ,but also the National audience . As a team,you guys have played and maximized the female jockey to tremendous proportions. It has landed you mounts you could never get based on the talents you have shown to date. On your behalf,you are entitled to an off day. You are entitled to be pissed off when you lose a big race. But not on the biggest platform your sport and livelihood demands. Forget the common racing fan for a second. Your massive fan base wanted to hear from you and get an explnation as to what happened. You let them all down by now playing the regular Jockey card. Who knows,when you get over the pouting ,that cute and lovable smile will return to your face. When it is time for your agent to seek mounts. I am sure you will become the good ole lovable Rosie,
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  • buds · A good PR agent would tell her to stay in the jockey room until she cools down, otherwise you will say something in rage and regret it later. Sometimes its hard to say the right thing when a microphone is shoved in your face immediately after a tough loss. Its funny how she gets chastised for not talking and for being pouty. · 8 hours ago
  • travel_vic · Typical: FILL IN what you CANNOT know with bs fallacy and try to sell it as "inside information." BS is still BS · 7 hours ago
Wheres she going?
  • Geretina · She's nominated for the Adirondack Stakes on August 10th. Maybe this is the goal? · 8 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · I like her name. · 7 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.