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  • The breeding rights to Classic Empire have been acquired by Coolmore.Posted 1 day ago
  • Cloud Computing (13-1) edges a game Classic Empire in the Preakness.Posted 3 days ago
  • World Approval (5-2) whistles home a big winner in the Dixie.Posted 3 days ago
  • No Mo Dough (9-1) explodes to victory in the Sir Barton Stakes.Posted 3 days ago
  • Cambodia (9-2) gets the trip and rolls in the Gallorette.Posted 3 days ago
  • Whitmore (6-5) surges past A.P. Indian in the Maryland Sprint.Posted 3 days ago
  • Yoshida (5-2) wins the James W. Murphy Stakes like a good thing.Posted 3 days ago
  • Recruiting Ready (5-2) rolls to an impressive win in the Chick Lang.Posted 3 days ago
  • Get 10-1 Odds on Always Dreaming on TVG! Posted 4 days ago
  • No catching Everything Lovely (5-2) in The Very One Stakes.Posted 4 days ago

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"Classic Empire" claims his 4th G1 race on 10th June. You heard it here first folks! :-)
Per DRF, #BelmontStakes a possibility for Irish War Cry.
Per Bob Baffert, Collected will not run in the Gold Cup. Did not think his recent work was an "A" work.
Happy Birthday (slightly belated) to Thunder Gulch as he becomes a 25 y/o pensioner! He and stablemate Serena's Song accomplished exceptional 3 y/o seasons travelling and winning stakes races coast to coast and in Kentucky throughout 1995. During his career he won races from 6f. to 1 1/2 mi.; fractured a fore cannon bone in the '95 JCGC and still managed to finish the race, running 5th. He subsequently had surgery and never ran again. I hope this photo of him in his paddock at Ashford/Coolmore yesterday links properly. https://twitter.com/coolmoreamerica/status/867100287701577730
In foal to American Pharoah.
Another year the Met will likely be the best race on the card.
Would have won the Triple Crown if he ran in the Preakness.
1st: Connect 2nd: Mind Your Biscuits 3rd: Sharp Azteca 4th: Unified
I hope this is Mohaymen's last race. He will never win another race.
I think this horse should do fairly well in the Belmont. Top 7 finish for him.
Congrats Todd. You managed an 8th place finish with the Derby winner again in the Preakness. This time with a horse that Johnny V said was the most talented that you and he ever brought to the T/C races. How Bob Baffert can thrive in the T/C with Derby winners and you are clueless and use contraptions like draw reins to actually train the Derby winner every day is a great mystery of life. I mean, you are pretty potent everywhere else. But poor Always Dreaming looked so bad in the Preakness. Here is an idea: The Derby winner is a good thing. It means the horse is thriving. LET HIM RUN ON HIS OWN. LET HIM THRIVE. Let him train hard and stay on the muscle...like Baffert does. Try it next time.
Seemed to have a rocket up his a$$ in the last half a furlong!!! He could be a very interesting deep closer in the Belmont!
Add_watching replay tonight.. .I noticed how young he looked...This is a baby...understand the management so far and the high hopes...The breeding is top class ,the confirmation is awesome. What I see is a baby....Pick easy spots build confidence.The body should fill out in Time..I see what they see in him....Picture Perfect confirmation...Distance will not be a problem when his running style gets worked out.This is an important horse if healthy around this Time next year....
Looking more and more like a Bc classic romp for him
So happy for Curlin! I think he may be a good one. Mark Casse is pretty excited about him & has been watching him do some training too. I can't wait to see him on the track. Good luck to the connections, but especially the trainer. Work your magic with him.
Always excited for the Belmont. A race of this length is so rare. Truly the test of a champion as the Derby is bumper cars and the Preakness is recovery rate. 9 furlongs is classic. 10 furlongs is extraordinary.
Ticonderoga worked 4f, May 23rd, in 49.16 (b) finishing 5/44.
Ancient Secret worked 4f, May 23rd, in 50.39 (b) finishing 28/44.
Obviously worked 3f, May 23rd, in 37.40 (h) finishing 1/1.
Lady Aurelia worked 5f, May 23rd, in 1:02.20 (b) finishing 1/2.

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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