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Miss Ella worked 5f today, May 24th, in 1:01:80 (b). It was the only work at that distance.
Lady Eli worked 5f over firm turf today, May 24th, in 1:01:87 (b). It was the seventh fastest of 19 works at that distance.
Imagining worked 5f over firm turf today, May 24th, in 1:00:08 (b). It was the fastest of 19 works at that distance.
Clearly Now worked 4f today, May 24th, in 49:10 (b). It was the fifteenth fastest of 50 works at that distance.
If SB didn't win another race,hoping he stays healthy. Of course,if he remains sound he has more wins waiting on him.
Coffee Clique worked 4f today, May 24th, in 48:22 (b). It was the fourth fastest of 50 works at that distance.
Summer Front worked 3f over firm turf today, May 24th, in 37:12 (b). It was the only work at that distance.
Going Somewhere
Race results still blank. Had he won, wouldn't be the case. In other news, Jess's Dream posted a bullet work earlier this week.
Lady Eli will be entered this next Sunday in the $200,000 Wonder Again Stakes at Belmont Park and will use it as a potential prep for the G1 Belmont Oaks on July 4th. Trainer Chad Brown tells DRF's David Grening that Lady Eli is training like a monster, saying he thinks the best is yet to come with the G1 winner. Article on DRF
Main Sequence, champion older male and turf male of 2014, will return to Monmouth Park and defend last year's win in the $500,000 United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) July 5, going a 1 3/8 miles on the turf. "We've been very conservative with him since coming back from Dubai," trainer Graham Motion said of the Flaxman Holdings horse, who last raced to a seventh-place finish in the Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I) March 28. "He shipped well and handled it well. I could have breezed him three or four weeks ago, but we're taking our time, and will try and plot the same path we did last year." The 6-year-old  son of Aldebaran worked May 23 at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland, his first timed breeze since returning to the U.S., and went four furlongs in :50 3/5. Main Sequence began 2015 with a win in the Mac Diarmida (gr. IIT) at Gulfstream Park in February. "We thought about running him on Belmont Stakes Day, but we're just going to stick with what worked for us last year," Motion said. Article on bloodhorse
Jerry Hollendorfer reports Santa Anita Handicap winner Shared Belief “doing great, coming right along,” as he recovers from a right hip injury at the Pegasus Training and Equine Rehabilitation Center in Redmond, Washington.
1,2,4,11 in the 4th
I'll take the 4 Ol' Fashion Gal in the Selene r.8. Just doing 1 pick per race today. Whitingham pick Going Somewhere beat Indy Point long ago.
I was at the annual Hunt Country Stable Tour yesterday, and saw the bronze statue of Sea Hero at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg. Paul Mellon must have thought a lot of his Kentucky Derby champion to commission the superb, almost life size figure. Bequethed to the library at his death in 1999, it remained at Rokeby until Bunny Mellon passed away last year.
Summer Hit
Interesting baby race coming up in the 3rd. 1,5,7 for P3. 1&7 coming in off nice works. 5, like the breeding & connections
The talented daughter of Pivotal bolts up under a hand ride by Maxime Guyon to win the G1 Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary and keeps her unbeaten record in tact for trainer Freddie Head and the Wertheimer brothers.
Cozmic One worked 4f today, May 23rd, in 48:90 (b). It was the twenty-seventh fastest of 52 works at that distance.
  • elhubbo · Nothing wrong with that. It's got to be hard to train this horse. Regardless of what he accomplishes his value in the breeding shed is so high, it hard to even aim for full potential. · 2 hours ago
Mike Welsch Belmont Park 2015-05-24 DRF Live Posted : 4hrs 20mins ago MUBTAAHIJ breezed just an average looking five furlongs in company with regular work mate Umgiyo in 1:01.83 from the half-mile pole. He did switch leads once settling into the stretch but pulled up fairly abruptly, galloping out six furlongs in 1:18.40.

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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