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Skyring worked 4f, July 7th, in 50:60 (b) finishing 26/35.
I made an inquiry to Darley America and was told 2014 winner of the Comely (defeating Dame Dorothy) has been retired to their broodmare band.
Very glad to hear Shaman Ghost is pointed toward the PWS! Really was hoping he would try for the Canadian Triple Crown! Certainly will be making trip down to Fort Erie July 28! Can't wait!
Timeform has seen fit to bestow on Golden Horn a rating of 130, becoming the first British trained 3YO since Frankel to reach the mark. Now don't get me wrong, I really like Golden Horn and I think he's a very talented horse, but Frankel was a freak of nature. In my humble opinion, if those 2 met over 2000/2100 meters Golden Horn would be nothing more than a good tow into the race for Frankel. I still remember watching Frankel completely annihilate Farhh & St Nicholas Abbey at York the first time he ever stepped up in trip beyond a mile to 2100 meters and those were both proven G1 winning horses with a pretty good turn of foot in their own right. Just sayin', Golden Horn's talented but not in Frankel's league, IMO.
Perhaps the Beverly D next?
  • jmac500 · I don't think they'll push her into older just yet, maybe Del Mar Oaks or La Jolla? · 1 day ago
  • PointGivenTCL via Disqus · Whether we see her in the Beverly D will probably have to do with whether Chad feels Stephanie's Kitten is primed for that race or not - wouldn't be very smart of him to deny one stable star with another. · 1 hour ago
Count Fleet, was retired following the Belmont. Of the other ten, their records after winning the TC: 1919-Sir Barton, was 24-12-5-5, and his record against other ages 16-7-4-3; (hereafter, the first record will be overall, the second record against other ages)1930-Gallant Fox, 6-5-1-0, 2-2-0-0; 1935-Omaha, 7-4-2-1, 5-2-2-1(it should be noted that his last four races were in England, where he won twice, and ran second twice. Pretty neat that a TC winner went to Europe); 1937-War Admiral, 15-13-1-0, 14-12-1-0); 1941-Whirlaway, 41-22-12-5, 35-17-11-5; 1943-Count Fleet, Retired); 1946-Assault, 27-11-4-6, 22-10-2-5; 1948-Citation, 25-14-8-2, 24-13-8-2; 1973-Secretariat, 6-4-2-0, 5-3-2-0; 1977-Seattle Slew, 8-5-2-0, 7-5-2-0; 1978-Affirmed-13-8-2-1, 9-6-1-0(NOTE: I noticed that Seattle Slew defeated Affirmed. Possibly the only race involving two TC winners. Also, I noted a horse named Exceller beat both of them. Is this the only horse to defeat two TC winners?).
Ocean Knight is back on the work tab going 48:34 at Saratoga, ranking it 1/20 at the distance. Nice to see him back.
Thans to someone for updating.
AP is an exceptional horse, but if they're going to run him in the BCC I doubt they would run him at such a demanding track as Saratoga at 10F in the Travers. There's nothing to prove there as he's already devastated the rest of the 3yos. Running against older horses is a win, win, situation for AP. It didn't hurt the legacy of horse who lost to older horses like affirmed, Spectacular Bid, and even Secretariat. It won't hurt him either. He might, IMO, have a very good chance of winning against any of the older group. He's probably near maturity as was Damascus, Secretariat, Seattle Slew, etc. He'll get a little better, but I believe he's good enough now to more than hold his own. He runs his race at any track, in any weather, and does it as he pleases. I don't believe this is an inferior crop of 3yos, but a good one he just ran into the ground. Dortmund, Firing Line, and Frosted would be considered good grade1 horses in many other years, so why not now. I probably left someone out but that's just off the top.
Have tried to add his win in the King Cugart Jun 20, but can't get it to record.??
won the King Cugart can you guys post that??
Tough race. He needs to not run so wide down the stretch. Maybe a jockey upgrade would help.
This comment posted on facebook 3 hours ago - "Shared Belief on stall rest since April, cleared for hand walking a week ago per co-owner Kevin Nish. "he doesn't owe us a nickel" he said."
I think he has to go to the JCGC. Waiting to face older horses in the BC is a bad idea. If for some ungodly reason he loses the BC, every hater will be all over he fact that he only won restricted races. You are putting all of your eggs into one basket- and I think Bob is smarter than that. They have to try older horses before the BC and I think the ideal spot is the JCGC. A historic race that he could possibly run against top competition in Chrome, Tonalist and Honor Code. Just my opinion. Thoughts? If he romps in the Haskell I just don't see the Travers or PA Derby being appealing or a logical spot at all
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  • unbridled_68 · They'll go for the Travers most likely. If they've run the Haskell They'll run the Travers as its a more prestigious race. PA derby is nothing race for triple crown winner - unlikely. Couldnt figure why Chromes connections took him there last year. Older horses will be the next step after. As for the haters there's not point bothering about them they have convenient memories - Zenyatta had a very sheltered career and they see her as a great.Simply winning the triple crown with no difficulty has cemented his place in racing history. As for his legacy the boys at Coolmore America will see to that. · 15 hours ago
  • zenyatta mondatta · I don't see where this horse owes any of us anything. Hasn't he proven he is the best there has been in 37 years? IF he retires tomorrow he will still be the absolute best there has been in 37 years. What does it mean in this day and time to be a Triple Crown Winner? Apparently, not much if he is still having to prove himself. · 14 hours ago
Hopefully He Runs In The Haskell Against AP. Would Love To See That.
Chitu, a speedy colt who pushed the early pace in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been retired, according to trainer Bob Baffert. Baffert said the decision was made to retire the 4-year-old son of Henny Hughes because he would be unable to get back to the same level at which he competed before developing an ankle problem following a third-place finish, three-quarters of a length behind winner Shared Belief, in the Malibu Stakes (gr. I) last Dec. 26. While there has been some interest, Baffert said there has been no commitment on where the colt will stand at stud. Article on bloodhorse
I don't see AP going to the PA Derby. Like several on here have said it just simply doesn't make any sense logistically or competitively. I honestly think though that if everything goes to plan Zayat and Baffert plan to send him to the Travers over JCGC. Traditionally the Travers is the most important race outside of the TC and BC and Saratoga can put on a big show for AP (that tracks gorgeous). Zayat has made it clear besides the horses well being that this is most important to him. Belmont for the JCGC would be arguably better for his legacy than the Travers with older horses but not enough to make up for the greater risk of him losing. Their would be substantive benefit to AP winning the Travers as well.The Travers is something only one TC winner has won and classics in Saratoga in general have been the bane of elite horses for literally almost a century. This allows him to write off a loss more easily (if secretariat can do it, he can do it too) Making the turn around for the Travers is very difficult but Baffert's best horse (before AP) Point Given was sent to both and won both. I would personally prefer AP to go to the JCGC(I would be able to attend) which is itself prestigious. I just don't think his connections will send him. AP's run at Belmont already and self declared horse racing ambassador Zayat from the lookd of things wants to keep brining him to new tracks that can put on a party. Belmont would make a huge deal for AP like any track but not more than Stakes day. From experience 120,00 people confined in Belmont park isn't a great experience and the JCGC would do fine without AP anyway. Saratoga seems to be what Zayat is looking for. If AP isn't ready for the Travers IMO it's more likely they just retire him rather then run him elsewhere.
Shaman Ghost, winner of the 2015 Queen's Plate, came out of the race in good shape and will likely make his next start in the July 28th Prince Of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie, becoming the first Queen's Plate winner to attempt to win the 2nd leg of the Canadian Triple Crown since 2010. Trainer Brian Lynch says as long as he is happy and healthy , he will try to win the Prince of Wales and attempt to become the 13th Canadian triple crown winner, saying he believes he has the horse to do it. Article on DRF
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah continued to prep for the William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) with a half-mile work in :47 3/5 at Santa Anita Park July 6. The work, which followed a three-furlong work in :36 2/5 June 26 in his first breeze since winning the June 6 Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I), was the co-seventh-fastest of the day among 50 working that distance July 6. "He was just cruising out there," Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said. "He looks good. Based on this work, it looks like he has not been affected by the 3 races and back in form. Article on bloodhorse

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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