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Nice easy breeze this am, 101.1, he's on the comeback, looks great, grown, put on some weight and ready to go very soon.
Initially i conceded this race to Shared Belief,just like everyone else. But after looking at the entries,from a horse i had winning the race at about 93 % positive. I change the odds to about 80 % . The presence of Moreno makes this race a bit more interesting. A loose speed is always dangerous,especially when he is fresh and has some quality to him. Unless the ghost of Bejarano comes alive and he goes after Moreno,with absolutely no regard for his own. Moreno will be loose in here. Makes it a bit tough for the Hall of Famer. He now will have to use Shared Belief a bit more than he would of wanted to. Not saying that he will lose. But the chances sure increased with this entry. Never been a fan of The Rajin Cajun and his Amateuristic attacks in an attempt to Trash Talk. But i think that he has this guy on as much a tilt mode as possible. Nathan now i can get into the race,rather than be a spectator.
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  • tmallios via Disqus · After all that MUMBO JUMBO and Double/Triple talk, you still don't get it nor comprehend what you preach. You state again,now quoting more Quacks,and are interjecting philosophy into the equation. Each race is an interaction UNIQUE in time as the track and form cycle changes. Then please tell us again how the MET MILE distance of ONE MILE is to short for SHARED BELIEF. The race will be run in 3 months, how then do you know what type of form cycle he will be in??????How then do you know what and how many horses he will be racing against?????How then do you know what the PACE SCENERIO will be??????????How then do you know what the odds will be,to make an educated conclussion. Seems that when anyone else steps up and makes predictions,you shoot them down with absolutely co concrete knowledge of what you are talking about. Here is one more HOW THEN FOR YOU......How then can you continue to have a conversation chat,if you never read others posts. I believe that is the reason you never make sense. In closing,it seems that the only ones exempt from making sense and truth are 2/3 rds of the great Hockey #1 line. Vic at Center, Brian Williams(NBC) at left wing. Good thing is that you now have your 3rd linemate. The Eastern philosophy guys. You have not earned the right nor privaledge to converse with me,til you answer me directly about Shared Belief and the Met Mile. · 1 hour ago
  • travel_vic · vocabulary refreshment is a good habit I cultivate and how apropos that today's addition is the timely word poltroon. · 1 hour ago
Our Joesphina, dam of G1 winner Dortmund, will bred be bred to Malibu Moon today at Spendthrift Farm. According to DRF
This race has 6 front-runners. El Kabeir and Classy Class are surrounded by similar running style. I would be concerned about the first 25 yards. It could be a mess. The two closers, Combat Diver and Tencendur could mop this up. I think Tencendur has a better shot because he has been training huge and he has an enviable outside post outside of the fray that will be the first 1/16th. I agree with Deano. Tencendur only switched leads in one of his three races and still did well. Weaver has a very impressive 17 hand horse.
The horse produces it segmental velocity times against a recorded documented pace of race. All one has to do is figure the lengths behind to get the velocity of the HORSE. HORSE no one else. That is where all the data comes from
  • amino998 · So this HORSE, Shared Belief, is too WHAT for the Met Mile? · 12 hours ago
  • travel_vic · One can NEVER project the isolated HORSE in the absence of the projected (accumulative) pace of race that he/she is contend with. ANYONE evaluating a horse ALONE without considering the pace pressure ahead is headed straight for the poor house. The effect of a single negative pace pressure (ex. Siphon to Cigar in their Pacific Classic) can negate altogether what that special horse could do in a vacuum. · 11 hours ago
Soon you will all know the name Prospect Park , if you don't know it now , you will !
I am a sucker for Valid. Tough field.
Crushed the field at Penn by 7 lengths. Why is he still running at a claiming tag?
Sunland Derby???
Clubhouse Ride has been retired. He will stand at Harris Farm for $2,500
big field i hope they dont all take him out!!!!
Tiger Ride is interesting.
Met Mile? sounds a bit short for that one
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  • Sullivan · Has no chance. Won the Malibu by a neck over a subpar group excepting the runner up. No way he takes Palace Malice, Moreno, Liam's Map, and/or Tonalist at a mile. · 16 hours ago
  • tmallios · Vic how did you come up with that conclussion. If it is all about the horse,did you have a face to face with him and he let you in on some inside info.Also until we know who the remaining horses in the race are,how can we determine what the pace scenerio/odds will be so that we can make an educated selection.Again Victorio,you are caught in a LIE. You truly are a habitual liar.Like Vodka said earlier,you really can't keep your stories straight. Are you sure that what you say you do at Woodbine is true. Seems to me that your Left Wing pal Brian Williams is not the only storyteller amongst us. · 14 hours ago
When do they draw post positions for the San Felipe?
Bayern's little brother, a colt by Scat Daddy, was just sold for $1.4 million at the Fasig Tipton Florida Sale. First horse to pass $1 million dollars today. The buyer was Coolmore America. According to DRF
Worked out today. 49 and 3. Hope he goes in Palm Beach.
Purse is the purse: has NO relationship to either the quality or depth of competition. I have seen many a listed stakes that had far more going for them in challenge and excitement.....MANY TIMES
As the old Adsge goes......If it were not for bad luck , i would have no luck at all. This guy is running at Tampa on Saturday in a MSW. Betting him is out of the question, he looks 2/5 before and after scratches(to coin a phrase). In his debut, he chased 4 wide on Cigar Mile Day. That was Aqueducts biggest inside speed favoring day,in arguably the past 10 years. Then in his last race,going 2 turns for the first time. He stumbled very badly out of the gate,he was rushed up and raced about 5 to 6 wide on both turns. This is were Bris Net and Beyer final figs do not portray a clear picture. His final fig was an 86. Media Time ran an 89 & an 84. Figure Nick lost about 10 lengths with the trip.At about 2.5 points per length, his revised and adjusted number should read 110 or so........But taking into account Nicks propensity for the bad trip,what happens to him here to lose. Maybe the only way would be his gate does not open.
"Hughesie" announced today via the Racing Post that 2015 will be his last and final season in the saddle.
  • ILuvTurfRacing · According to what I've read on some of the other racing web-sites now it looks like Richard Hughes intends to go the same route Johnny Murtagh did and become a trainer after he finishes his career as a jockey. · 16 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.