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  • Gold Rush Dancer (14-1) pulls the upset in Del Mar's Real Good Deal Stakes.Posted 5 hours ago
  • Haveyougoneaway (7-2) wears down Paulassilverlining to win the Honorable Miss at Saratoga.Posted 8 hours ago
  • Exaggerator is going in the Haskell, according to Steve Edelson of the Asbury Park Press.Posted 12 hours ago
  • The Gurkha wins a Sussex thriller over Galileo Gold and Ribchester.Posted 15 hours ago
  • Amis Gizmo romps home in the Prince of Wales at Fort Erie.Posted 1 day ago
  • Long On Value (7-2) cuts back and rolls in the Lucky Coin Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Songbird repels the challenge of Carina Mia, and romps home in the CCA Oaks.Posted 3 days ago
  • Up With the Birds swings to victory in Woodbine's Nijinsky Stakes.Posted 3 days ago
  • Tin Type Gal rides the rail to victory in Monmouth's Boiling Springs.Posted 3 days ago
  • California Chrome edges Dortmund in a San Diego Handicap showdown.Posted 4 days ago

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Did not see that coming. Totally thought he'd go to the Jim dandy. Very confusing as Keith said he has not been training well and he can't figure out why yet let's send him again Nyquist and gun runner instead of the Jim dandy where I thought he had a great shot to win it
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  • Meydan Rocks via Disqus · Could have been the Saratoga surface! · 11 hours ago
  • Lkb via Disqus · I'm going to say the 60% chance of rain on Sunday had something to do with the decision . · 8 hours ago
Anyone know what or where his next race is?
Catalina Red
1st- Ostrolenka 2nd- Notacatbutallama 3rd- Moonlight Song
This is undeniably a fairly strong field. 1st- CONNECT 2nd- Ready Dancer 3rd- Uncle Vinny 4th- Gift Box. I will bet the most on Connect, but I would love for my boy Vinny to win.
Here it is - two weeks out from the Haskell and Jim Dandy and no word on him and where he is pointed. I still think the Haskell is an ideal position for him with the track fast like he likes it. He has had 3 works since the Belmont: Saratoga 5 furlongs 1:02.43 11/17 Saratoga 4 furlongs 49.96 16/38 Belmont 4 furlongs 48.48 8/62 I hope he is ready for the Haskell because I think he could be a strong contender, but I understand that the Haskell/Travers double is not easy so if he stays at the spa that would make sense.
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  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · Jim Dandy it will be! I'll be there for what should be a good day · 19 hours ago
  • Pitbull via Disqus · I dont think it matters. I look for Gov Malibu to take the dandy.In my opinion he would have won the Belmont.If you watch the video he was sent to go and he had a big head of steam but was blocked on both sides with no where to go.he would have skated on that rail like ice.He will be in the money.Ive always loved this horse and i hope he makes me proud. · 6 hours ago
I know how cynical horseplayers can be but I hope no matter how she runs or where she finishes a standing ovation awaits her when she gallops back. What Chad Brown has accomplished bringing her back could have not been done with a horse that didn't have tremendous heart and will. To put it in royal terms Tepin may be the Queen but the Lady is back.
Came across these photos of Dortmund and California Chrome battling it out in the San Diego! Dortmund resumed training this morning at Del Mar. The Pacific Classic could be his next start!
is back, the champ. opened up Nyquist
If you are looking to bet Saturdays Jim Dandy Stakes, please take a long hard look at this horse. To begin with , in the Belmont Stakes. Joel Rosario rode him as though he was running on Eggs. Never set him down seriously,always restraining him. Go back and look at the replay. He got shut off about 4 times from the top of the stretch and on. This is a prep race for the Travers. His competitors just may be looking at this race as such. This guy WILL WIN THE JIM DANDY on Saturday.
1st- NYQUIST 2nd- American Freedom 3rd- Exaggerator 4th- Brody's Cause 5th- Gun Runner 6th- Awesome Slew 7th- Sunny Ridge. It should be a very tight photo for 2nd. Any of American Freedom, Exaggerator, and Brody's Cause could get 2nd but Nyquist will run this race fairly similar to American Pharoah.
  • jrem1 · He will be more rested than A.P. was for sure so maybe he'll be able to hang on if the pace gets too hot. · 8 hours ago
Been a long road back from a near fatal illness. Getting her back to the races is a bonus.
Interesting move by the Exaggerator connections sending him to Monmouth. I read that he had two "dull" workouts in Saratoga so I'm assuming they're sending him here hoping the surface change will help. Hard to see Nyquist losing here though due to the fact that Monmouth is all about speed and he has the ability to win from the front (assuming Gutierrez doesn't gas him out again). In either way it should be a good race. I think Gun Runner is perfect for this distance and I'm just sitting here waiting for Brody's Cause to return to his 2 yo form as well.
  • Lkb via Disqus · Probably has something to do with the fact they are expecting rain Sunday in NJ and not on Saturday in NY. · 8 hours ago
Exaggerator is not running in this race, was confirmed today. He is scheduled to race in the Haskell which will be a rematch with Nyquist. My pick here, well gotta go with the grays but my first choice is Mohaymen.
Gun Runner gate to wire.
Yet another first time out winner for Frankel strikes! He looked quite green and appeared like he could do with at least another furlong, but still managed to win his debut maiden by 1/2 a length.
The Mystic Lake Derby is exactly one month away. Get excited Minnesota fans.
Chad Brown has said the likely return of Lady Eli will be August 27 in the Ballston Spa at Saratoga. However she performs it will be great to see this magnificent filly back on the track after all she has been through.
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · Yes Travers day, should add another exciting element to that racing day. The way she is training they are all running for 2nd against her. She looks as strong as ever · 11 hours ago
The big question with Dortmund if he's racing in the Pacific Classic is: Will he be able to keep or improve on his San Diego Handicap form when carrying 124 pounds (and going 10f)? Based on his form of the 2015 KD, the answer is NO (the Preakness is a toss so it doesn't count, and he was probably carrying 140 pounds in that race). Based on his 2015 Native Diver's form, then the answer is YES (he was still going strong in the final furlong of that race under hand ride). Also he also looked stronger as a stalker than a pace-setter.
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · Some parts I agree, his trip in the San Diego was predicated by post. There was no other option from the inside. He may have still led anyway if he was outside but Stevens had only 1 option when the race was drawn. I agree he looked better as a stalker but he also beat nothing after his post Preakness layoff. Against better he may just be better off leading and using his tactical advantage. I can imagine the last thing the connections ever want to see is Dortmund behind horses waiting and not getting a clear run, he has to be clear. He got beat a few lengths in the Derby by a Triple Crown winner, no shame in that. If you believe the insider rumblings that Dortmund wasn't training that well at Churchill then his Derby race was 1 too many (he had run 7 races in a 6 month span). Dortmund's Derby is no different than Gun Runner's Derby this year- both credible efforts from very good horses. The problem I have with him going to the Pacific Classic is mostly the competition being in-form. This will be Chrome's 5th race, Melatonin's 5th race, Beholder's 4th, and Nyquist is possible having run all winter and spring. Fitness, stamina, everything wise Dortmund is behind all those horses. Why would you run him against these unless you were absolutely sure you had him dead fit and in the best form of his career.. Meanwhile there's a cozy race at Saratoga in early September which will have half the difficulty..But we all know Baffert's allergy to running horses out of town when Delmar is open. · 1 day ago
  • Aubrey via Disqus · I like Dortmund as a stalker better and hope they use this tactic in the PC · 12 hours ago
Any word on how Stradivari is recovering? I haven't heard so am assuming that the blood flow is ok & that surgery took place?
  • Goblin · He had surgery yesterday as planned, and DRF quotes Pletcher as saying, "so far, so good," this A.M. http://live.drf.com/nuggets/30810 · 13 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.

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