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He is en route to Belmont Park right now being vanned.
Twist my arm, and i think that A.P still has a better chance of winning come Saturday, than he has losing. A win or a loss will not change my opinion of this horse. Contrary to many who think that his Derby was slow. Based on the numbers i read,it might of been the fastest ever. So he has already shownme just how fast a horse he is. But after reading about his most recent work, the slightest bit of hesitation now comes my way. I see where some are saying,and i certainly hope that it is not Baffert nor anyone associated with the horse. That he is better now than he is ever been, because of the fast clocking. Speed in no way shows that he is coming into this racethe way he is supposed to. If he has not proven how fast he is based on his races,a 1.39 gallop out surely should not win you over. Lets analyze his workout pattern. After the Ark. Derby, A.P had 3 weeks to get ready for his biggest test to date. Note Baffert only worked him once in the 3 weeks. That is because he had the horse dead fit,and exactly where he wanted him to be. Between the Derby and the Preakness,no works were necessary. Here is where it gets hairy for me, i am not second guessing Baffert. Maybe i am overthinking the entire thing,and nothing is there. I loved the work last week,not fastand looked good visually doing it. If a horse is doing that great,why now does he need another workout,just 1 week after his last one.That means in the 2 weeks after he ran 3 races in 5 weeks, he needed 2 works within a 2 week span,where before he only needed 1 in a 3 week span.A.P. and i have said it before,has every reason in the world to be a tired horse. He earned that right by running 3 hole in the wind races . Like i said,maybe it is nothing, but why did he need the 2nd work???????I doubt the reason is that Baffert needed the frequent mileage. Maybe just maybe, things are not as easy prepping as they were. To that i say,he earned the right to be a tired horse.
Should American Pharoah do as expected and win the Triple Crown on Saturday. To those that want to take the route, you can celebrate and be as obnoxious or classy as you want to be. You can say that this is one of the greats of all time . I will have no problem with that. The only thing i will have a problem with, and should he lose without a glaring excuse. Do not start bashing Victor Espinoza(ala the Chronies last year), do not start blaming it on the surface or that Baffert did this or that wrong. Just accept it and turn the page.
Promise me silver will be golden with mike smith aboard he knows the track the horse knows the game and he is great with undefeated horses .11 to 14 percent of horses in training ever win a single race she won 8 and this will be #9
American Pharoah has arrived at Belmont Park and has settled in. His date with destiny is only days away. (Photo by DRF'S Jay Privman)
Tough race but I love Unitarian!
Uncle Vinny will win in a big way.
Stephanie's Kitten looks like the logical choice but Eastern Belle has my interest in the race.
Rock Fall / Clearly Now.
I'm only using him and Madefromlucky in the Belmont, exacta box!
Rain!!!! http://www.weather.com/weather/5day/l/11003:4:US American Pharoah wins!
deKock on Lasix. Nothing he hasn't said before, but what he said about breathing in the kickback made me wonder if that might at least contribute to the reason why some horses bleed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=VvrAq7m0xJ0
I wonder if Honor Code will be entered. His last work was 49 and change when it seems that his last works before the last two races were in the 47 range. I wonder if it was intentional to slow the work down or not. Will cross my fingers. It seems like Shug was satisfied with the work so we will see.
Take note all of you Frosted doubters: 1 - In the KD not only did he have trouble after the break but was wide the entire race while making a monster move in the stretch closing into moderate fractions. 2 - Rosario never touched him once with the stick which tells me that there is more to see from this horse. 3 - He will certainly be closer to the pace on Saturday 4 - Has a race over the track where he closed on a speed biased track to place second. This is a gift..............
Below are the fractions for the 10 successful Triple Crown winners who ran at 12 furlongs in the Belmont Stakes. The list also includes an asterisk for where a stakes record was tied or broken, the number of entrants in parens, and the condition of the track. Examining the list it seems that 48-49, 1:13, and 1:37 are the early fractions that would enable American Pharoah to come home a winner, that is, unless he is of the talent of Secretariat. 1978 Affirmed (5) – fast – 25, 50, 1:14, 1:37 2/5, 2:01 3/5, 2:26 4/5 1977 Seattle Slew (8) – muddy – 24 3/5, 48 2/5, 1:14, 1:38 4/5, 2:03 4/5, 2:29 3/5 1973 Secretariat (5) – fast – 23 2/5, 46 2/5, 1:09 4/5, 1:34 1/5, 1:59, 2:24* 1948 Citation (8) – fast – 24, 48 2/5, 1:12 3/5, 1:37, 2:02 3/5, 2:28 1/5* 1946 Assault (7) – fast 24 4/5, 49 3/5, 1:14 1/5, 1:39 2/5, 2:04, 2:30 4/5 1943 Count Fleet (3) – fast – 23 3/5, 48, 1:12 3/5, 1:37 4/5, 2:03 3/5, 2:28 1/5* 1941 Whirlaway (4) – fast 25 2/5, 49 4/5, 1:13 4/5, 1:39 1/5, 2:05, 2:31 1937 War Admiral (7) – fast 24, 48,1:12 1/5, 1:37 1/5, 1:49 4/5, 2:02 1/5, 2:15 2/5, 2:28 3/5* 1935 Omaha (5) – sloppy 24 1/5, 48 2/5, 1:13 3/5, 1:39, 1:52, 2:05, 2:18, 2:30 3/5 1930 Gallant Fox (4) – good – 23 4/5, 50, 1/5, 1:16, 1:41, 2:07, 2:31 3/5 *Signifies stakes record
This just out on the Racing Post web-site: Trainer Aidan O'Brien has confirmed to the racing media that jockey Ryan Moore will ride Giovanni Canaletto in Saturday's G1 Investec Derby at Epsom. O'Brien has booked long time Ballydoyle stable jockey Seamie Heffernan to ride G3 Chester Vase winner Hans Holbein and son Joseph O'Brien will ride Lingfield Derby Trial winner Kilimanjaro. In Friday's G1 Investec Oaks son Joseph O'Brien will ride G1 Fillies' Mile winner and G3 Musidora Stakes 2nd, Together Forever, Seamie Heffernan will ride Cheshire Oaks winner Diamondsandrubies, and another long time Ballydoyle stable jockey, Colm O'Donoghue, will ride Qualify. According to the article at present it still remains unclear if Ryan Moore will ride Oaks favorite and English 1000 Guineas winner Legatissimo for Coolmore and trainer David Wachman or if he'll ride recent Fillies' Trial Stakes winner and 2nd favorite in the betting for the Oaks, Crystal Zvezda, for Sir Michael Stoute. More to follow later.
I still feel like we haven't seen the best from Honor Code yet... Hopefully he'll run well in the Met Mile (he's one of my favorites).
This race is turning into a weak installment of the race and it's sad a 1.5 million dollar race doesn't even fill the gate.
On the surface from a fans view,this looks like a loaded field with some nice horses running. A closer look tells us that there are only 2 legitimate horses that possess quality Graded caliber early speed. At CD on Derby day, Private Zone took advantage of circumstances and bottomed out the field at 7F. Now going a mile,and 1 race under Bayerns belt. I doubt he will be able to run with Bayern,a horse i believe will be on a mission come Saturday. I think that the Private will be contentwith sitting the Garden trip behind this loose locomotive. At the top of the lane he will take his best shot at Bayern. In a race that many are expecting the half mile to go in .44 or below. I would not be surprised if they went .45 and turned this into a Merry -go-Round race,with the 2 lead horses finishing up 1/2 when the smoke clears.
A majority of these horses a blistering place to run big but it'll be awesome to see what happens.

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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