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Does anyone know where Stanford or Tommy Macho are running ? If Stanford isn't here, then I want Iron Fist or Madefromlucky .
  • xword15 · Looks like Tommy Macho just scratched from the Curlin today with Tekton and Stanford still active for that race. Looks like you have Tommy Macho to go with on this one. · 19 minutes ago
Al Shaqab Racing owned fillies fill the first 2 slots in the G3 Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood, as Amy Eria, shipped over from France for trainer Francois Rohaut gets the win with the Richard Hannon Jr. trained Osaila finishing 2nd.
Nathan, keep a close eye on him at the Spa today and all weekend. Looks like he is loaded for some serious damage. Obvious horses today....Alma Maters of Indy Colts last 2 QBs'(and future Hall of Famers). Stanford and Tennessee. In the 5th he is there with 2 good ones. Second Timer Gangster ,just may be anything. Hopefully today is the day at big balloons. Finally to close out the day,Old Pal the Mountain Climber in the 9th.
Conceding weight all around, Muthmir holds off the fast charging Take Cover by a head to win the G2 King George Stakes at Goodwood. The win was Muthmir's second G2 win this season(G2 Prix du Gros-Chene) to go along with his 3rd place finish in the G1 King's Stand Stakes at Royal-Ascot. He's having a very decent season this year in the sprint division.
Going with Salutos Amigos (been solid since last Nov with exception in Dubai. C. Velasquez seems to get the best out of him), Favorite Tale (liked his last win against solid sprinters. Seems like he's healthy again) and Rock Fall (can't ignore this up and comer. Hasn't done anything wrong since his maiden debut).
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · Favorite Tale is the controlling speed, his last he was aided by the bias of the track. With this field being much tougher, hard to imagine he can last on the front without slowing it down considerably. If the Big Beast is ready, he's the main danger to Rock Fall and loves the track (2 for 2). This is also a big step up in class for Salutos Amigos. Should be closing late.. · 2 hours ago
After running some very creditable races at the end of last season and early this season(3 straight 4th place finishes in the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes, G1 Prix Marcel Boussac, & G1 English 1000 Guineas), Malabar finally gets a much deserved win over the boys at Goodwood, pulling comfortably away from Kool Kompany inside the final furlong to win the G3 Thoroughbred Stakes.
Dubday makes history becoming the first ever Qatar trained horse to win a race in Great Britain, beating heavily backed The Corsican by 3/4 lengths to win the G3 Glorious Stakes at Goodwood.
Can't ignore Texas Red...ran a solid comeback race...and he will be rolling as long as there is pace to run at. It seems from his last bullet work...they want him closer to the pace in the early going.
Any chance this horse gets into the Breeder Cup ?
At one point, second highest rated horse in the world, having beat Just A Way, has been retired to Shadai Stud. He was injured during training--suspensory desmitis, a leg injury.
Seems like Upstart is definitely running in the Haskell along with Competitive Edge (Pletcher already has two in the Haskell so not sure if CE is a definite yet) and not sure where Tekton will be running. Frosted is the horse to beat whether the "others" run or not. If CE runs, the question with him is what happened in last and will he be able to win at two turns in his first try against a strong field. I'm going to put Japan as my key horse. I liked his last win and think he's only getting better with each race and experience. His last win showed some grit although Tommy Macho's win the same day had strong speed figures but Tommy Macho won't be running here. I'll be sticking with Japan and add Competitive Edge (if he runs here) with Frosted included in the exotics.
Assuming Stanford is the only Pletcher representative in the race, I'll go with him and Bent On Bourbon. Stanford looked good in his last and he can dictate the pace or sit just off the pace. Bent On Bourbon seems to be getting better with each start and he looks like a horse that can thrive in the secondary Derby races (i.e. Iowa Derby, etc). This is a step up in class but I think he will give a good account of himself.
Staying with Page McKenney (due to win one after solid performances in graded stakes this year, Freestyler (if he runs in here instead of Monmouth Cup) and Carve (solid veteran might perk up and get another win with return to Mountaineer to defend last year's win).
I'm sticking with Barbados and Victory is Sweet. I'll keep March in the exotics but not sure if the 1/2 furlong shorter distance will keep this one from winning. The Great War is intriguing. He was primarily in sprint races in Europe and his only win here was at 6 1/2 furlongs at TP. With two flops around two turns Ward is bringing him back to sprinting and he might pick up a piece with the more than capable J. Rosario up. Worth putting some money especially if he is at 9/2 or higher (10-1 ml odds).
Frosted and Japan.
While the latest update on Lady Eli is fabulous, unlike the zealots who are attempting to turn this into the Horse Racing Nation Church, I want to thank the ones truly responsible for the care of this magnificent filly: Drs. Bryan Fraley and Robert Agne. They are the ones who are actually by her side and tending to her illness. While she is not out of the woods yet, their veterinary skills have led to much improvement in her condition. Keep up the good work gentlemen.
  • moonrise · Although I will continue to pray for her, but not like I'm in a church, just practically - I too thank the experts who are taking such good care of her. And the folks who take care of her daily and are treating her with so much care and love. · 15 hours ago
  • Chelsea Devries via Disqus · Amen to that lol. Seriously though, kudos to the people who are doing the real work in attending to Lady Eli. I'm sure it's nice to believe that prayers are actually doing any good when you don't have anything real to offer. · 12 hours ago
Can't wait to wake up to see A-P gallop tomorrow morning.If anyone is in town, the clubhouse will be open to the public from 7-8am and A-P will gallop sometime between 7:30-750. Also heard he will be in the paddock before tomorrow's 1st race
Protonico has pulled out of the Whitney Handicap, and instead will race this Sunday in the Monmouth Cup Stakes.
I like Keen Ice and Mr. Jordan to round out the trifecta with AP. Upstart has been off too long. Maybe the next time out for him.

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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