Breeders' Cup 2014

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  • Untapable and a retiring Rosie Napravnik earn the top prize in the BC Distaff! Posted 1 hour ago
  • Lady Eli rides the rails to victory in the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf! Posted 1 hour ago
  • Goldencents wins his second Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile! Posted 1 hour ago
  • Hootenanny keys a 1-2 BC Juvenile Turf for Wesley Ward! Posted 1 hour ago
  • American Pharoah is out of the BC Juvenile due to a bone bruise. Posted 3 days ago
  • Dame Dorothy remains unbeaten in the Turnback the Alarm! Posted 5 days ago
  • West Coast Belle wins the Rags to Riches for fun! Posted 5 days ago
  • Conquest Tsunami storms to victory in the Street Sense! Posted 5 days ago
  • Military Attack defeats a top field in the Sha Tin Trophy! Posted 5 days ago
  • Canadian Lexie Lou wins the Autumn Miss at Santa Anita! Posted 6 days ago

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I like Cigar Street
It isn't like it is a slow time. By all accounts that a very good time. Is it 1.46? No, but it's rare we see a time like that and even 1.47 these days are rare. The track was an absolute highway last year, that catered to any horse anywhere with in 2 lengths of the lead, the first day of the Breeders Cup, and even then Beholder still ran 1.47.8, on fifth from 1.48. Today it was easily slower than it was last year. There is not telling how Beholder would have performed. Several factors, track and current form would be very different than they were last year. She didn't seem to have the same spark she did last year, and the track was not nearly as fast. Untapable ran a huge race in a good time, over a fair track, beating her elders, while being wide around both turn, at least 3-4 wide. She gave up a good amount of ground, over a slower track, and still ran a very good time. Do not try to take away from what she did today, and give it to a horse that didn't even make it to the gate. It is disrespectful to her and the race she ran.
From the Ramsey Farm Facebook: "According to trainer Mike Maker, Vicar's In Trouble suffered a condular fracture in his front left leg during the BC Dirt Mile. He will undergo surgery in the morning."
  • Goblin · And just when I was thinking there were no injuries or breakdowns this BC afternoon. · 55 minutes ago
I'm afraid that after her last place finish today, we may have seen the last of CH, I don't think her head is in the game anymore, despite these two losses, I really think she will get 2014 champion older mare, 3 G1's and G2, no other older female has those numbers, so I think she gets the eclipse award, but looks like we saw her career end today
Good job my boy, Chitu!!!!!!! Can't believe I got that nice price..Cha-ching!!!!!!!!!
  • Buckpasser via Disqus · Your boy looked very good. Congrats. I'm sure you're thrilled as you have backed him from the beginning · 2 hours ago
  • chitu77 · BP, thank you so much!!! Yes, hoping he gets better as a 4-year old. 2015 BC Dirt Mile will be the goal. · 1 hour ago
The undeniable, unstoppable, unbeatable (against fillies), Untapable! What an incredible race after going wide the whole time! But what is up with Close Hatches? She didn't lift a hoof for the second time in a row.
Rosies announcement that she will be retiring due to her being Pregnant. The fact that she won this race gives us 2 really great feel good stories in back to back years. Last years was Kathy Ritvo being rewarded with a BC Classic win with MMM. At least Rosies child will be a great Trivia Question. The Child will turn out to be the youngest to ever Ride on a BC Winner.
  • Jbyrnes1 · Apparently, DRF's David Grening says Rosie is 7 weeks pregnant, so your right about that question · 1 hour ago
So happy my girl Lady Eli won!!!!!
  • chitu77 · Woohoo!!! Lady Eli & Chitu wins!!!! · 1 hour ago
  • Anne Shaw · Mine too and she's so grown up acting. I think this was only her 3rd race. · 1 hour ago
Ok so 4 races on day 1 of breeders cup and we had 3 favorites and the 1 who wasant the post time favorite was actually the moring line favorite. I guess the bombs will come tomarrow.
Rosie Napravnik will retire after Sunday as she announces that she is a mother to be, congrats Rosie!!!!
  • tcglory · well temporary retirement to be exact. She is still young and many female jokceys had kids and came back and that itch for racing will come back after she gives berth, but for now time to go eat at a buffet lol · 1 hour ago
  • Goblin · It rendered Laffit almost speechless! Good wishes to Rosie and her husband. · 1 hour ago
Untapable, the queen of the dirt, wins the Breeders Cup Distaff
  • Goblin · On the BC Distaff Pre-Entries blog here, I said I hoped Iotapa would do well for Afleet Alex, and she did. Fought as long as she could against the winner. · 2 hours ago
  • ekindy · Not exactly a jaw dropping final time. I can't help but wonder what would have happened had Beholder not spiked that fever. · 1 hour ago
Well the good news is my Pick 4 is still alive going into the Distaff, the bad news is so is everybody else's.
It's time for the first big upset of the BC!
  • ekindy · I hope so, it'll make my day a lot more profitable. · 2 hours ago
  • sully · She was spinning her wheels all the way around there · 2 hours ago
Went wide the entire time and still put away all challengers. She is one heck of a filly. She should win HOTY if a longshot wins the classic!! Go Untapable! Can't wait to see you run next year
#8 Valiant Emilia
  • Mary Z. · GL with that longshot! I like Tiz Midnight and Close Hatches. · 2 hours ago
  • chitu77 · Another Baffert win. Tiz Midnight!!!!!! · 2 hours ago
What a useless ride this horse was just given
What a filly!! Lady Eli explodes up the rail to beat Sunset Glow in the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf
Are you kidding me!!!! The true heart of a Breeders Cup champion, Goldencents goes suicidal fractions and holds off Tapiture to win the Dirt Mile again!!!!!!!
  • Goblin · It was his ability to hold on in deep stretch that was heart-pounding to watch! · 3 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · So happy for Goldie, but sad to see the great beauty go to his second career, not that he'll mind. · 3 hours ago
Wasn't my pick, but I can't complain seeing Ward and Dettori in the winner's circle!
I'm so proud of my boy tapiture!

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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.