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Blinkers off for the Tiznow Stakes at SA; first time since he was a baby.
Boy the conversation is deep here, I got to get my say in God bless all you horse player and my the best horse Win on June-6-2015 peace to all and have a awesome Belmont day.
Most of my sources have told me not to really put too much into the Derby trip by Carpe Diem . Yes , of course he got a dream trip from the get go : But for what its worth - Baffert during Fri - Sat had 7 starters go post , and did not win a single one - as even Bayern ran last . Then in the Derby , American Pharoah / Dortmund ran 1st and 3rd . Pletcher on the other hand had 10 go to the post while winning 5 of those races , to only finish bad in the Derby ! So many of the horseman will say that that Derby - the track condition was not too pleasing - yet someone had to win : After the race - many of the horseman was impressed how AP over came it all to win from traveling so far out - yet still getting the job done on a track that was like quick sand in some places : So my point : Carpe Diem not that he ran a bad race - he just didn't like the footing thru parts of the race - as in a lot of them . Yet , for many of the starters in the early going - MR Z didn't make matters easy on those that was trying to go to the front - which cost a lot of positions early on for some : Making No Excuses for any of them - im just saying : Carpe Diem actually came out of the Derby in good condition . So , as well as this colt ran from the impossible 2 post thru the early stages - just not liking the footing thru out - this colt from my sources gets a complete make-over as Pletcher ( Main Force ) in the Belmont from his stable
When all was said and done and the Epsom Derby field was cut to 17 horses today, neither John F Kennedy or Ol' Man River, who both tanked badly recently in the G2 Dante Stakes at York, were left in the mix for trainer Aidan O'Brien. Ballydoyle have 4 horses left entered for Epsom at present which are Lingfield Derby Trial winner Kilimanjaro, Chester Vase winner Hans Holbein, Giovanni Canaletto who trials on Sunday in the G3 Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh on the Irish 1000 Guineas & Tattersalls Gold Cup under-card, and English 2000 Guineas winner Gleneagles, who O'Brien already said post- English Guineas was more likely to stay at a mile for the Irish 2000 Guineas and/or the St James's Palace Stakes.
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I like that they are lining up to make Pharoah earn it. This is a group that should all have the distance in them. Rested and ready. It will take an epic performance to thwart him.
  • Douglas Rutherford via Disqus · have you not been paying attention about his races : there is not a good enough 3 yr old at this time that can even rate up with him - without AP making it look well too easy : baffert has been saying we have not yet seen the best of this colt : not even from the derby or Preakness : he says there is plenty left in the tank . . . this group that he will be facing are not even in the same ZIP-CODE as AP . . . The Belmont Stakes it will finally sink in to you : but then it will be too late - as this race just might be his LAST BUT BEST RACE OF ALL · 5 hours ago
I know a lot of you folks are big Curlin fans. Usually I'm not, however I think this guy is developing at the right time. He'll be one everyone scratches there head and says I didn't think he was that classy or that could get the distance. If Materiality and others can soften up AP then this guy will be coming late. I'm not a big Mark Casse fan either but he seems to be improving this season. Conquest Curlinate should get a good price on Belmont day, as AP will be way over bet.
Caracortado, the old stakes winner is still around. “He’s still has the same old quarter crack BS (on his right front foot),” trainer Mike Machowsky said of the California-bred son of Cat Dreams, now eight. “I hope to get him back to the races at some point, but I have to do right by him. No time table. You know how horses are.” Caracortado last raced on Aug. 13, 2014, finishing fifth in the Green Flash at Del Mar. In 20 career starts, he has seven wins including the Robert B Lewis Stakes in 2013 when it was a Grade II race, and the Grade II Del Mar Handicap in 2011.
O.P.M. Other People's Money. Why worry about anything other the joy you get from racing. I don't like or dislike sports teams because of the owners or coaches. I like the players. Love the horses and let it be.
If you ask me,this is the problem with the Sport of Racing . If there truly is a problem, it is the fraction that are trying to turn it into a spectator sport. Before i get responses that think i am pointing them outindividually, i am not. This is a collective and general statement. Many of you that want to root for accomplishments and hate the owners or the trainer. You probably don't even wager or have ever purchased a Racehorse. So please tell me how you are supporting the game that you supposedly love so dearly. I am not ashamed to admit it, i could care less who the owner or trainer are if i love a horse to win.When i say love a horse to win,i mean from a paramutual perspective. I don't root for the horse or the owner or the trainer. I don't even root for the sire. I root for me to cash mt bet,and that is all i care about. Yes many will now say i am insensitive and do not love the game. I love this game, i respect the history and know much about it. To be able to wager with the best possible way to win,you ust know the nuances of the game. Ifyou took 1000 people at a random selection at the track. I would say 900 think as i do. 50might care about the nonsense,and 50 just don't care. If Zayat and Baffert are such bad people that you hate them ,without ever meeting them. How the hell are they allowed to still be in the game. If they are that bad,your anger should be directed at the Racing organizations for allowing them the opportunity to do buisiness. There are owners and trainers i may not like,but that would never prevent me from betting their horse. So what if Zayat retires A.P. if he wins the Triple Crown. Is he not allowed to do what he feels is the best move for him and his family. All this ridiculous fan base wants to do is tell everyone involved how to run their buisiness. Tell me, how would you feel if someone came up to you and tried to tell you how to run your finaces.
Depending on turf condition, going with Alexis Tangier in this Friday stake at SA.
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  • Mary Z. · I do like Baby Flag(Alexis Tangier). I have 8 Home Journey on top. I don't see how Bejarano blows that nice position for her as she seems best early. 8,5,2, longer shot 7. GL. No kidding about turf condition. It looks like a back East course. Where's my pool table? · 19 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · Turf condition was upgraded to jungle. Seriously, is their mower broken? If only we could ride them all. I believe 7 had a bit in her mouth so jerking her head was in fact effective, just not in the right way. · 9 hours ago
So, is Ziconic going to be like Coz and wait ntil around Kentucky Derby time next year to debut? Zenyatta is is mother, but Tapit is his dad, who rased in the derby btw.
  • SeattleStrike12 via Disqus · I don't really think so, Tapit foals mature rather quickly, so he could even get a start in before the Breeders cup if he works well. and btw, has any1 known if he's going to Sadler or Shirreffs? I see him going to Sadler · 10 hours ago
I like this colt, good pedigree, not the best of races his last few but he put big efforts in Kentucky and in the Bluegrass, when he retires, i would like a share of him if i could
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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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