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  • Accelerate (1-1) rallies to win the Los Alamitos Derby (G2).Posted 10 hours ago
  • Connect (10-1) upsets the Pennsylvania Derby.Posted 14 hours ago
  • Songbird (1-5) gets win number 11 in the Cotillion (G1) at Parx Racing.Posted 15 hours ago
  • Noholdingback Bear (3-1) wins the Gallant Bob (G3) at Parx Racing.Posted 15 hours ago
  • 2015 Turf Champion Big Blue Kitten has been retired from racing, via the Chad Brown barn.Posted 3 days ago
  • No catching Sarah Sis (10-1) in the Presque Isle Downs Masters.Posted 5 days ago
  • Victory to Victory  7-1) pulls clear in the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes.Posted 6 days ago
  • Good Samaritan (3-1) rolls to a Breeders' Cup birth with a Summer Stakes win.Posted 6 days ago
  • Daddys Lil Darling (7-2) runs up to take the Grade 2 Pocahontas.Posted 7 days ago
  • Tepin (2-5) gets her eighth consecutive win in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile.Posted 7 days ago

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Runhappy blazes 4F in 46 3/5, gallops out in 58 1/5, final work before 2016 debut next week in the Ack Ack. Safe to say, I think he's ready.
I am thinking to early to say whom i like ,,, with a chuckle
Another excellent run from Gun Runner, he's my favourite for the BC Dirt Mile.
I'd just like to toss something out there, because I haven't seen many others mention it, but... Nyquist didn't run a bad race. He was in a good position and seemed game. He was just coming off of a two month layoff and wasn't the fittest horse on the track. He got some fitness and he'll do better next time, hopefully :)
Here's the latest UK odds for the Distaff: Songbird 4/5, Beholder 9/4, Stellar Wind 5/1, Cavorting 12/1, Curalina 16/1, Carina Mia 16/1, Cathryn Sophia 20/1, Forever Unbridled 25/1, Stopchargingmaria 25/1, Land Over Sea 33/1, Sheer Drama 33/1, Go Maggie Go 40/1, Lewis Bay 66/1. She's in my Top 3 'banker bets' of the BC Meeting. :-)
Gunrunner is the most consistent 3 year old out there. Should be Eclipse 3 year old, but just toss PA Derby race out for all top horses. Being a local of Parx race track my whole life, it is a very corrupt track. It is very clear and obvious that the top horses where their to attract bettors money and "purposely" run bad. This happens time and time again at this track and why i will not bet my own home track. Its a disgrace. They really should close the track down, its far worse what they do now since their casino opened and destroyed bensalem.
Gun Runner seems to be really coming into his own! If he hadn't gone so wide today in the Pennsylvania Derby he would have had first for sure! I really like Gun Runner. He is going to be a force to be reckoned with in his 4 year old campaign.
Honestly, if Songbird doesn't race in the Distaff, I would be beyond disappointed. Especially if her connections don't race her simply to save her "undefeated" record, and dodge Beholder/Steller Wind/Cavorting. And if she retires this year then I will never hold her to the same standard as Rachel Alexandra and Zeneytta. Not because she isn't fantastic, but because both of the previously mentioned mares went on to accomplish so much more, undefeated or not. It's the same logic as to why I'll never be able to hold Shared Belief (RIP) to the same standard as California Chrome, despite being a spectacular horse. No matter how brilliant Songbird has been, as of right now, I believe she still has more to prove.
This three year old division is a mess. I figured Nyquist would not be totally in shape for this race. He ran decently until late in the stretch where he was tired. Exaggerator finished exactly as I thought he would. He's a slop specialist and his record looks a lot better than it really is. Please give him a break and point to a campaign next year. Nyquist should gain something from this but I think he doesn't have a shot to win the classic against horses like chrome or arrogate. Maybe dirt mile? Gun runner would have won this race if he wasn't so wide. He's been pretty consistent this year and proved me wrong. Even though arrogate may be the best three year old- do you give him the eclipse based on one stakes race if he loses the classic? Geeze I don't even know- this eclipse is wide open!
Just like Exaggerator, I think Nyquist should rest up until next year too. He is not the same racehorse as he once was, and he would not stand a chance against Chrome or Arrogate in the BCC. Nyquist is a good horse, but not a great horse.
Connect Cupid Nyquist Awesome Slew
Who is guaranteed to run? 1. Chrome 2. Dortmund 3. Hoppertunity Anyone else? win the space and hard aces? Five horse field?
11 for 11. What is your favorite race of hers that she has won? Mine is the breeders cup juvenile fillies. The way she dominated that stellar field, with the ease that she did it in a time that beat Nyquist the future Kentucky derby winner- it was a look into the future if her brilliance. I'm interested to hear your picks!
She was not even trying!!!!!
I dont care what haters say he made history
Connect got a dream run on the rail. Gun Runner went too wide. Thought he had it, but it was not to be. That hurt, because I would've had the win and a 1300-1 trifecta. Didn't have Connect in my picks, and didn't think he measured up, but ended up including him in my exotics because of Castellano. Just not on top :(
Though I was cheering for Gun Runner, I was expecting Nyquist to win and I'm surprised by his performance. Hope he improves off this race. Honest question, who's the leader for 3 year old male?
One interesting note about Nyquist. Based on Racing Post Rating, except for the Kentucky Derby (124), all of Nyquist's other races were around 115.
Needed the race, he was in it until the final 1/8 mile. If they do go onto the Breeders' Cup, the Dirt Mile looks like a better fit for him at this point, the Classic may be too much too soon coming off that small freshening.
Anyone playing the Oklahoma Derby?, I'm thinking about it.

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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