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I wouldn't be surprised if Creator finishes in front of all the Tapits in the 2016 Kentucky Derby.
Woot Woot!! Has a colt out of Malibu Moon!!!
Long layoff coming into the Derby and did not race in any of the major preps. He has also never been past 1 1/16. Creative Cause was not really a 10 f and I worry for the same out of Destin.
Once again as a Nyquist fan, I'm bombarded with people calling Him Vulnerable, limited, over rated. Once again I think I speak for all his followers when I say "Let's get it on". Once again I'll quote Roy Jones Jr. for Nyq and say "y'all must've forgot".
In my observation of the Arkansas Derby, it really didn't have any proven quality G1 or G2 horses in the line up. Therefore, it is hard to consider him a treat to Win against the quality that he will face in the Derby and coming from that far back will be a tough test in such a big field. However, as long shot closer, he may have a slight chance of finishing in the money.
  • coyne.kaylor · There are hardly any Grade 1 races up to that point for a young horse. There are probably about 5 grade 1's on turf or dirt that I can even think of before the 100 PT preps, 4 on dirt... Do you know how many of the 100pt prep winners beat a field that contained a single Grade 1 winner? Zero. · 7 days ago
  • Players Klub via Disqus · I think Cupid is a quality horse who would have been in the derby if not for his ailment. · 39 minutes ago
Hm, I don't like this horse, but didn't like Chrome too. But the truth is that they are a very good horses and Nyquist has a very real chance to win the triple crown. We will see.
  • Gflores007 via Disqus · Why didn't you like Chrome??? Actually, how can you dislike ANY horse...if I may ask, because I truly do not understand. · 1 hour ago
There always seems to be a longshot in the Oaks and Derby who hits the board (and ruins everyone's exotics) because that horse is training better than ever and that horse takes to the CD track better than most. This year I'm thinking those will be Mo D'Amour for the Oaks and Tom's Ready for the Derby. Oaks exotics will be combinations of 7,11,12,13. Derby exotics will be 11,12,13,19. All subject to change depending on track bias, etc. For the win I like Land Over Sea and Nyquist, respectively.
My top 2 Rachel's Valentina / Go Maggie Go. There are a couple of others I like here too- Royal Obsession, Lewis Bay & Cathryn Sophia any of them could round this out for me.
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · Rachel's Valentina, Lewis Bay, Go Maggie Go, Royal Obsession. · 13 hours ago
Dothraki Queen is definetely scrached.
Happy B-DAY Mo Tom turned 3yrs old today , hope to be celebrating after the derby!
Won the Listed Dee Stakes to Linguistic in 2nd and Housesofparliament in 3rd in a very close finish! This was the colt that was beaten by So Mi Dar by ~4 lengths earlier this year, so it's a good sign for So Mi Dar's form.
Came from the weakest of the Derby preps
This is an absolutely excellent field. RACHEL'S VALENTINA beats them all!!! 2nd - LAND OVER SEA 3rd - Lewis Bay 4th - Mo d'Amour 5th - Terra Promessa 6th - Royal Obsession
Ignore Outwork at your own peril. Outwork probably has the best pedigree to win the Derby of any of the other Uncle Mos with Empire Maker on the bottom. He has shown that he can win on an off track and run fast on a dry track where it took a track record to beat him in the 3rd start of his career and first in stakes company against a horse who was making the fifth start of his career and already had a stakes win over that track. In his 2nd stakes start he managed to win a G1 race his first time on an off track. He is a smart horse. A competitor, but he is very green still. The Wood was only his 4th career start. His connections have noted that as a result of his greenness, in the Tampa Bay Derby and the Wood Memorial once he gets to the lead he loses focus. Street Sense did this in the Preakness. He has been training to rate behind horses and take dirt at Churchill and doing well so that will be the strategy to not get him to the lead too quick so that he keeps his focus on a target in front of him. He also happens to be Uncle Mo's first winner on the track taking his first trip to the winner's circle in April last year. What if the Wood were an off race for him where he was close to the fastest 1/2 mile pace in the Wood since 2008 going 3 wide around both turns, and still managed to hold on to win? And remember one very important thing, Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez took off the talented Zulu to ride Outwork in the Wood, and the very talented Destin to ride Outwork in the Tampa Bay Derby. This should raise eyebrows. :-)
1st - Top Billing 2nd - Departing 3rd - Eagle 4th - Noble Bird
1st - Guns Loaded 2nd - Hootenany 3rd - Summation Time
I like how SuddenBreakingNews closed at Oaklawn. If he has 1-1/4 stamina, he may blow the field away at the wire.
1st - Carina Mia 2nd - Stageplay 3rd - Marquee Miss
1st - CURALINA 2nd - Angela Renee 3rd - Penwith
Surely just a "paid workout" for Beholder this weekend in the Adoration Stakes at her beloved Santa Anita??? She will probably go off at around odds of about 1-5, maybe even 1-9, and she should win under just a hand ride by 5 or more. I hope she is EXPLOSIVE as ever, she can definitely beat all-comers including Chrome, and I think she would put that young girl in her place..................... I'm talking about "Songbird" of course. :-)
  • amino998 · Richard Mandella on Beholder's 2016 debut Sunday : "I don’t think she’s ready for the race of her life, but she’s ready to get started. From everything I can see, we have the same mare we had last year. Hopefully this is the start of a great run." ‏@BH_JBalan · 2 hours ago

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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