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Toasting with Andrew Champagne


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Shared Belief all class again, this will set him up perfectly for a four year old campaign, nice job big guy!!!
Did anyone else see the race today from Santa Anita. Just 24 hours ago,S.b. was being hailed as a serious H.O.T.Y. candidate. He is 20 minutes removed from a race where he defeated Conquest Two Step by the slimmest of necks. The time was great they say.There were 2 horses at the wire and another half length behind. Indianapolis was there also. There were no excuses of wide trips,Smitty had him exactly were he wanted him. He had the 2 Baffert horses battling each other on the lead. Yet the best he could do is beat Conquest by a nose and only spotting him 5 lbs in the weight. If this were a legitimate handicap race, he would of had to give Conquest 15 lbs at the minimum. If you want to celebrate the fact that he won,that is fine. But let us not go overboard with the Accolades. Bayern and Chrome have to be laughing that after a performance like this,that SB is actually being discussed in the same paragraphs as them.
As usual, this boy gets the job done when he doesn't get bounced around by another horse. Beautiful run, he's just so gutsy and full of heart.
  • slewcrew7778 · The BB speedballs tried to slow down the pace instead of trying to outrun him, didn't work either!... · 3 minutes ago
if you watched the head on he did get bounced around by conquest. he also got bounced around three back. He just shows up but has had one race on a paved highway and he could not make a move.
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  • Mary Z. · Ramon, I believe he could be best, but there's always next year. Today's win was really nice, though. · 13 minutes ago
  • RamonDimas · well then hopefully Main Sequence takes it or CHROME!!! · 6 minutes ago
GREAT TIME 1:20.69
2014 Malibu Stakes - post time: 3:52 PT http://www.drf.com/drf/live_video/santa_anita_mbr/240690
It was a good race for Wabel who I think needs more track, and like you said two turns. jlp
Nathan,my original thought process was that Shared Belief was a lock in the Malibu. Still feeling that way. But after talking with Boots, getting a little more giddy with Indianapolis. Looking a lot better in the AM. From his eyes at least,outworked barnmate and possible 2nd choice Chitu on Nov. 8th. Although they both were credied with a Bullet, Indy was really not asked while Chitu was a bit under the gun.Gary on his back definately does not hurt his chances. Will only be 2 deep in this race. Right price on Indy just may sway the mindset.
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  • Hannah Etienne via Disqus · Could you imagine the uproar from the Shared Belief camp if Baffert won? · 1 hour ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · Only if Indianapolis is the winner. Otherwise need SB to at least potentially be alive in the horizontal bets,depending on 1rst 2 legs. Jo Jo here would guarantee it · 1 hour ago
Another strong run for Wabel, who lead all the way until the end where he was squeezed on the rail. Should like going two turns
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  • Sullivan · Phenomenal race by Bench Light - love this horse, once won $60 on him after t_v lost $30. · 2 hours ago
  • Sullivan · Also - what phenomal color he has when he sweats out · 2 hours ago
I like him a lot,hope he gets a well deserved break Soon...
  • tmallios via Disqus · He is being well spaced Jockey.Other than the silly decision to rush back in The BC Sprint, he is running every 4 weeks. · 2 hours ago
The Gravesend win brings the 2014 record of Salutos Amigos to 6-of-14 ... I hope he gets a break sometime soon.
  • amino998 · 6 of 11 for 600K since Jacobsen bought in… after being 1 of 14 earning 5 figure$ for the headscratching Eric Guilliot. Seems an able deputy for Strapping Groom in the Toboggan and/or Tom Fool on the inner. · 3 hours ago
Has been transferred to the barn of Mark Casse, according to DRF
2 Chitu / 8 Shared Belief / 1 Conquest Two Step / 7 Tamarando
Conformation: http://www.elitethoroughbreds.com/images/apriority-home.jpg
Looking forward to this race this afternoon. I think Mike/Shared Belief and Gary/Indianapolis will go 1-2. I'll have a bet with Chitu in it as well. Safe trip to all and I believe Shared Belief will show his stuff. He's game.
  • Adam Solowiei via Disqus · I cannot say I disagree with you. I posted something about it a few day ago over at Sports Unbiased but here i am not a link dropper. Chitu just might get to control the race but is he talented enough to hold off SB? Not sure but I think Indianapolis does not get everything he deserves after the BC when he came back off a long layoff and just miss out of the break and was dead. · 4 hours ago
Ohhhawww! Shoot! He was pulled up in the backstretch at the Gulfstream 12/26/14 allowance race. Anyone know what happened? Is he OK?
Date: December 24, 2014 Track: PALM MEADOWS TRAINING CENTER Distance: Four Furlongs Time: 49:95 Breezing Track Condition: Fast Surface: Dirt Rank: 20/41
competitive field..going with Home Run Kitten and Long On Value
  • Eventer1999 · I like Toñito M · 3 days ago
  • Mary Z. · Awesome Return, Patriot's Rule,Talco, Heart To Heart. Sawyer's Hill if any of those scratch. · 7 hours ago
Chitu VS Shared Belief? Yeah, Chitu will leave him in the dust.
  • Mary Z. · That is his chance, Cierra, "kill" himself trying to wire. Otherwise, Shared Belief, Midnight Hawk, RPrettyboy, Chitu. · 8 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.