• There's no catching Si Sage in the Grade 2 Charles Whittingham Stakes at Santa Anita.Posted 16 hours ago
  • Lexie Lou returns to her winning ways in today's Grade 2 Nassau Stakes.Posted 19 hours ago
  • Enola Gray takes the Melair gate to wire.Posted 1 day ago
  • Surgical Strike charges on the outside to win the Arlington Classic (G3).Posted 1 day ago
  • Diva Express and I'm a Looker make a dead heat run in the Winning Colors (G3).Posted 1 day ago
  • Flipcup game in Arlington Matron (G3) victory.Posted 1 day ago
  • In his first start since the Remsen, Gift Box rolls over a strong allowance field at Belmont.Posted 3 days ago
  • Nyquist has spiked a fever, delaying his trip to Belmont, via DRF's Dave Grening.Posted 7 days ago
  • Second Summer holds off Hard Aces to win the Grade 2 Californian.Posted 7 days ago
  • Exaggerator turns the tables and is victorious in the Preakness (G1).Posted 8 days ago

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travel_vic................ to which software are you referring?
Man that was a terribly disappointing Derby for Creator. Can anyone find a reason for his poor performance that make someone believe he will be a bounce back in the Belmont??
QUOTE: "Stradivari is the perfect example of a horse that can run fast against allowance company but when moved up in class can't replicate that same performance." AFTER the fact rubbish, based upon gross sample error. If this animal did it THREE times or more against a significant faster pace of race, THEN this statement MIGHT have some merit, otherwise it is fiction. Horses have NO IDEA the man made class they run against: they simply run versus the PACE which is CLASSLESS.
No question about this... without any horses like Gun Runner , Nyquist , or Laoban, I'm sure Destin is going to be enjoying 49 flat and 1 13 and 3 for the dreadful pace in this Belmont. I think Destin will act as the Commissioner , being ran down by a long shot out of Tapit- CREATOR!!! Exaggerator is the Orb or Dullahan of this race.
I think, Lani should be on everyone's ticket. The muddy Preakness did not effect him! Very few horses can go 22 lengths and last place, out of the Gate, TO RUN Down A field Of horses On A Sloppy track and get cut off trying to go down an opening between tiring Nyquist and Stradavari,( I think it was) Then Pull Up Out Of The Cutoff Position Towards THE Out Side and make it to position where he could get by, the line of three horses, in front of him and blocking him, to almost pass them at the finish line... which he did just a few yards afterwards. All of them, he would of been a hands down second by lengths if he could have made it through that opening a few furlongs before the race...for that effort and all of his runs in Japan. ..Lani will be my favorite because I'm not sure any other horses can do that
The Desormeaux Brothers. Great article by Marty Mc Gee. 04/18/2013 http://www.drf.com/news/desormeaux-conflicting-views-his-struggles As PAUL HARVEY would say “Now you know the rest of the story”.
Stradivari is the perfect example of a horse that can run fast against allowance company but when moved up in class can't replicate that same performance. So many horses follow this pattern.
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  • Pat Guy via Disqus · Foolish...he's second or third with a better post. He'll jog around Belmont and win easily. · 5 days ago
  • cugel the clever · Give the horse a break. It was only the 4th start of his career and his first stakes race, and he ran very well finishing 4th to the two best 3yo who have far more experience and maturity. This horse is a real player in the Belmont, especially with the lack of early speed in the race. I can see him setting soft to moderate fractions on the lead and wiring the field. · 1 hour ago
Can't wait for her back. I hope she will be ok from now ;)
The £75,000 supplementary fee for the Epsom Derby has been paid! Humphrey Bogart *will* be in the Derby if everything goes to plan. Good luck, Humphrey Bogart!
He's officially all set for Derby day, are you ready for it, too? :)
Free Belmont Stakes Past Performances: http://tinyurl.com/zy97lfs
Dato Tan Chin Nam will be selling his Think Big Stud. He intends to scale back on his racing interests, citing his increasing age and a lack of interest in racing from his children.
His race 2 years ago,riden by N Yokoyama,Ireland Trophy(Open)10/19/2014 Tokyo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLyeibluloQ&index=11&list=PLhTOXejooF5bjlmY8aBZLw1GEl6vJiTlP
The grass has been rock hard since it was revived for the 2016 season. To establish "give," a device called the GOING STICK is used. https://www.pitchcare.com/magazine/the-going-stick.html. In theory, it should be a good average of the shearing forces through the surface, but in watching in use, it seems very subjective in its application. Rather than the penetrometer (the traditional engineering device used previously in Europe), where a set weight is dropped from a set height to determine the "give", it is just poked into the ground. Higher the number, the "less" gve there is. Numbers of a fast track run 10 and above, but over the last two cards, it has been reported at almost 12.
Racked up yet another win today in the G2 Vicomtesse Vigier! After the race, Alain De Royer-Dupre had this to say: "Logically we will look at the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud next. He needed the run today because we backed off him a lot after Dubai because such a trip is always tiring for a horse."
  • ILuvTurfRacing · Can't help but wonder though watching Vazirabad in these 15f & 16f races if dropping down in trip to 12f might not prove to be just a bit on the sharp side for him? He also has an entry in the G1 Coronation Cup, but I'd say it's very unlikely now that he'd go to Epsom because it would be such a quick turnaround after his having just ran today in the Prix Vicomtesse Vigier at Saint-Cloud. · 10 hours ago
I never quite understood the word TROLL until Amino came along ..... another in the LONG line of ultracrepidarians.
Pletch is going to send Strad to the front in the belmont and instruct Johnny V to run measured fractions. That is the way Pletch has always felt was the best way to win the Belmont. It is the way he ran Dunkirk a few years back and he tried the same with Materiality last year but Materiality just was not the horse. His daddy, M D'or had a big race here in the Belmont and I would not count out Strad here.
  • Chicken Dinner via Disqus · Agree, looks good here · 3 days ago
  • Icelocks · Good point about M D'or Players Klub...I agree that if Stradivari likes the race track like M'Dor, he could be a monster to haul in going down the stretch...because he has impressed me in the way he ran in his first graded stakes against G1 company !!! Therefore, I must use him on top to go all the way and my favorite Jokey Johnny V looking back at the Wire :) Good luck to all !! · 13 hours ago
I am so sad to see my horse Nyquist getting sick, but it happens so we move on until he gets back!!! Nevertheless, this Belmont if it comes up on a fast track...there maybe many possibilities!! For one this Belmont track is nothing like the west coast tracks...And I like the way Stradivari ran in his first G1 race, he was shut off and had no where to go when Exaggerator came down on the inside of the Preakness!! Therefore, if Stradivari runs better on a fast track he may be long gone by the time Exaggerator shows up -- In addition, no idea if Destin and SBN will improve on a fast Belmont Oval...Then when you look at how Brody's Cause and Creator didn't run a true race the last time out, they maybe rolling in the stretch!! So base on these observation, If Exaggerator fails to fire on a fast Belmont race track...I could envision using Stadivari as the speed on top with/Exaggerator, Destin, SBN, and Brody's Cause to close it out!! Will be paying attention to how the horses ship and how they are training for this final leg in the Belmont...
Software had the race evaluated as 10 6 8 1 4 and the super was 6 1 10 8 for a $1.00 super of $1168.05. I I could post the screen shot if I could.
Guess I gambled on the wrong sport this May, goblin :( Iffffffffff D. Rutherford got 7-1 on 3 horses NOT to win the Derby in January, imagine the prop bet odds on the 2015 Indy 500 1st Place Pablo Montoya finishing LAST today :) . Matthew: 20:16 . . out .
  • Goblin · Talking to me about auto racing is definitely an exercise in futility (sorry), but apparently this guy crashed fairly early in the race? I hope you didn't lose money. · 16 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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