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Once in a lifetime horse, I was glad to have seen him race before retirement. The son of the greatest sire in the world, and showed it. Hoping to see his brood run in the next few years
  • cugel the clever · "greatest sire in the world"? a great one to be sure, but you'll get many contrary opinions on that. I believe that his great grandfather, ND, is the greatest of all time. · 1 hour ago
Tonal it's and the Commissioner are two horses I wanted to see make all three triple crown races. We will never know what would have been, had they ran all three with CC.
I just went back for the first time in quite sometime and took another look again at Frankel's devastating performance in the 2012 Queen Anne Stakes. I describe that race as being akin to watching a bunch of cars all with 4-cylinder motors trying to run down a 1968 Chevelle with a 454 big block.
I don't see much Zenyatta in him but a lot of Bernadine. Wondering if Moss's will hold him back until 3 y.o. to run but he looks mature enough as a 2 y.o. since he does not have her large bone structure.
Give me 8 or 10-1 on Sharestan in the G2 York Stakes over 10-1/2f and I'll take it all day, every day. His career record to date is 13-7-1-3, but what applies here is the only 2 out of money finishes of Sharestan's career have both been at 12f when 9th behind St Nicholas Abbey in the 2013 Dubai Sheema Classic and 5th behind Telescope last out in the Hardwicke Stakes. Between a mile and 10-1/2f Sharestan has never finished worse than 3rd, and I've always thought him to be a pretty classy horse going back to his earlier days in Ireland when he was still racing for the Aga Khan.
So sad.
Rest In Peace Longview Drive
  • Mary Z. · Really? Very sorry to hear that. · 6 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · Knew he was pulled up in the CougarII, but this is very sad news. · 6 hours ago
Rest in peace.....Blanc ok after that nasty spill. Hopefully little suffering for her and Longview Drive.
Amazing, for the last 2 days, 17 races all, no post time favorites have won at Del Mar.(not even 1). Is Del Mar really hard to handicap or all the races are really very competitive that every entries have a chance to win?? :)
  • yukichan · Sad day at Del Mar with loss of Longview Drive and Yes She's Unusual. Tough couple of days ... · 7 hours ago
any news when alpha will race again please
Ran a big one!
Irish Surf steal. ntr. 11,8,5,7.
How could Secretariat not be a "10" ?
#1 in the 1st on the turf Monday @ Toga, 3rd time in for a tag is the charm? :D
"Noah" is currently up for adoption at the Secretariat Center in Lexington, Ky. He was a KY DERBY CONTENDER in 2009, finishing 17th after being bumped coming out of the starting gate. Noah went on to race several more years with some respectable finishes including 3 wins in a row. It is notable that his grandsire is SEATTLE SLEW!! I think it's amazing that a Derby horse with this ancestry is up for adoption! I hope he gets an awesome, loving, forever home and a happy new career!
The Field Goal Kicker naturally. Vyjack has to step it up in the afternoons. So far he is a bear in the mornings. Hoping the NY State Bred ,Private Zone and Happy My Way all show up. Along with the FG kicker they can set up some wicked early fractions.
Bakken or Vyjack {2 bullets recently}, who get's assigned more weight? Private Zone is in the noms but not among the "likely"s in what's shaping up to be another paceless affair.
Play the Haskess trifecta contest at Racing Factions and you can win tickets to the PGA Championship at Valhalla. Go Medal Count!
PGA @ Valhalla - Play the trifecta contests at Racing Factions and you can win tickets to the PGA Championship at Valhalla.
Have an extra couple million dollars? According to owner Teruya Yoshida, Arc winner Danedream's first foal, a filly by Frankel, will be offered for sale at next year's Tattersalls yearling sale in Newmarket. Personally this really surprises me, but I suppose we can all look forward to one hell of a bidding war!

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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.