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hate to say it but I agree would of liked him the runin the jockey club but I say ewst him up for the big dance and enjoy all those wonderfull mares sounds like a good life to me!!!! he won the t.c. and the Haskell and he will be fresh for the classic I doubt he looses that one... but what a race that will be frosted Dortmund honor code and that mare oh what a mare she is beholder nice way to get a w and ride off in the sunset.so he finished 2 .he was tired you can see that wasent his a race but keen ice deserved the win ...
Cougar II spent most of his days at Stud at Stone Farm, right up the street from Claiborne in Paris Kentucky
He lost. stop making excuses. He wasn't the best horse that day. I love AP. Wanna see him in the classic against horses older than 3. See how well he does in a really strong field
Entries came out just a few hours ago for Saturday & Sunday's international races at Veliefendi Racecourse in Turkey. Among the list of European horses that will potentially be making the trek on Saturday or Sunday are: Satuday: International Anatolia Trophy(Polytrack): 1. Grendisar-Marco Botti 2. Tha'ir-Saeed Bin Suroor(Godolphin) 3. Tumbaga-Saeed Bin Suroor(Godolphin)-This horse just recently came to the UK from America. He ran twice on conventional dirt at Santa Anita for Eoin Harty and has since won twice on polytrack since coming to Great Britain. International Istanbul Trophy(Turf)-(Fillies & Mares): 1.Rekdhat-Roger Varian 2.Growing Glory-Francois Rohaut 3. Local Time-Saeed Bin Suroor(Godolphin) 4. Waldnah(Andreas Wohler) Sunday: International Topkapi Trophy(Turf): 1. Nabucco-Ralf Rohne 2.Shifting Power-Richard Hannon, Jr. 3. Toormore-Richard Hannon, Jr. 4. Molly Le Clou-Jens Hirschberger International Bosphorus Cup(Turf): 1.Connecticut-Luca Cumani 2. Windshear-Richard Hannon, Jr. 3. Maftool-Saeed Bin Suroor(Godolphin) 4. Rogue Runner-Andreas Wohler 5. Eric-Christian Von-Der-Recke
Flintshire earned a 112 Beyer Speed Figure for his victory yesterday in the G1 Sword Dancer, the highest North American turf Beyer number at 1 mile or over since 2008.
  • ILuvTurfRacing · Wow, kind of surprising to see Beyer go so large on a turf performance. He usually only goes large on the big performances from the conventional dirt horses. I'm curious though, I've wondered this for a long time, what formula do you use for conversion to convert a 112 Beyer over to what Timeform's # would be if this performance had been in Europe? · 4 hours ago
Thank you, I have been finding out a lot more info on him. All of this will go in his scrap book that I started back when he was racing. I have a poster of him and the Shoe framed.
American Pharoah will win the BC Classic and go out in style. I'm going to pay a mint to attend but I don't care.
Very very good animal with an obvious Achilles Heel: WET tracks
Thank you so much!
Now those two will make me a nervous wreck lol A Curlin baby and a Rachael baby in the same race It's like going to a tennis tournament juniors and being asked which kid will u watch if they are playing on different courts.
Looked like a true winner! Crazy how both Coz and Taco have been duds but she came out as flashy as ever with a strong win. Here's to the fillies!
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · Hmmm taco a dud. Don't think so he won his first race as well in even more impressive fashion · 6 hours ago
He was and still is my all time favorite race horse. I still have my scrape book I made of him and his racing carer.
This looks like it could be a pretty big field
The difference this time is the other trainers decided they wanted to win not just run for second
I said it on Belmont Day and I'll say it again. That's exactly what Frosted should have done in the Belmont!
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · Totally agree sully and I'll go one more. I think in the classic Keen ice could do that and keep on running · 7 hours ago
Frosted proved that he was the second best horse in this crop today (despite finishing third) Without his regular rider (Frosted's horrible luck continues) Frosted went toe to toe with AP and despite losing tired AP out enough to let KI's expected late surge be enough. Like Ive said the Derby proved that Frosted could be a match for AP over 10 and he was. Besides AP and KI no (active) three year olds are in his class and this race proved that.
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · Does anyone actually watch horse racing keen ice normally run from the back of the pack bad then makes one big kick. This time they moved him way up to mid pack and he d all the gas to get the job dines. Maybe Ap would have won but he would have blown frosted doors off no matter what the scenario was because of the adjustment · 7 hours ago
I am trying to find out when he passed and where he passed away and how old he was.
BREAKING NEWS: La Verdad, the expected favorite for the G1 Ballerina today at Saratoga, has been scratched because of inflammation to her hind leg. Trainer Linda Rice says the injury could men she is out of action for the next few months. According to DRF
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  • Ida Lee via Disqus · Darn, she was my pick to win. I hope La Verdad will heal soon. I'm glad though that she was scratched and did not race with a possible injury. · 2 days ago
  • CauseForConcern · Wow!!!! Not aware of the procedure(s), but I wonder why it took nearly a month for the results. Back in 1968, Dancer's Image was eliminated from the top spot in the Kentucky Derby not long after the running of the race(not sure if it was a couple of days, or not, but it seemed like by Monday, there was a ruling). · 7 hours ago
AP and Frosted - my two faves....I had actually picked 1. AP, 2. Frosted and 3. Upstart. Frosted has beat KI three times before. It is only by Frosted's good effort during the Traver's that KI had that opportunity.
Won today's 6th race at Saratoga. Not having seen the race, but based on the charts, there was a nine-horse field. Four horses hit the gate, one horse bobbled, and another fell to his face at the start. That would leave only three horses with a clean break!!! Wow, must've been a spectacle to witness that. PS Three horses, not four, hit the gate. Thus, four had a clean break.

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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