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I was sure Competitive Edge was going to run the Preakness...that would be an easy race for him and AP wouldn't win the race in such a mediocre time of 1:58:2 + . Compared to California Chrome's 1:54:2+ last year. 2013 Oxbow 1:57:2+. 2012 I'll Have Another 1:55:4 coming from behind.. and so on.. AP shouldn't have won the TC if wasn't by the weak bunch of losers he run against..
Why won't my post be approved. No harsh language, nothing out of the ordinary.
Blew them away in the 6th race at Belmont.
Fox Hill Farms' Normandy Invasion, away from the races for more than a year in part because of a fractured right front sesamoid, is scheduled to return in a $36,000 allowance event July 1 at Delaware Park. Trained by Larry Jones, Normandy Invasion, a 5-year-old Tapit horse with second-place finishes in three graded stakes, has been working nicely at Delaware Park, where Jones is based for the summer. He most recently breezed one mile in 1:38 3/5 on a fast track June 22. "He has been training well," Jones said June 25. Article on Bloodhorse
  • amino998 · K. 'D-Day' Clark in the saddle :) minion Blabs >> you welshing {PC???} on The Bet??? · 1 day ago
  • amino998 · Contenders after scratches... (3) Normandy Invasion, (1) Our Caravan (1st G), (6) Grey Beau · 43 minutes ago
Hillaby is strictly one to beat with her solid speed and record on AW and Woodbine but coming off a long layoff and at 8-5 ml odds, I'm looking to beat her with Resistivity at 6-1 and Sweater Weather at 15-1. Resistivity has run against solid fillies at GP and Kee and she can handle the distance. The only concern is her AW track. Keeneland's old AW probably was different than WO so taking a shot here that she'll like it. Also, Sweater Weather has a solid record at WO and forced the pace in her last and faded just a bit but she should come off the pace at this shorter distance.
On Rainbow Bridge
Any word on whether Dortmund is running on Saturday in the Los Al Derby?
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · I would consider that extremely doubtful. He's only had 2 workouts since the Preakness at 4f so I would be shocked to see him running without proper training. He just recently got his weight back. There's bigger fish to fry in August for this big colt. I would assume Baffert will try stretching Gimme Da Lute out after his game win in the Affirmed · 9 hours ago
Apparently the connections of Australian sprinter Brazen Beau weren't overjoyed with the ride he received at Royal-Ascot in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes by jockey Craig Williams. Williams has been let go and replaced by Godolphin stable jockey James Doyle, who will ride Brazen Beau in the G1 Darley July Cup at Newmarket's July Course on July 11th.
I like Florida Won at 12-1 ml odds. Liked his win in the Ontario Derby two starts back at Woodbine. Out of Birdstone, he should be able to handle the distance. Also like the veteran Pender Harbour at 6-1 ml odds. Liked his two starts this year. He seems to be rounding into his old form and always dangerous on third start off a layoff.
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · I don't like the short time since his last race, but Patrioticandproud had an easy enough time with that win. Patrioticandproud, Midnight Aria, Pender Harbour. · 1 day ago
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · Florida Won does worry me. GL. Hope his odds stay that high for you. · 3 hours ago
The London Times has a story about Kauto Star this morning and the fall he sustained was in the paddock in the yard of the dressage trainer where he was being retrained. There appears from the article that a great deal of bad blood over the decision to retrain him for dressage.
Seabiscuit is the greatest horse that did not win the Triple Crown. There are more movies and documentaries about him than most Triple Crown winners, with the exception of the legendary Secretariat. Seabiscuit is extremely popular because he was the first real people's horse. He was a Cal-bred, not expected to amount to much against the Super Kentucky bred champions. But then he took the track by storm winning some big races before going on to defeat the great War Admiral and capturing the heart of a nation. He was like a Hollywood star as you see in all the vintage newsreel footage. Many Americans loved him back in his time as they still do now, admiring his humble and inspiring story. Seabiscuit is by far one the greatest horses in the pantheon of legends. He is great not just for his speedy talent but also for his endearing likable charm and star power. He is the classic Underdog hero.
  • cugel the clever · "Seabiscuit is the greatest horse that did not win the Triple Crown" No doubt that he's one of the greats on the racetrack and one of the most beloved horses who ever lived. But I think most people will disagree with you that he was the greatest performer on the race track amongst non-TC winners. Man O'War, Kelso, Dr. Fager, Native Dancer, Spectacular Bid, Ruffian, Zenyatta, and many others have better claims to that title than Seabiscuit. · 9 hours ago
  • Buckpasser via Disqus · At one point in your post on the front of HRN, you say he was a Cal bred. That is completely incorrect. He was bred in KY by the Phipps family. His sire was Hard Tack who was a son of MOW and was close to be ruled off the track by his starting gate antics. His dam was unraced due to the fact that she had knees like melons. What you don't realize is that Seabiscuit was one of four Wheatley Stable nominees to the Kentucky Derby according to a Turf and Sport Digest of May 1936. It was stated there that out of the Phipps nominees, he was one of only two that were stakes winners. By the time he was offered for sale, Sunny Jim was having second thoughts about him, but the Ogden Mills was not and sold him to Howard. According to Hillenbrand's book, at the match race, Mrs. Phipps was beaming because her faith in Hard Tack as a sire had been confirmed as due to Seabiscuit's fame, Hard Tack was removed from Blue Grass Heights Farm and stood stud at Claiborne. Initially Claiborne had refused the Phipps family to stand him there even though they kept over 200 broodmares at the farm. Sunny Jim had a win ticket in his pocket in Seabiscuit for the match race. As to the first people's race horse that is debatable. Many would say Exterminator might fill that bill, along with older stars like Imp and Pan Zaretta. Certainly Dan Patch was considered a true legend and a people's horse. The beauty of Hillenbrand's book is that she brought Seabiscuit back to the attention of the public. As to your dismissal of Native Dancer, he appeared on covers of Time and Life. He was the first racing TV star and was extremely popular. · 4 hours ago
Jerry Bailey on the Belmont Stakes coverage mentioned that he is done for the year. Bob Ehalt made a similar statement in a recent column on ESPN. It seems like he may be taking the rest of the year off. Get well soon Shared Belief. We miss you.
Selling at Fasig Tipton
She is now retired.
Wise Dan has been cleared to resume full training according to trainer Charlie LoPresti. He is debating on either keeping Wise Dan in training at Keeneland and train him up to the Woodbine mile on Sept 13 or he may take him to Saratoga for the Fourstardave on Aug 15 because he is in such good shape. Also possible is the Bernard Baruch at Saratoga on Sept 7.
  • Maya Joffe via Disqus · here's the article that's on Blood Horse... http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/92800/wise-dan-cleared-to-resume-full-training · 8 hours ago
Zirk Zaidie could lose license http://www.paulickreport.com/news/people/report-top-gulfstream-trainer-ziadie-could-lose-license/
Does anyone know where I can see video of AP's first race? Can't seem to find it anywhere.
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/race/race-results?startDate=8%2F9%2F2014&endDate=8%2F9%2F2014&trackLookupId=539&type=MaidenSpecial&statesBred=&searchStateBredPlacers=false It's the second race listed- Om being the winner · 16 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · calracing.com replays · 15 hours ago
before scratches: 6 Mystery Train (ARG 3 Midnight Aria 4 Pender Harbour 7 Patrioticandproud
Trainer Paul Nicholls with whom Kauto Star was with for much of his career did an interview this morning with AtTheRaces.com and said the accident to Kauto Star actually happened about a week ago and they had been fighting to save his life until complications set in to the point he had to be euthanized.
  • Northport · Upsetting to see that Paul Nicholl's team wasn't informed of Kauto's condition/death until right before the release was made public. It sounds like a god awful series of injuries/events that no creature, let alone one so legendary, deserves. RIP. · 18 hours ago
Finally got around to watching 50 to 1. Overall I was pleased by the movie. Although am I the only one annoyed by how they portrayed Baffert as a joke? I mean it was just over the top...

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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