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Think about it I got it right a lot of hot air from your mouth for that your use for therapeutic purpose, the electricity is other peoples post energizing you reason your here posting , as far as Dances goes I was with him at the end not late to the party first post 10 minutes after he was down. Very sad and emotional time. Vic it appears all your post are negative and without merit . His knee came apart at the joint when hitting the rail had nothing to do with fine bone mass. Yes horse racing is a money sport. But trust me you get attached to your horse as part of the family. as Dances was part of mine.
  • travel_vic · reality, especilly when it is tempered by emotion is a Very bitter pill to take. I ran into this same response in literally hundreds of people over the years whose "wishful thinking" overwhelmed the realities of the diagnoses they were presented. Diagnoses that were backed up by documented fact. This is the same situation: horse was running WAY over its competitive level. Very sorry that the animal ended up the way it did, but that does not alter the human logical that put him into situations where he had little to no chance to win. · 1 hour ago
  • travel_vic · ORTHOPEDICS, the study of same, includes the study of all the connective tissue which supports that boney mass. Bone, and ligament are just two variants of the same tissue and BOTH rise and fall together (as in the case of the modern fragile thoroughbred). I really wish some one ELSE would recognize (many do) and more effectively DO something about this ongoing inbred fragile monster creation and breed back to sold bone and the skeletal support that goes with it.....Read a copy of Campbell's Operative Orthopedics the fundamentals are all there and are not species specific. http://www.us.elsevierhealth.com/orthopaedics/campbell-operative-orthopaedics-expert-consult/9780323072434/ · 1 hour ago
Drew post 2 for the Test. Same post as she had for the Adirondack. Not happy with the inside draw. Post 2 of 12, in the Acorn she was post 3 of 13.
I just watched the Sussex Stakes replay again after RacingUK uploaded it onto YouTube and now that I've seen the race for the 2nd time, I think Darwin's 3rd place finish, only a head behind Toronado and only a length behind Kingman was the most eye catching performance of this race. Thought Darwin stayed on and saw out the mile really strongly for a horse who's by and large been more of a 7f specialist since he was brought to Europe from America by Coolmore. JMO.
Kingman wins the G1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, defeating Toronado in 2nd and the very game Darwin in 3rd who finished only a head behind Toronado.
  • Northport · I was surprised to see Toronado the favourite over Kingman after Kingman's flashy win at Ascot. He took awhile to get organised today when Doyle pressed the button but once he did he blew by them like they were standing still and kept on rolling past the finish. I wonder if a step up in distance may be considered after this. Also thought that Darwin ran a blinder considering the class horses he was up against, he didn't really get collared till the end · 4 hours ago
Class prevails in the G3 Gordon Stakes, as Juddmonte's Snow Sky beats Windshear and Somewhat across the line at Goodwood. Snow Sky's first win since his impressive win in the Lingfield Derby Trial back in May.
Kingman will run in today's Sussex Stakes showdown after Lord Grimthorpe walked the course to his satisfaction this morning.
Trainer Roger Charlton reporting to the European racing media this morning that Thistle Bird has unfortunately aggravated an old injury and will not run in Saturday's G1 Nassau Stakes on Saturday. Thistle Bird finished 2nd behind Juddmonte's Winsili in last season's renewal of the Nassau Stakes. She was coming into the race off back to back wins in the G3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom and G1 Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland. No word yet on whether this injury will keep her from making a planned trip to America next month for the G1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park?
baby will be shuttling back & forth to Brazil! hopefully they don't permanently keep him.
Me and my sisters are going to watch the movie Seabiscuit in a few minutes!
If Charlie Appleby has him race fit and ready to run, watch out of Cat O'Moutain in this year's G1 Pacific Classic. This is a horse that's been first rate on polytrack in Great Britain, and at Meydan during this year's Dubai Carnival he stepped up from handicap for the first time at the Dubai Carnival to finish 4th of 14 in the G1 Al Maktoum Challenge Rd. 3 and 3rd of 16 in the G1 Dubai World Cup itself. Toast of New York is another will command a lot more respect back on a synthetic surface at Del Mar than he showed on turf in his lack luster G1 Belmont Derby performance, IMO.
Individual horses are still easier to find on your web site by going through Google than by using your menu - especially if you are trying to find what the silks look like.
Vic no ever beat you to the feeding tub and it shows by you diathermia of the mouth with and what comes out is a lot of b s
  • Mary Z. · Joe, you are rude, late to the party, inaccurate, mistaken, and you added nothing to the discussion. · 23 hours ago
  • travel_vic · diathermia or diathermy is usage of electrically induced heat in therapeutic purposes. Ah the lost vocabulary generations STRIKES AGAIN · 16 hours ago
hard to beat the chalk..NOW if it rains hard at the Fort often the first one out of the gate triumphs so watch for the bias on races underneath if it is wet. 2 Ami's Holiday 8 Lynx 10 Lions Bay 6 Coltimus Prime 6 and 8 go out and 2 10 come later......Poor old venue is on life support and is hemorrhaging money.
My super-fecta pick for Wednesday's G1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood: 1st-Kingman 2nd-Toronado 3rd-Darwin 4th-Outstrip.
My super-fecta picks for Wednesday's G3 Gordon Stakes at Goodwood: 1st-Snow Sky 2nd-Observational 3rd-Windshear 4th-Somewhat.
Steals the Prince of Wales in a front running performance!
Recent July picture of Cairo Prince
Beating the colts is not the issue.More than likely she would go off the wagering favorite if she ran in the Haskell. If the horses she would have to defeat are Wildcat and Bayern.Unless she had a troubled trip, ido not think she would lose to them. But the key question is,how much effort would she put through. To date she has not been extended at all this year. She might not come back from a strenuous effort as well as she did before. Are they willing to risk possibly losing her for the rest of the year.Just to say they won the Haskell. 0 Replys tmallios | 6/30/2014 5:59 PM | - Re: Untapable. Jay and Triple Double,let me say i really appreciate the special attention afforded to me. You guys remembered my posts from 10 days ago. Yes i did say that the profile fit her. I did not say she should run. I never said she should run in the Travers.All i said was that if she won the Haskell ,the pleas would be a plenty for her to run. Now since you refused to remeber my other quotes,strategically i may add. Above is a post i made on June 30th. How good am i. I predicted she would go off the betting favorite. OOOOOOOPPPPPSSSS ,did you see where i question the move and what may happen. I must be a mind reader. Back to the 2 of you. If my girlfriend paid as much attention to me as the 2 of you do. I may actually consider proposing to her.
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  • tmallios · I wont make those,if you paid any attention to my posts. I am the biggest proposer of fillies not running against the boys. Yes ,sometimes on paper they do look more superior than the field. But it is all about the physical stress the race puts on them. I am the one that took on the entire site after the BC when all wanted Ria to try the boys. They all trashed me. Then after she failed,they became hypocrits and started trashing the owner after the fact. Go back to that entire thread,Ekindy and i were the only ones that were against her running. · 20 hours ago
  • triple_double · TMallios said, blab, blab, blab, blab. We know you want to write a novel-like posts to get attention and now you are complaining. haha Mr Attention Seeker aka TMallios, as long as you continue writing a contradicting opinions about the same topic, you will never received a "thumbs-up" from me. Hmm, let's see, I'm eager to read what do you have to say about the Whitney (aka Palace Malice clueless fan base) next week. Please make it a little longer so I have something to read during the weekends. hehehe · 18 hours ago
could you please email me i just got a mare that i believe you use to own and i was just looking to get some information about her. aleciakeyes3@hotmail.com her name is No Afillyation
Although a "Big" fan of Chad Brown's, I wasn't impressed with his tutoring of Normandy Invasion, and his latest dirt escapade with Cousin Stephen. But, when it comes to turf, he is the King.
  • Northport · Do we even know if Normandy Invasion was that good to begin with? It seemed that Fox Hill was generating most of the hype around NI - Brown didn't try to make him out into something he wasn't · 19 hours ago
  • jmac500 · Uh Chad Brown is the best trainer in America! · 19 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.