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Big Beast is gonna Pounce!
Got Mubtaahij at 125-1(only $25, unfortunately) three weeks ago...very excited after his UAE Derby performance....if he can translate that turn of foot to the Churchill surface, we might have have a winner
Check out race 4 at keeneland. Allowance featuring big blue kitten, mr speaker, hyper, majestic harbor, guys reward, and war dancer.
I'll agree with firing line but not Dortmund I'll take the use derby winner and firing line as my two picks
Frustrating because he would have had second very easily and made the race closer had he changed leads. Around the turn he was actually pretty close to AP and then struggled to change leads and lost a ton of ground. Unfortunately a trainer can't get a horse to change leads, so one can only hope the experience helps.
  • MarkKennedy · This whole Curlin baby thing is frustrating. We should have had 3 colts to make the ky derby field and they all have screwed around and now we will be lucky if one makes the gate. Depressing · 4 hours ago
OFF tracks, as shown by 25 years of study, have shown to make very little difference in the horses that do well at CD at 10f.
  • amino998 · Does this conclusion mean your pre-race evaluation {HANDICAPPING} of The Derby is unchanged by track condition? That track in 2013 only increased my confidence in Orb and moved Revolutionary up to #2 in the hierarchy :) · 4 hours ago
They dicked around and now have 22 points sitting 17 with Far From Over out Don't think this ur 22 is going to make the gate
From what I see there are two horses in this race (KD) Dortmund and Firing Line. It should be a classic duel akin tho War Admiral vs. Seabiscut, or the Seattle Slew Affirmed duels. Dortmund has awesome features and spectacular class. Firing Line's a step behind, but he has Gary Stevens in the saddle. It may be the greatest Kentucky Derby ever. I a record breaking pace... and at the finish line the best three year old in a decade.
  • Montezuma1 via Disqus · The Affirmed/Alydar comparison came to mind regarding Dortmund and Firing Line just yesterday for me. If Dortmund get2 4-10 PP I think the Derby is automatically his. I'd hat to see him past PP 12. · 4 hours ago
I took a note on him when he won last year said How good is he???? won under wraps he must have had some problems as he regressed but in his return last start he is back i don't know about the conditions but he is back
Speed figures were never designed to make the top figure horse a guaranteed winner. The greatest attribute they possess is the ability to accurately assess the past performances of horses from completely disparate courses (racetracks with wildly varying par times), giving them order and meaning. A 1:09 @ Delaware is not the same as a 1:09 @ Saratoga. Prior to speed figures this was the bane of handicappers, trying to figure out how to assess horse A whose previous races are at a venue with which the horseplayer is wholly unfamiliar. These were in the days when simulcasting was not what it is today. Speed figures enabled horseplayers to accurately gauge the performance of mysterious newcomers.
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  • CauseForConcern · I believe the UAE Derby horse I went with, might've been Powis Castle? I have since jumped off the UAE bandwagon. I guess my doubts begin with the Sheikh, or Sheikhs. They built their own track; they put down synthetic, then took it up; they provide the purse money, and then they win, so, they pay themselves. Then they're awarded Graded status, and awarded an automatic berth in the Derby. How come they don't bring their horses over to this country prior to the Derby, to try and acclimate, for a possible chance of maturing into the Derby? I heard they once tried to bring bluegrass to the desert, and plant it, to try and replicate the breeding accommodations in Kentucky. Yet, they couldn't keep it growing, due to the intense heat. There will probably be a time, when they eventually win the Derby. And, I'll most likely be the one, to say, "Everybody said that he was the obvious choice. I just couldn't read between the lines". Good luck. · 6 hours ago
  • travel_vic · Oh My........good 1980's comment · 4 hours ago
This horse has blown up EVERY horse racing board and website I visit. I love it, haha.
won't kobe's back be a winning @ a mile on dirt
Materiality is a half to my miss Sophia who ran second in the oaks last year for none other than Todd pletcher
Unfortunately, Far from Over just broke a rear leg. That I think will make Dortmund a shoe in for the derby. Let see how he does 04/04 at Santa Anita
Doubt there will be much value but Daredevil has run well in the mud. Weather on Friday into Saturday morning calls for rain at the Big A...
Home Run Kitten worked 6f today, March 31st, in 1:12:40 (h). It was the second fastest of 7 works at that distance.
Wild Dude worked 4f today, March 31st, in 47:80 (h). It was the eighth fastest of 31 works at that distance.
Warren's Veneda worked 4f today, March 31st, in 46:60 (h). It was the second fastest of 31 works at that distance.
Enchanting Lady worked 4f today, March 31st, in 48:20 (h). It was the eleventh fastest of 31 works at that distance.
Bolo worked 4f today, March 31st, in 46:80 (h). It was the third fastest of 31 works at that distance.

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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