• Collected (3-5) wins the Precisionist by a pole.Posted 15 hours ago
  • Irap (5-2) edges Girvin by a nose in the $500,000 Ohio Derby.Posted 16 hours ago
  • Battle of Midway (1-9) cruises in a 4-horse field in the Affirmed.Posted 16 hours ago
  • Highland Reel wins another big one, this time in the Prince of Wales's at Royal Ascot.Posted 3 days ago
  • Highland Reel (2-1) powers to victory in the Prince of Wales's Stakes (G1) at Royal AscotPosted 3 days ago
  • Lady Aurelia (2-1) easily wins at Royal Ascot again in the King's Stand (G1).Posted 4 days ago
  • Timeline (1-10) cruises in Monmouth's Pegasus Stakes to remain perfect..Posted 6 days ago
  • Sweeping Paddy (7-2) pounces and scores in the Regret Stakes.Posted 7 days ago
  • Gun Runner (1-2) romps home much the best in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster.Posted 7 days ago
  • Forever Unbridled (1-1) way too much for her Fleur de Lis foes.Posted 7 days ago
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Man o' War should be #1
Connections state that Neolithic has recovered from a respiratory illness and could start breezing in a couple weeks. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/222248/neolithic-back-galloping-after-respiratory-illness
This looks like the 2017 BCDM winner!!! Another BC winner for City Zip!!!!!
I also agree w/looking up on the Vault. I am a HUGE Ruffian lover. Was alive to see her, and when I saw the photos of Imp, I thought, she was re-incarnated. I would love to know more about her, what happened to her, where is she laid to rest, etc. thanks!
Alrighty Runaway, Finger Lakes June 26th. 50k Ontario county stakes. NY breds, should be easy for you.
134 Timeform speed figure for Collected today!
This horse could be dangerous in the later half of this year! Kings Bishop maybe?
Really starting to enjoy this colt. And the fact that he's out of the great Smart Strike makes it so much better! I think he's a beautiful horse!
Gallop - 6/24 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/809aeed5e9b78a910b4fb9614dc4f4511a928bd7beb47c9ec0c0b87342f18afe.jpg
  • slewcrew7778 via Disqus · Top 10 TimeformUS Speed Figures (Dirt) since 2015: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0ee22f879bb0b0d240f2a8977c67ed1898e1a37187122cc420254207ffb22eeb.jpg Collected is now 8th or 9th on the list. · 10 hours ago
Who's better? Cupid or Collected?
Was pretty much blocked today!!
Wow! Collected Crushes by 14 in very smart 1:41.52. Baffert could have five in the BCC gates.
Okay Baffert says either BC Mile and gasp, turf! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0pNO2UDQC4
If the triple crown was run later in the year (like the Canadian TC), do you think we would have seen more or fewer triple crown winners? something I was thinking about today.
Hope we keep seeing the Bluegrass and Wood horses winning the rest of this year. Anything to get those back to G1
Heading to the Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar on July 19th
Arms Runner scratched. I was looking forward seeing him run in this one.
Getting back to Arrogate: Given the limited purse of the San Diego Handicap, and the fact that any G1 caliber horse will avoid him (Midnight Storm and Cupid amongst CA older horses, and Hoppertunity appears to be injured), is there a possibility he wins this in a walkover? If it were a $500K race, I think horses would settle for $100 K second. But for $40K? I think there is a real possibility everyone else passes on this. I think we may see a repeat of the 1980 Woodward.
  • kstott524 via Disqus · You may already know but the purse has been increased to 300k provided that Arrogate runs. Gotta believe there will be a few takers. I'm gonna take a guess and say it will be a 4-5 horse field but I have no thoughts on who may show up. · 16 hours ago
Thrilled he won. One of my favorites. Hasn't lost that turn of foot clearly

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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