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  • Multiplier (4-1) kicks it in late to get past Hedge Fund in the Illinois Derby.Posted 7 days ago
  • Collected (3-5) rolls home much the best in the Californian.Posted 7 days ago
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ALWAYS DREAMING HENCE MCRAKEN IWC GUNNERVERA but if LOOKING AT LEE gets in he will win the race
  • Meydan Rocks via Disqus · Pletcher wins another one. 3 puts him in the greatest company. Critics be damned. :-) · 36 minutes ago
Beaten favorites and well bet horses who lose are always dangerous, and especially in Grade I races. I figured Irish War Cry would be dangerous in the "Wood" and he proved me right. He may have fired his best race though, and there are beaten favorites coming into the Derby. He's certainly a contender, but I'll pass on him; can't play them all.
I'm really starting to like this horse, pace won't be as fast as the SAD,by smart strike out of grade one winner, if you go back and watch his damn grade one win , you see where he gets that heart from . Really excited to see him 2 or third early would be an ideal trip
IWC FANS - Words from the Trainer (Graham Motion) himself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw6sQ-gHvpc Very Relaxed, Rated Well, Easy 113 and Change. He is Ready !
If your a IWC racing fan like I am, you will like this from Fair Hill Training Center https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34K6ZhrpFDE He looks ready !
First work-outs for 2-year-olds in Fair Hill per equibase.
Slow time for Gunnevera workout? No offense but look at the ex. rider! He's a porker! Put J.C. on him Saturday and Gunny is gonna be flying late!
Trainer Todd Pletcher announces that Tyler Gafflione will ride Patch in the Kentucky Derby.
Per DRF King, Kendall Hansen states Fast and Accurate will be sent to lead in the Kentucky Derby. https://twitter.com/DRFByronKing?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
It's a real shame Mastery is missing the derby because honestly no one is looking too good right now. 90% of preps were dreadfully slow, inconsistent performances, winners with horrible lead changes or sucking wind just past the finish line. Now that preps are wrapped up, going with Always Dreaming, Gunnerva, and Irish War Cry although all three make me nervous- the Pletcher effect, needing a hot pace, and the short space between races- these three could flop as well but they're my best shot!
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  • ILuvTurfRacing · @ruffianlover, Couldn't agree more. He was definitely gonna be my Kentucky Derby horse. Once it became clear he wouldn't be running in the Derby I completely lost interest. · 1 day ago
  • Meydan Rocks via Disqus · He would have on paper had a real big big chance at the first two. · 15 hours ago
Irish War Cry's final work before the Derby, 6F in 1.13.20 with Rajiv Maragh up, Graham Motion described the work as "Beautiful". Will Ship to Churchill tomorrow.
The 7-time G1 winner is slated to make her 4YO seasonal debut tomorrow in the G2 Mooresbridge Stakes at 10f, being ran this year at Naas Racecourse in Ireland instead of at the Curragh.
We are a week away from the most prestigious race in the World. Unless something drastically changes til post time. The Joker is my pick to win the Run for the Roses. I think he is coming into this race under ideal conditions. He ran super fast as a 2 year old , and followed it up with a developing 3 yo season. There are those that will dismiss him due to his bloodlines.They will say an Into Mischief Colt will never get 10 F . That is a fair argument and one I would never debate. All I know is that this guy is coming into the Derby with a great pattern to possibly run his best race. That is more than I can say about many of the others. They seem to of already run the big race .
Trainer Mike Maker announces that Channing Hill will ride Fast and Accurate in the Kentucky Derby.
what did he do as a 2 year old?????
Kitasan Black holds off late challenges from Satano Diamond & Cheval Grand to win back to back renewals of the G1 Tenno Sho(Spring) under what was a beautifully judged ride by Yutaka Take where he sat in 2nd place throughout and then kicked from the front to go and win his race.
https://twitter.com/godolphin/status/858660094074134528
Really nice work this morning! Great gallop out, he didn't want to stop.
PJB56 --- its standard practice for Graham Motion to work a horse 3 weeks after a race. Like he said, he will not change anything just for the derby. He wants to stay in his routine. Now with Battalion Runner and Malagacy, much of the speed is gone. Look for IWC to set in a stalking position 3rd or 4th. I see him having the lead entering the stretch getting the first run on AD and CE. If his speed figs and beyers are correct He might be able to hold off all the late runners.
  • pjb56 via Disqus · Thanks Major Fan. Didn't know Motion did that. I'm like you seeing IWC in the lead at the top of the stretch and hanging on. · 7 hours ago
Nosed out Pakistan Star in 2nd and Werther in 3rd to win the G1 Audemars Piguet QE II Cup for Japan in a race where the first 3/4 was ran at a crawl.

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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