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  • Stellar Wind (9-2) overtakes a battling Beholder (1-9) in the Clement L. Hirsch (G1).Posted 9 hours ago
  • Laoban (27-1) wins his very first race in 8 starts in the Jim Dandy (G2).Posted 11 hours ago
  • A.P. Indian (9-2) gets the jump on Holy Boss (3-1) to win the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (G1). Posted 12 hours ago
  • Stonetastic (2-5) cruises to an easy victory in the Regret.Posted 12 hours ago
  • Lexie Lou (1-5) refuses to let Internal Bourbon (9-2) by in the Victoriana.Posted 13 hours ago
  • Flintshire (1-9) fights his way through and rolls to victory in the Bowling Green (G2).Posted 13 hours ago
  • Mind Your Biscuits (3-1) runs up the rail to win the Amsterdam (G2).Posted 15 hours ago
  • Connect, a son of Curlin, connects in the Curlin Stakes at Saratoga.Posted 1 day ago
  • Gold Rush Dancer (14-1) pulls the upset in Del Mar's Real Good Deal Stakes.Posted 3 days ago
  • Haveyougoneaway (7-2) wears down Paulassilverlining to win the Honorable Miss at Saratoga.Posted 3 days ago

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Can we finally admit that this colt was overrated?
This fields shaping up nicely. No one will be able to accuse this of being a weak field like they did the Met. Not only do you have Frosted, Upstart and Noble Bird returining from the Met but you have the entire Suburban trifecta(most importantly Effinex and Moob) With Effinex and Moob in the field there's no way anyone will be able to label this field weak. After all Moob beat the entire DWC field(except CC) that the Chromies keep going on and on about so we don't want to undermine that do we? Effinex on the other hand beat the entire BCC field except AP. So this race will have the runner ups of the last two "championship" races. Just want to clarify how good this field is. We know Frosted can beat Moob let's see if he can beat Effinex(if good Effinex shows up again)
I hope all is right with beholder and that she hasn't lost a step- but it will not be a surprise if she has started to slow down. She is six and even the great mares start to slow down eventually
Trainer Chad Brown announces that Flintshire will likely make two starts this summer in Saratoga beginning with the Grade 2 $250,000 Bowling Green on July 30 and would be used as a prep for the Grade 1 $1 million Sword Dancer a race Flintshire won last year on Aug. 27.
Love Javier's look at the wire... Like Nice try on that slow, "box-in," but really. Haha, nice win
Flintshire could have run blindfolded, all legs tied up and running backwards and still would have won, what a horse.
  • sczen50 · lol!! You bet he could've! lol Funny you should say that..I asked a NYRA handicapping writer a few years ago about Man O' War's possibility of running in the 'Derby in 1920...what would've happened...he said--"That Horse could've broken two frk'n legs - run backwards - and Still beaten all of them by 10 frk'n lengths!!.. Only he didn't say 'frk'n' lol Another backed him up on that that I asked from Churchill. What you said reminds me of that--but so true! He could've won by 5-6 more lengths. You know?? This is one HECK of a racehorse!!!~ · 1 hour ago
well the Eclipse Award for older filly just became an extremely competitive division. Beholder, Stellar Wind, Cavorting, Curalina, Im a Chatterbox, Forever Unbridled, Tara's Tango........some type of case right now for each of them. And there is a growing case that Stellar Wind is a little better than she is given credit for.
Damm this Is a difficult field for a West Virginia Derby. Mo Tom who won the Ohio, Cupid who won the Indiana, Adventist(runner up in the Ohio and IMO was a Derby level horse), SBN who went from being one of the Belmont favs to G2 in one start(also has beaten Cupid and Mo Tom) BC was flattered today by Loaban(one of his BG victims in what before yesterday looked like a G2 field) Forevamo was also a talented prospect who looked good in that nice FG meet. Mo Tom should be the favorite, but at the end of the day this field has so many more horses capable of pulling the upset than the Ohio. If Mo Tom wins here he will have proved he deserves to be at the major tracks in G1. After this theres really only the Travers and the PA as far as three year old exclusives go. Perhaps they'll shoot for a more prestigious G2 in the PA and then lateral into the BCC rather than facing the best of the crop in the Travers and then the best in all the active crops for the BCC. Brody's Cause should be the second choice because at his best it's certainly possible he beats Mo Tom, third would be SBN IMO who in one start went from trendy Belmont pick to G2 starter at a minor track. The rest are all solid but besides maybe Cupid don't look like they really have a future racing.
Stellar Wind has beaten Beholder and appeared to have done it rather easily. This is the first time in quite a while that Beholder has been challenged and she did not have an answer. I'll be curious to hear Gary Stevens' comments.
  • sully · easily? what race were you watching? · 9 hours ago
  • wrestlinfan via Disqus · it was a great race by stellar wind, but she had to bring her A game and then some to beat beholder today, she ran her heart out, I wish her connections would think about going in the pacific classic as well, but they just said thats a no.. · 9 hours ago
Nyquist should be narrow favorite(especially since we have no proof he's in his pre Preakness form), Gun Runner second, Exagerrator third.
Beaten today but wasn't beaten by a slouch, she gave it a great effort as always. I think a lot of people, possibly Stevens himself - he seemed to be on cruise control even after Stellar Wind initially poked her head up front -underestimated Stellar Wind. Wonder if she'll still target the Pacific Classic.
Looks like they're trying to rack up the G2 wins at minor tracks. I'm hoping after the West Virginia he goes to the Travers. After a two race win streak a Travers win(hey it's more probable than Loaban winning the Jim Dandy was today) would put right in the Eclipse mix(unless Nyquist wins the Haskell and puts the thing in the bag.
Will have her work cut out for her facing stellar wind in the distaff
What a race! That was a hall of fame ride by victor. Phenomenal judging of the race set up and the best way to beat beholder was to take it to her. A huge risk as stellar wind loved to deep close but what a versatile filly she proved to be! The great horses can win in any position and aren't one dimensional. I knew she was special last year but she blew me away in this race. I can't wait to see her against songbird in the distaff- neither filly have ever run a bad race- stellar wind ran great even in her loses. I'm so happy for her connections- this is why you don't dodge other horses no matter how good they are- any horse can win on any given day and it's what makes this sport so great! Glad their confidence paid off.
Please run this guy in the Travers or Pacific Classic. I will follow with my wheelbarrow.
Who hoo. Yes. 4 th grade 1. I'm so happy
BTW: Not only did Stellar Wind win today, but she became Curlin's newest millionaire with this win.
According to trainer John Sadler, he says that he would and the owners would like to keep Stellar Wind in training for at least two more years. So it looks like we will get to see more Stellar Wind for a long time.
I love this filly. Her photo is my Twitter background photo & has been for almost a year. That was the fastest she's ever raced this distance. Beholder is still awesome. Victor was awesome & aggressive today too. Bravo all around!
Stellar Wind is currently trending nationally on twitter.

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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