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Dubai is looking better and better.
So tragic! R.I.P. Charis!!~ Yeah in that Belmont he was making a move for the lead & you could see the bad step he made. Unreal he was that close w/ the fractures & still 3rd,too.
How's Storming Candy doing? Saw the spill today... Ouch. Glad to hear jockey was okay too
Blue Tone / Gun Runner / Dazzling Gem / Domain's Rap
The original poem was written by Richard Lurie. Permission to use can be provided upon request. Please read to the end as there is an additional tribute to Charismatic and Chris Antley. Somewhere up in heaven, the track is always fast The scent of flowers fills the air, the infield lake's like glass The sun is always shining, gentle breezes always blow The turf is like an emerald sea for the grasses always grow Cappy calls the races and Pete Axthelm sets the odds As he saddles in the paddock, Jim Fitzsimons smiles and nods The fans enjoy their time here, and many smirk and laugh About some amusing story in the Morning Telegraph A hot dog costs a quarter and an ice cream costs a dime And the bleacher seats are freebies if you survive the climb The grandstand seats are painted in colors bright and bold No glass surrounds the clubhouse, for it never gets that cold. This might be old Jamaica, or it could be Lincoln Downs It might be Naragansett or Longacres that you've found It really makes no difference, it's not the name that counts As the jockeys finish weighing and prepare to meet their mounts The horses are arriving, so beautiful they are From the gray of Native Dancer to the blackness of Dark Star There's the tiny Northern Dancer, and the majesty of Swale And I'd swear that’s Kelso staring hard at Carry Back's long tail There's War Admiral being feisty, and his daddy Man 'O War And that's Citation in the paddock standing next to Alydar Secreteriat is glowing, his coat a fiery red And Nashua has just arrived, Mr. Woodward's at his head Here's Gallant Man and Fappiano, Dr. Fager and Shergar And that new colt, Prairie Bayou, bet he wonders who they are There's Roberto and Nasrullah, Native Diver and Count Fleet Walking towards them is Round Table looking like he can’t be beat Now the crowd turns towards the fillies, Ruffian and Go For Wand As they walk in graceful motion while the others just look on Following them is Landaluce, and behind them is Regret Primonette and Cicada enter moving as a set Senor Luro gives a smile, and Gene Klein begins to laugh As someone from the noisy crowd requests an autograph August Belmont seems to chuckle at something C.V. Whitney said Frances Genter acts embarrassed, her face turning a bright red The Iceman and Venezia get a leg up on their mounts They'll win their share of races but no one ever counts They'll always come home safely, as they enjoy their ride For here the fun's not winning, it's only that they've tried At this track no one tires, and no one is ever hurt As they strive to do their very best, on the turf or on the dirt No horse here runs on Lasix, and no whips are ever used Medication's just not needed here, and no horse gets abused As John Loftus mounts Sir Barton, and Earl Sandy, Gallant Fox Every fan along the apron, every owner in his box Sees a solitary figure walking slowly towards the track And they raise their hands together to tell him to go back At the gate stands Jeffery Lukas, a white bridle in his hand He can't figure out why he's not let in, he doesn't understand Then he notices the tote board, and on it is a sign It just consists of seven words... "Go home Jeff, it's not your time" (end of poem by Richard Lurie) It's been years since Jeff was sent home And many more have come here to run or roam Claimer or champion, there's a stall for all That's what we must remember when a favorite horse takes a fall By the weighing room door, in silks of yellow and green Stands a jockey looking down the track at a horse covered in sunrise's golden sheen The one horse he has awaited for oh so many a year Charismatic finally is here The Antman jogs down the track When he reaches his horse he vaults upon his back The horse nickers and prances While Chris Antley bends to hug his neck, Charismatic dances Together at last and forever; both healthy, healed, and whole Antley finally at peace, and
Doug O Neill announces that California Derby winner So Conflated, who drew post 14 in the Risen Star Stakes, will scratch and point instead for the Gotham Stakes.
http://www.drf.com/news/preview/kentuckian-gets-another-chance-fulfill-potential Details anyone?
So Conflated will scratch from the Risen Star and instead head to the Gotham.
If only.......Charismatic! We will miss you.
BREAKING NEWS: It is absolutely devastating to a report and confirm that 1999 Kentucky Derby winner Charismatic died unexpectedly this morning. He was 21 years old.
Easy gallop this morning. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C5DQBscVMAQyPqu.jpg
Only reason Tiznow won that race against GC was because GC drifted out
Another MOUNT down at almost the SAME SPOT in race 2...what is up with this?
Giant's Causeway lead a number excellent TURF horses that BOMBED in North America. This list is both long and unpredictable who will adjust to dirt in their face.
Down in a heap near the 1/16th pole in today's opening after being nearly beat to death by Gonzales...HOPE he got up.
That is one fast Time!!
Tiznow was a great racehorse, to win back to back BC Classic's, and beating SUPERSTARS like "Giant's Causeway" and "Sakhee". When "Sakhee" kicked for home and went a length or so clear, surely there was NO WAY he could be beaten, but "Tiznow" got him, that was an incredible achievement!!! You can see why he's so popular, he showed loads of guts and heart in his races!!! :-)
Practical Joke worked 5f, February 19th, in 1:00.45 (b) finishing 1/8.
Catch a Glimpse worked 5f, February 19th, in 1:01.40 (b) finishing 3/6.
Airoforce worked 5f, February 19th, in 1:02.10 (b) finishing 6/6.

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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