• Quidura (7-2) scores another graded stakes win at Keeneland for Graham Motion.Posted 7 hours ago
  • Frosted is pointing to the Breeders' Cup Classic, per his connections.Posted 2 days ago
  • Erupt (IRE) at 12-1 closes to win the $1,000,000 Pattison Canadian International (G1)Posted 5 days ago
  • Al's Gal (6-1) wins the head bob and the E. P. Taylor (G1) at WoodbinePosted 5 days ago
  • Blanket finish in the Nearctic (G2) at Woodbine goes to Calgary Cat (15-1)Posted 5 days ago
  • Arella Rockstar (12-1) upsets the Matron (G3) at Belmont Park.Posted 5 days ago
  • Time and Motion (3-1) wins a three-filly photo in the QE II Challenge Cup.Posted 6 days ago
  • Undefeated Theory (3-10) kicks away to a Futurity scorePosted 6 days ago
  • Almanzor turns away Found in the Group 1 British Champions Stakes.Posted 6 days ago
  • Minding better than the boys in the Queen Elizabeth II at Ascot.Posted 6 days ago
Breeders Cup 2015

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I have a debate question -- who do you think is the greatest horse(s) to not run in the Breeder's Cup - not just the classic, but any BC race, since it started in '84? My three answers are the two foreign undefeateds - Frankel (should have been in the Turf Mile in 2012 against Wise Dan) and the great sprinter Black Caviar - and the great filly Rachel Alexandra.
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  • myles burke via Disqus · well Rachel Alexandra was clearing ducking Zenyatta.. · 11 days ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · I will confine my answers to the Classic because there are just too many horses and races otherwise... Frankel and Sea The Stars are the two best horses easily if foreign horses are included for the BC Classic. But of the North American based dirt runners Point Given, Holy Bull, Smarty Jones, Mineshaft, and Afleet Alex. · 1 minutes ago
1st- New Money Honey 2nd- Roly Poly 3rd- La Coronel 4th- You Missed It 5th- Rhododendron 6th- Hydrangea
Songbird is looking awfully good and finishing strong. She's the opposite of Zenyatta. Songbird likes to take the lead every time...don't know it that is going to help or hurt her when she goes up against the likes of faster starters.
A great win and a great story, but she won't win the Filly & Mare Turf. There's some strong European horses coming: So Mi Dar, Seventh Heaven and Alice Springs, all 3 of these horses will be too strong for the Lady.
  • Horse Whisper via Disqus · So Mi Dar is no longer coming, Alice Springs is targeting Turf Mile and Seventh Heaven will be no threat to Lady Eli. Know why? Because Lady Eli has this tactical speed that can position her extremely well close to the leaders and when Irad call on her for her best she's already in a position to blow right by the leaders with that beautiful turn of foot of hers only normally seen with the Euros. Sure the Europeans has strong chances but Lady Eli is something special · 1 hour ago
I wish owners would think with their brains instead of their egos or what's between their legs...most of the Frosted fans are seriously doubting their horse can win had he been entered in the BCDM to the likes of Dortmund and Runhappy. I don't get it. Either you have confidence or you don't in the horse covering what he is good at, which I think he is good at one mile. Frosted is severely insufficient at 10f distances. His record speaks for itself...and please spare me the distance he covered at belmont...that was ages ago and one race only. An aberration. You can't expect Usain Bolt to run in the 800 meters when that's not his specialty. He dominates at 100 and 200 meters. Same principle has to apply to Frosted or you get a disaster plain and simple.
Hats off to the connections for doing the sportsmanlike thing and placing the horse in the BCC. I honestly thought they would skip it and point to the dirt mile but maybe they aren't is sure he can even win the dirt mile with the two turns and the way Dortmund if running this year. Taking on the very best (and chrome is the very best) is what this sport is about and now Chrome will face the best of hthe rest which I am glad about. I am very happy that we won't have to hear crap that 'Chrome beat no one' if frosted opted for the dirt mile. A really nice field is shaping up with frosted, arrogate, hoppertunity, melatonin, effinex and Nyquist and I am excited to see the Champ win against them.
After destroying the competition sept24 at Los alimitos, Tough Sunday will be back oct29 at SA, 6f allowance. A great story getting better!
<<<---- won't chase the board----->>>will follow the Horse
His winning numbers and stats didn't look impressive. However, this 4YO colt had won at 10f behind a smoking pace and at 12f behind a slow pace. Both races he showed good turn of foot in the stretch. I think there is a very good possibility that he will hit the board in this year BCC. A week before the 2015 BCC, I picked Effinex to finish in front of all the older horses. 2 weeks from the 2016 BCC, I'm picking Shaman Ghost to finish in front of everyone except the #1 horse in the world.
I get a kick out of Frosted being picked as the major threat to California Chrome in the 2016 BCC. Not that I don’t like Frosted. He was my favorite 3-year-old of 2015 after Texas Red and Dortmund were injured. But, while Six of the 10 probable starters of the 2016 BCC have won at least one 1¼ mile stakes race, none of them is named Frosted. Frosted has finished 4th, 3rd, 7th (of 8 in the 2015 BCC) and 5th (2016 Dubai World Cup) and just doesn’t seem suited for the classic distance. The six who have won at 1 ¼ miles include all 4 of the 3-year-olds: California Chrome (4 wins), Melatonin (2), Effinex (2), and Hoppertunity (1), and 2 of the 3-year-olds Nyquist and Arrogate (1 each). None of the 4-year-olds in the BCC has ever won at a mile and a quarter. As far as I have been able to find, only 3 dirt horses from the 2015 crop of 3-year-olds have been won at the classic distance of 1 ¼ miles:AP (twice), Force the Pass, and Keen Ice all won at 1 ¼ miles in 2015. As far as I know, no other horse from that crop has won at the 1 ¼ mile distance. The class of 2016 also has 3 dirt horses that have won at 1 1/4 miles, Nyquist, Deauville, and Arrogate. As for the class of 2014, 6 horses won at 1 ¼ miles as 3-year-olds, Bayern, CC, Shared Belief, Effinex, Mr Speaker, Tonalist, and VE Day. Effinex won the Suburban in both 2015 and 2016, and Melatonin and Hoppertunity, won at the distance in 2016 as 5-year-olds. Through their 4-year-old season the class of 2015 won a total of 10 mile and a quarter races and added 6 more this year for a three year total of 16 wins so far at the Classic distance. Four horses from the class of 2014 ran 1 ¼ miles in under 2 minutes: Bayern, CC, and Toast of New York (who never actually won at the distance) as 3-year-olds all in the 2014 BCC and Melatonin in the 2016 Gold Cup at Santa Anita. Arrogate, of course was the fourth of the 10 in his sizzling Travers Performance. No horse from the 2015 class has run 1¼ miles in under 2 minutes. In the 2014 BCC, in a full field of 14 entries, 7 were 3-year-olds. The top 6 finishers were all 3-year-olds. In the 2015 BCC, the 3-year-olds finished 1st, 4th, 7th, and 8th while the 3 entries from the class of 2014 finished 2nd, 3rd, and 5th. Tonalist was the only horse to compete in both races and finished 5th in both races. Of course, horses don’t usually read statistics and we only have to remember how Onion and Matterhorn caused the defeat of heavily favored horses. Then again, neither is running in this year’s BCC. Probably Moanin will ship from Japan at the last minute and upset all the Americans :). Nevertheless, I'm thinking Chrome in sub 1:59.
Led the # of mares bred with 253 mares. Into Mischief had 218, AP had 208.
stop dreaming folks , it's Three Rules in a gallop
Over the past 10 years, how many Travers winners won the BCC?
I've already got 2 headlines written up for Frosted's performance in the BC Classic. Which one do you thinks best folks, give me your thoughts: "Frosted gets Smoked in the Classic" OR "Frosted gets iced in the Classic". :-)
I have a general question -- it would pertain to the Classic as this is where the horses in question would race if they left the homeland, but.... How good are the Japanese top horses, and why do we not see more of them here? I know their purses are the biggest, but I also know that it is offset by how expensive a country Japan is. I think of baseball 25 years ago. People dismissed Japanese ball players, and then Hideo Nomo came and shattered Americans of the notion that our baseball was superior (not to mention Ichiro coming here and shattering some long-standing records). Then the Baseball World Championship was inaugurated -- and the Japanese have badly blown us away in that. Why would it not be the same with the thoroughbreds?
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  • amino998 · Fernando Valenzuela came to the Dodgers in '81, but the horses still can't compete. However,Japanese horses have the advantage of importing excellent US bloodlines. In Mexican baseball news... Julio (Balk) Urias is set to become the youngest pitcher to start a playoff game tonight, or so I've been told... http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/five-things-you-need-to-know-about-dodgers-phenom-julio-urias-180046422.html · 1 day ago
  • Ferrisjso26 · If both countries ran on dirt this would make some sense. Two surfaces might as well be different( but very similar) sports. · 10 hours ago
It doesn't matter what PP Chrome is going in...he will gun to the lead or stalk in the catbird seat just waiting for VE to give him the signal to bring on home with that flawless lead change. I'm thinking sub 2:00.
Any news on him yet? Classic or Dirt Mile??/
John Phillips of @darbydanfarm confirms that QE2 winner Time and Motion will bypass the BC Filly & Mare Turf this year.
  • triplechrome · IMO this is a good decision. I like this Filly and I don't think she would get adequate rest time plus the distance of 1 1/4 may be too long of distance with the short rest · 1 day ago
  • sczen50 · That stinks! I wonder why..?!? · 12 hours ago
"I myself don't think he's a real strong mile and a quarter horse having run against him before" - Art Sherman on Frosted I can't wait for the BC Classic, Chrome v Arrogate v Frosted, with a very strong supporting cast of Melatonin, Nyquist, Effinex, Shaman Ghost, and Hoppertunity.
Anyone know...is she done for the year????

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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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