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I like to see his works in the form, I sort of like this horse
  • bennings via Disqus · they showed no works before his Pacific classic, so it's probably not worth worrying about. · 9 hours ago
  • paul.nathan.946 · He galloped at Southwell early october witch is a sort of dirt track in England our horses don't train like yours so you won't hear anything about working times etc etc · 30 minutes ago
Haven't done a comparison in a while... Tiznow or Curlin?
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  • https://www.facebook.com/john. · Overall I would say Curlin. Tiznow seemed to have his quirks as a 4 year old and was not as dominant race to race as Curlin. Tiznow is one of my favorite horses though and his 2 BCC victories are two of my favorite races. Can't go wrong with either of them. They are both in my top 5 of the last 10-15 years along with Ghostzapper, Invasor, and Zenyatta( Classic Division) · 3 hours ago
  • Goblin · Curlin, but both were exceptional horses. · 3 hours ago
Not enough speed but ya never know.
This is a colt to lookout for. Extremely talented for an Indiana Bred
You would be surprised who is juicing horses nowadays. I think the lasix, bute and other ones should be outlawed
There are a myriad of reasons why any horse performs less than other efforts and MOST of those PROVABLE reasons are random OR in the realm of those who work with the horse not some observer hundreds of feet away, or worst yet on television. IF an animal has two failures in a row, that suggests a trend to be aware of, but an isolated sub par performance? Who knows?
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  • amino998 · …anyway, t_v, that’s exactly why boots on the ground information is important, not all those horrible things that you call it. As for the “MOST of those PROVABLE reasons are random “part, there must be a lot of randomness in your life experience. Breeding is random, poor performances are random… do you consider trouble in races to be random? · 12 hours ago
  • amino998 · Great Googamooga Can't you hear me talking to you? · 5 hours ago
Reestablishes himself at world' best turf sprinter! The race always promises an exciting calvary charge type finish; this year no disappointment!
Does anyone know why Da Silva isn't riding at Woodbine this weekend?
  • amino998 · He decided it was a good time to drop his appeal of his 3 day suspension and serve it. Memory, sorry no link · 7 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · Link: http://www.maxsportschannels.com/horse-racing/gierkinks-preview-da-silva-serving-suspension/#.VErtFvnF-So · 7 hours ago
After two surprise losses this season, Champion Lankan Rupee finds his way back to the winner's circle in the G1 Manikato Stakes.
  • yukichan · What a finish! http://www.sportsnews.com.au/horse-racing/video-manikato-stakes-2014-results-replay/128210 · 8 hours ago
The racing career of California Chrome could come to an end with a poor performance in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 1, one of his owners said in a published report. Co-owner Perry Martin told the Sacramento Bee in an article posted Oct. 24 on the newspaper's website, sacbee.com."(It's) race by race now," said Martin, confirming for the first time what many observers suspected. "A good BC Classic and we'll keep going. (Run a) clunker and he's off to the breeding shed." Let's hope he runs a good race. Article on Bloodhorse
  • Northport · ugh · 10 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · Why the shocked reaction? Finally they are thinking logically. If he regresses on the track and is not capable of winning the G1 races. Do you know how much these guys are paying insurance premiums for this horse. His value has not gone down as some are led to believe. He is still a Derby/Preakness winner. That can never be taken away from his Resume. The only way that this horses value would of skyrocketed to exceed his limited bloodlines,would of been a Triple Crown. I have been critical of his owners for the longest time. Forget what they did after the Belmont Stakes. The fault i found in them was that they promoted themselves during the run. Regardless of that , like i said earlier. They are finally beginning to see how this game works if you own a Super Star. · 8 hours ago
No PUBLISHED works does not mean NO works
Winstar Farm has acquired half interest in G1 winner Daredevil in partnership with Let's Go Stable, according to DRF
Mr. Besilu has been retired and will stand at Eureka Thoroughbred Farm near Fredericksburg, Texas for $2,000
  • dna0571 · Thanks for the news, I've been wondering what has been going on with him. He is a great looking horse and with that pedigree hopefully he goes on to sire very successful babies. · 10 hours ago
According to the DRF, his turf tomilson figure is a lowly 191 (I can't remember the last time I saw one lower than 200), his wet T-figure is 315, which suggests he's far closer to being a dirt horse than he is a turf horse. He should be able to handle the dirt without worry.
As ambitious D said, his race in the Pacific Classic was rather noteworthy. Shared Belief's Mike Smith is lucky he didn't get taken down for crossing into TONY's path as they turned for home. Now, DMR is a track that has a peculiar way of forcing horses to make a left turn at the head of the stretch. It's a cluster you know what. That said, TONY finished with great alacrity after having to steady. I would argue that he was coming back on at the finish. That makes me believe he can finish better than that race already indicates, which is a scary prop. So, the big ? is the surface. 2 things. The odds are with you. That is a huge factor. I, also, find it noteworthy that TONY has bombed on turf. He's NOT a turf horse. His PPs in Europe scream that. His only opportunities over there were on synthetic. So then we are to believe that he's strictly a synthetic horse? The odds say no. What if he's a dirt horse - like a lot of dirt horses - who handle synthetic well enough but are exposed on turf? I would argue that is more likely than being a synthetic specialist. He does have a high stride, although it's not as high as some. That could be why he handles the synthetic as well as he does. But it's done nothing for him turf-wise. Imo, TONY's last race is the 2nd best effort by a 3yo this year (behind SB). Yet, SB had a tough last race while this colt recovered from his best race. TONY has better tactical speed, if the PC is any indication. If he can get first run at the speed, the PC suggests that he can hold off SB in the stretch. The value should be there.
The Meadowlands Racetrack has cancelled its six-race Thoroughbred program for Friday, Oct. 24. Heavy rains have plagued coastal New Jersey and New England the last couple days forcing the cancelation of the all-turf card. A nor'easter brought heavy rains, hail, and winds up to 50 mph through Oct. 23. Flooding in places was so bad that people had to be rescued from their cars, according to several news reports. The Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet will continue in East Rutherford on Saturday, October 25, first post 7 p.m.
From Racing Post.com: 2013 Epsom Derby winner, Ruler of the World, has been retired and will stand at Coolmore Stud next season. Can't say I didn't see this coming after back to back sub-par performances in the G1 Prix De l'Arc de Triomphe & G1 Champion Stakes.
Baffert says Midnight Lucky OUT of BC F&M Sprint per Marty Magee DRF.
  • Goblin · Not only out of the BC, but now retired per DRF. http://live.drf.com/ · 14 hours ago
  • ekindy · Why has this filly been so lightly raced? Injury? They never really get into the specifics. · 14 hours ago
Diversy Harbor is running Sat.at Santa Anita race 8, we'll she if the short break helped her ??? I hope so, I really like her. jlp
Raced today for the first time since the Dubai World Cup, raced mid back and moved up to finish a fine 3rd, not back considering there was apparently a speed bias. Replay (he is #1) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYHKiHbAEOs&feature=youtu.be&list=UU4xAL1Lid7vrrm-xtxyyvwA

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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.