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Looking up at his pedigree on this page his dam is not mentioned. Says No Data Available. His pedigree is like this from equibase: Sky Jack (CA) TB, GR/RO, G, foaled April 18, 1996 ( Jaklin Klugman - Sky Captive, by Skywalker) Someone may want to fix that pedigree box in this article
Wonder what happened to him?
5 furlongs in 1:01.05 on 6/24 on the dirt training track at Belmont Park. 2/8 Hopefully today is his final tightening.
Songbird is like the GGG of the Horse Racing World. All the other fillies are scared to face her. They know they will all get well beaten by the mighty SONGBIRD. :-)
He was euthanized today after being diagnosed with melanoma. This via Doug O"Neil's FB post: " It is with sadness that we have learned that our former Champion, Sky Jack, the one that started it all for our Team, has been diagnosed with melanoma and will be humanely euthanized today. Our heartfelt condolences to the Ren- Mar Thoroughbred family on their loss. He will be greatly missed and always fondly remembered by us." His last race was a win in the Longacres Mile Handicap in 2003 and then he was retired to his owners farm. At least he had some good years in retirement. He raced before I was following racing but he had a great record of 18 starts: 10-2-2. RIP Sky Jack :'(
My Coral-Eclipse picks: 1st-Time Test 2nd-Hawkbill 3rd-The Gurkha 4th-Western Hymn.
I still can't believe Honor Code got him in the Whitney. Liam's Map was "home and hosed", the race was done!!! Unbelievable finish.
  • Neigh Sayer via Disqus · I was there for that race with seats right on the finish line. It was amazing. I was all in on Honor Code and had Liams Map second and third on tickets. I get nothing if Code doesn't get up. I sat down thinking Map had it, then stood back up when I realized he still might get him. I've watched tens of thousands of races and that was one of the best I've seen in a long long time. Very exciting stuff, and cashed down the line. That said, I thought Liam might be tough and go a long way. He was just getting started it seemed in his development and winning his next and that amazing mile win in the BC was outstanding. I understood Honor Codes retirement, but Liam's Map was a tough one to take. He was just getting started and could have gone to the top of the group. Very disappointing. · 9 hours ago
Songbird doesn't run a race and HRN moves her up a spot to number 3 and drops the Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist two spots to 5. The love affair continues for some reason with this horse and the racing world.
So remember V. E Day, 2014 Travers winner. Apparently is still racing and has been transferred to Frace to run for trainer Andre Fabre. He is entered in a allowance race on July 7th at Clariefontaine, France.
Liam's Map's 1/2 bro debuts in the 3rd @ CD tomorrow 5/1 ML {saywhat?}
Aidan O'Brien announces that G1 winner Ballydoyle will ship to the US and run in the G1 Belmont Oaks on July 9th at Belmont Park.
Am I the only one who thinks songbird should run in the Delaware handicap? I mean its a grade 1, and she's barely been tested.
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  • myles burke via Disqus · everyone knows Songbird next one is the American Oaks....where are all the other fillies?....why no entries yet??....quit ducking Songbird everyone.... · 20 hours ago
  • MaiyaDay via Disqus · The Delaware is 10 furlongs and she's never run more than 8.5, and she's still not tested against the 3yo Eastern fillies. She'll be tested by them. · 17 hours ago
Just came back from the Shaw Center and I was surprised to see a portrait of this guy in a room with blue dog. Underneath the portrait it had some of his race data, most memorably his match up against "Lecomptes'" at Metaire Race Course in New Orleans for $20,000 in which he won in a record time of 7 minutes, 14 3/4 seconds over 4 miles! It was pretty neat to see. :)
Worked 4F in :48.60 today http://www.xbtv.com/video/workout/workout-american-cleopatra-outside-works-4-furlongs-in-48-60-at-santa-anita-park-for-bob-baffert-on-june-30th-2016/
  • pathfinder · Watched the workout. She sure is a nice mover. The stride doesn't seem as long or effortless as AP, though. AP was incredible, he never seemed to touch the ground. He just flew. But Cleo has a nice stride. She really digs in and I think she could be a good one. · 19 hours ago
Shackelford or exaggerator at a 1 3-16 at Pimlico ? match race
  • travel_vic · Match races are pissing matches for the owner's to boast about. They don't represent much in the way of reality. · 19 hours ago
I'm glad the spelled this one right. American Cleapotra would've been too awkward.
I think his next step should be the Indiana derby, nice g2 and purse!
  • Zafonic via Disqus · Or, they could give him a couple of extra weeks rest and shoot for the G2 West Virginia Derby $750k. Indiana is Amoss' stomping grounds. · 1 day ago
  • Thomas Marshall via Disqus · They are going to Saratoga with Mo Tom. Next race most likely the Jim Dandy GII to prep for the Travers. · 21 hours ago
Dalmore by 3.
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · Right off the bat, I'd say Danzing Candy. BUT, lemme check if he is now a workmate. Blueskies, Drill. Baffert uses stakes winners for workmates. · 22 hours ago
“What’s so great about her is the way she travels,” noted Porter. “She can do these types of fractions in just a gallop, and when Mike (Smith) knows she’s gonna win, he just gears her down.” According to Porter, she was so talented that Mike Smith, who was mulling retirement, told a couple of jockeys at Keeneland that he wouldn’t as long as she was running. CCA, Alabama, Cotillion, Breeders Cup Distaff here she comes. She will remain on easy coast until after the Alabama. Porter believe her biggest threat will be Carina Mia
  • buckeye630 · Really glad Mike isn't letting go of this one...and if he is holding off retirement for her, you KNOW she has to be a pretty special filly. · 1 day ago
  • pathfinder · Mike is great for her. I am so glad he is holding off retirement for her. Mike has said many things about Songbird that give the impression that he wants everyone to know how great he thinks Songbird is, but he doesn't want to sound too crazy about her abilities. Mike has ridden so many great racehorses, including Beholder, and I love reading his comments about Songbird because I know he knows what he is talking about. · 22 hours ago
I saw the horse was related through albaugh's instagram page, I just hope he can run them to a frazzle like his half brother

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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