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Genuine Reward, one of only two live foals produced by Kentucky Derby-winning filly Genuine Risk, will become one of the newest residents of Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky. The 22-year-old son of Rahy began his stud career at a Thoroughbred farm in Virginia, but later moved into other disciplines. He most recently stood as a polo stallion in Sheridan, Wyo., with the American Polo Horse Association listing Perk Connell as his owner. The horse has been pensioned from stallion duty and, late last week, was listed on the Fort Collins, Colo., Craigslist site, with the ad stating, “We haven't used him for a few years, so we're looking for a retirement home for him.” Noted author Laura Hillenbrand was among those to spot the listing, which was brought to the attention of Old Friends founder and president Michael Blowen. Article on DRF
Churchill Downs announces the Homecoming Classic has been renamed the Lukas Classic, to be held Sept. 26. This race is named in honor of trainer D.Wayne Lukas. According to DRF
QUOTE: "Those types NEVER win the percentage of races they should." Still very true in all statistical analysis ventures.
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  • amino998 · travel_vic · "stats can be skewed easily. I reacall the old breeding stats in the BloohHORse before they set up the COMPARABLE index. Since the popular and "top" sires bred to the most exclusive and potentially the best mares. OF COURSE having two tickets on the sweepstakes imporved their shot. Once the comparable index was started we could see just how the SIRE half of the equation did without the boost from the blue hen mares. "· · 7 days ago
  • amino998 · Has the difficulty in arguing your point been my "protected status" which censors your replies? :) · 1 hour ago
Trainer Paul Nicholls with whom Kauto Star was with for much of his career did an interview this morning with AtTheRaces.com and said the accident to Kauto Star actually happened about a week ago and they had been fighting to save his life until complications set in to the point he had to be euthanized.
I like Florida Won at 12-1 ml odds. Liked his win in the Ontario Derby two starts back at Woodbine. Out of Birdstone, he should be able to handle the distance. Also like the veteran Pender Harbour at 6-1 ml odds. Liked his two starts this year. He seems to be rounding into his old form and always dangerous on third start off a layoff.
Upstart worked 4f, June 30th, in 49:07 (b) finishing 2/22. Welcome back buddy.
Neck 'n Neck worked 5f, June 30th, in 1:02:45 (b) finishing 2/2.
Quality Rocks worked 4f, June 30th, in 50:05 (b) finishing 17/22.
My Miss Sophia worked 4f, June 30th, in 50:61 (b) finishing 20/22.
Lea worked 4f, June 30th, in 48:33 (b) finishing 1/22.
Bobby's Kittenw worked 4f, June 30th, in 50:05 (b) finishing 17/22.
Spirit of Xian worked 7f, June 30th, in 1:28:40 (h) finishing 4/4.
Beholder worked 5f, June 30th, in 1:00:40 (h) finishing 5/28.
Spanish Queen worked 3f, June 30th, in 36:40 (h) finishing 2/11.
I'm A Chatterbox worked 5f, June 30th, in 1:01:80 (b) finishing 8/18.
Coup de Grace worked 5f, June 30th, in 1:00:40 (b) finishing 3/18.
Albano worked 5f, June 30th, in 1:00:60 (b) finishing 5/18.
Unbridled Forever worked 5f, June 30th, in 1:01:00 (b) finishing 2/19.
Xtra Luck worked 5f, June 30th, in 1:01:00 (b) finishing 2/19.
Barbados worked 5f, June 30th, in 1:01:20 (b) finishing 4/19.

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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