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I'll go with a $20 trifecta 4 with/1,2,6..should return between $300-$400 on the bet.
I have upstart besting AP,just like Upset beat M O' W
1st - MARCH 2nd - Requite 3rd - Bluegrass Singer . I wish Blame Jim or Grand Bili were here. I think they both have chances to go to King's Bishop , etc along with March, Competitive Edge .
1st - the best female in America , STOPCHARGINGMARIA ! ! 2nd - House Rules 3rd - Untapable 4th - Privet Hedge
I firmly believe Pharoah wins this easily. If there is an upset to be had, at a big price it's Mr. Jordan. He's really the only horse other than Pharoah who is still improving. I'll throw a 5/1,4,7 tri at this, for the fun of it. Yes, I know Mr. J runs as smooth as a '74 pinto.
TOTALLY! MAN O WAR WON JUST ABOUT EVERY RACE UNDER A SHOKE HOLD! The only time he was let out to run a little, was when he WON BY 100 Lengths!! Read the book Man o' War: A Legend Like Lightning. Super good book. She did a lot of in-depth research.
Lets hope he's half as good as big bro! :D
Should do as he pleases in the West Va. Derby. Looks as though he should jog in this race.
I'll be betting on a couple of morning line longshots Asserting Bear and Conquest Top Gun. Asserting Bear beaten favorite in his last two comeback races at this distance. Third start off layoff might be the charm and has tactical speed. Also, has stakes win on this surface. Conquest Top Gun likes this surface and he showed a new dimension in his last win coming from slightly off the pace. P. Husbands sticking with him and nice morning workout on July 25. He seems to be sharp and 12-1 ml odds isn't bad at all although I'm sure he'll be bet down to probably 5-1.
For all the AP fans http://youtu.be/-EeoTHyIkuE
Reduced price caught Frankie's attention http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/07/30/national-race-track-operator-expresses-interest-suffolk-downs/RoNxAa8bF2fRjCO7F2HoKO/story.html?event=event25#comments
American Pharoah's connections know his first start since winning the Triple Crown will be the Aug. 2 Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I). They plan for his final start to be the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). But the schedule between those races has not been set, which is just fine with Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. So for his summer and fall campaign, Baffert will relish allowing the Zayat Stables' homebred dictate any plans between the Sunday, Aug. 2 Haskell at Monmouth Park and the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland. "American Pharoah will let us know what he can handle," Baffert said on the July 28 National Thoroughbred Racing Association media teleconference. "Right now, we're thinking Haskell. It's all about the Haskell first." The Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course and the Pacific Classic Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 22 at Del Mar would seem like contenders for a post-Haskell run, but there are plenty of options that could even include training up to the Classic. Baffert did say plans call for American Pharoah to return to Southern California to train at Del Mar once his jaunt to the Jersey shore is complete. Article on Bloodhorse
  • Ruffianlover · I keep praying we can see him in Dubai next year. Can you imagine if he were to be a Tc winner, breeders cup winner, and Dubai World Cup winner?? · 6 hours ago
this Haskell is a disgrace , what that just found 750 k in a shoebox on Wednesday, right before the draw, 100% payoff money, And second I cant believe the weight are you kidding 122 lbs. I have never ever seen anything so manufactured in my life
No A-P and the once "loaded" Jim Dandy will only have 4 horses.
Shared Belief is out for this year. I said in January that if AP wins the KD he'd win the TC. The best horse doesn't always win the KD. I saw AP gallop today and yesterday. Very few watching yesterday, 5000 today. I said CC would finish 5th in the Belmont last year. He tied for 4th. More hype than talent. Native Dancer was the greatest, losing one race and winning 21. Barely lost the Kentucky Derby and a mile ahead of 3rd. He was kicking and bucking early Saturday morning the day of the Derby and the trainer put the heavy exercise rider on him and said take him a slow mile. After a quarter mile he was going full out and continued two times around the track. Hand walking him would have been a Triple Crown winner and 22-0 for Native Dancer. AP is the best for some time, but the best can lose. Older horses in the Classic will tell the tale.
p4: 1,2,9/5,6,8/3,7,8/1,2,7
Congratulations on the HUGE day, Snoop... "tmallios and amino998 are one and the same" -- Inch High, Private Eye ... if only it was true TODAY :)
p5: 1,6/1,2,3,5/4,9/7,10/1,2,9; $48
If she wins the Alabama she will win the New York triple tiara for fillies
On July 31, V.E. Day worked 6f on good dirt at Saratoga in 1:14:04 (b) finishing 1/1.

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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