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Shaman Ghost worked 5f, April 19th, in 1:00.50 (b) finishing 1/13 at Belmont Park.
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Met Mile, Stephen Foster, or Brooklyn Handicap? · 4 minutes ago
Had hoped he would be in the Met Mile. However, without a timed work I wonder if they are just targeting the Stephen Foster vs. Shaman Ghost if he points there.
Amuse the DIva New horse arrived and doing well. She is the newest member of my racing team.
Lindyhop got a big win in her first race of the season last night at Mountaineer in race number 1.
On the surface from a fans view,this looks like a loaded field with some nice horses running. A closer look tells us that there are only 2 legitimate horses that possess quality Graded caliber early speed. At CD on Derby day, Private Zone took advantage of circumstances and bottomed out the field at 7F. Now going a mile,and 1 race under Bayerns belt. I doubt he will be able to run with Bayern,a horse i believe will be on a mission come Saturday. I think that the Private will be contentwith sitting the Garden trip behind this loose locomotive. At the top of the lane he will take his best shot at Bayern. In a race that many are expecting the half mile to go in .44 or below. I would not be surprised if they went .45 and turned this into a Merry -go-Round race,with the 2 lead horses finishing up 1/2 when the smoke clears.
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  • Sullivan · I don't know if you've seen Tonalist, but check out Moran Photography. Baffert bowed to the horse. He looks like a god · 688 days ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · Ah yes, and Honor Code took home the spoils on the way to becoming champion older male. LOL Nice prediction. · 10 minutes ago
Danlys Dream also had a nice work and training well
Star Black Doing great training very well
I believe Mind Your Biscuits is pointed here. And Unified. It would be nice if Arrogate picked this spot since Drefong will likely not make it. I wonder if Gun Runner points here too.
Pride of Wilko also doing just great had a solid workout
Victory Slide is training well had a solid workout the other day
Trainer Steve Asmussen announces that Florent Geroux will ride Hence in the Kentucky Derby.
How about a ranking of kentucky derby winners this century? Mine is: 1. American Pharoah 2. Barbaro 3. Big Brown 4. Smarty Jones 5. California Chrome 6. Fusaichi Pegasus 7. Nyquist 8. War Emblem 9. I'll Have Another 10. Monarchos 11. Street Sense 12. Funny Cide 13. Orb 14. Super Saver 15. Animal Kingdom 16. Mine That Bird 17. Giacomo
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  • travel_vic · You have to move MONARCHOS way up that list. He was as honest as they came, powerful · 133 days ago
  • Stay Thirsty via Disqus · 1. I'LL HAVE ANOTHER 2. American Pharoah 3. Big Brown 4. Street Sense 5. California Chrome 6. Orb 7. Smarty Jones 8. Nyquist 9. Super Saver 10. Barbaro 11. Mine That Bird 12. War Emblem 13. Monarchos 14. Fusaichi Pegasus 15. Animal Kingdom 16. Funny Cide 17. Giacomo · 1 hour ago
I think his grandson, McCraken, is primed to win the Derby.
I would love for the Arkansas Derby results to be Petrov, Sonneteer, Untrapped, Classic Empire....that would put four more horses above McCraken and possibly eliminate him from qualifying for the Derby....after all that hype.
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · Wow. Showing your love? Not nice. Anyway, he sits at #15 with 40 points. There are not enough points available for that weird scenario. · 11 days ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · What a silly post. · 30 minutes ago
5 furlongs in 1:00 3/5s at Churchill his home track which he loves... Do not doubt this horse. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/221159/mccraken-finishes-strong-in-five-furlong-move There is a reason he is my number one. I think he can be beat. But it will take special performance from Classic Empire or Irish War Cry.
Here are the winning styles of the past 3 KD winners: 1) Nyquist: stalking 2nd through the first half mile and traveled 6699 feet for the entire race (50 and 51 feet further than Gun Runner and Suddenbreakingnews who had the most ground saving trip). 2) American Pharoah: stalking 3rd through the first half mile and traveled 6723 feet (69, 71 and 79 feet further than Dortmund, War Story and Ocho Ocho Ocho who had the top 3 ground saving trip in the race). 3) California Chrome: stalking 3rd through the first half mile and traveled 6667 feet (31 feet further than Uncle Sigh who had the best ground saving trip). Stalking and the ability to win while traveling wide. Which one of the 2017 KD contenders fit this profile?
Is he running in the Derby?
I gotta say. I've watched the Rebel and the Arkansas Derby several times. Sonneteer is one of those horses the rest are hoping doesn't make it. He was two strides from passing Lookin at Lee and Conquest Mo Money and he was bearing down on Classic Empire.
Has anyone realized that each of the last 3 winners of the Derby have won in IDENTICAL fashion- California Chrome, American Pharoah, Nyquist. So, the winner will be whoever gets that spot in 3rd outside of Battalion Runner and Battle of Midway. Will it be Classic Empire or Always Dreaming? IT WILL BE ALWAYS DREAMING.
If he comes to the KD, he won't be a factor at all. Just taking a spot away from someone who could be a real contender, but needs horses to drop out in order to make it.

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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.


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