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no ONE male horse can beat her!! She is soooooo much stronger....
A wonderful performance, but Pawneese's was truly incredible. She was never the same after her win. Let us hope the same does not happen to Taghrooda.
  • ILuvTurfRacing · @Euro Trash, does Sea The Stars have any offspring currently active that's more talented than this filly? I thought her performance in the Epsom Oaks was awfully good, but this performance was truly special, IMO. As long as it's not bottomless ground she has to be considered a very live shot in this year's Arc. Especially given how fillies & mares have ruled the roost of late in the Arc. · 1 hour ago
  • jonquil · But Pawneese had more runs to her name prior to her King George than Taghrooda did here... · 1 hour ago
Brilliant filly, and what a sire SEA THE STARS has become.
Taghrooda is the new Arc favourite at 7-2 (from 10s) with William Hill.
  • Euro Trash via Disqus · A bit premature to make her a favorite, but she certainly should be strongly backed · 1 hour ago
I've picked this field apart just about every way possible, and foolish though I am, this will be my King George super-fecta: 1st-Telescope 2nd-Taghrooda 3rd-Magician 4th-Eagle Top.
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  • jonquil · This is nerve-wracking waiting for the race to start. I like pretty much everyone in the field and it's hard to think of any of them being outside of the top 4. · 1 hour ago
  • Euro Trash via Disqus · Brilliant performance. Three year old fillies of quality are so dangerous with the huge weight advantage they receive. · 1 hour ago
Well, she sure showed me, haha! Taghrooda won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes impressively!
  • ILuvTurfRacing · I'm not sure what races John Gosden will run Taghrooda in before October, but I'm quite sure the Arc will likely be her swan song since Sheikh Hamdan is retiring her at the end of the season. The King George is a "win and your in" race for the Breeders Cup Turf, and while John Gosden has shown the competitive spirit to run a filly in the BC Turf(Dar Re Mi, The Fugue), I'd very surprised if Sheikh Hamdan lets Taghrooda come stateside. It would be nice to see though. · 1 hour ago
What a filly!! I mean what a filly!! Vaulted right by Telescope & Mukhadram in the stretch like they were idling in neutral to win the King George!! First 3YO filly to win this race since Pawneese in 1976. This is a very special 3YO filly indeed.
  • jonquil · I was astonished! This is really rare and she had a pretty rotten draw to deal with on top of everything else. Yeah, I was wrong and she proved it effortlessly. A very incredible filly, indeed. I'm even more gutted now that she won't be racing next year. · 1 hour ago
Zambucca a fine Racehorse. Beat a good field in the Group 2 Victory Moon Stakes. International Jockey J Moreira ran second on Astro News with Michael De Kock running third and fourth
Many contrary opinions, starting with Northern Dancer.
Sheikhzayed out battles Secret Gesture and Windhoek in a driving 3-way finish to win the G2 Sky Bet York Stakes at York.
  • jonquil · Y'know, for such a tiny filly, Secret Gesture has a lot of grit and determination to win. It was such a close finish between Sheikhzayedroad and Secret Gesture! Too bad Sharestan didn't run, and Producer just didn't look like he was able to get into the race. · 2 hours ago
Give me 8 or 10-1 on Sharestan in the G2 York Stakes over 10-1/2f and I'll take it all day, every day. His career record to date is 13-7-1-3, but what applies here is the only 2 out of money finishes of Sharestan's career have both been at 12f when 9th behind St Nicholas Abbey in the 2013 Dubai Sheema Classic and 5th behind Telescope last out in the Hardwicke Stakes. Between a mile and 10-1/2f Sharestan has never finished worse than 3rd, and I've always thought him to be a pretty classy horse going back to his earlier days in Ireland when he was still racing for the Aga Khan.
Won the Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes to Pastoral Girl in 2nd with Explosive Lady in 3rd!
Wins the Winkfield Stakes to Disegno in 2nd! :D
7/26: The first race today is the Winkfield Stakes @ 1:30 - a listed race for 2yos at 7 furlongs. There are 6 runners, no scratches: Diaz, Disegno, Kodi Bear, Muhaarar, Peacock and Ustinov. Special note here - Muhaarar was 3rd behind the very impressive Ivawood in the G2 July Stakes last out and Kodi Bear was 5th behind The Wow Signal last out in the G2 Coventry Stakes. Those two also look to be the favourites here. Of the rest Peacock and Disegno looked promising in winning their maidens. Race 2 on the card is the Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes @ 2:05 - a G3 for 2yo fillies at 6 furlongs. There are 8 runners, no scratches: Accipiter, Explosive Lady, Goldcrest, Muraaqaba, Osaila, Pastoral Girl, Rosie's Premiere, and Tongue Twista. Now skipping to the big race of the day - Race 5, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes @ 3:50 - a Grade 1 race at 1 mile, 4 furlong. There are 8 runners now that Flintshire has been scratched from the race: Leitir Mor, Magician, Mukhadram, Telescope, Trading Leather, Eagle Top, Romsdal and Taghrooda. Telescope is the favourite, with Taghrooda up there as a second favourite. My pick of the outsiders is between Trading Leather and Romsdal, with Romsdal being at a very good price right now. So one of those two might be good somewhere in a tri-fecta. The going at Ascot is now good on the straight course, everywhere else is still good to soft, good in places as far as I know. Via the clerk of the course: "We've had a dry morning and the going on the straight course has just dried out a little. It's drying weather and it should be set fair for the rest of the day. There is a slight risk of a shower later on but I don't expect it to impact on the ground at all."
Once in a lifetime horse, I was glad to have seen him race before retirement. The son of the greatest sire in the world, and showed it. Hoping to see his brood run in the next few years
  • cugel the clever · "greatest sire in the world"? a great one to be sure, but you'll get many contrary opinions on that. I believe that his great grandfather, ND, is the greatest of all time. · 6 hours ago
Tonal it's and the Commissioner are two horses I wanted to see make all three triple crown races. We will never know what would have been, had they ran all three with CC.
I just went back for the first time in quite sometime and took another look again at Frankel's devastating performance in the 2012 Queen Anne Stakes. I describe that race as being akin to watching a bunch of cars all with 4-cylinder motors trying to run down a 1968 Chevelle with a 454 big block.
I don't see much Zenyatta in him but a lot of Bernadine. Wondering if Moss's will hold him back until 3 y.o. to run but he looks mature enough as a 2 y.o. since he does not have her large bone structure.
So sad.
Rest In Peace Longview Drive
  • Mary Z. · Really? Very sorry to hear that. · 11 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · Knew he was pulled up in the CougarII, but this is very sad news. · 11 hours ago

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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.