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In my opinion Calvin Borel one of the worst jockey but best lucky,another time he ride in Ky derby
  • amdaman via Disqus · A hall of famer, with close to 100 graded stakes, 3 Kentucky Derbies, 1 Preakness, 1 BC Juvenile, and more than 5,000 wins. Yup. Sure looks like one of the worst jockeys. · 21 minutes ago
the best longshot FIRING LINE
Wheres Alice?
Hes ready to shave.
Mr. Wong didnt last long
I never figured out his first name.
This guy is a real Horse's
Ever heard of Secretariat? Oh yeah thats American Pharoah's Great-Great-Great- Grandfather.
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  • Mike Galusha via Disqus · Ever heard of Mumtaz Mahal? · 1 hour ago
  • Mike Galusha via Disqus · How bout Bold Ruler and Nasrullah? Might as well go back to Mumtaz Mahal. ☺ · 1 hour ago
A full brother to American Pharoah was born last month. The colt has already been named. The Colts name is Irish Pharoah. According to Thoroughbreddailynews.com
The worst racetrack caller I heard is the one in Turf Paradise. His voice is very annoying and I have to turn off the volume in the end of every race he calls. I believe Trevor Denman is the best active caller in the business, but I love the voice of the caller in Golden Gate. He calls the race very clear and his voice is solid. I will never understand the calls of races in Australia & Japan, but their races are very exciting. Who is your favorite active race callers?
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  • https://www.facebook.com/fred. · I enjoy the races called by the guy at Woodbine his deep rumbling voice is unique as is the caller from Arlington and that guy can really build excitement as the horses are into the stretch and as they approach the finish line. Both of these guys are terrific race caller in my mind. · 153 days ago
  • Alfred Hernandez via Disqus · Trevor Hands Down! · 2 hours ago
American Pharoah equals Bodemeister to me. Similar running styles, and both won the Ark in impressive fashion. Bodemeister nailed in the last 75 yards by a hard charging I'll Have Another. Now, who is this year's I'll Have Another? I'm still trying to figure that one out.
  • myjumper21 · I agree but I think American Pharoah is even better than Bodemeister which I didn't even know was possible. In his last start he showed that he can relax early and stalk, that is something Bodemeister couldn't seem to do very well. It's almost impossible to wire the Kentucky Derby, and it is incredible that Bodemeister almost did it with those blistering fractions. Also if you watch them side by side in the Arkansas Derby his time was even faster than Bodemeister, and he wasn't even asked. Bodemeister was also whipped a few times in the stretch, American Pharoah effortlessly took off all on his own. · 7 hours ago
  • amdaman via Disqus · There'll be two. Frosted and Mubtaahij. · 2 hours ago
How the hell did he lose his debut?
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  • travel_vic · he was a baby that's why · 3 hours ago
  • amdaman via Disqus · He and Martin Garcia didn't see eye to eye. · 2 hours ago
What a shame. The world is rapidly spiraling into oblivion.
Great photo, thanks. He is my pick. Derby will probably be the first time he is not the favorite.
Bal a Bali will run in the American Stakes on May 9th, a one mile turf race at Santa Anita.
Kentuckian going to enter the 7f Barrera Stakes on May 10th at Santa Anita.
Dortmund looking amazing as usual, here is a shot from his final Kentucky Derby workout!
It is roughly 451 hours until the Preakness. With the time drawing near, I hope that peace will prevail in the mean streets of Baltimore.
i hope able friend can top luger for the chairmans trophy so that he can meet wise dan later in the year and decide the worlds best turf miler
My second choice. He got in trouble in each of his last races and seems to find a way. Have to like his grit and determination. Certainly bred for the distance. I just hope he draws outside,
  • amdaman via Disqus · He likes to be inside, drafting and darting through holes. An outside post would hinder him and he wouldn't be saving ground. · 5 hours ago
  • travel_vic · most horses disdain inside trips as just about all hate tight spots with kickback. NO horse prefers inside...and then HOW would one know? In an interview? · 5 hours ago

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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