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Hoppertunity back on the worktab. Looks like he'll be racing again
For all those Curlin fans, Dabster back on the worktab
'Whoever' has now deleted the data BOB ... but the answer lies NOT in the world of Faye Resnick but of Janet BLUE :( http://www.horseracingnation.com/horse/Stormy_Track http://www.horseracingnation.com/search.aspx?sval=janet%20blue
Holy Helena/Elate/New Money/Salty
This filly must have made a real impression on Ryan Moore when she bolted up with that 5 length win in the G3 Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown, because he's chosen to ride her over September in Sunday's G2 Debutante Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland. This surprises me a little, because while Happily certainly looks a major talent in her own right, I think September has easily looked the most impressive juvenile filly I've seen to date in Europe, and I think the unbeaten French filly Different League, who also runs on Sunday in the G1 Prix Morny at Deauville, isn't far behind September, IMO.
Attached is the video of St Patrick's Day's work with Zatter on the 13th. Pratt will be on SPD and Bejarano on Zatter for the Zayats. Good luck to them both, and may they all have a safe trip. http://www.xbtv.com/video/st-patricks-day-worked-6-furlongs-outside-of-zatter-in-1/st-patricks-day-worked-6-furlongs-outside-of-zatter-in-112-00-at-del-mar-on-august-13th-2017/
Who do you like in this one?
What's everyone's picks in this race?
This was the very first horse I ever fell in love with, I remember being four years old, getting close to turning five, and following the Triple Crown in 2003. This was the horse I thought could do everything. I had a personal bias because he was ridden by Jerry Bailey, my all-time favorite jockey and hero growing up. Anyways, I was so disappointed when he lost the Kentucky Derby, but I had hope. That Belmont Stakes in 2003 was one of the toughest races in my life. I wanted Funny Cide to win the Triple Crown, but I wanted Empire Maker to win. Needless to say, I got a good outcome. Empire Maker will always be one of my all-time favorite horses. BTW, HRN should let you have more than five favorites for anything.
Don't get excited anyone when Arrogate wins Saturday by open lengths because he won't be proving anything.
Let's see how good this big mare is....
“You’ve got to put him in the race,” said his trainer, Bob Baffert. “He can’t run here like he did in Dubai. He came back last time with one eye shut, full of dirt. The kickback was strong, and he lost all interest.” The kickback was strong and it can clearly be seen that Mike Smith and Arrogate were getting absolutely pelted with the kickback. I think that may be a pretty accurate take on what happened in the SD but I don't think that it completely explains Arrogate's very poor run. Even if Arrogate doesn't break all that well Saturday he should still have no problem sitting 3rd outside Collected and Accelerate since there will a much longer run into the first turn. Hoping Arrogate can rebound and put on a show Saturday.
No way this is true. Whoever put this up is saying arrogate had a kid when he was 2? Lol
  • SharedBelief1 via Disqus · They have a good mare though....:) · 15 hours ago
  • amino998 · Great work Officer : Slap the cuffs on and 'debrief' starstebl :D http://www.horseracingnation.com/race/2016_Belmont_Stakes_2 · 14 hours ago
Remove Dream It Is please she is injured
I see he's Not going in the Juddmonte now. Nor is Enable.
  • kingofthewholewideworld · Hi, "Enable" was never going to run in the Juddmonte anyway, her plans were always the Yorkshire Oaks which is next Thursday 24th August, followed by Arc De Triomphe. As for "Highland Reel", his next race is on September 9th, the Irish Champion Stakes, followed by the Breeders Cup Turf, where he is the defending champion. By the way, "Enable" is a superstar filly, The Yorkshire Oaks will be a nice easy win for her, and I really think she will win the Arc too pretty easily, especially as "Almanzor" didn't look good in his 2017 debut recently! :-) · 10 hours ago
Well, over at the entry for Shaman Ghost, it appears he is now out of the Woodward due to throat surgery. GR's job just got a little easier. And in the case of the JCGC, maybe Keen Ice's as well.
Entered on Sunday Race 9 Del Mar for Baffert and Magnier
  • Thunder Snow via Disqus · Isn't Magnier silks navy blue? · 17 hours ago
  • PolicemanBob via Disqus · How do I watch it? · 12 hours ago
Coolmore made a video of American Pharoah, Air Force Blue and Vancover Shuttling to Australia. Shows AP at Ashford, the airport and loose in his paddock in Australia. https://www.facebook.com/CoolmoreStud/
Wow small field but this race is loaded!
BH is reporting that Shaman Ghost is out of the Woodward because of necessary surgery for a throat problem. The description given sounds like an intermittent dorsal displacement or entrapment of the epiglottis. https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/223158/throat-surgery-forces-shaman-ghost-to-skip-woodward#disqus_thread I'll try to find the exact specific dx. from additional write-ups.
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · With no time table for returning to the work tab. It was mentioned that this procedure doesn't always work to correct the problem. · 16 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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