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O.P.M. Other People's Money. Why worry about anything other the joy you get from racing. I don't like or dislike sports teams because of the owners or coaches. I like the players. Love the horses and let it be.
If you ask me,this is the problem with the Sport of Racing . If there truly is a problem, it is the fraction that are trying to turn it into a spectator sport. Before i get responses that think i am pointing them outindividually, i am not. This is a collective and general statement. Many of you that want to root for accomplishments and hate the owners or the trainer. You probably don't even wager or have ever purchased a Racehorse. So please tell me how you are supporting the game that you supposedly love so dearly. I am not ashamed to admit it, i could care less who the owner or trainer are if i love a horse to win.When i say love a horse to win,i mean from a paramutual perspective. I don't root for the horse or the owner or the trainer. I don't even root for the sire. I root for me to cash mt bet,and that is all i care about. Yes many will now say i am insensitive and do not love the game. I love this game, i respect the history and know much about it. To be able to wager with the best possible way to win,you ust know the nuances of the game. Ifyou took 1000 people at a random selection at the track. I would say 900 think as i do. 50might care about the nonsense,and 50 just don't care. If Zayat and Baffert are such bad people that you hate them ,without ever meeting them. How the hell are they allowed to still be in the game. If they are that bad,your anger should be directed at the Racing organizations for allowing them the opportunity to do buisiness. There are owners and trainers i may not like,but that would never prevent me from betting their horse. So what if Zayat retires A.P. if he wins the Triple Crown. Is he not allowed to do what he feels is the best move for him and his family. All this ridiculous fan base wants to do is tell everyone involved how to run their buisiness. Tell me, how would you feel if someone came up to you and tried to tell you how to run your finaces.
Depending on turf condition, going with Alexis Tangier in this Friday stake at SA.
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  • Mary Z. · I do like Baby Flag(Alexis Tangier). I have 8 Home Journey on top. I don't see how Bejarano blows that nice position for her as she seems best early. 8,5,2, longer shot 7. GL. No kidding about turf condition. It looks like a back East course. Where's my pool table? · 12 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · Turf condition was upgraded to jungle. Seriously, is their mower broken? If only we could ride them all. I believe 7 had a bit in her mouth so jerking her head was in fact effective, just not in the right way. · 2 hours ago
So, is Ziconic going to be like Coz and wait ntil around Kentucky Derby time next year to debut? Zenyatta is is mother, but Tapit is his dad, who rased in the derby btw.
  • SeattleStrike12 via Disqus · I don't really think so, Tapit foals mature rather quickly, so he could even get a start in before the Breeders cup if he works well. and btw, has any1 known if he's going to Sadler or Shirreffs? I see him going to Sadler · 3 hours ago
I like this colt, good pedigree, not the best of races his last few but he put big efforts in Kentucky and in the Bluegrass, when he retires, i would like a share of him if i could
After today's win in an AOC trainer K. McPeek stated that he may send him to the Belmont. Interesting.
Caracortado, the old stakes winner is still around. “He’s still has the same old quarter crack BS (on his right front foot),” trainer Mike Machowsky said of the California-bred son of Cat Dreams, now eight. “I hope to get him back to the races at some point, but I have to do right by him. No time table. You know how horses are.” Caracortado last raced on Aug. 13, 2014, finishing fifth in the Green Flash at Del Mar. In 20 career starts, he has seven wins including the Robert B Lewis Stakes in 2013 when it was a Grade II race, and the Grade II Del Mar Handicap in 2011.
As of right now I'm going to bet on Madefromlucky, Tale Of Verve, and Frammento.
While Affirmed may not be ranked highest of the Triple Crown winners on the overall list of great horses, Secretariat and Seattle Slew being ranked higher, in my opinion Affirmed was the greatest to achieve the Triple Crown. The reason for this opinion can be summed up in one word. Alydar. None of the other Triple Crown champions had to defeat a challenger of this caliber in all three races.
  • baynut · No horse could run fast enough to get anywhere near Secretariat numnuts. Have you ever looked at Secretariats times in his T C races? In case you didn't know after 141 runnings of the Derby, 140 runnings of the Preakness, and 146 runnings of the Belmont, he still holds the record for each of them.... · 5 hours ago
A really nice looking son of War Front out of an Unbridled's Song mare, War Disaptach has compiled quite a creditable of record of 5-4-1-0 with stakes wins on turf and polytrack in France, and given his pedigree I wouldn't be at all surprised to find out he could kick some butt on conventional dirt also. His only loss to date was a 1/2 length defeat to the still unbeaten Full Mast who was the controversial winner of the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere on Arc day when Gleneagles was DQ'd. Nearly all of the race replays for War Dispatch can be seen on his profile page on this web-site, so check him out. I like his chances to run big at a tempting price in the upcoming G1 Prix Du Jockey Club.
I'm going with the peter pan stakes winner usually proves well here. Made from lucky is a good horse, putting him with AP and materiality. I do not think we will have a triple crown winner once again.
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Liam’s Map, unraced since winning the Harlan’s Holiday last December, worked a solid half-mile in 48.63 seconds over the Belmont Park training track Friday in company with the graded stakes winner Blofeld. It was the second work at Belmont for Liam’s Map, who had worked four previous times at Jimmy Crupi’s farm in Ocala, Fla. Pletcher says he isn't sure when Liam's Map will race, but it will be sooner than later. Article on DRF
Ride On Curlin, runner-up in the 2014 Preakness, is on another break after coming out of his last start “a little banged up,” according to trainer Billy Gowan. Ride On Curlin finished last of nine, beaten 22 lengths, in the Grade 2 Alysheba on the May 1 Kentucky Oaks program. “He’s just got some wear and tear,” said Gowan. “We’re giving him 60 days on the farm and will evaluate him from there.” Article on DRF

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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