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2015 BC Sprint winner Runhappy returned to the worktab this morning at Keeneland. Going 3F in 34 4/5. Trainer Laura Wohlers says if all goes well. Runhappy could make his four year old debut in the G3 Ack Ack at Churchill Downs with a possible start In the BC Dirt Mile.
Frosted should go in the mile...its a good distance for him..and why bother facing Chrome in the classic...he cant beat Chrome...smart move is take his chances in the mile
Excited to see this one run Saturday night at Delmar for her 1st start. LB's half brother Ten Blessings was a 1st out winner at the Winter Santa Anita meet for the same connections. Life's Blessing has had some really quick works for this including a 58 + change breeze in her last. She'll have to show speed from the inside which her mother should have passed on. Some good one's in the field including a Hollendorfer filly with a similar quick 5f drill.
Upstart's probable for the Kelso! It appears his connections have realized their G1 ambitions at classic distances are futile and if they put their horse down in class, like they did in the Razorback, Upstart could pick up some wins. I think Upstart's got a fine chance to win the Kelso (although as we all know Point Piper looked great his last time out) and be a serious BCDM. I had a weird dream about Upstart winning the BCC in 1.57.60 a few weeks back so maybe a win in the Kelso will just get his connections over confident again(which is exactly what happened when he won the Razorback).
Go for Wand was very good, not yet great, only met a buzz saw that she could not get around and UNFORTUNATELY, gave her life trying to beat her. Wasn't going to happen that or any other day that season.
http://www.drf.com/news/hovdey-bittersweet-memories-shared-beliefs-day That is an article on DRF about the ceremony. I am thankful that they have named a Stakes race after our sweetness. From the article " Later in the meet, there will be a private ceremony to bury Shared Belief’s ashes in the Del Mar infield alongside the grave of Native Diver, the Hall of Fame gelding whose 37th and final victory came in the 1967 Del Mar Handicap. Nine days later, he was dead after an attack of colic."
His ashes are going to be buried in the infield at Del Mar in Friday. That sounds very moving and fitting.
What happened to all the comments on this page? All the many comments and tributes after Shared Belief died? I came here to share the news about Shared Belief's ashes being buried at Del Mar field as part of his inaugural Stakes race on Friday and all I see are 6 comments from 2 years ago? What an outrage!
I'm going to be watching for sure! I'm so glad that there is a Stakes race named after our dear Shared Belief.
It's so sad that he is deceased. He was only horse which Chrome doesn't have a chance. Maybe if he will be still alive Chrome fans will be more polite and shut up with criticize every horse which "amazing Chromie" beats.
  • BeastBob via Disqus · "Was" is the keyword. Right now, the numbers say that Chrome is at least 2.5 lengths faster than Shared Belief ever was. · 10 hours ago
Any word on Frosted???? Where he's going??
  • RealTalk via Disqus · probably the breeders cup mile..he prob wont run the the classic..they know he has no chance vs the top horses..he proved his whole career he can run with the TOP horses..so they should stick to lower class horses like his last 2 races...but prob the breeders cup mile · 11 hours ago
you can join me on twitter...i am 24 for 26 with horse selections..24 wins from 26 selections..including 9 for 9 with 100% guaranteed selections..Del Mar..race 7...#7 Blue Tone..this is another 100% guaranteed winner selections..any bettors out there you should go bet this horse..cant and wont lose..100% guanranteed play..you can thank me after the race if you would like
our 100% guaranteed selection #2 magic mark wins in del mars 7th at 10-1 odds...hope you all bet it
  • Dna0571 · Lol you're 100% guaranteed selection was #7 Blue Tone which finished last, you then edited the comment below after the race. Nice try bud. · 11 hours ago
we dont give out 100% guaranteed winners unless we are absolutely SURE the selection will win..you can bet every nickel you have
i just handed out my 1st 100% guaranteed winner in mountaineers 1st race tonight...my 2nd 100% guarnateed winner selection is below
Destin winner . Connect and MMS in exotics
Run Runner. Exaggerator. American Freedom.
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  • Stay Thirsty via Disqus · LOL. Gun Runner has no chance. Exaggerator and AF are good picks but at Saratoga I don't think they will come back very strongly. · 1 day ago
  • FunnyCide2016 · GunRunner will run a half mile in 23:43 and have no power to win the race, and that is when # 4 will come from behind and win the race · 13 hours ago
It will be Governor Malibu by a nose to exaggerator and 2 furlongs back to American freedom
pat day didnt get his nickname "pat wait all day" for nothing
almost 30 years later and i still have not seen a horse with as much raw natural ability and talent as Easy Goer...yes he didnt win every race he ran..but the raw ability just oozed from him..he had that "it" factor..superstar factor..that many GREAT horses dont have..i still to this day..like many others..blame pat day..pat day rode easy goer like he could do anything in a race with him and still win..jockey errors that cost the great easy goer a legacy as possibly the best horse ever..Easy Goer moved with such ease..so powerful yet so effortlessly..too bad he was not as effortless on the tight turns at tracks..which cost him also..Easy Goer had everything going for him..but he had terrible physical problems with his ankles/hooves along with a jockey who wouldnt always let him run when he was begging to run...Easy Goer had a chance to go down as the best ever...but he didnt...and that is that..but my god what a monumental TALENT this horse was...R.I.P Easy

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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