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Doug O'Neill says turf experiment with Goldencents on hold for now, will point for SA Sprint Championship then either BC Dirt Mile or Sprint
  • Mary Z. · He shied from the cones. Probably didn't get over the turf too well either. Oh, well, have to enjoy him repeating in the Dirt Mile. · 13 minutes ago
From this morning's Racing Post web-site: 4-time G1 winner Kingman has been retired due to having to undergo treatment for a sore throat, which rules him out of any Autumn targets.
  • Euro Trash via Disqus · Quite an interesting decision. I find it questionable that this was the only reason as they could easily race him as a 4 yr old. · 24 minutes ago
Its Official. Next Start will be LA Woman on Oct. 4 at Santa Anita
Why are you selling Princess of Sylmar at action? Why not retire her to your farm? Or find a PA stud far for her to go to.
  • Anne Shaw · I was shocked at this news. If they have the means seems this one deserves a lifetime home. · 40 minutes ago
they now have her listed as possible in THE L>A> WOMAN
  • ekindy · Who is "they"? L.A. Woman and Zenyatta were the two possibilities mentioned about a month ago. · 1 hour ago
  • Goblin · BloodHorse is reporting that Debbie is going to the LA Woman on October 4; according to Wenzel (trainer) that is their choice, rather than the Zenyatta. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/87520/stopshoppingdebbie-to-start-in-la-woman · 48 minutes ago
Funny, everybody's claiming shared belief to be so good but this guy never got mentioned.
  • Robert Lee via Disqus · You are right on with toast of New York /2 so-so efforts on turf/distance not an issue/ his numbers line up/fairly well rested/switch from synthetic to santa anita is the bet/it's not that far-fetched/I'm leaning towards shared belief-wicked strong-toast of New York top 3 bc classic!!!thanks for info the way this year is going he could win it! · 1 hour ago
In first dirt workout, Conquest Tsunami worked 5F in 1.00.40, (1/36) fastest work out of 36 to take the distance, guess he likes dirt
Duel G1 winning miler Toronado, who has been a flagbearer for his owner Sheikh Joaan's Al Shaqab Racing, will take up stallion duties at the National Stud in Newmarket next year.
i hope she proves the naysayers wrong and makes a great showing of herself I think you have the right stuff DEBBIE the numbers are there as well as the heart Best of Luck
VE Day, working by himself, a good-looking 5-8ths in 1:.00.69, out 3-4s in 1:14.28 double out 1:28.36 over BEL training track
Will run the 8th race from the 7th spot in her last ever start at Suffolk Downs. Ill be headed there for my last ever trip to the old local track.
Bob Baffert said if Bayern shows him he's holding his form, he'll run in the BC Classic. "He could have run a mile and a quarter yesterday". From Baffert
  • michael via Disqus · i keep going back to the travers,is the dirt mile a 2 million race or a million??? · 22 hours ago
  • ekindy · I'd imagine he'll be double entered and they'll make a last minute decision based on posts drawn, competition, how Bayern is looking going into the race, and of course how the track is playing. · 6 hours ago
i wish they would bring him home so he can live out his days here. i'd like to see him.
And who's the joker who added Close Hatches as a possible to the BCC? She's never gone over 9f, and she's iffy even at that distance.
  • Northport · If you go on the page for the race itself (Breeder's Cup Classic), rather than the page for the specific year (like this one) it tells you which member added a horse as a probable · 12 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · In the realm of that subject, but veering off-subject , I just added three possibles to the BC turf sprint. Why do apostrophe s(es) come out as a bunch of symbols and 39? These races are sometimes added many months in advance, so someone could have thought those fillies were possibles when they added them. They can be edited from the possibles. No idea how to add races to stakes tracker. · 11 hours ago
How the heck did Dreaming of Julia make this list?
  • The Doctor · Wishful thinking I guess. Hasn't had a published work in 4 or 5 months. I wouldn't be surprised if there is a retirement announcement soon. · 12 hours ago
Will be offered for sale at the upcoming November sale at Fasig-Tipton through the Taylor Made Sales Agency consignment. Mandy Pope?
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  • SSilence86 via Disqus · What about Stonestreet? · 13 hours ago
  • Sullivan · Stonestreet seems to favor them when they can race them, although they did purchase Sassy Image. Thinking Mr. Rutherford picks her up. · 13 hours ago
Duel G1 winning mare Samaready has been retired after a disappointing 9th in Saturday's Sportingbet Sprint. She will be bred to All Too Hard.
Is anyone aware of the next race for this colt?
I think if she wins the Beldame she gets 3YO Filly Honors, because Untapable has been great against other 3YOs but Stopcharingmaria would have a win against older.
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  • Northport · If 2013 is any indicator, the result in the Distaff is everything for the 3 year old filly division. As jockey2be stated, whoever has the higher finish in the Distaff will get the honours (assuming that Maria wins the Beldame). · 16 hours ago
  • Ruffianlover · Disagree. Untapable has beaten better quality in her wins. The Beldame is coming up weak and a win there isn't saying much. If sweet reason wins the sprint- it will make untapables cotillion win all that much more favorable for the voters. Also she took on the boys and beat social Inclusion and medal count who hit the board in the preakness and Belmont. Did Maria try the boys? No · 16 hours ago
I currently own Comox Bluff out of Pine bluff and Lil orphan Julie. Would be interested in breeding. Need info.



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.