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Look like Goldencents is headed for Keeneland for the Shadwell Turf Mile to take on Wise Dan. This will be his first race on turf.
  • cedar · Read the news this morning and am very surprised to hear that this is their plan. Have any stud plans been layed out for him yet? This almost makes me think that they're hoping he'll take to the grass and could race longer on a softer surface. Though I think that purse money will be their biggest incentive of sending him here. · 58 minutes ago
  • UnionRagsRules · If I remember correctly, breeding rights were purchased by Sprendthrift Farm for 2015. · 37 minutes ago
Trainer John Gosden has raised the possibility of Kingman stepping up in trip next season if the brilliant colt stays in training. Given that he carries the same colors of owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, Kingman is inevitably compared to the unbeaten Frankel, who also dominated in the mile division during his classic season before proving equally dominate over 10f in his 4YO season. Speaking on the subject, John Gosden said, "Frankel obviously went mile, mile, mile as a 3yo, but stepped up to 10f in the Juddmonte International and again in the Champion Stakes as a 4yo. If Kingman stays in training next seasons you have the option to do similar things, but at this stage as a 3yo, a mile is and will remain Kingman's trip."
too bad that a horse cannot choose its owner. Case here AGAIN, as it has been often, has TONS more class than his crude mouth goon of an owner.
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  • amino998 · “The second Shared Belief crossed that finish line and survived that inquiry, the discussion started,” Rome said on his show Monday. “‘Can you beat California Chrome for Horse of the Year?’ I don’t know. But that’s the good thing about it. "Assuming everything is right and both horses stay healthy, they’ll settle it on the track, not on Twitter, not in chat rooms, not in boards. The horses will do the talking and they’ll do it on the dirt. That’s the way it should be.” · 1 day ago
  • amino998 · RIP Rodney Allen Rippey >> Your classlessly placed gambling blurb made me ‘Blink’ this >> Rome went from “Horseracing isn’t a Sport, It’s a Bet” to being a sporting participant. You, on the other hand, have gone in the opposite direction. You have devolved into 'IT’S ALL about MY BET' {See Keeneland}. · 4 hours ago
Hope this track goes back to its former speed profile....IT was a haven for the speedy and therefore predictable.
  • amino998 · I prefer races conducted over surfaces that give the athletes as even a playing field as possible. · 5 hours ago
Why does "supercool" (uh, okay... Nice name choice.) have something personal against Wildcat Red and Wise Dan??
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  • Goblin · Who knows, Eventer; does supercool666 (an oxymoronic name vis-a-vis his behavior for sure) ever say anything constructive?? · 5 hours ago
  • Cedar · I've been fighting the urge to say anything about that user but they are obnoxiously immature that I disregard everything they say. If you guaranty any horse to win (like they've been doing) you sound like a total moron. Unless you have a crystal ball just shut up or put your money where your mouth is and then see how wise you really are. There are some other things I'd rather say but I don't want my post to be deleted. · 5 hours ago
Go Itsmyluckyday!!!!
Looks like Mr. Speaker might be headed to the Travers Stakes. (According to DRF) That would be quite exciting. You go, boy. From DRF:Though he won his last race on the turf, Belmont Derby winner Mr Speaker will be given the chance to earn a start in the Travers Stakes by trainer Shug McGaughey.
  • ute piechotta via Disqus · Will he be going to the BC Turf Mile? So sorry the Travers didn't turn out as it should have. Really sorry. · 7 hours ago
From DubaiRaceNight.com: The G1 Dubai Sheema Classic and G1 Dubai Duty Free's purses have both been increased from $5 million to $6 million dollars each. The increase is set to become effective at the 2015 Dubai World Cup Carnival.
As of 5:30 this morning the new dirt track has officially opened for training!
Diamond Bachelor
This horse will WIN the Woodward and get revenge on Moreno.
I think they should bring over "Kingman" for the Breeders Cup Mile, he would DESTROY Wise Dan.
OMG!Is he really going to the BC Dirt Mile!That would be awesome!!
Great decision to skip the Travers for the King's Bishop......Best in the field......Hope the odds don't go to low......
Why do people love this horse? He will never win a race away from Gulfstream.
Love you Red!<3
  • supercool666 · You seriously need to GIVE UP on this horse, he is no good in Top level races and will NEVER win a G1. He is entered next in the BC Dirt Mile, and he has got NO CHANCE in that, with Bayern and Goldencents in the race!!! · 15 hours ago
Bayern "The WINNER of the BC Dirt Mile", and there is NOTHING that Goldencents can do about it!
Why do I always mix him and golden ticket up? Nice win by him today
Just heard that Princess of Sylmar has recovered from the thumps and will soon be on her way to Belmont to prep for the Beldame.
Looking forward to seeing you back on the track working and running races Samraat!! He has run some great races in his career so far!

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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.