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Tampa is 10 percent chance of rain, 79 degrees, and partly cloudy. Aqueduct is clear and 49 degrees for Saturday.
Weather is predicted clear and 49 degrees for Saturday.
Prospect Park, Bolo, and even the Gomper may get part of the purse.
Without Ocean Knight or Carpe Diem this race comes up pretty light. Blame Jim will try to steal it, El Kabeir should be on the pace with Classy Class which may set it up for Tencendur, who's been working out pretty fast of late.
Super Colossal and Danzig Moon for a price. Top 2 look tough.
scanned in foal to Kingman on Monday!
This will probably be the last time Dortmund runs a race at 8.5 furlongs. I'd imagine at this point on all his races will be from 9 furlongs on.
I have to admit, I am a bit surprised by the lack of respect for Ocho. But that's ok I'll happily pick up the extra cash when he wins and proves ya'll wrong. ;)
  • Mary Z. · Oh, good! I do have the super-human power of invisibility! I will use this to my advantage. · 7 hours ago
  • Douglas Dean Sloter via Disqus · Love Trip8...got him 60-1 for a hundy to win KD...go Ocho go · 6 hours ago
President of our Hall of Fame sent me this recent Paulick report about Seabiscuit and his all Canadian jockeys. http://www.paulickreport.com/news/people/the-cougar-and-the-iceman-seabiscuits-two-canadian-jockeys/
  • Mary Z. · He did have other jockeys, but the one(s)from Canada did ride him to the big scores. · 7 hours ago
sir fever is a great hore i dont if is like invasor. ..invasor here in uruguay won the triple crown and the only lost was in dubai...sir fever has stamina and speed i believehe will win this saturday :)
  • Mary Z. · Good luck to Sir Fever. Yes, he has speed, stamina, and is unfazed by crowds. Hopefully he has adapted well to his new home. · 7 hours ago
Not surprised SB is running once again in California. He is an average California horse, hasnt proven anything outside of Cali. NOT the best horse in the country. I have my bets on Hoppertunity, he is a nice horse.
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  • Sullivan · Tonalist is the best horse in the country unless Wicked Strong comes back better than ever (hard to tell as a Hard Spun but seems like a late developer) · 8 hours ago
  • slewcrew7778 · An 'average' horse who effortlessly beat the HOY on his home track and best surface...interesting. If he's average, what exactly does that make Chrome?... · 8 hours ago
Shared Belief should win this with ease. So I guess the only real debate among the rest of the field is who will come in 2nd.
Going with Pain and Misery as a long shoot; he was 2nd in his last outing at SA. Not really a fan of any of the entries.
Just how good is this nag ..has never broke from the gate in order..first race never left the gate ..why Kent ..he has his bro nag...put a jock up that cares about the horse and lets see what this monster geliding can do ..and say what you want about Ria ..made $1.6 mill and sold for more then that ...Ron and Chris & Tom are on the top of their game..Get on the train or get out of the way..they are on a mission..
  • Mike Relva via Disqus · He's not a nag. Regarding Ria her entire career was mismanaged by a narcissistic owner. The horse suffered. · 10 hours ago
Well, lets do this ! ! !
Like I mention before my Horse for the Kentucky Derby will be American Pharoah, is the real thing and is working great, we all know is a front runner, and Bob Baffert will show how to relax the horse and it will be great to see him winning off the pace, but is to strong and to fast to handle will see what happened
  • Mike Relva via Disqus · American Pharoah has little chance to prevail in the Derby, · 10 hours ago
SB wins with a hand ride. I doubt he even sees the whip.
wow 9 out of 10 only loss he got mugged not once but twice and just beat cc by 2 2.ur tough to impress. c.j.
I just can wait for the first race, a Monster on the making all the blood lines at work we can't expect nothing else, COZMIC ONE, will make some history in California or New York is going to be the same result okay
I like Dontbetwithbruno in this. Should give Pletcher another Derby Contender.

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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.