• Bowies Hero (3-1) much the best in the Oceanside Stakes on opening day at Del Mar.Posted 1 day ago
  • Irap (7-5) romps home a big winner of the Indiana Derby.Posted 5 days ago
  • Eagle (5-2) rides the rail to victory in the Schaefer Memorial.Posted 5 days ago
  • West Coast (2-5) powers home nicely in the Los Alamitos Derby.Posted 5 days ago
  • Songbird (1-9) wins the Delaware Handicap by only a length.Posted 5 days ago
  • Disco Partner (7-5) runs away from his Forbidden Apple competition.Posted 5 days ago
  • Frostmourne (1-2) turns the Kent Stakes into his own private party.Posted 5 days ago
  • Harry Angel defeats Limato and Caravaggio in the Group 1 July Cup.Posted 5 days ago
  • European champion filly Minding has been retired from racing.Posted 7 days ago
  • Hawkbill (Kitten's Joy) scores in the Group 2 Princess of Wales's at Newmarket.Posted 7 days ago
Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

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Victor Espinoza will be aboard Accelerate in the San Diego Handicap, and he will also be wearing blinkers.
Initially I thought Antonoe would probably have to change tactics in the Diana because of a lack of pace but I've changed my thoughts on that since the race was carded. I think everyone knows there's a lack of true speed but Quidora and My Impression should at least keep themselves occupied for a bit. With her inside draw, Antonoe can save ground and hopefully get a seem up the inside that has won her both American starts impressively. If this race turns to a sprint for home she has the best turn of foot in the field and I expect her to win even against the mighty Lady Eli. The only worry is the trip but I doubt Javier will get her into trouble. Brown seems very confident in the stretch out to 1 1/8. I hope she's 2/1..
So where does he go next, the Woodward or the JCGC?
If this horse wins tomorrow (which she will), all the rednecks are gonna be singing: "Ol McDonald had a farm, Eli Eli Oh". ha ha
'Practical Joke' and 'Mor Spirit' look like the two standout contenders for glory in the BC Dirt Mile this year. UNLESS connections of 'Gun Runner' decide to enter him in the Dirt Mile instead of the Classic, it that happens, then 'Gun Runner' has the Dirt Mile at his mercy! :-)
Sidelined with shin issues. He'll be back in a couple of months per A. Sherman.
Classic coolmore stallion making. They are buying up well bred sons of potn. They will race this one and attempt to get him the 2 yr eclipse award maybe race him at 3. Classic Empire is their backup if this one doesn't do anything on the track. They need CE to win another grade 1 this year.
1st- Dickinson 2nd- Antonoe 3rd- Lady Eli
Any news on why she skipped the CCA?
Won a 5F MSW today at Del Mar in R6. Hustled out of the gate, she led the field all the way, extending her lead in the stretch to win in her 2nd out @ 17-1 by 3 1/2. Definitely one to keep watching.
In his first race, he ran 3rd. From that point thereafter, he has been victorious. Which means only two horses have finished ahead of Arrogate, in eight races. One of those horses is running against him Saturday. #1 Accelerate ran 2nd in Arrogate's first race. If you think lightning can strike twice, you got 8-1 ML. For amusement purposes, I read some of the notes from six months ago. These people called Chromies, are arrogant, condescending, and think they are legendary when they look in the mirror. If you get a chance to read their posts of how inferior Arrogate is, you should get a good laugh(also notice how many upvotes they get). Now there is barely a whimper. 😁😁😁😁
Schooling this morning! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8f2effe1b400928ae814125217c52fe7d904874241b6e6fa9e93c9161c5f8bca.jpg https://twitter.com/TVG/status/888137915380809728
be hysterical if Cat Burglar wins... Bob bests Bob!
Bob Baffert just announced that he is not sending Cupid, Mor Spirit, or Arrogate to the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga.
Battle of Midway worked 7f, July 20th, in 1:26.40 (h) finishing 3/4.
Bal a Bali worked 6f, July 20th, in 1:15.20 (h) finishing 1/1.
Paradise Woods worked 5f, July 20th, in 1:00.56 (h) finishing 12/70.
Delaware Handicap started in 1937 in 1951 it was run at 10 Furlongs for the first time. Excluding the 3 years it was run at Saratoga and the 5 times it was sloppy or muddy they ran faster than Songbird 52 out of 57 times. 1987 Coup De Fusil 1.59.80 (track record) first of 3 straight Grade 1's. 1980 Heavenly Ade 200.00 (track record) 1966 Open Fire 200.40 (equals track record) and set track record at Saratoga 1.48.80 for 9F. 1955 Parlo 202.40 (new track record) NTR Belmont 141.80 Champion 3F. 1954 and Champion Handicap Mare 1954 and 1955
Denman's Call worked 5f, July 20th, in 1:01.40 (h) finishing 31/70.
Om worked 5f, July 20th, in 1:04.80 (h) finishing 5/5.

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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