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  • Texas Chrome (2-1) bravely squeezed through on the rail for an Oklahoma Derby win.Posted 3 days ago
  • Unbridled Mo (4-1) rides the rail to victory in the Remington Park Oaks.Posted 3 days ago
  • Accelerate (1-1) rallies to win the Los Alamitos Derby (G2).Posted 4 days ago
  • Connect (10-1) upsets the Pennsylvania Derby.Posted 4 days ago
  • Songbird (1-5) gets win number 11 in the Cotillion (G1) at Parx Racing.Posted 4 days ago
  • Noholdingback Bear (3-1) wins the Gallant Bob (G3) at Parx Racing.Posted 4 days ago
  • 2015 Turf Champion Big Blue Kitten has been retired from racing, via the Chad Brown barn.Posted 7 days ago
  • No catching Sarah Sis (10-1) in the Presque Isle Downs Masters.Posted 9 days ago
  • Victory to Victory  7-1) pulls clear in the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes.Posted 10 days ago
  • Good Samaritan (3-1) rolls to a Breeders' Cup birth with a Summer Stakes win.Posted 10 days ago

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Stewart Elliot will be back aboard American Cleopatra in the G1 Chandelier.
So much for hoof_hearted's 100% guarantee that Almanzor was going to run in the Arc LOL
  • jonquil · Yeah, I think this comes as no surprise to everyone else. They'd been saying the Champion Stakes was their goal for some time now, and the owners pretty much were in agreement. · 20 hours ago
  • hoof_hearted2016 · It's so disappointing, I just don't understand their decision not to run him. Almanzor had a great chance of winning the Arc this year, He's only 3 so he would have got weight allowances, he loves Chantilly and he's in great form, he also looks as if he will be even better at the 12f distance! Europe's Richest Horse Race and they bottled it in my opinion, because of a horse by the name of "Postponed". · 3 hours ago
How will MM handle alot of rain Saturday?
I rather see Frosted in the classic. Bring everything to the table and take on CC. CC is the horse to beat and you never know what Frosted could do. He's shown to run well at 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 distance.
Pebbles, you're still here bashing this amazing horse? Trying to cut her accomplishments down. Try giving her the benefit of the doubt, pun intended. Mike Smith has hit this horse exactly once and eases her at the finish of every race. So I don't want to hear about your slow race/fractions crap as compared to Beholder the choke artist who lost at 1-9. Songbird beats any three year old horse in the country, male or female, guaranteed as well as any other female horse of any age. She wins the Distaff, lock city, I'm hoping fools like you will bet Beholder or Stellar Wind so I get something better than even money back for my straight wager. The only horse on the planet that would beat Songbird right now is California Chrome. So next year if Chrome runs at 5 they will square off at sometime probably the Classic as Songbird goes for 20-0.
Bob Baffert announces that Dortmund, who has been entered in the G1 Awesome Again, will race with blinkers for the first time. This means we should see a more aggressive Dortmund who should be challenging California Chrome early on.
Colonel John has been sold to stand stud in South Korea for 2017.
he got the #1 post AGAIN!?!??!?? GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
This one looks like the 2016 Chandelier winner!!
Seven entered in the race. Chrome has the rail, Dortmund the 2 hole.
Headed to Keeneland for the Spinster. According to Hollendorfer, they're purposely avoiding Beholder and Stellar Wind. Good choice, imo.
Praise to the connections for not dodging the competition (chrome) in three straight races. Stellar wind too. Both horses could have gone elsewhere to win but I praise them for facing the very best.
  • Aubrey via Disqus · That is true although I wish dortmund was going to the jockey gold cup...either way hopefully it's a real thriller · 13 hours ago
Hopefully Dortmund draws inside, looking forward to the race!
EL HUERFANO... UPSET??? HAHAH
10/1 for the classic 11/4 for the dirt mile
I wonder how the Pacific would have turned out if a 5 year old beholder raced a 5 year old chrome? The times make for an interesting thought.
http://d3v7caevx73rbm.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/Air-Force-Blue-conformation-web.jpg Standing at Coolmore America
When was the last time a Kentucky Derby winner couldn't win another race before winning the BC Classic in the same year?
I think Tom's Ready or Schivarelli. I am really pulling for Tom's Ready in this race for the simple reason that his great grandsire on the dam side is none other than Ack Ack. What a nice story if he wins.
If Stellar Wind shows up in the Zenyatta like she did in the Clement Hirsch, she will win again!
  • Pebbles via Disqus · So you believe Richard Mandela was lying when he said that Beholder was not fully cranked for the Clement Hirsch? Interesting. My take is that if Stellar Wind runs the same race she did in the Clement Hirsch she gets beat. This is a different Beholder coming to the race this time. She will be fully cranked and ready to go. · 16 hours ago

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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