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Breeders Cup 2015

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Drossemeyer is to remain in Brazil for his breeding life. I will miss him, loved his Classic win
What's up with Songbird work? She usually fires a bullet. Today she finished 5 furlongs in 1:01 26/74...and this is her last work? Interestingly, if Beholder's 59 1/5 were clocked instead of six furlongs she would have had the 3rd fastest time... Her final work before the Cotillion was 47.60 which is a nice sharp work. This is one of the slowest works I have ever seen for her. Here are her final works for her other races post illness: Alabama 47.49 Coaching Club American Oaks 1:11.40 Summertime Oaks 1:25 4/5s It just seems like her final works have been much faster.
  • rhapsodyqueen via Disqus · I read the SA track was playing deep/heavy with more cushion to it and slower than normal today. Her prior works were quick and she was given the "breezing" tag so I wouldn't worry too much about the slow time. · 17 hours ago
  • Ruffianlover · It all depends on what they were trying to get out of her. Maybe they wanted a slower breeze since she had a blazing work on the 20th · 1 hour ago
Retired and standing at Calumet
Officially retired!! Standing at Calumet
Conformation: http://www.irishhillcenturyfarm.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/irish-hill-century-farm_zivo-new-10-2016.jpg
They better be glad he's not entered in this race
I am shocked that stellar wind is not favored over songbird. SW definitely deserves to be the favorite for the year she's had beating beholder twice in really good times. IF songbird wins the distaff, what do you all think the odds will be that she shows up in the Pegasus? At this point besides chrome I don't even know who else is a go for that race and she may run well there at the shorter distance
*Unpopular opinion alert* Nyquist doesn't have a prayer in the Classic. They should skip and go to the Cigar Mile. Retiring him would be foolish (as long as he's healthy) and he should continue on through a 4 year old campaign where he doesn't race further than a mile. I want to see this horse do well again, and I truly think that success will come at shorter distances.
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  • Dee via Disqus · I love him and agree this would have been the best course of action. It seems that they are determined that he be retired though and that's probably why they're going for the Classic. · 9 hours ago
  • sczen50 · I have thought all along that he should've been entered in the DMile... · 7 hours ago
UGH just a miserable work. Looked awful. I hope this horse doesn't get embarrassed by his connections. He should not be in the Classic
Mary's New Hopeful - Guesstimate order of finish - 1. Chrome 2. Found 3. Hoppertunity 4. Frosted 5. Arrogate 6. Shaman Ghost 7. Keen Ice 8. Gun Runner 9. Melatonin 10. Effenix 11. Nyquist 12. Win the Space 13. War Story
Frosted's looking good, should get a piece, and their is no one better than the Chromester in here I'm afraid.
From the AtTheRaces.com web-site: Trainer Aidan O'Brien has confirmed that first preference for Arc heroine Found at this year's Breeders Cup will be in the Breeders Cup Classic. Highland Reel was also included in the 14-strong pre-entry for this year's Classic, but O'Brien said to no surprise that he'll likely run in the Breeders Cup Turf instead. I assume the pre-entry of Highland Reel into the Classic field is just to give Coolmore an extra "standby" option in the race should something unforeseen go wrong to where Found wasn't able to contest the race.
  • BeastBob via Disqus · The forecast says that there will be a lot of rains over this weekend. If the rains continue into next week, I won't be surprised to see both of them in the BC Classic (the ground condition will be firm-turf like because of the high clay content at SA unlike the high sand content of Keeneland last year). · 1 day ago
  • EyeoftheBeholder via Disqus · Definitely not the greatest idea. · 3 hours ago
i think Arrogate will post a 109.1 going 6 furlong's and win by 5 3/4 in any race he enters and at any distance you pick at 6 furlong's an UP --- I post for this for the Horse Arrogate and for no one else----------> I AM TOUGH
Barbara is a big fat liar
I think it's a poor decision for Found to run in this race. Not that she doesn't have potential- she has a good chance of breaking 4th- but no better than that. She should run in her comfort zone in a worthy enough purse to go after.
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · Why? So many European horses have performed outstandingly in the BCC; including his own Giant’s Causeway. She already won the BC Turf last year, why not go after a bigger prize this year? She's good enough if she can handle the dirt. · 10 hours ago
I watched Sunday work a month or two ago. She was a bit off. The impression I got during and after her last race was that she looked body sore. I was hoping that Surprise would do well. She had wonderful temperament and crew at Harris Farms really thought she was special.
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  • BeastBob via Disqus · In all her starts, she seemed to be reluctant to go between horses out of the gate which probably led to her being a little slow early in the race. · 5 days ago
  • SarahAieden via Disqus · Perhaps a different environment might suit this filly better. Par Antonsen had high hopes for this girl. Perhaps she's just missing her good friends at Harris and a visit home may perk her up. · 10 hours ago
Chrome's work today was phenomenal, he's raring to go! Rider never asked for a single step!
Very weird workout. Jockeys had no clue what they were doing. Some people are saying Nyquist doesn't want to play the game anymore. If that is the case, it's his connections fault.
American Pharoah’s final fraction in last year’s BCC was 24.60. California Chrome's was 24.44 2016 Pacific Classic. There is an excellent chance that he will be able to duplicate that, maybe even beat it with Arrogate and him closing for home. We might finally see Chrome fully cranked...scary. It is going to be something else if Arrogate shows up to the party with his dancing shoes.
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  • Stay Thirsty via Disqus · And Chrome did it against a decent field and Pharoah rocked it against one of the best fields in history. · 1 day ago
  • BobHayes22 · Keenland is slower than Del Mar. · 13 hours ago
Is the Pegasus World Cup off the tables now for Frosted?

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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