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To the guy who saids his sources is right 80% of the time well buddy this is the 20% of the time they wrong.Dont you know Afleet Alex is his sire and he won the 2005 Belmont and was best 3 year old male horse of the year in 2005.Why you post on other peoples knowledge don't you have any of your own,
Upstart, who was eased to the wire far behind American Pharoah in the Kentucky Derby, returned to trainer Rick Violette's barn at Aqueduct on Thursday and went to the track to jog for the first time this morning. Upstart spent 2 1/2 weeks at WinStar time to "rest and unwind" after the Derby. His main goals this summer will be the Jim Dandy and Travers at Saratoga. Article on DRF to be posted later today.
American Pharoah, Carpe Diem, Frosted, Keen Ice. Ask me next week and I'll have a different line up. lol I do believe Pharoah is going to make history. Carpe Diem may be a better horse than his last race. He didn't use much energy that's for sure. Frosted reminds me of Wicked Strong and Keen Ice's odds, pedigree, etc., makes him appealing. Might toss Carpe for Materiality. I don't see the bottom 4 hitting the board so I've narrowed it down to 6 horse to choose my super from. 2 more horses to go.
Wondered what happened to her...http://www.drf.com/news/i%25E2%2580%2599ll-have-another%25E2%2580%2599s-first-yearlings-offered-japan-select-sale
Moreno should romp in this!
  • Sullivan · Might be able to make a play if the pace turns up whacky · 1 day ago
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · Should. I also like Hard Aces & Big Cazanova · 5 hours ago
Sorry to the fool who don't think Materiality will get that mile and ahalf in the Belmont just look at him when they hit the quarter pole in the Derby dead last and came flying to get 6 after a bad start, Your a FOOL to think he cant win the Belmont or get second to AP
Mr. Rutherford, This race is Materiality-AP...nothing else...good luck to you.
We all know Bayern is best when he is loose on the lead. That won't happen in the Met Mile, Private Zone is the speed of the speed in there and would make Bayern work hard and he still may not catch him. A mile and eighth in the Stephen Foster is well within Bayern's reach and the fractions won't be anywhere near as demanding. This Met Mile even without Palice Malice in there has come up exceedingly tough. Of the two races, the S F is a much softer landing place for Bayern. I think what Baffert is saying here is "If Private Zone scratches out, we will run in the Met Mile."
Really can't wait to see him back on the track again. His B C Juvenile was electric.
Sweet Whiskey worked 4f today, May 27th, in 48:09 (b). It was the fastest of 20 works at that distance.
Beholder worked 6f today, May 27th, in 1:11:20 (h). It was the fastest of 10 works at that distance.
Winning Prize worked 4f today, May 27th, in 48:40 (h). It was fifteenth fastest of 41 works at that distance.
East Hall draws number 4 and My Point Exactly Draws number 9. Good draw, Love the odds..
Catch a Flight worked 4f today, May 27th, in 49:80 (h). It was the twenty-ninth fastest of 41 works at that distance.
Keen Pauline worked 4f today, May 27th, in 49:40 (b). It was the fifteenth fastest of 36 works at that distance.
La Verdad worked 5f today, May 27th, in 1:00:40 (b). It was the fastest of 5 works at that distance.
Mubtaahij worked 3f today, May 27th, in 38:05 (b). It was the fifth fastest of 7 works at that distance.
Dads Cap worked 5f today, May 27th, in 1:01:21 (b). It was the fastest of 8 works at that distance.
Rumored to be the most expensive 3YO in Aidan O'Brien's yard at Ballydoyle in Ireland, Sir Isaac Newton(bought at auction for $3.6 Million Guineas) breaks his maiden on the 3rd time of asking today at Gowran Park in Ireland. He was a 1-6 beaten favorite when finishing 2nd last month in a maiden stakes at Chester in the UK during the Chester Oaks/Chester Vase meeting. Sir Isaac Newton is currently 1 of 18 still entered in Sunday's G1 Prix Du Jockey Cub at Chantilly, but whether O'Brien actually still intends to run him in the French Derby coming out of a 7f Gowran maiden race is anyone's guess?
Wesley Ward tells DRF's Marcus Hersh that barring late defections, he plans to send 13 horses for eight Ascot stakes, easily the largest group he's sent for the races there, and he'll be in action four of the five days of the Royal meet. Some of the horses are based at Arlington, others at Keeneland, but all of them will converge on Indianapolis on June 10 to fly directly to England. The 13 horses in order and race day are the following: Tuesday, June 10: Finnegan - Coventry Stakes; Acapulco & Ruby Notion- Windsor Castle Stakes Wednesday: Luck of the Kitten - Jersey Stakes; Storied Tale & Bruised Orange - Queen Mary Stakes Friday: Hootenanny - Commonwealth Stakes; Back at the Ranch & Laxfield Road- Albany Stakes Saturday: Undrafted & Big Macher - Diamond Jubilee Stakes; Love the Kitten & Smarty Kitten - Chesham Stakes Hersh also reports Miss Temple City, winner of the Hilltop stakes on Preakness day at Pimlico, is also likely to run in the G1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot for trainer Graham Motion. According to DRF

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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