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  • It's all Favorite Tale in the Fabulous Strike.Posted 1 day ago
  • Lavender Chrissie romps past Calamity Kate in the Zia Park Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Mobile Bay wins the Zia Park Derby, while International Star fades to fourth.Posted 1 day ago
  • It's all Lewys Vaporizer in the $200,000 Steel Valley Sprint at Mahoning Valley.Posted 3 days ago
  • Solid Wager rolls late in the Cary Grant; Big Macher last at 2-5.Posted 4 days ago
  • Dolphus (Lookin at Lucky), 1/2 brother to Rachel Alexandra, wins his career debut at Fair Grounds.Posted 4 days ago
  • Rusty Slipper proves best in the 11-furlong Red Carpet.Posted 5 days ago

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BREAKING NEWS : Bob Baffert tells DRF'S Jay Privman that Dortmund's status for the Native Diver is still up in the air. Baffert says that Dortmund has been training well all week despite the quarter crack after his November 21st workout, but says the patch to heal the quarter crack was put on this morning. So Dortmund will be race time decision before Baffert decides to run him or not. According to DRF
Won the Furlough at Aqueduct.
Finally broke his maiden today at Gulfstream by 2 1/2!
Will be bred to Tapit for a 2017 foal
Breaking: Frivolous scratched from today's Falls City Handicap & Friday's Clark Handicap because of sore tendon; 5yo mare retired.
1 Clearly Now, 8 Speightsong, 6 Officer Griffin, 7 Nates Mineshaft
As I do every year pre-Turkey, I'd like to let HRN know how thankful I am for all of you; buckpasser, Mary Z, Tmalios, Sullivan, Travel Vic, Goblin and the rest. Now some thoughts: Thanksgiving to me is more about racing than football. I will celebrate this year as I do each by watching the Thanksgiving Handicap, (This year I am going with Ride on Curlin, my 2nd choice behind Chrome in the 140th KD) then, while the women gossip around the Black Friday ads to game plan their early shopping strategy, I will be looking at the pp's for the Clark and Cigar Mile with my Maker's 46( A bourbon to truly be thankful for.) out of my lucky 139th Kentucky Derby Julep glass it used to be the 08 glass until IHA. I was hoping Dortmund would run and I have been high on Keen Ice all year but without Dortmund's front running, I think the race will set up for Effinex. I may need a second bourbon or two to help me figure out the Cigar Mile. Private Zone always scares me, I know Tonalist is gifted but he looked a bit shakey last time out.
Effinex, Keen Ice, Mr.Z, Hoppertunity in no particular order.
2 for 2 lifetime - with a combined win total by 31 1/2 lengths!!!! Could be the female Smarty Jones! 🐎
Track biases often appear and disappear with little fanfare. The early bias extant currently has been "alive and well" now for almost 10 days. Calgary Cat a big (and NORMALLY logical) favorite (on a fair track) and short short price, seemed to never pick up a hoof Sunday, and then last night the big 3/5 choice, Strut the Course, imitated the same "no move," as the pace horses kept on going. Not limited to the just the higher class animals, cheaper stock from Fort Erie and hanging on to the wire...Saratoga Boy in last night's last contest among others. This bias can disappear as fast as it arrived, so with 4 days left in the season, UNTIL IT DISAPPEARS, it would be smart to back the historically "faint of heart." Big middle and late movers are at a significant disadvantage right now.
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Dortmund should coast in this race, Iron Fist is pretty good too. Knowing Gary Stevens, he won't win by anymore than he needs to, my prediction is Dortmund by an easy 3 lengths with Iron First 2nd.
What were your top three favorite races this year? Mine: 1. AP in the Belmont Stakes 2. Honor Code in the Met Mile 3. Shared Belief over California Chrome in the San Antonio
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  • slewfan1977 · Seems like ages ago that Shared Belief beat California Chrome, and people thought it would be the best race of the year! My top 3: 1. American Pharoah in the Belmont 2. Honor Code in the Met Mile 3. AP's Haskell (the complete and utter domination was like a description of Man o' War, and he ran incredible speed figures to boot) · 113 days ago
  • jrem1 · Hi. I just started posting on here about 3 weeks back. I came across your question here and wanted to give you my three favorite races for the year. 1. AP's 6 1/2 length victory in the BCC over a field consisting of older horses in an explosive and somewhat dominant fashion was really impressive to me. And we have to remember that A P was an advanced 3 yr old since he was born in Feb of 2012 so, in essence, he wasn't too far from being a 4 yr old himself. He looked a good deal more imposing physically than he did in the Travers....Must have put on another 25 to 30 pounds of muscle. 2. AP's Belmont, of course, which speaks for itself. 3.Honor Code at the Whitney. Something about the way he chased down Liam's Map caught my eye. Of course the Met Mile was similar to it, but I just liked the Whitney for some reason. · 11 hours ago
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Will race in the tenth race at Churchill on Saturday from Post 7. Rooting for him.
QUOTE:"his acceleration at the end of a 1.5 mile race when other horses were backing up." I was impressed with the colt as he ran by us at the 1/8th pole, BUT any acceleration was minimal (hundredths of a second) at that point in the race as he made all the fractions. His run was a classic sustained move from wire to wire.
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  • Ruffianlover · He ran his final quarter faster than secretariat. He was definitely not slowing down like everyone else was actually pulling away to a greater lead from frosted. Nice try · 20 hours ago
  • By The Numbers · It was minimal, but he WAS accelerating - so the point is valid. He went :24.34 from the 1/2 to 1/4 pole, and went :24.32 from the 1/4 pole to the wire. But, he went :24.77 from the Start to the 1 1/4 pole. So from that point to the finish, he took 3 lengths off of his 1/4 mile fraction - very impressive · 16 hours ago
Words cannot describe how much I will miss seeing this horse run. As much as I love and will mis Pharoah, there was just something about Honor Code that I loved so much. Maybe it was his beauty, his stubbornness, him being from AP Indy's last crop, his incredible closing kick, or his ability to do things all on his own, I don't know but I loved this horse and I wish him a long and successful stud career, and will look forward to seeing his babies on the track. Goodbye Honor Code and thank you for the awesome memories <3
  • honor code via Disqus · Great comment💚 Honor Code was, and still is, AMAZING💚 I wrote to him after he retired, and he sent me a Honor Code hat!! I love it! Here is a picture of it😀 like we said, hes awesome😍😍😍😍 · 23 hours ago
Just a cutie!
Perfect Title has an upset chance here.

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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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