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Per the Paulick Report Stellar Wind is pointing to the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn for her 2017 debut. Songbird is also pointing to this race. What a way to start the season.
It looks like Songbird is targeting the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn for her first start of the year. Per the Paulick Report Stellar Wind is also pointing for that race. This could be the first in a series of match ups in what figures to be one of the most competitive divisions this year. Hopefully everybody stays sound and healthy.
The nominations are out now, and the list includes Midnight Storm, Accelerate, Arrogate, Hard Aces, Noble Bird, Imperative, Hoppertunity, Keen Ice, Mor Spirit, Neolithic, Shaman Ghost, Texas Ryano, Papacoolpapacool, Point Piper, and Prospect Park. There are others, but they aren't as recognizable.
Anyone know how he is doing and when or where he will start?
Another bullet by Dortmund.. just eagerly.waiting news on where he will debut for 2017
I just saw he's a possible right now for the Never Bend Stakes.
This list is hilarious, here are some horses that should or shouldn't be in the top 50. Frosted- ran some great races but was never in the top 2 of his division he probably isn't top 250 material. Flintshire-seriously? I'll Have Another- I'm a big fan but he didn't do enough to be in the top 50. Beholder- She was good but as seen was no match for CC, she has to be given respect but there have been so many great horses and she doesn't stand out enough to me. Sky Beauty- Similar to Beholder, there are a lot of great horses, also never was able to win a BC race which makes it hard to really rate her that highly.
What a monster of a horse. If he hadn't had shin problems as a two year old, Baffert would have had two triple crown winners in a row in my opinion.
  • Captain Obvious via Disqus · A classic example of a horse that wasn't ready for the Triple Crown. Missing the TC early on certainly doesn't mean the horse isn't the best horse. · 19 hours ago
  • marcos via Disqus · Very possible works for me. · 5 hours ago
I still can't find a future derby bet on him. And I'm looking.
He should have a date with Zenyatta, maybe he's the answer?
Looking forward to Always Dreaming running a big race in the TB Derby. He will have the tactical advantage on McCracken and I think he will pull the upset. I bet him in kdfw3 at 42-1.
This race looks on track to have a bad field. I'm honestly concerned about this race getting demoted to G2 because it's clear the committee doesn't give a damm about tradition, the creation of the Pegasus and the purse cut really is not a good combo.
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  • Iwasatthe78Belmont · Even $2 million purse will pale in relation to the DWC. The best way to keep this a Grade 1 is to move it to May. And NYRA has seen a number of famous races with great histories downgraded - Wood Memorial, Brooklyn, Suburban come to mind. Although the Whitney has upgraded. · 4 days ago
  • Rideonruffian via Disqus · The nominations are out now. · 10 hours ago
Has anyone been able to find this race on YouTube? Its not showing up when searching it nor or some of the others from the Fairgrounds yesterday.
Made You Look was strong down the stretch in the Dania Beach. Couple that with Unbridled's Song on his second generation dam side I believe he will do well on dirt.
Does anyone know why this race and others from the fairgrounds yesterday are not showing up on YouTube after a full day after?
Someone should write a poem about Arrogate. This is my terrible haiku: When he runs he wins The others are left behind. He breaks the records
Be good to see him at 1m4f
23:1 is a steal on her for the Oaks futures. Even paying 28:1 on the bottom of a Unique Bella exacta.
Trainer John Moore confirms plans to the HKJC web-site that after keeping his perfect record over 2000 meters at Sha Tin in tact with a win in the G1 Hong Kong Gold Cup that Werther will next tackle the 1800 meters at Meydan in the G1 Dubai Turf on world cup night 2017.
Will sonbird race in March?

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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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