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  • Exaggerator turns the tables and is victorious in the Preakness (G1).Posted 5 days ago
  • Takeover Target flies home late to win from last in the Grade 2 Dixie.Posted 5 days ago
  • American Freedom fights back for Sir Barton victory.Posted 5 days ago
  • Mizz Money holds on to take the Gallorette (G3) by a nose.Posted 6 days ago
  • Justin Squared was too fast to catch in the Chick Lang.Posted 6 days ago
  • Lady Shipman does not disappoint with a victory in The Very One.Posted 6 days ago
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Wait. Wat. Just got notification from Equibase that CD worked Four Furlongs in 51:01 at Saratoga today. Error... right?
This horse was brilliant in his workouts just prior to his 2-year-old debut. He could have been another brilliant Uncle Mo's this year.
Todd Pletcher announces that Rachel's Valentina could make her next start in the G1 Acorn or the G1 Mother Goose, either way, it will be at Belmont Park.
  • andthey'reoff · A good move. Both of her wins were in New York. Also I have some Canterbury news for you. Trainer Joe Sharp will be stabled at Canterbury for the upcoming meet. · 13 days ago
  • Mary Z. · I hope she does run in The Acorn ! · 25 minutes ago
I emailed todd pletcher racing stables and was informed that coach inge has been retired. Will miss this guy I never thought we saw his best. But wishing him the best in whatever his next career is, even if it's relaxing on a farm ;)
Great Comeback win!!!!! 🎁The Box has alot more Prizes in store
Worked this morning at Belmont - 4F in 49:55
Thunder Gulch's best son. A shame his career was cut short.
Apparently SBN is a ridgling, not a gelding, found yesterday he has one censored testicle, so there appears to be a chance he c I uld stand stud, though his trainer sags he will have a long career ahead of him.
i betting on Exaggerator for this one.
In looking at the upcoming race, it is fair to assume that this is Exaggerators to lose. Forget strategies, pace figures,past history or anything else you may want to toss into this equation. Exaggerator is so much the BEST RACE HORSE that will be entering the starting gate, he actually sticks out like a sore thumb. That does not automatically make him a winner, they still must run the race. But based on the data we have going in,this one looks like a SLAM DUNK. In finally watching the replay of the Preakness,i was surprised as to who i saw as the 2nd best horse on this date. It was none other than the OFT spoken about Lani. Here is a horse 25 lengths off the pace after a half mile. If verhead or a pan of the stretch. He is looking to duck in as he is coming. Once his jock straightens him out,and gets him to the outside. Lani is closing fastest of all to get into the photo for place. I do nohow this translates to him and the 12F he wnning. But from a visual perspective,he would be my choice should Ex stub his toe.
This son of Frankel did very well to come in 5th behind Dream Of Dreams today. His trainer has been clear that Majoris is not a sprinter and this would be his only run below 7f. The race certainly backs this up - Majoris started slowly and looked well out of it from the start, but towards the end he came on gamely to snag his spot. Not a bad first outing, and he looked like he could use the run. :) I'd expect him to do better next out when he'll likely be traveling over a mile.
I don't like Bob Baffert, I think he's smarmy and inept.
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  • Kimberly Beth via Disqus · He is brilliant - you are an idiot · 2 hours ago
Followed up his previous 2nd place with a nice win in this quite strong novice stakes! I love this flashy guy and hope to see him progress even further from here. He has some nice entries for later this year including a GI and a GII, so he could be very promising indeed. The horse that came in 2nd, Waqaas, was quite green and bumped Dream Of Dreams before drifting across the track with him in the final furlong. Dream Of Dreams took it like a pro and still came out the clear winner. :)
Won nicely on his debut, defeating the more experienced Tafaakhor quite well. He looked like an experienced runner surrounded by a lot of green first timers, never would've thought it was his first time out if I didn't know better. A very impressive colt, looks like he's going places. :) Congrats to Simon Crisford!
Our Turf Specialist Star Black is running Saturday at Pimlico 9th race #1 coming off the layoff First start back going 5 Furlongs but I hope the 2/4 set a fast pace and we are within striking distance to get up at good odds
5/27: Today starts out with a pair of 2yo Novice Stakes that may interest some. The first division features the favorite Tafaakhor who looked promising coming in 4th on his debut. Some interesting newcomers are The Big Short, Juanito Chico, Mokarris, and Final Reckoning. Unfortunately, Hyde Park is scratched due to the going. The second division features Majoris, the 2nd son of Frankel to debut on a racetrack this year. Majoris is trained by Hugo Palmer and will be ridden by William Buick. He'll have a lot to do to beat the favorite, Dream Of Dreams who looked green in his last race which he came 2nd in. John Gosden and James Doyle will be teaming up with Spiritous, who like Dream Of Dreams already has a 2nd place finish to his name. Our Boy was 3rd in that same race. Could be a competitive race. The going is good to soft.
Pletch is going to send Strad to the front in the belmont and instruct Johnny V to run measured fractions. That is the way Pletch has always felt was the best way to win the Belmont. It is the way he ran Dunkirk a few years back and he tried the same with Materiality last year but Materiality just was not the horse. His daddy, M D'or had a big race here in the Belmont and I would not count out Strad here.
Had his first listed win today in the Heron Stakes! :) I'd love to see him go for a G3 or G2 next to give him a stepping stone, but they're being bold with him and sending him straight back into G1 territory again. Best of luck, Zonderland!
I would imagine with Mike Repole as his owner he will make an appearance in the Belmont Stakes.
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  • amino998 · He could be a great blocking back ala Mr. Z in the Derby if the Crown's on the line :) · 14 days ago
  • Players Klub via Disqus · That is what I thought too. Especially Since Ruler On Ice came back so big for this team but it appears they are passing. · 14 hours ago
It was announced earlier this week by Coolmore's UK representative, Kevin Buckley, that The Gurkha, who was an impressive 8 length winner of the French 2000 Guineas at Deauville will not go to Epsom to run in the Derby but will instead be sent to Royal-Ascot to run in the St James's Palace Stakes. A decision that I feel certain was made in large part due to Air Force Blue's back to back clunkers in the English & Irish 2000 Guineas. Buckley went on to say that Coolmore's 4 probable starters for the Derby at Epsom will likely be US Army Ranger, Port Douglas, Idaho, & Deauville. There's no way of knowing how well The Gurkha would or wouldn't handle the step up in trip to 2400m for the Derby, but he's certainly proven he's lethal at a mile and I think will be the horse to beat in the St James's Palace Stakes. His performance at Deauville translated over to Newmarket or the Curragh would've put multiple lengths on Galileo Gold in the English Guineas or on Awtaad in the Irish Guineas either one, IMO.

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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