• Beholder wins the G1 Clement L. Hirsch for fun!Posted 16 hours ago
  • Texas Red returns to the winner's circle with a Jim Dandy victory over Frosted!Posted 18 hours ago
  • Red Rifle squeezes through rivals to win the Bowling Green.Posted 19 hours ago
  • Madefromlucky takes the G2 West Virginia Derby.Posted 20 hours ago
  • Rock Fall makes it 6 in a row, out-finishing The Big Beast to win the G1 Vanderbilt.Posted 20 hours ago
  • Looks to Spare blows up the tote board at 70-1 in the West Virginia Governor's Cup.Posted 20 hours ago
  • Work All Week puts on a show in the Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial!Posted 21 hours ago
  • Holy Boss runs away with the Amsterdam!Posted 22 hours ago
  • Smart Transition wins the Curlin at Saratoga for trainer John Shirreffs.Posted 1 day ago
  • There's no catching Moonlight Song in the John Morrissey over Saratoga's slop.Posted 2 days ago

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Hello from Monmouth Park!!! Happy Haskell day!!!!!
I can't even believe this! I absolutely love Honor Code (favorite 2 yr 2012), Tonalist (favorite 3 yr. 2014) Palace Malice (favorite older horse 2014) , they're all CHAMPIONS!! I also like Effinex (my 2nd pick 2013 Wood Memorial ), Lea, Normandy Invasion (my 3rd pick to Palace Malice 2014 Met. Mile), looks like a BC Classic field .
Doesn't look like much competition
Give it up for that work Palace Malice had this morning! Obviously won't know if that will transfer over to success in an actual race, but at least shows he's ready for a race. Whitney on Saturday or Alydar on Sunday against horses who haven't won a stakes race in 2015.
She looked great in her debut! Interested in watching to see how she progresses. Sidenote: I tried adding her race above under Race Results & Past Performances but it's not showing up? I created the race and everything. How do I get it to show up there? I'm new at creating/adding info to the website.
Anyone know what kinda beyer she got for her classy debut? I would say mid 80's
  • Buckeye630 · Couldn't find a beyer, but her speed figure on Equibase (which I think is pretty comparable?) is a 92! · 2 hours ago
A Pick Six Carryover of $151,427 was triggered Saturday at Del Mar. The Pick Six on Sunday's card begins with Race 4.
The great run of races this season continues for Amazing Maria as she beats heavy favorite Ervedya, most recently seen winning the G1 Coronation Stakes, to win the G1 Prix Rothschild at Deauville. Amazing Maria has now won the G2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes, G1 Falmouth Stakes, & G1 Prix Rothschild in succession.
Shaping up to be the best EastCoast handicap race so far this year. Looking forward to see the final posts and ml odds on this one.
I'll be betting on a couple of morning line longshots Asserting Bear and Conquest Top Gun. Asserting Bear beaten favorite in his last two comeback races at this distance. Third start off layoff might be the charm and has tactical speed. Also, has stakes win on this surface. Conquest Top Gun likes this surface and he showed a new dimension in his last win coming from slightly off the pace. P. Husbands sticking with him and nice morning workout on July 25. He seems to be sharp and 12-1 ml odds isn't bad at all although I'm sure he'll be bet down to probably 5-1.
Looking to see if Wildcat Red can bounce back to his 3 yr old form. At 4-1 ml odds..has a shot at second start off layoff and slight drop in class. Loverbil looks like he's getting better as a 6 yr old. Stepping up in class but this his home track with 3 straight wins. Putting some money on him as well.
this Haskell is a disgrace , what that just found 750 k in a shoebox on Wednesday, right before the draw, 100% payoff money, And second I cant believe the weight are you kidding 122 lbs. I have never ever seen anything so manufactured in my life
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  • https://www.facebook.com/john. · Monmouth Park officials were attempting to create a 3 race series for A-P with other tracks which did not materialize. The $750,000 was intended to be a part of the bonus had a series been established and A-P swept said series. At the time of the announcement, A-P was just arriving on Monmouth Park's grounds and the projected field only had 4 definites with Competitive Edge leaning toward the Jim Dandy, Upstart all but in the Jim Dandy and Pletcher's other 2 not being under consideration. With the purse enhancement, 2nd place is now worth more then first place money in the Jim Dandy and now the Haskell has an 8 horse field with the Jim Dandy only expected to start 4. That can be seen as a shrewd move. Also this is not a handicap. I'm not up in arms about the weights. · 1 day ago
  • Steve Holmes via Disqus · Huh? Any of the top three year olds could have entered... Any why not? 1.7 million purse and all...answer...nobody wants to face American Pharoah. His ONLY competition will be the BC and the way he is training I don't see any of the older horses beating him either · 3 hours ago
I'll go with a $20 trifecta 4 with/1,2,6..should return between $300-$400 on the bet.
  • Andrew Price via Disqus · Smart bet · 1 day ago
  • rogerklotz via Disqus · Anyone else on board with this? Seems solid. · 14 hours ago
I like this horse, I think he has good potential, but before I start to put him in the top tier of horse, I need to see some positive action outside of New York.
Frosted impressed me as much as a second possibly could. If the race was any longer Frosted would have caught Texas Red. Still believe 10 furlongs is Frosted's ideal distance and believe he's basically built to win races like the Travers and BCC.
Ok lets hold on, all you Beholder band wagon jumper. No one has liked this horse more than me, I seem to remember a hell of a lot of Princess fans telling me who was the best female in the country, and then came Close The Hatches was going to beat her. bla bla bla. She could win the Pac. Classic due to a lack luster field (although Hoopertunity is pretty good) but the BC Classic, thats a pretty tough task. With the class of older males out there, that would be unbelievable, aint gonna happen! How about she aims at retaking the BC Distaff, Untapables pretty good and is 3 for 3 at Churchill. She is, IMO at the top of the distaff division, a torch pasted from Royal Delta, and Zenyatta before that. Either way Im glad to see her healthy and at the top of her game.
Got to say congrats to Texas Red. He managed to hold off a really really good colt in Frosted and for that he deserves credit. Over the 10 or even 9.5 the outcome would have been different but this race still proves that Texas Red is a great colt I'm just doubting his ability over the classic distance.
Good Luck tomorrow Untapable. I'm saying prayers for you. You go girl. 🏇
Really what else is left to conquer? Pacific classic then if all goes well, BC classic.
unbelievable line up. Effinex sure doesn't get any respect

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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