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One Lucky Dane is off the Kentucky Derby trail after suffering an injury to his left front leg during a workout on Saturday at Santa Anita, trainer Bob Baffert said. One Lucky Dane had just completed a five-furlong work in 59.20 seconds and was galloping out around the clubhouse turn when he was brought to a half by jockey Rafael Bejarano. One Lucky Dane got a ride back in a horse ambulance to Baffert's barn. He was missing his left front shoe. He also began to favor his left front as he cooled out."So far, there's nothing obvious, but Rafael said he didn't feel right," Baffert said outside his barn. He said regardless of what radiographs revealed, One Lucky Dane was off the Derby trail. According to DRF
Is OUT of the KY Derby.
  • yukichan · Hope all is well! From Bloodhorse: One Lucky Dane is off the Derby trail. Bob Baffert said he will be x-rayed to find out what might be the issue, but won't run for sure. · 11 minutes ago
Tmallios, Top of Mind is entered in the Federico Tesio stakes at Pimlico Saturday. Drew the one post, the horse that beat him last out, Noteworthy Peach, is also entered. 3 horses from that race are in the field.
He worked in company just a bit ago. He started 3 lengths back and had to be urged to go on by. Finished in 1:12.00 on Bafferts watch. Was pulled up at the 3/4 after his drill and Bejarano got off. O L D was loaded in the equine ambulance. No word yet as to what went wrong.
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · Bejarano noted that he felt off in his left front. He lost his left front shoe during the work. A nuclear scan is schedule to see if anything can be detected. He did walk off the ambulance to Bafferts barn under his own power. · 35 minutes ago
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · Baffert stated that regardless of what the scan says- One Lucky Dane is out of the KY Derby. · 17 minutes ago
Firing Line recorded his penultimate workout for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) the morning of April 18 at Santa Anita Park. Santa Anita clockers timed the Line of David colt's five-furlong breeze in 1:00 2/5, while trainer Simon Callaghan clocked the move in :59 4/5 and had Firing Line gallop out to six furlongs in 1:12 flat. Trainer Simon Callaghan praised the work. "It was what we were looking for, really," Callaghan said, standing next to owner Arnold Zetcher. "That was the plan, to have a target (in Footstepsinbronze), relax and sit off, and then join. It was exactly what we wanted. An ideal work."Callaghan said Firing Line will have one more workout at Santa Anita April 25, before shipping to Churchill Downs April 26. Article on Bloodhorse
Dortmund worked today. He broke off and went five furlongs in 58.80 seconds under jockey Martin Garcia for trainer Bob Baffert. He had a couple of tag-team workmates -- one early, one late -- who couldn't keep up. Dortmund was his typically strong self. He's not as flashy a work horse as stablamate American Pharoah, for instance, but he went about his business very well today. Dortmund will remain at Santa Anita and have his final Derby work next Saturday before flying to Kentucky next Sunday. According to DRF
Notice: Chrome's page is indeed down. With apologies to HRN--however, you do need to check into this issue. Here's latest news from his new press team--looks like Arlington Million his US start after Royal Ascot, provided all goes well and he stays healthy. http://www.wordsmithnews.com/
she is going to ghostzapper for a 2016 baby!
Hmm... the Derby isn't run on paper, but a ribbon of 1 1/4 dirt, I still like Frosted and he should be a wonderful price, with all the attention Bob and Todd will be getting.
Bottom line, he didnt show up. With more training and the more he matures, he will get better. I dont think he will be a superstar, however I do think he will win a few races and maybe a stakes race if hes lucky. Only time will tell.
Another excellent work today, Stanford had to be hard-ridden to match his stride and Materiality was being held back. He's looked great ever since the FL Derby.
Why do some comments and postings to "The Pulse" show up and others do not? I am talking simple updates and news items. I get the stuff that need to be edited.
  • yukichan · So this is weird. My comment showed up immediately here. But my comment on California Chrome has yet to -- posted over 45 minutes ago. · 2 hours ago
Carpe Diem turned in his penultimate work for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday morning at Keeneland, going a half in :48 flat on trainer Todd Pletcher's watch. The colt was the last horse on the track and worked alone, with regular rider John Velazquez aboard. Velazquez has yet to commit to a mount for the Derby. Pletcher was very impressed with the work and said that he has high hopes of Carpe Diem running well in the Derby. CD will ship to Churchill Downs next week and work once over the track before the Derby. According to DRF
OMG!! FIRST work today! He went 3F in :36.20 over Fast Dirt at Churchill Downs finishing 3/21. This day just keeps getting better.
  • Jbyrnes1 · Cool, I knew he was on his way back, looks like a summer campaign for him, good to see him back. · 2 hours ago
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · So did I. I just didn't expect it today. · 2 hours ago
Hi-Five 1. Dortmund 2. Firing Line 3. American Pharoah 4. Carpe Diem 5. Materiality Subject to change after post positions. lol
I am forever all about my girl Mamdooha. Contesting her first Graded race. Facing a very short, but talented field. If you listen closely my house will be rocking when they turn for home. My neighbors already think I'm nuts.
  • Jbyrnes1 · I think Mamdooha will win. La Verdad is in here, but she is coming into this race off for 6 months. Mamdooha is in good form and already got that first start out of the way. I think she wins nicely today. · 3 hours ago
Posting on Curlin's page because PM's page doesn't come on the home page. Todd Pletcher tells DRF's Mike Welsch that Edgar Prado will ride Palace Malice in the G3 Westchester at Belmont Park on May 2nd. According to DRF
  • https://www.facebook.com/john. · This just put a huge smile on my face. I made a post about a week ago saying how I didn't understand why Edgar wasn't getting many top mounts in recent years. I am so happy to see him pick one up on one of my favorite horses · 3 hours ago
Post Positions: (1) Looking Cool 30-1 (2) Vyjack 12-1 (3) Street Babe 15-1 (4) Shared Belief 2-5 (5) Page McKenney 20-1 (6) Moreno 7-2 (7) General A Rod 12-1 (8) Warrioroftheroses 50-1 (9) Imperative 15-1
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  • Sullivan · 3 Street Babe / 4 Shared Belief / 6 Moreno / 2 Vyjack · 5 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · Do not under - estimate. · 3 hours ago
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Off a 9 month layoff, Arab Spring out last Pether's Moon & Romsdal to win the G3 John Porter Stakes at Newbury.

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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