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Anyone watch XBTV's "Training with the Stars"? They have 1-2 minute videos of AP and Beholder training almost everyday. Watching AP train, he is finally starting to look like his old self. After the Travers, he'd pleasantly gallop, without tugging on the reins or anything. He just looked dull. But after his last work, he's really rounding back into his top-form. He's fighting the exercise rider to gallop faster, comes back fighting to keep galloping, and his neck bowed. I have a feeling he is really gonna bring it October 31st, and he's really gonna put on a show.
  • saratogajack · I hope your right? Watching him lose in my backyard was very painfull, to say the least! In my opinion, it was the first mistake, by his Team! Asking him to ship 9,000 miles in 3 weeks, then deal with the media circus up here, our quirky track surface, the heavy mountain air the day of the race, and almost zero time to prepare on the track, did not help his chances! He did not look like the same horse, that had put in such a magical workout at Churchill, before the Belmont.. He was not in the bridle at all, in the morning, the real Pharoah was missing! I really hope Bob gets him to Keenland early.. The new Keenland surface is not Santa Anita, and it's not Churchill either! It's a little sticky, wet or dry.. If they don't give him plenty of time on it, they may be asking even the Pharoah, to do too much, off an eight week break, where he was not his best.. Look how much the great Secretariat tailed off, between his Belmont and his Whitney! Both he and the Pharoah peaked for their Belmonts, and to ask either one of them to duplicate those efforts again, would be asking an awfull lot, but I believe the Pharoah will have to do just that, to win this year's Classic! I hope he can! · 4 hours ago
I was fortunate enough to watch BEHOLDER's workouts at Santa Anita. She is getting better & better and overheard from a lot of fans that she's a FREAK horse. She will definitely win the BCC & 5-2 odds will be a gift.
ZATT's Star of the Week, is ... Beholder!
Retired and will stand at War Horse Place. Great pedigree
my friends, this colt is the number one kentucky contender.
man o war also raced with 40 pound weights on, something most people don't know, and that's because he was so good, if triple crown was a thing then, he would have won it
Is this your pace horse in the Classic? If so, don't overlook him. Favorites at Keeneland are not a good combination.
Grade 1 winner Dame Dorothy, who is targeting the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, will be offered at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale, to be held Nov. 1 in Lexington. The 4-year-old Bernardini filly will be consigned as a racing or broodmare prospect by Bluewater Sales, as agent for owner Bobby Flay. She is one of six supplemental entries to the sale, announced Tuesday by Fasig-Tipton. Article on DRF
Chances of winning : Tonalist 30% Honor Code 20% American Pharoah 10% Keen Ice 10% Frosted 9% Effinex 10% Wicked Strong 6% Beholder 4% Gleneagles 1%
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  • buds · so we are getting 11-1 on AP and 25-1 on beholder, thats juicy. · 8 hours ago
  • triple_double · HRN, don't worry about the OP, he is very thirsty for attention. · 5 hours ago
Dortmund looks very very good on his recent workouts at Santa Anita. Baffert .said he is ready to come back to the races very soon.
Honor Code worked 5 furlongs at Belmont Park on October 12th in 1:00.2/5 going :25 and :48 3/5, galloping out in 1:13 1/5 and up in 1:26. McGaughey thought it was his best work yet.
Whereare all of the Racing faithful and their outrage. Last year on this date,Espinoza did what is the norm in West Coast Racing. He carried the outside horse on the first turn. But because it was Shared Belief,they wanted to arrest Espi on the spot . They called for his first born. Today the rider of Nyquist did something more blatant,and to a Baffert trained horse. Like i said then and i say it now,acceptable race riding.Where is the outrage,by those that thought the move against Shared Belief was worthy of talking the Blind Stews into suspending Espy.
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  • VEGASJIM1952 · Mt Veeder was lugging in going into the first turn and Mario held his position. Learn how to watch a replay. Watch him around the whole Ist turn and you will see Garcia having trouble with him all the way around. Nothing like Espinoza did to Shared Belief. Wrong again Mr. Iknowitall. · 16 days ago
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · I found the blatancy of Sky Kingdom, the marathoner, made to go out so wide to be the crime. When a jockey pulls that kind of tactic, there could be some pretense of subtlety.Crime was a bad acting job. I hope the owners of Sky Kingdom got a nice fat check because Fed Biz almost won. · 6 hours ago
Has been ruled out of this years Breeders Cup. He will take a vacation and resume training for a 2016 campaign. Possible target is the Dubai Turf.
any news about this horse... thanks..
Anyone think that HC may go to the dirt mile now that there will be no hot pace in the classic?
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  • Ferrisjso26 · It might make more sense for him. HC would probably lose the BCDM to LM but be a pretty reliable pick for second. In the BCC IMO I think third or fourth is the best he can go. I do think he'll stay in the BCC though because it would probably take a pretty likely win to lure them away from the Classic (like LM) and the Kelso demonstrated that nothings a sure thing for HC and while HC could have performances like the Met at 8 if things go wrong he can also have performances like the Kelso. So yeh he's probably staying in the BCC because the field being easier isn't enough to justify jumping down into a race with a smaller purse and prestige it needs to be giftwrapped like it's being for LM. · 3 days ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · No. His connections could care a less what the field looks like. This is a horse race. They have one of the top horses in the country. They have not run from anyone this year. After contesting and defeating the two best older horse fields this year in the Metropolitan Handicap and the Whitney Handicap (which amounts to the two best fields assembled this year) it cracks me up that there are people who think that HC and his connections are afraid of anyone. · 8 hours ago
i had a god awful dream last night. i'm saying it out loud, not to upset anyone but to make sure it's jinxed into not happening (9 times out of 10, you say something outloud and you ensure it won't happen. the only surer jinx is a pre-race bob costas intro-video on a particular horse. kiss of death). full warning--the dream was awful. i'm watching the BCJ on TV. i know it's this year because nyquist takes a short lead on the turn. but all of the horses are pretty bunched up. he's at least 4 wide heading into the stretch, maybe 5. the horses on both side of him bump him hard. pinching him so bad it's amazing he stays upright. the whole field is basically bumper cars the rest of the way down the stretch. i'm paying attention to those three, but there are at least 3 other horses almost even with them to their inside (1st -3rd or 4th path). nyquist looked done after being pinched, but puts his head back front. then the "camera" zooms in on the rail horse, who goes down in a castrophic, full somersault , the kind that happens when both cannon bones shatter on impact. i say, "oh no, he went down." the announcer says something i don't remember, then that the jockey is up. then it's after the race and they are giving a tribute to the jockey because he died. it was his first BC race in his career, then i'm jolted awake. sorry to share but i just can't stop thinking about this. must be just all the breakdowns recently. but...part of it is because i've only dreamed of 2 other races before they happened (and we're talking decades). the first, super saver's KY derby. going into the race i had written him off as too slow. in that dream i was on the rail wearing a super saver hat. i remember waking up and thinking WTF? the second was the night before AP won the belmont, the dream was that he won it easily. i remember waking up thinking, not a chance he wins it like that, his distribution of speed over all of his past races isn't going to allow that unless none of the other horses show up. which none did. i never shared thos dreams with anyone before the races. but now this is out there, so that's it. won't happen. all i know is i don't care what KEE says about its track, they better figure it out.
How the * was the Zenyatta a G1 while the Suburban was a G2?!?! The Suburban had 3 super amazing horses and 2 more good horses while the Zenyatta had only 1 almost amazing horse and 1 more halfway decent horse. Beholder has raced 0 competition this year except Hoppertunity and Red Vine and Imperative , who are good but not amazing .
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  • cugel the clever · If the horse racing industry were logical (which it isn't), then a stakes race would be graded AFTER the result of the race, not before and would be based on the quality of the entries (which in turn is based on their past performances in graded stakes races) and the running time of the race adjusted for track variants, bias, and surface/weather conditions. At the moment, comparing horses based on their performances in graded stakes is almost useless because the grading system itself is so flawed. · 1 day ago
  • Steve Brabant via Disqus · Blanking on the name but the horse that was 2nd in the PAC. Classic is better than those...just not at his best goin a 1 1/4. But agreed she didn't beat much really, and considering the ridiculous pace horses went 45 and change that Arazi type move was a mirage...great resume and top notch human connections make great food for thought though.. · 13 hours ago
I hope the odds at the gate reflect your %'s stay thirsty. 1st Beholder, 3 lengths back AP, then Honor Code. 4th Keen Ice might get up to steel it from Tonalist and Homor Code. I think Beholder takes most of the money but I hope not. If she does I will bet more in my super. $100 Beholder/AP/honor Code/Tonalist, Keen Ice.
  • BeastBob via Disqus · Check out his past predictions whenever you need a good laugh. I'm laughing at his future prediction already, Beholder 4% lol. · 10 hours ago
While perusing the Track Equalization Chart, I noticed that Keeneland doesn't have a number for the distance of a mile. Since there isn't a number, I would presume that they don't normally run at this distance? If so, then they would be modifying to accommodate for this distance. If this is an irregular occurrence for this track, does anyone know where the break would be, in order to consider any disadvantages?
If the weather holds and the ground at Ascot remains good or better by Saturday, Aidan O'Brien has already announced that Gleneagles will run in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, setting up the head to head clash between him and Solow that was supposed to have happened earlier in the season at Goodwood in the G1 Sussex Stakes. O'Brien also said if Gleneagels does get to run at Ascot this Saturday it's "very unlikely" he would be shipped to Keenland to run in this year's BC Classic and/or BC Mile on such a quick turnaround. O'Brien's word's, not mine.

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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