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The site of the great match race between John P. Grier and Man O'War. Mike and Phil would be shocked to see what it has become, well what ALL of racing has become.
watch the race that made this superior mud runner famous. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRIrN8AibSY Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt was on hand to witness this one.
2 Daring Kathy / 9 Emotional Kitten / 7 Miss Frost / 8 Marble Rose
Pink Poppy. P-I-N-K P-O-P-P-Y.
differing points of view, makes the world go around. 1 Invading Humor 9 Emotional Kitten 6 Zindaya 2 Daring Kathy
Pink Poppy, Zindaya, Emotional Kitten, Miss Frost.
Ziconic is being allowed to really stretch out in his gallops, FAR earlier than Cozmic One - and the majority of Shirreff's other horses, for that matter. Exciting stuff!
  • SeattleStrike12 via Disqus · I cant wait for his first work, he looks like he's ready, but im not there to tell shirreffs to run him or not · 2 hours ago
On July 2nd Cozmic One breezed 5 furlongs on fast dirt at Belmont Park in 1.00:80 finishing 1/11 He is getting faster! I think that he is ready for his next start. Too bad we can't see him work.
  • SeattleStrike12 via Disqus · Turning more into Bernardini than Z, i think shireffs will want the horse more towards the lead in his next race · 2 hours ago
He's in the Haskell!!
I'm looking for silver to bounce back big time. The first step cost her any chance in the Acorn. Glad she has Albarado back in the saddle. Let's hope she gets to save her kick for the stretch
Saturday July 4th is our great Nations Birthday . It also marks the start of Racings 2nd half of the season. With the Dwyer and the race at Los Als,3 year olds are back in the headlines. Although Texas Red and Kentuckian will be receiving all of the press clippings. Do not for 1 second fall asleep on SPEIGHTSTER. Ibelieve that he is the best of the lot running in any race tommorrow. He was brought along slowly by Mott and is still flying under the Radar,just how Mott likes it. At So. Cal on this date. Do not be surprised when Gimmie De Lute takes them all the way for Bullet Bob.
One for the thumb...
It is in Pletcher's, Win Star's and Racing's best interest that Carpe Diem run the Haskell. With the way things are shaping up Carpe Diem will in all likelihood be AP's toughest Haskell challenger. If Pletcher didn't run him it would in all likelihood make the Haskell less meaningful on AP's resume. Pletcher and Win Star have very little to lose if they somehow win their horse becomes immortalized as the next Onion if they come in second it partly wipes away the stain of the Derby. Not to mention the second or even third purse for the Haskell should make it their worthwhile. The Jim Dandy is shaping up to be a loaded field of all of the best horses in the crop named AP. Their is so much more positive in challenging AP and getting that purse money and looking like one of the top three year olds than challenging everyone else.
It was just announced that the injury was more serious than thought. CC has been retired...As announced on owner's FB page. "Later in the morning Dr. Bob examined him again and viewed the x-rays that were taken, he then consulted with those who we feel are the top people in the world in their field and to our heartbreaking dismay we learned that this in fact was a very complicated sesamoid injury, which unfortunately will retire our young maturing star."
  • elhubbo · Sad news, hopefully he has long career in breeding shed. · 13 hours ago
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · Sorry to hear that. Hopefully he heals well and has a good next career. · 12 hours ago
If I did now know better I would think English was your 3rd language
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · Roger Atfield has trained 8 Queen's Plate winners. He has the 7, Danish Dynaformer, who is one of the favorites, and the 5 Billy's Star, in the Queen's Plate. So if one of those colts wins, it would be Atfield's ninth QP winner. Who knows if that is what was meant by service for 9. Could have been the place settings at the table when I was a kid, Youngest of 7. Had my parents been erroneous zoned by over population this fantasy woman may not have been born, and no, I am NOT thinking globally. Let's see: Espanol, Way Sexy Twinspeak, Ingles. · 12 hours ago
If Pletcher and Walden want to regain form, they head north to Saratoga for the Jim Dandy. They should avoid AP until the Classic at Keeneland.
  • elhubbo · The Jim Dandy could shape up to be a much tougher race. The way the 3yos are avoiding Pharoah, second place money in jersey may make more sense. Carpe Diem will have to qualify for the classic. I think if Frosted or the bunch have a shot to beat AP, the Haskell will be It. If Pharoah is right and gets his trip, regardless of race or competition, he wins. If the classic was run tomorrow Carpe Diem would be 50-1, if he can't hang better to go a different way, cause 12th in the classic pays very little. · 13 hours ago
Now that A.P. has committed to this race. I am reading how people are saying that this horse,or that horse should look for better options.Are you kidding me,how can connections duck 1 horse only. If i owned a top grade 3yo, i woild be chomping at the bit to run against a horse of the caliber of A.P. . I would not run and hide fo cover. I would want to be the one that defeated him,i would want to be the one that dissapointed over 60,000 fans in attendance. Nothing personal against the horse or the trainer or even the owners. But the other thing is,this is a G1 race with a Million Dollar purse. Where the hell has the competetive fire in the belly gone to. You should live for oppotunities like this one. Like i said, you must own a top echelon 3yo,the likes of a Dortmund or a Firing Line. Maybe even a healthy Carpe Diem.
One more month till we see the greatest horse of the twenty first century run!! Interesting to see how many(and which) quality horses decide to challenge AP. AP came out of the TC in better shape then most horses who run all three races and on a two month break I don't see anyone beating AP over 9f. The horse in this crop with the best chance to beat AP over 9 would be Dortmund but he'll probably be in Saratoga for the Jim Dandy.
She's gonna win---AGAIN😛
BREAKING NEWS and now confirmed: Owner Ahmed Zayat has told ESPN that the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2 will be the setting for the Triple Crown winner's next race and first start after a historic 5 ½-length triumph in the Belmont Stakes on June 6. "I've decided to do the logical step and run American Pharoah at Monmouth," Zayat said. "I'm trying to create one of the best days racing has ever seen for its fans and one that will also fit the prestige that surrounds American Pharoah. I want it to be a great day for everyone that will celebrate racing." The mile-and-an-eighth Grade 1 stakes for 3-year-olds is a particular favorite of trainer Bob Baffert, who already owns a record seven wins in the Haskell, and will afford the 52-year-old Zayat, a resident of Teaneck, an opportunity to race his prized champion in his home state. Article on http://espn.go.com/horse-racing/story/_/id/13176111/american-pharoah-run-haskell
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  • K.D. via Disqus · After reading the article, are we looking at a Haskell, Travers and the BC or are we looking at a Haskell - Travers - Unknown - and BC? · 19 hours ago
  • https://www.facebook.com/john. · https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhBZmKyTwTg Me when I read this · 18 hours ago

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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