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  • Texas Chrome (2-1) bravely squeezed through on the rail for an Oklahoma Derby win.Posted 1 day ago
  • Unbridled Mo (4-1) rides the rail to victory in the Remington Park Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Accelerate (1-1) rallies to win the Los Alamitos Derby (G2).Posted 2 days ago
  • Connect (10-1) upsets the Pennsylvania Derby.Posted 2 days ago
  • Songbird (1-5) gets win number 11 in the Cotillion (G1) at Parx Racing.Posted 2 days ago
  • Noholdingback Bear (3-1) wins the Gallant Bob (G3) at Parx Racing.Posted 2 days ago
  • 2015 Turf Champion Big Blue Kitten has been retired from racing, via the Chad Brown barn.Posted 5 days ago
  • No catching Sarah Sis (10-1) in the Presque Isle Downs Masters.Posted 7 days ago
  • Victory to Victory  7-1) pulls clear in the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes.Posted 8 days ago
  • Good Samaritan (3-1) rolls to a Breeders' Cup birth with a Summer Stakes win.Posted 8 days ago

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so who else you think will join the race?. I was reading an article of nominations for this upcoming race, 20 nominations, but I don't think most of them will show up as they raced recently, maybe Point Piper, Upstart, Watershed, Sammy Mandeville could come in, they seem to be the freshest. Who knows, but going up against the Champ probably scared alot of people away lol, do you blame them, I don't see CC losing this race.
How come Frankel's handlers never opted to have him cross the Atlantic for the Breeder's Cup -- if not for the Classic, at least for the Turf Mile?
Praise to the connections for not dodging the competition (chrome) in three straight races. Stellar wind too. Both horses could have gone elsewhere to win but I praise them for facing the very best.
OMG...everyone is still stuck on Songbird's times....does she need to do a Big Red at the Belmont and win by 30 lengths?.....the filly has been asked to run once in 11 starts....GET OVER IT....she won by 7 on Saturday.....times mean nothing....and on September 26th they still have a fresh looking filly.....Beholder and Stellar Wind....watch out.....hopefully after a Distaff win...EVERYONE can just shut-up and enjoy what they are watching....
He maybe Texas Chrome, but I'd rather be in California baby!!! Woo Hoo!!!! :-)
Looks like the best two year old field so far this year for males.
Two losses in the G3sphere to two of the three best three year olds in the country(IMO anyway) followed by three wins over weak competition. However just look at the winning times of Gun Runner and AF and then the winning times TC has produced. He is not a G1 horse(he barely beat Dalmore) and his connections shouldn't put him higher than lower prestige G2 races. If they do this, he can probably keep winning for awhile.
  • Erin J. via Disqus · Except that his time was pretty good in the Oklahoma Derby...that time would be competitive in the Pennsylvania Derby...and he may end up getting better next year where he could be competitive with some Grade 1 horses. · 4 hours ago
My current board- Ring Weekend, Ribchester, Mutakayyef, Tourist.
Now that the latest Longines' ratings are out, here are a few notes heading into the 2016 BCC. California Chrome (133) will keep his #1 ranking over Arrogate (129) even if he finishes second to Arrogate. If they run 1-2, Arrogate will need to beat Chrome by at least 2 lengths to take over the #1 spot.
  • amino998 · They straight-jacket themselves by using their formula, imo. · 8 days ago
  • BobHayes22 · Surprised Chrome received a 133 for beating Beholder who just got beat buy Stellar Wind and Baffert's horse who i thought before the race that he would bounce. · 1 hour ago
Could he be running in the Awesome Again this weekend? He is on the nominations and im mainly curious because he didn't work this past weekend.
Why are the connects chasing Chrome ? I'd think they would like to get a win under his belt at some point in the year.
1st: Songbird 2nd: Beholder 3rd: Cavorting 4th: Stellar Wind
  • Stay Thirsty via Disqus · Beholder 2nd LMAO!!!! Cavorting and Curalina are way way way better than 16 Beholder, and still better than 13 Beholder. · 2 hours ago
I have a question:Why was Songbird's Equibase speed figure so high when she ran the Cotillion in a claiming time?
Pegasus World Cup, World's richest Horse Race, for ALL of 2 months!! hahaha I'm already hearing strong rumours that next years Dubai World Cup will be a $15 million race. :-)
  • Mary via Disqus · good grief, Charlie Brown. Where will it end? A 100 million dollar race? · 2 hours ago
This is my opinion, and feel free to disagree. I don't think that either Nyquist or Exaggerator belong in the BCC, at least not this year. They seem to be tired horses, and if I owned them, they would be turned out for the remainder of the year and start training again early next spring for a four year old campaign. And the same could be said about Gun Runner. Start over next year, after a long rest.
I have a general question about the Breeder's Cup; it would mostly pertain to the Classic, but in a year like this, might pertain to the Distaff as well. Did the BC kill match races? Did the DWC further kill them? Or was that already dead from the Ruffian tragedy (and from the Chris Evert rout over Miss Musket the prior year?) The obvious case of the great match race that never was would be Rachel Alexandra vs. Zenyatta. The dynamics of a match race are different, and while RA's team avoided Zenyatta in the BCC, if $3 million or $5 million had been put up in a match race, winner take all, would it have come to pass?
Good to see a couple more horses in the field.
Sorry for my english, but i have a question about BC Challenge. CC runs in the Pacific Classic and he won it, so he's now in BC Classic. But now he will run in Awesome Again and this is another race from BC Challenge (Classic), and what in this case if he win it? Another horse just lose the spot in Classic or when one horse win two races the second one in (for example) Awesome Again has the spot? Thanks for answer.
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · The Breeders Cup Challenge races just ensure that the winner will be included in the field if the field were to have more than 14 starters. I also believe expenses such as shipping + entry fee's etc are covered by winning. Chrome winning a 2nd Challenge race just takes away 1 guarantee + paid entry for another horse. With the field very unlikely to reach 14, I don't think anyone has to worry about missing out. · 2 hours ago
First, congratulations to Songbird and her team. What a race, Where I saw it I actually did not know the results, but was very pleased when I learned just how well she did. Incredible. Second, regarding the Distaff - they have so far confirmed, but they have not seen the performance by Beholder and Stellar Wind in the Zenyatta. I know I am eating crow because I said I thought they would skip the Distaff. I still see that as an option. We shall see. Third, I think people who are Songbird fans ought to not hope that a stakes record is set in the race, because if it is it is unlikely it will be set by Songbird. The record is held by Inside Information who set it at 1:46.15. To give you an idea of how fast that is, Beholder's fastest mark at the distance is 1:47.77 which she set in the 2013 Breeders Cup Distaff at Santa Anita when she was 3 years old. Songbird's fastest time at this distance is 1:49.56. She would have to run almost 3.5 seconds faster than her fastest time. To match Beholder's mark she would almost have to run 2 seconds faster. Do I think Songbird can do this? No. I do not think at this point in her development, that Songbird can run a 1:46.15 in a 9 furlong race. Next year, possibly. But this year it would be unlikely. Do I think she can win? Of course. This is horse racing and she is very, very talented. But it will not be easy. Zenyatta has the record on Pro Ride for the Distaff at Santa Anita of 1:46.85 - the only other horses to crack the 1:47 time barrier in the race. This is for those who think Zenyatta could not run fast. Stellar Wind's fastest time at the distance is over 1:49 so perhaps she is in the wheelhouse for Songbird at this distance, but remember at Del Mar she ran a 1:41.54 in the Clement Hirsch which is over a second faster than Songbird's best at this distance. And remember that Cavorting ran a 1:40.14 in the Ogden Phipps, though that is a 1 turn race at Belmont. She also ran the 1:48.61 in the Personal Ensign at Saratoga which is almost a second faster than Songbird's Coaching Club win. I only right this, as usual, so that people will temper their expectations and keep them realistic. If Songbird's connections go forward and enter her in the race they are to be given credit because as I noted, she has nothing to run for other than history. :-)
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  • slewcrew7778 · Remember too that Stellar Wind was in an all out drive to beat Beholder and run 1:41.54 for which she received a similar 100 BSF, while Songbird cantered home effortlessly by 6 1/2 lengths. Big difference. · 3 hours ago
  • Ruffianlover · I don't think you're eating crow when the connections openly admitted they would skip distaff to avoid beholder. I agree that they probably committed based on the high they were feeling after the cotillion win and that feeling of invincibility- but if beholder and stellar wind run a blistering time next weekend they may have second thoughts. Songbird has a lot more to lose in the distaff than to gain- she would really only be running for history and for bragging rights as she already has the eclipse locked up- even if off the tracks wins the Beldame songbird will still win. · 3 hours ago
I'm not surprised in the slightest. I could tell in the walking ring, this was not a happy horse. He wasn't happy at all. I can not BELIEVE his trainer and jockey could be so stupid! That horse is a sprinter, I've said it countless times, but no one would believe me. They would point out the races he won past a mile, but they clearly didn't see that, after every one of those, Nyquist was exhausted. After the Derby, he was so tired I was surprised he could even walk in the winner's circle. He was so bathed in sweat his coat looked about 5 shades darker. I knew he would flop unless he was put in a mile race. They need to think about him. He's going to be so dejected and unhappy. He needs to be in a mile or less race that he can win so he can get his confidence back.
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  • Horse longevity · Nyquist was exhausted after the Kentucky Derby with sweat covering his coat? Well this is news to me. What video best shows this? · 15 hours ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · I saw him leave the barn and heading to the gate and he looked great. On his toes. Ready to go. Sprinter's do not win the Kentucky and Florida Derbys. You do realize that he had buckets of water dumped over him before he the roses were placed over him, that the track was wet, and that there was a downpour right before the race, right? :-) He is bone dry for the interview post race and does not even seem to be breathing too heavy when Mario is interviewed by Donna. · 3 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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