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Can't blame Romans for bailing. Exagerrator IMO is the worst of the three monsters in this race and he still has beaten BC every time they've faced except the Belmont(when both were far back enough where it really didn't matter). BC is good enough to dominate at the minor tracks(just look at the bad Blue Grass field he beat) at 9 but I don't think he can win against the best of the crop. Before Exaggerator entered, you could make the argument thsat the Haskell was worth it more than a race at a minor track because BC was basically assured third against this field but with Exaggerator now in the mix, likely fourth just isn't worth it for his connections and it seems they've realized that.
1st- NYQUIST 2nd- American Freedom 3rd- Exaggerator 4th- Brody's Cause 5th- Gun Runner 6th- Awesome Slew 7th- Sunny Ridge. It should be a very tight photo for 2nd. Any of American Freedom, Exaggerator, and Brody's Cause could get 2nd but Nyquist will run this race fairly similar to American Pharoah.
  • jrem1 · He will be more rested than A.P. was for sure so maybe he'll be able to hang on if the pace gets too hot. · 1 day ago
  • Bill Harman via Disqus · Yes I think Nyquist will. · 2 hours ago
Great Haskell race lined up.... BUT by far the worst undercard lined up I ever seen at Monmouth park for Haskell Day. Anyone else agree or disagree?
If you are looking to bet Saturdays Jim Dandy Stakes, please take a long hard look at this horse. To begin with , in the Belmont Stakes. Joel Rosario rode him as though he was running on Eggs. Never set him down seriously,always restraining him. Go back and look at the replay. He got shut off about 4 times from the top of the stretch and on. This is a prep race for the Travers. His competitors just may be looking at this race as such. This guy WILL WIN THE JIM DANDY on Saturday.
  • AJFlyer · He was my pick for the Belmont and he'll be my pick here. I feel he's a very underrated equine · 3 hours ago
4 out of the last 5 years the rail frontrunners had been fading badly in the stretch of the Haskell. It will be interesting to watch how Mario Gutierrez maneuver Nyquist out from PP1.
American Cleopatra will make her highly anticipated career debut this Sunday at Del Mar race 3. Full sister to American Pharoah.
Stewart elliot is going to be riding American Cleopatra in her debut...I bet he rides Dortmund in the Pacific classic
Trojan Nation has been entered in a MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT at Del Mar on Sunday a mile and one-eighth on the turf.
The obvious thing to do is run him on dirt, that's what he's bred for
Congrats to this guy...1K wins
Owner-trainer Carlo Vaccarezza reported today that he has retired his four time Grade 1 winner Little Mike who will live out the remainder of his days at Old Friends Farm in Kentucky.
Looking forward to watching the Queen race this weekend. Just watching all her races again, she is just amazing.
Anyone know if he's still pointing to Juddmonte?
Minding's presence in the field must have scared away many of the other top middle distance fillies & mares this year. Only 5 will go to post at Goodwood on Saturday, with only 4 other fillies & mares willing to oppose Minding after the 5 entries that stayed in through the confirmation stage were announced for Saturday's G1 Nassau Stakes. In past years, the Nassau Stakes has usually been the race that's always drawn the top middle distance fillies & mares, and often times has been the race where we'll get to see the best of the classic generation collide with best of the older generation for the first time. Doesn't look like that's gonna be the case for this year's renewal though.
  • jonquil · Some of the potential candidates have had health issues and are just unlikely to be ready for this, tbh. Others just weren't being aimed for this from the start. · 13 hours ago
  • ChessChamp · She should beat this field by double-digit lengths. · 13 hours ago
So, when are AP's first foals scheduled to drop? I should think the earliest would be September. But I'm not really sure.
  • kaitlinefree1 · January. any foals that drop in September were bred in the Southern Hemisphere. & he never stood there, last fall he was still racing. · 13 hours ago
  • Mike in SB · Next January, horses have a 11 month or a little longer gestation. The breeding season for Thoroughbreds starts early in the year so the foals will be born after January 1st which is the official birthday for all racing horses. A horse born on December 31st would be a year old the next day. · 13 hours ago
List of nominated horses for this race?
Heard he's out of the Haskell?
  • Paladin · Maybe he will be rerouted to the West Virginia Derby where he'll actually has a chance. Monmouth doesn't play to his running style. · 14 hours ago
Haskell draw: 1. Nyquist 6-5; 2. Sunny Ridge 20-1; 3. Awesome Slew 15-1; 4. Gun Runner 4-1; 5. American Freedom 3-1 6. Exaggerator 5-2
  • Ruffianlover · Very interesting draw. Nyquist will now have to shoot out of there and will most likely be on the lead with gun runner pressing him. I just hope he doesn't burn himself out. It is not 10f though and maybe he will run this race like he ran the Florida derby. Hopefully he is in shape because this is one tough race to win! Gun runner and exaggerator will probably make him earn it like her never has before · 14 hours ago
Arrogate worked 6f today in 1:12 3/5, the fastest of 6 moves at the distance. I fear they will run him in an upcoming N2x Allowance at Delmar on Wednesday. This horse is better than allowances, its why they were pointing to the Dandy/Travers. Maybe he'll come east for the West Virginia Derby but with a race he's eligible for out of his stall he may go there
RIP Ruffian, the horse that should be remembered as THE greatest of all time. Instead we are stuck with the what could have and should have been, this extremely bitter heartbreaking and unfinished story forever. We will never see one like her again, she is truly incredible.
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  • tmallios via Disqus · 10,000,000 percent on the money. Most talented race horse i have seen in my lifetime. There will never be another one like her. To mention any other Filly/Mare in the same Class with her, is just wishful thinking. · 296 days ago
  • Ayrafeneres · I never saw her, WAY before my time. But I know tons about her. The reason no one will ever come close to her ever again, is really shown in how she died. If she had acted the normal way horses do, she would have lived. But Foolish Pleasure had gotten ahead of her, that was unacceptable, so, despite her broken leg, she kept going. No other horse would ever have that much fire and drive to win. To the point of their downfall. Her star shone brighter than any other, to me, even more than Triple Crown winners. But, it is always the case that the brightest burning stars burn the shortest. She was so brightly burning, that she burned herself out. The brighter they shine, the shorter the amount of time they shine. That's truly the case with Ruffian. I wish I could have met her. A horse like no other. · 17 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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