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I agree with Shug- I think Honor Code ran so poorly last out because of the Chruchill track. Lots of talented horses didn't run well that day. HC does love Belmont and he would have won the Champagne had he not had to go 8-9 wide on the last turn. I will not be surprised if he wins- he is such a talented guy and he can really close well with the speed in this race. I will not be surprised if he loses either because I think Tonalist is unbeatable at Belmont- one turn or not. Look for this to be one great race- a true grade one! I love that no one is ducking anyone this year- it seems to be the trend!
  • icyhotboo · CD is a track some horses just can't adapt to. I wondered why for a long time then researched it. It's the only dirt track with a clay base in N/A. When wet it usually plays very fast, dry very slow. Not hard to manipulate the speed on a nice day here. Just let the water trucks out or not. I'm not saying they do, but I have been at other tracks where the trucks are out after every race, and at some they're needed elsewhere at as smoke was seen down the road. Life is the real game. · 31 minutes ago
I think he is a great horse. Even if he doesn't win the Belmont he'll still be one of my favourites.
Nice to see Majestic City get the win today. Been watching him since he was 2. Sometimes a bit perturbed with him, but he has his good moments and this worked out for him.
Todd Pletcher has 5 horses nominated to the Met Mile, with the defection of Palace Malice, Blofeld going to the Woody Stephens, Protonico probable for the Stephen Foster, Race Day not posting a work in 3 weeks, and Liam's Map still a little while from his return, I wouldn't be surprised to see Competitive Edge run in the Met Mile. He will get a weight break and he can carry his speed a long way. I think CE going in the Met Mile will be good for him.
Palace Malice has been ruled out of the Met Mile according to Cot Campbell who made the decision on Monday morning. He said they were not happy with his preparation.
If you ask me,this is the problem with the Sport of Racing . If there truly is a problem, it is the fraction that are trying to turn it into a spectator sport. Before i get responses that think i am pointing them outindividually, i am not. This is a collective and general statement. Many of you that want to root for accomplishments and hate the owners or the trainer. You probably don't even wager or have ever purchased a Racehorse. So please tell me how you are supporting the game that you supposedly love so dearly. I am not ashamed to admit it, i could care less who the owner or trainer are if i love a horse to win.When i say love a horse to win,i mean from a paramutual perspective. I don't root for the horse or the owner or the trainer. I don't even root for the sire. I root for me to cash mt bet,and that is all i care about. Yes many will now say i am insensitive and do not love the game. I love this game, i respect the history and know much about it. To be able to wager with the best possible way to win,you ust know the nuances of the game. Ifyou took 1000 people at a random selection at the track. I would say 900 think as i do. 50might care about the nonsense,and 50 just don't care. If Zayat and Baffert are such bad people that you hate them ,without ever meeting them. How the hell are they allowed to still be in the game. If they are that bad,your anger should be directed at the Racing organizations for allowing them the opportunity to do buisiness. There are owners and trainers i may not like,but that would never prevent me from betting their horse. So what if Zayat retires A.P. if he wins the Triple Crown. Is he not allowed to do what he feels is the best move for him and his family. All this ridiculous fan base wants to do is tell everyone involved how to run their buisiness. Tell me, how would you feel if someone came up to you and tried to tell you how to run your finaces.
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  • Jibberish via Disqus · Hate to burst your bubble but, you need horse racing to be relevant and how you do that is by having "spectators" there aren't enough degenerate gamblers in the country to keep horse racing going. Greyhound racing, and Jai Alai are the other two gambling "sports" Nobody pays attention to them. I think Baffert is an excellent trainer, to have 4 horses in his career with a chance to win the triple crown plus Point Given (who maybe better than them all) is an accomplishment that should be praised. I think the hate for trainers and owners and jockeys comes from jealousy a lot of folks on this site and others would like to own and campaign a race horse or train one because they think they would do it better, but most of us won't ever have enough money to own a race horse so we enjoy watching and complaining, just like we all do on Sunday afternoons in October with are favorite football teams. · 2 days ago
  • Mouse via Disqus · I'm not drugging the next future superstar of racing. When Baffert gets caught he whines and cries and says that someone is setting him up. i.e the trace of rat poison in a few of the horses that died, or someone dragged it in on their shoes, feed contamination from the feed store. He never say look, I use a drug call ThyroxinE on horses that didn't need it. Yes he said he quit using it, but did he?? These trainers play with pharmacology all the time and then their caught they stop suposedly. Big Brown is the perfect example, the use of steroids in the Derby and Preakness, he quit giving the horse the steriods in NY and look what happened. The horse fell apart. Dutrow was the worst of them all!! · 8 hours ago
Lea worked 5f today, May 25th, in 1:02:08 (b). It was the third fastest of 3 works at that distance.
Quality Rocks worked 4f today, May 25th, in 50:11 (b). It was the fifteenth fastest of 31 works at that distance.
Power Alert worked 3f today, May 25th, in 37:00 (b). It was the second fastest of 5 works at that distance.
A Little Bit Sassy worked 4f today, May 25th, in 49:60 (b). It was the second fastest of 4 works at that distance.
Gold Medal Dancer worked 6f today, May 25th, in 1:13:80 (b). It was the only work at that distance.
Whiskey Ticket worked 5f today, May 25th, in 1:00:80 (b). It was the fifth fastest of 14 works at that distance.
Hoppertunity worked 5f today, May 25th, in 1:01:60 (b). It was the seventh fastest of 14 works at that distance.
Marriedtothemusic worked 5f today, May 25th, in 1:00:60 (b). It was the fastest of 15 works at that distance.
Untapable worked 5f today, May 25th, in 1;00:86 (b). It was the third fastest of 9 works at that distance.
Shook Up worked 5f today, May 25th, in 1:00:54 (b). It was the second fastest of 9 works at that distance.
ZATT's Star of the Week, is ... Hard Not To Like!
Bolo, who finished 12th in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, has been entered in an allowance race for 3-year-olds at 1 1-8 miles on turf in Friday's second race. The allowance race is a prep for the $1.25 million Belmont Derby at 1 1-4 miles on turf for Bolo, who races for a partnership that includes Santa Anita Park chairman Keith Brackpool. Bolo is entered against Hero Ten All, who was second in the La Puente Stakes on turf here on April 18; and Sky Preacher, who won the Alcatraz Stakes on turf at Golden Gate Fields on May 10. According to DRF
  • Mary Z. · Track looks muddy, possibly could be sloppy. I like the switch to a new trainer and a little time off for Majestic City. Had 2,5,6 at the blog for this race and somewhere else. Hard to find anything. GL. Texas Air scratched. · 12 hours ago
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · I like 2 / 5 /6 no order. Hoping to see Tapiture do well here. · 11 hours ago
Like Hard Not To Like / Three Hearts
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · I see this report of fog for SA today. Adds to the puzzlement and fog :) (for me) You have picked very good fillies, SSilence. I'm going to with 1 Mougin-good at this distance, the visitor 8 Danza Cavallo-figures from the AQU race make one's eyes bug out although it must have been run in a bog, 7 Elektrum-getting used to things at SA w/Sadler, and 4 Fanticola--I know she'll want to be on the lead. 1,8,7,4. · 16 hours ago
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · She got the win- despite being pinned in traffic :D · 11 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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