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I like Distorted Beauty and looking for Photo Call to bounce back.
3/5 on Tonalist..I'm going to try to beat him with the every improving Coach Inge at 4-1 ml odds.
Lady Eli and Spanish Queen are the top of their class but I might try to beat them at this distance with Euro invader Olorda and consistent runner Consumer Credit (like her 12-1 ml odds).
I'm leaning towards Stiffed in this one.
Clearly Now, Beast, C. Zee
going with effinex
sticking with the two A's...Alert Bay and Ambitious Brew. Soi Phet is the horse for course but he might've lost a step since last year.
Do nice to see a devoted group of us who support curlin. I believe in my hear he will produce a Ky derby champ and a BC Classic winner. We are getting closer and closer. Go Curlin
  • Goblin · BC Distaff winner as well! Maybe soon.... · 24 days ago
  • David via Disqus · Curlin won't amount to much. · 2 hours ago
...and that generic principle is... "Make no mistake - analyzing the odds board can get a horseplayer in a heap of trouble. Some bettors monitor the board for odds fluctuations to determine if the so-called "smart money" has entered the pool. The concept is ridiculous, and reduces the art of handicapping to random gambling. Individual bettors unable to make personal wagering decisions without consulting the direction of the "smart money" will be forever lost, even while following the crowd.” - Your Source
Overdose, once dubbed the "Budapest Bullet", has died at the age 10 of colic. Article via RacingPost.com web-site.
Mr Speaker worked 4f, June 29th, in 47:85 (b) finishing 2/15.
  • Pebbles via Disqus · That's a sharp work. Any idea where he is pointed next? · 3 hours ago
A really smashing win in the Jim Dandy would be a nice way for Dortmund to make his comeback.
17.5 K is per foal is an insult to this horse, he was very talented, had great early speed and won a classic, so his fee really should be 20 K or higher
Any news on stud status?
  • SeattleStrike12 via Disqus · I saw on the claiborne farm page 25 K for a foal, seems like all derby winners get that baseline price when they retire · 13 hours ago
If i was the manager of Fox Hill, i would honestly consider retiring the horse. He had his best year as 3 year old, and even then, it was specatular, it was well. I would put this horse to the breeding shed and see how he does
I heard AP is a gelding and his owners didn't know that until they sold his breeding rights.
Oh dear sweet boy... RIP magnificent one .... http://www.racingpost.com/news/horse-racing/kauto-star-clive-d-smith-laura-collett-valley-equine-hospital-vet-says-secondary-incident-may-have-accelerated-star-s-death/1907917/top/#newsArchiveTabs=last7DaysNews
Wildcat Red draws post 2 out of 9 for the G2 Smile Sprint this Sunday. Javier Castellano will ride.
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!
Apparently has been nominated for the Juan Gonzalez memorial stakes on July 4, according to the Facebook page Hope's Love - DAP Racing. Just looked it up, it's for 2 year old fillies at 5 1/2 furlongs.

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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