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Is Nyquist Another Gift From Santa Claus for Handicappers? https://www.thoroughbredracing.com/articles/handicapping-derby-nyquist-another-gift-santa-claus
From the Racing Post web-site: Trainers Michael, Wayne, & John Hawkes have announced that Chautauqua, considered by many to be the best sprinter in the world right now, will not travel to Royal-Ascot to run in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes after his brilliant win on Sunday at Sha Tin in the G1 Chairman's Sprint Prize.
What do you think I'll get on this guy when he wins in May? 30-1?
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  • Pebbles via Disqus · Maybe at the Preakness. Not the Derby. :-) · 2 days ago
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · I think it's a trick question. I say nothing, because he has no chance of winning. · 19 minutes ago
Kentucky Oaks Past Performances: http://bit.ly/1WD1HkS
Kentucky Oaks Past Performances: http://bit.ly/1WD1HkS
Hi, I think Jack Hobbs was favouring his back right leg only a small limp. That's when he was walking back down the course. Everyone was looking away and may not have seen it. I guess you will find out what is wrong anyway as you experts with horses I only know cows.
Do you know what, as the big race gets closer and closer, the more I am sure that a closer/deep closer is going to win the Kentucky Derby this year, I think the 4 to concentrate on for the win are: Exaggerator, Suddenbreakingnews, Brody's Cause and Creator. I am a big fan of Nyquist fan and was confident of the win for the unbeaten creature, but I'm just going all cold on the horse, something is telling me that his "0" is gonna "Go" in the KD. What's everyone else's thoughts on the subject???
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  • Phil via Disqus · Your agreeing with Doug....wow.... · 5 days ago
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · Exaggerator and Brody's Cause maybe. SBN and Creator are going to flop. · 3 hours ago
Hi BronzePrincess33 can we talk before the K.Y. derby day friend please let me know and thanks have an awesome week peace.
Suddenbreakingnews is the best stretch runner. Has the pedigree. He will finish in the top 2
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  • travel_vic · Majesto is also a very late (mostly likely too late for the win) runner as well · 5 days ago
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · No, these are: · 5 hours ago
Useful commentary ! I Appreciate the specifics , Does someone know if my assistant can obtain a template Smart Recovery Meeting Attendance Verification document to fill in ?
Anyone know where I can find dougs picks...???????????
  • Ross via Disqus · Just ask him on one of his posts here and more than likely you'll get a response. · 1 day ago
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · Yeah... I want to know what they are..... so I can toss them!!!! · 9 hours ago
Mineshaft has some pretty good 3 year olds this year. Weep No More normally works on the slower end, and she performs better off of a slower work. Plus the distance will help her since she won at 1 1/8 in the ashland, and seems poised to win again.
All of you are full of S#@t!!!!!! Nyquist is a monster of a horse!! And yea he is 7 for 7... I'm not saying he can't win at the distance but you need to watch out For Mr. Bafferts horse this Year also.......... MOR SPIRIT!!!!! He is the real threat!!!!! MARK MY WORDS!!!! THIS WILL BE THE ORDER OF FINSH: 1ST- MOR SPIRIT. 2ND- CREATOR. 3RD- BROADYS CAUSE. 4TH- NYQUIST............SEE YOU ALL BACK HERE AFTER I CASH MY SUPERFECTA LMAO!!!!!!! LATER, TERRY SAGRAVES @ TERSAG RACING & HADICAPPING ANTYLIST
Surprised they haven't tried her on dirt.
she looked pretty useful in her last race
I would like to see him in the Dirt mile for the breeders cup I think he would win
Nice to see Ben back in the winners circle after his outside run down the stretch. Wishing him safe trips this year and a retirement at Old Friends so I can visit on a trip to Kentucky.
Quote: "Two year olds run on stamina and inexperience." What????? Immature animals and HUMANS, use what is naturally physiological to them in youth: SPEED. ONLY with maturity comes the ability to apportion speed over a piece of ground. One sees the same thing in stamina sports like distance runners, cross country skiers, biathlon members etc etc. Speed is based upon a higher percentage of fast twitch muscles (BORN to the individual) and STAMINA is learned.
Kiaran McLaughlin announces that Frosted is back in the US and could be pointed to the G2 Suburban Handicap on July 9th as a return race for him.
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  • Pebbles via Disqus · That is a bit of a heavy lift for him coming off of a 12-13 week spacing between races to have to step up in a 10 furlong race without a prep. I would think that they would need to get a prep in for him even if it were only an allowance race. It is also particularly daunting if I am correct that he, like Chrome, is best third race in a cycle and also if he is going to be taking on Effinex who has 2 stakes victories at 10 furlongs. · 5 days ago
  • Ruffianlover · I LOVE him in the met Mile · 13 hours ago
Scott You made me a fan. I too Handicap using blood lines. I also pay attention to Date of Birth of a three year old. Two year olds run on stamina and inexperience, (Change Leads etc) until they mature, I also have been a fan of the Fappiano line that in last year produced American Pharoah. This year there are 12 Fappiano lines in the 20 hoses listed for the Derby. Outlook has the same Fappiano line as American Pharoah (with Empire Maker). I have picked these (Fappiano) horses in the prep races, and I have had a good year so far. I look at stats but in this case (The Derby) all the horses but one has run one race at a 1 1/8. You cannot come up with a good analysis. As I wrote above there are two year olds bumping and unable to go two turns, which makes the Derby with 20 young hoses a challenge to handicap. Gun Runner has a Fappiano line in both his sire and dam side. I like Gun Runner, Shagaf and Danzing Candy. Go Fapp

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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