• Stopchargingmaria out-duels Untapable to win the G3 Shuvee.Posted 12 hours ago
  • American Pharoah wins the Haskell completely in hand!Posted 12 hours ago
  • Heart to Heart takes them wire to wire in the G3 Oceanport.Posted 13 hours ago
  • Casual Smile closes from second last to win the G3 Matchmaker Stakes.Posted 13 hours ago
  • Bradester snags the G2 Monmouth Cup in front-running fashion.Posted 14 hours ago
  • Rachel's Valentina, daughter of champion Rachel Alexandra, wins her debut at the Spa!Posted 14 hours ago
  • Beholder wins the G1 Clement L. Hirsch for fun!Posted 1 day ago
  • Texas Red returns to the winner's circle with a Jim Dandy victory over Frosted!Posted 1 day ago
  • Red Rifle squeezes through rivals to win the Bowling Green.Posted 1 day ago
  • Madefromlucky takes the G2 West Virginia Derby.Posted 1 day ago

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What was the logic behind slowing AP down before the finish? He could have finished by 15+. The Haskell is a 1-1/8 m race. For 37 years we've watched horses battle it out in the 1.5 mile Belmont. Many Derby/Preakness winners have lost to Big Sandy. Not this cat, he kept the lead for the entire Belmont, he made it look like child's play. So why slow him down? Let the boy run!
With his Haskell win AP jumps from 54 to 32 on the all time earnings list. If you take away international horses who've raced here he's 21st.
this Haskell is a disgrace , what that just found 750 k in a shoebox on Wednesday, right before the draw, 100% payoff money, And second I cant believe the weight are you kidding 122 lbs. I have never ever seen anything so manufactured in my life
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  • Steve Holmes via Disqus · Huh? Any of the top three year olds could have entered... Any why not? 1.7 million purse and all...answer...nobody wants to face American Pharoah. His ONLY competition will be the BC and the way he is training I don't see any of the older horses beating him either · 20 hours ago
  • Roy Larking via Disqus · There were rumors that the Del Mar 'shoebox" contained $5 million. Disgrace? Ask the 61K Phans of the Pharoah in New Jersey their opinion. · 2 hours ago
I am by no means knocking the riding talent of John Valesquez as he has been one of the leading riders in the country for a number of years. But could it be that Untapable misses Rosie? There seemed to be a connection there that is lacking now.
I hope all is ok with Protonico. Kind of questionable when he missed the Met, Stephen Foster and some other big races. Showed up at Monmouth today and was a late scratch on the track as Mike Smith(who does an incredible job in these circumstances imo) said he was lame during warm ups for the Monmouth Cup. Seems like something serious might be going on with him. I know these equine athletes are animals not machines but Todd Pletcher has had some tough luck with 3 year olds/handicap horses in recent years ie Danza, Gemologist, Super Saver, Khozan, Eskendereya, Palice Malice, Protonico, Constitution, Scat Daddy,Itsaknockout, Rags to Riches, Intense Holiday, We Miss Artie, Daredevil, Dunkirk, Cross Traffic, Graydar, Battle Plan, Left Bank,Carpe Diem,Havana, Algorithms, Shanghai Bobby,Violence, Life At Ten, Buster's Ready,Dreaming of Julia, Devil May Care,Kauai Katie,Unlimited Budget,Broadway's Alibi who all either dramatically went off form, were injured, retired due to injury or just flat out disappeared.
We all want to know if Mr Jordan is okay after the Haskell.
Not that this horse owes us fans anything but if healthy I think the people in California deserve to see this horse race at least one more time in his home base. Really hoping Del Mar comes up with something huge and the connections decide to stay home for the Pacific Classic.
People can say what they want about this horse, his connections, and today's host track. I tip my hat to all involved. These connections and Monmouth Park did everything they could to provide access to this horse and give a total fan experience throughout the weekend. A-P delivered today. There will inevitably still be arguments and banter about is he "great" and what he still has to accomplish. With maybe only 2-3 races left in his career I hope that everyone can just take the time to appreciate this horse and enjoy him for what he is.
Today, i saw something that i thought i would bever see in my lifetime. Today, me and my family went to Monmouth Park to see a horse that accomplished something that very few have done in history. Today I saw American Pharoah, and today I saw him dominate his rivals like he always did. The whole racing card and the atmosphere at Monmouth was something I had never seen before. So many smiling faces and people cheering for American Pharaoh. When the Haskell was with 20 minutes to post to when American Pharoah crossed the finish line., I has never heard a roar and cheer so loud in my life at any sporting event. The crowd, atmosphere and overall experience was absolutely amazing. When American Pharoah crossed the line, tears were coming down my face. I had never been so happy at a racetrack in my life. So there are alot of thank yous I have to say for a truly memorable day. A day that I will tell my children and my grandchildren when I'm older. First thank you to the people of Monmouth Park for a memorable day, also, thank you to the Zayats for bringing AP to New Jersey to let us see a champion. Third, thank you to my awesome parents for taking me to the track and enjoying this incredible day. Most of all thank you American Pharoah, for being the champion you are and making more fans every day. This is a day I will never forget and I'm thankful for horses like American Pharoah. God Bless these wonderful animals.
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  • tmallios via Disqus · Am so glad that you and your Family had such a great time. Great to here the sincere excitement in your post. He truly is an Amazing Race Horse. · 8 hours ago
  • slewcrew7778 · Glad it turned out to be everything you hoped for, Jeff. Unlike racing careers, memories are for a lifetime!... I don't doubt that you are already planning your farm visits! :) · 6 hours ago
He is a good horse and I know it
I was wondering, Who would win in a race between Om, Upset and Onion?
One things for certain and that is wherever American Pharoah shows up next, he will be racing against a bunch of tomato cans that can't hold their speed at 10F, in which case he'll once again get to dawdle down the stretch.
Hmmm I think there's another horse that if he hits his A game would easily beat shared belief and make a run at AP. I really think we are witnessing the greatest horse ever and folks jus don't realize it yet in AP.
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  • barrmorr · Who is the horse you are referring to? · 8 hours ago
  • slewcrew7778 · The greatest and 2nd greatest horses ever, and all in the same year. Aren't we fortunate. This has to be the most delusional post I've read yet. · 7 hours ago
It's better to be lucky than good. Once again, Upstart had trouble at the start giving AP an easy pace. Hopefully, his connections finishing a second off the track record will show them they still have a lot to prove. The graveyard of champions, Saratoga, and the Travers with Texas Red awaits. Go Texas Red!
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  • SSilence86 via Disqus · Um. What? · 8 hours ago
  • slewfan1977 · Did you notice American Pharoah WASN'T leading? It doesn't matter what pace is up front. He has proven 3 times that he can rate! · 7 hours ago
Once again another spectacular performance. How unfortunate that the only horse likely to be the equal of American Pharoah is injured and will not make it to the Breeders Cup Classic. We can only imagine what a race between Pharoah and Shared Belief would hold in store. Fortunately we will have Shared Belief next year to enjoy, but we will be left to wonder what might have been.
  • Ruffianlover · Both SB and chrome- such a shame · 8 hours ago
  • be082 · Not anywhere close to being equal. Very good, but not even remotely close. · 8 hours ago
Ran 4th in WV Gov. stakes at Mountaineer. Sat. tough race, beat some nice horses. Better luck next time.
  • Dna0571 · Yes it seemed like ran better this time than his last few, hopefully on his way back up. · 8 hours ago
Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) winner Texas Red emerged from his victory over Frosted in exceptional condition and is on course for the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 29, according to Julie Clark, theSaratoga Race Course-based assistant trainer to Keith Desormeaux. "I went to the test barn with him (after the race) and he wasn't blowing very hard," Clark said of the Afleet Alex colt the morning of Aug. 2. "He recovered really quickly. He was really content. He came back to the barn, we gave him another bath, walked him another 15-20 minutes, let him graze, and he was just happy—relaxed and happy. "I wondered if it might get him a little bit rattled, a little stressed, but it didn't seem to, not at all." The 2014 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner made his East Coast debut in the grade II Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park, with the ultimate goal of making the Travers, a spot his connections are unlikely to be dissuaded from, even if Triple Crown winner American Pharoah journeys to the Spa in a few weeks. Article on Bloodhorse
Frosted emerged from his second-place finish in the Jim Dandy in good shape despite an eventful start, according to his trainer, Kiaran McLaughlin. "He lost his right front shoe, but luckily he's OK. It was a small grab, so obviously he grabbed it off at the break, but he came back in good shape," McLaughlin said. The Tapit colt's next start is likely is the Travers, which has been in the plans for Frosted since his fourth in the Kentucky Derby. Though the Jim Dandy result was not what he was hoping for, McLaughlin was encouraged by Frosted's performance, especially as it applies to the Travers. "He ran very well. We're disappointed we got beat, but Texas Red is a nice horse and we ran our race," he said. "We gave (Texas Red) four pounds. In (the Travers), we'll be equal weights, and hopefully, with four shoes on, we can turn the tables on him." Article on Bloodhorse
Another nice breeze 58.76 last Friday. she wants to gogogo.
Any chance this horse gets into the Breeder Cup ?
  • Kennethnero via Disqus · I think he might go for it · 11 hours ago
  • Sullivan · They said he would be ready for the Whitney, which runs next week · 9 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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