• Songbird repels the challenge of Carina Mia, and romps home in the CCA Oaks.Posted 21 hours ago
  • Up With the Birds swings to victory in Woodbine's Nijinsky Stakes.Posted 23 hours ago
  • Tin Type Gal rides the rail to victory in Monmouth's Boiling Springs.Posted 23 hours ago
  • California Chrome edges Dortmund in a San Diego Handicap showdown.Posted 1 day ago
  • Mokat (7-1) turns the San Clemente into a one-filly show.Posted 1 day ago
  • Dacita just gets up in the Grade 1 Diana in a four-horse photo.Posted 1 day ago
  • Front Pocket Money grinds to victory in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore.Posted 1 day ago
  • Hit It Once More romps home a big winner of the New York Derby.Posted 2 days ago
  • Bitumen (4-5) powers home to win the Grade 3 Sanford at Saratoga.Posted 2 days ago
  • Secretariat winner Highland Reel goes all the way in the Group 1 King George.Posted 2 days ago

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I said 2 weeks ago it'll be another 5 length victory.....First time Mike Smith had to give her a couple love taps with the whip to wake her up...what added to the greatness of the race...Songbird did it off that rail.....
Good looking horse. Responded well to the challenge at the top of the stretch. Northern Dancer blood line means she has a big heart. No one left in the 3 yr old filly class so time to take on the 3 yr old boys.
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · HERE WE GO AGAIN ugh I wont even respond its obvious · 39 minutes ago
Thanks for posting the mares he covered. Wow impressive list! Untouched Talent and Take Charge Lady excited to see the outcome of these.
cant wait to see the lad run again
I think Songbird should skip the Alabama...too soon...less than 4 weeks...I would run her only 1 more time prior to Breeders Cup...Cotillion on 9/24 is a better fit....Just my opinion
Oh what the heck. You've got the horse, think big! Take all comers.
I believe he will win the Curlin 💚
Gift Box Should win this race! Then go on to the Travers
I really like this filly but she keeps going up against awfully tough competition.
Pebbles was right, no way she would have won the Triple Crown. Silly silly me.
I didn't think Songbird was going to lose but I have gained A LOT of respect for Carina Mia after her brave performance.
Dortmund earned a career best 125 RPR for his effort in the San Diego Handicap.
Which of the three year old fillies except Songbird looks likely to be effective at 10 furlongs. Mike Smith said after the race that Songbird got a little tired but he thinks she will move forward off this performance. Carina Mia put up a gutsy race and threatened for a little over a mile which makes me wonder what would have happened if she had gone in the Test instead. As good as Cathryn Sophia is she does not look like a 10 furlong horse. Catch A Glimpse may be but it is unlikely she'll be back on the dirt any time soon. After the Alabama the races for this division revert to 8.5 or 9 furlongs until the Distaff. Songbird's tactical speed gives her a huge advantage over her competition. Anything can happen in a horse race but as of now someone will have to run the race of their career to beat her. Carina Mia just did that but the result was the same.
The last walkover in a Grade 1 was Spectacular Bid in the 1980 Woodward. The Alabama won't actually be a walkover but it might just look and feel like one. Songbird has the talent to become one of the great fillies of all time. She may not be there yet but she is certainly on the right track.
Fair Eva's performance on Saturday at Ascot in the G3 Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes along with Lady Aurelia's performance at Ascot in the G2 Queen Mary Stakes during last month's royal meeting are 2 of the most explosive performances by a juvenile on turf that I've seen this season, male or female. Both fillies possess a wicked turn of foot. I'd love to see them face off at Newmarket in September in the G1 Cheveley Park Stakes, which is where trainer Wesley Ward recently told the media that Lady Aurelia would be pointed provided she comes out of the G1 Prix Morny in good order. The Cheveley Park Stakes would be a hugely anticipated race with Fair Eva & Lady Aurellia both in the field, but I fear that by September, trainer Roger Charlton will have already gone up in trip to at least 7f with Fair Eva and have his eye set more on the G1 Dubai Fillies' Mile vs. dropping back to 6f again for the Cheveley Park Stakes. I'll still keep my fingers crossed though that at some point on down the road we might get a chance to see these 2 super-talented, super-quick fillies in the same starting gate together.
She was spectacular ! She(4yrs.old) might have a say in the older horses' standings this year.I'll be watching her.
Late to the party but great job Dortmund!!! Ran like a champ even in defeat. Here is a video of Dortmund after the race in great spirits via Emilie Fojan, his breeder. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1022546094467384&id=100001360092341&__tn__=%2As
  • Brian Shaw via Disqus · This video confirms what Baffert had to say that Dortmund looked great the morning following the race. Happy to see him doing well, just hope he stays healthy going forward and he'll win some big races. · 5 hours ago
According to Baffert, Dortmund was only 95%. This and the fact Dortmund surged back and passed CC after the wire(they switched leads several times) IMO implies two things. Dortmund probably would have won if he was 100%(it still would have been incredibly close) and that Dortmund wasn't tired(which seeing that time is a very positive sign especially seeing his distance concerns which are real but not completely validated) Both horses impressed(they obliterated the rest of the tiny field) and the margin between the two is close at 8.5. The Pacific will come down to whether Dortmund really has distance issues. Either way if Beholder proves the Pacific Classic was a fluke both will probably be defeated from what they've demonstrated at 10(CC should be the second choice)
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  • slewcrew7778 · Don't know if it was mentioned after the DWC, but I heard for the first time on the TVG broadcast before the race that by the time Chrome had reached the finish line in the Cup his saddle had slipped so far back it was almost on his flank. Which basically meant that Espinoza had little to do with his margin of victory since he couldn't really scrub on him. There's no way Dortmund was going to find more than Chrome yesterday, even at 100% What a roller coaster ride this horse has been for Artie!!!... · 1 day ago
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · According to Sherman, Chrome was only 85%. · 7 hours ago
So what % fit was Chrome? And ho can you make a statement that a horse is 95% fit.? What measures that?
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · I think Ideally Dortmund would have had 1-2 more works hence the 95% statement. Usually Baffert gets a few more stiff works into them. He had to do some things differently with Dortmund like working him in company. Baffert usually doesn't work his top horses in company so it definitely lends me to believe they were pressed for time and had to improvise. Regardless he ran a huge race, maybe the best of his career in defeat. If he was a bit short this race should really move him forward from a fitness and racing prospective. Had he not ran so well going to the Pacific Classic wouldn't have been a great option and still might not be, but there's no reason to believe he won't benefit tremendously from the San Diego · 9 hours ago
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · His trainer says he was 85%. · 7 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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