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He won again. I guess they do come back.
Good trip Debbie ! ! ! Stopshoppingdebbie is entered on August 24, 2014 at EMERALD DOWNS. Your comments for this horse were: Another very good win, looded really good. Full Entries for Race Emerald Distaff H. Race: 9 - 5:56 PM $2 Daily Double /$1 Exacta / $1 Trifecta $.50 Superfecta / $1 Pick 3 (Races 9-10-11) STAKES Emerald Distaff H. Purse: $ 65,000. For Fillies And Mares, Three-years-old And Upward. By Subscription Of $100 Each, Which Shall Accompany The Nomination, $500 To Enter, $500 Additional To Start With $35,750 Guaranteed To The Winner, $13,000 To Second, $9,750 To Third, $4,875 To Fourth And$1,625 to fifth. Field size will be limited to 12 starters. High weights preferred. Starters to be named through the entry box by the closing time of entries. NOMINATIONS CLOSED SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 2014 WITH 10. One And One Eighth Miles. PPHorseA/SMedJockeyWgtTrainer1Stopshoppingdebbie4/FBLRocco Bowen124Tom Wenzel
Obviously going for three peat...can anyone keep pace with him? Maybe Alpha Bullet? Depending on ML Odds...Rock Me Baby intrigues me in here.
  • Mary Z. · Hopefully, Obviously doesn't have to do too much to win this. He can, but he can also win the BC Mile. Doesn't need to set another record here and only hit the board November 1st. · 44 minutes ago
  • Mary Z. · And, no, not many could keep pace with Obviously and also win at a mile. · 43 minutes ago
This just announced via Racing Post.com: Jockey Andrea Atzeni has been selected to replace Jamie Spencer as top stable jockey for Qatar Racing Ltd. when Spencer retires from riding at the end of this season.
What a ride on Sole Power by jockey Richard Hughes to win the G1 Nunthorpe Stakes. He was cantering all over the leaders but had absolutely no room to go anywhere. Hughes finally found a seam and got up to nail Stepper Point in the dying strides.
  • Euro Trash via Disqus · What a devastating run! There was just nowhere to go, but this horse can excelerate into any opening. · 3 hours ago
when is next start
Pale Mimosa ships over from Ireland and gets the better of the Queen's filly Estimate to win the G2 Lonsdale Cup at York for jockey Pat Smullen and trainer Dr. Dermot Weld.
  • travel_vic · Great horse name, great one · 4 hours ago
  • Euro Trash via Disqus · I saw the results only. Cavalryman was 4th. Was he flat or just outrun? · 3 hours ago
Slop today and likely slop tomorrow.
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  • jinlie01 · Most of them have handled the off track in the past. · 17 hours ago
  • travel_vic · 6 4 7 have a great chance out front but overall the best are: 6 Close Hatches 7 Princess of Sylmar 1 Antipathy 5 Belle Gallantey · 5 hours ago
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tmallios•an hour ago The recent announcement that he will be bypassing The Woodward and pointing to the JCGC is music to my ears. Congrats to the coach for showing that one can never keep learning. To win the Classic you not only need a fit and fast racehorse,almost as important you need a FRESH RACEHORSE. DWayne is showing that the BC is his main goal. As far as PLACE MALICE is concerned.If they have any true aspirations of winning the Classic,they will follow the Lukas lead. They are making a mistake if they run in The Woodward. You see that their egos have been hurt by his poor showing in The Whitney. If ge runs in The Woodward,he will be cranked to the Max. They will need to re-establish his reputation. Personally because of this mentality. PLACE MALICE becomes an incredible betting opportunity in The Woodward. This will almost be his BC Classic. The only problem is that it will probably empty the tank. Just depends on what side of the fence Cot is standing on. Can he curb the ego to re-establish the reputation,or will he come out with guns ablazing next weekend. Either way it makes no difference to me. If he runs,he will most likely be the 2-1 betting favorite. I will be all over that. Then will be a great bet against when he goes against a rested and energized WTC.
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  • Mary Z. · For Woodward theoreticals, I wouldn't give up on Alpha just yet. He hasn't always been the best behaved, and maybe he was antsy with the time off. Wished they'd run him in the Cigar Mile instead of the BC Dirt Mile and that Hawthorne race last year. · 22 hours ago
  • travel_vic · Horses step out on the track and from gate to wire are the ONLY motive force in a contest. The run in predictable styles within predictable limits OFTEN enough to predict how the contest will go in that gate to wire effort. ALL the off track soap opera has NOT A THING to do with that. NEVER has. · 14 hours ago
nice colt
my superfecta will be Shared Belief, Game On Dude, Ice Ceam Truck, and a freshened Toast Of New York!!!
post draw: 1- Frac Daddy 2- Irish Surf 3-Imperative 4- Ice Cream Truck 5- Game On Dude 6- You Know I Know 7- Majestic Harbor 8- Toast Of New York 9-Clubhouse Ride 10- Mystery Train 11- Share Belief, per DRF
  • buds · Its gonna be tough for me to overlook 5-2 on Shared Belief. I think if it stays there that might be a good bet. Its good to see some new blood out west. I could only wish Chrome was in the line up...68 more days and maybe they will all be on the same track, cant wait. · 1 day ago
  • KathleenBelmonte · Thank you! I've been looking for the list showing pps, odds, pedigrees, owners, trainers and jockeys but I can't seem to find it. So, thank u for this. · 17 hours ago
I would like to See the "Dude" win this :)
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  • ollagua · Mystery Traing is going to ruin his race, MT it's a natural good speed horse and will go right to the lead and press Game on Dude all the way. He won't win because he just made it to the US but he'll take GOD out of the race. Shared Belief it's going to have a donation. · 1 day ago
  • KathleenBelmonte · I would LOVE to see the DUDE win! Wouldn't that be just great? I admire and respect that legend-to-be, UNLIKE the traitor, Mike Smith.......who's actions show to me, that loyalty isn't on his list of virtues. It's as though Mike wanted "the young guy"or "Game On Dude has had his day. I'm trading him in for fresh, new talent". MIKE SMITH, SHAME ON YOU!!! GAME ON DUDE, WE BELIEVE IN YOU! Run with angels' wings this Sunday and be safe. You are loved so very, very much❤️ NICE HELMET.....ooops; where did that Photo of Mike go, that I added? · 18 hours ago
so glad WTC is getting a break, he will be very tough in the JCGC, he reminds me of another Lukas horse that was over raced, not given many breaks, had big potential, and when he runs, always ran his heart out. that horse is Cat Thief. Cat Thief ran 13 times in 1999, ran in just about every prep for the triple crown and ran in every three year race after the triple crown, although he did win the Breeders cup Classic. As a 4 year old in 2000, he ran 10 times and did not win one race, although he ran in almost every G1 in USA from the east coast to the west coast, he didn't win, later on that year he got tired and just stopped trying, I felt really bad for Cat Thief that year. Im just glad that Lukas gave WTC this break, almost made the same mistake like he did with Cat Thief. Now he should be fresh for the fall, I'll be rooting for him
Go Bayern!!!
The most impressive winner of the Windsor Castle Stakes during the royal meeting at Ascot back in June is scheduled to run in Sunday's G1 Prix Morny over 6f at Deauville Racecourse in France. According to the article I read on-line, Hootenanny will then return to Wesley Ward in the states along with Ward's top older sprinter, Undrafted, who's been stabled with Ward's long time friend, trainer Robert Cowell, in England. Ward recently ruled Undrafted out of running in Friday's G1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York.
Now to stand at Bridlewood Farm
Winstar finally updated the stallion page. New conformation pics! They look great! http://www.winstarfarm.com/stallions.html
Conformation: http://www.winstarfarm.com/horses/overanalyze.html

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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.