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"StopStop" and all his other troll accounts is actually Richard Jaimungal. He's just too cowardly to use his usual account to spew hatred and risk banning. It's obvious from the phrasing, hatred, and overused "..." that Jaimungal is creating these troll hate accounts. The mods should check the IP addresses of these troll accounts, confirm its Jaimungal, and then ban his a$$.
If you compare her times with those of other greats, running and not running anymore she actually stacks up pretty well. Even against Beholder, Zenyatta, American Pharoah just to name a few. She deserves some respect even if she couldn't beat Chrome. Neither did Beholder in their meeting, but that doesn't make Beholder any less amazing.
go frosty a g1 winner ,whos a very good horse and will carry on improving , i like him at a mile myself but best of luck in the woodward
you cant have any kind of DEBATE on these sites..horse racing is all about debate...2 people have a debate..express feelings on horses and ability...and you get the little crybabies who cry for the moderator..typical sensitive 2016..they arent even legit bothered..they just love crying about "rules"
Trainer Phil D'Amato announces that the target for Enola Gray after the Torrey Pines is the G2 Lexus Raven Run at Keeneland in Oct and she will not point for the Breeders Cup this year, but perhaps will target the Breeders Cup next year.
A lot of people have really been ignoring the fact that Frosted now has a G1 stakes record. I am actually trying to develop a stat that accounts for different tracks(mainly subtracting a time from the current stakes/track record) I am still ironing out some kinks(how to account for good/muddy tracks, a horses age and whether to count loss times or not. If anyone want to help they are welcome! Anyway I'm going to present a list of all the current G1 dirt male stakes holders to not only give a glimpse of the club Frosted(and Melatonin albeit with an asterisk) entered but for future reference as well. Also yes I was to lazy to do distances shorter than 7. 12 Belmont Stakes. Secretariat 2.24.00 10 Kentucky Derby. Secretariat 1.59.40 Travers Stakes 2.00.00 General Assembly Breeders Cup Classic. Ghostzapper 1.59.02 Jockey Club Gold Cup.Skip Away. 1.58.89 Hollywood Gold Cup. Quack 1.58.20* Melatonin 1.59.79(best time at Santa Anita the races current location) Pacific Classic. 1.59.11 Candy Ride Santa Anita Handicap. 1.58.17 Game On Dude 9.5 Preakness Stakes 1.53.00 Secretariat 9.0 Arkansas Derby. Althea 146.80 Blue Grass Stakes.Skip Away 1.47.20 Florida Derby. General Duke 1.46.80 Santa Anita Derby. Sham, Indian Charlie, Lucky Debonair 1.47.00 Wood Memorial. Bellamy Road 1.47.16 Haskell. Bet Twice, Majestic Light.1.47.00 Woodward Stakes. Forego 1.45.80 Whitney Handicap. Laywer Ron. 1.46.40 AA. Bertando. 1.46.72 Clark Handicap. Premium Tap. 1.47.39 Stephen Foster Handicap. Victory Gallop. 1.47.28 Donn Handicap. Jumping Hill. 1.46.40(will this become the new Pegasus record?) 8.5 Breeders Cup Juvenille. Midshipman.1.40.94 Breeders Futurity. Polar Expedition. 1.42.20 FrontRunner Stakes. Ruler's Court. 1.41.27 Los Alamitos Futurity. Afternoon Deelites. 1.40.74 8.0 Champagne Stakes. Devil's Bag 1.34.20 Breeders Cup Dirt Mile. Albertus Maximus.133.41 Met Mile. Frosted. 1.32.73 Cigar Mile. Discreet Cat.1.32.46 7.0 Del Mar Futurity. Drill.122.16(over the current polytrack surface) Hopeful Stakes. Came Home.1.21.94 Malibu Stakes. Twirling Candy. 1.19.70 King's Bishop Stakes. Runhappy. 1.20.54(congrats buddy) Carter Handicap. Artax. 1.20.04 Now I feel a weakness of the current G1 system is that it rates many races G2 that attract G1 horses year in and year out. Look at the winter races for example, there are no G1's over that time so the best horses will inherently go to G2's. So I'm going to treat these races as G1's because IMO there's no reason not to. I will explain why any other race is up there. Also don't worry with these new stat I will account for important historical races as well. 12.0 Brooklyn Handicap. Nasty and Bold, Hechizado.2.26.00(former Handicap TC race it deserves to be G1) 10.0 Suburban Handicap.In Excess. 1.58.33(former Handicap TC race it deserves to be G1) 9.0 Jim Dandy Stakes. Louis Quatorze. 1.47.26(gets all the good horses who don't go to the Haskell) Louisiana Derby. Clev er Tell. 1.48.80(thinking of changing my mind, that stakes record is horrible) Pennsylvania Derby. Bayern.1.46.96 (same logic applies to this and the Travers that applies to the Jim Dandy and Haskell) 8.5 San Felipe Stakes. Consolidator. 1.40.11 Holy Bull Stakes.Go for Gin. 1.41.62 FOY. Sensitive Prince. 1.41.00 Rebel Stakes. Betemight. 1.40.80 (I'm not putting the Risen Star, that actually should be a G2 and the Louisiana should be to as even though this year it was G1 quality most years it just isn't) So there it is. I wanted to let people know about the project I was working on to create a better statistic for comparing time, cross track, era and condition. Also thought this was useful information to have out regardless. If you want to help or have suggestions let me know!
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  • StopStop via Disqus · my point is frosted ran 17 times..and out of 17 times he ran ONE good race..and it wasnt even good as far as the talent he faced..it was due to his fast final time of that race..the met mile..he beat a bunch of bums in the woodward..other than that he has been embarrassed in all other of his career races...Frosted is more along the lines of say a grade 3 horse who has gotten a few grade 1 wins cause the race was labeled a grade 1 but the talent in the field were grade 3 horses at best..i mean the horse is 6 for 17 lifetime..that is NO grade 1 talented horse with that sort of poor record..sorry · 6 hours ago
  • StopStop via Disqus · you mentioned Skip Away...now he was a legit GREAT horse...legit grade 1 horse..so its hard to distinguish real grade 1 horses..the eye test always can tell..Skip Away was just a BEAST on the track..he was a "real" talent · 5 hours ago
you know Frosted fans are living in fantasy island when one of their scenerios for Frosted to win HOTY is if other horses getting "DQd" for interference in a race
  • Ferrisjso26 · That was listed under the "chaos" category in my post not the "Frosted wins" category. So you are actually lying. I put down scenarios where I think Frosted wins, the same for CC and then scenarios that will get really messy. That was a joke(and if it actually happened no one would be joking anymore, just look at the 2014 BCC imagine if a DQ had come up then). · 5 hours ago
TDN reports Airoforce to run on Sept. 11th at Kentucky Downs with J Lep back in the irons. He broke his maiden first out of the box last year at the KDowns.........
someone explain to me what LONG layoff frosted is coming off?...it is just an excuse for him before he runs in case he loses..he JUST ran!!...stop acting like he hasnt run in 2 years
Does ANYONE know where EFFY is going next? This next race is his turn to kick some.. His "on" race is due next. lol
I am not surprised at the Woodward choice. Even though his best chance to best Chrome was at a distance lower than 10f, shipping the horse and the timing would have been tough. I like the timing of the Woodward for frosted as that sets him nicely for the BCC as he runs his best races off long races. I still don't think his running style sets him up to win against top competition at 10f, but I think he will run well off the layoff and will definitely finish in the money
  • StopStop via Disqus · what layoff?..stop making excuses before he even runs..stop acting like he hasnt run in 2 years..he just ran...stop it · 7 hours ago
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What happened to all the comments on this page? All the many comments and tributes after Shared Belief died? I came here to share the news about Shared Belief's ashes being buried at Del Mar field as part of his inaugural Stakes race on Friday and all I see are 6 comments from 2 years ago? What an outrage!
  • Kwucks · Was this confirmed? I sure hope he gets a proper grave site where his fans can visit him... I really miss watching him run · 8 hours ago
OK, in the following scenario: Frosted wins the Woodward - let's say by three lengths, then beats Chrome in the Classic, coming from behind by a length. Songbird finishes the year undefeated and defeats Beholder in the Distaff. Chrome wins the AA convincingly but, as stated above, loses to Frosted by a length in the Classic. Now, a question - who is HOTY?
  • BeastBob via Disqus · If they come into the BC weekend as you described above, then the winner of the 2016 BCC will be the 2016 HOY. · 13 hours ago
I was a little surprised by this. I thought that KM would prefer a race over the Santa Anita surface prior to the BC and would sacrifice a two-month prep time in exchange for a race over the SA track. Other than the two-month prep time, I think two other forces are at work here: a) I think the racing establishment and perhaps also NBC did not want Chrome and Frosted facing off prior to the Classic, in order to boost its appeal - and ratings. I also bet that if Songbird, Beholder and Stellar Wind are in the Distaff, NBC will demand that race will be placed in the card right before the Classic, as it would be just about as big a matchup. b) IIRC, the AA is a $300 K purse and the Woodward is $1.25 million. The extra $600K or so for winning the latter (which is also a more famous race - my beloved Forego won it four straight times) doesn't hurt. I'm sure these owners don't need the money, but if you are going to run your horse one more time, and it is a toss-up as to which race, the much bigger purse of the Woodward does not hurt.
What a joke trying to find this webinar. All I get are commericals. Been trying 20 minutes
Happy to see Frosted gets some new challengers. Moob and Samraat were both pulled from the Whitney. Bradester also conceivably can get HOTY if he somehow beats Frosted and goes on to the BCC. Also nice to see Comfort again but at 9, not 10 I don't see Comfort having a shot especially if Frosted runs his normal closing style. Bradester is the main threat here.
  • bronzeprincess33 · Bradester has no chance for Horse of the Year; even if he does win this, Chrome will be waiting for him at Santa Anita, and he won't go down easily. And even if Bradester DOES beat him, if Chrome wins the Awesome Again, then his resume for the Eclipse will already be too good for Bradester to overcome.. Songbird may win it if she goes unbeaten. · 18 hours ago
  • Ruffianlover · Sorry but Bradester has no chance at HOTY. Right now these are the horses in running for HOTY in order 1. Chrome: 5-0, four graded stakes wins, two grade ones 2. Tepin: 5-0, five graded stakes wins, three grade ones 3. Frosted: 3-1, three graded stakes wins, two grade ones 4. Songbird: 6-0, six graded stakes wins, three grade ones 5. Exaggerator: 3-4, three graded stakes wins, three grade ones 6. Nyquist: 3-2, three graded stakes wins, two grade ones 7. Melatonin: 3-1 two grade ones · 16 hours ago
Is this filly injured? I notice that she has not had a work since July 15. She looks like a promising one for her sire.

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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