• Highland Reel wins another big one, this time in the Prince of Wales's at Royal Ascot.Posted 1 day ago
  • Highland Reel (2-1) powers to victory in the Prince of Wales's Stakes (G1) at Royal AscotPosted 1 day ago
  • Lady Aurelia (2-1) easily wins at Royal Ascot again in the King's Stand (G1).Posted 2 days ago
  • Timeline (1-10) cruises in Monmouth's Pegasus Stakes to remain perfect..Posted 4 days ago
  • Sweeping Paddy (7-2) pounces and scores in the Regret Stakes.Posted 5 days ago
  • Gun Runner (1-2) romps home much the best in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster.Posted 5 days ago
  • Forever Unbridled (1-1) way too much for her Fleur de Lis foes.Posted 5 days ago
  • Kasaqui (3-1) rolls down the lane to victory in the Wise Dan.Posted 5 days ago
  • Faypien (7-2) edges Mopotism in the Grade 2 Summertime Oaks.Posted 5 days ago
  • McCraken (1-5) rolls to a facile score in the Matt Winn.Posted 5 days ago
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In discussing scenarios for this year's Classic, I am looking the huge role that the BCC has had in determining HOTY. Ghostzapper didn't have THAT great a year (very good but not great prior to the Classic) in '04, but had an incredible BCC and won the award. Same with Saint Liam the next year - a very good but not great year up to the BCC, but winning it gave him the award. In '06, Invasor probably had a slightly lesser year than Bernardini going into the race, but took HOTY when he beat the latter in the BCC. In '13, I have no doubt Game on Dude would have taken HOTY had he won the BCC - although I think he should have won it anyway. The great exception, as Ferris has always noted, is '10, when Blame beat Zenyatta, but then for reasons of giving her a "lifetime achievment award", they gave her HOTY instead.
With a name like St. Patrick's Day he better be at least 1/2 as good as his older bro.
He's beautiful.
Battle of Midway should win this one. Has been pointing here since the Derby. Hollendorfer has him ready to roll.
Kathleen, call me sometime...Kathy Holt (jack's daughter;)....931-315-9067;)
St Patrick's Day, 2 year old full brother to American Pharoah, makes first appearance on worktab for Bob Baffert, 3F in :35.40.
This colt hasn't gotten nearly the kind of press that a lot of other sons & daughters of Frankel have gotten, but Atty Persse is a cracking good colt in his own right. He just put up an impressive performance in winning the King George V Stakes at Royal-Ascot. I think it's time for Roger Charlton to consider a go at patent stakes company with him now after this performance, IMO.
Gotta love the Brit commentators for trashing Ryan Moore on a horrendous ride aboard the favorite. He did not come to the track to ride the horse. He came here to be a passenger. the horse ran an amazing race to just miss. if Moore is the best in the World. Then that is a sad commentary on the others.
Appalling Moore, what a horrible ride.
In an epic finish, Big Orange holds off the late closing Order of St George by the narrowest of margins in a heads up/heads down finish to win the G1 Ascot Gold Cup, with the runner-up certainly not disgraced in defeat.
Order of St George/ Sheikzayeroad/ Simple Verse
Anyone with thoughts on this race?
Reminder of American Pharoah's Greatness https://www.americasbestracing.net/the-sport/2017-the-main-track-triple-crown-results-reminder-american-pharoahs-greatness
not on Todd P's list of horses in training...
Interesting race.
Things happen but the BesT horse should win hoy, when the dust settles its arrogate, that's all I'll say to the hypothetical could be might be.
Officially has been Pensioned, Bloodhorse reports. An great stallion and now his sons are becoming good stallions. Amazing horse
Has been transferred to the barn of Graham Motion and will make his American debut Monday at Delaware Park.
My girl Bonita Bianca makes her 2017 debut Saturday at Monmouth Park, race 4 allowance race, Antonio Gallardo will ride.

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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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