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I know the reason Chad Brown and Javier traveled to the wrong Coast yesterday. But i will still ask, WHY? Do these guys know how to read a Racing Form, and judge the dynamics of the race. Or are they that arrogant to believe,that the rest of the field will lay down and let them blow them away. In this race,there was 1 legitimate pace horse,along with a secondary speed that really wasn't. Those 2 horses were placed 1/2 for most of the race. Javier with by far the fastest horse in the race,ignored all logic with this. After breaking sharply,he allowed his filly to drop back towards the rear, without a trace of urgency. I can accept the fact if someone brought it up, thatWekeela does not have any early speed. That argument does not hold with me,as to what happened as they turned towards the backstretch. The Alarm clock that Javier was equipped with went off. In a matter of 30 yards or so,he rushed up and put his filly within a length of the leaders. If she had the speed to do that. Why did he just not put her in the race from the get go,and sit close to a crawling pace. After the big move,she flattened and looked as though she would be off the board. Her class and talent allowed her to catch a second wind,and rally for the Place spot. These top jocks get alot of credit for winning alot. I look at them ,and see that rather than ride horses,they allow a horse to ride them. They become high paid passengers. Is it possible that Vic is right
Seeing some reports that some people said he looked very thin going into the Preakness. Hard to see on tv but if it's true I feel bad for the horse. Poor thing might have been sick and starting to feel under the weather then and still ran his guts out the best he could. Thank god exaggerator is a nice horse and won the Preakness so there isn't the same blow of missing out on a possible TC like the connections had to do with I'll have another in 2012. I hope this isn't similar to uncle mo's liver infection he got and that he is back this late summer for some of the big races. I also hope he takes on chrome and beholder this year. He's a special horse and one 3rd place loss takes nothing away from his incredible courage and heart.
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  • Dee via Disqus · Amen to that. · 5 days ago
  • OklaHandicapper via Disqus · He could've been coming down with something before the race, that's true. Horses can't come out and say, "Mr. Trainer, my head hurts", "my throat's sore", and things like that so it's pretty much guesswork until the vet looks at them. · 23 minutes ago
Standing at Pleasant Acres Stud
Still no recorded works, but I thought I read somewhere that he was galloping on the Belmont track.
This is too bad and really is another indication how difficult it is too maintain a healthy top class thoroughbred in this day and age. What American Pharoah did last year was amazing. And what Nyquist and Exaggerator did making it through as 2 year olds to race through the Preakness shows great durability. Hopefully, Nyquist is back training soon and Exaggerator stays healthy.
rekon this horse will run big at Belmont ,I'm on him and strad and reverse forcast the pair
Holler is expected to arrive in Britain on Thursday. According to James Clarke: "He'll be stabled at Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket and John O'Shea will be coming over to supervise him when he's settled in." He has entries for both the King's Stand Stakes and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, but is more likely to run in the latter.
Will be running at Royal Ascot for Godolphin. He will target the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes.
Wait. Wat. Just got notification from Equibase that CD worked Four Furlongs in 51:01 at Saratoga today. Error... right?
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  • Ross via Disqus · He'll be too fat to run :) · 3 days ago
  • Goblin · astiar, I e-mailed WinStar on Saturday and received this reply today---"Hi, Karen, This was in fact an error on Equibase. Carpe Diem is currently doing his "workouts" in a paddock here at WinStar. Best, WinStar Farm." · 3 hours ago
The highly anticipated younger half-brother to Ihtimal and First Victory has broken his maiden on debut! He looks to be a promising colt.
Man that was a terribly disappointing Derby for Creator. Can anyone find a reason for his poor performance that make someone believe he will be a bounce back in the Belmont??
  • triplechrome · With a smaller field he should nod get caught up in the same type traffic jam as in the derby · 1 day ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · He could just be a horse like Dunkirk as travel vic suggests that did not have the seasoning. Then again, the race was favoring speed up front and he is a closer... But I still wonder about his pedigree for the Belmont Stakes. These Tapits that have done well at 10-12 furlongs (Tonalist, Frosted) have had bottom stamina. I know Creator has Damascus on the bottom, but I wonder if he is a stayer. · 5 hours ago
Exaggerator has arrived at Belmont and looks like a million dollars.
He should be running in the Belmont Stakes. It seems like it would set up well for him.
To leave out international horses makes this list a bit questionable as well as forgetting some of the truly great ones early in the breed.
wrong race 1 Shotgun Kowboy 2 Rocket Time 3 Cyrus Alexander 4 Carve
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  • Mary Z. · No prob. We were both thinking about another subject, most likely ;) · 17 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · I certainly agree about best piece of hardware---off the market. · 17 hours ago
I'm hoping he wins the Belmont he has a good chance I think.
  • Mary Z. · I'll admit, I like him. Exaggerator is the all-over best, but this one seems like speed that can last. · 17 hours ago
Materiality had the WRONG energy profile of 10 let alone 12 furlongs. There was no way he was not going to be a pace victim. A colt has to "fit" both the pace of the race AND the distance to be a contender. That colt had neither.
Another late bloomer from this royally bred horse. Today he won the Lone Star Handicap; however, he didn't seem to know how to leave the track, lol! Superb ride from Martin Garcia for great connects - 💙🏇‼️
  • Mary Z. · I noticed that. Not sure what was going on. Glad he won the graded stakes. He cost a fortune :) · 18 hours ago
Gift box & Javier what a team. I love me some candy colts..🐎♥️
Pletch is going to send Strad to the front in the belmont and instruct Johnny V to run measured fractions. That is the way Pletch has always felt was the best way to win the Belmont. It is the way he ran Dunkirk a few years back and he tried the same with Materiality last year but Materiality just was not the horse. His daddy, M D'or had a big race here in the Belmont and I would not count out Strad here.
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  • Icelocks · Good point about M D'or Players Klub...I agree that if Stradivari likes the race track like M'Dor, he could be a monster to haul in going down the stretch...because he has impressed me in the way he ran in his first graded stakes against G1 company !!! Therefore, I must use him on top to go all the way and my favorite Jokey Johnny V looking back at the Wire :) Good luck to all !! · 1 day ago
  • Jay Harrison via Disqus · You're all continuing to get sucked into this horse because he ran "fast" at Keeneland against no one, no less. He may have the lead heading into the stretch but will wilt due to not matching up class wise to the more classier competition. · 18 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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