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Danza, where are you?
PP 6 Great
So Clement's Twitter account posted that he was running without medication, and I believe Clement was quoted as to why he didn't medicate him, but the Equibase chart shows him as being on Lasix...
This horse has no business in santa anita on breeders cup weekend. She has beat the same 4 horses in almost every race. Its almost like beating stable mates at this point.
Go secret circle in the SASC!
Rich Tapestry, who is looking to become the first horse from Hong Kong to compete in a California stakes, will go in the Oct. 4 Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I) and then the Nov. 1 XpressBet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I). confirmed by trainer Michael Chang, article on Bloodhorse
this horse has what it takes to win the kentucky derby
Friday, race 7, Two year old maiden going six furlongs, keep an eye on #8 Exodus, colt by Medaglia d'Oro out of Stop traffic, making him half brother to G1 winner Cross Traffic, trained by Larry Jones
fiftyshades retired. Bloodhorsearticlehttp://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/87704/grade-iii-winner-fiftyshadesofgold-retired
Friday race 5, 2 year old maiden race, keep an eye on number two, a colt by Bernardini out of 2008 champion three year old Proud Spell, trained by Larry Jones
Believe me i really love this horse, i really do, but i kinda want him to lose the BCC, i'd rather see like Tonalist or Bayern or someone different i don't why but that's how i feel. i wish SB the best of luck but i would like to see him get beat. it'd make HOY honors all the more interesting
Multiple Grade 1 winner Stopchargingmaria will be offered at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall mixed sale on Nov. 3, to be consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, as agent., article on DRF
Multiple Grade 1 winner Stopchargingmaria will be offered at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall mixed sale on Nov. 3, to be consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, as agent., article on DRF
Rather surprisingly, owner Daniel John Deer has confirmed Al Kazeem as an intended runner in Sunday's G1 Prix De l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp. Al Kazeem was also entered in the G3 Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, a day prior to the Arc, which I thought would probably be his likely target, but it now looks official that he'll run in the Arc again instead. Just not sure he's made it all the way back to being the same horse yet in 2014 that he was in 2013, and this year's Arc field if anything is probably even deeper than the one he faced last season, IMO.
The Awesome Again win by Shared Belief was a HOY performance in my opinion. That horse is tough and has a lot of guts. What a great horse.
Does anyone know if this horse was named for Eugene ("Uncle Jeep") Cimino, a World War II vet known for his strong legs? It was said that Cimino could lie on his back and lift the rear end of a Jeep with his legs -- hence the name.
Tiggy Wiggy makes it 3 straight wins against stakes company with a win in the G1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket. In her last start prior to this she defeated Cursory Glance & Anthem Alexander in the G2 Lowther Stakes at York. Cursory Glance came out of the Lowther to go to Ireland and win the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes and Anthem Alexander, who had beaten Tiggy Wiggy in the G2 Queen Mary Stakes at Ascot back in June, came out of the Lowther to run a narrowly beaten 2nd in today's G1 Cheveley Park Stakes. Strong form lines all tying in together.
  • Northport · I remember seeing her name in passing a few months ago and thinking it was such a great name for a little filly. I have been following her since then, and it terrific to see her get a top class win. They mentioned the Prix l'abbeye as a possible option for her, and I kind of hope that they bypass it. She's had a pretty busy season as it is, and while she doesn't look like a Guineas type, the newly added races for 3 y/o sprinters for next year looks like something that might be up her alley. · 2 days ago
  • Northport · It was announced today that Tiggy Wiggy will bypass the Abbeye and will be put away for the year, I personally love this decision and hope she shows the same spark in 2015. · 6 hours ago
Any chance she loses next out? Second bullet fired this past weekend since she resumed working mid summer... (1/54) 59 1/5 at Los Alamitos. To the La Brea?
After the win on Friday, anyone have any idea of what is next race will be? Breeders Cup Mile? What was the Beyer on this last race? Thanks
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  • tmallios via Disqus · More than likely Baffert will get him ready for the opening day sprint at Santa Anita on the day after XMAS. · 7 hours ago
  • hector15 · Kaitlinfree has confirmed california chrome has been retired · 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.