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  • Australia's Hugh Bowman wins the Longines International Jockey Challenge.Posted 8 hours ago
  • Miss Temple City (8-5) hits the wire just in front in the Grade 1 Matriarch.Posted 3 days ago
  • Annals of Time (5-1) gets clear late in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby.Posted 4 days ago
  • Vale Dori (1-2) much the best in the Grade 2 Bayakoa.Posted 4 days ago
  • Royal Posse (3-5) repeats in the Claiming Crown Jewel and becomes a millionaire.Posted 4 days ago
  • King and His Court (8-5) flies home to win the Display Stakes.Posted 4 days ago
  • R Angel Katelyn (8-5) leads all the way in the Sandpiper.Posted 4 days ago
  • Rapid Rhythm runs them down in the Battle of New Orleans.Posted 4 days ago
  • Highway Star (7-1) is up in time to win the Go for Wand.Posted 4 days ago
  • Chance of Luck (7-2) holds on to take the Inaugural StakesPosted 4 days ago

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Such a beautiful name.
Honestly, this edition of the Derby has horses with the best names. Interesting variety.
How's he doing?
So it appears that you were a little premature on the Stradivari news...
You can tell a horseman from a fan when they start guranteing the BC winner as the KY DERBY Winner. So many things change from 2 yrs to three. I have a bunch ill list to watch as potential KY DERBY winners but never would gurrantee a winner in NOV or December. Only a fan would do that
A horse basically needs to finish on the board for the connections to break even...Not sure if we will get a full gate for this one.
  • DarthKoalaBear via Disqus · If that is true (and it might be) then there are going to be several unhappy millionaires holding a gate that they thought was going to be a golden ticket, and turned out to be only the tinfoil around the chocolate bar. You know, this would make a good movie adult version of Willie Wonka. "Frank Stonach and the Magic Golden Horse Race." Which owner turns into a giant carrot, and which owner gets stretched to ten feet tall, and which owner falls into a giant pile of horse manure..... and the jockeys could take the place of the Oompa Loompas. Someone should pay me for coming up with this idea! LOL · 6 hours ago
Candy Boy wins it this time.
And yes, one more debating post.... There have been no match races since the Ruffian tragedy of '75. Are there any you would like to have seen, just the two horses? You could argue between two horses that avoided each other (RA vs. Zenyatta), or a pair that faced each other frequently and had a great rivalry - Alydar vs. Affirmed, Sunday Silence vs. Easy Goer. My choice for the great match race that never was? It would have been fall 2012 at Ascot - Frankel (undefeated, mile specialist) vs. Black Caviar (undefeated, 6 furlong specialist) at 7 furlongs on the turf. Two undefeated champions, male vs. female. In the era of online pay-per-view, this match race, even at $10+ million purse, could have paid for itself.
This is not really related to the Pegasus, but since there is no "Potpourri" thread, I thought I would put this here. What great horses, do you think, detracted from their greatness by not racing a certain rival of their era? a) Man O'War is considered the greatest ever, but avoided Exterminator. Is that a legitimate knock against him? Could Exterminator have beaten him, perhaps if Man O'War even spotted him weight? Remember that he spotted a decent but not great 3-year-old 26 lbs. in the Dwyer, and won, but it took some effort. b) How about Native Dancer avoiding Tom Fool? ND is considered the greater horse, yet Tom Fool was horse of the year in '53, and had the second greatest 4-yo campaign of all time (first being Spectacular Bid in 1980). c) What about Zenyatta not facing Rachel Alexandra? Would RA have beaten her on a non-synthetic track? Do any other examples come to your mind?
Does anyone know what is going on with Lady Stardust. Is she going to race again? She almost broke the track record in her first start. She is a beauty!!
Shared Belief wins the classic by 3 lengths
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  • Sullivan · I doubt it -- he was nice horse, but did not have the spark to keep up with Arrogate down the lane and it's not fair to assume he would've progressed into this year as Chrome did · 1 day ago
  • Ruffianlover · Why are you posting about shared belief on Chrome'/ page? Get out of here with that trolling · 1 day ago
Will be bred to Shalaa for a 2018 foal
He hasn't run since the Met, is he still in training?
This horse wins the Belmont Stakes 2017.
Casse Mulls Derby Path http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/218216/casse-mulls-derby-path-for-classic-empire
Arrogate would stomp on chrome again in the PWC trust me!
G1 winner Greenpointcrusader is back in training, he is now in the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher, he will target an early 2017 return to the races.
Next years Triple Crown Winner, it's very likely, especially now that ultra talented "Not This Time" has been retired (I was really gutted about that news by the way). I can definitely see him winning the KD and the Preakness, but I think 'Lookin At Lee' could spoil the party in the Belmont, the further he goes, the better he looks, 'Lookin At Lee' will like 10 furlongs, but he will LOVE 12 furlongs, you wait and see. :-)
  • EyeoftheBeholder via Disqus · Not quite so sure about him winning the Triple Crown. Also, I've just got to point out that you contradicted yourself by saying it was very likely that he would be next year's Triple Crown winner and then adding you thought Lookin At Lee would take the Belmont. This isn't meant in any rude way, I just wanted to put that out there :-) · 5 days ago
  • Ricky via Disqus · I do not see it happening. I do not even think he will be the best Pioneer of the Nile since Irish Freedom is training again. · 22 hours ago
They should have put AP back in training after his 2016 breeding season was complete.... AP in the Pegasus would have be awesome! Obviously just a pipe dream :-)
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  • Mike via Disqus · Yeah, a real pipe dream. · 3 days ago
  • Kimberly Beth via Disqus · Nice dream, but those stud fees are worth more to Coolmore. I love my American Pharoah though. · 12 hours ago
Maybe it's just my perception, but it doesn't really seem like the connections of top international horses anywhere are falling all over themselves to line up for this race, outside of the obvious ones in the states that you'd expect to be seen pointed at the Pegasus. This race may end up being little more than a watered down version of the Breeders Cup Classic, only not even at the classic trip of 10f and with a payday on steroids. When it's all said and done, it'll probably end up not really drawing the level of competition expected and end up being easy pickings for one horse, IMO.

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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