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Beholder worked 6f today, April 28th, in 1:10:60 (h). It was the fastest of 8 works at that distance.
Post two in the Eight Belles this Friday. I can't wait!!! I'll have to claim illness so that I can stay home and watch her on TV, then miraculously recover and go watch her sister race :)
  • Paladin · Pretty good field she's facing. She'll get a real challenge here. · 14 minutes ago
  • jockey2be. · Good Luck to your girl and the baby sister! · 14 minutes ago
We Miss Artie worked 4f today, April 28th, 50:60 (b). It was the eighteenth fastest of 29 works at that distance.
Hoppertunity worked 5f today, April 28th, in 1:00:40 (b). It as the second fastest of 13 works at that distance.
Chocolate Ride worked 4f over firm turf today, April 28th, in 48:40 (b). It was the fastest of 4 works at that distance.
It's a 2 million dollar Grade 1 stakes. This is the kind of race big names like Mike.Smith are still riding for. The PRESTIGE.
Mr. Z worked 2f today, April 28th, in 24:00 (b). It was the only work at that distance.
Riposte worked 5f today, April 28th, in 51:92 (b). It was the thirteenth fastest of 14 works at that distance.
Whoever Mike Smith rides usually gets a good ride. Of course there is the pp draw and racing luck that enter into it. Glad he stayed with Far Right.
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  • travel_vic · the ONLY thing that elevates Mikey from his journeyman status is the effect of his agent, and the quality of the animals between his legs. He is not that great. The last prodigy out there retired from injuries sustained in a fall. · 5 days ago
  • amdaman via Disqus · I bet he's happy to be in the Kentucky Derby, but I doubt he's ecstatic about his mount. · 31 minutes ago
Saturday he will put down a big time ride. Please believe it.
  • Deano · I believe he will. The problem lies with the post position draw and the other 19 horses. · 2 hours ago
  • amdaman via Disqus · Smith doesn't have the horse. He drew a short stick this year. Mind you, he seemed to be up against it with Giacomo too. He was facing then a 17.5-length winner of the Wood Memorial (Bellamy Road) and an 8-length winner of the Arkansas Derby (Afleet Alex). Pretty much like American Pharoah and Dortmund this year. So who knows, but Far Right's closing splits point to someone who'll only be passing tired horses. He's beaten Mr. Z by 3/4 of a length in his last two. Hardly a ringing endorsement. · 32 minutes ago
Here's the field for the G1 La Troienne: 1. Tiz Windy 2. My Miss Sophia 3. Sweet Whiskey 4. America 5. Sheer Drama 6. Interest Free 7. Gold Medal Dancer 8. Molly Morgan 9. Frivolous
I like Lovely Maria / I'm A Chatterbox / Condo Commando.
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  • plosives · My three picks as well C: I'll also throw Eskenformoney in there to fill out the box. Not to win but end up on the board somewhere. It's nice to see a good sized field for this race. · 3 hours ago
  • Goblin · Lovely Maria gave a very nice performance in the Ashland; and I was surprised to read later that her jockey, Kerwin Clark, had been riding for forty years and secured his first Gr.1 victory aboard her that day. Photos of him crying openly on the way back to the winner's circle almost moved me to tears as well. Good luck to Maria in the Oaks, and to my Curlin girl, Stellar Wind, and may they all come home safely! · 47 minutes ago
Here's the field for the G2 Alysheba: 1. Den's Legacy 2. Protonico 3. Neck 'n Neck 4. Ride On Curlin 5. Tarpy's Surprise 6. Midnight Cello 7. Honor Code 8. Call Me George 9. Noble Bird 10. Cougar Ridge
"Aloha starter, Aloha judge"
  • amino998 · Cheap maidens going 1 turn, what was I thinking? that's t_v's wheelhouse... good luck in the 9th · 58 minutes ago
2x horse of the year Wise Dan was cleared for light training April 24 by Dr. Larry Bramlage at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington. With exercise rider Damien Rock aboard the following morning, he jogged on the Keeneland training track accompanied by the pony.His first trip to the track was his first since being sidelined with a non-displaced fracture at the bottom of the cannon bone of his right front fetlock, announced last Oct. 13. "Dr. Bramlage says everything is looking good and healing well," trainer Charlie LoPresti said. "We'll start jogging him every other day for 30 days, recheck him, and hopefully we'll be able to go right on (training). Dr. Bramlage is happy with his progress. We're going to be real careful with him, keep him with the pony, and jog him that way. When it gets around the 24th of May, we'll check him again and hopefully we can start getting more jogs and gallops in." Wise Dan,who twice won the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), could still target this year's Breeders' Cup at Keeneland. Between his jog days, he'll tack-walk and visit the round pen as he has done in his recovery since coming back to LoPresti's Rice Road barn at the end of February."It all depends on what Dr. Bramlage says, but if everything went right and we had him going really good by the middle of June or the first of July, we'd probably have a fighting chance to get a race in him end of August or beginning of September," LoPresti said. Article on Bloodhorse
Affirmed/Alydar, The greatest horseracing rivalry ever.
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  • Buckpasser via Disqus · You could add Kelso-Gun Bow. Discovery- Cavalcade. Damascus-Dr. Fager. Assault-Armed and throw in Styme and Gallorette here too. Shut Out-Devil Diver. · 1 day ago
  • airedale2008 · Nashua-Swaps and all the races mentioned below were great for the sport. After their first meeting in the Youthful, Alydar and Affirmed went nine more rounds, with neither finishing less than second. They were a dominant pair. Their last, the Travers, proved less than satisfying. In the end, Affirmed won seven of ten, with five wins by a half-length or less. · 1 hour ago
SW draws post 12 and is the morning line favorate at 7/2 . GoooooooooooCurlin
G2 winner Friesan Fire will be represented by his first runner on Thursday at Pimlico, race 1, the fillies name is Maggie Wag. Friesan fire first crop races in 2015.
Dortmund really looks like he is growing up at the right time. He will be tough to pass in the Derby but I thing Carpe Diem will get him at the wire in a photo.
Watch out for firing line had dortmund beat not once but twice. had the fastest 1/1/8 mile speed of any of these horses 147.39 that's impressive.

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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