• Da Big Hoss roles down the lane to score in the John's Call.Posted 1 day ago
  • Catch My Drift romps home a big winner in the Summer Colony.Posted 3 days ago
  • Jess's Dream, first foal and second runner of Rachel Alexandra, wins his career debut.Posted 3 days ago
  • Gary Stevens completes a big weekend with a Del Mar Mile win aboard Avanzare.Posted 3 days ago
  • Stallwalkin' Dude wins a three-horse photo thriller in the Tale of the Cat.Posted 4 days ago
  • Reporting Star gets to the wire first in Woodbine's Play the King.Posted 4 days ago
  • Beholder blitzes the boys in sensational style in the TVG Pacific Classic!Posted 4 days ago
  • Big John B powers home in the turfy Del Mar Handicap.Posted 4 days ago
  • Appealing Tale would not be denied in the Pat O'Brien.Posted 4 days ago
  • Embellish the Lace goes wire to wire in the Alabama.Posted 5 days ago

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Stellar Wind is entered in the 3rd race on the 30th at Del Mar. GoooooCurlin.
Hmmm. Anything can happen to a good horse. I play to win big so putting Tr, KI and Frosted on top in my SF with AP 2nd then fill in the blanks after that. Any horse but AP wins the SF will pay big.9
  • cugel the clever · I don't think the SF will pay big for any combination of those four horses because so many people will be boxing those four. · 32 minutes ago
I won betting AP, Upstart & Keen Ice in the Haskell. Does anyone know if Upstart is going to scratch? Why does everyone think that Smart Transition is gong to do so well against the Travers field? I rewatched the Curlin & he really looked green running down the stretch, drifting in & out..............just saying...........
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  • Christopher Browne via Disqus · Upstart probably will scratch . I think you're right about Smart Transition , he doesn't have the experience or pedigree to compete with American Pharoah , Frosted , and Keen Ice . Stay tuned for my full race preview on Friday evening at about 4 P. M. Pacific Time after I'm finished watching Round 2 of the Barclays PGA Tour. This is going to be a great weekend . · 20 hours ago
  • cugel the clever · Smart Transition is green but he is rapidly learning and improving. I also like the jockey switch from J.Alvarado to J.Valazquez..... that may help with his green running style. After getting past AP, Frosted, TR, and Keen Ice; the rest of the field is weak (and I purposely include Upstart in that assessment). I don't think ST is a threat to the top three, but I do think there's a chance that he could beat out the plodder Keen Ice for 4th place. · 33 minutes ago
$20 Superfecta... AP on top..then Keen Ice, Frosted, Texas Red in that order. Frosted almost caught TR in the Jim Dandy.... Frosted catches TR @ 1 1/4 Ticket will pay $600
OK, let me come out for Tale of Verve to squeeeeeze in past TR and ruin everybody's Super... e.g. my SF (boxed and bowed), is Frosted, AP, KI, Tale of Verve!
🏇Frosted🏇, 😂Mid Ocean😂, 🚨Texas Red🚨
Had my first taste of steeplechase racing this year in person as my home track Monmouth Park carded 3 races one day. It seems to me like playing Russian roulette with these horses well being as falling appeared to me to be the norm not the exception. I was left impressed by the beauty and athleticism of these equine athletes as they jumped the fences but with some trepidation and anxious moments. I made a post similar to this one that I left that experience with a bad taste in my mouth and a story like this just confirms my opinion of steeplechase races. As a fan and one who wagers, other than my voice, my refusal to bet on these races is my best tool to exhibit my opposition to these races. R.I.P Divine Fortune.
Ocean Knight has been entered in a 6 1/2 furlong allowance race at Saratoga this Sunday, race 8, Irad Ortiz Jr. will ride.
Broken shoulder. Put down at Saratoga.
Here is an statement regarding Palace Malice's future. Palace Malice will stand at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky for a stud be to be announced at a later date. Palace Malice was retired because of small injury to his leg and the owners decided he's gone through enough. Also, John Malone’s Bridlewood Farm "will be a cornerstone partner in the horse", meaning he will get many mare from Bridlewood farm. Palace Malice will go to Three Chimneys Farm in the next day or two to return and recover before getting ready for the 2016 breeding season. Article on DRF to be posted later today.
He has fallen twice at Saratoga. If he survived today's fall, would Pape please retire him. He is twelve for Christs sake.
This a solid horse, I hope he comes back strong and contends for the classic. we need some more good older males to step up.
  • Pebbles via Disqus · The older males are not looking too bad. Certainly, Honor Code is looking good, but there are other quality horses. Noble Bird did not run well at Saratoga, but he just may not have liked the track. But he did run well at Churchill and Mark Casse is a top trainer. A 108 BSF shows that he can run fast as well. Liam's Map is a new star, but we saw his talent with how he almost bested 7 other G1 winners. Was that his true form, or his single best day not to be repeated. We shall see, but all signs seem to point to him being that talented. Effinex is a fast horse. I do not know if we will see him in the Woodward, but he has run two 107 BSFs this year. Tonalist has been inconsistent, but usually very good. It will be interesting to see he and Honor Code meet at Belmont Park in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Lea came back down to Earth after his strong performance in the Stephen Foster. I would chalk his run up to either not liking the track, or having his jet lag finally catch up with him. He deos run fast when he runs well. The real question may be whether he is a 10 furlong horse. Protonico has been working sharply too at Saratoga and has shown his talent at Churchill. Commissioner is an inconsistent horse, but when he is one, he is on. He had the 5th highest BSF of any horse this year at more than a mile on dirt. He is back working so if he comes back it would be nice to see these two sons of AP Indy meet for the first time. And there are probably others that I am forgetting. · 4 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · I like him a lot, when he runs, which is not often. I would assume he is not sound. · 3 hours ago
Dogwood Stables has confirmed Palace Malice has been retired from racing again and this time, his retirement is for good. He will be heading to Three Chimneys Farm in the next day or two, more information will be available soon as far as how much he will stand for.
  • Goblin · I saw the news on a brief DRF twitter, with story forthcoming. Please recap the story when posted, Jb, for those of us without the pay-to-read. Thanks. I'm guessing he acquired a new injury or reinjured the previous one. · 3 hours ago
Catch a Flight, second or third in three Grade 1 races in Southern California this year, could have an international campaign this fall. Richard Mandella tells DRF's Steve Andersen that Catch a Flight could be pointed to the Champions Cup in Japan later on this year depending on how he is training. Mandella sees it as an opportunity to win an international race as Catch a Flight has won multiple races in his native Argentina before coming to the US. Article on DRF
According to Deidre Biles on twitter, Palace Malice has been retired.
Rick Violette said if he had to decide today Upstart would run in the Travers.Has until Saturday to decide-drf
Dominick- This may be the most absurdly rediculous statement I have ever read on this sight.... no wait any site. I think shes beat a few horses that were "OK." Lets see...Executiveprivilage (2 G1's and a G3), Dreaming of Julia ( G1 and G2), Kauais Katie (3 G2's and a G3) 50 shades of hay ( 2 G2s and 2 G3s), Iotapa(2 G1s and a G2), Authenticity (G2 and G3), Include me Out ( 2 G1s and a G2), Joyful Victory (G1, G2 and a G3), Close the Hatches (5 G1s, G2 and a G3) Royal Delta (5 G1s and 2 G2s), Princess of Sylmar (5 G1s), Tiz midnight (G2), Warrens Vendetta (G1 and G2), Yahilawa (G3), Catch a Flight ( 2G2s and a G3), Hoopertunity ( G1 and 2 G2s), Imperitive (G2), Bayern(2G1s and 2 G2s), Hard Aces (G1), Midnight Storm (G2), Spring is in the air (G1), Thats 29 Grade one victories, 23 grade 2 victories, and 9 Grade 3s and 3 Breederscup winners! Okay so because you made such an educated statement your homework is to find 5 horses active horses that have beaten more stakes winning horse. Id start with Wise Dan or Main Sequence, I think youll see its a pretty short list. If you cant, you shouldnt be aloud to post for the rest of the year.
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  • slewcrew7778 · True stats, and make for interesting comparisons. But only in a relative sense, with Bayern being a prime example. Do you think he's been running Grade 1 caliber races this year? I'd say the quality of Beholder's win in the PC had little to do with who was behind her. · 7 hours ago
  • x2freshdownthestretchx · I approve this post. Get'em! · 5 hours ago
August 22, 6 furlongs, 1:14.20 - 2 of 4 at that distance. 6 furlongs looks like maybe the Woodward. Or maybe they have not made their mind yet. It will be great to see him on the track again. I have not seen him since his Gulfstream allowance win at 3. He has faced some nice horses early in his 3 year old career- Juba, Tonalist, Mexikoma, Wildcat Red and General A Rod. All his G1 wins have come at 9 furlongs. I am wondering if it is the Woodward.
2-4-7 Tri. I like Frosted but AP is superior. TR is rested and Keen Ice has been improving. The favorites will show why they're the favorites in this race. No long shots here.

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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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