• Rachel's Temper (3-1) gets the job done in the Summer Colony.Posted 1 day ago
  • Midnight Storm (3-10) holds off Om to win the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile.Posted 2 days ago
  • Camp Creek (26-1) comes from well back to pull the upset in the Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine.Posted 2 days ago
  • Time and Motion (8-5) powers by Catch a Glimpse late in the Lake Placid.Posted 2 days ago
  • California Chrome rolls to victory over Beholder and Dortmund in the Pacific Classic.Posted 3 days ago
  • Ashleyluvssugar (5-2)  just holds off Metaboss in the Del Mar Handicap.Posted 3 days ago
  • Harmonize (7-2) gets there in a blanket finish in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks.Posted 3 days ago
  • Songbird (1-5) gallops to ten in a row with an easy Grade 1 Alabama score.Posted 3 days ago
  • Tourist (5-2) proves best in the Grade 1 Fourstardave.Posted 3 days ago
  • Unbridled Mo (2-1) earns a tough victory in the Monmouth Oaks.Posted 3 days ago

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but Beholder isnt the same horse anymore since her injury..shes still good..but not the same dominant horse..so Songbird will have that in her favor if they meet in distaff
if Songbird meets Beholder in the breeders cup distaff...she might suffer her 1st defeat
Chrome is over-rated. An early maturing 3yo who was clearly the best in the spring. But his peers, including fillies, have caught up and surpassed him. His last three loses are not flukes. They are a true and valid result of his capabilities. In the Hollywood Derby, he and Sawyers Hill will set the early (and fast) pace. Lexi Lou will be back in third, the others trailing. Turning for home, Sawyers Hill will pack it in and Chrome will take the lead, with Lexie Lou gaining ground. LL will catch Chrome before the wire. Cabral will come from far back to get third. he has an outside chance of catching Chrome for 2nd. My bet: $5 superfecta 2/5,6/1,3,4
  • Mary Z. · Chrome isn't over-rated if we're saying he's a top three year old, very good router. His BC Classic showed he wasn't just good in the Spring, beating other 3 year olds. I do like your longer shot pick of Cabral. Tried to find out about him from racingpost. That Del Mar stakes third of his was pretty good. I like the winner Awesome Return very much. I this small field I'll say Talco, Chrome, Lexie Lou, Cabral. · 634 days ago
  • Pebbles via Disqus · LOL Ah to reflect on past posts. Nice try though. Hope you did not lose that much on the race. By the way, has your opinion of Chrome changed at all. He had an explanation in the Belmont Stakes when his foot was stepped on and he bled the entire race after a tough Triple Crown campaign which included 3 prep races and shipping cross country. He had an explanation in the PA Derby where he was not fit. The connections did not realize that he needed to race himself into fitness. The foot injury keeping him out of training for additional time prevented an earlier race to get him fitter. And the BC Classic, like it or not, was probably his career best race where he finished a close third. · 31 minutes ago
Who keeps upvoting this horse?
He's not a bad horse just gets beat by exaggerator on the mud is all,You guys seriously haters
  • OklaHandicapper via Disqus · People don't hate the horse, what they hate is all the hype surrounding this horse. Nyquist is a good horse but would never live up to the hype built up around him. I have to go all the way back to Arazi to find a horse that was more overhyped than Nyquist. · 32 minutes ago
I honestly do not understand all the hate here. He is one of the greatest trainers to walk the Earth. Sure he's had his problems and made his mistakes, but the rest of us do the same, which is no reason to hate the man. He almost died, and he still gets hated, and that's just sad. I know some will agree with me, but I am sure one user will reply with some sort of negative comment. (Hint) If you want to know who it is, he sometimes goes by something we watch.
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  • amino998 · “Don't ever become a pessimist, Ira; a pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun--and neither can stop the march of events.” ― Robert A. Heinlein · 1 hour ago
  • OklaHandicapper via Disqus · Lukas runs his horses over and over until they break down. Watch video of the last races of Lady's Secret: she is BOLTING because she doesn't want to run anymore. He's the opposite of most trainers these days: he cares nothing for the horse. And his protege Todd Pletcher is just like him. I've never respected Lukas and respected him even less after it was revealed he was doping his horses with cocaine. · 38 minutes ago
This looks to be a very exciting Travers.
breeders cup distaff*
who do you guys like if Songbird and Beholder meet up in the breeders cup mile?...what do you think the odds will be on those two?
Lady Eli draws post 3 out of 8 for the G2 Ballston Spa. Full entries will be out later today.
Stationary_Vic peaked my interest with his annual hate post towards Lukas. Let me say that i hardly agree with many of the tactics he has used in recent years with some of his horses. I have been very vocal about it along the way. But in no way does this take away from the fact that he is 1 of the top trainers of my generation. By nature,i am more on the conservative side of managing Race Horses,many on this site seem to be the opposite. They complain that horses do not run as often as they used to. Yet when a trainer who comes along and believes in racing his horses into shape comes along. He or she is labeled a butcher who only breaks them sown. For 1 second,forget the Hall of Fame roster of Equine stars that Lukas developed along the years. Lets concentrate on the human element. Look at the roster of pupils that began under him and went on to bigger and better things. Pletcher,McLaughlin,Dallas Stewart,Mike Maker,Mark Henning,Randy Bradshaw,George Weaver,Bobby Barnett. Let us not forget the one who might of been as good as any of them,his son Jeff Lukas . He met an unfortunate accident.The roster of Hall of Fame caliber horses is to great to even bother listing.Many now take their shots at him,but take his age into consideration. How many of us at his age ,when hopefully we all get there. How many will be able to say that they are not only competing against the worlds best,but holding their own.
  • travel_vic · You pique interest this way: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/pique+interest · 335 days ago
  • amino998 · Stationary_Vic :) has struck again. There's a hairsbreadth between those "rational people (who) do not hate" and... travel_vic • "WHAT are you talking about. WE ALL KNOW and LOATHE the break down KING".• · 2 hours ago
Easy Goer/California Chrome/Frosted/Cigar/American Pharoah/Skip Away/Zenyatta...can anyone rank these horses 1 through 7?..if they all ran in one race what would be the top 3 finish?
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  • By The Numbers via Disqus · 1. American Pharoah 2. Skip Away 3. Cigar 4. Chrome 5. Easy Goer 6. Zenyatta 7. Frosted I think Frosted is more talented than some of these horses, but he needs a better race record before I can put him above these horses · 2 hours ago
  • pathfinder · I would say Chrome by a whisker over American Pharoah, with Zenyatta a fast-closing third but not quite up in time. 1. California Chrome 2. American Pharoah 3. Zenyatta 4. Cigar 5. Skip Away 6. Easy Goer 7. Frosted · 2 hours ago
Chrome is the Rodney Dangerfield of thoroughbreds right now. Destroys a stacked field with ease and still gets no respect.
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  • BeastBob via Disqus · Chrome is being recognized (internationally and domestically) right now as the #1 thoroughbred in training. People who think Songbird is better are in denial. By the way, what are the names of the commenters on this site who think Songbird is better than Chrome? · 2 hours ago
  • travel_vic · stacked filed? You must have watched a different race than I did. · 2 hours ago
Creator should rebound from Jim Dandy, big shot here at 10furlongs.
The more I think about it the more I would like to.see dortmund in shorter distances this year. The Kelso, dirt mile, and cigar would be nice. Then he can tackle longer races next year. Those 3 races would look nice on his resume.
INCOMPETENCE: doing the same thing in spite of overwhelming evidence that it destroys a significant percentage of your horses. Amazing...thinks we "baby" horses too much. Any OTHER major trainer screw up so many young horses? OR mismanage so many others? (putting horses in spots where they have NO chance of winning but HE gets a chance to be on the tube again) So many of his Derby entrants had NO shot whatsoever.
Rational people do not hate. This fellow destroyed more than his share of good horses and continues the OVER TRAINING unabated.
Does anyone have thoughts on American Freedom. Call me crazy, but if you watch his wins-he really wants that wire. Seems like an extremely determined horse. He wants to be on the lead or right up against it so he's really going to have to hustle out of his post. Will that hustle take enough out of him coupled with his first try at this distance. Any thoughts are appreciated as I really want to include him on an exacta... Thanks.
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · love american freedom but you will have 5 horses that love the lead arrogate. american freedom, connnect, governor malibu, and gift box whomever decides on a pace duel will not make the wire in my opinion · 3 hours ago
This horse had the trip from hell in the 2010 ky derby.. And still almost won.. If there had been a furlong and a half left

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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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