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No worries. he was done in by the off track and the slow pace. Worst race of his career was the Alysheba where the early pace was slow, like this one. This was the slowest paced first 4F of any mile he's been in. Also, he may not have liked the early rail position which may have been deep slogging or the sloppy going. He closed the last 2F in about 24 seconds which isn't bad at all. This race did nothing to reduce my assessment his chances in the BCC. I still like him for 2nd or 3rd there.
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  • DerbyDoc via Disqus · He pulled up abruptly after the wire. This was not what the connections wanted to see. · 7 hours ago
  • DerbyDoc via Disqus · And he was moved to the 3 or 4 path quickly and that is the place to be on the track today. · 7 hours ago
Just finished a wonderful day at Suffering Downs. 8,500 showed up and it felt like 35 with windchill. Great racing, great horses, great people. Dreamed a Dream vs. Navy Nurse was a true treat, and the support from Mott, Clement, Brown, Gryder, Juddmonte, was unbelievable. As opposed to the sad note I left last October, this was a cheerful and fun and engaging atmosphere. Amazing what advertising can do.
The Kelso's pace after the first 3/4 mile was 1:09 and change, isn't that fast for a sloppy track?
Nickname's win in the frizette makes this baby girl look good. She looks good without any help though of course.
Euro friends, what are the thoughts about this one's chances in the big race in France tomorrow?
So sad. RIP beautiful boy.
Where is this horse?
Anyone know where I can watch the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe this year TVG use to show it but it looks like it's not this year.
  • yukichan · HRTV--might have to be a subscriber? Post time is 7:30a PT, 10:30a ET http://www.hrtv.com/hrtv-programming-note-network-offers-live-coverage-of-sundays-arc-de-triomphe-from-longchamp/ · 2 hours ago
  • yukichan · Also looks like you can watch on Twinspires. That's where I'll be. · 2 hours ago
This horse is depressing. Time to euthanize this disappointment.
Tonalist was closing fast his last two races. This time it wasn't even close. Sure the time wasn't good but this is a pure distance horse so you shouldn't expect 10 f in 2 minutes from him. Tonalist is certainly staying in my superfecta with AP, Frosted and Beholder. IMO those 4 horses are the elite in this group. I was expecting Effinex to prove something to him and while he made the money and will l be a GREAT longshot bet for the BCC the Surburban is looking more like the exception not the rule for him. Not sure if Tonalist will win the BCC but barring injury he'll be a player mid stretch or later.
Very sad to hear. This is terrible. Rest in peace beautiful Skyring. :(
7 starts at Belmont,all Graded Stakes! 5 wins,2 places. Never on the Poly!That is my only concern for BC! Beautiful ride by Johnny V,nonetheless! He hit that hole and it was DONE!
Will this horse ever race again?
Skyring has unfortunately been euthanized. Condolences to the connections.
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · :( I always enjoyed watching him run at FGs. · 5 hours ago
Rest in Peace beautiful boy, you will be so missed. Condolences to all the connections; it was truly a tragic day at Keeneland.
No breeders Cup for shore Runner
Awesome Slate back in the winners circle, won by 4 1/2 lengths while surging away. Awesome Slate set the pace, Autumn Song tried to stay with the gelding but Slate started surging away, drifted a little coming home but was asked for more and quickly ran away from Autumn Song.
Yikes, 2 fatal breakdowns in one day. I know it was a bit of an off track day- but that's got to be slightly disconcerting going into the BC.

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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.

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