• Diversify (1-2) rolls home a big winner in the Evan Shipman.Posted 1 day ago
  • Blackjackcat (8-1) holds off Vyjack to win the Del Mar Mile.Posted 2 days ago
  • Dak Attack (2-1) is an impressive winner of the Ellis Park Juvenile.Posted 2 days ago
  • Channel Maker (8-5) wins the photo and survives multiple objections to win the Breeders' Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Kelly's Humor (11-1) rolls late to win Ellis Park Debutante.Posted 2 days ago
  • Dream Dancing (6-1) nips Beau Recall in the Del Mar Oaks.Posted 3 days ago
  • Collected (3-1) holds off Arrogate in the TVG Pacific Classic.Posted 3 days ago
  • Hunt (3-1) scores his second graded stakes win of the meet, this time in the Del Mar Handicap.Posted 3 days ago
  • Elate (4-1) rolls home a big winner in the Alabama.Posted 3 days ago
  • Money'soncharlotte (5-2) holds off Martini Glass in the Lady Jacqueline.Posted 3 days ago
Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

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Change the "I" to a "C" and you get his real name! ha ha ha ha, no sorry, I'm being rude to the horse, he's better than that, but he still got lucky in winning the Ohio Derby, the jockey on "Girvin" stopped riding him before the wire, "Girvin" was the REAL winner of the Ohio Derby. Neither of those two horses will finish on the board in the Travers, and that my friends, is true! :-)
Fun fact #1: Pletcher won his 2nd Travers 6 years after he won his 1st Travers. If Tapwrit or Always Dreaming wins than it will have been 6 more years since Stay Thirsty won. Fun fact #2: The last time the Kentucky Derby winner won the Travers was 10 years ago. And his silks were yellow and blue.
Who out there had a feeling he'd lose the San Diego, but didn't say anything because of the bombardment of very sure "Experts"?
McCracken/Looking at Lee/AD/Girvin/Tapwrit
Songbird arrives in NY for the Personal Ensign. She looked incredible.
On the Racing Post podcast discussion of the Juddmonte International at York the commentators were asked if Winx would fit in this race. Their opinion was she might actually be the favorite. Considering Barney Roy, Churchill and Ulysses are in the field that is high praise indeed.
I'm not entirely sold on Tapwrit just yet. As evidence of the Travers prep races, that was a really weak Belmont field and he was one of the few bred for the distance (ultimately why he won imo). In the case of West Coast, I'm not understanding the oddsmaker's choice. He beat a mediocre field in a G3 and gets 4-1 while Good Samaritan romps in the JD and gets 5-1. My picks for the race are as follows in no order: Good Samaritan, Irap, Girvin, McCraken
For all these comments on here..Do you even realize that Collected during his 4 race win streak now that his numbers are just as good or on par or even slighty better than Arrogates during Arrogates streak?..Everyone wants to refuse this fact and just treat Collected like some "BUM" cause the races he won (Destroyed) didnt have a Grade 1 "title"..you gonna tell me if Arrogate ran in the precisionist he would have won by "14" lengths? (without Collected in the race)...Collected dont know the title of races hes in..Collected looked like a legit Grade 1 horse to me during his 3 race win streak, and thats why i picked him over Arrogate in the Pacific..btw Del Mar racing surface is a mirror of SA track where Arrogate ate up for breakfast..Some slight moisture difference at times, But basically IDENTICAL racing surfaces..So i doubt its the track..The San diego didnt look like he didnt like the track..it looked like he just DID NOT want to run period!..Why didnt he run the same way in the pacific as he did in the san diego if he hates the track and cant run on it?..Arrogate is one of the obvious choices in the BCC if he runs..But its time we give other horses some respect..they earned it ( i know this is Arrogates page )
Had a colt by More Than Ready. Sold in foal to Winstar last year for $400,000.
If healthy, there is no question that Arrogate will be in the BC Classic. My initial reaction after the loss to Collected in the BC was that he was 10 lengths slower when comparing to his DWC's form. But after seeing the speed ratings and figures for the race, Collected actually ran a very good 10f race. In fact, Collected ran better than any of Gun Runner's 10f (or 2000 meter) races.
Can't believe Baffert is seriously thinking of running Arrogate in the B.C.Classic. He said Arrogate was running in spots and was proud off him that last 1/8 mile. This horse lost by 15 1/2 lengths before that. Baffert has destroyed his reputation in 2 races all at Del Mar now he is going for the trifecta.
Tapwrit Lookin At Lee Irap Girvin
My picks: 1st-Cracksman 2nd-Atty Persse 3rd-Khalidi 4th-Spanish Steps or Venice Beach.
Is there any video, please?
That big long, raking stride on a flat track like York could make Barney Roy really difficult to peg back in the Juddmonte International, but I still think Royal-Ascot was a case of Churchill not firing or running anywhere near his best for whatever reason, and though I know this is a bit of a retrieval mission for him, I can't help but think that at his very best, he's the most talented horse in this field. This could turn out to be a case of me picking more with my heart than my head, but my picks for this race are: 1st-Churchill, 2nd-Barney Roy, 3rd-Ulysses 4th-Shutter Speed or Cliffs Of Moher.
Officially retired
Girvin just doesn't get much love from the fans. I blame his name because he is a fine horse.
Should be interesting to see if he can stretch out.
I'd love to see her race in Dubai on World Cup Night. The World can then see how good this mare is.
Do yourself a favor and watch this one's debut from Canterbury. She is going to be something special. Just insane. https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/race/usa/cby/2017/8/20/6/northern-lights-debutante-s

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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