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2009 Champagne (G1)

Date/Track:
10/10/2009, Belmont Park
Distance:
1 mile (Dirt)
Age/Sex:
2 M
Time:
1:35.12

What the Nation is saying about the 2009 Champagne (G1)...

Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. could again be headed for an exciting classics season in the wake of Saturday’s Grade I Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park.The trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown nailed down the historic Champagne Stakes with Homeboykris as the favored Dublin, winner of Saratoga’s Ho...Read More
Dublin overcame some trouble and a bit of immaturity to win last month's Grade 1 Hopeful at Saratoga. But the horse he beat by two lengths, Aspire, didn't have the smoothest of trips either and figures to offer more value when the two meet again in Saturday's Grade 1 Champagne at Belmont Park.Read More
I must expand on my above comment as saying that Dublin and D'Funnybone are the 2 best 2 yr.olds I've seen this year to include Dixie Band. I just recently saw his footage in the arlington futurity and Spectacular Bid Stakes. Pretty impressive as well.
I've watched what video I could find of Dublin and D'Funnybone's previous races and my take on it is D'Funnybone likes to break quick and stay up front to then go on and draw off from his competition. Dublin, too, likes a quick break but then seems to take up that stalking position then when it's time, make that big move to go on by. Dublin, on film anyway, looks like a big colt with a big kick. But D'Funnybone has blazing speed, so it will be interesting to see if that big kick is enough to propel him by D'Funnybone or not. These 2 clearly seem to be the class of the Champagne entries.
This is the first in a series of blogs featuring the 2009 Breeders’ Cup, to be held at Santa Anita Park on November 6th and 7th. I will look at each division in the coming days and weeks, and I’ll start with the juvenile colts and geldings. Read More
So far this year Dublin and D'funnybone are the two best 2yr.olds that I've seen yet. Look for one of these two to take the Champagne.

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