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2013 Champagne (G1)

10/5/2013, Belmont Park
Post Time:
5:46 PM ET
1 mile (Dirt)
2 M

What the Nation is saying about the 2013 Champagne (G1)...

Twelve of the last twenty Kentucky Derby winners have run in a stakes race as a two year old. Let's take a closer look at the top three finishers of last year's juvenile stakes. Read More
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  • SSilence86 · Storm Cat has yet to have one win the derby for him. Will this be the year his line wins it? · 106 days ago ·
  • LaurieRoss · Hard Spun has a 10F winner on dirt (Questing) & Charismatic is in Japan. He has only 1 SW as a broodmare sire, and that one is a winner at 9F. 2nd damsire of Wicked Strong is With Approval, MGSW at 10 - 12F. Candy Ride has no 10F SW over dirt. Storm Cat is the damsire of 3 SW at 10F over dirt. 2nd damsire Grenfall failed to win 2x at 10F, as did his daughters' best offspring (Twilight Agenda). There's more stamina on Wicked Strong's bottom line than Shared Belief's. I agree that Hard Spun isn't a true 10F horse, but under the right cirmstances, he can sire a 10F horse. · 105 days ago ·
The final crop of the legendary sire A. P. Indy is two years old this year, and it is led by the exciting Shug McGaughey-trained colt Honor Code, who is expected to start in Saturday's Champagne Stakes.Read More
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  • tonyzag · I have waited 40 years to see another that is " deep through the heart." · 201 days ago ·
  • LaurieRoss · AP Indy's are 1-27 at every distance over the DelMar Poly since they installed it. Common knowledge that AP Indy's are really bad on dirt. · 107 days ago ·
Fewer two-year-old races are being carded each year, and juveniles, collectively, are becoming less tried and tested. This reality has helped diminish the importance of two-year-old racing.Read More
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  • tmallios1 · Was looking at Parx race 8.The #1 Awesome Wildcat is coming out of the Nashua Mile.At the 1rst call he was 1 length off of the lead. The bris pace # given to him was average.If you take into consideration it was done on a straightaway and with a little bit of a tail wind.The pace was pedestrian. This makes Noble Moons run,all the more impressive. He picked up horses in the stretch ,that should of had a lot more. What this does for me,is make Cairos Prince a bet against. I am not saying he cannot win. But with the hype and being undefeated in his career. He looks to be the shortest price horse with the most question marks at the distance. · 148 days ago ·
  • proudbird · bookrunner... look out for him · 137 days ago ·
Could these two young colts, expected to meet in the Remsen Stakes, become racing's next big thing?Read More
From Oct. 23 until Nov. 1, we'll be counting down the Top 10 Breeders' Cup Buzz horses. Today's horse: HavanaRead More
  • Ruffianlover · Havana did look good- but I was still more impressed by honor code. Also debt ceiling doesn't look like he wants any part of a mile so he had an excuse. I do look for Havana to win the juvenile though. Please do a Verrazano one next! · 180 days ago ·
  • zorro21 · Forget Havana, he is a spmiler at best, without Honor Code in the race it is Bond Holders race to lose. Its his home track, he has the pedigree to go a long way. · 180 days ago ·
The Champagne and Breeders' Futurity are sending their respective winners to the Breeders' Cup, let's do a head-to-head comparison to see which one has the best shot in the Juvenile. Read More
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  • Davidm9999 · The Futurity is a fun race to bet as it can be so wide open. It has zero relevance to me for BC races. I think Havana is the better animal. I would say the top three from the Champagne are lengths better than anything in the Futuriy. If Vegas offered a head to head matchup on Artie and Havana then Havana woulld go 1-5. · 193 days ago ·
  • mstobye · Havana....most definately · 187 days ago ·
Can Todd Pletcher pull off the rare Breeders' Cup Juvenile repeat?Read More
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  • EP Taylor · I would rather run my horse in the Remsen then the Juvenile. The BC money is tough to ignore that is for sure, but I like the Champagne + Remsen route for 2 year olds. Good luck to the Juvenile field looks pretty competitive. · 187 days ago ·
  • Sullivan · I thought about making the same comparison (Matz > Shug too), but I feel that these horses are very different. Now if Honor Code keeps getting later... idk · 187 days ago ·
"Pace makes the race" is an old and famous adage. Let's take a look at the extreme pace scenarios we've seen in this year's Breeders' Cup preps.Read More
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  • icyhotboo · TM, I'm curious as to where you're going to get those desperately needed 2/5 of a second at the second call? Make no mistake, he, GOD has less chance this year than last. The only way he can finish in the money IMO is if MMM scratches. Even though I doubt MMM will win, his pace will put GOD away. It's probable four horses will leave the gate faster than GOD, two of those will hit the 3/4s faster, I just don't see a win or money finish with both MMM Fort Larned in the race. For GOD to finish in the money one of the aforementioned horses has to falter, namely MMM who will be running along side him. Just so you know where I'm coming from GOD is a favorite of mine, the most predictable horse to ever set foot on a track. He always runs the same race, anyone who hasn't made money wagering on him whether for or against is hard to imagine. Even if Baffert works him to the point he does get the second call fractions, he's then in the position he was last year, over extended and unable to finish in the money. For GOD to win he has to hit the second call in 1:10.3/5,and have enough energy left to not falter, besides that Mike Smith is a definite bet against all day long, this isn't the early 90s. · 192 days ago ·
  • tmallios1 · Icy,that is Bullet Bobs worry,the reason i am so on board with him,is how he is finally handled.The days are gone where they emptied his tank in worthless races.You saw the monster that ran in the Pacific Classic off of a layoff.The 2 months off will make him that much better.If all i have to worry about is 2.5 ths of a second.Maybe i will take Lisas adviceshe gave me for Noble Moons debut. I shall seek out loan officers. I go into the races assuming they will all run their best,except for horses like MMM and Ron The Greek,who emptied their tanks in the preps.That being the case.For right or wrong.This in my eyes might be over when the Marshall in the paddock says "Riders Up' · 192 days ago ·
Friday marks the 15 year anniversary of Silence Suzuka and El Condor Pasa's memorable clash in the Grade 2 Mainichi Okan. Read More
  • yukichan · Thank you Doug for reminding and/or educating us of these two remarkable horses from a previous era. I have no doubt that we see an Arc winner from Japan one day soon. After all we still have Gentildonna (Deep Impact)! Until then, Gambatte! · 198 days ago ·
  • Northport · great article! I haven't ever heard of Silence Suzuka, but he had quite the remarkable, yet short lived career. Shame to see his end :( · 198 days ago ·
Affirmed and Alydar. You cannot say the name of one of these magnificent thoroughbreds without including the other. No matter that Affirmed hit the wire first in eight out of the ten, their rivalry was as good as racing gets. Back then, their exploits drove the sport, and together their names made i...Read More
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  • https://www.facebook.com/mark.corbin.127 · Two Beautiful Colts! Let us all remember, HONOR CODE is A.P. Indys last chance at a Kentucky Derby Champion! Ive got my fingers crossed for the Great Colt all the way to the Derby! · 198 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · come on THESE two sides will keep these two as far away from each other as long as they can...That is an historical reality repeated frequently over the years. · 198 days ago ·
This is a strong field...my early KY Derby Fav - Strong Mandate, Honor Code with his bloodline and visually impressive mdn win..Havana with his tremendous speed for a 2yr old and Debt Ceiling with his solid record. But anyone think Ride on Curlin might have an upset shot? He was the ML fav in the Iroquois off his strong Mdn win and ran ok race against promising Cleburne. First try on two turns..tired but back to a one turn mile with strong hand Alex Solis on..could be a nice value play and at the least exotics in here.
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  • goblin · You're probably right, jinlie. Anything could happen, but ROC was at a disadvantage having been asked to go from a 5 1/2 f. race to one at 1 1/16 mi. when he had not been working regularly due to "shins". He has recorded works at intervals now over the past month. To me, these 2y/o races are learning experiences for the colts and for the observers. · 201 days ago ·
  • jinlie01 · Strong Mandate and Ride on Curlin · 200 days ago ·
Which prep holds the all time and 2013 advantageRead More
Saturday's Champagne Stakes at Belmont is unquestionably the most exciting two-year-old race we have handicapped all year, as it features a trio of very interesting prospects. Read More
One of the wagering angles that has served me the best over the years is not dismissing a horse because of one poor race. In other words, after finding a horse that I like, I should not give up on them because of one poor performance, no matter how bad that performance happened to be. Often these ty...Read More
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  • icyhotboo · TM, what you just stated became so habitual as to cause me to look deeper. The thing is you already knew it. You didn't need me to tell you. I would say that's not the first time a horse came back to bite you. · 202 days ago ·
  • tmallios1 · Know to damn well,just wanted to try and blame someone else than the idiot that deserves the blame. · 202 days ago ·
Have to go with Havana here.
Robert Baker and William Mack’s Strong Mandate and Donegal Stable’s Cleburne, a pair of major contenders for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita, were on the Churchill Downs track on Sunday for workouts. Read More
Three of the most accomplished 2-year-olds on the grounds turned in major training moves at Churchill Downs on Sunday in preparation for what their connections hope will be a trip to Southern California and success in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) at Santa Anita on Saturday, Nov. 2...Read More
In his 78 years and lifetime in around horses, Hall of Fame trainer and four-time Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner D. Wayne Lukas is not surprised by much when he reports to the track each day for morning training.Read More

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