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Can we just say that when you have a true gut feeling about a horse in a race....GO WITH IT!! Majestic Cat (out of Fiber Sonde) just kept sticking in my I thought, What The problem. $85.00 for the win, $38.00 for the Place and 13.60 for the Show! On a $6 dollar bet....I can go to bed a happy man! Fantastic run for this gelding...40/1 odds.....but my gut told the truth of the matter! Gotta love a long shot!
Kentucky Derby 2018 Update for my list 1.) Arrival 2.) St Patrick’s Day 3.) Bolt D oro 4.) Declarationofpeace 5.) Gotta Go 6.) Marconi 7.) Hollywood star 8.) Free drop billy 9.) Mendelssohn 10.) sporting chance 11.) copper bullet 12.) Engage 13.) Montauk 14.) McKinzie 15.) Domain
What time in the US eat is it
Frosteds Met Mile brought back memories of Easy Goers Gotham..Both just completely devastated the fields and overwhelmed them with such authority and ease..Both hand ridden and burning up the clock...Glad Frosted left a very vivid memory on this sport..What a beautiful horse
Masochistic worked 4f, Nov 17th, in 47.00 (H) finishing 1/36.
The Player worked 5f, Nov 17th, in 1:00.00 B) finishing 1/32.
Honorable Duty worked 5f, Nov 17th, in 1:02.00 (b) finishing 13/32.
Neolithic worked 4f, Nov 17th, in 49.95 (b) finishing 46/80.
Destin worked 4f, Nov 17th, in 49.90 (b) finishing 44/80
Royal Mo has come through his surgery & recovery well. He is set for a stud career in 2018. Farm & stud fee to be announced in the near future.
This wont be a very popular statement..But it "needs" to be said...2004 Belmont Stakes was one of the most gratifying days for me ..Birdstone runs down Smarty Jones to end his TC bid..What makes this a great day was that Smarty Jones did not deserve a TC..He was not that kind of horse..Slow Derby on a fast track..Slow Preakness..Slow Belmont..Smarty Jones came home in like 27 for the last 1/4..We need horses like Birdstone to interupt these overrated TC bids..Smarty Jones was a nice horse..But a TC would have overrated him so much it would have become almost unbearable..Thank you Birdstone!
Bid was Versatile and would have beaten Secretariat at a nice handful of distances. Bid vs Secretariat...1 1/4..No contest..Bid wins for fun. Bid was MUCH better at 2. Not sure who Secretariat ran against besides Sham..Riva Ridge? Secretariat fans are fanatical..They dont want to hear "anything" about another horse. Easy Goer"...Most impressive 2-3 yr old season of all time..........all quotes today by the genius.
Per Andy Scoggin. Vino Rosso headed to the Smooth Air Stakes at Gulfstream
Spectacular Bid beats Secretariat at "every single" distance except the 1 1/2
Won a maiden 1 1/8 race against a colt out of Tapit and is a half brother to Mucho Macho Man. Great race for Biblical, he was always on the outside and it looks like he has a long stride.
Alysheba had so much trouble with Cryproclearance..As he got older he started to get the best of Crypto..Easy Goer at the tender age of 3 was completely burying and humiliating Cryptoclearance every single time they met
Secretariat lost 3 out of his last 8 dirt starts...Lost to "Angle Light".."Onion"..Prove Out"...He also lost 2 out of his next 3 dirt starts after the TC...Some of these inferior horses beat him "Handily" also..But hey its "Secretariat" so he gets "Excuses"...Other horses do NOT!..1 excuse would be "Even in his losses he would have beaten so and so due to the Raw Time of race"..Meanwhile some horses who have faster times than another on paper, Both these horses have faced a familiar foe on "multiple occasions, Yet the horse with the slower times on paper "buries" this familiar horse by a "pole" every time they ever met, Yet the horse with better raw times on paper gets "buried" by this same familiar foe every other time they face eachother...(Spectacular Bid didnt lose to the Onions.Prove Outs,Angle Lights...He lost to "Affirmed"..1 1/2 length)..Secretariat was a GREAT horse whom has become overrated due to the "Belmont" and the media and his fans..
This highly touted Invincible Spirit half-brother to Dabirsim was unplaced in his only start before an accident brought his career to an end. He has been acquired to stand at Haras De la Barbottière for €1,200.
Will start shuttling to Gestüt Karlshof in Germany for 2018. He will join the father and son duo of Samum and Kamsin there. His fee at Karlshof has been set at €6,500.
Has been retired and will stand at Tally-Ho Stud for €6,000 in 2018.

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

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