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  • Avanti Bello (3-1) proves best to win his second straight Tiznow Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Girvin (8-1) upsets the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Unified (2-1) makes a winning return in the Grade 3 Gulfstream Park Sprint.Posted 2 days ago
  • Enterprising (3-1) runs down Oscar Nominated in the Grade 3 Fair Grounds Handicap.Posted 2 days ago
  • Morticia (2-1) game all the way in the Melody of Colors.Posted 2 days ago
  • Farrell (7-2) pulls away to win the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra.Posted 2 days ago
  • Yorkiepoo Princess (9-5) races through fog to win the Busher Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Honorable Duty (5-1) holds on to take the Grade 3 Mineshaft Handicap.Posted 2 days ago
  • Believe in Bertie (3-5) sets new course record in Daisy Devine.Posted 2 days ago
  • Hogy (5-2) earns his 16th career victory in the Colonel Power.Posted 2 days ago


HRN Original Blog:
Dueling Down The Stretch
Posted Sunday, February 12, 2017
McCraken's win in the Sam F. Davis makes him a top Kentucky Derby prospect.
Posted Friday, February 03, 2017
Bidding farewell to four-time champion Beholder.
Posted Tuesday, January 31, 2017
“The scary part is he just keeps getting better and better. I feel like this year, we will be seeing what Pharoah could have done if he were to run at four.”
Posted Friday, January 13, 2017
There are three Horse of the Year nominees, all worthy in their own way, but only one will be crowned victor. Who is your Horse of the Year?
Posted Monday, June 20, 2016
Currently Nyquist heads the three-year-old division, but should he fall short in his next couple starts, Gun Runner will be provided with a chance to overtake him.
Posted Friday, April 15, 2016
Cupid seemingly has all the tools to excel, but can he overcome his inexperience, a wide post, and a questionable pedigree?
Posted Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Can Cathryn Sophia challenge Songbird anytime soon? Dead Heat Debates' Laura Pugh and Zipse At The Track's Brian Zipse argue the topic in this HRN Point/Counterpoint.
Posted Monday, December 14, 2015
It would seem that Sports Illustrated is not pleased at the backlash their decision, to crown Serena Williams the SI Sportaman of the Year, has received. Just before 12:30pm, they posted a story titled “American Pharoah Congratulates Serena Williams”.
Posted Thursday, November 26, 2015
Come see what the fans of racing, and myself, are most thankful!
Posted Tuesday, October 27, 2015
In a return to HRN, Dead Heat Debates Author, Laura Pugh picks up right where she left off.....stirring the pot! What do you think? Should American Pharoah keep his crown even if he tastes defeat in the Classic? Some say yes, some say no.....what say you?
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Meet Laura Pugh


Laura Pugh got her first taste of Thoroughbred Racing when she watched War Emblem take the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2001. After that point, she fell in love with the sport, reading every piece of news and information she could get her fingertips on.


Laura has a long history with horses in general, taking her first ride on her fifth birthday, with her first official riding lesson when she was eight years old. Both years she attended college she joined her school’s equestrian team, first at the now closed Virginia Intermont College, then again at Delaware State University. Unfortunately, after back and shoulder injuries, she had to hang up her saddle. 


In 2010 Laura came to Horse Racing Nation, but soon branched out to other media outlets, such as Lady and the Track, TwinSpires.com, and USRacing. She currently works at a local newspaper as a community reporter, while making a return to Horse Racing Nation, where she will once again feature her opinionated columns on the latest in horse racing. 

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