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  • The Great War is off the Derby trail following poor finish in the BattagliaPosted 3 days ago
  •  Royal Son scores in the John Battaglia Memorial.Posted 4 days ago
  • Stellar Wind an impressive winner of the Santa Ysabel. Posted 4 days ago
  • Far Right shoots up the rail again to score in the Southwest Stakes. Posted 10 days ago
  • Khozan demolishes a Gulfstream Park allowance field to remain perfect in two starts. Posted 10 days ago
  • No beating North Slope as he returns to dirt a winner in the Evening Attire. Posted 10 days ago
  •  International Star scrapes the paint to win the Risen Star.Posted 11 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox speaks loud and clear in the Rachel Alexandra. Posted 11 days ago
  • Itsaknockout wins the Fountain of Youth on the DQ of Upstart. Posted 11 days ago
  •  Chocolate Ride sneaks away in the Fair Grounds Handicap.Posted 11 days ago


HRN Original Blog:
Runnin' Down A Dream
Posted Monday, February 09, 2015
Saturday's race card was filled with thrills and excitement ending in a verdict proving who was best. It was a "showdown" at Santa Anita as eager fans came out to cheer on their favorite.
Posted Tuesday, December 30, 2014
The day after Christmas, 40,810 race fans celebrated opening day at Santa Anita, and the start of the new year of racing. Melanie Martines shares photos of this Happy Holiday event!
Posted Monday, December 01, 2014
Enjoy a photo essay by Melanie Martines of the exciting holiday weekend at Del Mar, featuring California Chrome!
Posted Wednesday, October 01, 2014
The West Coast definitely had its share of excitement with Opening Weekend at Santa Anita Park, and HRN Photographer Melanie Martines was there to capture the excitement.
Posted Saturday, September 27, 2014
Shared Belief solidifies his position as top 3-year old in the country with a thrilling victory in the Awesome Again Stakes
Posted Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Melanie Martines recaps an exciting weekend at Del Mar in beautiful Southern California where sunshine, beaches, and Horse Racing can be used in one sentence.
Posted Monday, August 11, 2014
Gutsy, bold and fearless are words that would describe I Spent It's Performance in the Saratogo Special.
Posted Sunday, July 13, 2014
With the first Summer Meet behind us it's a great time to reflect on the track's first Thoroughbred Meet, and the excitement as well as challenges that lie ahead for Los Alamitos.
Posted Sunday, June 29, 2014
Like fine wine, Los Alamitos Race Course seems to be getter better with age
Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The official announcement of the next three hosts sites for the Breeders' Cup races has been made: Keeneland-Santa Anita-Del Mar.
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Meet Melanie Martines
 

Melanie is an avid horse racing fan. She first fell in love with the sport in 2009 when she was first introduced to an article about the Pamplemousse. Her first Derby love was I Want Revenge after his spectacular win in the Wood Memorial, and would tell you that her favorite Thoroughbreds are Zenyatta, Mine That Bird and she's been following Mucho Macho Man since he was 2 years old.  

Although she has been involved with the sport for only 5 years, her passion has led her to become quite knowledgeable and she's read many books on pedigree/conformation/dosage, handicapping and about great horses in racing history. She learned how to handicap a race from old-timers in the sport, and has a few favorite angles when picking a winner. 

Having a creative side to her, she is also a professional Photographer. She discovered that she was able to combine her passion for photography and horse racing and loves traveling to Santa Anita in California as much as she can.
Her dream job would be behind the camera at a race track photographing everything that goes on throughout the day.
 
Originally from Hawaii, Melanie lives in Henderson, NV with her daughter Kaela who currently attends college. She is a graduate of UNLV and when she is not at the race track she is the Executive Assistant to the CEO of a Digital Marketing company in Las Vegas.

Visit her Sports Photography Portfolio At: 
http://www.melaniemartines.com