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  • Melatonin powers home a strong winner of the Gold Cup at Santa Anita.Posted 10 minutes ago
  • Lord Nelson lunges late to nip Subtle Indian in the Triple Bend.Posted 46 minutes ago
  • By the Moon proves best in the Grade 3 Bed O' Roses at Belmont Park.Posted 3 hours ago
  • Mo Tom finds a trouble free trip, and rolls home an easy Ohio Derby winner.Posted 3 hours ago
  • Isabella Sings strolls to victory in Monmouth's Eatontown.Posted 3 hours ago
  • Sarah Sis makes all the running as the Chicago Handicap favorite.Posted 3 hours ago
  • Harzand holds off Idaho in the Irish Derby to become a dual Derby winnerPosted 8 hours ago
  • Far From Over wins his return today at Belmont after more than 16 months away.Posted 1 day ago
  • Champion Untapable has been retired from racing, according to owner, Ron Winchell.Posted 6 days ago
  • Cheekaboo wins a blanket finish in the Honeymoon at 23-1.Posted 6 days ago


HRN Original Blog:
Runnin' Down A Dream
Posted Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Despite the weather not cooperating, 27,821 Race Fans came out for an exciting day of racing on Santa Anita Derby Day!
Posted Saturday, April 02, 2016
It was a trip of a lifetime for Horse Racing Nation's Photographer, Melanie Martines. Check out her photo essay now from a glorious week in Dubai...
Posted Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Derby Hopeful Mor Spirit and Super Filly Songbird were two of the main attractions last Saturday at the Great Race Place. Revisit the weekend in photos by HRN's own, Melanie Martines.
Posted Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Enjoy California Chrome's triumphant return to racing through the magic of HRN photographer, Melanie Martines.
Posted Saturday, December 05, 2015
Reminisce with Photographer Melanie Martines as she recollects the many joyous victories of Shared Belief, the horse that was larger than life...
Posted Thursday, August 27, 2015
Horse Racing Nation's Melanie Martines experienced the best weekend of Summer racing at Del Mar Racetrack and shares the beautiful California track through her photos.
Posted Wednesday, April 08, 2015
A crowd of 38,647 racing fans at Santa Anita included HRN Photographer Melanie Martines, there to capture the thrills and excitement of one of the biggest racing days of the meet.
Posted Tuesday, March 10, 2015
There were no shortage of thrills and excitement for racing fans who came out for Big Cap Day at Santa Anita. Check out the action as captured by photographer, Melanie Martines.
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!
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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.  

Her passion has led her to become quite knowledgeable of the sport, and has 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 the California race tracks as much as she can. After returning from the Breeders' Cup races at Keeneland Race Track and experiencing the sports' first "grand-slam", the next planned adventure on her list will be Dubai for the World Cup on the last Saturday in March of 2016.
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.

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