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  • Untapable heads a field of nine in the $1 million Cotillion. Posted 18 hours ago
  • California Chrome draws the rail for the Pennsylvania Derby. Posted 18 hours ago
  • Sheikhzayedroad scoots up the rail for the Northern Dancer victory! Posted 2 days ago
  • Baltic Baroness wins the Prix Vermeille; Treve a disappointing 4th. Posted 2 days ago
  • Suntracer cashes in the Kentucky Turf Cup! Posted 3 days ago
  • Conquest Typhoon much the best in the Summer! Posted 3 days ago
  • Ball Dancing beats her stablemate to the wire in the Sands Point! Posted 3 days ago
  • 1st time Lasix and the U.S., Annecdote romps in the Noble Damsel! Posted 3 days ago
  • Conquest Harlanate rolls late in the Natalma! Posted 3 days ago
  • There will be a carryover of $59,132 when racing resumes Saturday at Los Alamitos.Posted 3 days ago


HRN Original Blog:
Runnin' Down A Dream
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.
Posted Monday, June 09, 2014
Santa Anita's first-ever experience as a live racing partner on Belmont Stakes day with a crowd of 31,208 fans cheering for Cal-bred California Chrome
Posted Saturday, May 10, 2014
Up close and personal with the second jewel of the Triple Crown series...
Posted Monday, May 05, 2014
With a field of 19 talented colts how do you pick a winner? Get it in the mind of a handicapper and see how I separated the contenders from pretenders!
Posted Thursday, May 01, 2014
Another one falls victim to the Curse of Apollo ... Hoppertunity is out with a foot issue.
Posted Monday, April 28, 2014
59 years later, a California-bred colt by the name of California Chrome is taking his 77-year-old trainer Art Sherman back to Louisville for the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby

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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 with her husband for a weekend of racing.
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 husband Jeff and 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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