• Girvin (8-1) upsets the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes.Posted 19 hours ago
  • Unified (2-1) makes a winning return in the Grade 3 Gulfstream Park Sprint.Posted 19 hours ago
  • Enterprising (3-1) runs down Oscar Nominated in the Grade 3 Fair Grounds Handicap.Posted 19 hours ago
  • Morticia (2-1) game all the way in the Melody of Colors.Posted 20 hours ago
  • Farrell (7-2) pulls away to win the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra.Posted 20 hours ago
  • Yorkiepoo Princess (9-5) races through fog to win the Busher Stakes.Posted 20 hours ago
  • Honorable Duty (5-1) holds on to take the Grade 3 Mineshaft Handicap.Posted 20 hours ago
  • Believe in Bertie (3-5) sets new course record in Daisy Devine.Posted 20 hours ago
  • Hogy (5-2) earns his 16th career victory in the Colonel Power.Posted 21 hours ago
  • Even money favorite Derek's Smile goes gate to wire in the Texas Glitter.Posted 22 hours ago

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Made You Look, a multiple graded stakes winner on turf, will make his dirt debut in this Saturday’s Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park, trainer Todd Pletcher said Sunday.
Thanks for the reply Goblin&SS
Anyone hear why this horse scratched out of the Risen Star?
What a monster of a horse. If he hadn't had shin problems as a two year old, Baffert would have had two triple crown winners in a row in my opinion.
  • Captain Obvious via Disqus · A classic example of a horse that wasn't ready for the Triple Crown. Missing the TC early on certainly doesn't mean the horse isn't the best horse. · 54 minutes ago
has Pletcher ever won the Derby?
The horses that ran behind American Pharoah Derby: Firing Line Dortmund Frosted Danzig Moon Preakness: Tale of Verve Divining Rod Dortmund Mr Z Belmont: Frosted Keen Ice Mubtaahij Breeders Cup Effinex Honor Code Keen Ice. Not a fan of the horses who ran behind him and Equibase gave him a best of only 119. Also he got some candy leads. What I did like was he won three of the races big.
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  • BeastBob via Disqus · BobHayes22 • 3 hours ago "Not a fan of the horses who ran behind him and Equibase gave him a best of only 119." Remove this from your comment now before people start posting about the dirt horse who had the top equibase speed figure in 2015!!! By the way do you know which dirt horses with the top 3 equibase speed figures in 2015? (hint: they are in the 126-127 range). · 1 day ago
  • Ferrisjso26 · Ignored Ap's two year old competition and Materiality(who actually did well in the TC). Also ignored Tonalist and Frosted in the BCC. · 1 hour ago
Kelso won the two mile Jockey Club Gold Cup five years in a row. In the 1964 version, his last, he set the American dirt record at 3:19 1/5, which still stands. Princequillo also ran some good distance races. What other thoroughbreds should be considered among the best at long routes?
if Smith had to choose between American Anthem and Mastery, which way does he go?
Looked Amazing. He's definitely on my Kentucky Derby short list. Curious to see what people feel are his weaknesses? So far he's beat what looks like decent class. I like his running style, What are his weaknesses?
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  • WickedOne via Disqus · Only weakness i could see is the traffic in the Derby and him going wide when he starts his run. That's just the thing with closers. i am anticipating him to come at Mastery and Irish War Cry right at the end of the 2nd turn. :) · 3 days ago
  • Palace Malice Fan via Disqus · His ground cover with his stride. He runs in choppy steps like a sprinter in track. Great for sprint, not so great at longer distances. Horses with efficient stride and ground cover could chew him up as they use less energy. · 1 hour ago
G1 winner Connect posted his first workout of the year yesterday at Palm Meadows going an easy 3F. No plans yet as to when he will make his four year old debut.
Half brother to Cocked and Loaded, nice pedigree.
Last season's Audemars Piguet QE II Cup & Hong Kong Derby winner, Werther, gets up to nail Blazing Speed at the wire to win the G1 Hong Kong Gold Cup at Sha Tin on his second start back from an 8 month layoff.
Part of Winx's winning streak that I think is amazing is that she hasn't run in a race restricted to females since September of 2015. People question the level of competition she is facing but a mare beating the boys regularly and by open lengths in every start is impressive.
watched race don't let 93 fool you easy
Hope there are more horses entered than 7. Need at least 10 entries for a decent race.
Helene Paragon makes it back to back G1 wins getting up just ahead of Able Friend & Joyful Trinity to win the G1 Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup at Sha Tin. A trip to Meydan for the G1 Dubai Turf may now soon be in the offing for the former "Sir Andrew" from France.
This horse moved to 4 for 4 with a win in the Texas Heritage Stakes at Sam Houston. Also "Sippin" (3 year old Filly) is 7 for 7 in New Mexico. She races tomorrow in the Island Fashion at Sunland Park (prep for Sunland Oaks).
i wonder what race they pointing him to maybe Bluegrass or Wood?
93 BSF for his Risen Star win
I've been a fan of Classic Empire since last year and I'm not giving up on him. With that said, Irish War Cry is very hard to ignore. As of right now, he's my guy and I can't wait to see him in the Fountain of Youth.
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  • Kimberly Beth via Disqus · Really liking IWC · 23 hours ago
  • Joseph Brunner via Disqus · It was hot in Saratoga and CE threw Irad Ortiz off. It was cool in Santa Anita and CE romped in the BCC Juvenile. It was hot again in Gulfstream and he didnt run. Its going to be like 80 Degrees in May. this is a huge issue for Team Classic Empire · 14 hours ago

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 andrewdchampagne@gmail.com.

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