• Enola Gray takes the Melair gate to wire.Posted 11 minutes ago
  • Surgical Strike charges on the outside to win the Arlington Classic (G3).Posted 57 minutes ago
  • Diva Express and I'm a Looker make a dead heat run in the Winning Colors (G3).Posted 1 hour ago
  • Flipcup game in Arlington Matron (G3) victory.Posted 1 hour ago
  • In his first start since the Remsen, Gift Box rolls over a strong allowance field at Belmont.Posted 2 days ago
  • Nyquist has spiked a fever, delaying his trip to Belmont, via DRF's Dave Grening.Posted 5 days ago
  • Second Summer holds off Hard Aces to win the Grade 2 Californian.Posted 5 days ago
  • Exaggerator turns the tables and is victorious in the Preakness (G1).Posted 6 days ago
  • Takeover Target flies home late to win from last in the Grade 2 Dixie.Posted 7 days ago
  • American Freedom fights back for Sir Barton victory.Posted 7 days ago

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Pleasant workout to win The Melair. That pace was too easy for her.
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · 1 Enola Gray(1-9) 2 Allsquare(25-1) 3 Cheekaboo(7-1) finish · 10 minutes ago
I'm picking Exaggerator to win.
Possible Canterbury stakes contenders Dark Star Cup:Barbados Lady Canterbury: Recepta, Heath, Coming Attraction, Angel Vision, Lady Lara, Tuttipaesi Mystic Lake Mile:El Kabeir,Za Approval,Red Rifle,Cage Fighter,Middleburg, Smokem Kitten
Was Dark Star beating Native Dancer in the 1953 Kentucky Derby the biggest upset in horse racing history?
Trainer Tom Amoss announces that Mo Tom will not run in the Belmont Stakes and will point for the Ohio Derby in June.
  • andthey'reoff · Tom really likes the midwest circuits, so this move doesn't surprise me. Also, I wanted to thank you for our discussion yesterday on the Canterbury page. I needed a real confidence booster and some reassurance yesterday after those entries came out. · 2 hours ago
Exaggerator reminds me very much of War Admiral. The way he stands reminds me of the old black and white photos of the 1937 Triple Crown Winner.
Quite an impressive debut! Very close to a track record and he wasn't even being pressed!
Good race. Nyquist did the right thing by allowing Danzig Candy to stay a few lengths ahead instead of chasing him. And Exaggerator just couldn't catch him. He can never catch him. But there's a problem the horse racing industry is facing. Back to back years, the top three that hit the board were three of the top favorites. No drama and very small payouts. This sort of thing can hurt the whole horse racing industry. I don't know if it's simply a lack of top quality horses in recent years. Or maybe it goes a little deeper, such as some questionable post drawings or, as was the case last year, some rather convenient scratches. Or maybe the trainers aren't really doing everything they can to try and win these races. Whatever it is, I fear that if this trend continues, horse racing will find itself needing another infusion to bring life back into it.
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  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · Lack of top quality? Questionable post drawings? Convenient scratches? Trainers not doing what they can to win the Kentucky Derby? Are you for real? This sounds like sour grapes to me. Did you spend a lot of money looking for a large payout and came out empty handed? Who doesn't love California Chrome, American Pharoah, and now Nyquist. Who cares about the win payout. More people cashed in, more people went home happy. Newcomers are ecstatic tripling their money on a win bet. People like to see the horse they root for win. In races like this one, payouts don't matter. If Nyquist wins the Triple Crown, how many do you think won't even be cashing their Belmont win tickets? · 19 days ago
  • Helen Kane Favaron via Disqus · Dear Dan, I don't usually read these posts, but since you made your statement, I'll add my two cents in. I used to got to the tracks in CA. Occasionally I bet, a bit, But mostly I just loved the sport. I loved watching the fine animals in the paddocks and on the track. I am a lover of horse racing. I am a lover of the sport. I think every trainer and every rider is out there trying and doing their very best in every race. Now that I live in Texas, I love watching the races on TV. Especially the Triple Crown. I was in CA at Hollywood Park and was able to see Secretariat run, before he won the triple crown. Such a beautiful horse. I miss being able to go to the track but it has not stopped me from enjoying the sport. That's what horse racing is about. Sure there are betters and plenty of them but the beauty of the thoroughbred is a site to see. Don't just go to the track to make money, you'll lose every time! Enjoy the sport. · 2 hours ago
Wow he romped in his debut!! Definitely one to keep an eye on in the future...
Finnegan's Wake, Red Tie Day, Bal A Bali, Royal Albert Hall.
Animals who simply run away from the field, particularly on a wet/fast surface against maiden sprinters, have never faced early pace pressure. Let's see how this one does with dirt in it's face, then you can anoint the championship.
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  • MaryZinke via Disqus · Sunday Rules and the very few girls who can break with her would be the kickback that Enola Gray may face, going by those fractions from her debut. · 4 hours ago
  • amino998 · WHOM annointed the championship? ps: sort by oldest · 4 hours ago
Making her Stakes debut in name only. As i said earlier, she is a very exciiting prospect,who should be using this as a stepping stone. Her real tests will come when she is pitted against the very best. Like i said,the most exciting prospect from me.
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · Should be a very fun race today. · 4 hours ago
  • amino998 · Better than Marking? I like Stevens in the Keertana S. @ CD today. · 4 hours ago
Donnie Von Hemel announces that Mike Smith will ride Suddenbreakingnews in the Belmont Stakes.
  • studentrick via Disqus · It will be interesting to see how the jockey change impacts the horses future. You can't really say much after one race, but the rides in the Arkansas and the Rebel make me think this change was neeeded.... · 6 hours ago
Trainer Mark Casse says there is concern over the fact she will NOT be able to wear nasal strip at Ascot. "She's had some breathing issues in the past. She's one that is it really important that she wears (nasal strip)" Mark Casse added that likely by tomorrow they will make a final decision on whether they will go on to Royal Ascot with Tepin.
The Preakness loss emphasizes what a remarkable colt Seattle Slew was. The only trainer to guide a most demanding thoroughbred undefeated through the Triple Crown has yet to be admitted to the Racing Hall of Fame.
She worked 5 in 59. today
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · shaping up to be the toughest vanity in 20 yrs · 6 hours ago
I see this being a race for Stradivari to lose considering there will be absolutely no pace for all the closers to come after.
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  • jrem1 · I've read where Todd Pletcher is considering running him. He said he came out of the Preakness in good shape and will have some workouts and gallops with him over the next 7 or so days, and if all is well, it may be all systems go. · 1 day ago
  • Players Klub via Disqus · There is never a quick pace anyway. But I agree with you Stradavari to the front, measured fractions, just a matter of can he get the mile and a half even at measured fractions. Not a bad strategy at all though. · 7 hours ago
I like Brody's Cause or Suddenbreakingnews for the upset. Straight: Brody's Cause(Hd)/ Exaggerator / Lani / Suddenbreakingnews
  • Players Klub via Disqus · I think you are wasting your money with Brody who is going to end up on the turf most likely as a miler. · 7 hours ago
Hopefully Cherry Wine will run in the Belmont and Lanerie will choose to ride him so we can get a rider change on Mo Tom if the connections decide to run him.
  • Players Klub via Disqus · Cherry Wine will be in NY no doubt unless he is injured. · 7 hours ago
Absolutely bolted up in the closing stages of the G2 Sandy Lane Stakes, winning to Donjuan Triumphant in 2nd and Gifted Master in 3rd!
  • ILuvTurfRacing · This filly has very quietly, sort of under the radar, built herself a really fine record and she's got a killer turn of foot also. · 7 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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