• Abel Tasman (12-1) gets up in time to beat American Gal in the Grade 1 Starlet.Posted 13 hours ago
  • Mastery (1-5) shrugs off his competition in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity.Posted 14 hours ago
  • Party Boat (5-2) gets her head down to win the Wait a While.Posted 15 hours ago
  • Fact Finding (8-5) draws clear of the Smooth Air field and keeps a perfect record.Posted 16 hours ago
  • Lovable Lady (12-1) blasts away in the Willa On the Move Stakes.Posted 16 hours ago
  • Paulassilverlining (1-9) makes easy work of the Garland of Roses field.Posted 16 hours ago
  • Sonic Mule (3-1) keeps the wins for Todd Pletcher rolling in the Buffalo Man.Posted 16 hours ago
  • Tapwrit (3-2) holds off stablemate Master Plan to win the Pulpit.Posted 17 hours ago
  • Lirica (5-2) finds a clear path to take the Hut Hut Stakes.Posted 19 hours ago
  • Bode's Dream (5-2) returns victorious in the House Party to remain undefeated.Posted 19 hours ago

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OK, let's try another debate: What year, in your opinion, was the greatest ever for champion/big-time horses being foaled? (Note, I do not say "greatest crop of three year olds" as I am including those that may have excelled as older horses). Three come to mind: 1954 - Round Table, Bold Ruler, Gallant Man, General Duke, Iron Liege 1970 - Secretariat, Forego, Sham (wins at least 2 of 3 TC races without Secretariat), Ancient Title (raced in CA but in the Hall of Fame), Desert Vixen (HOF filly). 1975 - Affirmed, Alydar, John Henry Your thoughts?
Not taking anything away from Satono Crown because he ran a great race, but Ryan Moore went too hard early in the race on Highland Reel, allowing him to run ridiculous splits in a 12f/2400m race when he should've been trying to back the pace down, like Seamie Heffernan did at Santa Anita in the Breeders Cup Turf. Add to that mistake Moore going for home too early on Highland Reel, which was why he ran out of gas in the final 50 or 75 meters, allowing Satono Crown to nail him by a head at the wire. It's not often I'd say this about a horse that Ryan Moore was piloting, but it seems to me that Seamie Heffernan seems to understand what Highland Reel is capable of on the racetrack and what he isn't better than Ryan Moore does, IMO.
Some people call me the space cowboy, yeah Some call me the gangster of love Some people call me Maurice Cause I speak of the pompitous of love
Maurice MUCH, MUCH, MUCH the best in winning the G1 Hong Kong Cup on the final start of his career, turning in arguably the most impressive performance of his career. What a talented horse who was never beaten in 3 different G1 starts at Sha Tin.
  • Theodore via Disqus · A career best for him, absolutely sensational run. · 4 hours ago
anyone know what happened to Far From Over?? he still in training or what??
Beauty Only, who won the G2 Jockey Club Mile last time out, beats Helene Paragon by a 1/2 length to win the G1 Hong Kong Mile with a blanket finish of multiple horses fighting out 3rd place.
Arrogate would stomp on chrome again in the PWC trust me!
Frankel's First Grade 1 Win!!! she is capture Japanese only 2-year-old filly race event the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies
Aerovelocity narrowly holds off the late flying Lucky Bubbles to win his second G1 Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin. The local Hong Kong based horses went 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th in this year's Sprint.
Ryan Moore kicks for home to soon on Highland Reel and gets him nailed on the wire by Japan's Satono Crown in the G1 Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin.
Two races in one week? Why?
Pure Sensation has been scratched from the G1 Hong Kong Sprint with some sort of hoof problem.
This is a bold prediction, but I think he's going to pass the wire 1st or 2nd on the the 1st Saturday in May, 2017. He is impressive!
12/10 - 5F work http://www.xbtv.com/video/workout/california-chrome-worked-5-furlongs-in-100-60-at-los-alamitos-on-december-in-preparation-for-the-winter-challenge/
12/10 - 5F work http://www.xbtv.com/video/keen-ice/keen-ice-inside-and-zulu-worked-5-furlongs-in-101-60-at-palm-beach-downs-on-december-10th-2016/
Midnight Storm was run in the Native Diver to see how he handled the dirt- which he handled by a winning margin of 7 3/4 lengths. The Pegasus will be unlikely for Storm, unless they receive a very lucrative offer. They have already been approached with a few offers. Most likely he will be pointed to the G2 San Pasqual & the G1 Santa Anita Handicap. The goal is to get a G1 win over dirt with Storm in 2017.
Watch out for her! Three wins in a row and today got her first Grade 1.
Flaxman Holdings Inc has announced that Canadian International winner Erupt will not run in the Breeders Cup Turf, the horse is fine and not hurt, but the connections say he is still tired after the long trip. Flaxman says however that there is still a huge chance Erupt will make his next start in the Japan Cup in late November.
  • sczen50 · I hope that he recovers & does real well. :) · 41 days ago
  • ILuvTurfRacing · If fatigue was what kept him out of the Breeders Cup Turf then I totally understand the decision by the Niarchos Family to bypass sending him to Santa Anita, but to be honest, I would've much rather seen them wait a couple of weeks longer and pointed Erupt at the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin over sending him back to Tokyo again. I think the Hong Kong Vase would've been a much more winnable race for Erupt, because European based horses just simply haven't fared well in the Japan Cup for a long time now. The last time a European based horse has even hit the board in the Japan Cup was all the way back in 2006 when the talented filly Ouija Board posted a 3rd place finish, and the best finish by a Euro horse since then still remains a 4th place finish in 2009 by 2-time Breeders Cup Turf winner, Conduit, in the final race of his career. · 12 hours ago
Wow, what a win! Singled her and Mastery in a $50 P3! Big balloons!
California Chrome's dam Love the Chase will be bred to Pioneerof the Nile of a 2018 foal.

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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