• Minding rolls home an easy winner of the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh.Posted 15 hours ago
  • Melatonin powers home a strong winner of the Gold Cup at Santa Anita.Posted 1 day ago
  • Lord Nelson lunges late to nip Subtle Indian in the Triple Bend.Posted 1 day ago
  • By the Moon proves best in the Grade 3 Bed O' Roses at Belmont Park.Posted 1 day ago
  • Mo Tom finds a trouble free trip, and rolls home an easy Ohio Derby winner.Posted 1 day ago
  • Isabella Sings strolls to victory in Monmouth's Eatontown.Posted 1 day ago
  • Sarah Sis makes all the running as the Chicago Handicap favorite.Posted 1 day ago
  • Harzand holds off Idaho in the Irish Derby to become a dual Derby winnerPosted 1 day ago
  • Far From Over wins his return today at Belmont after more than 16 months away.Posted 2 days ago
  • Champion Untapable has been retired from racing, according to owner, Ron Winchell.Posted 7 days ago

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Waller has indicated 3 Syd races for WINX in Spring, Pro-Ride Warwick Stakes,Chelmsford & Colgate Optic White! by Australian Turf Club on Twitter https://twitter.com/atc_races/status/747228058046763008
She's roughly halfway through her 3YO season now, and Minding is already a 5-time Group 1 winner over distances of 7f, 8f, 10f, & 12f, and had she gotten a bit livelier ground in the Irish 1000 Guineas I have absolutely no doubt we'd be calling her a 6-time Group 1. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she shows up at Goodwood in July next to contest the G1 Nassau Stakes at 10f. That's usually one of the deeper fields of the season that draws a good mix of quality 3YO fillies + quality older fillies & mares. I also wouldn't mind seeing Minding take on older fillies & mares at 12f in the G1 Yorkshire Oaks at York in August.
First winner for I'll Have Another :)
As much as I want to see another good horse compete, I think this is a ridiculous decision to have him run off a 14 month layoff against CC. Not sure what the game plan is but it would have been nice to see him at a much easier race. It's like killing the horse's confidence right off the bat.
Love this guys win in the Triple Bend. Now at the head of the sprinting division (until Private Zones and Runhappys return)
No Way!! Simon Callaghan announces that Firing Line is on track to make his 2016 debut in the G2 San Diego Handicap on July 23rd. Which means there is a chance we could see California Chrome vs. Dortmund vs. Firing Line in a prep for the Pacific Classic!
8 year old Cali stakes regular Soi Phet wins the listed McCann's Mojave, 8.5 f, in 1:40.80. His first win at Santa Anita.
Because there are no real pressing horse racing questions to be answered on the track today- lets turn our attention to the other super star athlete who, should show up big - The question to be asked is Chile or Argentina?
I do not know if this supposed schedule is official yet. In watching TVG yesterday during the races. They said that Songbird would be coming East for the C.C.A , The Alabama and the Cotillion at Parx. From there it will be the B.C. Distaff. If she were an East Coast based filly,there would be absolutely no issues with that schedule. If they decided to leave her on the East Coast for the 2 to 3 months needed,i would have no problem with that. But why would you take her away from the day to day training by a H.O.F. trainer. Ask Baffert with Bayern and Pharoah over the past 2 years. Ask them how 3 year olds react to the quick roundtrips between East and West. To run in this schedule,she would have to do it twice. I have been one that has been critical of West Coast stars staying home. But this would be to much on her at such a young stage of her career. At best you can do is 2 out of 3. Bypass the middle leg. But unfortunately,that leg is the gem of the 3yo fillies division. Tough decisions to make. But do not make the stupid one,by running in all 3.
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  • Neigh Sayer via Disqus · She will be fine staying on the East coast for two or three starts and will be exceedingly well taken care of and trained by people who are now with her every day. · 3 days ago
  • Pete via Disqus · You want her to run the Distaff off a two month layoff? Come on give me a break, she just had two months off for a sneeze, the Oaks at Saratoga will be a walkover, the Alabama will be a slight test and then another walkover at Parx as a prep to the Distaff. It's not about the travel, its about how hard the horse has to run to win those races. This horse should of run and won against males by now, the female division offers zero competition. Outside of Mike Smith falling off her or another horse taking her out she isn't losing to another female horse as long as she races. · 7 hours ago
Doug's staff advises... Don't Boldly Toss Not This Time :)
Really like what I've seen out of Sword Fighter in his last 2 starts. What this colt may lack in talent and/or ability, he more than makes up for in drive and determination. It's no easy thing to take a field gate to wire over 2 miles at listed level and then come back 9 days later and take a field gate to wire over 14f at G2 level. Aidan O'Brien certainly doesn't have any problems throwing quality older stayers at this year's G1 Irish St Leger with the likes of Order of St George & Bondi Beach in the yard, but as of right now, I think Sword Fighter gives Aidan O'Brien his best chance of winning the G1 English St Leger at Doncaster that's restricted to just the 3YO stayers, IMO.
He was coming super fast at the end. Maybe next time. Good to have him back on track.
Update: Kobe came in 3rd in Triple Bend at SA with Gary Stevens aboard.
Spoke to a connection today. He is halfway through a 60-day turnout. Would not expect to see him back before the fall.
108 Beyer winning Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Saturday
Look for WW Jul. 8th, GP< shd be a great spot...
Why run against the best older next month when you can get more money at Haskell or Travers until the BC :)
Any news on this guy?
I heard that they have thought of keeping him at Santa Anita & the Del Mar circuit.
  • Ruffianlover · With how he ran in the San Vicente, and his two year old races at Santa Anita and del mar, I wouldn't have a problem if they ran him in the pacific classic or San Diego · 13 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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