• Effinex is a game winner of the Grade 1 Clark Handicap.Posted 44 minutes ago
  • Can't touch Almasty in the Commonwealth Turf Stakes.Posted 1 hour ago
  • Taris shows her class in the Go For Wand.Posted 3 hours ago
  • The Pizza Man dominates the Hollywood Turf Cup.Posted 1 day ago
  • Heart to Heart runs away with the River City on the Churchill Downs turf.Posted 1 day ago
  • Green Gratto holds off a brigade to win the Fall Highweight at 24-1.Posted 1 day ago
  • It's all Favorite Tale in the Fabulous Strike.Posted 1 day ago
  • Lavender Chrissie romps past Calamity Kate in the Zia Park Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • Mobile Bay wins the Zia Park Derby, while International Star fades to fourth.Posted 2 days ago
  • It's all Lewys Vaporizer in the $200,000 Steel Valley Sprint at Mahoning Valley.Posted 4 days ago

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Keen Ice was so much the best there, if there was just another furlong he absolutely blows by those horses. I didn't think the distance would matter but he does need 10F. Although once again he was just way to far back.
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · ? Really? Well, then look forward to his 10fs and longer? · 1 hour ago
I think Private Zone should win Older Dirt Male. He's just been so consistent.
Starts tomorrow at Del Mar. Curious to see how he does.
R6 I've always liked Salsita
Nice, a tiny bit wide, win by crazy 8 Effinex.
Does anyone know where he is right now? It's been a long time since I have heard of him. Hoping he retires here in the US, I think he deserved better management than he got. He was really put on the back burner after his run in the Kentucky Derby.
  • JerseyGirl via Disqus · Absolutely agree. He was retired earlier this month, with dozens of others;(🏇 · 1 hour ago
I've always liked Chitu and followed his KD campaign with CC. He just disappeared this year, and I miss him. Best to you beautiful boy! You should have gorgeous babies and lots of company in the meadows with others from your stable💚🐎
So far six horses with a payout of over 11 dollars have won at Churchill today.
Simon Callaghan tells DRF's David Grening that Taris, winner of the Go For Wand today at Aqueduct, will race in 216 and will point for longer races. She could make her 2016 debut in the G2 Santa Maria and could use tat race as a prep for the G1 Santa Margarita as the early season goal. According to DRF
Won the first race at del Mar today.
BREAKING NEWS: Constellation, an 8 1/4-length winner of Thursday's $150,000 Furlough Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, will likely be kept sprinting.
Wildcat Wish won his second start yesterday at GPW.
Union Jackson just ran as fast as Runhappy did for 6.5F earlier in the summer in his allowance win.
Much has been written about American Pharoah and Bob Baffert. Victor Espinoza now has three wins in the Kentucky Derby, three wins in the Preakness, a Belmont, three Breeder's Cup wins and many graded stakes. He had the incredible good fortune to ride Chrome and AP back to back, tying Ron Turcotte's record for 5 wins in two Triple Crown seasons. Had California Chrome not been injured in the Belmont last year, Victor now might have two consecutive Triple Crowns. If he retired today, how should his legacy compare to the best?
Wow! He didn't win by much, 1 length or 2, but it was a fast race. He went 6f in 1:08.95 and finished in 1:15.05. He was confidently handled through the stretch
YAYYY!! Union Jackson wins again!! Went to the lead and never looked back, only was hit once in the stretch, nice performance!!!

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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