• Far Right shoots up the rail again to score in the Southwest Stakes. Posted 4 days ago
  • Khozan demolishes a Gulfstream Park allowance field to remain perfect in two starts. Posted 5 days ago
  • No beating North Slope as he returns to dirt a winner in the Evening Attire. Posted 5 days ago
  •  International Star scrapes the paint to win the Risen Star.Posted 5 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox speaks loud and clear in the Rachel Alexandra. Posted 5 days ago
  • Itsaknockout wins the Fountain of Youth on the DQ of Upstart. Posted 5 days ago
  •  Chocolate Ride sneaks away in the Fair Grounds Handicap.Posted 5 days ago
  • Long On Value clearly Best in the Canadian Turf. Posted 5 days ago
  •  Street Babe surprise the Mineshaft field at Fair Grounds.Posted 5 days ago
  • Main Sequence storms home late to win the Mac Diarmida! Posted 6 days ago

HRN Original Blog:
Toasting with Andrew Champagne


Older Comments...

There will be a live race meet at Suffolk Downs in 2015 and 2016 now that track ownership and the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association have come to terms. The on-again, off-again, complex deal for the horsemen to lease the track that has been negotiated over the last several months was finalized Feb. 27 with the approval of both boards of directors. Article on bloodhorse
  • Show All 3 Comments
  • Buckpasser via Disqus · Really happy to hear this. I hate it when a storied venue dies. · 53 minutes ago
  • Sullivan · Not true and bittersweet. First, deal has to be approved by gov. seeing as the funding still has not been appropriated for the continuation of racing. Second, the HBPA's plan is to lease for two years and then build a new track in 2017. · 29 minutes ago
Every time there is a 3yo on the verge of winning the Derby,that has never raced as a 2yo. The ghost of Apollo makes an appearance. I am not a Red Sox fan, but try telling them that the curse of The Bambino exists. I am far from a historian or statistician in the Racing game. But i am curious if anyone knows the answer to this.Of the so called 62 horses to have attempted this,can anyone tell me who the 10 most high profile colts of the group were.Also what were the odds of these horses in the Derby. The only thing that 62 means to me,is that it is 1 more than the number of homers the real HR King.......Roger Maris had in 1 season. If the majority were at high odds,what difference does it make if they ran at 2. A horse with no shot is the same,regardless of how many races they had. Many will point out Verrazano as the poster boy to this failure.But that is not fair, he went into the Derby a very tired horse. I will not use his health issues as an excuse. The Derby was his 5th race,they were playing catch up the entire process. But even through all the negatives. It is amazing how horses like Palace Malice and Oxbow got a pass for attending the fastest early pace in Derby History. But Verrazano was left out in the cold.Does anyone not remeber that he was sitting 2nd,about 2 lengths off of these torrid fractions. I could care less about Apollo,and for that matter being of Greek descent,Zeus and any other God you may throw my way. Only thing for me is that if you do not win the Kentucky Derby or any other race for that matter.All it tells me is that you were not good enough or lucky enough(if you had a trip excuse. FOR THAT DAY ONLY.
  • Show All 8 Comments
  • hannahWTC1 · The only 2 I can think of that had a legitimate chance of winning the Derby is Bodemeister, and the pace did him in more than anything. And the second is Coaltown, all the way back in 1948. Him running into one of the best thoroughbreds in history did him in more than lack of racing at 2 · 1 hour ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · Thanks Hannah, but lets be honest. Even if there were 10 horses with a legitimate shot. Over the course of time,that is a miniscule sampling. People love to sensationalize it as though it can never happen. Like i said in my other posts.What then was the excuse of all the other top contenders with legitimate shots to win and did not that raced at 2. This is just another topic in a long line of irrelevant topics,that makes people think they know what they are talking about. · 33 minutes ago
Salutos Amigos, among the top sprinters on the East Coast if not the country, is “50-50” to make next Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap here, according to trainer and part-owner David Jacobson. Salutos Amigos, who won the Grade 3 Toboggan on Feb. 7, has missed training time due to a recurring foot issue. Article on DRF
Bummer. I always wanted to see him run now I wont get the chance. It least he will be ok.
Jess worked!!!!! Date: February 27, 2015 Track: STONESTREET TRAINING LLC Distance: Four Furlongs Time: 52:00 Breezing Track Condition: Good Surface: Dirt Rank: 2/4
Came across this cool photo of Dortmund eyeballing Firing Line: https://www.flickr.com/photos/27227526@N08/16481236606/
Wabel finally gets two turns in r6 this Saturday. Should be interesting to see what he does, and it would be nice to have a derby horse
Trainer Mike Hushion has been hospitalized with “a serious health issue” according to Barry Schwartz, one of Hushion’s primary owners and close friend. Hushion, 66, was hospitalized in Florida on Feb. 19, according to Schwartz. Hushion on Friday was scheduled to be transferred to the University of Miami Medical Center, Schwartz said. “He’s being treated for a serious health issue,” Schwartz said, who declined to elaborate. Schwartz said that Hushion’s daughter Casey is with him. According to DRF
Where is he at??
Bern Identity, a top East Coast sprinter who was being pointed to the G3 Tom Fool next Sat. at Aqu, has been retired after suffering a knee injury in a training mishap almost 2 weeks ago at Palm Meadows, per trainer Kelly Breen. Article on DRF to be posted later today.
  • Show All 3 Comments
  • jockey2be. · Aww,sorry to hear that.Best of luck to Bern in his next career! · 3 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · Unfortunate occurrance,but does not come as a complete surprise · 3 hours ago
jimmy et al---Wabel is entered this Saturday, 2/28, at SA, in a 1 1/16 mi. MSW, Race 6. Hopefully the increased distance will be to his liking/advantage.
Its official! He wont be running in the derby!
  • Show All 3 Comments
  • Paladin · Too Bad. That was part of Jess's Dream, to have in the Derby. · 5 hours ago
  • Goblin · JD's connections have never given any indication that the Kentucky Derby was ever a goal for this colt. However, if you have OFFICIAL information, you need to CITE A SOURCE, preferably a linkable one. Otherwise this is just more innuendo and gossip. · 4 hours ago
Beautiful portrait of Shared Belief!... .http://www.drf.com/news/hovdey-shared-belief-shades-black
  • Show All 4 Comments
  • jonquil · Very lovely artwork indeed. :) I really love looking at old portraits of race horses. They're always so interesting! This definitely invokes that same feel. Timeless. · 21 hours ago
  • Captain Obvious via Disqus · Nice portrait slew. I sure hope it looks even better with age. · 5 hours ago
Can't believe the difference in this year's SA Handicap versus last years edition. One of the best races last year, here and now it's just another win for Shared Belief.
By the way, on case any one didn't know, in the Sam Davis, Ocean Knight ran 49 feet more than 2nd place Divining Rod. According to timecharts, that is the equivalent to 6 lengths more than the runner up. It impressed me more seeing that fact, because he might have won going away. I am very confident in this colt and I pray that he remains sound and healthy. Go Ocean knight!!!!!
Is this horse ever going to race in a KD prep? Bet the horse in KD futures lol which was a bad idea. Probably wont get KD distance but he has been training well. Enter the horse in a race TP.
  • veyedoublenwhy · His connections already said that they aren't preping him for the Derby. If his comeback goes well don't be surprized if he is entered in the Preakness. · 7 hours ago
It's interesting that Stonestreet will not let either OK or CD run at GP. It's also interesting that it appears they are favoring CD a bit by making OK ship up to the NE.
  • MarkKennedy · Well I think they are just going by past performances. Carpe diem was a big name last year. OK is just now making a name and has only two races under his belt. Also maybe it's not favoring. Maybe they think OK is more versatile and a better fit against El kaiber which to me is regressing and far from over which I like a lot. Curlins tend to like the distance and hVe faired pretty good in NY. I'm not worried. I think he will get his points · 7 hours ago
im excited
Next stop Florida Derby!
It's been confirmed! First mare has checked in foal to him :)



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.