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Hotwalked this one a bit over the Summer and he finally broke his maiden! Was always a bit cheeky but very sweet, always tried hard every time out - so thrilled that he finally won!
From DRF on Mike Repole's claim yesterday of 9 yr. old Be Bullish: Repole claimed Be Bullish cause he always liked him -- once claimed him for $75K. Will evaluate his condition before deciding to race/retire. Good to know his new connections will do right by him.
From Churchill: "Happy birthday to trainer Charlie LoPresti, who celebrated No. 57 on Sunday."
From Churchill: "Body soreness caused jockey Francisco Torresto take off of all mounts on Sunday’s Churchill Downs card due to an incident that occurred Saturday at Indiana Grand."
From Churchill: "Ken and Sarah Ramsey tied Maggi Moss in the race for leading owner when their Thank You Marylou took the $100,000-added Dogwood (GIII) Saturday. Both owners have tallied five wins with four days remaining in the September meet."
From Churchill: "Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Departing worked a half-mile in :48.80 Sunday morning at Churchill Downs, his final workout ahead of Saturday’s$125,000-added Homecoming Classic."
From Churchill Downs: "After suffering a broken right hand in the final race at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day, jockey Jon Court is awaiting medical clearance Tuesday and hopes to return to race riding as early as Friday. “The hand’s been feeling a lot better,” Court said. “I’ve been galloping a few horses and it’s been just a little sore, but hopefully I can get back on some mounts next weekend.” Court, 53, said he is taking calls for next weekend, although he still is awaiting clearance from a medical examiner on Tuesday. “I have to take calls since next weekend is the last one here,” Court said. “I talked to my doctor (Saturday) and asked him if I’d be good to go; he answered ‘I’ll see youTuesday.’” Court is the 15th-ranked jockey in career wins at Churchill Downs with 448."
Jose Sea View is my just in case I'm right pick. Ami's Holiday would be no surprise. Torturous Coltimus Prime after that.
i just dont see him going that fast that far,not to mention s.b.and we saw how he zoomed by g.o.d. idk?
Bob Baffert said if Bayern shows him he's holding his form, he'll run in the BC Classic. "He could have run a mile and a quarter yesterday". From Baffert
  • michael via Disqus · i keep going back to the travers,is the dirt mile a 2 million race or a million??? · 4 hours ago
With the retirement of WTC after PM and Game on Dude- who do you think will be in the starting gate for the Classic? Ready set GO!
  • Mary Z. · Shared Belief, Moreno, Bayern, California Chrome, V.E.Day, Imperative,Wicked Strong, Toast Of New York. Longer shots Soi Phet, Majestic Harbor. · 4 hours ago
YOOO!!! With the classic division dropping, do you think it's a good time for Wise Dan to think dirt again.
  • Mary Z. · No. I could see why they made the switch after the 2012 Foster. · 4 hours ago
  • Goblin · No from me as well. He needs to maintain as is; to make changes now would add to the stressors already encountered this year. (Think Hans Selye checklist.) ;) · 4 hours ago
HRTV just announced that Moonshine Mullin will not run for the rest of the year and will not be seen until Oaklawn next year
@Sullivan when will our Mylute be returning?
Losing both her and Game On Dude in the same week is just a heart wrencher. My heart is so saddened at the thought of never watching either of those two race again. Before the blabbing of "at least they retired sound" yes I am happy about that- but people let me wallow in my sorrows of the end of two of my favorite horses careers! Loved both, and when at the top of their game- they both were so special and amazing to watch. I will miss both of them for sure.
w.t.c.is retired! sucks
that race was a gem,no target on his back,unbeatable when he runs his race.please baffert dont send him to the b.c.c.the d.m.is where he belongs!!!
I had Untapable, Sweet Reason and Little Alexis as my trifecta. Would I have won any money on a $2 wager?
OH MY GOD!!!!! Now confirmed, Per release, champion Will Take Charge retired with mild strain to branch of suspensory. Enters stud in 2015 Three chimneys
  • Goblin · I just heard it on HRTV--actually it didn't click for a minute, and then it was OMG for me as well! · 5 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.