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If any of yall are going to be at the Fair Grounds tomorrow, could you take lots of pictures of Silver? Please? :)
Honor Code will workout tomorrow at Payson Park, however McGaughey says that HC will skip the Hal's Hope and instead point for the Gulfstream Park Handicap for his four year old debut, according to DRF
  • tmallios via Disqus · Absolutely not a good sign when a 3yo runs 1 race in the Spring and then is laid up for 8 months. Upon his return, they have already altered his Racing Schedule before he even got going. · 9 hours ago
  • Sullivan · I agree - real question is not his next start, but if Farish thinks hes commercial enough to stand at home · 14 minutes ago
This question will take a bit of thought process. For the obvious,i will disqualify Secreteriat from the equation. Here goes............Who is the most talented Race Horse that you have seen race LIVE. By that i mean in person and not on any media feed. I know many may be younger and have not seen them all. But keep in mind,there is no right or wrong answer. Again the stipulation is the most TALENTED HORSE you have seen LIVE. Mine is Ruffian in the slimmest of margins over Seattle Slew.
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  • tmallios via Disqus · Jockey seems like the Graded winner you saw live ,is running at GP tommorrow in Race9.Enjoy · 1 hour ago
  • SnidgetAsphodel via Disqus · I don't get trackside to the big races all that often, unfortunately, but the one that stays with me the most is seeing Awesome Gem who I've probably seen race more times than I have other horses. I don't consider him one of the greats by any means, but he was no slouch and damn it that horse was as tough as nails and I enjoyed watching run a few times. I have much affection and appreciation in my heart for horses made of iron that try, try, TRY. Seriously unappreciated horse. I also quite enjoyed seeing Pioneerof the Nile and little known Noosa Beach (wish he could have strutted his stuff at the Breeders Cup). If I could go back and see them run, I'd have taken the opportunity to see Zenyatta, Barbaro, Afleet Alex, Blind Luck, Ruffian, Sunday Silence, Cigar, Skip Away, Risen Star, Kinscem and many more. Those would have been such highlights. · 45 minutes ago
If Zenyatta ever met the Janey horse she would be at a severe disadvantage but then again she was a freak of nature. NO horse in the last 50-60 years closed as fast as she did NONE. PACE of Race determines if beaten lenghts are significant or not, and NO HORSE could close like the Z girl...... NO Matter the pace in front of her. AND she made her own luck running through those big fields. NOW the track in 2009 helped a bit.
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  • travel_vic · Silky and Rumbo get honorable mention in final fractions · 2 days ago
  • Jbyrnes1 · Havre De Grace and Royal Delta, 2011 Beldame stakes, was there to see it, saw two great mares, a HOY and a future 2x BC Distaff winner, not a bad way to go · 46 minutes ago
If you get to see the winner at Los Alamitos Race 6 on 12/18/14, he is bay(I think) with a black mane and a cream tail. Beautiful!
" I will get you to help me wash the mirror on the turf course finishing line" LOL
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  • amino998 · A lower-case Derby/Oaks double for the Janneys, I guess · 3 hours ago
  • chitu77 · Big, big, difference. 5 horses running for a $500K purse money in the West. 14 horses (full field, with top trainers, Pletchers, Mott, Casse, C. Brown, Maker, McGaughey) competing for $75,000 purse money in the East. LOL · 3 hours ago
I was listening to an interview today with someone who has a HOTY vote,he shared with the interviewer who and why he would be voting for. He said his selection is California Chrome. He spoke of why Main Sequence in his mind is not a serious contender. He said that in all respects to The BC Turf Classic, The Joe HirschTurf Classic, The Sword Dancer and The United Nations. They are not The KY. Derby nor The Preakness . So in 1 fell swoop,this pin head has labeled The BC Classic irrelevant, as well as The Belmont Stakes-The Haskell- The Travers to name a few . He mentioned that running only 4 times ,hurt his chances. Then this pin head really made me laugh. He closed out the interview by stating that if Wise Dan had run and won the BC Mile,he would of been his selection as HOTY. In other years,the opinions of knucleheads like this guy would go in one ear and out the other to most. But if i am not mistaken ,this year they have Parimutual wagering on the award. Vegas has got to love it.
Buckpasser >> He’s in Gulfstream’s $75K Tropical Park Derby Saturday 10-1ML
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  • amino998 · Party Now is favored in the companion Oaks... just need to figure out the intervening winner of the 9th for a sweet Pick 3??? · 6 hours ago
  • Buckpasser via Disqus · Thanks for the info Amino. I also like Party Now. I saw that one at Keeneland in a maiden · 3 hours ago
Red did a fast work today!I think he'll be ready for the Sunshine Millions Classic! Date: December 19, 2014 Track: GULFSTREAM PARK Distance: Five Furlongs Time: 1.00:20 Breezing Track Condition: Fast Surface: Dirt Rank: 1/8
Churchill Downs Inc. has announced that Travis Stone will replace Larry Collmus as lead track announcer, he will become the 8th Track announcer in the tracks history, Stone will call his first Kentucky Derby in 2015, according to DRF
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  • Sullivan · Fat chance Collmus goes anywhere near Canada · 5 hours ago
  • travel_vic · QUOTE: Fat chance Collmus goes anywhere near Canada...THAT is a lot of places!!!!! · 4 hours ago
Another Lemon Drop, who was third behind Dortmund on November 28th at Churchill Downs, crushes a maiden field by many length s, marking at least the 6th horse beaten by Dortmund to come back and win his next start
Shackleford is absolutely beautiful. He is mt favorite racehorse and I hope he passes on his heart and talent to his foals.
To the Birthday Boys (Men) :) and of course, giggles
Mr.Jordan suffers injured check ligament pulling up after recent work out, will be sidelined indefinitely, via Eddie Plesa Jr. , according to DRF
Just saw Wildcat Red, got his bullet work this morning. East Hall will do his next weekend, both preparing for Millions Classic, should be interesting...
Cannot wait to see this boy run! Thank you Sullivan!
ROC had another work today going 5 in 100.6. Goooooooo ROC.
Relocated to Bridlewood farm for 2015
Euthanized After Laminitis Battle
She's entered in a $50k stake tomorrow at Fair Grounds!! She should win!

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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.