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  • The Great War is off the Derby trail following poor finish in the BattagliaPosted 2 days ago
  •  Royal Son scores in the John Battaglia Memorial.Posted 2 days ago
  • Stellar Wind an impressive winner of the Santa Ysabel. Posted 2 days ago
  • Far Right shoots up the rail again to score in the Southwest Stakes. Posted 9 days ago
  • Khozan demolishes a Gulfstream Park allowance field to remain perfect in two starts. Posted 9 days ago
  • No beating North Slope as he returns to dirt a winner in the Evening Attire. Posted 9 days ago
  •  International Star scrapes the paint to win the Risen Star.Posted 9 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox speaks loud and clear in the Rachel Alexandra. Posted 10 days ago
  • Itsaknockout wins the Fountain of Youth on the DQ of Upstart. Posted 10 days ago
  •  Chocolate Ride sneaks away in the Fair Grounds Handicap.Posted 10 days ago

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wow 9 out of 10 only loss he got mugged not once but twice and just beat cc by 2 2.ur tough to impress. c.j.
Just how good is this nag ..has never broke from the gate in order..first race never left the gate ..why Kent ..he has his bro nag...put a jock up that cares about the horse and lets see what this monster geliding can do ..and say what you want about Ria ..made $1.6 mill and sold for more then that ...Ron and Chris & Tom are on the top of their game..Get on the train or get out of the way..they are on a mission..
Like I mention before my Horse for the Kentucky Derby will be American Pharoah, is the real thing and is working great, we all know is a front runner, and Bob Baffert will show how to relax the horse and it will be great to see him winning off the pace, but is to strong and to fast to handle will see what happened
Not surprised SB is running once again in California. He is an average California horse, hasnt proven anything outside of Cali. NOT the best horse in the country. I have my bets on Hoppertunity, he is a nice horse.
  • michael via Disqus · hoppertunity will get dusted did you miss there race last month,sb is the best horse · 27 minutes ago
  • Mary Z. · I read this. · 22 minutes ago
I just can wait for the first race, a Monster on the making all the blood lines at work we can't expect nothing else, COZMIC ONE, will make some history in California or New York is going to be the same result okay
I like Dontbetwithbruno in this. Should give Pletcher another Derby Contender.
BETWEEN ( KEEN ICE ) ( BOLO ) THRU THE POOL 3 DERBY WAGERS : KEEN ICE TOOK THE MOST ODDS DROP BY FAR : BOLO TOOK THE NEXT BEST ODDS DROP BY FAR : BOTH THESE COLTS SHOULD RACE BIG TIME IN THEIR NEXT PREP : ( NO WORSE THAN 3RD ) ( COULD FINISH 2ND )
Well I guess Mike is now correct. Ocean Knight has defected to the TB Derby and Far From Over is waiting for the Wood. The San Felipe is now a lot more exciting. Without those leading horses I would not be going out on a limb to predict 1st Tencendur, 2nd Classy Class, 3rd El Kabeir. I see Classy Class and El Kabeir recreating their Withers contest and Tencendur finishing strongly slightly ahead of two tiring battling horses.
Who's going to win the Tampa Bay Derby: A) Ocean Knight B) Carpe Diem C) Divining Rod or D) Other
Hootenanny worked 4f today, March 3rd, in 49 seconds flat. It was the fourth fastest of 23 works at that distance.
Undrafted worked 4f today, March 3rd, in 48 seconds flat. It was the fastest of 23 works at that distance.
Bourbon Courage worked 4f today, March 3rd, in 48:60. It was the fourth fastest of 26 other works at that distance.
Lady Eli worked 4f today, March 3rd, in 48:75 (b). It was the eighth fastest of 42 other works at that distance.
Pants On Fire worked 3f today, March 3rd, in 35:75 (bg). It was the fastest of 14 other works at that distance.
Vinceremos worked 4f today, March 3rd, in 48:05. It as the fourth fastest of 31 works at that distance.
I'm Already Sexy worked 4f today, March 3rd, in 48:90. It was the eleventh fastest of 31 works at that distance.
Golden Rifle worked 4f today, March 3rd, in 47:76. It was the third fastest of 31 works at that distance.
Fury Kapcori worked 6f today, March 3rd at Golden Gates, in 1:14:80 (h), It was the fastest of 4 works at that distance.
Tamarando worked 4f today, March 3rd, in 48:80 (h), It was the second fastest of 15 works at that distance.
Shared Belief worked 4f today, March 3rd at Golden Gates in prep for the Big Cap, in 50:80 (h), It was the eighth fastest of 15 works at that distance.

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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.