• On Leave (9-5) wins the Riskaverse for her third consecutive victory.Posted 2 hours ago
  • Chad Brown earns career victory #1,000 as Mr. Maybe scores in the John's Call.Posted 1 day ago
  • Rachel's Temper (3-1) gets the job done in the Summer Colony.Posted 3 days ago
  • Midnight Storm (3-10) holds off Om to win the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile.Posted 4 days ago
  • Camp Creek (26-1) comes from well back to pull the upset in the Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine.Posted 4 days ago
  • Time and Motion (8-5) powers by Catch a Glimpse late in the Lake Placid.Posted 4 days ago
  • California Chrome rolls to victory over Beholder and Dortmund in the Pacific Classic.Posted 4 days ago
  • Ashleyluvssugar (5-2)  just holds off Metaboss in the Del Mar Handicap.Posted 4 days ago
  • Harmonize (7-2) gets there in a blanket finish in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks.Posted 4 days ago
  • Songbird (1-5) gallops to ten in a row with an easy Grade 1 Alabama score.Posted 5 days ago

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What a joke trying to find this webinar. All I get are commericals. Been trying 20 minutes
OK, in the following scenario: Frosted wins the Woodward - let's say by three lengths, then beats Chrome in the Classic, coming from behind by a length. Songbird finishes the year undefeated and defeats Beholder in the Distaff. Chrome wins the AA convincingly but, as stated above, loses to Frosted by a length in the Classic. Now, a question - who is HOTY?
  • BeastBob via Disqus · If they come into the BC weekend as you described above, then the winner of the 2016 BCC will be the 2016 HOY. · 2 hours ago
Happy to see Frosted gets some new challengers. Moob and Samraat were both pulled from the Whitney. Bradester also conceivably can get HOTY if he somehow beats Frosted and goes on to the BCC. Also nice to see Comfort again but at 9, not 10 I don't see Comfort having a shot especially if Frosted runs his normal closing style. Bradester is the main threat here.
  • bronzeprincess33 · Bradester has no chance for Horse of the Year; even if he does win this, Chrome will be waiting for him at Santa Anita, and he won't go down easily. And even if Bradester DOES beat him, if Chrome wins the Awesome Again, then his resume for the Eclipse will already be too good for Bradester to overcome.. Songbird may win it if she goes unbeaten. · 7 hours ago
  • Ruffianlover · Sorry but Bradester has no chance at HOTY. Right now these are the horses in running for HOTY in order 1. Chrome: 5-0, four graded stakes wins, two grade ones 2. Tepin: 5-0, five graded stakes wins, three grade ones 3. Frosted: 3-1, three graded stakes wins, two grade ones 4. Songbird: 6-0, six graded stakes wins, three grade ones 5. Exaggerator: 3-4, three graded stakes wins, three grade ones 6. Nyquist: 3-2, three graded stakes wins, two grade ones 7. Melatonin: 3-1 two grade ones · 5 hours ago
Is this filly injured? I notice that she has not had a work since July 15. She looks like a promising one for her sire.
RIP big guy you will be missed
2015 BC Sprint winner Runhappy returned to the worktab this morning at Keeneland. Going 3F in 34 4/5. Trainer Laura Wohlers says if all goes well. Runhappy could make his four year old debut in the G3 Ack Ack at Churchill Downs with a possible start In the BC Dirt Mile.
  • Goblin · Jb, I'm adding a short video of his work from DRF Russo. :) Will need to scroll down a bit. https://twitter.com/drfrusso · 8 hours ago
  • bronzeprincess33 · Finally. That was a long wait. · 7 hours ago
1st- Lost Raven 2nd- Sky My Sky 3rd- On Leave 4th- Stella Rose
Who do you like in the Travers? And why. I have choices how about you.
Entered in the Torrey Pines Sunday at Del Mar.
Creator looks like a good price pick here especially with all the speed in this race.
Chrome is the Rodney Dangerfield of thoroughbreds right now. Destroys a stacked field with ease and still gets no respect.
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  • travel_vic · stacked filed? You must have watched a different race than I did. · 1 day ago
  • Dan K via Disqus · I think Chrome is the best horse going. Who's not giving him his props? The BC Classic is gonna be interesting with Frosted and some of our 3 year olds. · 3 hours ago
When i dug in to handicap Saturdays Travers,it never dawned on me that i would land on this guy. I loved him in the Jim Dandy, and came up a bit short. The logical horse for me is Exagerrator. I still feel that he is the best of this crop. He will be my second choice in the Travers.The Guv has put in 3 very strong speed figures. The Belmont may not show it,but after adjusting for the multiple trouble stops. He did run a big race. He has the tactical speed and running style,to sit off about 5 to 7 lengths off of a pace,that figures to be contentious. Because of the running style with many of the horses,i expect this to be a strung out field. This should play nice with the Gov. May not get the wide trip or traffic jam,when Joel puts him in the game.
I was a little surprised by this. I thought that KM would prefer a race over the Santa Anita surface prior to the BC and would sacrifice a two-month prep time in exchange for a race over the SA track. Other than the two-month prep time, I think two other forces are at work here: a) I think the racing establishment and perhaps also NBC did not want Chrome and Frosted facing off prior to the Classic, in order to boost its appeal - and ratings. I also bet that if Songbird, Beholder and Stellar Wind are in the Distaff, NBC will demand that race will be placed in the card right before the Classic, as it would be just about as big a matchup. b) IIRC, the AA is a $300 K purse and the Woodward is $1.25 million. The extra $600K or so for winning the latter (which is also a more famous race - my beloved Forego won it four straight times) doesn't hurt. I'm sure these owners don't need the money, but if you are going to run your horse one more time, and it is a toss-up as to which race, the much bigger purse of the Woodward does not hurt.
i disagree
Reddam needs to get himself a new trainer. Why is this horse mouldering away at a training facility? No announcement where he is racing next? They have the kd winner sitting on the shelf. Ridiculous.
  • Joseph Brunner via Disqus · he might be done dude. · 3 days ago
  • Mary via Disqus · It's only been a month since he's run in a race. Why does everyone think he's finished his racing career? Not trying to start an argument.... just curious. · 4 hours ago
Retired from Racing
anymore Songbird doubters out there??????
  • Pebbles via Disqus · There will always be doubters. Look at California Chrome. Some still doubt his talent, ability and class. I do not know how credible these individuals are, but they are out there. · 3 days ago
  • iwasatthe78belmont · In my opinion, Songbird is an all-time great specialist - a specialist in that she will be running only distaff races. Nothing wrong with that - especially if she is undefeated at the end of the year and is retired (and I think public pronouncements to the contrary, the owners will take her into history undefeated rather than risk defeat as a four year-old.) In the history of thoroughbred racing in the western world since 1900, perhaps Ribot can be considered the only undefeated horse that was NOT a specialist (I don't consider running solely on grass in Europe to be a specialty as it is here). Personal Ensign - distaff specialist Black Caviar - sprint specialist Frankel - mile/9-furlong specialist The last one in particular, despite being a specialist, is arguably the greatest thoroughbred so far of this century. · 4 hours ago
Kiaran McLaughlin announces that Frosted, who posted a 48.97 workout this morning at Greentree Training Center, is on track to make his next start in the G1 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga next Saturday.
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  • BeastBob via Disqus · I think he likes the probable field of the Woodward. Bradester setting a moderate pace with Frosted stalking, no other speed competing with Frosted for that perfect stalking spot. · 8 hours ago
  • By The Numbers via Disqus · I expected this, but that fan inside of me was hoping he'd ship West and face Chrome in the Awesome Again. This should be a good prep though. The Woodward holds a considerable amount of prestige, and the competition will be good but not overly so. Hopefully he'll rate off the lead and kick away -I don't want leading to become his new style and I doubt the connections want that either. · 6 hours ago
Back to winning ways today, beating Creggs Pipes by 3 1/2 lengths in the G3 Fairy Bridge Stakes!
It will be Governor Malibu by a nose to exaggerator and 2 furlongs back to American freedom

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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