• Conquest Farenheit (7-5) rolls down the hill to score in the Baffle Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • One Liner (3-1) powers home a strong winner in the Southwest Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Gun Runner (1-5) dismantles his competition in the $500,000 Razorback Handicap.Posted 1 day ago
  • Caledonian pulls the upset in the Jimmy Winkfield at odds of 10-1.Posted 1 day ago
  • The longest shot Zakaroff (45-1) rallies to upset the El Camino Real Derby (G3) at Golden Gate Fields.Posted 3 days ago
  • Stonestreet's Terra Promessa (1-2) blitzes the field in the Bayakoa (G3) at Oaklawn Park.Posted 3 days ago
  • Imperial Hint (5-2) takes the General George (G3) at Laurel. Posted 3 days ago
  • High Ridge Road (3-1) runs them down to take the Barbara Fritchie (G2) at Laurel.Posted 3 days ago
  • Curlin's Approval (4-5) dominates in the Royal Delta.Posted 3 days ago
  • Multiple graded stakes winner, Alsvid, has been retired from racing.Posted 6 days ago

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Gormley looks like he is coming into his own this year. Nice work on Feb 20th in company. Really appears to relish his job and looks much more mature. Hope he continues to do well and keeps improving moving forward to the KD.
Anyone know where she's pointing? Is it still just 1 prep in the Santa Anita Oaks?
Baffert has Mastery ready to roll it seems like after today's work. 6f in 1:12. I am expecting nothing less then a win in the San Felipe.
Farrell / Valadorna / Shane's Girlfriend / Wicked Lick
Per DRF, Mastery to the San Felipe & American Anthem to the Rebel S.
Faithfully definitely has my interest peaked...I have watched a couple of her works in company with other horses and she has a very tenacious attitude. Looking to see her step up in class soon since breaking her maiden last time out. She beat Shazara who was seen recently (Feb. 20th) working in company with Gormley who really seems to be coming into his own this year.
I'd love to see "Winx" Vs "Almanzor" in a 10f race, that would be a MOUTH-WATERING clash, 2 turf SUPERSTARS going at it, in what would be a totally epic duel!!!! :-D
  • DonnysDeadBrainCells via Disqus · No, it wouldn't, Almanzor would destroy her. · 3 hours ago
Besides the 6 millions green reason to start Arrogate in the Dubai World Cup. I think the race itself will make it easy for his connections to map out the rest of his 2017 campaign. After the DWC, Arrogate can have a nice long freshening getting ready for repeating the BCC win. Also it will cement his legacy even if he wins nothing else after the DWC (particularly achieving the NA top earning record and breaking the track records for 3 consecutive races).
Midnight Storm worked 6f, February 21st, in 1:13.00 (h) finishing 6/10.
Enola Gray worked 4f, February 21st, in 48.60 (h) finishing 15/35.
Battle of Midway worked 4f, February 21st, in 49.80 (h) finishing 31/35.
Guest Suite worked 4f, February 21st, in 48:00 (b) finishing 1/12.
One major thing we found out about this Race. This years Derby winner will not be coming out of this Bunch. Unless Baffert ships in a Monster that has yet to of run. This years Derby winner will not be coming from the State of Arkansas
I would be shocked if Dubai is not the next stop.
After Arrogate's work this morning here is the comment from Juddmonte's racing manager. Garrett O'Rourke, manager of Juddmonte Farms, added that while all options are being weighed, a trip to Dubai is the front-runner so long as Arrogate continues to give off the right signals. "The horse is sound, he is in super form, and Bob said there is difficulty keeping him on the ground when he gets too high," O'Rourke said. "The easiest way to keep him on the ground is let him work and let him run. We don't want to be hard on him and (Juddmonte owner) Prince Khalid is very clear he wants (Arrogate) to be fresh come the end of the year. "If there was any doubt about that, we wouldn't even consider going. But the horse seems to be in an exceptionally good state physically and mentally. We'll discuss the case and if Prince Khalid agrees, I think we'll roll the dice."
Has been working well. If Baffert is going to add another Derby onto his resume I think Mastery is his best shot at it.
  • pointgiven23 via Disqus · his last work was superb. I think he's got a great chance as long as we see further improvement in his 2 races.. They must make them both count. · 4 days ago
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · I like AA · 8 hours ago
I am going to be one of the few on here who hopes they do not ship him to Dubai. I want to see him go to the Big Cap and win. He is much improved and is ready for a big 2017
Arrogate with another brilliant workout this morning. :59 for 5f and and galloped out 6f in 1:12 3/5. At this point with the way he is working Dubai seems like the place he should go too. He worked in the company of Whisky Ticket who got 1:00 1/5 for 5f.
One more Derby prep for One Liner. Pletcher said races like Fla. Derby , Wood or Blue Grass likely next and final prep for One Liner .
I'm so convinced that she lost the filly and mare turf because Irad strangle her back early instead of letting her use her tactical speed early and find good position instead of being in the back that way Queen's Trust would of ran out of ground. Irad have a tendency to strangle her back on some occasions what he needs to do is just stay out Lady Eli way early and let her do her stuff and when they get to the top of the stretch just ask her for her best. She's really not a difficult horse to ride

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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