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  • Hoppertunity breezes 5F in :59.60 (4/131) at Santa AnitaPosted 4 days ago
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  • Dortmund wins a thrilling three-way photo in the Los Alamitos Futurity!Posted 5 days ago
  • Sky Flight gets up late in the Tropical Park Derby Posted 5 days ago
  • Cinco Charlie wins the Sugar Bowl for his 4th juvenile stakes win. Posted 5 days ago
  • Grand Contender best in a sloppy Buddy DilibertoPosted 6 days ago
  • California Chrome covers 4F in :49.00 at Los Al (2/2)Posted 6 days ago
  • There will be a Pick Six carryover of $18,465 when racing resumes Friday at Los Alamitos.Posted 7 days ago
  • Bayerd gets the job done in the Springboard Mile! Posted 11 days ago
  • Acceptance remains unbeaten in winning the King Glorious! Posted 11 days ago

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When Ahmed Zayat and Bob Baffert look at their programs tommorrow. They will see Taris , Amarath , Sonetastic and Awesome Baby in the field. They will pray that none of them scratch out of this race. Then let these 4 speed freaks set up the perfect scenerio for the "Balcony Sweep Move" on the far turn. I can hear Trevors call now.................................On the Grandstand side ,here comes JoJo Warrior moving like a winner. She looks like she just jumped on the Racetrack. They could not of asked for a better pace case scenerio.
  • Sullivan · "But it's Taris hanging on, Taris lets loose and goes for home! Stonetastic in the middle and Amaranth on the outside but Taris strikes the front! Taris scintillating in the La Brea! · 1 hour ago
So glad to here we will be seeing ws. In 2015. I was so angry with what happened in that race. I was hoping to see him at breeders cup.
Have a Merry Christmas and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
My Christmas present to you all DD......7th Race RED OUTLAW to 8th Race SHARED BELIEF..........2-8 MERRY CHRISTMAS and let a NEW YEAR bring winning tickets to all. My Christmas present is always the day after Christmas SANTA ANITA OPENING DAY !
  • travel_vic · front half is the more difficult with 7 Heart to Heart 4 Alert Bay 10 Long On Value 9 Home Run Kitten 1 Patriot's Rule as contenders and then the 8th only four: 8 Shared Belief 2 Chitu 6 Midnight Hawk 3 Indianapolis · 1 day ago
  • amino998 · At 15-1 {or pick the odds} does Red Outlaw go from non-contender to interesting price play t_v? I think you ALMOST have the 8th covered · 4 hours ago
Just wanted to wish everyone on here a Very Merry Christmas!!!!I hope you all have a great holiday!
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  • Larry via Disqus · Merry Christmas to you too Jockey2be !! Merry Christmas to all ! · 1 day ago
  • honor code via Disqus · Hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and get to spend them with horses!! · 5 hours ago
Merry Holidays everyone, whichever one you celebrate! Hope you're all having a great time and thank you for the great conversations here! Happy New Year!
Good luck to Samantha Siegel and Michelle Nevin in winning next year's Kentucky Oaks with By The Moon.
Kancamagus -- 2013 brother to Firing Line by Belllamy Road.
Worked out. Payson Park Training Center 12/20/2014 Dirt 3F 38.40 Breezing 3/4
Worked on the 22nd. Belmont Park 12/22/2014 Dirt training 6F 1:15.36 Breezing 1/4
Just curious, does anyone know how tall he is?
My early DERBY selection. Next start 12/31 Santa Anita....
Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad and Mele Kalikimaka from sunny, but cold, northern New Mexico!
And down the stretch they come!
My long shot pick for the Malibu. Undefeated until the Breeders Cup Sprint, he is one fast pony, running 1:08 1/5 for 6f. His Breeders Cup performance is better than it looks, after breaking sluggish, he went wide and was closing lots of ground in the stretch on the SA strip, which does no favors to closers. The extra furlong of the Malibu will also help him, giving the frontrunners more time to weaken, and giving Indianapolis more time to make his run. While looking unbeatable, Shared Belief has a few chunks in his armor. While seeming to have an incredible burst of speed in his races, those were at routing distances and he was only running to the beat of 12, not quite fast enough to compete with sprinters. The Malibu is also on dirt. In Shared Belief other 2 races over the SA dirt, he ran an uncharacteristically low Beyer and didn't appear to have the same explosive turn of foot. In his other start on the SA dirt, he suffered his first loss.
This Curlin is a very good horse, watch him this weekend Sat, Gulf- , race 9. jlp
  • Goblin · Thanks, jimmy; lots of Curlins running this weekend! I believe Little Curlin, Diversy Harbor, and Wabel are all running on the west coast, as well as the one you mention above. I'll try to watch them all. Merry Christmas! · 1 day ago
Newly named the 223rd chef - de - race as an Intermediate/Classic >> Tapit's and Ice Box's, and to a lesser extent,Chrome's numbers just got prettier with the stroke of a pen.
  • Goblin · Thanks for bringing this info to our attention, amino; y Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano desde Tejas! · 1 day ago
  • travel_vic · For about a golden 15 year period dosage actually was predictive, but alas, that is now history. · 1 day ago
Our boy had a strong two min lick the other day, finished out 3/8ths in 37. He'll breeze Sat or Sunday, doing great! Should be ready to roll by the 17th...
I don't recall the names that much any longer just the numbers so 2 5 6 3 and 4 were the best. IN that time period only one name comes to mind, Wise Dan.....I remember that one. Most to the ones I might have named, never really got the chance to show how dominant they might have been.
I don't want anything to happen to this colt he has such "heart" when it comes to running.

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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.