• Far From Over wins his return today at Belmont after more than 16 months away.Posted 17 hours ago
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  • Donegal Moon scores after Unified comes up empty in the Pegasus Stakes.Posted 5 days ago
  • Ancient Secret just gets up to win the Wild Applause Stakes at Belmont Park.Posted 5 days ago
  • Bradester (9-1) upsets the Stephen Foster (G1) in gate to wire fashionPosted 6 days ago
  • Pleuven (Fr), with a stalking move, wins the Wise Dan (G2) at 7-1Posted 6 days ago
  • Paid Up Subscriber (6-1) rallies and draws off to win the Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2)Posted 6 days ago
  • Songbird (1-9) stays unbeaten in the Summertime Oaks (G2) at Santa Anita.Posted 6 days ago
  • Gun Runner (1-9) goes gate to wire to easily take the Matt Winn (G3).Posted 6 days ago

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come on BOTH the owners of Secretariat and Man O'War faced the same dilemma:HUGE imposts to be assigned to these at 4. The Belmont racing secretary told Sam Riddle that he would put 140 on his charge in his first race as a 4 y/o and a similar impost was proposed for Secretariat. Also, in the latter's situation, his history was directed by the syndicate agreement made over his late 2 year old year. These USELESS and baseless theoretical comparisons are a real waste of time when you compare intergenerationally.
BREAKING NEWS: Trainer Bob Baffert announces that G1 winner Dortmund could make his 2016 debut in the G2 San Diego Handicap on July 23rd. Baffert says Dortmund is progressing very nicely and notices his stride has gotten longer. Baffert also said that if they choose to go in the San Diego that they could face California Chrome, but Baffert isn't worried about it.
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  • Brian Shaw via Disqus · Dortmund certainly looks more filled out and mature than before, something Bob has been saying in the past would eventually happen. Jeeze what a race the San Diego Handicap will be, they should up the purse. I think the post position draw might determine the winner, whoever draws inside and saves ground on the rail wins. Really don't believe much will separate Dortmund, California Chrome and Firing Line. In my opinion, Dortmund and Firing Line seem to run bigger races off layoffs than Chrome does. Chrome seems to need a race or two before he runs his best so that could be a factor as well. · 15 hours ago
  • Ferrisjso26 · Dortmund and FL v CC will be something to see. Baffert wouldn't be sending Dortmund out unless he was sure he was ready. Seeing a rematch with Dortmund and FL will be something to see OMG. · 7 hours ago
One of the things I like about this horse is that he's a Juddmonte home-bred. I remember when they'd send horses that they campaigned in Europe and send them to America for the rest of their careers or US born horses to Europe for their careers.They still do, but some of their best horses were American born and raced like Empire Maker, Honest Lady, and Close Hatches. I hope Arrogate can follow the same path as those before him to the same amount of success as them.
2 year old stake today... Opposites in this race: 2 y/o are as honest as they come, they just suck up all the air and run until they are out of gas, BUT inexperience can get in their way particularly in traffic. WILD guess for today's outcome in the Nandi stakes: 8 Conquest Vivi 7 Tethra's Magic 1 Raglan Road 2 Ring in the Nite
Ok, why is Claudio Monteverdi rated higher than Idaho on here? I'd really like to know.
Has had his first winner in the UK! Alcazar follows up the very promising-looking Aiming For Rio, winning a novice median auction stakes at Newcastle. Let's hope he'll find further success this year~
Has been sold to stand at Haras Rapetti in Uruguay.
Best of luck and skill to Mo Tom on Saturday! He is a cool horse with loads of personality.
Yes!!! Start!!! Un Autre, son of 1st Winner of I'll Have Another!!! 06/25 Tokyo 5R 1600meter-Turf newcomer (Rece-replay to please wait a moment)
  • shuart24 via Disqus · Huh. The racing style looks similar to IRA with Un Autre taking the lead on the stretch. · 8 hours ago
I'm probably going to get a lot of heat for this post, but I think Tepin is the grass version of Zenyatta. Not by record, but by popularity is talent.
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · Should she be or not be? That is the question. #stripeyheartlove · 9 hours ago
Affirmed’s owner, Louis Wolfson, dubbed him a great 3-year old, which AP also was, but said he'd have to see Affirmed as a 4-year old before labeling him an all-time great. I agree. Let’s get some perspective here: Secretariat and Man O’War both ran 21 races, nearly twice as many as AP, before retiring after their 3-year-old seasons. Penny Chenery needed the money, so Secretariat didn't race as a 4-year old, but he set many track and world records. Citation won 19 of 20 as a 3-year-old. Spectacular Bid, the best ever to win 2 of 3 Triple Crown races, won his last 12 races, including 9 as a 4-year-old, plus 10 straight earlier in his career. He set a world, and seven track records. He, and Affirmed, ran more races BEFORE the KY Derby than AP ran in his entire career. Affirmed won 8 of 11 at 3. In his 11 races total, AP never had the likes of an Alydar to beat repeatedly, or a Seattle Slew even once. All of the above, plus many more, proved themselves over longer careers, risking defeat way more often, and frequently carrying more weight than AP ever did. AP’s owners deprived him of the opportunity for true greatness. They didn’t need the money like Penny C did, nor as much as thoroughbred racing needed AP to race at 4.
  • firefly1 · I agree with what you're saying, but there is some confusion in your comment. Affirmed did run as a 4yo winning 7 out of 9 races. Including a 1 3/4 length victory in his last race, the '79 JCGC over a relentless 3yo Bid. · 15 hours ago
  • By The Numbers via Disqus · American Pharoah accomplished considerably more in his 3yo year than Affirmed did. He went 8: 7-1 and won the Haskell (G1) compared to Affirmed's Jim Dandy (G2). Both finished 2nd in the Travers. Then Affirmed lost and lost against his elders. American Pharoah won the Classic in dominating fashion · 12 hours ago
Last Year's Japanese Horse of the Year Winner. next run to Sapporo Kinen (JPN-G2,08/21,2000m-Turf). Hong Kong Campion Jockey Joao Moreira return on board.
Shigeru Bobcat, son of 1st winner of Toby's Corner 2011 Wood Memorial Winner. he's Sire carrer start! 06/25 Hanshin 1R maiden 1600meter-Turf https://youtu.be/9hG7FRDF8D4
And as expected Arrogate puts himself on the map towards graded stakes with today's effortless W2W win in 1:41 flat. He could not have been more impressive winning.
  • amino998 · Yes Indeed >> even more impressive than my $2.70 EXACTA :) Yes BeastBob... meant Garcia :D · 16 hours ago
  • andthey'reoff · I read on TDN that he may go to the Jim Dandy. · 15 hours ago
Does anyone know when he's making his next start? Hopefully he comes to Canterbury.
What an incredible mare this is, she's one of the best of all time, I love the way she glides across the track with such elegance and pizazz. I put her right up there with Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra. I hope she beats a really strong field including "California Chrome" in the Pacific Classic, CC would be a very notable scalp for Beholder. Then I hope she goes on to the Breeders Cup Classic and gets the glory. If she can win these two races, it will truly cement her legacy as an "All-Time" Great, and she will soon become a "Hall Of Famer", a title that she very much deserves. :-)
On a totally random note, I just wanted to say how much I hate the way you Americans pronounce the word "Warrior", it really bugs me!!! It's WARRIOR, not WAR-YERRRR! lol
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  • firefly1 · You mean words like SHED-ual and al-loo-MIN-ee-um ??? · 1 day ago
  • MaryZinke via Disqus · I pronounce words correctly, buy hey, you're not saying the German word for warrior or anything else, so right? Guess what my suggestion is for you. You mean that you love us, U.S. · 20 hours ago
CCAO will be perfect for her only if Carina or Cathryn will come against her.
YES, that is fantastic!!!! Obviously looked great in that race, he could be better than ever right now. He is still a awesome force and if he stays fit and healthy, then he will be a huge threat in the BC Mile. Tepin will have to be at the very top of her game to catch him!!! :-)

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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