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  • Favorite Tara's Tango surges to win the Santa Maria at the wire.Posted 3 hours ago
  • O'Neill's strengthens his stable of 3-year-olds as Frank Conversation wins the El Camino Real Derby.Posted 4 hours ago
  • Bolo nabs Obviously in the final strides of the Arcadia.Posted 6 hours ago
  • BC Mile heroine Tepin crushes her foes in the Lambholm South Endeavor Stakes. Posted 7 hours ago
  • Dancing House is ultra-game in taking the Barbara Fritchie.Posted 7 hours ago
  • Penwith scores in the Royal Delta at Gulfstream Park.Posted 8 hours ago
  • Destin rolls home in the Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs.Posted 8 hours ago
  • Polar River wins the UAE 1000 Guineas by a pole.Posted 2 days ago
  • Kobe's Back goes from last to first down the stretch to win the Palos Verdes.Posted 6 days ago
  • Storied Lady (4-1) up the rail to nip Saythreehailmary's in the Biogio's Rose.Posted 6 days ago

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According to the possible entries for the 2015 Fountain of Youth, there will be some eye popping BSF numbers for this 3 year old crop after this race. However, based on recent histories, it is better to avoid being the owner of the best or second best BSF heading into the Kentucky Derby.
She's an A++ nick with War Front. Would love to see her go to him next for a 2018 foal.
Right now Mohaymen is Mubtaahij 2.0 (good dirt horse when running in dirt races with European turf routing pace). This won't change until Mohaymen wins a route race while stalking a legitimate (46 or 47 and change first half mile) early pace.
  • Ross via Disqus · Is there anyone else in this group that has done that? Well then they are all a bunch of Mubtaahij's and he's 2.0. · 29 minutes ago
An update on Tepin's dam Life Happened, in 2015 she gave birth to a full brother to Vyjack, but unfortunately passed away, she currently has a two year old colt by Harlan's Holiday, and in 2016, she will be bred to War Front for a 2017 foal.
worked 5 panels in 1:02 flat on the main track at Oaklawn (4/25)
Looked very green but a confident winner in his first start. Not sure if 6f is right for him -- he was having trouble keeping up through the first quarter in 21 and change.
A start like that in the Derby could finish his race practically before it starts.
Looks as though Van Berg has this one figured out...
This is a very nice horse, as an Include he shouldn't be too far along anyways -- hope he is enjoying the dirt at GP
Didn't think he would do it but congrats to Frank Conversation.
If Calculator keeps going 5+ wide every race and breaking like that, it's going to be another long year for the connection.
That was a very impressive come back race.
ONE of the '63 World Series heroes. How'd we let this guy get by us, Nathan? :(
Calculator summed it up!
Ran her heart out today in the Santa Maria. Fought hard for second.
Any news on last year's El Camino winner? He was so nice ‼️
OMG. What a race! Calculator just wasn't going to let Fusaichi Samurai get the win. Welcome back, beautiful boy!
Very determined win by Calculator in his return off a year plus layoff. American Pharoah continues to be flattered by the rest of his crop.
Horse of the week on FB! Still loving you Fog💔
Won the Tampa Bay Stakes Gr. 3 :)

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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