Ticker
  • Lady Shipman breezes home much the best in Belmont's License Fee.Posted 2 days ago
  • Ben's Cat sprints home late to win his 10yo seasonal debut in thrilling fashion.Posted 2 days ago
  • Minding shows her class, easily winning the 1000 Guineas.Posted 2 days ago
  • Uncle Lino digs in to win the inaugural California Chrome Stakes.Posted 3 days ago
  • A Lot holds off favored Green Mask by a whisker to win the Elusive Quality.Posted 3 days ago
  • Galileo Gold, under Frankie Dettori, rolls in the 2000 Guineas.Posted 3 days ago
  • Olorda takes them all the way in the Bewitch Stakes on closing day at Keeneland.Posted 4 days ago
  • Nyquist will get in his final Kentucky Derby workout Friday afternoon at Keeneland.Posted 7 days ago
  • Time and Motion wins the Memories of Silver for Jimmy Toner.Posted 9 days ago
  • Finest City sets new track record in Great Lady M.Posted 10 days ago

HRN Original Blog:
Toasting with Andrew Champagne

 

Older Comments...

Flo is my favorite jockey he will give you ride every time i really do think he is on the right horse this year. I know its been over 20 years a horse coming from the La Derby, but look what happen last year so it another curse can broke this grindstone was the last horse to win the derby coming from La Derby. But i also like destin and outwork i was at keeneland when outwork ran his 1st race i told my dad there is the derby winner so i am gonna have these three on top in my tri's and super's
  • Icelocks · Gunn Runner, I don't think it is a curse that it has been a long time since an LA Derby horse win the Derby. What believe is, if the La horse can compete at the Derby level, then he has a good chance to win, but he must run like never before to have a good shot !! Now that you mention outwork, this horse and Mo Tom as been the most puzzling ones to me...because outwork can stay with the pace, get first run and try to steal it...then Mo Tom has so many unfortunates in both of his last races, you just can't tell what his capabilities are...therefore, base on my past observation I am force not to leave them out of my Trifecta and Super !! Good luck !! · 2 days ago
  • Scott Hodges via Disqus · It has been 20 years since Grindstone won the La Derby, then ran 2nd in the Ark Derby before nailing Cavonnier at the wire in the Ky. Derby. However, if you look back to 2013 & 2014, you will see two La Derbies also ran finishing 2nd behind Orb & California Chrome at odds of more than 30-1. Yelp, they said those two very well horses had no shot also. But they both paid real good, especially the exactas and trifectas. Heck in 2013 they actually ran 2nd, 3rd,4th,5th behind Orb and all last prep were in the La. Derby. · 13 minutes ago
I believe Gun Runner is the horse to beat in this year's derby myself. His sire Candy was the sire of ill-fated Shared Belief who won with the same style as Gun Runner. However, his dam is Quiet Giant,a G2 winner and Gun Runner is her first foal. Quiet Giant's dam is Quiet Dance, who is the dam of Saint Liam, winner of the 2005 BC Classic. Saint Liam also was the only horse to make Ghostzapper work tduring Ghostzapper's unbeaten season in 2004 when they ran a 45.4 109.3 1;34.4 and 147.1 in the 1 1/8 mile Woodward S. Ghostzapper then came back and won the 2004 BC Classic by 6 1/2 lengths in track record time. The bloodlines is there but I wished he had one more race this year. With the exception of American Pharoah last year, the Ky Derby has not been won by anyone with less than three races as a 3 YO in its history. Just A Fact!!!
  • Show All 3 Comments
  • Icelocks · Scott I am very impress with your background stats on Gun Runner !! He seems to fit in the Derby like a glove! My first strategy always in my handicapping is NOT leaving out the horse with the last best speed figure (which is Gun Runner). But I also check who has been getting great consistent speed figure in the type of company facing now. (there are multiple in this race). Now here is my kicker question...If you think highly about Gun Runner, should you not consider Mo Tom somewhere due to his misfortune of been blocked, steady, and checked running in the same races, which Gun Runner won? .Even though I think Nyquist is a notch better than Gun Runner, I think Gun Runner has a good shot with racing luck, but I would surly be mindful of Mo Tom and play him in the exotics. What you think? · 6 days ago
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · And Saint Liam went on to win the following year's Woodward and BC Classic. · 1 hour ago
when are they doing the drawing for the derby and does anyone know if it is gonna be on tv
I love this volt but I hate Kent has announced that this colt will be quote" So far back they will be counting cars avoiding the Derby Kick back" With so many deep closers I think this is a mistake
If this horse had the same talent as "Mr Ed" and could actually talk. What do you think he would say to his fans, ahead of the big race on Saturday??
Brody's Cause in my book is an Excellent horse with dangerous capabilities !!! Which makes it hard to keep him off the boards...Only 3yr who moved straight from MSW to G1 and win....loves Churchill and has been improving since taken off the Turf.... Exotics Key horse !!!
Any news on if he had the procedure done and if so how he is doing?
Can you imagine if Nyquist got scratched a day or two before the race because of injury.............. OUCH, that would really hurt, of course the Derby would still go on and it would be an exciting spectacle, but WITHOUT Nyquist, it would sorta be a bit of an anti-climax!!! I know that's very unlikely but it's not an impossibility! I was informed by another user on here recently that "I'll Have Another" was scratched from the Belmont just 2 DAYS before the race, because of injury. Can you imagine how devastating that would have been for the connections and owners of the horse. I am SURE I'll Have Another would of won the Belmont, he was SO STRONG at the finish of his races and I think he would have won the Belmont EASY over the 1 1/2m distance, and doing so, HE would of been the 1st Triple Crown for 34 years!!! He had all that fame and glory stolen away from him because of a damn injury! I still rate "Big Brown" and "I'll Have Another" as true GREATS, equally as good as "American Pharoah"........... if not better. :-)
I really like Gun Runner's style, and think he has a very good chance. I did read something on another site that was very troubling, however, if true. Has anyone heard reports of Gun Runner having a bad cough or trouble breathing? Thanks, and good luck to all!
I'm a bit concerned about Suddenbreakingnews and Whitmore. They're both geldings and if one of the two was to win the Triple Crown, they wouldn't be able to breed, and that would be sad.
I occupy a soft spot in my heart for this horse's connections. I've seen Donnie Von Hemel and Luis Quinonez in person.
Can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Neither offspring appears much better than high claiming material for future breeding only.
Doubt this one could reproduce the effort at Keeneland, but if this one goes off anywhere near 5/1 or higher makes it a reasonable one to consider. This is a Damon Runyon race, but, again, those efforts are rarely repeated.
Most riders NEW to the K Derby, (not all of course as Mario proved) get overhyped riding in that big race the first time. Beware firster riders...
Could be a big weekend for curlin. Top billing- aleysheba. Stage play and theogony in the Eight belles. Exagerator in the derby. Terra promessa in the Oaks Curalina - La Troine Little curlin- American stakes Best of luck. Hoping for a big win
Condolences to the connections of stakes winner CASH BACK, lovely 3yo filly and 4-for-4, fatally injured.
I hope this horse gets back to the races and shows his two year old form. I was really sorry he had his setbacks last year as I admired his BC romp at two.
She is entered and drew post 11 for Fridays Kentucky Oaks. To John Servis, do yourself a favor and stop trying to be the smartest bear in the room. Tell that Jockey of yours to step on the Gas Pedal when he sees those doors break open. Tell him to forget the meaning of the word Brake, for the roughly Minute and fifty seconds he will be riding her. John, repeat after me. Sophias greatest gift is SPEED. You wimped out at Keeneland and tried to make her an off the pace Filly. That was not only dumb,but it was stupid. If for any reason in the world, you are skeptical about her ability to be at het best going the 9 furlongs. Then you should of kept her in the barn and not put her at risk. I do not mean physical risk,but the mental strain. Why race a filly who is hands down the most talented one of her class,unless you are confidant. Let Javier ride her with the confidence she has earned to date. Do not let the field parade in front of you. Give her the head,and let her do what she was born to do. Run like the wind. She is the most talented in this field. Don't blow it in the paddock before the race,when giving instructions.
Quote: "Two year olds run on stamina and inexperience." What????? Immature animals and HUMANS, use what is naturally physiological to them in youth: SPEED. ONLY with maturity comes the ability to apportion speed over a piece of ground. One sees the same thing in stamina sports like distance runners, cross country skiers, biathlon members etc etc. Speed is based upon a higher percentage of fast twitch muscles (BORN to the individual) and STAMINA is learned.
Great breeding

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.

Best of the Blogs

Top Stories