• Callback game in victory in the Grade 1 Las Virgenes. Posted 16 hours ago
  • Avanzare and Gary Stevens get to the wire first in the Arcadia. Posted 17 hours ago
  • Conquest Two Step runs 1:08 flat to score in the Palos Verdes. Posted 17 hours ago
  • Take Charge Brandi holds on to win the Martha Washington. Posted 18 hours ago
  • Ocean Knight gets up in the Sam F. Davis in only his second lifetime start. Posted 18 hours ago
  • Testa Rossi gets the win via DQ over Hard Not to Like in the EndeavourPosted 18 hours ago
  • Include Betty surprises with a big late run in the Suncoast.Posted 19 hours ago
  • Lady Shipman sets a new track record in the OBS Sprint Stakes (Fillies). Posted 4 days ago
  • Constitution covers 5F in 1:00 1/5 , fastest of 7 at Palm BeachPosted 5 days ago
  • Pure Tactics score down the hill in the Clocker's Corner. Posted 6 days ago

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I was out to dinner last night wih some friends who enjoy Racing. I enjoy there perspective because they are not Gamblers. They have been following the game for about 20 years or so. They know it inside out. We were discussing the upcoming year and the conversation went to the Older Horse Division.They asked me what my opinion would be if CC or SB won the race this weekend.I told them that it would not change my mind, i think that they are both very good race horses. I added that my opinion would not change if either one of them went to Dubai and won,and then came back home and won many more Stakes. They thought i was being unfair and wanted to know why i did not think that they are Super Horses. My response was based on a recent thread here regarding the 1976 Marlboro Cup. To be considered a Super Horse in my eyes,you need to accomplish things that others don't. CC and SB, or any other horse in todays era has not and will not spot weight. They run at scale weights every time they step on the track. Maybe because i did see the very best at their best i have this mindset. Just like when CC went after the Triple Crown,he rightfully had everyones attention and it was exciting. But the bottom line is that he did not do it. He did what many others did in the past 20 years. He won 2 legs of the Triple Crown. I ask you, where does that separate him from the rest and makes him great. We spoke of SB,and they wanted to know why i do not blow his horn as much as others. They point out that ,if not for an incident at the start.SB just may be undefeated. I posed the question to them,becausethey love him and think he is a super horse. I asked them,what has he done in his 2 years of racing,that separate him from the rest to make him great. CC has accomplished so much more,yet i think he is far from being a Super Horse.Is it really wrong to consider these guys very good horses?
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  • tmallios via Disqus · Bottom line Buck,that in itself may be the greatest barometer. Who are we to say that this years or last years or the crops from the past 40 yrs were the best. That is all very speculative and usually very biased based on who is selecting them. But actually spotting weight,and i mean more than 10 or 13 lbs,not 3 to 5 as they do in todays modern era. That at least shows a dominance over the current group.Just off the top of my head in recent history.Ahorse i would consider knocking on that door would be Silver Charm. He won 2/3rds of the TC. Then as a 4yo, he went to Dubai and won.Came back in the Foster and spotted major weight,including around 8 or more pounds to Awesome Again(a stud in his own right,and a BC Classic winner)then running 2nd in the BC Classic. But what prevents him from entering is that he did not dominate for a substantial period. · 47 minutes ago
  • buds · This is silly. How can we talk greatness when they haven’t accomplished anything great yet. How can they be considered great when a good portion of the racing community didn’t consider either of them the best 3 yr old last year (Bayern). They both need a few nice wins to get to that status, I will admit that they have impressive resumes. Again we cant knock a horse for something it has no control over. I couldn’t argue against greatness for horses like the above mentioned Silver Charm, or Zen, or Curlin, Goldakova, or even Wise Dan because they didn’t hold as much weight as the generations prior to their time on the track. The game has changed. · 11 minutes ago
Snoop earlier in the week you asked my opinion on him today. Think he has a big shot today. Give me 5/2 or better and i will try and capitalize on him.
I completely agree. CC and SB are very good horses. The best 3yo's of 2014. But they cannot be mentioned in the same breath as Secretariat, The Bid, Zenyatta, and so many others until they do something that truly separates them from the pack. And they haven't yet done that.
Greatness, in ANY arena, can only be logically assigned in RETROSPECT to see how the individual stacks up against the historical perspective of the entire gamut.
Please Texas Red, I <3 him (come on, he's Alex' boy)
This filly was very impressive in the Forward Gal, came running like a freight train after going 7 wide turning for home. She appears to have huge upside.
A video update of Beholder. Wish they all stuck around long enough to really fill out like this. http://www.hrtv.com/videos/beholder-doing-great/
East Hall did a nice easy breeze this morning with Saez up, just a maint breze did it well and easy, all systems are go for Sat. Donn. Seems to be better than he's ever been, looking for a big effort.
No matter if you are a fan or a player. Saturday Feb 7th promises to be 1 of the best Racing Days Nation wide. From Aqueduct to Gulfstream Park. All the way out to Santa Anita. Promises to be a great day.
Gotta root for my guy Distinctiv Passion. That kid is FAST. Besides, I kinda like him a lot ;)
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  • SSilence86 via Disqus · Conquest Two Step paddock pick · 17 hours ago
  • Sullivan · Glad someone caught that... Casse has a nice four year old. Surprised he managed to beat SC · 11 hours ago
Best filly on the west coast and maybe the filly in the Midwest!
Wowza! Sarah's Sis might have been best with that poor break, but TCB was something amazing because she shook her off once, and then dug in again when she came at her from the inside. Well done ladies, that was a fun race!
  • SeattleStrike12 via Disqus · I agree, she has fought gamely and she deserves this win and her others too · 16 hours ago
  • Sullivan · Terrible ride by Court · 11 hours ago
WOW!! Geared down to dominate the 96rock stakes at Turfway!!!! That BC Juvenile form is looking better and better every week!!!!
  • geldedridgling · The last time the Breeders' Cup Juvenile allowed lasix (2011), 9 horses from the race made it to the Kentucky Derby. We're probably looking at another year like that. · 14 hours ago
  • Sullivan · Let us remember the field for a listed stakes at Turfway in January may not be the highest quality... · 11 hours ago
Conformation: http://eurekathoroughbreds.com/photos/mrbesilu1thumb.jpg
I think either Shared Belief or Chrome can win this race. They are both training well. They both look great. That's what is going to make this race so exciting.
On Sunday at Gulfstream Park in Race 8. Tennessee will be making his debut. Keep an eye on him.When the smoke clears, he just may turn out to be one of Todds best.
  • amino998 · Strong tail female line back to Relaunch's dam Foggy Note. Word is good from the track {Phineas J. Whoopee, you're the greatest!} so in the quest for the Derby and/or :) 3yo of the Year... Tennessee Tuxedo will not fail · 14 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · Avalanche Girl a few races earlier also has Boots endorsement. · 14 hours ago
As I recall Bluegrass Cat screamed TURF and therefore was far too late for 10f
Ocean knight earned a 93 Beyer speed figure for his victory today in the Sam F Davis.
11,7,10,12,5 finale.
So sad he had to be put down because of colic =(



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.