• Salutos Amigos dominant in Monmouth Park's Mr. Prospector.Posted 2 days ago
  • Crucero upsets the San Juan Capistrano at odds of 23-1.Posted 2 days ago
  • La Verdad skips through the Belmont slop to a victory in the Dancin Renee.Posted 2 days ago
  • Treve too much for Flintshire and the rest in today's Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.Posted 2 days ago
  • Golden Lad surges late to score in the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker.Posted 3 days ago
  • Bent on Bourbon has his coming out party in the Iowa Derby.Posted 3 days ago
  • Departing slips through on the hedge to win the Firecracker.Posted 3 days ago
  • Sarah Sis just holds off Pangburn in the Iowa Oaks.Posted 3 days ago
  • Cosmic Evolution edges away to victory in the Debutante.Posted 3 days ago
  • Hard Aces by a whisker over Hoppertunity in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita.Posted 3 days ago

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Does anyone know where I can see video of AP's first race? Can't seem to find it anywhere.
Seabiscuit is the greatest horse that did not win the Triple Crown. There are more movies and documentaries about him than most Triple Crown winners, with the exception of the legendary Secretariat. Seabiscuit is extremely popular because he was the first real people's horse. He was a Cal-bred, not expected to amount to much against the Super Kentucky bred champions. But then he took the track by storm winning some big races before going on to defeat the great War Admiral and capturing the heart of a nation. He was like a Hollywood star as you see in all the vintage newsreel footage. Many Americans loved him back in his time as they still do now, admiring his humble and inspiring story. Seabiscuit is by far one the greatest horses in the pantheon of legends. He is great not just for his speedy talent but also for his endearing likable charm and star power. He is the classic Underdog hero.
before scratches: 6 Mystery Train (ARG 3 Midnight Aria 4 Pender Harbour 7 Patrioticandproud
Apparently the connections of Australian sprinter Brazen Beau weren't overjoyed with the ride he received at Royal-Ascot in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes by jockey Craig Williams. Williams has been let go and replaced by Godolphin stable jockey James Doyle, who will ride Brazen Beau in the G1 Darley July Cup at Newmarket's July Course on July 11th.
Trainer Paul Nicholls with whom Kauto Star was with for much of his career did an interview this morning with AtTheRaces.com and said the accident to Kauto Star actually happened about a week ago and they had been fighting to save his life until complications set in to the point he had to be euthanized.
Finally got around to watching 50 to 1. Overall I was pleased by the movie. Although am I the only one annoyed by how they portrayed Baffert as a joke? I mean it was just over the top...
Multiple Grade 2 winner and globetrotting sire Twining died Sunday in Japan due to an aortic rupture. The 24-year-old son of Forty Niner’s death was confirmed Tuesday by the Japanese-based Paca Paca Farm’s Twitter account. Twining resided at Breeders Stallion Station in Hokkaido, Japan. Bred in Kentucky by Helen Alexander and Helen Groves of King Ranch, Twining was the second-to-last foal out of the 1983 Broodmare of the Year Courtly Dee, whose 15 winners from 17 runners included champion Althea, Grade 1 winners Ketoh and Ali Oop, Grade 2 winners Aishah and Aquilegia, Grade 3 winner Native Courier, stakes winner Princess Oola, and Grade 1-placed Press Card. Twining has sired 18 crops of racing age, with 644 winners and combined progeny earnings of $80,262,237. His best North American runners at stud include Grade 2 winners Two Item Limit and Dawn of the Condor, and Grade 3 winners Pie N Burger, Connected, Top Hit, and Tugger. Twining also sired Twin Sparks, who set a world record time on dirt for six furlongs, covering the distance in 1:06.49 in the Caballos Del Sol Handicap at Turf Paradise in 2009. Article on DRF
Breeders Cup Sprint Winner..............He was that dominate and can be rated. Private Zone has company at the top.
Would be magical if she could pull off a third arc
Churchill Downs announces the Homecoming Classic has been renamed the Lukas Classic, to be held Sept. 26. This race is named in honor of trainer D.Wayne Lukas. According to DRF
Any word on whether Dortmund is running on Saturday in the Los Al Derby?
Genuine Reward, one of only two live foals produced by Kentucky Derby-winning filly Genuine Risk, will become one of the newest residents of Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky. The 22-year-old son of Rahy began his stud career at a Thoroughbred farm in Virginia, but later moved into other disciplines. He most recently stood as a polo stallion in Sheridan, Wyo., with the American Polo Horse Association listing Perk Connell as his owner. The horse has been pensioned from stallion duty and, late last week, was listed on the Fort Collins, Colo., Craigslist site, with the ad stating, “We haven't used him for a few years, so we're looking for a retirement home for him.” Noted author Laura Hillenbrand was among those to spot the listing, which was brought to the attention of Old Friends founder and president Michael Blowen. Article on DRF
QUOTE: "Those types NEVER win the percentage of races they should." Still very true in all statistical analysis ventures.
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  • amino998 · travel_vic · "stats can be skewed easily. I reacall the old breeding stats in the BloohHORse before they set up the COMPARABLE index. Since the popular and "top" sires bred to the most exclusive and potentially the best mares. OF COURSE having two tickets on the sweepstakes imporved their shot. Once the comparable index was started we could see just how the SIRE half of the equation did without the boost from the blue hen mares. "· · 7 days ago
  • amino998 · Has the difficulty in arguing your point been my "protected status" which censors your replies? :) · 10 hours ago
I like Florida Won at 12-1 ml odds. Liked his win in the Ontario Derby two starts back at Woodbine. Out of Birdstone, he should be able to handle the distance. Also like the veteran Pender Harbour at 6-1 ml odds. Liked his two starts this year. He seems to be rounding into his old form and always dangerous on third start off a layoff.
Upstart worked 4f, June 30th, in 49:07 (b) finishing 2/22. Welcome back buddy.
Neck 'n Neck worked 5f, June 30th, in 1:02:45 (b) finishing 2/2.
Quality Rocks worked 4f, June 30th, in 50:05 (b) finishing 17/22.
My Miss Sophia worked 4f, June 30th, in 50:61 (b) finishing 20/22.
Lea worked 4f, June 30th, in 48:33 (b) finishing 1/22.
Bobby's Kittenw worked 4f, June 30th, in 50:05 (b) finishing 17/22.

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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