• There's no catching Si Sage in the Grade 2 Charles Whittingham Stakes at Santa Anita.Posted 1 hour ago
  • Lexie Lou returns to her winning ways in today's Grade 2 Nassau Stakes.Posted 4 hours ago
  • Enola Gray takes the Melair gate to wire.Posted 1 day ago
  • Surgical Strike charges on the outside to win the Arlington Classic (G3).Posted 1 day ago
  • Diva Express and I'm a Looker make a dead heat run in the Winning Colors (G3).Posted 1 day ago
  • Flipcup game in Arlington Matron (G3) victory.Posted 1 day ago
  • In his first start since the Remsen, Gift Box rolls over a strong allowance field at Belmont.Posted 3 days ago
  • Nyquist has spiked a fever, delaying his trip to Belmont, via DRF's Dave Grening.Posted 6 days ago
  • Second Summer holds off Hard Aces to win the Grade 2 Californian.Posted 7 days ago
  • Exaggerator turns the tables and is victorious in the Preakness (G1).Posted 8 days ago

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Guess I gambled on the wrong sport this May, goblin :( Iffffffffff D. Rutherford got 7-1 on 3 horses NOT to win the Derby in January, imagine the prop bet odds on the 2015 Indy 500 1st Place Pablo Montoya finishing LAST today :) . Matthew: 20:16 . . out .
Who owns her? She is beautiful.
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  • Melann Johnston via Disqus · The Coburns are her owners · 14 days ago
  • Liam via Disqus · Silver Stark racing which includes the Colburns and some people they picked up at a Chromie race named Assley and Vink somebody. · 36 minutes ago
Crowd abandoned the Ex Queens Plate winner only to get burned at 10/1. Odd, but the top 5 odds horses ran 1 2 3 4 5 yet paid handsomely. Turfers require a review of the ENTIRE record, not just the recent ones alonge.
Does anyone know if he carried 139lbs for the 68 Roseben . I was there and I remember a California horse Kissin George was supposed to bury Fager because he ran a 6f race in California in 107 and a fraction. They ran head to head and did 6 in 108.3 and Kissin George was done. Fager finished in 121. Can anyone remember if I am accurate.
  • airedale2008 · I was waiting for someone else to answer you, Gymsocks. In Dr. Fager's last race, which made him a millionaire by $2,642, he carried 139, after John Nerud brashly asked Tommy Trotter to put 145 on his back so he could go out with a bang. The race was run on a slow, deep winterized track in November. All Dr. Fager did was run 7 f in 1:20 1/5, one second off the track and 1/5 off the world record. The splits were :43 4/5 and 1:07 4/5, with Kissin' George taking second by six lengths. This race capped off what I consider to be the finest single season ever, in which The Doc garnered Horse of the Year, Turf, Older Male and Sprint titles. Kissin' George continued to race and at age 11 was 14: 5-4-1. The next year the Vosburgh was won by Dr. Fager's half sister out of Aspidistra, Ta Wee. Dr. Fager took the Champion Sprint title in 1967 & 1968, Ta Wee in 1969 & 1970. Together, Dr. Fager and Ta Wee finished first in 34 of 43 combined starts and carried 130 pounds or more in their final seven career starts. 15.1 hh Ta Wee carried 142 pounds in her last start, the Interborough Handicap, giving 29 pounds to runner up Hasty Hitter. This brother-sister duo could carry weight and fly. http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/horse-racing-steve-haskin/archive/2014/02/27/in-the-shadow-of-giants.aspx http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/horse-racing-steve-haskin/archive/2013/12/04/dr-fager-where-are-you.aspx http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/horse-racing-steve-haskin/archive/2015/08/13/the-legacy-of-john-nerud.aspx · 4 hours ago
2014 Arlington Million winner Hardest Core will make his 2016 debut this Friday at Belmont Park in an allowance race.
Nice to see her back!
All that hype, and he fell flat on Sunday.
  • Jay Harrison via Disqus · A little bit but he did go fairly quick to the first quarter and continued on quick while battling for the lead where he tired in the stretch. Although look at what happened to the horse who was on the lead; he finished up the track. · 62 days ago
  • Jay Harrison via Disqus · He basically ran the exact same race today as he did when you wrote this Dan K, his start 2 races back. · 3 hours ago
Note to buyers: Do not buy an expensive yearling sired by Curlin. Most, if not all his accomplished progeny have been bought for bargain prices. As much as I like him, it's not the way to go with his progeny yet.
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  • sully · Similar. Finnegans Wake/A Red Tie Day/Montego Bay/Royal Albert Hall · 3 hours ago
YEAH!! Lexie Lou is back!! wins the G2 Nassau at Woodbine today. My girl is back in the winner's circle
1st - Wekeela 2nd - Illuminant 3rd - Nashoba's Gold
Lexie Lou wins the Nassau, 1m T at Woodbine, 5/29/16. Pays $26.50! It's been a while since The Queen's Plate victor had a win. She beat a very good field of fillies and mares.
Exaggerator has arrived at Belmont and looks like a million dollars.
It appears that the welfare of the horse is not Mr. Masterson's main concern. While some owners have huge egos (as evidenced by horses running in the Derby that clearly should not be) this decision in my opinion is highly questionable. I suspect that if Mr. Masterson owned Lady Eli she would have raced several times already. Fortunately he doesn't. Mark Casse is in a tough situation. If Tepin were to finish last in this race and comes back healthy it will be better than if she wins it and has a recurrence of her breathing problem. I hope that once again an owner's ego does not jeopardize the welfare of the horse.
From today's Racing Post web-site: Red Verdon will be supplemented on Monday into this year's G1 Investec Derby field after pleasing trainer Ed Dunlop on Sunday morning with a piece of work he turned in being ridden jockey Silvestre De Sousa. Dunlop told the Racing Post that provided a routine scope comes back without any issues on the son of Lemon Drop Kid that he will be supplemented on Monday for Epsom at a cost of $75,000(Euro).
After reading the excellent piece by Brian, on the amazing Met Mile/Belmont Stakes sweep by Conquistador Cielo. In the article,Brian touched on something that really got me thinking. After winning the Belmont Stakes,that was his 4th race in roughly a 30 day span. A sacrilage amongst todays mind set, in regards to running horses. He not only ran,he demolished the fields. Wiining 2 G1 races against older foes,and the top 3year olds in the land. Running and winning so frequently was not the exception,but the rule at the time. What happened to the game ,wheras nobody runs anymore. One would of assumed,that with medicine and track conditions improving with the growth of technology. Horses would at least run as frequently. There are many reasons as to why horses no longer run as often. One reason is,the new bigger purse structures. Purses are so large,that one can pick and chose to run. That makes sense,but that does not cover the majority of the horses. I have a theory,and it is not the end all. But if one listens to the logic,they may agree. My feeling is the coming out of 'SHEETS" and their concept. Critics of sheets will trash this notion immediately. When i say the coming out of sheets. It is because they were around for a while,before the general public picked up on them. As someone who has used them for close to 30 years, i can tell you they are a very viable and productive tool. But keep in mind,the operable word there is TOOL. They are not the end all to making money,that some will want you to believe. Proof of the emergence of sheets,is probably the most overused word that i hate. That word is "BOUNCE". To those that have no idea as to what they are talking about,a horse supposedly bounces if he wins or runs a big race. Then subsequently does not follow it up with a win. They use winning and losing as the determining factor. That is so wrong,it makes me laugh. I have seen horses run a said number and win. In their next race,the horse moves up substantially and loses. Automatically we hear them say he bounced. The reason that sheets has affected the mind set of the game is because of this. Beleive it or not,i would say that at a minimum at least. 85% of the Trainers running horses,know of the sheets and have someone whispering in their ears about their horses. Sheets are very prominent in Claiming and buying horses in todays market. They are used as a tool to place horses in upcoming races. The sheets have shown that horses do react negatively to fast races,and not enough time to recover. This is not the only reason,but it is a large contributing factor. Just 1 quick story,and it is true. Bobby Frankel who was one of the greats of his and any other generation. When he had Medaglia D'oro prepping for the Travers. He was asked in The New York Daily News how he thought of his chances. This is a true story,and i kid you not. Bobby at the time used Ragozin Sheets. He told the reporter ,that he was much more confident now than he was last week. The reason he gave,and at the time i shook my head. He said that the speed number was adjusted ,that MD ran in winning the Jim Dandy. The number was adjusted to a slower running of the race. The original number given,would of represented a lifetime best i believe. Bobby was afraid that he might not be able to come back,off of such a fast race. So here we have a super star trainer,who spent so much time with his horse. Yet was relying on the validity of sheets,to put his mind to rest.
Watching an old HRTV bio on Old English Rancho, brought me to the most recent star of the farm. Acclamation was an amazing horse who would not run if he was whipped - and he stuck to it. I so miss the wonderful docs HRTV used to give us
Dortmund looks massive.
This year's Japanese Derby was a 1-2-3 for Deep Impact. Makahiki, Satono Diamond and Dee Majesty are all very promising looking colts for this great sire. :)
For my money, Vazirabad is the best stayer in Europe right now. Today's win in the G2 Prix Vicomtesse Vigier at Saint-Cloud runs his career record to 8-6-1-0 and he's an unbeaten 4 for 4 at group level to date. His only 2 losses came very early in his career in his very first start for unraced maidens and on his second start in a conditions race where he finished 2nd.

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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