• Conquest Farenheit (7-5) rolls down the hill to score in the Baffle Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • One Liner (3-1) powers home a strong winner in the Southwest Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Gun Runner (1-5) dismantles his competition in the $500,000 Razorback Handicap.Posted 2 days ago
  • Caledonian pulls the upset in the Jimmy Winkfield at odds of 10-1.Posted 2 days ago
  • The longest shot Zakaroff (45-1) rallies to upset the El Camino Real Derby (G3) at Golden Gate Fields.Posted 4 days ago
  • Stonestreet's Terra Promessa (1-2) blitzes the field in the Bayakoa (G3) at Oaklawn Park.Posted 4 days ago
  • Imperial Hint (5-2) takes the General George (G3) at Laurel. Posted 4 days ago
  • High Ridge Road (3-1) runs them down to take the Barbara Fritchie (G2) at Laurel.Posted 4 days ago
  • Curlin's Approval (4-5) dominates in the Royal Delta.Posted 4 days ago
  • Multiple graded stakes winner, Alsvid, has been retired from racing.Posted 7 days ago

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He was my all-time favorite athlete, and I include humans when I say that. The last great true handicap horse. By the time you got to John Henry, it was mostly weight-for-age already. But his performance in 1974, when he was Sprint champion and won the 2-mile Gold Cup showed that he was probably the most versatile dirt horse of all time.
  • Ferrisjso26 · To be fair post TC trail most horses don't have a chance to prove themselves at the shorter distances ever again. Just because they don't go to the shorter distances doesn't mean they aren't versatile just that they're elite classic horses and there's no need to run that distance. Most of the horses that "aren't versatile" haven't actually proven they aren't versatile, they just don't have the chance to prove it. · 19 minutes ago
REACH THE WORLD and the CURSE OF APOLLO. Will this be the year the curse is put to rest since that rainy Derby day in 1882 ?
Besides the 6 millions green reason to start Arrogate in the Dubai World Cup. I think the race itself will make it easy for his connections to map out the rest of his 2017 campaign. After the DWC, Arrogate can have a nice long freshening getting ready for repeating the BCC win. Also it will cement his legacy even if he wins nothing else after the DWC (particularly achieving the NA top earning record and breaking the track records for 3 consecutive races).
Mo Town / Guest Suite / Untrapped / Local Hero
This crop is so good, that I truly believe that their will not be a Triple Crown winner this year. The field is too good. Atleast at this point in the season.
He's ready for the FOY, he's training great, or so I hear. My top pick for the 2017 KD is getting stronger day by day! Go "Irish War Cry" Go. Woo Hoo!!!! :-)
  • Mark Kennedy via Disqus · we will allow on the Bandwagon but if u even guarantee a win you will be booted · 4 hours ago
One Liner is the first 3YO to hit triple digit BSF in 2017!!! Who was the first 3YO to hit triple digit BSF in 2016? and how did that horse do in the 2016 Kentucky Derby?
WOW, I've just seen a video of his win in the 1976 Marlboro, incredible win too, he was a MASSIVE horse, really impressive beast. The horses who raced against him must have been scared of him surely!!! lol
  • sczen50 · All except Sec... But of course.. lol · 127 days ago
  • larry outlaw via Disqus · When he beat Honest Pleasure in the Woodward,that was awesome. · 5 hours ago
Gun Runner becomes the prohibitive East Coast favorite with Hoppertunity opting for Dubai. Gun Runner will likely run in the Oaklawn Handicap and the Stephen Foster before the Whitney and possibly the Woodward. I see little chance he enters the Santa Anita Handicap. He will stay on the East Coast. Hopp's first race back is the Stephen Foster at the earliest and more likely the Whitney if Baffert is to salvage any of his East Coast plan for him.
I could be incorrect but I don't think Shaman Ghost is nominated to the DWC.
Where do I apply to get paid to correct alternate facts, in the same manner that the paid beastly agitators, hopefully, for them, get paid. nobodies would scroll down days ago to correct that Frankel comment(bodily function that became typed words). Pay me. Gracias.
Unleash the beast!
Looked Amazing. He's definitely on my Kentucky Derby short list. Curious to see what people feel are his weaknesses? So far he's beat what looks like decent class. I like his running style, What are his weaknesses?
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  • bronzeprincess33 · Like any of the other horses, he'll need the trip and a bit of luck to win on the First Saturday in May. He also didn't compete in the Breeders' Cup, so he may not be able to handle the large and boisterous crowd that will be on hand for the Derby. · 7 days ago
  • WickedOne via Disqus · Only weakness i could see is the traffic in the Derby and him going wide when he starts his run. That's just the thing with closers. i am anticipating him to come at Mastery and Irish War Cry right at the end of the 2nd turn. :) · 10 hours ago
Baffert has Mastery ready to roll it seems like after today's work. 6f in 1:12. I am expecting nothing less then a win in the San Felipe.
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  • Blue Larkspur via Disqus · "than" · 13 hours ago
  • KRock1287 · Where can you find out the time these horses work for Derby prep races? · 11 hours ago
Sticking with Guest Suite in the Risen Star with Untrapped 2nd.
Uncontested will skip the Rebel and target the Arkansas Derby according to his connections.
Does this old boy look familiar?... https://www.thoroughbredracing.com/media/filer_public_thumbnails/filer_public/75/40/7540dc71-3d47-4099-a191-0eacfa01d3be/fastmarket1pm.jpg__760x480_q85_crop_subsampling-2_upscale.jpg He should!...He's Big Red's 31 year old son who retired with 144 starts and is still thriving in his retirement at Bright Futures Farm!! https://www.thoroughbredracing.com/articles/children-secretariat-son-who-raced-144-times-and-still-thriving-31/
Prize Exhibit worked 5f, February 22nd, in 1:02.40 (h) finishing 43/52.
Elate worked 3f, February 22nd, in 36.60 (b) finishing 1/4.
In a crop of a few promising 3 year olds, It's gonna be fun to watch these prep races.

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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