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  • Hoppertunity nips Imperative by a San Antonio head-bob.Posted 5 hours ago
  • In her seasonal debut, Songbird is a dominant winner of the Las Virgenes at Santa Anita.Posted 7 hours ago
  • Lukes Alley kicks it in late to win the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.Posted 8 hours ago
  • Mor Spirit cruises late to win the Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita.Posted 8 hours ago
  • Aussie-bred Power Alert gets there first in the GP Turf Sprint.Posted 9 hours ago
  • Tommy Macho runs away with the Fred Hooper at Gulfsrtream Park.Posted 11 hours ago
  • No catching Tammy the Torpedo in the turfy Suwannee River.Posted 11 hours ago
  • Lady Shipman (1-5) is an easy winner in the Lady's Turf Sprint at Gulfstream.Posted 11 hours ago
  • Cadet Roni relishes the slop in the Wishing Well at Santa Anita.Posted 6 days ago
  • Flora Dora gets to the wire first in the Big A's Busanda.Posted 6 days ago

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Good grief people for the millionth time I was looking at something else and this popped up. Stop with the stupid comments. I'm human I made a mistake and said that all ready!! SMH
Well, that was a flop. :( He looked like he kept losing focus and his stride was inconsistent, like he was getting spent fast. Still, I hope Javier stays on board and Keen Ice just goose egged. Mshawish was ridden beautifully. Dubai's getting more and more interesting. I haven't been this excited about it since Well Armed won.
He ran is final 1/8th in 12 flat, easily the best final 1/8th run in the Donn. The Problem is Keen Ice can run whatever final fraction in good time and it doesn't matter. He always runs into something that his kick just doesn't cut it. Today they were going quick and kept going, which made him look like he wasn't even gaining much. Run 12 flat and it makes him look terrible. Smh.
Wrath of Ruthie is entered in a 6f allowance race at Oaklawn on 2/12/16. I hope she stretches out after this race.
D'casino Kat is in a feedlot in colorado....... I cannot understand why this keeps happening.
87 beyer for Songbird, 92 for Mor Spirit. Both horses won easily, Songbird more easily but I feel Mor Spirit is better going longer. 8.5F is not Mor Spirit's best distance even though he's won at it.
RIP Grachus
There was an incident at SA, whereby this name came up. Is Grachus alright?
Ran a nice 3rd today
Has been sold for $75,000 at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale and will stand at Panama.
Yah! I did not think he won that!! Does anybody have a picture of how close he finish was?
About 55% probability to win 6 Songbird 3 Street Fancy 2 Land Over Sea 4 Jade Princess
Silence any news on her?
I like this filly.
Hahahahahahwefwgw. How can they not consider the Kentucky Derby after this? Or at the least a prep against boys to see how she does because right now she is superior to any of the 3yo males.
Congrats to the horse and his connections on finally getting into the winners circle. Wins an impressive head bob in a photo finish over imperative. Just goes to show you just how good chrome is and how good shared belief was :( (rip) as Hopp and Imperative were able to shine in this race.
She will probably win the Santa Anita Derby by at least 10 lengths.
Hoppertunity by a whisker over Imperative.
West coast runner Smokey Image will start climbing the list with recent race. Can not do much better than that Ist time around two turns! Price is 75-1 at Wynn
Well that answers that question. U were right CUGEL

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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