• Lady Shipman sets a new track record in the OBS Sprint Stakes (Fillies). Posted 1 day ago
  • Constitution covers 5F in 1:00 1/5 , fastest of 7 at Palm BeachPosted 2 days ago
  • Pure Tactics score down the hill in the Clocker's Corner. Posted 3 days ago
  • California Chrome breezes a mile in 1:41 2/5 at Los AlPosted 3 days ago
  • El Kabeir worked 5F at Belmont in 1:01.59 (2/19)Posted 3 days ago
  • Cassatt hangs on to win the Houston Ladies Classic.Posted 4 days ago
  • Alert Bay skims the rail to win the California Cup Turf Classic. Posted 4 days ago
  • Mischief Clem edges Pulmarack in the California Cup Derby. Posted 4 days ago
  • Birdatthewire rolls to a powerful victory in the Forward Gal. Posted 4 days ago
  • Singing Kitty proves best in the California Cup Oaks. Posted 4 days ago

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Any idea when or where they are pointing to bring him back to the races?
Sometimes i just do not get the Racing Industry as a whole . At Aq. today, they carded an 8 Race Program. In 2 of these Races(25 % of the card ). We are looking at a basic match race. In the 2nd race,it was scratched down to a 3 horse field. In the 4th race, it is a true match race( 2 horse field). I understand that there is absolutely no way to control this. But ever since the Ruffian tragedy, it seems as though "Match Races" have become a 4 Letter word. Yet today on the same card, we are presented with 2 of them. To compound the matter, i beleve on the balance of the card, we have at most a 6 horse field. I have no idea as to why so many scratches. Maybe the Snow storm had something to do with it. But i do not think so. It seems the days after 1 or multiple cancellations, there are multiple cancellations on those cards.I tip my hat to any of the brave people that are willing to brave the elements and attend todays races. I would be very interested to see what portion of todays handle is live and home network betting outlets. I would not be one of those to say cancel winter racing. To many people depend on this time . But there has to be a middle ground solution.
Cladocera much the best in the G2 Cape Verdi at Meydan for trainer Alain De Royer-Dupre.
Multiple grade I winner Palace Malice threw a shoe while galloping Jan. 28 and sustained a minor bruise to his left front foot, causing a slight delay in his training regimen in Aiken, S.C. "It looks very minor but we're going to get him right, which we expect to do in a few days, and then regroup and either breeze him here next week or send him down to Todd. That's indefinite until he gets right, and we have every reason to believe he will recover shortly." Said owner Cot Campbell, Article On bloodhorse
wow what a weak bunch he faces in the 96 rock. has all the makings of a Public Work. after finishing right behind the holy bull winner i'll be shocked if he pays more than $3. looks like a True 1-9 shot
Dr. Fager's trainer John Nerud turns 102 on February 9th. The last racehorse for the horseman, appropriately named Final Chapter, won his maiden recently at Aqueduct. Said Nerud of the victory: "I won with the first horse I ever owned and bred and I've won with the last horse I owned and bred. And I've had a few good ones in between."
I just went back for the first time in quite sometime and took another look again at Frankel's devastating performance in the 2012 Queen Anne Stakes. I describe that race as being akin to watching a bunch of cars all with 4-cylinder motors trying to run down a 1968 Chevelle with a 454 big block.
  • Patrick Maher via Disqus · I felt sorry for Excellebration in that race. He actually made a run at Frankel with about 3/8s to go but then Quely asked Frankel to go and he blew poor Excellebration off the track. He came alomg the wrong year. · 7 hours ago
Good luck to oceans knight Hopes are high that he will win the Sam Davis this weekend
Dr fager was the best horse I ever saw. I saw them all secretariat was next. Just look at dr fagers pps and then get back to me. Kelso,slew,bid, forgeo, were great but no way they would they beat Fager and yes he was better than damacus.
Got to go with oceans knight for me.
Back on the work tab after 30 day freshening.
Don't know the odds but Ami's Flatter and My Johnny Be Good look good.
the HORSE here is the competitor, not the passenger, and Tampa's 14th ranked passenger can ride the ability of the horse in the contest just as well as an import.
Ocean Knight draws post 11 of 12 for the Sam F Davis at Tampa Bay Downs. Go OC!!!!!!
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  • tmallios via Disqus · The most optimistic news of your post,just may be that Irad is traveling with the Horse. Looks as though he does not want to lose him. He is very promising. Ran a hole in the wind his first time out. Based on his spotty spacing leading up to the race.I doubt he was as tight as could be.Should be top notch come Sat. · 20 hours ago
  • jockey2be. · I second that!!!!GO OK! · 16 hours ago
Shared belief worked six furlongs at goldengate in 1:11 today. That's a great work if he did it easy. I was thinking chrome would beat him by 5 lengths, maybe a hard worked 2 lengths now.
  • bradleymichael47 · The Chrome will beat him by a hard fought head or nose if he ever defeats him again · 19 hours ago
  • Hannah Etienne via Disqus · Wouldn't get to excited over just a work. Chrome worked 1:11 en route to a 6th place finish at PARX. Do you know if there is footage anywhere? · 17 hours ago
Ladies and Gentlemen, you have witnessed one of the most amazing developments in the sport of kings... A top level trainer has actually learned Gulfstream is the best place to retire a horse! After learning the hard way with Cairo Prince, it would seem McLaughlin actually wants a horse to make it to the Derby this year.
Will be sidelined for a few months. He is set to undergo a minor knee operation at Rood & Riddle next week. There was heat in the joint and after an xray was taken a non displaced fracture was discovered in the upper portion of his left knee. He will be turned out at WinStar for 60-90 days. Hopes are to have him back at the barn by May- Per trainer M. Tomlinson.
Would like too give a shout out too deshawn parker on winning his 4700th career race last week and winning 14 mounts at sam Houston race coarse last week
  • travel_vic · always wondered when he would leave that West Virginia DUMP and ride a good track: only problem is Sam Huston Racing Park is only 1/95th a step above Mountaineer. · 18 hours ago
unless you have a FIELD of horses with which to compare these two, YOU HAVE NO IDEA, who either of these two will wind up. Zip
If they ever go head to head it'll be hard fought whoever wins. They move differently, they have different rating habits but they're both fast, determined and talented horses. It'll be damn interesting that's for sure.



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.