• It's all Favorite Tale in the Fabulous Strike.Posted 13 hours ago
  • Lavender Chrissie romps past Calamity Kate in the Zia Park Oaks.Posted 15 hours ago
  • Mobile Bay wins the Zia Park Derby, while International Star fades to fourth.Posted 15 hours ago
  • It's all Lewys Vaporizer in the $200,000 Steel Valley Sprint at Mahoning Valley.Posted 2 days ago
  • Solid Wager rolls late in the Cary Grant; Big Macher last at 2-5.Posted 3 days ago
  • Dolphus (Lookin at Lucky), 1/2 brother to Rachel Alexandra, wins his career debut at Fair Grounds.Posted 3 days ago
  • Rusty Slipper proves best in the 11-furlong Red Carpet.Posted 4 days ago
  • Exaggerator holds off Sunny Ridge to win the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot.Posted 4 days ago
  • Button Down soars to victory in the Cardinal.Posted 4 days ago
  • Jet Black Magic pulls the upset in the Delta Downs Princess.Posted 4 days ago

HRN Original Blog:
Toasting with Andrew Champagne


Older Comments...

  • Arline Fujita via Disqus ·
    .❝my neighbor's mom is making $98 HOURLY on the internet❞....
    A few days ago new McLaren F1 subsequent after earning 18,512$,,,this was my previous month's paycheck ,and-a little over, $17k Last month ..3-5 h/r of work a day ..with extra open doors & weekly paychecks.. it's realy the easiest work I have ever Do.. I Joined This 7 months ago and now making over $87, p/h.
    .Learn More right Here
    .... or...... ➤➤ ➤➤➤ http://GlobalSuperEmploymentVacanciesReportFactory/GetPaid/$97hourly...

    · 1 hour ago
Dortmund should coast in this race, Iron Fist is pretty good too. Knowing Gary Stevens, he won't win by anymore than he needs to, my prediction is Dortmund by an easy 3 lengths with Iron First 2nd.
What were your top three favorite races this year? Mine: 1. AP in the Belmont Stakes 2. Honor Code in the Met Mile 3. Shared Belief over California Chrome in the San Antonio
  • Show All 4 Comments
  • slewfan1977 · Seems like ages ago that Shared Belief beat California Chrome, and people thought it would be the best race of the year! My top 3: 1. American Pharoah in the Belmont 2. Honor Code in the Met Mile 3. AP's Haskell (the complete and utter domination was like a description of Man o' War, and he ran incredible speed figures to boot) · 113 days ago
  • jrem1 · Hi. I just started posting on here about 3 weeks back. I came across your question here and wanted to give you my three favorite races for the year. 1. AP's 6 1/2 length victory in the BCC over a field consisting of older horses in an explosive and somewhat dominant fashion was really impressive to me. And we have to remember that A P was an advanced 3 yr old since he was born in Feb of 2012 so, in essence, he wasn't too far from being a 4 yr old himself. He looked a good deal more imposing physically than he did in the Travers....Must have put on another 25 to 30 pounds of muscle. 2. AP's Belmont, of course, which speaks for itself. 3.Honor Code at the Whitney. Something about the way he chased down Liam's Map caught my eye. Of course the Met Mile was similar to it, but I just liked the Whitney for some reason. · 4 hours ago
Comparing to 40 years ago, is the "big sandy" surface or top sand layer a lot thinner now? If so, how many inches deeper was the sand layer 40 years ago?
Will race in the tenth race at Churchill on Saturday from Post 7. Rooting for him.
QUOTE:"his acceleration at the end of a 1.5 mile race when other horses were backing up." I was impressed with the colt as he ran by us at the 1/8th pole, BUT any acceleration was minimal (hundredths of a second) at that point in the race as he made all the fractions. His run was a classic sustained move from wire to wire.
  • Show All 3 Comments
  • Ruffianlover · He ran his final quarter faster than secretariat. He was definitely not slowing down like everyone else was actually pulling away to a greater lead from frosted. Nice try · 13 hours ago
  • By The Numbers · It was minimal, but he WAS accelerating - so the point is valid. He went :24.34 from the 1/2 to 1/4 pole, and went :24.32 from the 1/4 pole to the wire. But, he went :24.77 from the Start to the 1 1/4 pole. So from that point to the finish, he took 3 lengths off of his 1/4 mile fraction - very impressive · 10 hours ago
Words cannot describe how much I will miss seeing this horse run. As much as I love and will mis Pharoah, there was just something about Honor Code that I loved so much. Maybe it was his beauty, his stubbornness, him being from AP Indy's last crop, his incredible closing kick, or his ability to do things all on his own, I don't know but I loved this horse and I wish him a long and successful stud career, and will look forward to seeing his babies on the track. Goodbye Honor Code and thank you for the awesome memories <3
  • honor code via Disqus · Great comment💚 Honor Code was, and still is, AMAZING💚 I wrote to him after he retired, and he sent me a Honor Code hat!! I love it! Here is a picture of it😀 like we said, hes awesome😍😍😍😍 · 17 hours ago
Just a cutie!
Perfect Title has an upset chance here.
If Frivolous runs here, she would be the deserving favorite with her CD stakes win this year and the last couple of races against the top of her division. But I'm hoping the up and comer Tiz So Sweet and comebacker Birdatthewire will make their presence felt in this one as well.
I will never understand how anyone can call themselves a fan of horse racing and not love this horse with all their heart. His mechanics are mesmerizing and incredibly unique. Everyone's a critic, but the critics with the most highly qualified credentials are the ones who's opinions mean the most, and they routinely fall all over themselves gushing about him.
  • BeastBob via Disqus · For some people and experts, it takes time to recover. Take expert handicapper Andrew Beyer for example, American Pharoah beat the 3 horses he picked to win the 3 TC races by a combined margin of almost 130 lengths. You don't just let it go after being embarrassed like that; you get in a jab here and there whenever and wherever you can. · 11 hours ago
Massive win for Maurice. Best in the world at a mile?
  • SharedBelief1 via Disqus · How about Tepin? · 3 days ago
  • ILuvTurfRacing · Maurice has now got an entry into the upcoming G1 Hong Kong Mile. We'll see if he's the best in the world at a mile on turf having to face Able Friend on home ground. Able Friend ran a sub-par 3rd last time out in the G2 Jockey Club Mile, or at least sub-par by his standards, the first time he'd been beaten in 8 starts at Sha Tin, but I'm not sure I'd count him running another back to back bad races. · 13 hours ago
Dortmund looks to be in a good spot in the Native Diver, hope he runs well. Stevens might think he's on Point Given on Saturday!
BREAKING NEWS: Voting is now open for the sixth annual winner of the Secretariat Vox Populi Award. Created by Secretariat's owner Penny Chenery, the Vox Populi, or “Voice of the People,” Award recognizes the racehorse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the public and gained recognition for the sport during the past year. Three nominees were selected by the Vox Populi Committee, and voters again have the option to write-in a racehorse of their choice. The nominees are the following: American Pharoah Beholder Rachel's Valentina Article on http://www.paulickreport.com/news/thoroughbred-racing/voting-now-open-for-secretariat-vox-populi-award-2/
The Vox Populi award goes to a horse that brought a lot to horse racing throughout the year. I know all of them are deserving in some ways of this award but the number one equine on the list for this award is American Pharoah. Now, I know we all have some sentimental reasons to vote on another but how can anyone vote against AP for bringing fans and bringing so much to this sport this year...A Triple Crown winner....hard to vote against that even though he's got HOTY and Three Year Old Male Champion Eclipse Awards in the bag.
As i predicted after the Maiden Win at first asking . Marking has been entered in the Cigar Mile . I would be absolutely shocked if he does not show up with a monster effort. He will be getting 13 lbs from the 2 favorites . That translates into roughly 2.5 lengths. By drawing the rail , Ortiz should be able to negotiate a very favorable trip. Nathan i do not know who is making my taste buds stand up and cheer more. The Turkey or Marking. Other than Vyjack, rarely have i awaited a horses race like this one.
If you are looking for not only a price in the Clark,but a serious contender. Look no further than this guy. Went into his last race working lights out. Never really ran to the works. After looking at the replay, he never got comfortable with the track that day. From sitting a perfect trip 3rd on the rail,he kept taking to the outside. Seemed as though the jock sensed it,and tried to find a part of the track he would like. So far in his career, the CD strip has been to his liking. Nathan,do not pass him up. Also on the wrong coast,Recepta will be making her appearance. Should be very formidable.
Does anyone know how many mares are possibly going to be lined up for AP next year?
Iron Fist is in this race. Before the return of Dortmund and with the retirement of AP still IMO Iron Fist is probably the fourth best three year old in the country after AP, Frosted and Keen Ice.(you could make an argument for Upstart being ahead though) This horse beat AP in that maiden race and made Frosted have to try in the PA Derby. This won't be as easy as I thought for Dortmund Iron Fist is better than anything he had to beat at the Big Bear by far.
Very excited to see this one entered in the Cecil B Demille. Definitely will be my pick in that race!

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.

Best of the Blogs

Top Stories