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  • The Great War is off the Derby trail following poor finish in the BattagliaPosted 1 day ago
  •  Royal Son scores in the John Battaglia Memorial.Posted 1 day ago
  • Stellar Wind an impressive winner of the Santa Ysabel. Posted 1 day ago
  • Far Right shoots up the rail again to score in the Southwest Stakes. Posted 7 days ago
  • Khozan demolishes a Gulfstream Park allowance field to remain perfect in two starts. Posted 7 days ago
  • No beating North Slope as he returns to dirt a winner in the Evening Attire. Posted 7 days ago
  •  International Star scrapes the paint to win the Risen Star.Posted 8 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox speaks loud and clear in the Rachel Alexandra. Posted 8 days ago
  • Itsaknockout wins the Fountain of Youth on the DQ of Upstart. Posted 8 days ago
  •  Chocolate Ride sneaks away in the Fair Grounds Handicap.Posted 8 days ago

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I think ultimately he'll turn out to be a 7F to a mile type horse.
Santa Anita 3/1/2015 Dirt 5F 1:00.60 Handily6/22
East Hall will skip the razorback and stay home for the Skip Away Mar 28th. He's doing very well, just relaxing, had an easy breeze the other day. The added distance should be right up his alley..
Flintshire will remain in training for 2015 and will targeted at an 'international campaign'
  • Northport · Flintshire returns to action tomorrow in a 9f conditions race in Chantilly, presumably a sharpener for the Sheema Classic. · 22 minutes ago
Ocean Knight is a serious contender. His second start in the Sam F. Davis was impressive. He will be carrying the full 123lbs on the 7th of March versus 116lbs. El Kabeir has his work cut out for him with Ocean Knight going with him every step of the way. Far From Over is rumored to be missing this race. Classy Class will be there as well in the front and Tencendur, the bullet work producing late blooming son of Warrior's Reward should be closing again IF he can change leads. The Gotham is shaping up to be the best race of the year so far for 3yr olds.
  • buds · Id call it the 2nd best prep of the DAY afetr the San Filipe! LOL. They both look pretty good. · 13 hours ago
  • MarkKennedy · Well oceans knight was 1 sec faster in his last breeze then el kaiber · 39 minutes ago
Going back out onto the track on Saturday
Does somebody know if her foal by Tapit has been named yet?
Waiting for news on his latest work.
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame announced on Monday the 10 finalists for the 2015 class. They were chosen by 14 members of the Hall of Fame’s Nominating Committee. Here they are: Article on DRF to be posted later today. Jockey's: Victor Espinoza Corey Nakatani Chris Antley Criag Perret Trainers: King Leatherbury David Whiteley Horses: Black Tie Affair Lava Man Kona Gold Xtra Heat
http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/at-large-tom-lamarra/archive/2015/02/26/greyhound-cessation-program-a-cautionary-tale.aspx is horse racing NEXT to be gobbled up by the G D casino?
Anyone looked at AP times in last race at Santa Anita 1-1/16 mile times and TCB times at same track in Breeders Cup juv.
Bayern's half brother by Scat Daddy goes 1/8th in 10.1 at Fasig Tipton Florida sale. Best time for 1/8th so far. According to DRF
Full brother to My Miss Aureila works 10.2 at the Fasig Tipton Florida Sale. Will be sold at auction on Wednesday. According to DRF
Wise Dan, the 2012 and 2013 Horse of The Year, resumed tack walking Monday, trainer Charlie LoPresti said - though his compression fracture to his right front cannon bone is not fully healed. The tack walking, expected to last for at least three weeks, was prescribed by Dr. Larry Bramlage in an effort to put some pressure in the area of the injury and increase blood flow. LoPresti said the fracture line is healed, but there "is one gray area on the outside" that still needs improvement. He emphasized that Wise Dan, now age 8, is not in any discomfort, but that he and owned Mort Fink will not return him to racing unless he ultimately x-rays 100 percent. "The biggest thing Mr. Fink and I want for him, whether he runs again or not, is that he heals 100% or 95% to where maybe he could be a lead pony someday. Obviously the goal is to get him back, but we're not risk hurting him to prove a point." Article on DRF to be posted later today.
  • cedar · Would love to see him as a lead pony some day. Surely Keeneland would be behind that idea big time as well. · 3 hours ago
The Gotham is shaping up to be the best race of the year so far for 3yr olds. Ocean Knight is a serious contender. His second start in the Sam F. Davis was impressive. He will be carrying the full 123lbs on the 7th of March versus 116lbs. El Kabeir has his work cut out for him with Ocean Knight going with him every step of the way. Far From Over is rumored to be missing this race. Classy Class will be there as well in the front and Tencendur, the bullet work producing late blooming son of Warrior's Reward should be closing again IF he can change leads.
  • MikeJohnsonz · Actually that would be the San Felipe Stakes, by a mile. · 16 hours ago
  • davewalsh via Disqus · I guess that's why they run horse races.... · 4 hours ago
Well my friends thats what maks racing what it is,man. INTERESTING DUAL.
Too bad. His first two races were promising. Didn't like the layoff and dip in class. I was rooting for him too.
Also, Pharaoh is entered in the Rebel first on March14th. We have to do a wait and see 1st if he shows up, and 2nd how he does after 4 months off.
Still not convinced Pharaoh is going to be there. They keep pushing his 3yr old debut back. However, if he does show up it will be a nice test for Far Right who just needs to finish in the money and run a decent race in prepping for the Derby. I wish they had another prep prior to the Arkansas Derby, but Moquett has done well so far with him.
Ocean Knight is a serious contender but Royal Son may have improved because he liked Turfways' synthetic surface. This takes nothing away from Ocean Knight but is a possibility.

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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.