• Lightstream (2-1) rolls late to pass Malibu Stacy for the Raven Run win.Posted 9 hours ago
  • Royal Posse (5-2) likes the off going and upsets Governor Malibu in the Empire Classic.Posted 9 hours ago
  • Bar of Gold (4-5) wins the Empire Distaff by a country mile.Posted 10 hours ago
  • Pat On The Back (20-1) puts them to sleep in a sloppy Sleepy Hollow.Posted 11 hours ago
  • 2001 Kentucky Derby winner, Monarchos has passed away at the age of 18.Posted 13 hours ago
  • Winx absolutely dominant in winning a second Cox Plate.Posted 19 hours ago
  • Quidura (7-2) scores another graded stakes win at Keeneland for Graham Motion.Posted 1 day ago
  • Frosted is pointing to the Breeders' Cup Classic, per his connections.Posted 3 days ago
  • Erupt (IRE) at 12-1 closes to win the $1,000,000 Pattison Canadian International (G1)Posted 6 days ago
  • Al's Gal (6-1) wins the head bob and the E. P. Taylor (G1) at WoodbinePosted 6 days ago
Breeders Cup 2015

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rest easy monarchos, you will be remembered forever
We may have just seen another superstar in the making, that was a devastating performance by Tamit. Filly by Fastnet Rock, don't see alot of those in America, WOW!
Love the connections, IMPRESSIVE turn of foot for a two year old. Defiantly one to watch
The next Tepin? Wow what a performance from this filly. 1st time out for same connections and just looked like a future star in that debut
Like I said before Arrogate looks like a nice horse but he's not California Chrome. Here are the splits in each of their last races. CC's splits in the Awesome Again: (1/4) 22.76 (1/2) 46.08 (3/4) 1:09.48 (Mile) 1:34.45 Arrogate's splits in the Travers: (1/4) 23.23 (1/2) 46.84 (3/4) 1:10.85 (Mile) 1:35.52 California chrome has much faster splits and even after Victor Espinosa began holding him back after 6 furlongs California Chrome still ran a mile split one full second faster than Arrogates's mile split. Bob Baffert knows arrogate can't run with the best horse in the world.
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  • Ross via Disqus · Love it when people compare race splits for different distances, race tracks and competition. And the difference is not even much!! · 6 hours ago
  • cugel the clever · You are spouting utter nonsense. You cannot compare split times for races run at different distances. The only valid comparison of fractional times between Chrome and Arrogate which is relevant to the Classic is to compare the Travers versus the Pacific Classic. In that comparison, Arrogate comes out significantly on top. Here are the fractional times for each horse from Trakus: Chrome (Pacific Classic): 23.20 47.29 1:11.22 1:35.69 2:00.13 Arrogate (Travers): 23.09 46.84 1:10.74 1:35.56 1:59.25 Arrogate's time was faster than Chrome's at every fraction of the race and he finished almost a second faster (about 5 lengths) on a track which historically has been slower than Del Mar. People who say that Chrome is "faster" than Arrogate are basing their opinion on nothing. That being said, I still pick Chrome to win the Classic because it's probable that Arrogate's Travers was an anomaly (as was Frosted's Met) and that he's unlikely to repeat that effort, especially if pressed early by Chrome or Melatonin. But to say that Chrome is "faster" than Arrogate is completely false. · 4 hours ago
Excited to see this one's debut in the 5th race. The "word is out" as they say, 4/5 in the ML. Seen a few workouts, he looks to be a good one
Rewatching the 2015 Travers, I think Lezcano did a very good job riding Frosted, but his timing was slightly off. He started the duel at the 6/8 pole. If he had started the duel at the 5/8 pole, Frosted might have won that race by a nose. Fast forward to the 2016 BCC, in order for Frosted to have a chance at the top 3, Joel Rosario will probably have to be aggressive with Frosted early (especially on the SA dirt track).
Id usually take this as as an opportunity to smash on people who disrespect a great horse for no good reason. But think of it like this. Its not the exactly the same as military service members for those who do put their bodies and well being on the line to protect our country, but it is in similar context to be classy and dignified in ones attitude to respect the participants of any thing that people love and participate in. It is so easy from an armchair perspective to issue arrogant, blind, and myopic criticisms, or even to take statistical angles to decipher what horse "Has no chance" versus a horse that is "Dominant". As a fan, or a bettor, or both, it is the parity of differences of horse that make equine competition such a neat thing to love or participate in. Anything can happen in horse racing. Tepin getting beat. Laoban breaking Maiden at graded stakes. Arrogate not being mentioned by ANYONE besides those who follow SoCal Racing, and destroying the Travers. The Breeders Cup races have always been known for things happening that people don't see that goes against what they know of assessing a race. Funny seeing so many who doubted the CALBRED in his three year old campaign swinging on his un-gelded future babies at this moment. Hey, Im happy that the respect finally came after calling him a wash-up after DWC of two years ago. When you have a Championship series of races, you respect ALL participants. And if someone wants to support a horse, it is no ones right to tarnish a horse or a fan, it is an honor that these horses give us such a fun and amazing sport to witness. Whether it is a horse that never wins a Maiden 20, or a horse that has a up and down record at graded stakes, or whether it is the most Dominant of Equine athletes, show respect. When you have the Pinnacle Event where the best of the best are assembled for OUR participation in you respect every and all of these Noble Participants. Because in the end, these Horses don't need us or our opinions. We are lucky to see them in such a way. We are lucky to see these horses, whether YOU think a horse deserves to race in the company of others or not. Thank God this industry is not run by peoples opinions. And thank goodness that despite what people think we get to see such races with such intrigue of talent and dedication. I love Frosted. But in the end. I am happy that ALL of these athletes will be there and only hope to see great races and a safe trip back to their feed buckets after entertaining us. We are getting to see a AWESOME time in thoroughbred racing. Appreciate all of the horses that bless us.
Rest in peace, Monarchos. What a champion you were!
YEAH! Bonita Bianca splashes home to victory! Another stakes winner for Curlin! Great pedigree and now 2 for 2. Nice!
Ok Runaway, back home, lets get back on track.
Rest in peace.
1st- Ironicus 2nd- Tourist 3rd- Photo Call 4th- Ring Weekend 5th- Karar 6th- Mondialiste 7th- Tepin
BREAKING NEWS: 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos passed away the morning of Oct. 22, after displaying signs of internal discomfort Oct. 21 and undergoing emergency surgery to repair a ruptured intestine. He was 18 years old. Monarchos is best known for running the 2nd fastest Kentucky Derby in history only behind Secretariat.
I was analyzing, and came to the conclusion that there is no way CALIFORNIA SUPREME WINNER IS CHROME the Breeders Cup Classic. Please practice for next year to all other horses. California chrome asked who wants to be in the picture in the winner's circle.
Did I hear they are supplementing him to the BCC correctly? Yikes I hope not- the poor horse may finish dead last- the Santa Anita track does not play kindly to closers or plodders/grinders. Just ask Tonalist and Hoppertunity
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  • BeastBob via Disqus · I'm not sure what Todd Pletcher did with him but in his last race he was at least 1 tick below 24 for 4 consecutive splits (23 4/5, 22 4/5, 23 3/5, 23 3/5 with a strong gallop out). The slow 23 4/5 opening quarter mile was the reason he lost that 8f race. I thought he would have easily romped the JCGC if they had entered him there. If he bring the same performance to Santa Anita, he has a good chance of finishing in the top 3 (or top 2 if the winning time is slower than 1:59 4/5). · 4 hours ago
  • cugel the clever · Agree. He needs to be brought back more gradually and sensibly with a start in a graded stake soon, and then a late-season route like the Clark. The BCC is a hopeless and futile goal. · 3 hours ago
Just one word.............................. "WOW".
  • elhubbo · Wow is right, she was just starting to roll, one of the greatest performances I've ever seen period. · 4 hours ago
I remember the first time I seen her race, I was just messing around playing Australia the one night and had no idea who she was, she blew me away( I believe it was the Queensland oaks) and hasn't lost since. It doesn't matter the distance, doesn't matter the conditions, just a superior animal. I can only dream we get to see her at Royal Ascot next season. I don't know if racing could get any better than a Tepin/Winx/Solow battle.
Dual G3-winner Goken has been retired and will stand at Haras de la Huderie alongside Sandwaki for 2017. His fee is set at €5,000.
The Last Lion has been retired and will stand at Kildangan Stud. I guess he'll be standing there for 2017? No fee has been announced.

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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