• Cinco Charlie goes gate to wire in the William Walker at Churchill Downs.Posted 2 hours ago
  • Effinex runs to victory in the Excelsior; Wicked Strong finishes third.Posted 6 hours ago
  • Mr. Jordan DQ'd at 1-5 in the Tarpon Stakes; Royal Squeeze placed first.Posted 8 hours ago
  • Dortmund worked 6F in 1:13.60 (12/22) at Santa AnitaPosted 8 hours ago
  • Carpe Diem covers 4F in :48.60 (2/63) at Keeneland on SaturdayPosted 8 hours ago
  • El Kabeir drills 4F in :46.81 (3/55) at Belmont on SaturdayPosted 8 hours ago
  • Derby points leader International Star worked 4F in :50.80 (8/9) at Churchill TrainingPosted 8 hours ago
  • Kitten's Point gets there late to win Keeneland's Bewitch.Posted 1 day ago
  • Keen Ice is now in at #20 for the Kentucky Derby following the defection of Madefromlucky.Posted 1 day ago
  • Get Happy Mister rides the rails to victory in the San Simeon.Posted 6 days ago

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Dortmund will come in show..
Little brother won his debut by 2l over the other half of the entry, who happened to be his "uncle," as Ghost Trail's dam is his second dam.
Oh, I love Diamond Joe. A first and second in back to back races, not bad.
Is a 23% 1st time sire... good luck, Texans :)
the only stakes race I'm betting on this weekend before Derby weekend...going with Blingismything with T. Baze up!
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  • jinlie01 · Can't argue with your picks Mary but I'm going to make my Derby betting funds with Blingismything! : ) · 4 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · I will definitely check out your girl, jinlie! · 3 hours ago
Quickies: 1,2,4,and 7
  • Mary Z. · No. It was Si Sage the 6 at 42-1, 4 didn't have enough for the steal. 6,3,8,2 o.o.f. · 4 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · A few drops of rain ;) · 3 hours ago
Summer Hit, Edge Of Reality, Are You Kidding Me.
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  • Mary Z. · Don't miss it. On the track now. · 4 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · Roomie 1GG Ryder won over 6Summer Hit. Mentioned as a "lastie" at the Play, but another tough loss for Summer Hit in this stakes. He almost wired. 1,6,3,7 o.o.f. "Brain" was correct :) · 4 hours ago
A coworker and I were talking today about how AP reminds of us of a Tom Brady and Dortmund reminds us of a Ben Roethlisberger. AP is the flashy pretty boy one everyone is talking about and Dort is the big kid playing with the short kids lol. Plus Ben is that type of rugged/ slugger qb ready to throw down- Dortmund has that same flare.
  • amino998 · With that plate in his hoof and a successful run in the Derby, AP might be reminding you of Tom Dempsey :) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Dempsey · 4 hours ago
Lexington Herald Special Report: CARPE DIEM FINISHED 6th IN THE KENTUCKY DERBY!
his races are terribly slow ...and has beaten nobodies
  • Sullivan · At the time he beat his competition he has been facing top class horses. Pat Day Mile has the potential to show his talent. · 5 hours ago
2,6,7,1 order of finish
  • Sullivan · Effinex! Loved the allowance win and didn't bet more on him here because I thought Jerkens was running Wicked Strong for a confidence booster. · 5 hours ago
Bayern, unraced since winning the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita last November, worked six furlongs from the gate in 1:10.80 on Saturday. Trainer Bob Baffert said he was so impressed with the workout, that he is now considering the $400,000 Alysheba Stakes at 1 1-16 miles at Churchill Downs on Friday as his 2015 debut instead of the original target - the $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes at seven furlongs on Saturday. Though undecided, Bayern's work indicates he is ready to roll next week at Churchill, according to DRF
  • Goblin · HRTV has video of that work today. For anyone interested, here's the link. http://www.hrtv.com/videos/?VideoCategoryId=2&VideoId=QzEJViB3d5C1pQK6GwRabQi/d7U2qL/ZPE4UbrNbVzg= · 6 hours ago
  • Sullivan · He looked quite good, not sure I understand the switch to the Alysheba, unless it indicates they are bypassing the Met Mile for the Hollywood Gold Cup? · 5 hours ago
Eeek. Seriously ran squirrely today with first time blinkers. Inquiry- and I think Mr. Jordan will be DQ'd.
  • Sullivan · Super pumped, have been waiting for Royal Squeeze to get another win after all the trouble that has occurred. · 5 hours ago
Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund worked six furlongs in 1:13.60 in company at Santa Anita on Saturday in preparation for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2. Dortmund was ridden by jockey Martin Garcia and worked in company with stablemate Lady Bull, an unraced 3-year-old filly. Dortmund began about five lengths behind Lady Bull, with trainer Bob Baffert communicating to Garcia via walkie-talkie not to urge his mount early. Dortmund quickened between the quarter-pole and the eighth pole and ran to the finish line with minimal urging. "Beautiful," Baffert said as Dortmund ran under the line."He worked a little fast last time, so were hoping he'd relax," Baffert said after the workout. "He's getting very push-button." According to DRF
Prospect Park, who was taken off the Derby trail after suffering a brief illness following the Santa Anita Derby, had his first work since that race when he went a half-mile in 49.40 seconds Saturday morning at the San Luis Rey Downs training center. Prospect Park is expected to return to action later this meet at Santa Anita. According to DRF
Kentucky Derby Contenders- Then & Now.... http://www.americasbestracing.net/en/the-latest/news-stories/2015/4/26/kentucky-derby-contenders-then-and-now/
Mylute continued his odd work schedule with a 4f move in 47.66 (3/70) at none other than Belmont... email has been sent to connections to see if he was switched to the barn of Chad Brown. He has been working randomly since early February.
impressive colt!!! AP STILL IS MY CHOICE!
No horse running in the Derby has ever seen a 20 horse field and probably never will again in their racing lives.

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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