• Favorite Tara's Tango surges to win the Santa Maria at the wire.Posted 1 hour ago
  • O'Neill's strengthens his stable of 3-year-olds as Frank Conversation wins the El Camino Real Derby.Posted 1 hour ago
  • Bolo nabs Obviously in the final strides of the Arcadia.Posted 4 hours ago
  • BC Mile heroine Tepin crushes her foes in the Lambholm South Endeavor Stakes. Posted 4 hours ago
  • Dancing House is ultra-game in taking the Barbara Fritchie.Posted 4 hours ago
  • Penwith scores in the Royal Delta at Gulfstream Park.Posted 6 hours ago
  • Destin rolls home in the Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs.Posted 6 hours ago
  • Polar River wins the UAE 1000 Guineas by a pole.Posted 2 days ago
  • Kobe's Back goes from last to first down the stretch to win the Palos Verdes.Posted 6 days ago
  • Storied Lady (4-1) up the rail to nip Saythreehailmary's in the Biogio's Rose.Posted 6 days ago

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Didn't think he would do it but congrats to Frank Conversation.
If Calculator keeps going 5+ wide every race and breaking like that, it's going to be another long year for the connection.
That was a very impressive come back race.
ONE of the '63 World Series heroes. How'd we let this guy get by us, Nathan? :(
Calculator summed it up!
Ran her heart out today in the Santa Maria. Fought hard for second.
Any news on last year's El Camino winner? He was so nice ‼️
OMG. What a race! Calculator just wasn't going to let Fusaichi Samurai get the win. Welcome back, beautiful boy!
Very determined win by Calculator in his return off a year plus layoff. American Pharoah continues to be flattered by the rest of his crop.
Horse of the week on FB! Still loving you Fog💔
Won the Tampa Bay Stakes Gr. 3 :)
Prado afraid to stick to the rail. I watch him race after race. He goes way outside into the 6 path and blows the race. I don't know how he ever made it into the Hall of Fame.
Foxy Posse is a mutt. Should be running in a $5,000 claimer somewhere
You have to wait until next week. She is ready
Destin is a full brother to Creative Cause. Looked very good, in his win in the 36th running of the Sam F. Davis. This maturing 3yr old has the pedigree and the looks. Looks to me that he will be a legit Triple Crown Trail Contender. He's bred for the classic distances, and he's trained by the one and only Todd Pletcher. I hope to see this horse in the starting gate on the 1st Saturday in May. Somethings telling me, it just may be destined to be. Racing Blessings Destin.
Tepin, easy as she pleases, what a special mare this is.. nice win.
Pointed to the Honeybee next
Nice comeback for Bolo. His clueless connections considering Big Cap on dirt. They will never learn. Bolo is a turf horse.
If she's still undefeated by May and running like this it would be a shame if she doesn't run in the Derby.
Nails Obviously on the wire! What determination. That was a nice return.

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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