• Bayerd gets the job done in the Springboard Mile! Posted 4 days ago
  • Acceptance remains unbeaten in winning the King Glorious! Posted 4 days ago
  • Good Luck Gus best in the Damon Runyon! Posted 4 days ago
  • Mr. Z works 5F in 1:00.00 (2/24) at Los Al on Dec. 14Posted 4 days ago
  • Liam's Map gamely gets his first stakes win in the Harlan's Holiday! Posted 5 days ago
  • Micromanage over Vyjack in the Queens County! Posted 5 days ago
  • Sunbean does it again in the Louisana Champions Day Classic! Posted 5 days ago
  •  Merry Meadow gets up for the win in the Grade 3 Sugar Swirl!Posted 5 days ago
  • Top Billing breezed 3F in :38.00 (4/10) at Payson Park T.C.Posted 6 days ago
  • Bayern worked 4f in :49 (41/87) at Santa Anita on Dec 11.Posted 7 days ago

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I've owned nine racehorses ,this one is my favorite overall. Has so much heart ,and was stakes placed. not bad for an Ontario sired.
  • travel_vic · The place on the planet a foal drops has NOTHING to do with their quality but is most often for their connections to make the baby eligible for the bonus that region offers. This "he is only a _________ bred" is full of crap. · 27 minutes ago
Jess's Dream worked today!!!!!I wonder if that means he's about to race? Date: December 18, 2014 Track: PALM MEADOWS TRAINING CENTER Distance: Five Furlongs Time: 1.00:25 Breezing Track Condition: Fast Surface: Dirt Rank: 2/14
  • Jbyrnes1 · Thanks Jockey2be!!!!! I that first race is coming and I guess it will be at Gulfstream Park · 1 hour ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · On Aqueducts daily wrap up show in NY. They said that McLaughlin said that he will run him before the New Year. So if he worked today, figure he will need 6 to 7 days to recover. That places him in a race between 12/26 and 12/31. A very important thing to keep an eye on. Who the Jockey will be on him. It will give you a barometer as to how good they think he will be. Irad Ortiz recently rode the 3 debut winners at Aq. last week. He though more than likely will be in NY then. If by chance he shows up to ride him.Then he at least is perceived to be special. · 1 hour ago
Surfer wins the inaugural running of the listed Dubai Creek Mile at Meydan. The son of Distorted Humor has always been a very consistent horse over the years racing on Meydan's then tapeta surface, but today came the question of how Surfer would handle conventional dirt for the 1st time in his career and he responded with a 1/2 length win over Ennobled Friend. Having finished 3rd back in March behind Prince Bishop & Sanshaawes in the G1 Al Maktoum Challenge Rd. 3, coupled with his now proving he can also win on conventional dirt, Surfer could prove to be a tough competitor in any of this year's rounds of the Al Maktoum Challenge he might turn up in.
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86255/former-penn-clocker-enters-plea-agreement. This is why i never pay attention to what the clockers show on the PPs. One thing Vic says that is true,unless you are there or know someone who was there to see them work,they are meaningless. I am not saying that this is a common practice. I am sure this is the exception and not the rule. But if you are risking your money,why chance it and wonder if you are betting on the exception or the rule. The only thing that a published workout can concrtely tell you. That on that day,the horse more than likely was on the track and he worked. That at least shows that they are healthy enough to work.
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  • tmallios via Disqus · I think Mary scared him away(D). No seriously,just taking some time off to re-power the engine. Will be back after the New Year.Needs to work on the Tan. Hoping your Rams can put a real spanking on my G-Men this week · 19 hours ago
  • amino998 · Inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 2009, Bob Baffert has achieved almost every accomplishment possible. He’s won three Eclipse Awards as the top trainer in North America, 11 Breeders’ Cup races, nine Triple Crown races, and his horses have amassed almost $215 million in earnings over the past 25 years. He wins at a high rate, so the key in recent history has been identifying which horses to bet, and which ones to avoid. -- Mr. Obvious Mike Hogan in the form · 2 hours ago
It's too bad what happened to Shared Belief in B.C.Classic, considering the trip he had he should not have been in the top 5, now with that being said, Shared Belief is IMO the best horse in the country. The good thing is he will return as a 3yr. old and even better than he was at 2. Look for continued improvement and shades of Spectacular Bid will be in the making for 2015. Dismiss this talented hombre if you will, if he can stay healthy in 2015 we will be in for a treat in regards to the exceptional individual he is and how special a runner he is and will be talked about for years to come as being one of the best to ever look through a bridle. Grade 1 Malibu is a preview as to what is to come from this gifted and super talented hombre and will be the talk of 2015 as to just how good he is and he will rank right up there with the best to ever set foot on a race track........... <\_~
This question will take a bit of thought process. For the obvious,i will disqualify Secreteriat from the equation. Here goes............Who is the most talented Race Horse that you have seen race LIVE. By that i mean in person and not on any media feed. I know many may be younger and have not seen them all. But keep in mind,there is no right or wrong answer. Again the stipulation is the most TALENTED HORSE you have seen LIVE. Mine is Ruffian in the slimmest of margins over Seattle Slew.
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  • Euro Trash via Disqus · The most talented horse I have seen live is Allez France. · 1 day ago
  • jockey2be. · I just went back and looked at past performances from the horses I've seen.And I was so excited when I saw that one of them,Street Game,actually won the Grade 3 Hill Prince!!!!!!!!So I've seen a graded stakes winner!!!!!:) · 12 hours ago
DRF'S Mike Welsh reports that Social Inclusion is back in training with Chad Brown, Brown says that he is taking his time with him and a return date should come soon, according to DRF
Here's a video of him galloping today at Santa Anita. Makes me so excited ! :) http://www.hrtv.com/videos/?VideoCategoryId=2&VideoId=tc/4izMmSVNVqZkxVMs/X4+SXm7qSfPC1oAI4LZALxY=
Shows up in a nw2x in Saturday’s 5th @ Los Al along with 2 for 21 $658K earner Setsuko. AP’s been training steadily for 4 Months since his last race. Hope Kalem is getting a break on the day rate :)
Dortmund draws post 3 of 5 in the Los Alamitos Futurity
My picks: 1st-Ottoman Empire 2nd-Storm Belt 3rd-Cooptado 4th-Zain Shamardal.
My picks: 1st-Le Bernardin 2nd-Haatheq 3rd-Surfer 4th-Grand Salute.
My picks: 1st-The Taj 2nd-Nawwaar 3rd-Conveyance 4th-Mushir
If Zenyatta ever met the Janey horse she would be at a severe disadvantage but then again she was a freak of nature. NO horse in the last 50-60 years closed as fast as she did NONE. PACE of Race determines if beaten lenghts are significant or not, and NO HORSE could close like the Z girl...... NO Matter the pace in front of her. AND she made her own luck running through those big fields. NOW the track in 2009 helped a bit.
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  • travel_vic · you won't see ANY horse today match this final fraction at this distance. 251⁄5, 24, 234⁄5, 232⁄5, 23 NOT even on the turf · 22 hours ago
  • travel_vic · Silky and Rumbo get honorable mention in final fractions · 21 hours ago
If McLaughlin intents to win the Kentucky Derby (2015) with him, then, I hope Jess's Dream compete on any race before the end of this year 2014, otherwise the Apollo dilemma (1882), yes, 133 years will be against him. According to History, Apollo was the last horse to win the Kentucky Derby in 1882 without competing as a two year old.
  • Sullivan · As posted earlier, there is a race for him the 20th which we may soon find if he is entered in · 22 hours ago
Frac Daddy appears to be ok, Kenny McPeek is sending him to be stabled at Sam Houston this winter and race, so looks like he is on his way back, according to DRF
DRF 'S Brad Free reports that American Pharaoh will skip the San Vicente and point towards a return in the San Felipe in March, AP is fine bit don't want to rush him back according to DRF
A troubled 6th for $5,000 yesterday, I would enjoy being a part of getting this Buckpasser sire line Illinois-bred mare with Damascus 4S x 4D and Forli, Spectacular Bid, Broad Brush and Gilded Time as tail dam sires out of chilly Hawthorne and into a warm loving shed.
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  • amino998 · Sullivan >> you mentioned wanting something speedier... Check out Royal Seven's 2nd lifetime start :) http://www.equibase.com/premium/eqbPDFChartPlus.cfm?BORP=P&STYLE=EQB&DAY=D&tid=HAW&dt=10/15/2011&ctry=USA&race=4 · 2 days ago
  • amino998 · NTRA lobbied up and got on the tax-break train for an extension {Paulick, drf et al} Anyone hit too many Pick 6's or the lottery THIS YEAR? http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/26/179 · 23 hours ago
Ick was all black and a sweet heart. When she couldn't run in stake races she won easier races by seven at mile and a sixteenth with "Shoe" posing for pic each time.



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.