• Lady Shipman dominates in Saratoga's Coronation Cup.Posted 14 hours ago
  • Stopchargingmaria out-duels Untapable to win the G3 Shuvee.Posted 1 day ago
  • American Pharoah wins the Haskell completely in hand!Posted 1 day ago
  • Heart to Heart takes them wire to wire in the G3 Oceanport.Posted 1 day ago
  • Casual Smile closes from second last to win the G3 Matchmaker Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Bradester snags the G2 Monmouth Cup in front-running fashion.Posted 1 day ago
  • Rachel's Valentina, daughter of champion Rachel Alexandra, wins her debut at the Spa!Posted 1 day ago
  • Beholder wins the G1 Clement L. Hirsch for fun!Posted 2 days ago
  • Texas Red returns to the winner's circle with a Jim Dandy victory over Frosted!Posted 2 days ago
  • Red Rifle squeezes through rivals to win the Bowling Green.Posted 2 days ago

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Still have a major problem naming Sec the best of all time. He lost FOUR races to inferior horses at equal weights or actually getting 7 pounds in one of those losses. Man'O War, won 20 of 21. Native Dancer won 21 of 22. Kelso beat more Hall of Famers and Champion horses than any other thoroughbred in history.
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  • travel_vic · the great Geldings sure run a close second · 40 days ago
  • marcos via Disqus · Do you have a problem with processing and deciphering, there were reasons check them out. · 22 minutes ago
On August 2, Honor Code worked 4f on fast dirt at Saratoga in 50:22 (b) finishing 60/72.
One of my favorites.He was a beautiful white horse with a long white tail. I loved watching him run.He could sit on or near the lead or come from the back of the pack. He was arguably America's best turf horse for 2 years in the early 2000's. I think about him periodically, I just love those veteran turfers. Saw he didn't have any posts so figured I would show him some love
BREAKING NEWS: Sixty-five-year-old Michael W. Dickinson--the former British champion amateur jumps jockey-turned-professional trainer; he of multiple racing-related entries in the Guinness Book of World Records who quit training to spearhead a synthetic racing surface company--has announced a return to active training. Dickinson will train exclusively off his expansive 250-acre Tapeta Farm in the town of North East, Maryland. Nicknamed AChantilly of the Chesapeake,@ the centerpiece of the lush, grassy facility is Dickinson=s proprietary-formula synthetic training track that consists of Tapeta (Latin for Acarpet@) footing. Dickinson envisions between 20 and 30 horses will eventually be under his care as the sole trainer on the property, and he will target the top levels of U.S. racing. Dickinson last saddled a horse as a licensed trainer at Turfway Park on Dec. 8, 2007. Shortly thereafter, he retired from conditioning at the request of his wife, Joan Wakefield, so the two, in partnership, could grow the Tapeta Footings track surface business. Since then, they have traveled to 15 countries together--including Australia, Britain, Dubai, Syria, Morocco, Singapore and Japan--pitching, testing, and installing their synthetic surface, whose ever-evolving compositional recipe is now in its 10th iteration. Article on http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/pdf/tdn/tdn150804.pdf
I totally agree with Meydan Rocks PM doesn't has the quickness to fleet foot it with AP all the way to the wire. I don't know if there's a word to describe it (second wind, stored energy, etc), but AP has the ability to kick free in the stretch and leave everyone behind. He had a hard time doing this in the Derby, but Victor ran him wide throughout the race (6,723 feet in distance). None the less, AP kicked “it” and crossed the finish line first. He’s the real deal.
Ahmed Zayat has confirmed American Pharoah will not run in the Pacific Classic. Zero shot.
I want to see Palace Malice come out of his next few races while running well and in the BCC hook American Pharoah and battle him right to the wire. Whether he would win or not who knows but of all horses, I want to see Palace Malice do it.
wonderful news! I will tweet it as well as everyone is asking and wondering about Mr Jordan. Gorgeous horse, glad he came out of it okay!
He won the Rebel Stakes which is a grade II
Just an FYI, the Apple Blossom is 1 & 1/16th, not 1 1/8th. The win time is correct though.
I am by no means knocking the riding talent of John Valesquez as he has been one of the leading riders in the country for a number of years. But could it be that Untapable misses Rosie? There seemed to be a connection there that is lacking now.
  • Ruffianlover · I totally understand. She just doesn't seem like the same horse with the same fire as when Rosie was on her · 8 hours ago
Trainer Wesley Ward today told AtTheRaces.com that G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes winner, Undrafted, will likely sidestep another trip back to Great Britain for the G1 Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock in favor of staying at home and preparing for the G1 Breeders Cup Turf Sprint at Keenland. Ward called Undrafted "not the greatest of shippers", saying "he can ship and run his race, but then he seems to fall apart a little and it takes time to put him back together." "If we took him to Haydock, we might be short on time to get him ready for the Breeders Cup."
I am pretty sure he won't race this year I mean look at Rachel's Valentina who has raced this year and will probably go into the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies. She is far ahead of him. Again I am not saying anything but it is almost August and there will only be 4 months is this year. If he doesn't race this year he won't race in the triple crown. There will probably not be another triple crown winner even though Bob Baffert and Todd Pletcher have some good two year olds. There is no horse like American Pharoah.
What were your top three favorite races this year? Mine: 1. AP in the Belmont Stakes 2. Honor Code in the Met Mile 3. Shared Belief over California Chrome in the San Antonio
On August 3, Uncle Sigh worked 6f on fast dirt at Saratoga in 1:14:87 (b) finishing 1/1.
On August 3, Twilight Eclipse worked 5f on firm turf at Saratoga in 1:02:34 (b) finishing 13/23.
On August 3, Watsdachances worked 5f on firm turf at Saratoga in 1:00:85 (b) finishin g 1/24.
On August 3, Triple Threat worked 5f on firm turf at Saratoga in 1:02:03 (b) finishing 4/24.
On August 3, Slumber worked 5f on firm turf at Saratoga in 1:00:85 (b) finishing 1/24.

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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