• In his first start since the Remsen, Gift Box rolls over a strong allowance field at Belmont.Posted 1 day ago
  • Nyquist has spiked a fever, delaying his trip to Belmont, via DRF's Dave Grening.Posted 4 days ago
  • Second Summer holds off Hard Aces to win the Grade 2 Californian.Posted 4 days ago
  • Exaggerator turns the tables and is victorious in the Preakness (G1).Posted 6 days ago
  • Takeover Target flies home late to win from last in the Grade 2 Dixie.Posted 6 days ago
  • American Freedom fights back for Sir Barton victory.Posted 6 days ago
  • Mizz Money holds on to take the Gallorette (G3) by a nose.Posted 6 days ago
  • Justin Squared was too fast to catch in the Chick Lang.Posted 6 days ago
  • Lady Shipman does not disappoint with a victory in The Very One.Posted 6 days ago
  • Marengo Road gets ahead to take the James W. Murphy.Posted 6 days ago

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Looks like she worked 5/8 In 1.00 and 4/5
  • Byrnzzz · Hey Mark, so I've been doing some searching, this work was at Belmont, the race I can see her pointing to next is the Jersey Girl on June 10th the Friday before the Belmont Stakes. · 32 minutes ago
Besides one obvious mistake, Mario Gutierrez did exactly what Nyquist's team wanted or planned to do. And that was break fast and run fast the first 1/4 mile, avoid the reported deep-mud rail, slow down the pace in the middle splits to recover, and then pull away in the stretch. The mistake was he tried to test the rail at the top of the stretch, and as soon as he did that Exaggerator passed him as if Nyquist was glued to the ground.
Right now I like Exaggerator-Stradavari-Suddenbreakingnews-Cherry Wine-
Byrnzzz, have you heard anything about the 4 races I mentioned? Any possible contenders?
If Mohaymen was here, he'd win. But I like DESTIN for 1st then Creator, Exaggerator , and Stradivari .
  • Players Klub via Disqus · Destin does not want to go this far at all. No chance. · 22 hours ago
  • Players Klub via Disqus · Destin will not get this distance. · 1 hour ago
I just don't understand how a nomination list like the Honor The Hero goes so well, and doesn't work out?
I'm hearing Baffert is targeting the Whitey or Woodward Handicap for Dortmund, not sure if he'll have a prep race beforehand.
Todd Pletcher announces that multiple G1 winner Mshawish will return in the G1 Met Mile on Belmont Stakes day June 11th.
Moobie turned in his first work with trainer Kiaran McLaughlin today, going 3F in 35.11 at Belmont.
Steve Asmussen announces that champion Untapable will make her next start in the G2 Fleur De Lis on June 18th at Churchill Downs.
  • andthey'reoff · She really likes Kentucky, so I think she'll do fine. Also, no G1 horses in the Honor The Hero. The best horse we got was Richies Sweetheart. Ouch. · 3 hours ago
Wait. Wat. Just got notification from Equibase that CD worked Four Furlongs in 51:01 at Saratoga today. Error... right?
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  • Goblin · Keelerman, who has his own blogsite and writes for BH, thinks it's a mistake by Equibase, but is going to try to find more info. · 4 hours ago
  • Ross via Disqus · He'll be too fat to run :) · 4 hours ago
Where is Divisidero?
In looking at the upcoming race, it is fair to assume that this is Exaggerators to lose. Forget strategies, pace figures,past history or anything else you may want to toss into this equation. Exaggerator is so much the BEST RACE HORSE that will be entering the starting gate, he actually sticks out like a sore thumb. That does not automatically make him a winner, they still must run the race. But based on the data we have going in,this one looks like a SLAM DUNK. In finally watching the replay of the Preakness,i was surprised as to who i saw as the 2nd best horse on this date. It was none other than the OFT spoken about Lani. Here is a horse 25 lengths off the pace after a half mile. If verhead or a pan of the stretch. He is looking to duck in as he is coming. Once his jock straightens him out,and gets him to the outside. Lani is closing fastest of all to get into the photo for place. I do nohow this translates to him and the 12F he wnning. But from a visual perspective,he would be my choice should Ex stub his toe.
  • Ross via Disqus · To me all Lani did was pass tiring horses. Granted he could've had the same trip as CW and probably finished better but, how can anyone keep hoping for luck or a better trip? Now that there will be less speed here, more closers and he's ran all 3 races of the trail, I can't justify taking him here. · 5 hours ago
  • jrem1 · With the way it's been, he seems to get better and stronger with each race, it seems like he should be winning this Belmont. He just might be peaking, but who knows. I'm definitely thinking about keying him in the top spot and taking a few horses under him. Lani should come flying at the end. I hope he finally has a decent start out of the gate., and many seem to think SBN will be right there too. · 5 hours ago
I see this being a race for Stradivari to lose considering there will be absolutely no pace for all the closers to come after.
  • illhaveanothertriplecrown · I think Suddenbreakingnews is going to develop in the Belmont and wow some people. · 5 hours ago
  • jrem1 · I've read where Todd Pletcher is considering running him. He said he came out of the Preakness in good shape and will have some workouts and gallops with him over the next 7 or so days, and if all is well, it may be all systems go. · 5 hours ago
In case anyone wants to bet Cherry Wine, remember last year there was a horse with a non stakes win and 5 losses(same record as Cherry Wine) going into the Preakness who came in second on a muddy track. He's never finished in the top 5 of a race since.
  • jrem1 · Just when you think you have the betting angle solved, you actually don't. Horse races can seem easy to bet, but there is so much to think about and know about each horse as I've come to find out in my first season of Triple Crown race betting. Not that I haven't been around. I've watched T C races for yrs, but this is the 1st yr I've thrown money at them. Thank you for bringing this particular stat into consideration. It's one more thing to analyze and consider before placing the final bet. It's one stat to consider as to why I might go with a Gov Malibu instead of a Cherry Wine when it comes to a tri bet. · 5 hours ago
I have a beautiful big correct chromed up 2016 colt foaled in PA out of Thief in Style by Giacomo. Too bad he moved to Oregon, I probably would have bred her back to him,
I like this horse. Like him a lot. But in order for him to win or even finish in the money at the Belmont.....the jockey has to be changed to one familiar with the US tracks and competition ( other jockeys ).
The rednecks must have loved this horse!!! ha ha
  • OklaHandicapper via Disqus · How do you like being overrun by Muslims, Limey?? · 6 hours ago
BREAKING NEWS : Leroidesanimaux, a multiple grade I winner and turf champion best known as the dire of 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, died earlier this year due to injuries from a paddock accident at Lanwades Stud, where he’d been standing since 2014, two farm employees confirmed May 24. He was 16 years old.
Absolutely gutted by the news of his death. Yet another sad loss for racing worldwide. R.I.P. :( http://bloodstock.racingpost.com/news/bloodstock/leroidesanimaux-dies-at-lanwades-stud-at-15/2090199/

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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