• Just The Judge edges Odeliz in the E.P. Taylor! Posted 2 days ago
  • Beholder is out of the Breeders' Cup after spiking a fever. Posted 2 days ago
  • Hillstar rolls to victory in the Canadian International!Posted 2 days ago
  • Taris smokes the Grade 2 Raven Run field! Posted 3 days ago
  • Discreet Marq much the best in the Ticonderoga! Posted 3 days ago
  • Effinex gets up over So Lonesome to win the Empire Classic! Posted 3 days ago
  • Noble Mission wins a thriller over Al Kazeem in the Champion Stakes! Posted 3 days ago
  • Charm Spirit defeats an unlucky Night of Thunder in the QE II! Posted 3 days ago
  • Madame Chiang pulls the upset in the British Champions Fillies and Mares!Posted 3 days ago
  • Gordon Lord Byron dashes away to victory in the Champions Sprint!Posted 3 days ago

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I now own this mare and she is making a lovely dressage horse. How would I get in contact with her owners or a win photo from this race she won?
  • amino998 · The photo finish cameraman @ Woodbine posts here occasionally, Chrystal... goes by travel_vic · 45 minutes ago
  • travel_vic · contact the track photographer · 21 minutes ago
This is the ONLY arena I think where a trainer REALLY can make a difference: keeping an animal OUT of contests that will negatively effect HIS running style.
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  • amino998 · Gee Mary, one would think you'd concur in disagreement with the assertion that trainers ONLY REALLY can make a difference by keeping an animal OUT of contests that will negatively effect HIS running style. t_v using the rare "I think" screams doubt :D · 1 hour ago
  • Mary Z. · Gee amino, Go for front page news whydontcha. Since when does thinking come into our usual blank-offs? · 34 minutes ago
Unfortunately the group that is appointed to protect the integrity and safety of the game,seems to be fueled by their greed and stupidity in protecting their brand. I am sure they are well aware of many wrongdoings involved in the game . Yes occassionaly they will pluck their scapegoats out of the hat and feed them to the public. For them at least , this buys them time to "PROTECT THEIR BRANDS"
  • travel_vic · you think it is JUST co-incidence that the "knackers" and rendering yards are located only a few blocks from this track? · 1 hour ago
From AtTheRaces.com: Connections of Brown Panther have announced he'll attempt to erase the memories of going pre-race mental prior to Sunday's G1 Canadian International Stakes at Woodbine and will in fact ship to Santa Anita to run in the upcoming G1 Breeders Cup Turf.
  • travel_vic · Id fire that idiot rider. Now have heard that radio communications among the outriders showed that after the jockey was dumped, one outrider expressed concern about helping the horse and rider to the post, BUT, the rider REFUSED and then not putting his feet in the irons, the horse was off. A good friend who works with the vets in the quarantine barn say that the horse was an known "bad actor" so all ON COURSE were prepared for his antics but the rider was NOT. · 2 hours ago
HRTV will present comprehensive live coverage leading into, and continuing through, the 31st Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park. On both days, the network will televise all of the Breeders' Cup races live (which will also be available via www.hrtv.com), with the exception of the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) as the only domestic horse racing cable channel of the event. Article on Bloodhorse
Strong 6F work this morning at Golden Gate, looking good! http://www.hrtv.com/videos/workout-shared-belief-102114/?VideoCategoryId=0
  • hannahWTC · He looks like he's gotten more muscular · 6 hours ago
  • FollowMal via Disqus · Watched that work. He's a goer. Very serious when he runs. Went and looked at CC's work out from the 18th. Good workout too. Slightly faster than SB, but it's the circumstances of the race that determines the winner, not just speed. Enjoy watching this gorgeous horse go! · 3 hours ago
I do not know how many follow or know about Finger Lakes. Keep in mind it is a tier 1 racetrack in Upstate N.Y. . What happened there today in the 5th Race is a shame and a complete embarrasment to the Racing Fan. Before i go further and not to mislead you,this result cost not only me but many others. So the following rant is on a personal level. The #1 horse shifted and acted up in the gate,you could see that the jock had to dismount the horse. Rather than taking im out and having the tarck vet look him over,they reloaded and ran the race. The horse finished dead last in the field and did not finish the race. Before you add to the sour grapes conspiracy theory on my behalf. The #1 horse was the 2/5 favorie. I will accept any handicapper to say he was not worth it. But i am sure that this is a common occurance that 2/5 shots pull up. The horse apparently got hurt in the gate. I have seen it on numerous occassions at Belmont and Aqueduct. It seems as though they do not want to scratch the horse and lose out on the big takeout from such a prohibitive chalk. They would of had to refund the entire pool on that horse.Many come on this site and attack the industry for not protecting horses from the trainers and owners that use illegal meds. Well what about the damn industry that turns its back on not only their horse,but their fans who support their game at the windows. I am sure the way this horse did not finish up the race,the injury might be permanent. If the owner of that horse does read this site. If it were my horse,i would lodge a law suit against the track and its' mishandeling.
  • Guest via Disqus · Even a non betting fan would find that appalling. I have faint memories of Barbaro's breakdown and thankfully I've never been on hand to witness · 5 hours ago
  • amino998 · It IS about keeping the money in the pool, Jackie Chiles... Sometimes karma takes millennia to work itself out... that sure thing was named Trojan Warhorse :) · 4 hours ago
Wonder where Mike Smith will wind up, now that Beholder is out. Would be a shame for the BC winningest jockey to wind out without a horse in the Distaff.
I would love to see Heitai compete in the BC Turf Sprint. He's run amazingly this year and deserves a chance to show off his game at the top level.
Beholder out....really hurts the lineup for Friday's races.
Hardest Core fires every time. Anyone predict what his M/L will be?
why am I unable to view this vidio ?
Imagine in ANY sport, being able to PROJECT the ability to overcome UNKNOWN competition. If any one could do that, AND no one can, they would be called clairvoyant and be a millionaire.
Goooooooooooo Jess ! ! !
Ocean Night (Curlin), is a monster, very big for 2yr old. High hopes for all of then.jlp
The Sky Beauty may be next, GPW Nov 1.
margaret reay.
Union Jackson, Jess's Dream, and Cozmic One are the 2yr olds to watch. I think Union Jackson might be a beast, he may even be a bigger threat than Cozmic One. We will have to see.
  • Goblin · Definitely will have to wait and see how these highly anticipated young colts perform on the track. They are carrying the "weight" of great expectations. · 13 hours ago
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I was hoping MMM would have won his 10th race before he retired. MMM will always be one of my favorites.



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.