• Cadet Roni relishes the slop in the Wishing Well at Santa Anita.Posted 5 days ago
  • Flora Dora gets to the wire first in the Big A's Busanda.Posted 5 days ago
  • Frosty Margarita just holds on as Rudy Rodriguez goes 1-2 in the Maddie May.Posted 5 days ago
  • Forever Unbridled powers by for victory in the Houston Ladies Classic.Posted 5 days ago
  • Da Big Hoss explodes up the rail to romp in the John B. Connally Turf Cup.Posted 6 days ago
  • Mohaymen continues his march to Kentucky with an easy win in the Grade 2 Holy Bull.Posted 6 days ago
  • Smokey Image wins the California Cup Derby by a pole to remain undefeated.Posted 6 days ago
  • Pricedtoperfection bursts through to Sweetest Chant at Gulfstream.Posted 6 days ago
  • Pacific Heat runs away from the field in the California Cup Oaks.Posted 6 days ago
  • Sassicaia splits horses to win a thrilling finish in the Toboggan.Posted 6 days ago

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WOW!!! Terra Promessa eased up to win her allowance race at Oaklawn, very impressive!!! Looks like a prep for the G3 Honeybee next month. Very very impressive.
Samantha Nicole has been retired and will be bred to Bernardini.
The third year old filly division is smoking this year. I am more excited about this division than the boys!
Keen Ice will beat this 2016 Donn Handicap field by at least 3 lengths.
  • jrem1 · Very well could be, especially with Javier on board. And at the age of 4, he could be an even stronger closer than he was last year. · 1 day ago
  • cugel the clever · He wont get the pace scenario he needs to win. He wont finish on the board. · 1 hour ago
He a great horse but almost got beat in the 1M jackpot due to the tiring track. If he stays sound he'll have a great shot at the derby
To stand in S. Korea for 2016
Headed to Korea
Happy birthday big guy!!
Standing at Irish Hill Century Farm
My pick for the My Derby
Total jockey error.
Guys, this list is based on how they're rated here on Horse Racing Nation. That means that horses of the present day (or last decade or so) are going to be rated much higher than horses of yesteryear, who were probably better than them. How are they rated? By HRN users clicking the stars on the profile. This is not really an official list, because it fluctuates and changes on a day to day basis. I agree with Eric that having I'll Have Another rated above Sir Barton is ludicrous, but this is really just a "ridiculous list" for lack of better term.
@ 'travel_vic' - Thank you for pointing out more truly higher quality racers from the past. Pretty Polly was bred, trained and raced her entire career in the U.K., so she wasn't "U.S. based". Pan Zareta is interesting and difficult to rate accurately, given that she only beat Old Rosebud and was then beaten by that racer. Hindoo...no argument, it's another ignorant omission here. Phar Lap raced only one race in North America, in Mexico at that; although he was owned by a U.S. citizen who caused him to be shipped from Australia when the horse's lease was ended. Lexington obviously deserves honorable mention, but I observe that his most famous son Boston, won five times more races (40 to 7). American Eclipse, again, no argument there.
Tonalist and Honor Code over Sea the Stars, who's not even supposed to be on a "U.S." list...the ridiculousness continues. And if there's enough "voters" here making up these 'rankings' to know about Henry of Navarre, then I repeat: Where's Boston? Where's Fashion? Where's Artful (the "winner" of Sysonby's only loss, where it was proved he was drugged by a bribed groom)? I'll tell you where...hidden away in the minds of knowledgeable horse racing enthusiasts, who evidently are not many of those forming the ratings on this farce of a list.
They are all American!!!! How about Kincesm 54 wins from 54 starts, travelling all over Europe. Cabine won 17 of what would prove to be his last 18 races. On four occasions Carbine won twice on the same day 1889 he raced five times in six days over a combined distance of 15200m for four wins and a second. His victory in the 1890Melbourne Cup was noteworthy. He set a weight-carrying record of 10 st 5 lb (66 kg) in the Cup, defeating a field of 39 starters and setting a record time for the race. He carried 53 lb (24 kg) more then the horse running second" Kington Town, Son of secreteriat still holds the record for fastest melbourne cup win. Black Cavier 22 starts 22 wins , Makybe Diva three Melbourne cup wins, Pharlap 37 of 51 in four years , Frankel, Red Rum - three Grand Nationals etc etc
  • amino998 · The Top 250 Thoroughbreds All-Time represent the Top 250 US-based runners that are no longer active, as voted on by Horse Racing Nation members. The rankings on this page are updated every 30 minutes throughout each day. · 12 days ago
  • travel_vic · Kingston RULE was the last Melbourne Cup track record holder · 8 hours ago
Hindoo, Pan Zareta, Pretty Polly, Phar Lap, American Eclipse, Lexington etc etc. Palace Malice??? Not even close to the top 100
This is race is coming up very weak. It's pretty sad actually.
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  • Ross via Disqus · Most of the good horses either retired or passed. · 9 hours ago
  • Sullivan · I'll take this group over what showed up last year anyday -- · 8 hours ago
This list was complied by a bunch of johnny-come-lately, ignorant know-nothings. Rating Barbaro above Easy Goer? WHAT?!! Where's the mighty Swaps? Only set 10 World or track records from 1956-1957. His 1970's counterpart was Seattle Slew. And, I get that this is a U.S.-only list, but where's Boston and Fashion? I repeat, bunch of ignoramuses.
  • Eric via Disqus · Also, Wise Dan and Palice Malice rated above Exterminator, who the owner of Man 'O War himself (Samuel Riddle) ducked a match race with, TWICE? Shared Belief who couldn't even beat Bayern in the BC Classic, rated above Stymie, who beat males in match races? REALLY? I'll Have Another, rated above Sit Barton? Really? REALLY?? Groupie Doll and Lovely Maria rated above Devona Dale, winner of the Filly Triple Crown AND Glorious Song, 2nd to Spectacular Bid in the Haskell Invitational? REALLY??? REALLY???? This list is a farce. On top of everything else wrong here, the British horse Eclipse is included; isn't this list is supposed to be "U.S.-only"? · 9 hours ago
Really excited for her Malibu Moon foal. Hopefully a colt.
Had a filly out of War Front

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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.

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