• The breeding rights to Classic Empire have been acquired by Coolmore.Posted 2 days ago
  • Cloud Computing (13-1) edges a game Classic Empire in the Preakness.Posted 5 days ago
  • World Approval (5-2) whistles home a big winner in the Dixie.Posted 5 days ago
  • No Mo Dough (9-1) explodes to victory in the Sir Barton Stakes.Posted 5 days ago
  • Cambodia (9-2) gets the trip and rolls in the Gallorette.Posted 5 days ago
  • Whitmore (6-5) surges past A.P. Indian in the Maryland Sprint.Posted 5 days ago
  • Yoshida (5-2) wins the James W. Murphy Stakes like a good thing.Posted 5 days ago
  • Recruiting Ready (5-2) rolls to an impressive win in the Chick Lang.Posted 5 days ago
  • Get 10-1 Odds on Always Dreaming on TVG! Posted 5 days ago
  • No catching Everything Lovely (5-2) in The Very One Stakes.Posted 5 days ago
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Wow! Lost only by a nose--the little Lady!!! Very Very good though all things considered--you all know what I'm talkin' about. Losing to the 'royalty'? -Queen's Trust. Not bad!!~
So-what do you all think? Gonna put him in to Show? Place? Exotics? I think he might do pretty well.
said Hollendorfer. "It's also a bigger purse." Ominus words. That's all he cares about.
  • Mary Y. via Disqus · There is a bigger purse. Fact. I guess your other comment makes sense to you. Does it? · 5 hours ago
IWC's daddy-Curlin-was a beast and lost the Belmont by a head. IWC can handle the distance and he will be fresher than any other horse in the field. Your 2017 Belmont Winner-Book it Dano!
G1 winner Zazu gave birth to a filly by Deep Impact on January 30th in Japan.
G1 winner Contested gave birth to a colt by Deep Impact in Japan on February 17th.
Grade One winner Condo Commando gave birth to a colt by Deep Impact on January 23rd in Japan.
Good Samaritan worked 4f, May 25th, in 49.40 (b) finishing 8/36.
The Money Monster worked 3f, May 25th, in 36.00 (b) finishing 1/28.
Songbird worked 6f, May 25th, in 1:13.80 (h) finishing 2/16.
Prize Exhibit worked 5f, May 25th, in 1:05.60 (h) finishing 5/5.
Battle of Midway worked 5f, May 25th, in 1:01.80 (h) finishing 20/31.
American Anthem worked 4f, May 25th, in 48.20 (h) finishing 3/38.
I am not gonna say too much about this Belmont but just one word ..."Tapwrit" !!
From this evening's Racing Post web-site: Trainer Aidan O'Brien has decided that Acapulco will run in the G2 Greenlands Stakes over 6f at the Curragh on Saturday while stablemate Washington DC will go to Haydock Park for the G2 Temple Stakes over 5f. O'Brien went on to say he felt that Acapulco needed one more run to help put her spot on for the G1 King's Stand Stakes at Royal-Ascot next month, which O'Brien said will likely be the final start of Acapulco's career. Her last race at Naas when she won the listed Sole Power Sprint Stakes, and her next two in the Greenlands Stakes & King's Stand Stakes are all being ran by Acapulco with her already in foal to Galileo.
Looking at the probable/possible field for the 2017 Belmont Stakes, I think IWC has a good chance of winning it. CE/IWC will battle for the win and Lookin at Lee will be the distant third.
I just saw Ice Box at Millennium Farms. He looks beautiful.
This is a serious horse.
Why is he in the Belmont? The Kentucky Derby showed us that he can't handle the distance.
  • RealDynastyPicks · In the Derby he broke from the 17 post, then was forced to run in the worst part of the track, and still got himself into contention at the top of the stretch before fading...If anything he showed he is tough and that he wants a dry track. He beat Cloud Computing by 7 in the Wood Memorial, and Cloud Computing just won the Preakness so if anything the Preakness flattered IWC. · 12 hours ago
As much as I love this guy, I don't think he can get 1 1/2 miles. That being said, I will root for him nonetheless. ;) Hope he proves me wrong (if he runs).

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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