• Illuminant stalks and pounces to win the Grade 1 Gamely at Santa Anita.Posted 1 day ago
  • Cyrus Alexander puts away Shotgun Kowboy to win the Lone Star Handicap.Posted 1 day ago
  • Tapitation rolls late to score in the Kingston Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Bust Another runs away with Belmont's Mike Lee at odds of 19-1.Posted 1 day ago
  • Weekend Hideaway rolls home an easy winner of the Commentator Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • There's no catching Si Sage in the Grade 2 Charles Whittingham Stakes at Santa Anita.Posted 2 days ago
  • Lexie Lou returns to her winning ways in today's Grade 2 Nassau Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Enola Gray takes the Melair gate to wire.Posted 3 days ago
  • Surgical Strike charges on the outside to win the Arlington Classic (G3).Posted 3 days ago
  • Diva Express and I'm a Looker make a dead heat run in the Winning Colors (G3).Posted 3 days ago

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Honestly, I don't understand why this horse has only raced once. In my opinion, he's got a great pedigree. If he's not gonna race, stop wasting time with his racing career and send him to the breeding shed.
  • Jordan via Disqus · He injured himself after his debut last year, they're taking their time bringing him back because he's so valuable and there's no point risking hurting him again by rushing him. · 6 days ago
  • MaiyaDay via Disqus · Yes, exactly what we need, royally bred fragile horses producing even more royally bred fragile horses. · 2 hours ago
QUOTE: "Stradivari is the perfect example of a horse that can run fast against allowance company but when moved up in class can't replicate that same performance." AFTER the fact rubbish, based upon gross sample error. If this animal did it THREE times or more against a significant faster pace of race, THEN this statement MIGHT have some merit, otherwise it is fiction. Horses have NO IDEA the man made class they run against: they simply run versus the PACE which is CLASSLESS.
  • Jay Harrison via Disqus · You'd be surprised. · 1 day ago
  • slewof damascus via Disqus · vic, I think Stradivari is dangerous as you know what, he did not relax in his big jump up in class last time, it's really that simple. Everything was new, the trip, the distance, the company, and he did not find a comfort zone; and he still ran well. He's going to be sitting just off moderate fractions here, and if he relaxes there, he's going to be super tough to get by when the real running starts, imo. · 3 hours ago
On Sunday the 29th of May, at Santa Anita in the 4th race I saw something I haven't seen in the over 39 years at this game...A horse by the name of RUN FOR RETTS easily won the 6 1/2 furlong race by 3 1/2 lengths... Trained by STEVEN MIYADI for Tommy Town Thoroughbreds... IT'S NOT THAT THE HORSE WON, BUT HE WORKED 3 FURLONGS IN 37.60 THAT MORNING !!! From now on this will be called the MIYADI MOVE on the radio... Now I check the morning workouts for that move... Check the morning sheets !!!
This horse would have been one of the top contenders in the 2016 Met Mile and Whitney. He was exciting 2015, especially in the Los Alamitos Derby when he destroyed one of the best 3 year olds (the highly touted Kentuckian).
1996 Editor's Note ; 1998 Victory Gallop ; 2006 Jazil all closed from far back to win the Belmont. 6 Closers , 11 Mid Pack , 16 Stalkers/Pressers , 9 Front Runners , more often the best horse.
FOR LANI'S SAKE... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE CHANGE YOUR JOCKEY !!!john valesquez...irad or jose ortiz...joel rosario...luis saez joe bravo ... PLEASE!!!!
The highly anticipated younger half-brother to Ihtimal and First Victory has broken his maiden on debut! He looks to be a promising colt.
1974 Little Current ; 1983 Caveat ; 1985 Creme Fresh all lost touch with the main pack of horses and closed to win the Belmont , maybe hope for Lani ?
The Preakness loss emphasizes what a remarkable colt Seattle Slew was. The only trainer to guide a most demanding thoroughbred undefeated through the Triple Crown has yet to be admitted to the Racing Hall of Fame.
  • Sullivan · Trainer couldn't win. If the horse won, anyone could've trained him. If the horse lost, it was the trainer mishandling the horse. · 7 hours ago
Will be running at Royal Ascot for Godolphin. He will target the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes.
Very sorry to hear of his death after suffering from laminitis. R.I.P.
In the last 17 years or so, the only horses to have won the Belmont after having run the 1st two legs of the Triple Crown were Point Given, Afleet Alex, and American Pharoah. So there is definitely a case for taking a close look at the fresh horses who either raced just one leg of the series or sat out both legs. I know it seems a bit obvious, but I, myself, sometimes forget or ignore this particular factor.
  • Players Klub via Disqus · That is true but I think that Exaggerator is the best horse in the race and if you go back to the last 20 years or so Thunder Gulch and Tabasco cat did it too. And this 'fresh horses' thing is very overrated. I think you are either the horse for the course or you are not. Let's not forget that California Chrome's owner in his drunken rant in 2014 went on about fresh horses and how there would never be another Triple crown winner because of it and AP shoved that stupidity right down his throat the very next year. You make a point here but I am throwing it out for me. It will play no significance in my betting of Lani or Exaggerator. · 2 days ago
  • slewof damascus via Disqus · I didn't care for the way Exaggerator ran the final eighth even though Kent was all over him. However, he's got the kind of racing style well-suited to the race. An excellent turn of foot. And rain is 50-50 at this point. I think he'll be an underlay for sure, and I'm not going to stop betting against him now, lol. · 9 hours ago
A little bummed that Aidan O'Brien and the Coolmore syndicate decided to leave Found in as Coolmore/Ballydoyle's only Coronation Cup entry instead of Highland Reel. After he won the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin back in December, the Coronation Cup was one of the very first races that came to mind for me that I felt like would really suit Highland Reel. His running style, with that high head carriage, reminds me a little of the late St Nicholas Abbey's, though admittedly with not quite the same explosive turn of foot that Abbey had, and Abbey was sired by Montjeu while Highland Reel is by Galileo. Even still, I thought the downhill finish at Epsom would've suited Highland Reel right down to the ground, IMO.
My pick is still Exaggerator, but I think it's going to be very close. Brody's Cause, Creator and Lani (if he wants to run) seem to be his major opponents.
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · Good choices, but I have a bit more faith in Lani. If Stradivari is entered, I think he could do better than Creator. · 11 hours ago
No question about this... without any horses like Gun Runner , Nyquist , or Laoban, I'm sure Destin is going to be enjoying 49 flat and 1 13 and 3 for the dreadful pace in this Belmont. I think Destin will act as the Commissioner , being ran down by a long shot out of Tapit- CREATOR!!! Exaggerator is the Orb or Dullahan of this race.
  • Blueyedhusky via Disqus · With those fractions, Suddenbreakingnews will be on the lead. Didn't Exaggerator just show how close he can be to fast fractions? I doubt he'll be sent to the lead, but he could easily sit just behind. You're right about one thing, though, it'll be a Tapit colt that wins, just not Creator. · 11 hours ago
I have so much riding on this horse right now. I bred my Malibu Moon mare to Big Brown and she is due February. I also picked up an Elusive Quality mare and bred her to Brown as well. She is due in March. I'm thrilled to see Dortmund back but where is Coach Inge?
  • Goblin · Coach Inge has apparently been retired. On CI's HRN page, another poster says the Pletcher Stable responded to an e-mail with that info. · 1 day ago
RIP big fella. You were a magnificent animal.
I'm hearing Baffert is targeting the Whitey or Woodward Handicap for Dortmund, not sure if he'll have a prep race beforehand.
  • Sullivan · From whom exactly did you hear that one? If the horse is ready to go in late July then he could hit a prep and the latter, not a bad idea to dodge Cali Chrome and Beholder either · 4 days ago
  • Aubrey via Disqus · Those are great choices. I would like to see this big fella target all the big races this year as long as he stays healthy he should do very well · 12 hours ago
Beholder followed up her scintillating bullet work last week of 5 furlongs in 59.40 with a 4 furlong in 48.60

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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