• Materiality turns away the challenge of Upstart to win the Florida Derby.Posted 8 hours ago
  • International Star reels in Stanford late to win the Louisiana Derby.Posted 9 hours ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox sweeps the 3yo filly stakes at Fair Grounds with today's win in the Oaks.Posted 10 hours ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox sweeps the 3yo filly stakes at Fair Grounds with today's win in the Oaks.Posted 10 hours ago
  • Pants On Fire guts out a win in the Sir Shackleton.Posted 12 hours ago
  • War Correspondent rolls late to win the Appleton.Posted 13 hours ago
  • Prince Bishop wins the world's richest race; California Chrome 2nd.Posted 14 hours ago
  • Dolniya dominates the boys in the Dubai Sheema ClassicPosted 15 hours ago
  • Solow defeats The Grey Gatsby in the $6,000,000 Dubai TurfPosted 15 hours ago
  • Secret Circle wins Golden Shaheen Sprint in Dubai.Posted 16 hours ago

HRN Original Blog:
Toasting with Andrew Champagne


Older Comments...

So happy for Secret Circle. Just missing in most races since his 2013 BC Sprint win. Out of the money only once in his career
Looks like a bodybuilder in this photo.
  • SeattleStrike12 via Disqus · He has giant legs, seriously, and he has muscle on top of muscle, he will win the kentucky derby · 2 days ago
  • SnidgetAsphodel via Disqus · Love to see legs that look like legs and not toothpicks. · 14 minutes ago
Why is RfR only running in the Bay Shore-G3 and not the Wood-G1??
I posted on the Chrome page, but don't think it's active. BH is reporting that Chrome will now go directly from Dubai to England and begin training at Newmarket for a start at Royal Ascot. Perry Martin has apparently finalized the plans. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/90967/california-chrome-headed-to-royal-ascot
David Flores, a fixture on the Southern California circuit for more than three decades, will ride at Santa Anita early on after plying his trade in Singapore the past year. “I came home for Christmas and hopefully I’ll get to ride something here the first weekend,” Flores said. “I’ll go back to Singapore after the New Year.”
  • amino998 · "I was just a passenger, it's the horse" Flores said :( http://www.drf.com/news/singapore-officials-suspend-david-flores-one-year · 2 hours ago
She worked today going 6f in 1.13.6
Mary this is for you
  • Mary Z. · Thank you. She is very cute and a good filly! I'm having difficulty uploading photos here, so my photos and videos of Broadway Empire are at fb or google+. You were there at FG, yes? Neat photo! · 3 hours ago
Watch out for Mac Nichol's Madefromlucky.
If only Prima Gianna's conformation, which boast those unstoppably powerful hindquarters and withers, had translated into her running on the track the way her magnificent pedigree intended, she'd have reached her potential and fulfilled her destiny to be in the pantheon of grade one stakes winners.
Don't want to say I told you so, but I posted this about a month ago: American's top turf horses may have beaten the world's best turfer's on American soil over the years, but haven't had much success when travelling across the pond. Want to see how he runs in the Sheema, considering he was sent to America as a horse that wasn't working out in Europe. We all know what happened to Twilight Eclipse in the stretch in last years Sheema. Big difference in beating a classy horse like Twilight Eclipse and beating a full field of world class classy horses in Dubai.
  • Sullivan · Turf is one of the most variably different surfaces out there. There is no shame in not showing up on a short course and running away on a lawn. Remember this horse didn't like the Euro courses and that's why Motion got him. · 4 hours ago
Wow how did I completely missed this? Well of course I will be rooting for Distinctiv Passion. Tough field.
  • SSilence86 via Disqus · I missed the fact that this race was on Turf. No Bueno. DP isn't a turfer. · 4 hours ago
Not impressed.
I need the meaning of Mutbaahij, PLEASE?
Can we keep him in America please, this was hopefully a learning experience that he enjoys N. America and wants no part of Europe. Keep him where he is obviously a different horse.
  • tmallios via Disqus · He was not in Europe today. Has nothing to do with where he races. Just what can he use and can't use. · 5 hours ago
The results are in and Materiality won, Upstart was second, Ami's Flatter third and Itsaknockout fourth. Materiality with John Velazquez came out a bit on but Materiality was not taken down the way Upstart was in the Fountain of Youth. The two hooked up on the far turn and raced within a length of each other down the stretch with Materiality on the rail. Neither look like they relish the added distance but the announcers said the track was slow and tiring because of being very dry.
  • sonofjorel89 · As slow as the early fractions seemed today, the final fraction was too slow for me to be too high on either in Kentucky. · 6 hours ago
Hurt my heart to see Mr. Z today. The horse has talent but you just know he's not going to get a break.
  • Jay Harrison via Disqus · I seen a tweet saying Justin Zayat wants to give him 60 days off. · 6 hours ago
Once again, cannot upload to the photo gallery. Yes, did all steps properly. My images are more than 2 mb? Will ask the child.
Dortmund / Prospect Park / Bolo / Oneluckydane
Still my derby horse!!!He best race is yet to come...

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.

Best of the Blogs

Top Stories