• The Great War is off the Derby trail following poor finish in the BattagliaPosted 4 days ago
  •  Royal Son scores in the John Battaglia Memorial.Posted 5 days ago
  • Stellar Wind an impressive winner of the Santa Ysabel. Posted 5 days ago
  • Far Right shoots up the rail again to score in the Southwest Stakes. Posted 11 days ago
  • Khozan demolishes a Gulfstream Park allowance field to remain perfect in two starts. Posted 11 days ago
  • No beating North Slope as he returns to dirt a winner in the Evening Attire. Posted 11 days ago
  •  International Star scrapes the paint to win the Risen Star.Posted 12 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox speaks loud and clear in the Rachel Alexandra. Posted 12 days ago
  • Itsaknockout wins the Fountain of Youth on the DQ of Upstart. Posted 12 days ago
  •  Chocolate Ride sneaks away in the Fair Grounds Handicap.Posted 12 days ago

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From the Racing Post.com web-site: Toast of New York, who was one of the favorites for the upcoming G1 Dubai World Cup, will miss the world's richest race due to a soft tissue injury.
  • jonquil · Ah, sorry to hear that. It seemed like it'd be a good prospect for him, too. Hopefully they'll figure out something else for him later. · 7 minutes ago
Good trainer super breeder and owner. Has a shot at some of the purse.
  • jonquil · Interesting breeding. I was pleasantly surprised to see Schönbrunn in his pedigree. That means he has Schwarzgold. And being inbred to Foggy Note means he gets a good hit of La Troienne, too. I really liked looking through his pedigree. · 6 hours ago
  • jonquil · BTW, if Schwarzgold doesn't mean anything to some of you -- she is the tail female ancestor of Stacelita, Steinlen, Star Lift, Slip Anchor, Sagace, and quite a few others. She was a brilliant runner herself. She is not Prospect Park's tail female ancestor, but she is in his pedigree nonetheless. It certainly can't hurt having her there. :) · 12 minutes ago
This post is to our Euro posters. It is obvious that this guy has turned into an amazing Race Horse over the past year. But as of this time last year,there were many in Europe rated much higher.My question to all of you is the following.With his success in the U.S. and the not so deep quality in the division of Turfers in the U.S. . Do you think that others in Europe might consider the same path,and ship over here early enough.This way they can race the entire season. I am not taking away from Main Sequence by any means. I thought that he was the Horse of the year last year based on his accomplishments.
  • Euro Trash via Disqus · The only ones who will ship are the ones who cannot make the grade in Europe for whatever reason. Most legitimate gr1 European horses will stay in Europe to run in our big races. The ones who are underachieving might transfer to the US and the ones that their connections feel they would benefit from the permissive medication rules will most likely transfer. At least that is how it has always been. I would assume it will still be that way. · 47 minutes ago
  • jonquil · Yeah, you're probably likely to get the ones that don't quite cut it out on European soil or those who have problems that interfere with their running like The Great War. Frankly, I'm a little surprised (and disappointed) that Cannock Chase's connections haven't tried running him in big American races. CC's clearly a great horse, but they were hesitant about what races to put him in last year even though he won almost everything he ran in, including a G3 stakes. He has enough of the American breeding (out of Lemon Drop Kid) so I imagine he'd do pretty good in an American graded stakes. Meh. Anyways, with most European runners, they're mostly looking for horses that will appeal for the European races - particularly the races in Ireland, Britain, and France. A few good runners will be sent to the U.S. maybe to compete in a race or two with a big prize purse, but most of those won't be moved to the U.S. unless they get bought or their owners decide they stand a better chance running in the U.S. That said, the best in Europe won't necessarily be cut out to be the best in America, too. There's a big difference between the tracks that a horse will either adapt well to or won't. · 27 minutes ago
Snoop , he is running today against almost forgotten Materiality. How Boots says it,based on A.M. preps, Elway,Luck and Lopez twins Alma Mater has a major leg up on this one.
Agree 100% that Rome is a piece of work and a waste of time. Thought the Meyerhoff's were idiots as did I of the Slew Crew. Did not effect my evaluation of their animals
Talk about ARROGANCE. Shared Beliefs #1 Cheerleader(TVG NETWORK) is so sure and cocky that he can't lose this Saturday. They are offering a money back guarantee on a win wager up to the first $25 wagered. Yup,if you bet $25 to win on him and he loses,you get your money refunded to you. This is an attempt for them to increase their handle. How sure must they think about his chances,to offer this up. It is no secret that i would love to seeS.B lose on Sat. . Not because i do not like the horse,but because a minimum investment will bring back a major return in the exotics. Having TVG get stuck holding the bag,would only make it that much sweeter.
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  • tmallios via Disqus · No Jonquil i will not.First i do not use TVG as an account,also it would only be for $25 the Rebate. Although he is still the verylikeliest of winners by a large margin.The entry of Moreno gives me a punchers chance for the upset. If i can get 5-1 or over on him,i can maybe get involved in a win play. If not , then maybe i will single him in the race in the Pick 3/Pick 4. This way to get a good return,the investment will be small and it affords me the luxury of spreading in other races.The upside in the pools should SB lose will be great. · 3 hours ago
  • slewcrew7778 · It's amazing how far you will go to be sure that everyone is reminded of how much you enjoy rooting for Shared Belief to lose - as if anyone really cares. The horse has already proved himself. You were WRONG. Get over it and move on. Your negativity disguised as expertise regarding him is no longer relevant - as though it ever was - and has to do with you, not him. On a more 'joyful' note, you afford yet another opportunity for all to witness your true 'non-hater' status. TVG is NOT guaranteeing that Shared Belief will win because they are SOOO sure about his chances. It's about marketing, Mr. Money Man. Much like the free $150 sign-up bonuses they offer. They must get "stuck holding the bag" quite often to keep giving away money like that...won't you say!... · 1 hour ago
Divining Rod, breaking from post 1 in a field of eight for the Tampa Bay Derby, will have bar shoes on both front feet because of nagging quarter cracks. He suffered the quarter crack Feb.14th on first work after Sam F Davis. According to DRF
Why does the Arkansas-Central US path to the #KYDERBY seem so light this year? Everyone seems to be going elsewhere????
I wish he wasn't owned by Jim Rome... Then I could actually root for him. I like the horse, but Jim Rome is a jerk.
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  • Mary Z. · In horsey language, the owner would be known as He Who Gives Carrots. · 9 hours ago
  • slewcrew7778 · That's too bad... Some missed out on Slew and Bid as well for the same reason. They make it about people and not about the horses. · 1 hour ago
If all you guys on this board listened to every word Pumpkin Head Baffert says, you would be convinced he will run 1-2-3 in the Derby. His "best" horse hasn't run a race as a 3 yo and is working fast, much like any horse worth $5K can do. Dortmund is a one paced Clydesdale, something that will not serve him well in the Derby, especially from an inside post.
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  • DerekFisher · I'm not a Dortmund fan, but to say his 'best' horse isn't the one who's undefeated and won a G1 and G2 is moronic. · 4 days ago
  • efojan1 · Clydesdale, ha ha , so funnnny... · 1 hour ago
Met Mile? sounds a bit short for that one
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  • tmallios · Vic how did you come up with that conclussion. If it is all about the horse,did you have a face to face with him and he let you in on some inside info.Also until we know who the remaining horses in the race are,how can we determine what the pace scenerio/odds will be so that we can make an educated selection.Again Victorio,you are caught in a LIE. You truly are a habitual liar.Like Vodka said earlier,you really can't keep your stories straight. Are you sure that what you say you do at Woodbine is true. Seems to me that your Left Wing pal Brian Williams is not the only storyteller amongst us. · 1 day ago
  • amino998 · So this HORSE, Shared Belief, is too WHAT for the Met Mile? · 3 hours ago
I think she's been scratched :(
1st Sir Samson, 2nd Ocho Ocho Ocho, 3rd Dortmun, and 4th Prospect Park. Sir Samson is the x factor, Ocho has been off for 4 months, and Dortman will receive a full field challange. Dortman may remain unbeaten but it will be an interesting race. Good luck to all.
  • https://www.facebook.com/fiddl · Bold prediction Deano, can't fault you for thinking out of the box... I haven't looked at the actual PP's yet, but just off of what I know about most of these horses so far I would have to go with: 3 w 6,7 w 1,2,3,6,7 w TBD and 6,7 w 3 w 1,2,3,6,7 w TBD. · 4 hours ago
Honor Code is ready to roll !!!
sounds 888 in spanish
I think Davewalsh meant that if the race goes as planned, all the speed will indeed be gunning for the lead, and Tencendur can take back and save ground to the stretch and then close around tiring horses. But races don't always go as planned....especially this time of year.
Three Japanese horses have accepted their invitations to the UAE Derby, but Golden Barows is the one I find most intriguing. He's by Tapit and broke his maiden by 22 lengths in a new track record over a mile at Tokyo, then went on to post another impressive win in an allowance race over a mile. His most recent win came in the listed Hyacinth Stakes when he roared from behind to win. He has done well on a sandier track, and while a speed bias at Meydan may be a concern, if he hits the board he could be a nice one come the first Saturday in May. I'm getting ahead of myself but a Japanese contender for the Derby doesn't happen often! Replay of allowance win: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vk7HK0GQJk Hyacinth Stakes: http://web-cache.stream.ne.jp/web/jra/onetag/subwindow.html?movie=rtmp://fms-jra.stream.co.jp/jra-fms/_definst_/mp4:jra_seiseki/2015/0222/201501050809&ua=4&type=2&thum=
I've followed this horse from his early days, and for the record have always been a big Main Sequence fan. He was always something of a "nearly horse" racing in the UK, but one that's become a legit G1 turf star in the U.S. The million dollar question now, is his transformation due his having been gelded or because he now races with the help of Lasix? I suspect we'll find out the answer to that question at Meydan on world cup night when he takes on some of the world's best middle distance turf horses in the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic.
  • jonquil · It's nice to see him getting some sort of adulation somewhere. He really tried his heart out, but was never quite good enough until he moved to the U.S. Now he's finally gotten some glory for himself. :) · 11 hours ago
Summer Front, finally.



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.