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This post has nothing to do with Horse Racing. It has to do with possibly Censorship. I no longer post here on a frequent basis,neither do many of the bloggers i came around to call friends. This has nothing to do with pro or anti new format. A decision has been made,and i must respect it. But i sometimes duck in to see what the pulse is about,and maybe someone i enjoyed chatting with is on. I have seen many complain that their posts were not allowed to air. They stated that there was nothing vulgar nor inflamatory about them. The people that made these statements,i believe. I followed them for months and they never did or said anything inflamatory. Earlier i responded to a feature story regarding The Fans sticking together . I said nothing inflamatory nor did i use abusive language. I took the anti to the authors stance. Yet it was not approved for prime time reading.I would be surprised if this made it through. Like i said,it is no longer about the site. I see many new names i never saw before. But one thing i notice and it speaks volumes. No longer do i see threads with 80 or more responses. Now you might get 10 if you are lucky. Then they jump to another topic. This is called relationships amongst the bloggers. That went out with the old.
Where is this guy?
  • Goblin · On 5/20/14, D. Grening of DRF announced that Danza was being sent to J.J. Pletcher's farm in Florida (Payton Center) for evaluation and a break from racing due to weight loss and a skin disorder. There is also a pay-to-read article on that site about this subject. I don't find any information more current than that, but the break has now lasted more than 60 days, so I'm guessing there will be further information soon. · 24 minutes ago
Will scratch from Curlin and run in the Jim Dandy instead.
Another in the long line of causalities as the result of trying to get TOO MUCH TOO SOON and destroying the animal?
Well that sucks. I was excited to see him run. Hope he gets healthy and returns to his Preakness self.
C'mon Todd what's the secret? You've gotta mention Danza
would not mind seeing Tapiture in the mix at the finish...
Common Untapable and Wildcat Red - Winner to get California Chrome in the Santa Anita's Breeders Cup Classic!
I want Tonalist to win to qualify for the Santa Anita Breeders Cup Classic so California Chrome can get revenge!
Ride On Curlin to miss West Virginia Derby with a strain.
John Warren, racing manager for Queen Elizabeth II, has confirmed the Ascot Gold Cup winning filly Estimate was 1 of 5 horses who tested positive for Morphine in their system last week when the BHA made the announcement. The positive tests allegedly stem from the 5 horses eating contaminated feed. The matter is under serious investigation by the BHA(British Horseracing Authority).
  • yukichan · One thing, among many, that I learned from my visit to Coolmore was that they grow all their own alfalfa and grains for their operation and Ballydoyle's. · 12 hours ago
Pretty excited for his racing return!!!!!
  • cedar · Hoping that when he makes his return he continues his success from early this year. Lot of promise on the dirt! · 13 hours ago
Q of the D: What is your favorite quote about MOW? Mine would be, after he passed, in the newspaper they wrote "The King is dead, he has left no successor". It perfectly described how dominant a figure he was.
What a RACE horse!!!
One obvious question about this horse, I know a lot of people like him in the upcoming Haskell, but can he run outside of Gulf Stream Park? Did he even have any good works at Churchill?
  • jockey2be. · I guess he'll answer that question soon! · 6 days ago
  • Mike Relva via Disqus · Got no doubt he will run well Sunday. · 15 hours ago
will stand in Australia permanently.
Have there been any horses in the past who have been as closely documented as Zenyatta's babies?
Love this horse!
Go, go, Honor Code!
I love Kid Cruz. He is a very good horse.
  • cedar · I think he is one of the better "second tier" 3 yos. I don't see him winning the big grade 1s against the top colts, but, like Departing last year, I definitely see him making noise in ungraded stakes and g3s. Please don't take this as me knocking the horse, racing takes all kinds and I've always found the relatively consistent lower level stakes winners (like Caixa Eletronic and Ben's Cat) to be some of the most fun to follow. · 16 hours ago



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.