• Midnight Storm romps in the Del Mar Derby! Posted 17 hours ago
  • Condo Commando romps home in the Spinaway! Posted 20 hours ago
  • Irish Mission powers home late to win the Glens Falls!Posted 22 hours ago
  • Sunset Glow drives to victory in the Del Mar Debutante! Posted 1 day ago
  • Itsmyluckyday guts out a thrilling win over Moreno in the Woodward! Posted 1 day ago
  • Palace romps home an easy Forego winner! Posted 1 day ago
  • Stonetastic runs them off their feet in the Prioress! Posted 1 day ago
  • Wise Dan just holds off Optimizer to win the Bernard Baruch!Posted 1 day ago
  • Red Outlaw remains perfect with a victory in the El Cajon! Posted 2 days ago
  • Startup Nation steamrolls his foes in the With Anticipation! Posted 3 days ago

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wins the Hopeful!!! Super Saver 1-2 with I spent it finishing 2nd
Talk about over rated.
  • Mike Relva via Disqus · eye roll · 58 minutes ago
  • DJ Amasa via Disqus · I'm conservative about heaping effusive praise, but this horse deserves is accolades. · 43 minutes ago
The Big Beast, winner of G1 King's Bishop, scheduled to have bone chip removed from ankle Tuesday, per Arkansas-based owner Alex Lieblong. From DRF
doubt that winning margin would have occur ed on a fast dry surface.
micromanage looks like a winner today at parx's.
this is a really nice colt. from what I remember he went up the rail like a pro!
Until they are IN THE GATE, in a race, one has no idea, really what you have. Friend had one that almost killed itself as a baby with a head wound, and ran it in a MdCLm and it won by 10....Won the biggest race on the grounds by season's end.
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  • travel_vic · love comments by the grandstanders who's closest relationship to the real goings on at a race track is the computer screen in front of them. ALL HAIL THE GRANDSTANDER. · 5 hours ago
  • amino998 · Said the INSIDER who constantly has NO IDEA nor anyone to give him one. · 4 hours ago
Wonder why they ran this horse in a maiden claimed first out. By tiz wonderful out of yearly report. Multiple stakes winner of bafferts. Also ran fourth in the Alabama. Also yearly report comes from a good family.
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  • amino998 · Wins the Spinaway by 13 · 19 hours ago
  • tmallios via Disqus · Rudy , Dubb and company just may have one of the more elite 2yo fillys in America this year. Depending on what Competetive Edge does today, she can leave the meet as the most exciting horse to come out of this prestigious meet. Joey on the surface the bloodlines are good. But bottom line is that she only sold for $72K at the Keeneland September Sales. She was available for a $75K price tag and none of the sharpest or shrewdest horsemen around dropped a bid on her. She just may be the opposite of the famed horse we all have come to love. That would be "Morning Glory". There have been those that have worked so great in the mornings,that what Commando did in her debut,They could do it running backwards.Similar to the Jerkens colt a few years back(the name escapes me). Debuted at a Maiden $35K race and did a track record,went on to become one of the beter sprinters of his generation. Like Samyn said after the race,he never did anything in the mornings to ever show that. Good luck on this filly,this is what racing is all about. · 5 hours ago
Congrats! Happy for Christopher Clement. A beautiful race and wonderful effort by Irish Mission with Johnny V aboard. That was a nice win.
This horse MUST run in the BC Dirt Mile, a race he would have a genuine chance of winning, with his strong front running style, and he will last the trip well. DON'T run him in the BC Classic, that is a race he has NO CHANCE of winning!
Cozze Up Lady to win...hope she stays around 4-1 ML Odds!
I had a feeling this filly would preform well today. I was not disappointed. Stakes company next?
I just want to ask him how tall Itsmyluckyday is. Because he doesn't seem like a very big horse.
This Cat may surprise Saratoga race fans in a big way today in the GI Hopeful stakes. He is so..ssssso Fast like his dad Discreet Cat and he's got Cover blood in him from AP-indy so he may get away early and handle the 7 panels in very tough today with " I SPENT It" and "COMPETITIVE EDGE" but this mad man Guillot will have him ready to break the gate today like "MORENO" so beware.
The ML 9/2 would be a great price on PZone... is there an 'appearance bonus' for the Vosburgh winner's connections???
Wise Dan will not be doing a "Goldikova", this Horse cannot Win the BC Mile 3 times in a row, it just wont happen. Wise Dan fans better prey that Kingman doesn't turn up, coz he will destroy Dan. Even Toronado and Variety Club, who are scheduled to turn up, can beat Wise Dan. Sorry Wise Dan lovers, he will NOT be doing the "3 peat". :-)
  • Mike Relva via Disqus · Go away troll! · 21 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · Don't be shocked of he does. This gelding, who I liked when people where asking, "Who is he?" has the most jinxy-in-reverse good fate. Maybe he grazes on four leaf clovers. Very good horses have some little something befall them when they face him. Only slightly better than mediumlies this time, but still, he was that nose better. Has good juju going for him. · 20 hours ago
As long as i am alive this horse will be my top fan... i am a horse lover! i hope he wins a lot more racies
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  • supercool666 · YOU are a fan of this horse, the horse isn't a fan of YOU. Get it right. · 21 hours ago
  • Mary Z. · Do try to be kind, superbug. As with you, English is not anAmericanByChoice's first language. · 20 hours ago
This horse is a "SUPERSTAR".
Listen, I have got nothing against Wise Dan, he is a great horse, and he has achieved so much in his career, BUT he is so BEATABLE this year, he would of lost his last 2 races in 1 more stride by Seek Again and Optimizer!! The old boys time is up, I am urging John Gosden and the owners of Kingman, to get him over for the BC Mile to take on Wise Dan, there is NO WAY that Wise Dan could fend off Kingman, Kingman would be way too fast and strong for him. There wouldn't be any of this "Wise Dan winning by a head or nose" rubbish that he has become accustomed to. Kingman would beat Wise Dan by at least 4 lengths.
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  • cugel the clever · super nerd ....... take your idiotic exclamation points and stick them up your a$$. you don't know sh$t about horse racing. · 23 hours ago
  • paul.nathan.946 · I agree he's form looks like it has been slowly tailing off. Although we could all be wrong and he could come back like cirrus des aigles and turn out to be dominant again. As for kingman i doubt breeders cup is a target the meeting isn't as important to us English any more champions day at ascot is above the breeders cup. Although i think toronado is just as good as kingman in a properly run race hes probably the best chance and i think he will put lengths on dan this year. · 21 hours ago
Tom Durkin had the pleasure of calling Wise Dan's victory, after surgery and the long layoff, in Durkin's last weekend at the microphone. Has Durkin listed the most exciting races he's seen as an announcer?



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.